Why do we stay in the womb? Why do we beg for forgiveness? In the fateful Earth? — “The Promised Land”, Nobuo Uematsu

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

***Spoilers for the plot of FFVII and FFVII:Remake***

I’ve had this sitting in my drafts for a minute. I meant to publish it far closer to Final Fantasy VII: Remake’s actual release date but have instead been mulling over its details for the past few…months. It’s hard to finish these exploratory and researched writings because I feel there are so many different branches I could jump off onto, a common writing gaffe of mine anyway, and thus completing such an essay becomes suddenly far more…


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Image from Slashfilm

“The moment you’ve accepted things as they are you don’t need to hope anymore, because you realize that where you are is kind of okay.” — Jason Louv

For the past year, on and off, I’ve been trying to finish The Midnight Gospel. I’m not familiar with the podcast these series of episodes are animating, nor am I overly familiar with Adventure Time, which is the brain child of Pendleton Ward, who works as a writer on this series. I didn’t know who Duncan Trussell was prior to this and had only the colorful and trippy trailer to base my…


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I really love interesting movies. I love offbeat, stylized, and absolutely zany stories, so I figured I’d share a few films that I’ve immensely enjoyed recently. Some are cute and light, some heavy and contemplative, others just delightfully trippy. All of them visual treats.

This list won’t include the more well-known releases of the past few years — and of course no Ghibli, simply because we already know how wonderful all of those are. I also won’t have my personal favorites such as The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, and Summer Wars on here because they are all directed…


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There’s a plethora of manga available on Viz’s shonen jump website, all of it accessible for just $2 a month! This isn’t a plug (at least not one I’m getting paid for…), I just find that having a subscription for manga actually increases the amount of time I spend reading the stories they have available instead of scouring the internet for free manga and feeling the creeping guilt that I am trespassing in a morally grey bay of piracy. I don’t like that feeling! So, I sub to Viz and get my fix for all the new and old manga…


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Image: Museums Victoria

When I moved to Honolulu the first thing I did was get a library card. Before finalizing my change of address, before buying most of my furniture (although, given I was in a partly furnished studio, this wasn’t a huge issue), before looking into getting a bus pass or doing most of the those other relatively normal settling procedures — I went to the library.

Hawaiʻi’s library system is state-wide, which makes sense given it’s geographical location, but I was used to the county-contained systems of my Jersey roots. I was also used to the relatively large, sprawling libraries that…


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You like smooth beats? Me too.

I picked up Persona 5: Royal during the Holiday sale that the PS store is currently having (until 1/19/21, so here’s a chance for you to get it too!) and I’ve been definitely enjoying it so far. I was hesitant at first to literally re-buy the same game I already had, but seeing as how I hadn’t even come close to finishing the original, and how much new content it has, I figured I could see it all the way through this time with its new bells and whistles.

When Persona 5 first came…


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[This article contains spoilers for the entirety of Nier: Automata.]

When I first entered the area of the Copied City in Nier: Automata I was transfixed by the visual story it told. You walk in to the light touch of piano, you see the city streets unfurl as pure white facades and delicately detailed spires, balconies, windows. It felt like walking through a dream. Being set in the far future this game’s cities up until this point have all been broken, shattered skeletons sitting in heaps in the over world, cracked and overgrown with greenery. But seeing one so beautifully…


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I’ve never been a fan of horror movies. Most of the time it’s the genre I most ardently avoid. I can probably name almost all of the horror movies I have ever seen, and this was while growing up with a best friend who was absolutely obsessed with horror movies. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy being scared — quite the opposite, really — but I didn’t enjoy what oftentimes was supposed to create that fear: blood, gore, murderers, and ghouls. The latter, really, was the only one I cared about.

Horror movies frightened me something awful as a child…


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Sometimes, it feels like gaming is an exercise in futility. The backlogs we acquire never seem to dwindle in their stock, the new releases are constantly accompanied by addictive hype, and some of the games we most look forward to playing may receive less than stellar reviews on our favorite sites, prompting us to sit down and think if we really want to invest time into playing them.

I looked forward to Kingdom Hearts III for some years, and to hear friends and the internet at large proclaim it somewhat of a failing rendered me unable to give it a…


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There’s an overarching theme in Ratatouille that “anyone can cook.” It’s Gusteau’s saying, it hangs over his restaurant, and it exemplifies the idea that cooking is an activity that can be picked up by anyone. You don’t need to be trained in culinary arts or have an affinity for distinguishing particular spices — you just need to do it. But in the end of the film we learn that perhaps not everyone will achieve greatness in cooking the same way. …

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in my head or one of the Final Fantasy games, most of the time.

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