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As Miss Beelzebub Likes Is an Adorably Devilish Treat for Rom-Com Lovers

History’s various interpretations of the evil realm known as Hell have mostly been consistent: it has almost always been depicted as a fiery place beneath the crust of the Earth where people who have been bad in life go. Regardless of which culture’s interpretation of Hell you’re reading about, it’s safe to say it’s not a place most people would ever want to visit. That is, unless it’s the Hell of As Miss Beelzebub Likes, which is depicted as...

Robin Hood Gets an Emotional Update in Call It What You Want

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s work. While I definitely loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, her retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I was first introduced to her writing through her young-adult contemporary novels. Character driven and bittersweet, these books never shy away from heavier topics for its teenage protagonists and still manage to work in fluffier, intimate moments between them. Given that I’m a hopeless romantic and I can...

My Time at Portia Offers an Indie Option for Fans of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing

My Time at Portia finds itself in a very opportune position: releasing far enough after Stardew Valley but still a year before Animal Crossing gives the game an opportunity to fill the void in which many simulation fans are currently stuck. But with so many options on the table, as well as the genre’s ability to create games that can be played seemingly forever, does Portia do enough to stand out? Or do the shortcomings of being an indie...

Hell Girl Is How to Do Live-Action Anime Adaptation Right

Whether it’s being done in Japan or here in the United States, the concept of trying to cash in on an anime’s popularity by remaking it with real-life actors and settings has been around for decades. Ask anyone who has had the mental fortitude to sit through even one of these remakes, however, and they’ll tell you that most of these cash-grab attempts have been mediocre at best. With this track record, it’s understandable that many anime fans aren’t...

Masashi Kishimoto Makes His Triumphant Return with Samurai 8

In the world of anime and manga, few have seen the success Mashashi Kishimoto has with his smash hit Naruto. In terms of manga sale numbers, only Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) have him beat, and perhaps only Toriyama can claim more international success. Maybe. Naruto was, and still is, a phenomenon. For many, Naruto is a coming-of-age story that was airing on TV during their own adolescence. Much of Naruto’s story depicts him struggling...

Looking Back on 8 Seasons of Game of Thrones Greatness

On May 19, 2019, millions of viewers worldwide tuned into the series finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, shattering previous HBO viewing records. After those 82 minutes, feelings on how it ended aside, I realized something that struck me. For several years now, I have proclaimed Game of Thrones as my favorite show on television, but once it ended, I think it became the greatest show of all time. Some may object to such a proclamation. “What about M*A*S*H...

Men in Black: International Puts the Extra in Extraterrestrial

I had a pretty big Will Smith phase back in the ’90s. So much so that I had a framed poster from, get this, Wild Wild West in my bedroom—yep, that movie with the mechanical spider and . . . you know what, no need to drag myself any further. Two summers before Wild Wild West had come the intergalactic misadventures of the soon-to-be Agent J, a man who encouraged me to rock dark sunglasses and maybe, just maybe,...

Toy Story 4 Is Another Triumph of a Tale

Few animated series make it as far as the Toy Story legacy while remaining sweet, smart, and genuinely heartfelt. It’d be easy to scoff at yet another sequel and to believe that Pixar is milking it, desperate to find something for these characters to do to keep the money train chugging. But Toy Story 4, like previous Toy Story sequels, finds something so clever and emotional I have no reservations about calling it one of the best entries in...

Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia Deserves a Title Shot

Combining professional wrestling and comics seems like a match made in heaven. Over-the-top personalities and silly stipulations for matches could create magic on the pages. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) teamed up with BOOM! Studios to release comics based on their characters and history, inspiring a slew of independent wrestling-themed comics. However, they’re not the only ones: although not affiliated with the WWE, Suspicious Behavior and Starburn Industries’ Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia serves as a love letter to the history...

Ghosts of Saltmarsh Brings a Thrilling, Flexible Setting to the Dungeons & Dragons Family

In my experience, Dungeons & Dragons campaign books generally come in one of two forms: either a fairly linear progression of adventures that move along an overarching plot or a broader collection of individual adventures loosely related to a central theme or location. Both types have their merits and their drawbacks. Linear campaign books provide a structure for new or time-lacking dungeon masters, but they also can present a challenge to both groups when players make decisions in-game that...
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