Ibitsu | An attempt at Pure Horror

Ibitsu Review Story and art by Haruto Ryou Original Publisher: Square Enix (2004) Length: 2 Volumes (15 Chapters) In recent months I’ve found myself on a horror binge. The medium is surprisingly packed with scary, well paced series that effectively combine horror elements with the implicit structure of manga. In my opinion, Haruto Ryou’s “Ibitsu” does the best job of converting horror elements into proponents … Continue reading Ibitsu | An attempt at Pure Horror

Can Spelunky 2 Improve on the Original?

Despite what I said in my original piece on Spelunky, I don’t think the game is objectively perfect. It’s perfect for me, because it contains all aspects that I enjoy when playing video games. But to ignore the less developed aspects would be wrong of me.  The main issue players have with Spelunky is the co-op play. Having one player control the game’s camera makes … Continue reading Can Spelunky 2 Improve on the Original?

Stealth Symphony Review

Stealth Symphony Story by Ryougo Narita Art by Youichi Amano Original Publisher Length: 3 Volumes (20 chapters) Due to its length, Stealth Symphony will forever be a “what-if?” moment in manga history. It had all the proponents of a successful shounen series, with some fresh ideas through darker storytelling that set it apart from the other up and comers. Due to what I can only … Continue reading Stealth Symphony Review

Red Coloured Elegy Review

Red Coloured Elegy Story and art by Seiichi Hayashi Original Publisher: Seirindo Length: 1 Volume Whenever I experience something abstract, I find myself simultaneously intrigued and disconnected from it. I can be exposed to it, enjoy it, and discuss its meaning, but never feel like its a part of my reality. For example, I may see a piece of art at a gallery, fawn over … Continue reading Red Coloured Elegy Review

Alive! Review

Alive! Story and Art by: Tsutomu Takahashi Original Publisher: Shueisha (1999) Length: 1 Volume (10 Chapters) Recently I’ve been on a one-shot binge. I’ve been obsessed with finding short manga series and assessing the best qualities that come from their length, and whether many series find themselves using similar structural templates. If I hadn’t read so many of short manga, I may not have been … Continue reading Alive! Review

A Letter to Momo: Searching for Anime’s Greatest

A Letter to Momo feels like an homage to the classics of animation, like Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbour Totoro”, released 23 years prior. It doesn’t stray far from the “spirits interacting with uprooted kids with parental issues on their journey to adulthood” plot. Which is funny, because when I look back at that sentence, it seems incredibly specific. If you’re a great director, you can … Continue reading A Letter to Momo: Searching for Anime’s Greatest

Titan Souls: NOT Dark Souls

Recently there’s been an issue in gaming that’s been embodied by one phrase “We’ve made the Dark Souls of…” It’s been used by many gaming developers to incite interest in games they believe are very difficult. However, it also implies that the only contemporary games of notable difficulty are part of the dark soul series, or that any difficult game is only difficult because it … Continue reading Titan Souls: NOT Dark Souls

Believers Review

Believers Story and Art by: Naomi Yamamoto Original Publisher: Shogakukan (1999) Length: 2 Volumes (22 Chapters) Monsters, when used effectively, can be scary. Spirits, when used effectively, can be scary. Terrifying even. But what will always cement itself as the most frightening thing to exist in my opinion are cults. When you first hear about cults, they seem ridiculous. Who could be silly enough to … Continue reading Believers Review