My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review – Heroism with Heart

There is just such pure optimism at the heart of My Hero Academia, an optimism that is routinely portrayed in the most genuine and expressive way possible. While it's battle-shonen pacing and slavish recreation of panels that were better served in manga can hurt its appeal at times, Bones adaptation is nothing short of a marvel to … Continue reading My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review – Heroism with Heart

Advertisements

How Attack On Titan Season 3 (Partially) Addresses My Three Biggest Problems With The Series

Attack on Titan may be well into its third season, but it still remains one of the most talked-about blockbuster anime series around. Admittedly, I've been somewhat lukewarm on the show, slowly cooling after the bombast and twists of its first few episodes. While I love its premise, and think it succeeds at crescendoing climaxes, … Continue reading How Attack On Titan Season 3 (Partially) Addresses My Three Biggest Problems With The Series

Anime Summer Season 2018 Wrap Up: My Recommendations

As we head into the cold times, another season of anime comes to a close. While this crop of shows had quite a few disappointments, its stars shined very brightly. Although the second half of My Hero Academia Season 3 was a let down in comparison to its excellent first half, Attack On Titan Season … Continue reading Anime Summer Season 2018 Wrap Up: My Recommendations

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review: The Triumphant Return of the Dragon

My wild ride with the wonderfully bizarre world of the Yakuza series continues with Kiwami 2, a remake of the second game in the franchise. While Kiwami 1 was fairly disappointing, both in a narrative and gameplay sense, Kiwami 2 has the benefits of a much better script and has significant gameplay improvements due to … Continue reading Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review: The Triumphant Return of the Dragon

The Narrative Fetch Quest Problem

After playing through Yakuza Kiwami 1, and finding it fairly disappointing, I started thinking about why I enjoyed the story of Yakuza 0 so much more than that of its sequel. Among other things, one of the problems with Yiwami was its pacing, an issue brought to the forefront by video game contrivance which I'll … Continue reading The Narrative Fetch Quest Problem

A Silent Voice Review – Bullying and Redemption

Kids are cruel, and there is no shortage of depictions of this cruelty in the world of film. The annals of cinema is littered with bullying heels, and under-aged villains who ridicule the protagonist for their perceived differences. Whether it's this year’s realist Eighth Grade, the bountiful Hughes-esque teen-comedies of the 80s, or the hyperbolic … Continue reading A Silent Voice Review – Bullying and Redemption

Eighth Grade Review- Social Anxiety Personified

While most movies seek to embellish reality through constant dramatic flourishes, sometimes slavishly building on the lineage of their chosen genre, there is a smaller subset of films that challenge the typical characteristics of the type of story they’re telling. Bo Burnham’s directotial debut, Eighth Grade, is a coming of age story. While this is … Continue reading Eighth Grade Review- Social Anxiety Personified