Geek Spiel – The Anime N00b: Attack on Titan (Episode 8-16)

SPOILER WARNING: As usual, warning up top that this article WILL contain spoilers for the included episodes of Shingeki No Kyojin. Beware all ye who enter here.

Continue reading

Because I Feel Like It Reviews: An Anime N00b’s take on Attack on Titan (Episodes 1-7)

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Episodes 1-7 of Attack on Titan. If you haven’t seen it yet, and don’t want the events spoiled for you, here’s your chance to click away, watch it, and come back. Which you totally should. Because it’s actually a really good show.

I’m not normally a big fan of anime. While so many I watch have cool elements and ideas, too many of the tropes bug me. For example, too often the philosophical underpinnings of the show eventually get thrown aside when it’s discovered that the motivation for the villain is the “QUEST FOR ULTIMATE POWAAAAAAH” or somesuch, and the use of “chibi” or cartoonish expressions of emotion in otherwise serious shows takes me out of it so much that I stop watching. That being said, I couldn’t stop hearing amazing things about Attack on Titan (in Japan: Shingeki no Kyojin) from everyone I spoke to, so finally decided to marathon the first season. I was pleasantly surprised!

Continue reading

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Okami HD – Episode 2: Back to the ’90’s

Shan and Vince wax nostalgic for the decade of boy bands and Legend of Zelda as we continue on our heavily inked adventure.

Cupcakes & Lighter Fluid – Okami HD – Episode 1: Stereotype Bingo

Podcast veteran and anime aficionado Shanleigh joins Vince in checking out the HD remake of much-beloved Capcom franchise, Okami! Or… they will once this INTERMINABLE CUTSCENE FINISHES.

Because I Feel Like It Reviews: Pacific Rim

 It’s easy to crap on summer blockbuster movies. A lot of the time they tend to bring it on themselves, often inciting the Internet with crappy scripts and two-dimensional characters, all while excusing themselves from accountability by saying, “Well what did you expect out of a summer movie? PLOT?” I was amply prepared to walk into Pacific Rim, switch my brain off, and be amply forgiving of whatever flaws the film had simply for the sake of watching giant robots and monsters blow stuff up real good. However, despite not being a perfect film, Guillermo Del Toro’s first foray into the kaiju monster movie genre proves to not only be a HELL of a lot of fun, but also a solid, if simple, story about respect, friendship, and trust.

Continue reading