The Violent, Shocking Children’s Tale of Chirin no Suzu

“In order for some to live, others must die.” When tackling ideas of subversion and unconventional narratives in anime, it’s easy to be reminded of seminal bait-and-switch series along the lines of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Shows that disregard the norms of ‘conventional’ storytelling by playing into the viewer’s presumptions about […]Read More

Seven of the Most Challenging Osu! Beatmaps

The Osu! 2014 World Cup wrapped up in December after a climactic showdown between the stalwart, immovable forces of Japan, Germany and Poland, escalating into a savage clash of keyboards, mice and tablets, culminating in a brutal finale of bruised fingers, bloodied monitors, and broken spirits.     Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic. But it […]Read More

Four Underrated Japanese Games

If you have trouble keeping up with new game releases, try living in Japan! With gaming being one of the country’si major industries and media outlets, it’s hard to not be a little overwhelmed by the flood of games being churned out every month. With such a tidal wave of games, how do you know […]Read More