My Thoughts on the Anti-Regressive Movement

Introduction

One of the things I enjoy learning about in my free time is politics. I don’t consider myself passionate on the subject, but I find it productive to listen to debates about subjects I would otherwise not be able to form an opinion on. This practice helps me be a more responsible citizen, capable of making informed decisions. An interesting development in online political discourse is the the rise of a relatively new but popular term; The Regressive Left. Continue reading

Broken Gem: A review of Bokura no Hentai

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From the good to the mediocre and memorably bad, most titles contain at least some minor flaws. Yes, that’s true even for your favorites. It’s very rare for these weaknesses to ruin an overall satisfying story. Rare but not impossible, as Bokura no Hentai (BnH) by Fumiko Fumi, one of the few manga that tries to deal with queer/transgender issues on a realistic, level-headed basis, unfortunately reminds us.

*The following review will contain some very important spoilers. For those of you who have come across our blog for the first time, I should mention that I am a transgender woman and social justice and identity will be a major part of my critique. Continue reading

Megane boys & fun: An Interview with Saeko Doyle

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No group of artists is more under-appreciated than fanartists. Whether we’re talking about music, fanfiction or designs, people seem to think that an artist working with material originally made by others is somehow lacking in comparison to the “competition”. I think otherwise. Cases like that of Saeko Doyle prove that artists who draw inspiration from already established characters can be just as creative and productive as those who create their own material. I asked Saeko to join us for an interview where talk about her work, the fandoms she loves and her future plans.

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Passionate Dissections: An Interview with MistareFusion

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Introduction

There’s a tendency modern critics have to underestimate entertainment from the 1980s-90s. It’s true that on many aspects modern shows innovate by providing a larger representation of the audience and by introducing concepts previously thought untouchable. But does that make the shows we grew up watching shallow and of lesser quality? I am always happy when I see people who try to take a critical standpoint on the subject without deliberately trying to undermine the past’s strong points. MistareFusion, know for his reviews of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman and, most notably, Dragon Ball Dissection, is a great example of such a critic. Analytical and demanding, but always willing to provide credit where its due, he is here to share his thoughts and fanboy over the shows he loves.. Continue reading

Lost in the Cute & the Perverse: An Interview with Crystal Mielcarek

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Introduction

horror: an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.

American horror is usually synonymous to a small list of stereotypes associated with the country’s movie industry. Perhaps that is the reason why American artists seem to give much emphasis on the shocking and disgusting part of their horror. This trend has led to a relatively monotonous approach to the visual aspect of the experience. Monotone city landscapes, thick outlines, mostly human shaped monsters. Even when done well, at some point this style gets tiring.

Why am I mentioning all this? Because I love it when I see individuals going out of the genre’s cliches and trying their own thing out. Crystal is one such artist who has a very clear vision of where she wants to lead her work. Can horror be found in cute, non-human colorful figures? Can cuteness be found in disturbing gore? Crystal is here with us to answer to those and many more questions. Continue reading

This War of Mine

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Video games and war are like chocolate cookies and milk. Ever since their original mix the combination has earned millions of faithful fans who enjoy the many different versions of that trope. Gamers have been offered a great variety of perspectives and capabilities. Do you want to be a super soldier? Check out FPS, the mass-produced genre of our times, and you’ll find yourself to be a more capable mass murderer than a whole army. Do you want to be a general? Well, there are a thousand titles that let you lead your troops, use diplomacy and manage every aspect of your (military) state. Even RPGs and action games often use war as their main theme or at least a plot device. There was, however, one point of view that was always mysteriously missing from the big picture. That gap is what This War of Mine wishes to fill;  the war experience of a regular human being trapped amidst the chaos of conflict. Continue reading

2015 in review

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hunter-x-hunter-full-1292211Hello boys and girls,

we finally close six years of maintaining this blog. This has been quite an unproductive year for this blog. It feels weird to look back and realize just how little we wrote. I guess life takes a toll on all of us and the things we love. I don’t want to whine too much but it somehow makes me nostalgic for the past.

To be honest I can’t promise that we will continue for much longer. Due to personal issues and our daily troubles and responsibilities, it’ll be quite hard to keep going. On my part I will try to keep the interview section alive and I hope to share some of my thoughts here too. I believe Foxy will try to contribute from time to time.

If there’s a wish I want to give all of you is that you will truly enjoy, to the outmost extent, what precious treasure you have in your hands today. You never know when it’ll be gone.

Best wishes

June