Tsuritama

Fishing Ball, usually just called Tsuritama, is a beautifully animated slice of life series that follows the adventures of a young boy with social anxiety and chronicles him learning to fish. It sounds simple and slightly boring on the surface, but the visual presentation of the main character being overwhelmed in social situations by drowning while no one notices is an incredible enough detail for … Continue reading Tsuritama

Homestuck

By Andrew Hussie While the internet fanbase has become something of legend, the series itself transcends this stigma. As a literature major and analysis nerd, this series interests me as an amalgamation of allusions, homages, mythological retellings, and an odd amount of psychoanalysis, all to be noticed casually or examined in detail. At over 8, 124 pages of content, including text, graphics, videos, and gameplay, … Continue reading Homestuck

ASL Shakespeare

ASL Shakespeare, The American Sign Language Shakespeare Project. Website. Berson, Jessica. “Performing Deaf Identity: Toward a Continuum of Deaf Performance.” Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance, edited by Carrie Sandahl and Philip Auslander, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2005, pp. 42–55. Bradford, Shannon. “The National Theatre of the Deaf: Artistic Freedom and Cultural Responsibility in the Use of American Sign Language.” Bodies in Commotion: … Continue reading ASL Shakespeare

The Ring Companion

Meikle, Denis. The Ring Companion. Titan Books, 2005. For my resources on Ring and The Ring: click here, or here for my Ring novel review. While this a definitive resource on the facts surrounding the various Ring films – of which many are included and examined in this book – the author’s tone is remarkably pretentious. He introduces his research by stating that his book … Continue reading The Ring Companion

Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America

Melton, J. Gordon. Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America: a Bibliography. Vol. 1. Garland Publishing, INC: New York, 1982. This 212 page book is an incredibly concise and thorough resource for its title subjects. Having been published in 1982, its more than a little outdated, but if general historical eras or certain dates are what’s needed, this book delivers. It covers an eclectic selection ranging from … Continue reading Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America

Bakemonogatari

Sometimes visuals are more important than plot. The Bakemonogatari series follows a simple supernatural harem story: the major catches of the series are the stunning visuals and unique, fluid animations with beautifully detailed urban backgrounds in a silent, empty world – and the in media res beginning and surreal, nonlinear order that the series order follows. There are two ways to watch the series: the chronological order … Continue reading Bakemonogatari

Neon Genesis Evangelion

By Hideaki Anno As far as classic anime goes, Eva has become more like a cult phenomena over the years since its 1995 debut. The series has spawned multiple video games, manga adaptations, movies, merchandise, and extra content. Eva takes all the familiar hallmarks of the mecha genre and injects psychological realism and an increasingly dark tone until the show itself begins to feel less … Continue reading Neon Genesis Evangelion

DND: The History

BUDRA, PAUL. “Roll a D20 and the Author Dies.” From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom, edited by Paul Budra and Clint Burnham, Indiana University Press, 2012, pp. 1–14, http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt16gzhpg.5. Copier, Marinka. “Challenging the Magic Circle: How Online Role-Playing Games Are Negotiated by Everyday Life.” Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology, edited by Marianne Van den Boomen et al., … Continue reading DND: The History

Emily Dickinson and Paganism

Buckingham, Willis J. Emily Dickinson’s Reception in the 1890s: A Documentary History. University of Pittsburgh Pre, 1989. Print. Eberwein, Jane Donahue. “” Where-Omnipresence-fly?” Calvinism as Impetus to Spiritual Amplitude.” The Emily Dickinson Journal 14.2 (2005): 12-23. Web. November 22, 2016. Hoefel, Roseanne. “Emily Dickinson Fleshing Out a New Word.” The Emily Dickinson Journal 1.1 (1992): 54-75. Web. November 22, 2016. Humiliata, Mary. “Emily Dickinson-Mystic Poet?” … Continue reading Emily Dickinson and Paganism

Sandman

By Niel Gaiman Gaiman is a familiar author from such popular titles as The Graveyard Book, Coraline, American Gods, and Good Omens. Gaiman kneaded in the horror, fantasy, and humor of his written works, rolled it in a crust of stars and baked it in a mythological oven for a millennia to produce The Sandman. The embodiment of Dreams is the protagonist, along with his sister Death and their … Continue reading Sandman