Ultraman cover art from volumes 1 & 12

Ultraman (Manga): Thoughts on Vol. 1-4

If you think about it, superheroes have been a part of Japanese pop-culture ever since the post-war period, and in particular the 60s and 70s. Astro Boy is Pinocchio with Super-Powers. Characters like Shotaro Ishinomori's Android Kikaider and Kamen Rider

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Kirby and friends celebrating.

Kirby Star Allies: Video Game Review

Kirby games are generally conceived as kinder, gentler platformers. Not easy, but not punishingly hard either. Kirby Star Allies for the Nintendo Switch is no exception. While the narrative gets weirdly dark at times, the gameplay stays generally friendly. (more…)

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