The Perfect Insider – First Impressions: A Curiously Intelligent Locked-Room Mystery that Explores Existentialism

The Perfect Insider (すべてがFになる) is a seinen mystery anime series that is an adaptation of the original novel from 1996, written by acclaimed author Hiroshi Mori. It aired during the Fall 2015 simulcast season and was produced by A-1 Pictures, with direction from Mamoru Kanbe (The Promised Neverland). The music was composed by Kenji Kawai,…

Ninja Scroll: The Series – First Impressions: A Surprisingly Low-Quality Sequel to the Original Motion Picture Classic

Ninja Scroll: The Series (獣兵衛忍風帖「龍宝玉篇」) is a seinen jidaigeki supernatural, martial arts anime series that released in Spring 2003. It was produced by Madhouse, directed by Tatsuo Satō, and written by Toshiki Inoue. The story takes place fourteen years after the original film and follows Jūbē on his wanderings. One evening while trying to rest…

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: A Truly Beautiful Bookish Marvel with a Fiercely Feminist & Endearingly Romantic Tale of Heartfelt Faith & Family Values

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali is an #OwnVoices Islamic young adult contemporary romance novel about two Muslim teens that end up meeting by happenstance on their journey to Doha, Qatar right after experiencing some frustrating events in their personal lives. For Zayneb, it’s suspension after an Islamophobic teacher retaliates against her in…

My Favourite Horror Films to Watch During the Summer

Summer is a fantastic season of heat exhaustion, peeling skin, and air so stifling hot that you feel like you’re suffocating the moment you step out of the house. Toss in some burned meat from a charcoal grill, cheap booze, and the incessant need to reproduce, then you have yourselves the ultimate American seasonal bliss.…

Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Gismo-Fuelled Ride of Badassery Inspired by the Dark Knight’s Comic Book Origins

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a single-player, action-adventure game that was originally released in 2009. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  It is one of my favourite additions to the Batman franchise and is also considered to be one of the best video games ever released, which is a…

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams by Naoki Urasawa: An Excellent Rollick that Explores How Personal Perception Influences the World of Individualism

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams (夢印-MUJIRUSHI-) by Naoki Urasawa is a seinen, mystery, drama manga about a father who evades taxes to save money so he can take his family on a cruise, but then he gets caught and loses everything, including his wife. One day, while he wanders the streets with his daughter, feeling…

I’m Sunny, I’m Shiny—The Sunshine Blogger Award

Wow, I got nominated for a blogger award! I honestly can’t remember the last time that I received one of these things. Considering how strange and inadequate I’ve been feeling lately as a blogger (thanks Heart-chan and Life-sama), I feel really grateful for getting this nomination.  Even though my scheduling has been a bit off…