[Media Meandry] Goblin Slayer Analogies

What I always found most appealing about Goblin Slayer, and what I like about the movie, subtitled Goblin’s Crown, is how it deals with trauma. The world of Goblin Slayer is overly violent compared to most anime, and yet compared to the lives of some, it’s about as realistic as it gets. When Goblin Slayer slays goblins, he does so without any pleasure. To him, it’s a moralistic duty, however amoral it is or appears.

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[Series Review] The Midnight Gospel

I don’t think all media should be “heavy,” nor do I think all heavy media should be heavy throughout its entirety. The Midnight Gospel might be considered a comedy if only because through its meandries through topics of philosophy and spirituality, there are occasional jokes, and I think that’s a bit of a misnomer, like calling EarthBound a comedy videogame just because it has some light-hearted elements. To me, “heaviness” is what’s valuable about media.

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[Media Meandry] Media Digestible Information

In my earliest memory, I’m sitting in my childhood backyard pondering, perhaps, Indra’s net? The sorts of interconnectednesses we have within all of humanity, where you and I are the same consciousness experiencing reality through simultaneous simulations, coalescing in an immediacy where you react to me based on the you-experience bias of the me-experience bias. The Midnight Gospel doesn’t shed significant light on my journey, however, once I find the destination, what would I do?

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[Media Meandry] Endless War’s End?

The ENDLESS WAR dream is over. I joined the Discord MUD in April 2020, shortly after the nearly three-hour lecture dropped, [if we’re not counting how I dropped in late into 2018 as a silent nobody], which was right as the “dream” replays of seasons 1 and 2 started. Now that we’re well into season 3, let’s reflect on the Fibonacci sequence of complexity in each season and how each end invites itself to a new beginning. Losing reveals finding.

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[Album Reviews] 2020 Half-Year Review

I’ve listened to shy of 230 albums released in 2020 between January 01 and May 16. I listen to new albums primarily to hear new things but secondarily to find new favorites. Over these past few months, I’ve only found three albums that I would consider buying. All the rest I heard legally, through streaming platforms, so I’ve invested zero dollars into this project. I still wonder, though, why do I keep up this project, this Album Review Game?

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[Series Review] Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

My favorite thing about Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is how it shows developing creativity. Although the anime focuses on a small animation studio of three students producing animated shorts, so primarily dealing with project collaborations within that specific environment, many of the themes can apply to project work in other disciplines or even to solo work. There are elements that aren’t as polished, either intentionally or unintentionally, so it’s not perfect, but, close.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Spoilers: yes

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[Media Meandry] Meander Through Trilogy

Now that I’ve played through the freely available Jill of the Jungle trilogy – a game I remember seeing, longingly, in childhood without being able to play because of, perhaps, timing – was it worth revisiting the past? Some meandries through the first game have been sufficient to itch the nostalgia scratch, although from a completionist’s perspective, leaving the others unplayed would have left me yearning for more. It was worth visiting, but revisiting? Probably not.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Series Review] PET [2020]

There are elements of the anime series PET that I enjoy. Three specific qualities are its psychological analysis of characters, its new approach to storytelling, and the depth at which it goes, however, there is one quality that weighs it down for me. This review will meander through those thoughts for a while since while I don’t like some aspects of this show, I would rather see more shows like this than generic isekai shows.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Spoilers for general events

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[Videogame Review] Endless War

ENDLESS WAR is a Discord MUD. It’s also an intimidating concept, even with a guide and contextual lecture explaining the lore. This essay intends to introduce a non-player of the game to it, so that although you won’t be an expert, you will at least know some of the fundamentals. The high skill floor, perhaps, might be part of the appeal. Since playing, however, I’ve found it deeply meditative and worth sharing with other people.

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[Tripping On…] Outdated Medical Information

Before Tripping On The American Healthcare System, I generally thought most published medical information was good enough. Shouldn’t a book from the 70s about healthcare still be relevant today? Human bodies haven’t changed much, right? It’s our understanding of the human body, the mind, and how all that intertwines that has changed. If the doctors of today are reliant on the information of yesterday, they will be more likely to make harmful assumptions about patients.

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