• Act commented on the post, Final Fantasy VII 1 month ago

    I’ve been thinking about this since way back with the Hunger Games, and I also think part of it is that Americans in particular really struggle with the idea of just war.

    We’ve seen over and over in YA how rebellions keep getting portrayed as at least as bad as the oppressive governments, and I can’t help but think it’s also tied to the…[Read more]

  • Act commented on the post, Final Fantasy VII 1 month, 1 week ago

    Also, a lot of the folks who think Edelgard is ‘controversial’ would be kissing her feet if she was a guy.

    I come from the future to say this is the truest fucking thing ever and Edelgard is the only sane person in Fodlan.

    I can’t help feeling that Western fetishization of religious institutions also plays a role in angry dudes ranting abo…[Read more]

  • Act commented on the post, Yo-Kai Watch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    This was also my experience. I couldn’t even finish the game, the grindiness got so boring. I loved the Yokai designs and the ideas but god it was so deeply unfun.

  • Killing Murphy off is the least surprising thing ever but also truly horrible, what an absolute shit cad.

  • As a fundraiser, I found the ethos… questionable (“Give us money so we can do actual activism while you stay at home”)
    Not everyone can be the person on the street, and especially right now I’m incredibly uncomfortable with judging people for that.
    Nonprofits need money and if your circumstances make active participation impossible donating is a…[Read more]

  • This is one of those things I’ve found myself getting less tolerant of with time. Like, I’ve played so many games, and most games aren’t Hollow Knight where each boss battle is completely unique and fun (I seriously wouldn’t cut anything in HK ever it is perfect PEFECT), and especially in jRPGs where by and large at this point in my life they…[Read more]

  • wow that is some truly hideous cheap animation

    The amount of shows just blatantly copying SU and AT’s art style is super obnoxious and boring but at least when they do that they get a functioning aesthetic, this is like how I would draw Avatar fanart at age 12.

  • I recently played Digimon World: Next Order, which is another, perhaps more appropriate, spiritual sequel to the original World (the PC from World is an NPC, and the plot is a continuation of the first), and I really enjoyed it. I thought it really captured the feel of exploration the first one had, and I thought the environments were very…[Read more]

  • Last time, Kyrie’s backstory and three more deaths.

    Back in the guest house, it’s become obvious that something has gone wrong. Krauss and Natsuhi are trying to keep their compure when Eva bursts out of her […]

    • It’s interesting. Eva is very obviously the culprit of the nonmagic killings this time, with EVA as a metaphor for the part of herself that could do such a thing. Given that, though: was Eva also responsible in the other routes? And who will be responsible going forward? Will EVA be the new villain, with Eva the culprit on every route? Or will things continue to juggle around?

      Well, the question in this context is, who’s Beatrice? Is she a metaphor for a culprit unknown? Or for a specific person? Could Eva had been the culprit without EVA being around or not?

      The gameboard and the metaworld are intertwined, but not necessarily in obvious ways.

    • This really reminded me of how the nonmagic version of this one is absolute bonkers bananas

  • This why I figured my $5 would be better going directly to charities and funds, why would I want 1,000 terrible indie games, I have like 50 already and it’s far too many.

  • That comic is me, frustrated, in every single philosophy course I’ve ever taken.

  • Last time, a break between Battler, Bea, and the audience.

    Ron steps forward. It’s time to start the game again.

    Bat takes a deep breath and says, okay, maybe Rosa and Maria’s deaths were […]

    • LOL, WTF

      Never thought I’d miss the Stakes’ designs.

      Don’t know what you mean. Fetish bunny girls assassins with a pseudo-military theme are a perfectly reasonable addition to the cast.

      BTW, do they get their character profile now or later? There is some interesting stuff in there if you click through them all.

      Very curious to know what the Cyrillic says.

      It’s not Cyrillic. Looks Greek to me.

      • It’s clearly Greek and I’m an idiot.

        • TBF, anime sorta has a weird fascination with Russian (not as prevalent as using random English words, but I do encounter it here and there occasionally, even in anime where you wouldn’t expect it), so it’s not an unreasonable conclusion to make when faced with an unfamiliar alphabet.

      • Fetish bunny girls assassins with a pseudo-military theme are a perfectly reasonable addition to the cast.

        You joke, but actually think the absurdity of that combination is part of the point. They aren’t suppose to feel “reasonable”. The nonsense of military bunny girl assassins serves to highlight even more the wedge between the mundane and the magical. The “fetish” part is probably too much.

        • I mean, I’ve read Umineko in full back in the day, I know what’s up with the design (though it kinda makes the fetish-y elements stand out even more). They’re ridiculous, but in a way appropriate for the story.

          Part of it is that, yeah, magic doesn’t need to be constrained by reason and logic and, in fact, can be said to stand in defiance to them, rejecting mundane problems and mundane solutions in favor of, well, a fantasy.

          Another part would be spoilers.

          They’re still pure WTF when you encounter them for the first time, though.

    • Never thought I’d miss the Stakes’ designs.

      Heh, I sorta prefer the Chiester sister design more, actually. Not by much, though.

