2018 Soundtrack Shoutouts

Well, we're coming up fast on the end of the year, and that means its time for everyone's favorite year-end tradition: Arbitrary awards! For the back half of these 12 days of Anime, I'm gonna be doing some of my own, just highlighting scenes, shows, soundtracks, etc that I thought were special and deserved some…

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Alexis Kerib, The Cruelest Villain Of 2018

The words that keep coming back to me when I think of Alexis Kerib, the shadow perpetually looming behind SSSS Gridman's troubled Akane Shinjou, are "quietly grotesque." He doesn't look like much when we first meet him, mind. Oh he looks big and strong and like a perfectly worthwhile Tokusatsu fightman villain. His big Darth…

Hitman and Death To Capitalism

Hitman 2 is one of 2018's standout AAA video games. Iterating on the formula established in 2018's landmark assassination romp, Hitman 2 delivers a tightly refined mix of massive, open maps, clear and predictable stealth rules, and interlocking AI schedules that serve to provide the player with an endlessly engaging array of murderous puzzles. However,…

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Grief, Forgiveness, and Taking Ownership

(Content Warning: Frank discussion of fictional child neglect, child abuse, and suicide) (Spoiler Warning: explicit discussion of critical developments in Volume 9 of The Ancient Magus' Bride) Chise Hatori, the protagonist of Kore Yamada's The Ancient Magus' Bride, is a victim of profound neglect and persistent child abuse. This is the defining point of her character. Everything…