All posts by James Arnold

Your Name

If you’ve heard of Your Name, the latest film from director Makoto Shinkai and highest grossing anime film worldwide, you’ve almost certainly heard of it in glowing terms and heaped with praise. Recently I’ve frequently found myself on the opposite side to popular opinion, I’m

Napping Princess

Do you like metaphors? I like metaphors. Let’s talk Napping Princess. Napping Princess opens weird with a long explanation of a bizarre dieselpunk-esque fantasy world full of endless traffic jams because the king reckons cars are the key to happiness. The exposition here is delivered

Cities: Skylines – Mass Transit

Cities: Skylines is a charming game, by which I mean it will politely walk over, chat you up and lift your wallet out your back pocket and take the watch off your wrist. It steals some of your money and all of your time. Its

Mass Effect Andromeda

A little over a month ago Bioware released the fourth entry in their Mass Effect franchise subtitled Andromeda. The game was met with, shall we say, a mixed reception. In all honesty, this should probably have been expected, not a single entry in the series

Game of Thrones – A Telltale Series

The Game of Thrones TV adaptation, the pop culture behemoth that it is, seems an obvious match for Telltale’s episodic, story-driven style. Telltale’s game features an original story that ties in with the series, starting at the Red Wedding, starring their own Stark loyalists, House

A Silent Voice

I’ll be honest, I don’t like small kids very much. I mention this because I get the feeling that A Silent Voice might be agreeing with me. Let’s start with the short version. In elementary school our protagonist, Shoya Ishida, ruthlessly bullied a deaf girl

Batman: A Telltale Series

After discovering how to set categories in my Steam library I spent one particularly neurotic Sunday afternoon shuffling games about like I was trying to organise a bookshelf. When I was finally done I noticed that one of my settled upon categories, Adventure Games (Modern),

Review: ReLIFE

January rolls on and catch-up season is in full swing. First on my list of things I didn’t watch in 2016 was ReLIFE, and yet another high school romcom. What makes ReLIFE any different to the God only knows how many other shows in the

Endingless – A Certain Magical Index

Let’s talk endings. A common problem peculiar to anime is that many series don’t really have one, a sad fact borne of the nature of its source material. Manga and light novels are often long running series in their own right with release schedules spanning