Reviews & features

or, a (mostly) complete archive of my site.


Video/PC game reviews

The 7th Guest
Ame no Marginal
Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia
Atelier Meruru DX
Atelier Rorona Plus
Bevel’s Painting
Blank Dream
Chip’s Challenge
Civilization II
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 1 Complete
Doki Doki Literature Club!
Dreaming Sarah
The Expression: Amrilato
Freedom Planet
Grand Theft Auto
Grandia II
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
Knuckles Chaotix
Momodora II
Muse Dash
Nekopara Complete Edition
Our World Is Ended.
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
Persona 3 Portable
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Persona 4 Golden
Persona 5
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
Prince of Persia
Princess Remedy in a Heap of Trouble
Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt
Radical Solitaire
Saya no Uta
Senran Kagura Estival Versus
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Shin Megami Tensei IV
A Short Hike
SimCity 2000
Skies of Arcadia
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic CD
Strange Telephone
Takeshi’s Challenge
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Windows Entertainment Pack (123)
Yume Nikki

Music reviews

Burn My Dread: -Reincarnation: Persona 3-
Cowboy Bebop (all four main OSTs)
Flame ~Homura~ Ar tonelico II Hymmnos Concert Side Crimson and Waterway ~Mio~ Ar tonelico II Hymmnos Concert Side Blue
Katamari Fortissimo Damacy
NieR:Automata Original Soundtrack
Moe Moe EP by Moe Shop
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Original Soundtrack and Maniacs Extra Soundtrack
Sonic the Hedgehog: Passion & Pride: Anthems With Attitude from the Sonic Adventure Era
Touhou Explosive Jazz 6 by Tokyo Active NEETs


After Dark
Encarta 97


Essays & commentaries

The following are posts I’ve written and continue to write that don’t fit neatly into the review category.  Some of them are more long-form analyses of games, anime, or other media.  Some are pieces on hot issues some parts of the entertainment industry and its fans are or were facing at the time I wrote them, usually after I was drinking way too much of a particular substance and getting angry/depressed about it.  Some are probably pretty stupid, especially the older ones, but I’m posting them all here anyway, listed in ascending chronological order.

Amazon thinks I’m a pervert
What kinds of mushrooms are Mario and Luigi eating? 
Why I’m not excited about the Final Fantasy VII remake
The myth of the entitled gamer
Politics, video games, and “nerd culture”
Why write?
Avoiding the Poochie Effect, or why I’m slightly nervous about Persona 5 Royal
On physical copies, bonuses, and Google’s Stadia
On reviews, scores, and objectivity vs. subjectivity
On anime, games, and obscenity
In defense of offensive content
Why aren’t visual novels more popular in the West?
Does fun belong in “serious” video games?
Do your protagonist or leads have to be relatable?
On the use of public office to suppress the display and sale of artistic works

Deep reads

An ongoing series of more organized, less stupid/confusing commentaries on games and anime.  At least I hope that’s the case.  I plan to continue this series indefinitely, so be sure to check back. Also, I retroactively inserted a few of my older analysis articles into this series and very pretentiously assigned them Greek letters to differentiate them. Because I think they fit the spirit of what I’m currently going for with the deep reads series, even if they’re not quite as developed as the later, more planned-out posts. Is that cheating? Well shit, I don’t care.

Deep reads α: Saya no Uta revisited: A Valentine’s Day review
Deep reads β: You’re not the hero of this story (Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey)
Deep reads γ: The solitary soul (Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne)
Deep reads #0: Preface
Deep reads #1: Over the top (Kaiji)
Deep reads #2.1: Why I like Disgaea
Deep reads #2.2: Nippon Ichi’s Netherworld Vacation
Deep reads #2.3: The power of love (Disgaea 1)
Deep reads #2.4: The cost of revenge (Disgaea 5)
Deep reads #3: Just a little broken (Planetarian)
Deep reads #4: Playing God (the Sim series)


Very old stuff

aka the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else and doesn’t represent the kind of work I do anymore.  Not that I’m ashamed of it or anything.  It’s still worth reading, especially the SimCity 2000 project.  Speaking of which:

Unfinished SimCity 2000 Project

At the beginning of 2017, I started playing a game of SimCity 2000, one of my childhood favorites, on hard mode with the worst geographical settings possible. The result is below: part screenshot Let’s Play, part tutorial, part political drama. Just like Nikolai Gogol’s great novel Dead Souls, it remains forever unfinished, but it’s still worth reading. (Yes, I am comparing myself with one of the world’s greatest authors.)

Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VIPart VIIPart VIIIPart IXPart XPart XIPart XIIPart XIIIPart XIVPart XV

Anime reviews: anime for people who hate anime

Here are some pieces I wrote a long time ago about anime your normie friends might enjoy.  I don’t know why I decided Humanity Has Declined sits in that category, because it clearly does not belong there.  These were also written at a time when I was still a bit (or a lot?) ashamed about being a weeb, which I could not give less of a flying fuck about now.  So if the tone in these posts seems different than in my current writing, that might be why.

Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji
Humanity Has Declined
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Mahjong Legend Akagi: The Genius Who Descended into the Darkness
Welcome to the NHK!

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