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

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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

Six Awesome Moments in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the following:

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Remember that one article where I wrote about some of the most kick-ass moments from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders? Well, I’m doing it again, only this time, it’s about the anime’s fourth chapter that finished last month – Diamond Is Unbreakable. So, if you’re unfamiliar with the series’ premise or the concept of Stands, go read the Stardust Crusaders one first because I don’t want to repeat myself here, but I’ll give a quick rundown of DIU‘s plot.

In 1999, in the quiet Japanese town of Morioh, our new protagonist, Josuke Higashikata, is approached by Jotaro Kujo (from the previous series) and learns that he is part of the Joestar legacy and, thus, is in possession of a Stand of his own named Crazy Diamond. Jotaro is on the hunt for a mysterious bow and arrow, which is capable of granting people Stands. Continue reading

RWBY Volume 3 – Perfectly Heartbreaking or Heartbreakingly Perfect?

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for RWBY Volume 3

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It’s that time of year again! At the end of last year’s review of Volume 2, I was feeling slightly more confident about the future of RWBY, but was that confidence well-placed? Did Volume 3 continue to improve or did it crash and burn? Well, enough babbling. Let’s just get right to it and break down the good and the bad of RWBY Volume 3! Continue reading

Random Rankings – The Clow Cards

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Cardcaptor Sakura

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Two weeks ago, I wrote an article about Cardcaptor Sakura and why I liked the show despite me not being the target demographic. Waxing nostalgically like that helped remind me of  one of my favourite aspects of the show – the Clow Cards themselves. It’s hard to really explain but something about a set of magical cards, each with their own abilities and different themes and such just really appeals to me; so much so that I actually own a real-life deck of the cards (I have no regrets).

So, just because I want to, I’ve decided to rank all 53 of the Clow Cards, from least favourite to most favourite, in the first of a new series of articles I call Random Rankings. Continue reading

Cardcaptor Sakura – Why Did I Watch This Show?

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Cardcaptor Sakura

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No, serious question. Why DID I watch Cardcaptor Sakura? I should clarify; I’m not asking this in a “Why did I waste my time watching this” way. I’m just wondering what made me get into the show in the first place. I mean, have you even seen a single image of Cardcaptor Sakura? It doesn’t exactly seem like the kind of thing that’s aimed at guys in their 20’s. Yet, I’ve watched it, and I like it. With a new manga and anime apparently in the works, I figured now would be a good opportunity to write about this show and wax nostalgic about it. Continue reading

Six Nintendo Franchises That Should Get Anime Adaptations

So, yeah, remember several months ago when I wrote an article about what Nintendo franchises should get movie adaptations? Well, if a recent interview with Nintendo’s President is anything to go by, Nintendo will also be expanding into other markets – including anime.

For years, fans could only dream of seeing their favourite Nintendo characters appear in this format (with many fan artists having their own goes at it). Of course, it’s not like Nintendo are inexperienced in this kind of thing. Let’s never forget the Mario and Legend of Zelda cartoons, but the quality of those shows were… questionable at best and flat out terrible at worst. Hopefully, in this modern era, Nintendo can make the right choices to create new adventures for its beloved characters.

For now, though, let’s open the floodgates for discussion as I list some franchises that I think would make either great or, at the very least, enjoyable anime. Continue reading