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Film in 500: Violet Evergarden: The Movie Review

Certificate: 12A Director: Taichi Ishidate Writer: Kana Akatsuki, Reiko Yoshida Production: ABC Animation, Animation DO, Bandai Namco Arts, Kyoto Animation, Pony Canyon, Rakuonsha Distributor: Netflix, Anime Limited Platform: Viewed on Blu-ray, with Japanese Audio and English Subtitles Release Date: Out Now! Yes, I cried (obviously). Whilst the Violet Evergarden anime delivered on the promise of its stunning aesthetic and heartfelt story, I always felt it…

My To-Play List: January 2023 Progress!

Hi! You may recall that last month I put together an article about the five games I was hoping to play during December. I did pretty well on that front too, ticking four of the five games off my list! In this post, I’ll give a brief summary of my progress with each of the five games. As writing out my To-Play list was so…

A Plague Tale: Requiem Review

Developed by: Asobo Studio Published by: Focus Entertainment Platforms: Xbox Series X/S (Series S Reviewed), PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC Release Date: Out Now! After playing the excellent A Plague Tale: Innocence from 2019, I was incredibly excited when the sequel Requiem was announced last year. The follow-up continues the riveting and emotionally-charged story of the teenage Amicia De Rune, her younger brother Hugo, and…

Post #200: My Writing Goals for 2023!

As we head into 2023, I’m thinking a lot about personal targets for the next 12 months. If I’m being honest, I found 2022 to be a rough year; despite work going well, there was many things going on in my private life which preoccupied much of my headspace. I’d say I’m in a position of comfort but not necessarily contentment, and I’m looking at…

My Top Ten Films of 2022: #5-#1

It’s time for Part 2 of my top ten films of 2022! In this post, I’ll be talking about my top five picks from the last 12 months of films. For my choices from #10-#6, you can see that part of the list at this link! As usual, a quick clarification of my rules for making this list. I combine both my analytical opinion and…

My Top Ten Films of 2022: #10-#6

Another year ends, another year begins – and as is routine, that means it’s time for my annual Top Ten Films list! Just like other years, I’ll be going through my favourite ten films of the last year, split across two articles. Before we get into my choices, here’s a quick clarification of how my list works! I take into account both my analytical view…

The Witcher: Blood Origin Was Okay, But It Could – and Should – Have Been Better

After the first two seasons of The Witcher both premiered on Netflix around Christmastime in 2019 and 2021, 2022 has been a bit different. With Season 3 not debuting until 2023, we instead got The Witcher: Blood Origin, a 4-part prequel series set roughly 1200 years before the stories of Ciri, Geralt, and the rest of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy series The Witcher. In terms of…

Merry Christmas 2022 + Videogame Christmas Music Recommendations!

Hi! Yep, that’s CrossCode Christmas art (source and full image: Radical Fish Games). Isn’t it awesome? Another reason you should play that masterpiece of a game. Anyway, to my main point… Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! However you celebrate this time of year, I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your loved ones – and if you’re alone for any reason this holiday, then…

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