Media Retrospect: Curiosity and CATS

By now the internet has absolutely exploded over all the content coming out of SDCC, and don’t worry – certain parts of some announcements may become blog posts for a future date. But for now, I want to address the furry friend in the room, and that is the trailer for the live action movie adaptation of the Broadway musical CATS.

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SARAZANMAI: From the Beginning to the End, We are all Connected

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been talking about and sharing things regarding Sarazanmai, the latest anime created by Kunihiko Ikuhara of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum, and Yurikuma Arashi fame. His body of work is known for being wildly and bizarrely quirky, chock full of symbolic meaning that may or may not be explained, stylized repeated sequences, serious themes, and a key trait of keeping you guessing as to what really happened long after you’ve finished engaging with one of his series.

Now, I’m no scholar of Ikuhara’s work, nor am I a smart anime person who knows all of the things about everything who can tell you how you ought to interperet cartoons. What I am is a writer and someone who enjoys stories in all their myriad forms, and I want to chat with you about the themes and ideas I think are important about Sarazanmai. I feel that opening up a dialogue and sharing thoughts is one of the best things you can do when analyzing media, so there’s no pressure to agree, disagree, validate, or be snooty about perceiving something one way or the other. Alright? Alright. Continue reading

Scoob and Shag and You

Hello there! It’s been a while since my last blog post, and that’s on me – I’ve been plugging away at my day job, getting hype over amazing Pokemon news (you may have seen my persistent Twitter flood of Wooloo love), and being emotionally wrecked over Kunihiko Ikuhara’s latest anime Sarazanmai (you may have seen my persistent Twitter flood of wailing, coping with memes, and love of Tooi Kuji). While these are all great topics for future posts, today I’m going to fulfill a promise I made to myself quite some time ago.

It’s time to tell you about Scoob and Shag.

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An Eightfold Adventure: Octopath Traveler

I’ve played a fair amount of video games since I was a child, but I will admit that I don’t have vast or storied experience in what’s considered “classic RPGs”. Hell, many of the games I played as a kid and teen I was never able to beat, not without a lot of help from guides or other people – and believe me, I well remember the old days of the inch-thick guidebooks that told you how to do all the things in a game to beat it, and I appreciate the internet’s vast amount of gaming resources for when you get stuck on particular parts.

So, in a way, everything that a snobby gamer who still plays the early Final Fantasy games on their original systems using pristinely-kept game cartridges would be familiar with and might consider boring about Octopath Traveler? I’m coming into a fair amount of it with no experience. And I’m loving it.

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Relentless Reading

Today I have the particular and peculiar luck to be stationed at the receptionist desk for the whole of my Friday – we are without our usual receptionist, and the woman who usually covers is out on personal business. (Don’t worry, there’s someone here who can relieve me if I need to go to the bathroom.) While I can only dread the pile-up of work that will meet me on Monday, I can still make good use of my time by catching up on my ludicrous amounts of reading.

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Detective Pikachu…

I saw it.

I saw Detective Pikachu. I preordered the tickets and brought my Audino plushie with me and ate 3/4ths of my popcorn waiting for the movie to start, and now I’m going to give you my thoughts.

I actually got the card this art is for in my little promo thingie! That and a Psyduck.

There are SPOILERS below the cut, so if you’d rather not have things revealed to you regarding the movie, I suggest bookmarking this post and waiting until after you’ve seen it to check this out. I’m likely not going to be discussing much of the plot, but even so, I know folks like to stay completely free of any hints of anything, so this is your warning to wait.

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Audience and Creator and the Balance of Responsibility

You know…we ought to have a talk. As a wider community of people who make things and people who enjoy the things being made, we…need to really sit down and think and discuss…things that are Not Okay to do. The more incidents that come to light or erroneous missteps taken that alienate people, the more I think that this has been a discussion sorely needed.

I’m not naming any names or events. I’m leaving it to you to fill in things as they apply to you – if one considers it on one’s own terms, then one is more receptive and understanding. That’s my own theory, anyway.

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