The Entertainment Dome Episode 73 – Return of the RWBY Recaps

This week on The Entertainment Dome, James and I try to fight off our exhaustion by beginning our RWBY Volume 5 episode recaps and breaking down the new Yang short, the first episode and the opening sequence.

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RWBY Volume 4 – One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for RWBY Volume 4

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Regular listeners of The Entertainment Dome may recall that I already discussed  RWBY Volume 4 in great detail during its initial run. Almost every week, my co-host and I would talk about the latest episode and share opinions and theories as to what would come next. But while we did have fun and intend to do weekly recaps of Volume 5 once that starts, those were only first impressions.

Was this volume as amazing as I initially believed it was or does a second viewing reveal some more problematic issues I wasn’t aware of? Let’s find out together, shall we? Continue reading

Favourite Moments in Fiction #7 – Makoto Defeats the Mastermind (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

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Sometimes a final battle doesn’t need cool explosions. Sometimes a final battle doesn’t need a clashing of blades. Sometimes a final battle doesn’t even need any sort of violence. Sometimes, a final battle can be not one of weaponry or strength, but one of words. Case in the point – the ending of the final class trial in the first Danganronpa game. Continue reading

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