A Long Overdue Review of Ignis Avis Venatio

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To those looking at the title of this post and thinking “Did Kapodaco ever promise that he was going to review this? I don’t even know what this is,” it’s understandable that you would think this. After all, I mentioned to almost nobody that I was playing this game, much less reviewing it. Almost nobody. Back in late March, I told my co-workers at KeenGamer that I would review this game at some point when I was done with it. When I finally did finish it up, I didn’t write the review. Why? I don’t know. I just didn’t. Can’t really give a valid reason now because it was nearly half a year ago. I don’t remember why. Nevertheless, I don’t want this game to fall within the cracks; I’ve played plenty of games for KeenGamer ranging from good to bad, and this game is definitely deserving of at least some attention. (more…)

Visualist x 100!! – My Hero Academia Season Three: Episode 18

By jove, we’ve made it to the eighteenth week of this thing and we aren’t about to lay low now! Check out our thoughts on the latest episode of My Hero Academia; DLC included!

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Part of me wonders this week if maybe Kapodaco and I are both just really cynical people given the team pulling together and happy endings aren’t really working for either one of us here. Then again, maybe we’ve just been spoilt by previous arcs in My Hero Academia and now we’re wanting more. Either way, this is what we thought of episode 18. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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About two months ago, the first major trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate proudly proclaimed, “Everyone is Here!” My Hero Academia decided that sounded awesome, so they made everyone pass this latest test. In short, it didn’t have quite the impact the former announcement had.

I honestly think this is a missed opportunity. Why does everyone need to pass? Now I’m convinced that everyone will pass regardless. All the characters we’ve come to love (Iida) and loathe (Mineta)…

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Top 10 Anime I Watched… for Some Reason

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If you’ve been watching anime for a long time, it’s likely that there have been some choice titles that you look back on and think, “What was I thinking?” The wonderful world of anime has a number of different shows of different genres and quality, but there are some where those who develop a certain palate for anime look back on and realize that they wouldn’t touch it with a seven-foot bamboo stick in their current state. This list is dedicated to my personal journey with this colorful medium, where I look back on titles I watched in my early years and can only question why I even bothered. That said, expect a lot of poor, or at least average, titles to make up a majority of the list, as anything with a positive impression would likely have a valid reason for my taking a chance on it (a la “It looked good.”).

And as always, a disclaimer: how I view these titles and what I say about them are just my opinion. They aren’t bad or average or whatever because I say they are. It’s my opinion. (more…)

Self-Indulgent Writing in Anime: Why I Hate It and Why You Probably Don’t

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As an experienced anime viewer with a penchant for dissecting the “goods” and the “bads” of any particular series, I’ve developed a sense of what I typically value in a fictional (or nonfictional) story. Though trying to pinpoint every little detail about what makes one topic of entertainment good or bad in an Aristotle-like manner is a near-impossible task in this day and age, I try to do my best to elaborate on why I find particular aspects of a story valuable or otherwise. In recent years—though its mark can be found in earlier decades—series have begun to hop onto the popular trend of something I’ve come to call “Self-indulgent writing,” which I will explain in more detail as the post continues. This passage will serve as the basis for what I’m referring to by this phrasing, should it ever come up in future articles (and I’m sure it will), as well as my thoughts on why this negative criticism of the topic may just be my desire to be a hipster. (more…)