      These designs are such a shame, really. I truly love Umineko and wish recommend to everyone. But stuff like this make it really hard to. The worst thing is that I don’t think their design is pure shameless pandering with no thought to it. I think there is a point to some of the choices made that serve to enhance the story. But they probably could have worked something out that didn’t include leotards…

      • For some reason, it looks like more of a hodgepodge than the Stakes to me.

        • I find them somewhat more coherent in their motif, at least. Like, they are military bunnygirls. So they wear playboy bunny outfit with a military outfit over it. Like, it is a weird arbitrary combination but I can see the themes at least. With the Stakes I don’t even know what they are supposed to be dressed as. What are they supposed to look like?

          Take the leotard, for example. Like, it is “fanservice”, obvious, but the concept of “playboy bunnies” is so integrated it is not that weird that you would put a bunny girl in a leotard. With the Stakes it just feels random.

          Like, neither outfit is “good”. I just appreciate the Chiesters more for theme consistency, I guess.

          • I’m still peeved that Umineko didn’t use actual Ars Goetia demon designs. Like, it has an owl on very long legs. How the fuck do you learn about this and not use it in your game?

            • Case in point:

              Everyone who doesn’t depict their demons like that is a COWARD.

    • “If anything, you’re witch of the kitchen!” Oof what a way to prove her point

  • ActBlue has put together a page for those looking to donate to some of the major funds:

  • A crosspost from my FB page:

    Since a lot of people are looking for resources right now, I thought I’d do something I don’t normally do and share some recs, in this case for books by and about black women. There’s no hierarchy here; they’re just among what I’ve happened to have read in the past six months or so. Feel free to share or add one.…[Read more]

  • Like many websites and blogs, we will participating in the blackout. This is not a time to say nothing, but instead to put aside things that can wait and focus energy on helping those in need. To that end, I have […]

    • A crosspost from my FB page:

      Since a lot of people are looking for resources right now, I thought I’d do something I don’t normally do and share some recs, in this case for books by and about black women. There’s no hierarchy here; they’re just among what I’ve happened to have read in the past six months or so. Feel free to share or add one.


      Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris
      Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror by Kinitra D. Brooks
      Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks
      Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory ed. Marleen Barr
      “Introduction” to Othello, Arden Third Edition, by Ayanna Thompson


      You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
      Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae


      Everfair by Nisi Shawl
      Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
      There Is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset
      The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord


      How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
      What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

      • Fiction – Novels

        The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin. It’s been rec’d here before and must be rec’d again.

      • Just to reinforce Act’s rec: the Arden Shakespeare series is excellent, and Dr. Thompson’s introduction to its revised edition of Othello is particularly good.

    • ActBlue has put together a page for those looking to donate to some of the major funds:

    • A countrywide list of bail funds

  • But then what is that research based on? There has to be initial research somewhere… 

    Yes, usually in long-term projects that are well outside the purview of a single seminar structured by someone else.

    What is it about undergrads that makes them seem stupider than high school sophomores, though?

    Different expectations. High schoo…[Read more]

  • No Umineko this week because I’ve been huddled in a ball weeping finishing up my final papers, but y’all are apparently more interested in dry books about other books than I thought, so here’s some of my favorite […]

    • EC replied 8 months ago

      “Speaking of nothing ever changing, this book is utterly fascinating. It’s a study of the different portrayals of industrialization in the writing of men and women in the Victorian era.”

      It is. At least, the main body is – I really don’t agree with her commentary on the present state of my country in the introduction, or her remarks re Thatcher, and I suppose it’s probably best we leave it at that – I’m half-way through the first chapter at present, and it’s an enjoyable read. I’m not sure yto what extent I agree or disagree yet.

      “Basically, Zlotnik argues very persuasively that men’s fiction was characterized by the valorization of a bygone era that actually sucked for everyone but the very privileged (HA HA HA)

      I’d been noticing a very gendered “cyberpunk good, steampunk bad” trend in the SF stuff I’d been reading, which rang all kinds of “this is actually because so many women write steampunk” bells, and this book left me with a lot of interesting thoughts on why steampunk seems to draw women writers. Basically, my working thesis is that women are driven to return to the industrial revolution because it was the last time positive social change seemed inevitable, and by returning to that time women and POC can rewrite a history wherein industry’s promise of freedom is fulfilled. If, as Zlotnik argues, men saw industry not as a site of promise but of sexual and economic threat, it makes sense they can only dismiss it and instead go to a future in which all the ladies are fuckbots and all the men are noir.”

      So, from the sound of it, you’ve read much better steampunk than I have. The only steampunk I’ve read that isn’t “valorization of a bygone era that actually sucked for everyone but the very privileged” and just generally bourgeoise as all hell is China Mieville’s Bas-Lag trilogy, and obviously he’s a man (and a communist, hence the interest in the industrial period).

      Hence, if you told me steampunk is dominated by women – which I also haven’t noticed, but I’ve read little of it – I’d probably guess that it was more an outgrowth of the gender imbalance in readership for Austen-style period pieces. If you’ve read something that’s actually got a bit of punk in it, or anything which is more than a fetishised version of Empire (like Gibson’s bizarre venture into the genre) or the courtship dances of Victorian Britain, I’d be quite interested.

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