Read It! – The Last Policeman

Post-apocalyptia has become almost the default setting for fiction lately.  Nuclear bombs come, wipe out all life, and then every story is about a guy, or gal, trying to knit jaw bones together to murder their way back to civilization.  Or something about teens being subjected to weird murderous trials to make serums.  I don’t know, it doesn’t always make sense.  Maybe a story about life after the apocalypse could not be about giant bombs or viruses gone crazy?  What about a world that just doesn’t care because they all know it’s going to be over anyway?  A sort of, pre-pacolypse maybe?  I bet there’s a great series of detective stories set in that sort of setting!

Spoiler warning: there totes is.

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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Doesn’t start with a Z?  And it’s two days late?

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is an anime about a wildly over reactionary high school teacher who has to teach a classroom full of anime cliches.

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Yakuza (3/4)

Gangster games kind of blur together to me.  Escape prison/have dreams of money, then a guy says “do an illegal thing” and you shrug and do that illegal thing.  Plus more illegal things because mreeehhhh.  They’re always open world, feature someone who will betray you because the plot says they have to, there are drugs, mafiosos and everything just goes through the motions.

Yakuza though stands out for me though.  Why?  Because every fight ends with people spitting their broken teeth fragments out while sobbing for forgiveness into your leather shoes.  Plus it’s intensely Japanese, which is refreshing in that not once does someone reference The Godfather. Continue reading

Xenogears

For those who recognize my title, congrats!  I can hear your mixture of euphoria and dread from here.  But nevertheless, I’m here to tell you about one of my favorite games, warts and all.  So join me on my little trip back to 90s jRPGs!

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Man, I can hear the music now.

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Warhammer 40k

It’s not really seen as cool to like Warhammer 40k by a lot of sci-fi purists.  It’s too dark and too grim and too full of BIG TUFF GUYS FIGHTING BIG TUFF BATTLES.

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Vastness

Space is really cool.

Really, it’s super cool.  It’s actually one of my favorite “settings.”  It has pretty much all the elements of a good setting and really gives you room to tell a great story.  I’ll tell you why it’s in quotes though, since it takes a bit of talking. Continue reading

Unrelenting Praise

When you read the title to this post, what do you think of?  Lots of praise, heaped in great, wondrous piles upon a worthy item/person?  Each piece lovingly given by those who were personally touched the greatness of the recipient?  Something so wonderful that it enriches the lives of everyone who comes into contact with it?

Or are you like me, and see something that people praise because…people praise it?

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