Lessons in Family from Fire Emblem Fates

Lessons in Family from Fire Emblem Fates

Before the dust even settled on Nintendo’s grand Switch presentation, the Fire Emblem hype train crashed into the station like Prince Hector’s axe. We got hit with announcements of four new games: Fire Emblem Warriors (Dynasty Warriors gameplay in a Fire Emblem setting) for Switch, Fire Emblem Heroes for mobile, Fire Emblem Gaiden: Shadows of Valentia for 3DS, and an unnamed main series game slated for Nintendo Switch. Since Heroes dropped last week, I have a relevant excuse to discuss four of my favorite characters: the Royal Family of Nohr…

Doctor Strange: Four Ways to Conjure a New Door When Another Closes

Doctor Strange: Four Ways to Conjure a New Door When Another Closes

Man, Doctor Strange was just magical, wasn’t it? The fans and critics agree. I’d give you my own review, but pieces of my brain are still floating around in an alternate dimension. It simultaneously accomplishes molding a mystical world to fit the aesthetic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adds a whole new dimension to said universe (literally), and manages to be a damn entertaining adventure to boot. Since I’m talking about it here though, there are some motivational lessons to be found in it too. Doctor Stephen Strange, in both the…

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

Let’s talk about the illustrious immense insect of the Godzilla franchise: Mothra. She occupies a peculiar place in the pantheon of giant monsters: She’s undoubtedly one of the top five most recognizable kaiju of film (behind King Kong and Godzilla, of course) and is very popular with women. However, she catches derision from many male fans because, well, she’s a giant butterfly who protects the Earth and communicates through tiny fairies. Some are probably wondering why I’m talking about some lame bug when I could gush about the King of the…

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Power to Seize Dreams

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Power to Seize Dreams

“On a search for adventure and excitement, these youths went on a journey through the universe. They faced the Space Empire Zangyack and took the title of ‘pirates’. They are…Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger!” It’s high time Super Sentai made its way into this blog. For those who don’t know, it’s a Japanese tokusatsu show about teams of brightly-colored spandex heroes fighting with martial arts and colossal mecha. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the battle scenes are adapted for Power Rangers. It’s also much, much better. Starting with Himitsu Sentai Gorenger in 1975,…

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

After taking a few years off following the seventh book, J.K. Rowling fired up the Harry Potter hype train and drove out of Platform 9¾ at warp speed. Pottermore launched (still think that name is weird), the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play entered production (complete with a generous helping of nerd racism), and Warner Bros. announced the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film (why there is a film based on one of Harry’s textbooks is beyond me). Supposedly, Niantic secured the rights for a Pokémon Go-style mobile game. The franchise is…

5 Lessons from Star Trek’s Wisest Captain

5 Lessons from Star Trek’s Wisest Captain

Normally in a keyword chasing blog post about a long-lived franchise getting a new movie, someone would comment on the hype train surrounding the film or why it’s ‘never been better to be an [insert film here] fan!’ I just can’t say that about Star Trek. Ever since Star Trek Enterprise slumped in ratings and into cancellation, the last two decades have not been kind to the franchise. The fandom is alive and well, but it’s not the crackling worldwide phenomenon it used to be. Sure, the Abrams movies kept the franchise…

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO has lit the Internet on fire. In a news week with the FBI declining to recommend indictment for Hilary Clinton and horrific police shootings, a video game involving searching for fictional monsters on cell phones still manages to be a dominant topic. Nintendo’s stock jumped 10% after release. Thousands of statuses and tweets about the game flood the social networks. Incredible stories are already popping up, like a player that found a dead body while playing. Pokémon GO meetups worldwide are in the making. In a year or…

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Me being the characteristically Slowpoke gamer that I am, I sat out the initial Wii U release of the Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors sorta-crossover Hyrule Warriors. I finally joined the battle in June when I needed entertainment for a plane ride to Alaska for my bestie’s wedding. DLC is planned through the end of the year though so I say it’s still relevant to discuss. The frenetic hack ‘n’ slash gameplay plus delectably gratuitous Zelda fanservice of Hyrule Warriors hooked me instantly, but early on, something else caught my eye: a crossbow-toting farm girl who…

Icons of Motivation: Spider-Man

Icons of Motivation: Spider-Man

Spider-Man needs no introduction. He stands with Batman and Superman as the three most well-known superheroes in the world, and hell, one of the most recognizable fictional characters in general. Alongside Batman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers, his merchandise never leaves the shelves of stores for very long. It simply metamorphoses from iteration to iteration of the franchise. It’s easy to understand why. Children enjoy the superhero action and a masked costume they can imagine themselves under, while older viewers/readers enjoy the personal struggles of a hero that’s “just like…

The Flash: Ascendance Through Altruism

The Flash: Ascendance Through Altruism

My recent television addiction has been The Flash. I’m not much of a binge-watcher, but I usually have a show I put on in the background while I craft. After iZombie and my yearly re-watch of Gurren Lagann, I decided to give into the hype (universal acclaim among my friends) and check out the adventures of the Scarlet Speedster.  I was hooked immediately. I sped through the first season in about a week and now I’m catching up on season two. God I love this show and its no-expletives-given attitude with throwing Silver Age weirdness onscreen. Something…