Day Thirteen: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (March of the Movies 2023)

Good ol’ Studio Ghibli. One of the most recognized names in animated film production in the entire world. Considering their immense reputation, one would think they’ve been around forever. I was actually kind of surprised to learn that their first animated film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind—the subject of today’s post—was made in 1984. Compared to, say, Disney, that’s practically infantile!

…Wait, what? This isn’t Studio Ghibli? Of course it’s Studio Ghibli, it’s directed by Hayao Miyazaki and based on his own work. Topcraft? What the hell is… oh. Huh. Apparently Studio Ghibli was the phoenix that rose from the bankrupt ashes of Topcraft in 1985. So… this isn’t technically a Studio Ghibli film. I feel like I’ve been lied to for the last decade.

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Thoughts on The Many Pieces of Mr. Coo (Steam Next Fest 2022 Demo)

Animation is pretty cool. Good animation is a rarity, especially hand-drawn animation, ever since the rise of conglomerates putting a heavier emphasis on 3D CGI. That’s why whenever I get the chance to experience some sweet energy put into animated form, I will gleefully indulge. A chance encounter with a trailer for The Many Pieces of Mr. Coo on Twitter last week was an easy decision to include in my gargantuan haul of demos to try.

Quick structure disclaimer: Given this (and all the others) is only a demo, I won’t be too in-depth with my coverage, and will only reflect on the good and the bad. No overly long personal history or filibuster. No nonsense. That said, I will provide a synopsis for the game below.

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to MrSkysen

(Edit: This streamer has changed their username in the time since I wrote this post. I will not replace the cover image, but know that “MrSkysenGames” no longer exists on Twitch.)


An entity of unknown origins. A species that fluctuates forms to its will.

In early April, I had a nostalgic hankering for Animal Crossing—the OG title, not New Horizons. Searching the category on Twitch, I saw an unusual symbol: a striking “S” with a jagged exterior. Intrigued, I clicked and was met with another striking image: a cute little white dog in an Eastern-style bowl. From this dog came a voice; a booming, powerful voice unlike those I’ve heard before.

It fished. It ran around. It hit things with reckless abandon. By the end, it was only a taste, yet the alluring presence of this mythical being ended up pulling my hand towards the follow button. It didn’t even do anything; the player played and the viewer viewed. As it should be.

Introducing MrSkysen. (← Link to their Twitch channel.)

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Merry Days of Anime 2020: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (2012)

I’m proud of myself, readers. Not only did I finish a shounen series, I finished one of the most memed anime series of the current generation. While it only consisted of the debut 26 episodes, I have now familiarized myself enough with the material to understand internet culture just a little more. My lifelong goal as an internet historian/archivist is ever-so-slightly closer to being achieved.

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Day Eighteen: Unknown (MotM 2020)

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Coincidentally, there’s a whole lot of unknown going on in the world at present. I wanted to take this short space to wish people a safe and comfortable quarantine during these interesting times. I have been informed from my employment that they will be following the public tide and I have been laid off for the next three weeks. That should allow me plenty of time to watch films to end the month of March. Continue reading “Day Eighteen: Unknown (MotM 2020)”

Day Two: The Green Hornet (MotM 2020)

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There are a large number of ways I could start this review.

  1. “Hey, I used to really like Seth Rogen for some reason. He played a large part in why I bothered with this in the first place.”
  2. “Hey, just wanted to clarify that I’m actually not that fond of superhero films. Ever since the Marvel takeover in cinema (Scorsese forgive me) circa late-2000’s, they’ve just gotten boring to me.”
  3. “Hey, despite the previous point, I’ve actually seen and kind of cherish various superhero films I’ve seen during my younger days, such as The Incredibles and the Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. Despite this, I don’t care for, not have I ever cared for, comic books or the heroic topics that typically define the medium.

Instead, I’ve decided to start with this: I watched this around the time of its DVD release and gave it a barely-passing grade. Now, to my utter shock, I watched it and gave it a below-passing grade. All above things considered, however, it could have been worse, so it has that going for it. Continue reading “Day Two: The Green Hornet (MotM 2020)”

Top 20 Best Anime of the 2010-19 Decade

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It only seems appropriate for me, as compartmentalized my mindset is, to indulge myself in extravagant lists of opined flavor. I’ve seen numerous publications do “decade lists” that note the best of various subjects throughout this soon to be disintegrated ten-year stretch. That essence of finality is intoxicating to me, so I decided I want to do it, too. What better way to start than with the medium I have paid careful attention to (to various degrees over time) for the last seven-plus years? These are the twenty anime series I consider to be better than the rest. And as always, this is a personal list and I have not seen every anime ever. If an omission upsets you that greatly, make your own list. Continue reading “Top 20 Best Anime of the 2010-19 Decade”

Iconoclasts Review

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Sometimes, there are things you wish to review, but the expectations set by the topic itself make it difficult to reciprocate equal treatment. There have been plenty of games in the past that I’ve come to cherish, games that showed that luscious glimmer of spirit I saw prior to experiencing it. As a reviewer, these are the things I write for, in order to experience that same enthusiasm and passion for the creative process. It can be rare, for a chap as cynical as I, to let that feeling override the mental process. You don’t think about how much something means to you after the fact—you just know. Continue reading “Iconoclasts Review”