A born and bred Minnesotan, JC founded the original Dragon's Anime back when the site was still just a Tenchi Muyo fan site, and remains the primary maintainer of the site.
One of the things that's always sure to get my attention, at least enough for a first look, is just about any take on the realm and mythos of Alice in Wonderland. Now, I'm not talking about the Disneyland fantastic voyage type of Wonderland, though to be fair looking back on THAT movie now as an adult you can pick out certain… tendrils of the sort of Wonderland I enjoy. No no no… When I say Alice in Wonderland, I'm referring more to the darker, American McGee's Alice type of Wonderland, or the Wonderland of Zenescape's comic universe. The truly twisted, foul and menacing place of former dreams and innocence lost to maturity. The place where everybody's madness – or even sanity – waits, patiently, for the day when you'll revisit it. Imagination is a strange and wonderful thing, but somewhere along the line, we fooled ourselves into believing only good comes out of the mind's playground. Pandora Hearts is a series that borrows some of the darker Wonderland's world, and spins it out in a new way.
No, I'm not asking you to invite Pinhead and his buddies over for beer and sexually bittersweet suffering, I'm talking about the series Pandora Hearts that just finished its run last week. Oz Vessalius is a young noble's son who's about to have his coming of age ceremony… and what a party it turns out to be! He gets himself a cute little homicidally psychotic girl that turns into a big damn black rabbit with a bigger scythe out of the deal, so maybe it's not a total loss, right? Follow me on a journey into Pandora Hearts to see for sure.
Synethesia is a classification for a neural phenomenon in which two or more senses are linked. For instance, somebody seeing a tree might hear a particular note or tone in their head at the same time, or when they see a written number they might involuntarily see it as a given color. There's a number of different medically recognized forms of synethesia. So, what does this have to do with Canaan, the series that I'll be taking a look at to day? Well, the titular character, Canaan, is a synesthete. Her particular form of the condition grants her ability to see intent and emotion as an aura of color. And what's any good little girl with the capability to read people like a book just by looking at them to do but become a full-fledged mercenary?
What happens when you take a girl that has the ability to see emotion and intent as a person's colored aura, and teach her how to kill practically before she's out of diapers? If you're lucky, you get committed to an asylum before being dumb enough to unleash the wraith of a woman scorned on the world, but if not, you get Canaan, the titular character of the series I'm reviewing this time… err, Canaan. Join her on a little tour of just how dark and nasty the world can really be, and see if Canaan is worth you taking a look at. At least there's some huge meat buns to be had…
I think that I've mentioned a few times in a couple of game reviews that I rather enjoy the whole World War II era story world. I'm a big fan of the classic Call of Duty series – which is not to say that CoD4 didn't kick ass and that MC2 won't kick even more. But I've always found there to just be something better about World War I and II than today's conflicts. Valkyria Chronicles is a Strategy RPG game that was released for the Playstation 3 late last year, and earlier this spring it made the jump to an anime format. It's billed as an alternate universe take on World War II – the European portion of it, at least - but of course this being an anime it's not at all as simple as that.
Before Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea, there was a slightly bigger war affectionately referred to as the second world war. You may remember this from your history courses – it was the one after the war to end all wars, WWI. In an alternate world, the continent of Europa is in the middle of its own World War, but unlike our world, where splitting the atom made the biggest boom, the superweapons of choice were the Valkyria, heroic maidens with incredible destructive powers who vanished at the end of the last war – unfortunately for Gallia, war didn't vanish with them. Join me for a little cross-dimensional visit to the world of Valkyria Chronicles to see if we can't find a few maidens that measure up to the impressive proportions of such well endowed heroines.
And yeah folks… I'm still alive. Barely. Keep an eye here for more updates soon, I've got a lot of catching up to do.
Just wanted to to mention that Dragon's Anime has partnered up with Crunchyroll.com, a great destination online for you to go see legally subbed anime online for free, not to mention participate in a cool community of fellow anime and manga nuts. This particular promotion brings you the hit series Eureka 7, but that's not all they've got in store for you if you want to pay them a little visit. Drop in and have a look around folks, it's a awesome little destination online for the anime and manga fan!
Folks, I have a confession to make. I grew up on Nintendo. The first gaming system I owned was an NES. I spent many, many hours with Rad Racer. I could play all eight dungeons of Zelda with my eyes closed. Knew the precise spot to stand in to be safe from the rings in Mother Brain’s room. My next game system was n Super Nintendo, and then I finally got around to picking up a Game Boy when they came out with the black Pocket sized one. I loved the Dolphin, erm, Ultra 64, err, Nintendo 64, enjoyed the GameCube for what it was, and I think the Wii is a remarkably creative concept. I’ve owned every single system Nintendo has ever marketed, save the Virtual Boy – and that only because they were gone practically before I knew they existed. This is my gaming pedigree: Nintendo all the way back to the video gaming prehistoria.
I'm still hanging around out here too folks, just been very, very busy with work for far too long. I've got a new rant out for you today, taking a page from K`thardin's usual schtick and throwing in a little of my own fire to see what gets crispy and what just burns. I've been a Nintendo Lifer since the day the NES hit shelves, folks, but something's been giving me indigestion with the newest console. Go grab your asbestos undies and check it out for a healthy serving of Dragon Flambé.
Paging Dr. Fran to medical ward 666... Paging Dr. Fran to medical ward 666... Your vic-, err, test subj-, err, patients are screaming. I mean, waiting. Got something that ails you? Feeling a little stiff? Don't worry, Fran's got just the solution for you... She'll have you patched up in no time flat, even if it means giving you the stitches right off her own back. Of course, such high quality medical care isn't free. It could cost you an arm and a leg – or maybe your just your sanity. If you're lucky.