Thermae Romae Novae Streaming – Review

Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World“bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since that is likely to be a persistent question in the back of your mind as you watch Thermae Romae Novaethe most recent adaptation of Mari Yamazaki‘s Thermae Romae manga, it’s … Read more

Poupelle of Chimney Town [Movie Review]

Steampunk settings are always interesting, but Poupelle of Chimney Town gives the idea a unique twist. The technology is antiquated, but instead of Victorian England, the town itself feels more like something out of a dystopian future tale such as Ghost in the Shell. Buildings are stacked haphazardly on top of one another, with smokestacks … Read more

Darkstalkers Blu-ray – Review – Anime News Network

Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the challenge. Should a Darkstalkers anime series be comedic, in keeping with the goofier characters and the exaggerated cartoon look, or should it be … Read more

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+ – Game Review

With how much a certain blue hedgehog and a would-be reformed Japanese gangster dominate Sega’s limelight, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Sega also plays host to the video game exploits of Hatsune Miku, the famed digital singing platform musicians have used for years to create all kinds of music videos. The Project DIVA games … Read more

The Anti-Social Geniuses Light Novel Review: The Holy Grail of Eris Volume 1

Helen: The Holy Grail of Eris is not an isekai title and while the backstabbing nature of Adelbide high society would make for a fun game to play, it’s not so fun for Constance Grail to live through. She’s never had many friends and when she discovers that her fiancé, who her family desperately needs … Read more