Fate/Zero is the first installment to the Fate series. It was not the first part of the series to be animated, but it does precede all of the others chronologically with regard to the story being told (think of Fate / Zero as the Phantom Menace but better, obviously). The series itself began as a Not-So-Safe-For-Work visual novel which detours into erotica frequently while trying to tell a very long and convoluted story. I am told that the visual novel, besides these negatives, is a very good story but not one that I have personally read or plan to read. Instead, I will address the anime series that have been created from the original source material. Because the directing studio wanted to take the story seriously, the series had all of the erotica stuff cut out of it (save maybe some hints to it) and I think that its fair to say that the story did not suffer for the subtraction whatsoever. Read More

Parasyte – the maxim –

Somewhat Spoiler-free Introduction

Parasyte opens on a night in modern Japan. Orbs like phosphorescent pipe-cleaner balls are floating down from the sky onto the city. The orbs break open like seeds and release smaller bacteria-looking things. Given their limited lifespan once released from the orbs, the creatures immediately search their vicinity for a sentient host with the intention of taking over their brain so that they may manipulate and control the cell structure of the entire body. The result is pretty disturbing, Read More

20 – freaking – 16

I didn’t plan to do another political post for this election season, but the response I have been seeing on my timelines and news feeds from friends and news outlets alike has pushed me to do so. I hear many of your fears and concerns as women, LGBTQ, and other minority group members. I somehow doubt that if you are a member of those groups, voting and now fearing as a member of those groups, that you will have somehow found your way to this page. Despite my hatred for and general refusal to associate with identity politics, I can empathize with you to some degree as a white, male, Christian when I say that I have no idea what a Trump presidency could mean for America. I believe that Trump will not be as effectual as many of you believe he will be, but, again, I am as unsure as anyone else. Read More