Author Archives: Merlin

Yohohoho! It’s My Pirate Crew!

Arrr, avast! It be time for taking to the high seas! Oceans of adventure await us, as do, hopefully, very large piles of treasure! Weigh anchor, let go the lines, and set the sails! Off we go, yohohohooooo! Only one … Continue reading

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Season Two: The Punishment Ends

It’s all over but the crying. Netflix’s little Defenders-themed corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be coming to a close, but dang if it ain’t putting on its best face before doing so! In the last year and a … Continue reading

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Anime Review: Aldnoah Zero

Aldnoah Zero is a mech anime that has two very distinct levels of technology. One is Earthling tech, which is advanced compared to our standards but is still a bunch of mechanical humanoid suits walking around with really big guns. The … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #219: As a Gentleman

“A lady needn’t fear, when you are near. Your sweet gentility is crystal clear.” – Mary Poppins, from “Jolly Holiday,” Mary Poppins Just a little reminder for my fellows, with s̶i̶n̶g̶l̶e̶’̶s̶ ̶a̶w̶a̶r̶e̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ Valentine’s Day incoming, to treat your ladies like … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, Jan. 26, 2019

Spoiler Alert! It was a one-two punch of riveting tension, drama, and the bitter mixture of victory and defeat. I had to look again, and found, happily, that this was not the season finale of The Gifted. It’s coming though. … Continue reading

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Let Them Be Anime-ted: The Make it Anime Tag

Anime, as I’ve said many times, is just another medium. It’s another method of storytelling, nothing more or less. And perhaps it is perfectly natural, when we encounter a story in one medium, to imagine how it might be told … Continue reading

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InuYasha: A (Semi) Feudal Fairy Tale

I remember the first time I watched InuYasha. It was back in my later teens (which I am often reminded is an increasingly long time ago). I actually caught its initial airing on Adult Swim, on Cartoon Network. It had … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #218: My Word

“My word, sir, is the ultimate warranty.” – Edward “Blackbeard” Teech, Blackbeard’s Ghost I grew up watching this movie, and out of all the dialogue in it, this single sentence is the one that has most stayed with me through … Continue reading

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This Week on TV, Jan. 19, 2019

Spoiler Alert! It is unfortunate, I’d say, that The Gifted doesn’t have a longer season. There is so much to go into with that show. It is also unfortunate that all things must end, as Gotham is soon to do. … Continue reading

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Anime Review: Needless

Cheap setup of good vs evil? Check. Flashy superpowered fights? Check. Ridiculous, gaudy outfits? Check. Needless may seem, at first blush, to be a by-the-numbers fighting anime primarily meant kids or teen boys, in the same vein as Dragonball Z. … Continue reading

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