Alone With You

You don’t have a right to be afraid of him, but it doesn’t stop the hair on the back of your neck from standing up.

Have Your Dirt and Eat It Too

Collected thoughts about “bad endings” in visual novels and games featuring romance. Contains spoilers for Diabolik Lovers, Dragon Age: Inquisition – Trespasser, Hatoful Boyfriend, and Magical Diary.

Here To Help

 [This post has spoilers for Cole’s personal quest from Dragon Age: Inquisition.] 

I always feel a little weird writing about how important a game is to me, especially if I know some of the people who’ve worked on it (hi y’all), but I still want to let people know that something they’ve created has touched me very deeply.

Cutting Class: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji

Arden talks about Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji, a thrilling character study about a young Japanese man pulled into the dark world of illegal, high-stakes gambling.

the next big thing

A friend gave me a piece of advice about writing that’s been really helpful to keep in mind: the thing you’re making right now doesn’t have to be the next Big Important Thing. It doesn’t have to be your masterpiece, it doesn’t have to change the world, it doesn’t even have to shout out a message.

Cutting Class: Katanagatari

The first post in Cutting Class appropriately begins with Katanagatari, a stunningly beautiful and unconventional anime that was sadly overlooked.

Cutting Class: Intro

Lots of my friends who want to get into anime (or friends who watch it already but want more recommendations) often ask me what shows they can watch that aren’t set in high school, or that don’t star high school-aged characters. I don’t know why so much anime is about Enthusiastic Youths Doing Their Best,…