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“Your Name” quenched my decade long anime thirst


I don’t know what the hell is going on in the world of anime any more, so forgive me for being late to the party here.

My last good anime binge was Madoka Magicka, and before that was… Death Note? Maybe. Did the new Evangelion movie ever come out? Did I even watch the last one? I have no idea.

It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since I kept up with all the latest shows. Until I recall that I got them all, fansubbed two or three days after airing, from an IRC channel. What even is that? Are those still a thing?

I like to tell myself that I’ve grown out of it. That’s a lie.

Deep down, I crave it. I want to cry at cartoons. I want to feel like a little kid, watching Sailor Moon transform for the very first time. I miss the melodrama. I miss the hyper comedy that only works in animation, with Japanese voice overs.

The trouble is, I’m a picky bitch and I don’t have the first clue where to find my next great obsession. In my IRC days, I would simply download the first episodes of everything airing and make my judgments based on that. That’s… something I don’t have time for any more.

So my craving has gone ignored, until it’s just a dull ache in the back of my mind.

If you were an anime fan in the early 00’s, you may share my experience. You are who I’m writing to now. Friends, my craving has been satisfied, and yours can be too!


Assassin’s Quest 20th Anniversary Edition is available for preorder

Assassin's Quest 20th Anniversary Edition Harper Collins UK

Harper Collins UK has been quietly publishing these beautiful editions with baffling zero fanfare, so I’m going to trumpet this far and wide: ASSASSIN’S QUEST 20th Anniversary Edition will be released November 2nd, and is available for preorder from Amazon UK.

These editions are the every-man’s opportunity to own The Farseer Trilogy in hardcover. They’re cloth-bound with silver gilded edges, a handy ribbon, and end-papers with new artwork by John Howe. Here’s an in depth look at the first book in this edition by YouTuber BookCravings:


E3 2017 was… kind of a dud?

Was any else not all that impressed with E3 this year?

Last year was gamer euphoria between Sony’s conference and Nintendo’s mind-blowing Switch reveal. My head was literally bursting. All I could see were bills flying out of my wallet and all the time I have in the rest of my life being devoured.


This year just kinda came and… oops! It’s over. Did E3 even happen? Did I miss something? What’s going on.


Music for Writing #SAD: Beyond this Moment, Patrick O’Hearn

Music is the key to getting any sort of good writing out of me.

Here’s my confession: I’m wildly unoriginal. Maybe 10% of my ideas are based on a “What if?” scenario. The other 90% of the time, I’m inspired entirely on how a song made me feel.

If you check my Last.fm charts, you’ll see a ton of songs with hundreds of listens. Something will move me, and I’ll listen to it on loop while I scrawl a first draft. The music takes me on a journey, and brings with it a world and characters. I’m just following the notes of a story the song is telling me.

Sometimes, I use music to set the tone for a scene. Did I wake up feeling groggy, but need to write a high-energy action scene? Play something pumped up and heroic! Did I just have the best day of my life, and need to kill off a major character? Somebody get me the Titanic score! Sometimes the mood of the song is totally unrelated to what I’m writing, but brings me back to a moment in my life that’s relevant. It’s a powerful weapon.

Circus, by Cyril Rolando

For writing, I prefer music without lyrics. Singalongs are for chores and driving. There are a few exceptions, but generally I find lyrics distracting. The music is there to create a mood, and become invisible. Video game music and film scores are prime contenders for this criteria, but there are a few independent artists that fit the bill.