Fantasy

Spring 2013 Anime Preview

Every three months, like clockwork, Japanese TV remakes itself. A bunch of shows end, a bunch more start, and many continuing series bring out new opening and closing sequences. Most anime series run for only three or six months. Throw in that there&... Read More »

Anime roundup 3/31/2013: You Are In a Maze of Twisty Little Plotlines

From the New World, end – If there has been one theme running through every episode of From the New World from the beginning, it’s been that there is always another way to make the situation even more dystopian. And if there is a second o... Read More »

The Dumbest Part of The Lord of the Rings

The Dumbest Part of The Lord of the Rings

I first read Tolkien when I was 13 and (like many others before and after) totally fell in love with the Middle Earth thing. I’ve read the trilogy (and the Hobbit) probably a dozen times, listened to the BBC version five or six times, listened ... Read More »

The Empty Art of Onmyodo

The Empty Art of Onmyodo

We're all living on borrowed time, but it can take a fox to remind you that what you should fear most may be the very thing you desire. What does moe culture have in common with black magic? A lot, actually. Read More »

Christianity vs. Science Fiction

Of late, I am sensing that lines have been drawn and sides chosen in the camps of Science Fiction (& Fantasy) and Christianity. There’s a virtual wall between the two fandom groups- and that’s a darned shame. I count myself as a Christian- not th... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Comicon

The Pros and Cons of Comicon

It is the day before the first day of spring. As I sit in my office chair, working at my computer, the giant snow thrower passes by and deposits a massive blast of snow onto my window making me jerk around at the sound it makes. So much for springtim... Read More »

You Got Grit in my Fantasy Story

(Cue stoner voice) “You got grit in my fantasy story, man!” “Nah man, you got fantasy in my gritty story, dude!” Convergent evolution is the acquisition of the same biological trait in unrelated lineages. The classic example is that of the wing: flyi... Read More »

The Fury – Blu-ray and Expanded Soundtrack

Those difficult teen years. A time when you have no money, power or influence, and have to spend your day going to school without getting paid for the privilege. Have to do what adults say all the time, but have little money to do what you want, and ... Read More »

The Artful Collector: “Excuses, Excuses”

The Artful Collector: “Excuses, Excuses”

And when we can’t have what we want….despite our best efforts to strategize for maximum gain? Then What? Oh, do we have excuses. Pick one: 1. End up the underbidder? “It was too expensive for me anyway” (cognitive dissonance a... Read More »

Anime roundup 3/24/2013: High Anxiety

Space Brothers #49 – Yes, international viewers who may not be familiar with the southwestern US, there are rattlesnakes near Amarillo, and yes, if you’re going to be walking through the wilderness around there for several days, someone i... Read More »

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