Traveling Thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (The Divine Beasts)

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A few disclaimers before we move forward:

  • Traveling Thoughts is a means of putting down my thoughts in a bit-by-bit process that will eventually lead up to a formal review of the overall subject. These posts will be more personal than objective, though one should expect a good amount of both as is my personality of habit.
  • These posts will absolutely contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Two months later (on the nose!), I am back with this hellishly-long series on an incredibly old subject of critique, bereft of the excitement and magic contained in my first post, published 363 days ago (Two days off from a whole year… the coincidences today are scary). Don’t let that bring you down, as I will do my very best to entertain you with my personal experiences with four major challenges that make up the core of the game. Some of them are pretty straightforward and simple while others can GO TO HELL. (more…)

A Very Loud Noisemaker Killed “A Quiet Place”: My Brain

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Ironically enough, in a recent post for this blog I admitted that I had an issue with mocking subject matter in a way that made me sound elitist and narcissistic. Approximately a week later, I have found a subject that brought out once again that traditional style of ranting to myself for personal pleasure; a purely emotional response filled with rage, frustration, and a negative merriment reminiscent of my old persona. Once again, I must fight the urge to outright mock the living hell out of a film so bad in my eyes that I come across as a shit-throwing bigot for kicks. This in mind, I wish to rationally and calmly (relative term) explain why I think this film is so astonishingly awful. To do this, I have to spoil large portions of the film, so let it be known that extremely large spoilers lie ahead. (more…)

Visualist x100!! – My Hero Academia Season Three: Episode One

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The next season of Boku no Hero Academia (I will continue to refer to it this way whenever I am the one addressing it) has finally arrived and different people are already giving their input on it likely every hour. What’s to see, what’s to follow? Here are my and Karandi’s take, courtesy of the Visualist x100!! Collab™! (more…)

Violet Evergarden: Everlasting Emotion(al Overload)

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While there is no confirmation for this, I have the impression that people come to this blog, read my criticisms, and assume that I am a very cynical and apathetic person. In my past, I can’t argue against this, as the foundations of this blog’s creation was deep within the realm of taking the craft of anime criticism very seriously—which led to a very conscious effort to establish the good from the bad, to be the authority of quality within the anime medium. The early stages of The Visualist’s Veranda, then called Criticism and Thoughts, has the presence of overwhelming cynicism and a tendency to alternate to a mocking, elitist tone. (more…)

Embracing the Rain with Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

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Those who have already read my Early Impressions post for this anime know that I have some history with this production. Prior to it even being announced as an anime, I was some twenty chapters into its manga source. Enjoying the anime before the anime even came about, I had some expectations for this piece that, should it follow closely to the manga, I was sure would be able to concoct an insightful and memorable experience. (more…)

Day Thirty: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (MotM 2018)

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Something odd has been occurring to me lately when indulging in trilogy films. Whether it be Spider-ManAlien, Nolan’s Batman, or now this, I seem to not be impressed by the second outing, which many fans of these franchises consider either better or more enjoyable than their first entry. I swear I’m not intending to have this happen—I guess I’m just a hipster? (more…)

Day Twenty-Nine: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (MotM 2018)

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There’s an interesting thing in regards to this string of movies. For whatever reason, the parent series is considered a classic of the anime medium, and many fans hold it with high esteem and a symbol of creative genius. I’ve seen the parent series. I liked it quite a bit. It certainly has more substance and nihilistic anxiety than basically every anime to follow or precede it. I would recommend it to any anime enthusiast and to people outside of this colorful(?) medium, too. (more…)