My VG Music Picks #48 – Mr. Monokuma After Class (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc)

Before you ask, yes, the song title in the video is different but I’m calling the song by its name listed on the iTunes release. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let me quickly explain why Monokuma, the mascot of the Danganronpa series (which I wrote a personal retrospective about here), is an asshole. Continue reading

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Danganronpa – The Saga of Hope’s Peak Academy (Series Retrospective)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the entire Danganronpa series

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Where do I even begin describing something like Danganronpa? What even is a Danganronpa? It almost sounds like a word a one year old would make up (real talk, though, it’s actually a portmanteau of the Japanese words ‘dangan’ and ‘ronpa,’ which mean ‘bullet’ and ‘refute’ respectively. It’ll make sense later).

Bizarre names aside, though, this strange series has really made a name for itself since the first game’s initial release in 2010. Back then, it was a Japan-only PSP title that only a small handful of Western fans soon learned about. Cut to 2014 and someone, somewhere, decided that the rest of the world should be made privy to the lives of the Super High-School Level Students of Hope’s Peak Academy. And it paid off in a big way.

Following the first game’s re-release on the Vita, Danganronpa has slowly but surely become notably more well-known. While by no means a household name, it still developed a surge in popularity. Originally just two games on the PSP (a console most people don’t even acknowledge anymore), the series now consists of seven games, several re-releases, two anime series, novels and a tonne of manga (seriously, there is a lot of it).

I found myself checking the first game out almost on a whim, and ended up falling in love with it and desperate for more. It’s since quickly become possibly one of my favourite series, so (with the next game in the series arriving later this month) I’ve decided to write up a personal retrospective about my experiences with it and why I love this franchise all about the ongoing struggle between hope and despair. Continue reading

The Entertainment Dome Episode 70 – Diamond is UnBWAHkable

This week on The Entertainment Dome, I grill James for his opinions on Diamond is Unbreakable – the fourth part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, we prepare our hype for RWBY Volume 5 by discussing the two new shorts that were released and wrap things up with a quick chat about the surprise hit Mario + Rabbids (apologies for some weird audio issues).

(Also, just so you know, last week’s episode won’t be uploaded since we weren’t pleased with how it turned out.)

My VG Music Picks #47 – Philistine (No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

Out of all of the assassins you fight in No More Heroes 2, Margaret Moonlight is probably not only my favourite of the bunch, but arguably one of the most memorable. Not because of her backstory or her personality; in fact, we barely learn anything about her from her very brief dialogue with Travis. It’s all because of this song that plays during her boss fight. Continue reading

A Series of Unfortunate Events – The Terrible TV Show

Before we begin, I feel you should be informed that the subject of this review is not a pleasant one. In fact, it is so unpleasant, so needlessly cruel and so depressing, that I would honestly advise that you stop reading immediately. You have no obligation to continue. Close the tab and do something more entertaining or uplifting like watch a funny cat video or start reading a fan-fiction where nothing bad happens and everyone gets to live happily ever after. For there are no happy endings, or happy beginnings, or even happy middles in today’s subject. Continue reading