Book Review: Log Horizon – Books 3 & 4


When I last left the Log Horizon series, they’d gone into a political and economic thriller, as Shirou started forming the Akiba Round table with members of all the major guilds, before driving a bunch of the bad actors out of Akihabara through the unified powers of cash and good food. However, the series had also set up a new concept – that the People of the Land – the former NPCs are now fully sentient. Books 3 and 4, with the collective subtitle of “Game’s End,” get into the ramifications of that, along with what’s been going on while Akiba was getting its act together. Continue reading → Book Review: Log Horizon – Books 3 & 4

Film Review: Heaven’s Gate (Director’s Cut)


Heaven’s Gate is a film that originally had a profoundly negative response – critically panned for its excess, both in terms of the troubled shoot and the film’s length, it was considered everything wrong with “New Hollywood”, even before we get into the reports that horses were killed and maimed in the making of this film to enough of a degree above and beyond earlier westerns that this movie lead to the start of the American Humane Society sending monitors to film shoots to make sure this didn’t happen in the future. Since its initial release, the film built up something of a cult following, which ultimately lead to the film getting a re-edit and re-master to fit the director’s vision for its final release a few years ago from the Criterion Collection. Continue reading → Film Review: Heaven’s Gate (Director’s Cut)

Let’s Play Super Robot Wars V: Part 20 – Cosmic Crossroads (Part 1)


The survivors of the Gammilans Pluto Base try one more attempt to take out the Yamato.

Theme: JAM Project – The EXCEEDER (From Super Robot Wars V)

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3 Possible Anime Cinematic Universes


I give a few possible candidates for another approach to adapting anime to live action.

5 Anime That Could Work in Live Action
Mother’s Basement – When Will Hollywood Anime Git Gud

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Adventure Review: D3 – Vault of the Drow & Q1 – Queen of the Demonweb Pits


I off and on have been reviewing the parts of the first AD&D adventure path – Against the Giants (in two parts – Part 1 & Part 2), and Descent into the Depths of the Earth. Well, now the time has come to the conclusion of the Adventure Path, and while for an inventive ending, it’s kind of a rough one. Continue reading → Adventure Review: D3 – Vault of the Drow & Q1 – Queen of the Demonweb Pits

Legends of the Force: Episode XIX – Dark Empire II


Veich and Kennedy return, with another story of the Emperor Reborn (or, rather, Emperor Reborn^2).

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Opening Credits: Star Wars Theme from Super Star Wars on the SNES.
Closing Credits: Chiptune Cantina Band from Chiptune Inc. – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvJtiGFudFlvYMfjiU1NKJg

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Let’s Play Super Robot Wars V: Episode 12 – A Chilling Reunion (Part 1)


Yet another Super Robot shows up, and Kodai finds an artifact from his past.

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Book Review: Record of Lodoss War – The Grey Witch (Video Review)


At long last, the first Record of Lodoss War novel has received an officially licensed US release. I’ve read it, and here are my thoughts, and some notes on the differences between the two releases.

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Movie Review: George Harrison – Living in the Material World


A while back I reviewed the documentary film The Ackermonster Chronicles – a documentary film telling the life story of Forrest J. Ackerman. The film conveyed Ackerman’s life in a way that I compared to people talking about Ackerman at a wake, telling stories about his life, and in my view it didn’t quite get across why, necessarily, Ackerman was historically important or significant. George Harrison: Living in the Material World, from director Martin Scorsese uses the same style of presentation, but gets that point across better. Continue reading → Movie Review: George Harrison – Living in the Material World