Jan 062014

Elessar here, to host my first ever edition of Mecha Monday. About as esoteric a subject as I could possibly find.

Of my hobbies, one of the most expensive and time consuming is playing Warhammer. It, and it’s sci-fi version Warhammer 40,000 (often abbreviated as Warhammer 40k, or just 40k) are two of the oldest and most well regarded miniature games in existence. And since I’m here to discuss mech, I’m going to drop the pretense of talking about Warhammer Fantasy, even though that’s the system I like better, and just talk about 40k.

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Jan 052014

The longer the title of the light novel, the better it is!

Haruhi SOS Brigade full shot

Ever since The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya it’s been an infectious setup for nearly a decade. You get a bunch of friends, make up some excuse of a club that really does nothing all day, and then you have a bunch of shenanigans together. What is it about the high-school slice-of-life that makes it so popular and successful? The Inverseman investigates!

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Jan 052014

Hello Fenrir here tonight with a quick bite of something fantastic to feast on! It’s the new start to a new year–and that also means some really cool New Year’s traditions ranging from watching a big sparkly ball drop, to feasting on food meant to last for a week. Japan celebrates New Year’s feasting in style with several food traditions such as the osechi ryouri: a feast made of salty, sweet, and vinegar-preserved dishes much beloved because of long-lasting qualities–oh and because of the many auspicious meanings/symbols attributed to each dish. For instance, the renkon (lotus root) could be included because it’s a “lucky” tuber, and you can see through the holes into the future.


Datemaki–a salty-sweet omelette made with eggs and fish cake

Amongst these many dishes with their various and sundry meanings is the datemaki, a relative of the familiar tamagoyaki–except this version is made with plenty of fish and or shrimp paste of some sort. Oh and it’s also named after Masamune Date, so what’s not to love?

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Jan 042014

Inside Llewyn Davis Poster

As a semi-professional film critic (shut up I am!) I have always tried to maintain an air of objectivity. That objectivity tends to fall apart a little bit when it comes to the Coen brothers. Like Bruce Springsteen or Bioware, something about the Coen brothers just clicks with me. It’s not that they haven’t made movies I consider…let’s say not good (coughHudsuckerProxycough) but when they’re on point, almost no one has the ability to get inside my head like they do. This, combined with their quite frankly jaw dropping surplus of talent and skill, has meant they’ve been a staple of my top 10 movies of whatever year, basically as long as I’ve been doing them. Hell they topped the list the first time I made the list (in 2007, with No Country for Old Men). And while Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t quite the equal of No Country, it’s a damned brilliant movie on its own.

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Jan 032014

Disney has been having stellar few years. Live action franchises selling well, good movies from their CG team have been charming critics and they actually managed to do a Pixar theme better than the Pixar movie. While their 2D animation department was shut down (which was an awful, awful move but none the less), Disney keeps producing quality content like they should.

Still, if there’s anything the mouse likes to hide under the rug is history, especially its own history.  For example, did you know Lemmings don’t commit mass suicide by jumping off cliffs? A Disney nature documentary actually herded a horde of Lemmings to their deaths for dramatic tension. Another touchy subject in Disney’s history? The creation of the film version of Mary Poppins. Which is why it’s surprising that they made a movie about it…or is it?

Let’s take a look at Saving Mr. Banks.

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Jan 022014

Hello Silverwolf’s Den fans! Occasionally, I use this column as a sounding board for my thoughts on comic book culture or the industry in general, and this installment follows that rare trend. This week, we return to the idea of the pull list once again. I talked about my thoughts on constructing a pull list (i.e. the list of comics I buy each month) in the past, but recently decided to gut and restructure it from scratch. So why and how did I make this transition? Read on to find out!


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