Category Archives: Editorial

Mini-Editorial: When is a game truly completed?

I have this thing about finishing games I’ve started, even the ones I didn’t enjoy that much. I have unfinished games stretching back 10-15 years that I fully intend to complete someday. I have games that were a chore to … Continue reading

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It's alive!

Greetings all, I still don’t have my PhD, I’ve started a new job and just moved house…but I felt a sudden desire to review video games and so I’m bringing the blog back. I’ll be focussing more on games than … Continue reading

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So Long and Goodnight

When I started my PhD three years ago, I ended up with a lot less time and energy for blogging. Nor could I spend hours each week keeping abreast of the latest anime and manga, reading and commenting on blogs, … Continue reading

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Delving further into animated fantasy: sci-fi twists, Scrapped Princess and a whole load of ranting about Utawarerumono

On Monday, I looked at the state of classic fantasy in anime, and although it would have been enough to end it there and conclude that it was generally in a sorry state, I knew there was something more I … Continue reading

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Should classic fantasy have ended with Lodoss War?

Writers from all over the world have made a stable income employing the “classic fantasy” formula in all sorts of media- be they novels, games or even anime, the story of a young boy and his sword banding together with … Continue reading

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Faithful adaptations: the good and bad

This picture has nothing to do with the article, but people seem to expect random eroge CGs when reading editorials. For a while now, there have been several editorial titles sitting on my computer, but the effort needed to actually … Continue reading

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Parody Anime: When does it work and when does it fail?

Although anime comedy is created with Japanese viewers in mind, it has to be admitted that even though us foreigners may not get all the references without recourse to liner notes or onscreen pop-ups, we can still derive entertainment from … Continue reading

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Can anime surpass its source material? Part two: video game based series

A while ago, I wrote about anime that managed to surpass its original manga, and I promised to follow that piece up with a second article discussing anime based on video games. As always, it took a little longer than … Continue reading

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Can anime surpass its source material? Part One: manga-based series

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I have a habit of unfavourably comparing anime series to the original manga- it’s not something I do to be provocative or controversial, merely a statement of my opinion. As my … Continue reading

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Second Seasons: Second Rate? Part Two: Remakes, Spin-Offs and Alternate Universes

Those with the ability to recall trivial and largely useless information may recall that some time ago, I wrote an article about second seasons that directly followed on from the first, and whether they were always destined to be inferior … Continue reading

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