Taste the Rainbow! Reviewing Chroma Squad

I was intending on posting this on Steam but it turns out Steam has a character limit, so it’s going here instead. We’ll be back to your irregularly-scheduled anime essays as soon as I find something worth writing about.

I’m going to say some scathing stuff in this review, so let me say this to start:
Chroma Squad is well worth the price of admission. For what you pay for it, you’ll get a lot of value for money.

For the rest, let’s look at this a bit at a time:
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Dressed to Kill – Kill la Kill versus the Fashion Industry

Through the conflicts of its characters, its focus on clothing, and particularly through its handling of its primary villain, Kill la Kill explores and denounces modern society’s intense fashionista culture.

We’re introduced to the clothes-based caste system of Kill la Kill almost as soon as the first episode commences. Before we’re even shown the main character, Matoi Ryuko, we’re shown the always-taller-than-everyone-else Gamagoori Ira, the student in charge of maintaining discipline at Honnouji Academy, the main setting of the piece. He disturbs a class on the rise of Hitler by kicking in the door, and announcing that he’s discovered a plot to unbalance the Academy! Continue reading

You Can (Not) Be Serious – Everything Wrong with Evangelion 3.33

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most important, most incredibly influential anime franchises ever created. It spawned a widespread decade-long wave of series falling over themselves to emulate it. It introduced western fans to the idea of cartoons for adults, and, for many westerners, was their first exposure to the mecha genre. If a westerner knows nothing about anime, they’ll probably still recognize the name ‘Evangelion’. It’s a shame the franchise is terrible. Continue reading

Save in the Name of True Love – Looking Back on Muv-Luv

Muv-Luv is the greatest story you’ve never heard of. Originally published by age in 2003 as Muv-Luv, containing the stories “Extra” and “Unlimited”, it was followed up with a sequel to Unlimited, called Muv-Luv Alternative, in 2006, which was in turn followed up by the Altered Fable fandisc, which contains a story mode set in “Final Extra”, a VN adaption of Total Eclipse, a radio drama, and Faraway Dawn, a very difficult tactical game affectionately known to players as Get Raped By BETA. Muv-Luv and Alternative were translated by Amaterasu, and Altered Fable is currently being translated by Alternative Projects. Muv-Luv is known for its incredibly good writing, setting building, and extravagant use of its format of presentation as a visual novel. It’s also the only thing I’ve ever read which has made me cry. On a note: this article will contain MASSIVE SPOILERS. The games have been out for almost ten years. Go and play them already. Continue reading

Better a Prince in Hell – Analyzing Madoka Rebellion

Plenty of websites and well-respected critics have complained about Gen Urobuchi’s Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika [Shinpen] Hangyaku no Monogatari (“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie [New]: The Rebellion Story”, colloquially “Madoka Rebellion”). Some of them went so far as to complain that it “…  destroys Madoka’s characters and desecrates its themes.” Very strong words. Some would argue too strong. If anything, Rebellion is the reverse – it sees the themes set up in Madoka-the-Series through to their logical conclusion, a conclusion the series was never able to reach owing to its hyper-focused scope. This is more of an analysis than an essay, but before we begin, I’d like to address a common misconception about Rebellion. Continue reading