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Monday, 27 March 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2E24

Mobile Suit Gundam:
Iron-Blooded Orphans
Series 2, Episode 24
McGillis Fareed.

Well, we all (well, most of us) knew this was coming. The moment McGillis appeared on our screens, we all knew he was marked for death, and the moment Gaelio returned, we all knew that it would probably be at his hands. Bafflingly, some people are apparently surprised this has happened, and to those people I say: Congratulations for nearly completing what is apparently the first piece of fiction you've ever consumed! I hope you've enjoyed yourself so far.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Saga

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Saga.

So, I did come into this series expecting to be pretty confused for a while -- I've never read the manga, nor did I see the anime six years ago, so I was aware that I'd be coming into the story part way through and would be missing out on the exposition necessary to understand some of it. But I was pleasantly surprised, because very early on -- in the first two episodes or so, even -- this story takes time to introduce all the characters, and the state of the world as it stands at that point, without dumping exposition on the viewer. By episode three, I had a good grasp on who all the characters were, what their key motivations were (even though the story never stops to have them explain said motivations), and roughly how the story had panned out up to that point, and how that would affect events going forward.

That's some pretty elegant storytelling, if you ask me, and not necessarily something I expected out of a lolzy demon-fighting anime.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Editorial: Are video games too violent? Unpacking the '89%' statistic.

Editorial: Are video games too violent?
Unpacking the '89%' statistic.

When talking about violence in video games, an oft-toted statistic is that 89% of them include violence in some fashion -- and it's a statistic that has been pretty thoroughly examined and tested and which does actually hold up fairly well. It's also, at least on the surface, a staggeringly high statistic: Nearly nine in every ten games is violent? That's truly shocking.

Statistics are undeniably useful tools for quantifying the world around us and getting a better idea of the objective truth, but it's also worth remembering that statistics are a stepping stone to examining something, not the end result. To that end, we're going to take a moment and try to unpack this famous statistic and see how it actually relates to what we know about video games.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hard Day's Night (1964) [Guest review by Reecey.]

Another guest review! Honestly, I could get used to this middle-of-the-week day off.

Hard Day's Night (1964)

[Guest review by Reecey.]

Hard Day’s Night is a film depicting a ‘normal’ day for The Beatles, but in reality is exactly as much fluff as Spice World, which isn’t a surprise since the latter was clearly inspired by it.

One of my favourite things about this film is the piece of meta humour that shows up within the first five minutes of the film and is continued throughout the whole thing. The source of the meta humour coming from the actor that they got to play Paul’s grand-dad.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Flash S3E17: Duet

The Flash
Series 3, Episode 17

Okay, before we get started, I'd just like to point out, after learning from Legends of Tomorrow that people in the US apparently can't even pronounce JRR Tolkien's name right, that it's not pronounced 'Tol-keen,' it's pronounced 'Tol-ky-en.' This is not difficult, you pronounce it basically how it's said, and yet out of the entire cast, only Arthur Darvill actually did this.

It was very frustrating.

Anyway, onto the show we're actually reviewing: The Flash! Specifically, it's a Flash-Supergirl crossover episode, leading on from the end of this week's Supergirl episode, and including not only Kara, but also J'onn, Sort-of-Winn, and -- joy of joys -- Mon-El.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Supergirl S2E16: Star-Crossed.

Series 2, Episode 16

Oh. Joy. Another Mon-El episode. I mean, we knew it was coming, the promos were pretty clear, but that doesn't mean I'm any more excited about it. This episode does have one glimmering moment where Mon-El and Kara break up, but let's face it, it isn't going to last. Give it a few episodes and they'll have gotten back together again, to the chagrin of all.

This week's episode sees Mon-El's parents arrive, hoping to bring him back to Daxam to unite their scattered people and lead Daxam into a new era. Kara is shocked and appalled when she learns that Mon-El was Daxam's crown prince, and breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Winn is framed for art theft by his alien girlfriend, Lyra, and before long the hunt is on to find her and clear Winn's name.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2E23

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Series 2, Episode 23

So, there is apparently some controversy over how this episode ended -- from some quarters, at least -- that is mostly to do with people managing to get forty-eight episodes into this show without figuring out that it's about how ugly, sudden, and unglorious war is, who are now shocked and alarmed that Orga didn't either survive or go out in a blaze of glory. In general, it seems like there's a small subset of fans who are only just realising that this isn't a show about heroism bravely saving the day, and that is baffling to me.

The power of expectation, I guess.