[Archive] From Pac-Man To Undertale, The Non-combat Mechanic’s Ideological Role In Gaming

This is an essay I wrote for a Video Games As Literature elective course in college way back in 2016. The grammar sucks and it's also a giant block of text, the formatting and subject matter is very unlike anything else on this blog. It does, however, pretty much mark the point in my life … Continue reading [Archive] From Pac-Man To Undertale, The Non-combat Mechanic’s Ideological Role In Gaming

[Link] Privilege And Compassion: Digging Deep Into Kirishima’s Characterization In My Hero Academia Episode 68

A lot has been happening these last few months, as such I probably won't have a proper blog post for this site until January. I did, however, end up writing this short essay on Tumblr I thought might interest my WordPress audience since I delve deeper into social science concepts than I usually do. Link … Continue reading [Link] Privilege And Compassion: Digging Deep Into Kirishima’s Characterization In My Hero Academia Episode 68

5 Classic Live-Action Movies/TV Shows For Anime Fans (That Aren’t Adaptations Of Anime)

Clue (The Original 1985 Film) A relatively small cast of quirky off-the-wall characters that are constantly all but (or actually) at each other's necks? Off-the-wall stupid death/arrest-defying shenanigans? Re-watching something again and again to find hints and foreshadowing? The original Clue movie's got ya covered on all of these bases. Seven strangers are stuck in … Continue reading 5 Classic Live-Action Movies/TV Shows For Anime Fans (That Aren’t Adaptations Of Anime)

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Brock’s So Called “Jelly-Filled Donuts” (Onigiri Rice Balls)

Pretty much every Pokemon fan and even mainstream anime fan has heard the jelly-filled donuts joke at least once, such is the wild legacy of 4kids anime localization. It's become a classic legendary-tier meme to the point that even the official english Pokemon twitter account (knowingly) referenced it on National Doughnut Day this year 2019. … Continue reading Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Brock’s So Called “Jelly-Filled Donuts” (Onigiri Rice Balls)

Gyarados: The Chinese Dragon?

On right: Flag of the Qing dynasty Gyarados is a Water/Flying type in the Pokemon video games, yet it is often thought of as a dragon-like Pokemon. This is in part because of it's resemblance to Chinese Dragons. It also learns Dragons Rage, a move which was showcased prominently during it's first major appearance in … Continue reading Gyarados: The Chinese Dragon?

Magikarp And The Dragons Gate: It’s Connection With Chinese And Japanese Mythology.

Right image: Art by Yuumei It's impressive how much thought has been put behind Pokemon designs as far back as the original Red and Blue games in 1996. The designers took inspiration from a plethora of mythologies and urban legends. Magikarp is no exception. The "useless" fish that in the first game could only learn … Continue reading Magikarp And The Dragons Gate: It’s Connection With Chinese And Japanese Mythology.