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The Wonder of Fire Emblem Heroes’ First Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a…scantily clad festive Tharja masquerading as an armored unit? Fire Emblem Heroes is no stranger to seasonal celebrations and alts. Let it be brides in springtime or (curiously) pirates in the twilight days of summer, the game has… Continue reading The Wonder of Fire Emblem Heroes’ First Christmas

Review and analysis on the effective horror of Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared

To say media of cutesy things that appear targeted to a younger audience being subverted into something terrifying, violent, and coarse is a trope that’s been beaten to the ground that it no longer has any impact is an understatement. It used to be a novel concept; just take something that appears childish and cute… Continue reading Review and analysis on the effective horror of Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared

The Hilarious Fault of Fire Emblem Heroes’ Battle Pass

Let me preface by saying that Fire Emblem Heroes is a mobile game that is dear to me as a longtime fan of the series. Though gacha is inherently predatory in its reliance on FOMO to nab sales, I like to think for a game that falls under the very same banner of Fate/Grand Order… Continue reading The Hilarious Fault of Fire Emblem Heroes’ Battle Pass

The Flighting Imagery of Birds in NEO: The World Ends With You

Birds are an allegory that encapsulate a number of ideas in fiction. From Alfred Hitchcock’s avian assault film to blue birds in David Bowie’s Lazarus, it seems the central focus is all the same, or at least similar; birds represent an outside, freedom and the unknown. To let go like the fleeting memory of Lenore… Continue reading The Flighting Imagery of Birds in NEO: The World Ends With You

Nine Songs I Would Like to See Covered in Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage (And Their Respective Groups)

I’ve been in the Vocaloid community almost long enough to be a card-carrying member. It started with stumbling on a few Miku tuned covers of video game tracks (who knew a virtual singer could cover a fan rendition of the Final Fantasy theme so well?) and spun off into a more than passive interest that… Continue reading Nine Songs I Would Like to See Covered in Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage (And Their Respective Groups)

5 Stands in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure that are Hilariously Similar

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is incredibly dear to me (just take a look at my multiple past articles on the topic. It’s the one series I’ve written the most articles about on this entire site). One of the biggest highlights of the series lies in its stand abilities; those classic rock named powers that are home… Continue reading 5 Stands in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure that are Hilariously Similar

The Significance of Rooms in Doki Doki Literature Club

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for the choice of thumbnail, it was needed to convey exactly which topic I wanted to explore today. Just the sight of Sayori’s bedroom has become memetic even to those who have barely had a brush with the game’s plot, and has become synonymous with the horrors that become more… Continue reading The Significance of Rooms in Doki Doki Literature Club

Fire Emblem Engage Review: Rebuilding the Foundations

Three days ago, Nintendo and Intelligent System released the seventeenth entry in their ever popular Fire Emblem franchise: Fire Emblem Engage. I had fallen off of Fire Emblem years ago as my interest in the franchise began to wane with the release of games like Three Houses, however something about Engage grabbed my interest so… Continue reading Fire Emblem Engage Review: Rebuilding the Foundations

‘Skinamarink’: New Era of Nightmares

You watch enough horror movies and it becomes increasingly difficult to be scared or disturbed. After all, this is coming from the same writer who didn’t even flinch at torture porn such as Martyrs, or finds the current output of horror films to be tame and generic or just fun popcorn cinema at best. Indeed,… Continue reading ‘Skinamarink’: New Era of Nightmares

The English Sakura Wars Community Is Going Through a Renaissance

Tell me if you've heard this story before. A franchise becomes super popular in its home country and is beloved by fans there for years. However despite this popularity there the rest of the world only gets a few scraps translated here and there. Despite this though the franchise gains a small worldwide fanbase who… Continue reading The English Sakura Wars Community Is Going Through a Renaissance

Every Survivor Season Ranked

I’ve always been a fan of shows like Survivor. There’s not a lot of content out there that fits into the bubble of “social strategy seasonal reality competition” shows, so when I can find one, I usually tend to enjoy it quite a lot. Despite this, it actually wasn’t until very recently that I decided… Continue reading Every Survivor Season Ranked

What is the Worst Possible Sakura Wars GB Playthrough?

Sakura Wars GB is one of the most unique spinoffs in the entire Sakura Wars franchise. Not only did it release on the handheld of Sega's rival, Nintendo, in an era where Sega was still producing consoles but it's also the only game in the franchise where you play as a self-inserted character interacting with… Continue reading What is the Worst Possible Sakura Wars GB Playthrough?

Best Movies of 2022

What can be said about 2022? Well, lots, actually, because this was a damn fine year for movies. Not to repeat myself, but every year is a great year for movies if you know where to look; in fact, 2022 was the best year we’ve had for movies since before a certain world-altering pandemic. We’ve… Continue reading Best Movies of 2022

A Deep Dive Into Every Yakuza Minigame

Two years ago I embarked on a quest to platinum every single Sega game available on PS4 (and now PS5). Anyone who would undergo this task knows the biggest roadblock in doing that: The Yakuza franchise. The Yakuza games are known for having some of the best side content in gaming and having an absolute… Continue reading A Deep Dive Into Every Yakuza Minigame

What Fighting Game has the best story mode? It’s DoA5

Fighting games aren't exactly known for having the best stories. Sure there are people out there who can talk about the lore and arcade mode endings of their favorite characters for ages, but when one of these games gets a story mode very rarely do people praise it. In fact, most of the time these… Continue reading What Fighting Game has the best story mode? It’s DoA5

Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Inventory

Hello and welcome back to the Story Arc. Three weeks ago I began an adventure where every other day in December of 2022 I examine a minor mechanic in the Yakuza franchise and look at how it has evolved game by game. In the previous articles I looked over how super small mechanics like locker… Continue reading Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Inventory

Sega Has a Monopoly on Christmas Games

Merry almost Christmas everyone! It's almost time for people around the world to celebrate the holiday's most common tradition: Sitting home during a snowstorm and playing a video game! But what video game should you play? Well, why not celebrate the season even more by playing a game with a Christmas aesthetic?Ever since the medium… Continue reading Sega Has a Monopoly on Christmas Games

Yakuza Mystery: Kamulop’s Real Identity

In Yakuza 6 RGG Studios introduced Oni Michio, a cute mascot character for the small town of Onomichi. This character was an instant success and as such RGG began to put him in every game from Kiwami 2 to Like a Dragon. However, an instant issue began to arise with including Ono Michio in every… Continue reading Yakuza Mystery: Kamulop’s Real Identity

‘Avatar: Way of Water’ – Beautifully Flawed

Much like its predecessor, Avatar: The Way of Water will be the subject of long-running debate and criticism. Some will see it as a true-to-form cinematic marvel in a time when original stories in Hollywood seem far-fetched; others will look past the stunning and lifelike imagery to bring down the movie’s characters and story For… Continue reading ‘Avatar: Way of Water’ – Beautifully Flawed

Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Feel the Heat!

Hello and once again welcome back to The Story Arc. If you've been paying attention to the site at all this month then you'll know that every two days I've been analyzing a different small mechanic from the Yakuza franchise and studying how it's changed from day to day.Over the past few weeks we've seen… Continue reading Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Feel the Heat!

All of Azami’s Ninja Rules from Sakura Wars

I love Azami Mochizuki, anyone who knows me knows that I can talk about this character for hours on end! One of the main recurring gags for this character are her 108 Village Rules. Whenever some character conflict happens or if the writers just want to tell a joke with her they'll often have her… Continue reading All of Azami’s Ninja Rules from Sakura Wars