What Lupin III Means To Me

Today, prolific manga artist Monkey Punch has passed away. While I'm far from an expert on the man's life, his creations have had a lot of major impact on my own life. It's difficult, really, to put how much Lupin III means to me into words, but I'll try. And if you stick around, I've … Continue reading What Lupin III Means To Me

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Sarazanmai Seems Great

Finally, some good fucking food. Kunihiko Ikuhara is back, four years after he unleashed Yurikuma Arashi on unsuspecting Western audiences. Wait, you didn't watch it? Really? Bummer. It was a really great show that I think was unfairly shunned by most audiences. Sure, it wasn't the most easy-to-grasp or mainstream thing, but it was one of the … Continue reading Sarazanmai Seems Great

Entitlement In Fandom, Or Something

Sekiro: Shadows Die Out came out recently. I'm enjoying it quite a bit! The gameplay is a fascinating evolution of Souls combat, infused with overt Tenchu influences, resulting in what is likely the most compelling stealth-action hybrid I've played. There's also an interesting compromise between From's signature in-world storytelling and cinematic ambitions, making the narrative fun to watch and to immerse one's self … Continue reading Entitlement In Fandom, Or Something

New Podcast Episode! It’s Bad! Listen to It!

Hey, all! I'm working on a few reviews at the moment, as well as two different articles about "elevated horror" and some more musings on anime. In the meantime, why not listen to the new episode my podcast, Rocketto Punchi? In this week's episode, we talk smutty anime, "CalArts" style, Noah Centineo as Shinji Ikari, … Continue reading New Podcast Episode! It’s Bad! Listen to It!

Detective Conan’s Western Popularity Case!: Why Case Closed Hasn’t Caught On In America

The top three best-selling manga of all time are all titles you'd probably expect. Naruto comes in third, with around 235 million units sold, Dragon Ball squeezes in second with anywhere between 250-300 million units, and One Piece wins by a nautical mile with a whopping 451 million units so far. But in the top … Continue reading Detective Conan’s Western Popularity Case!: Why Case Closed Hasn’t Caught On In America

Go! Hibari-Kun, or How I Found Inner Strength In An Old Anime

Growing up, Goku was my biggest inspiration as a human being. When I felt alone, when I felt weak, when I got picked on, I always looked to Akira Toriyama's riff on Superman to help guide me. It's because of Goku that I started working out, that I tried to believe in myself more, that … Continue reading Go! Hibari-Kun, or How I Found Inner Strength In An Old Anime