Author Archives: Merlin

Anime Review: Armed Girl’s Machiavellism

This is what you get when someone says, “Hey, you know what would be great? A samurai drama, but told as a high school harem comedy!” Gag me with a spoon! While the premise of this anime struck me as … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures

I saw the trailers for Hidden Figures. I enjoyed them. I figured I’d enjoy the movie, but it just wasn’t a priority for me to see it. And as a certain nameless someone close to me absolutely raved about it, … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #136: Virtue in Extremis

“Only in darkness are we revealed. Goodness is not goodness that seeks advantage. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit, without hope, without witness, without reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis.” – Nardole, quoting the … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, June 24, 2017

Spoiler Alert! We’ve just a couple more weeks left of my commentary, and then we’re going to have a few months without. Oh well, it’s been a pretty great season! Doctor Who was pretty good this week. It wasn’t, like, … Continue reading

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MCU Copycatting #11: Who Did Marvel Copycat?

This is one of those things that I only just realized, but is so obvious. Count the cineverses, which I define as distinct properties existing within the same cinematic continuity. 1: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. 2: The DC Extended Universe. … Continue reading

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Anime Review: Saga of Tanya the Evil

The English name might be a bit odd, but the Japanese title, “Yōjo Senki,” literally translates as “The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl,” or even more literally as “Little-Girl War-Record.” Even if you played with that to say, “The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Have a Nemesis

I was completely (and pleasantly) surprised when I happened to be browsing around Amazon the other day and found that Richard Roberts had just recently released the latest installment in his ongoing Please Don’t Tell My Parents series: Please Don’t … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #135: A Father’s Job

“He saved you.” “Yeah, and you know what he got for that? Me whining about how much he embarrassed me. Me telling him that I hated him. But then he stopped, he turned around, he looked at me, and he … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, June 17, 2017

Spoiler Alert! And then there was one, the last, lone survivor on my lineup. It was… well, good, as in, not bad, but really felt a little lackluster. They can’t seem to make up their minds about whatever goes into … Continue reading

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MCU Copycatting #10: A New Contender

By my last count, we have at least half a dozen distinct cinematic universes out there. Marvel’s MCU, DC’s DCEU, Arrowverse, and the animated movie universe, Fox’s X-Men, Sony’s Spider-Man (which will no longer have Spider-Man in it) as well … Continue reading

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