Apr 182014
 
The Doctor is In: A Review of Doctor Who

Welcome back to Channel Chaser! As you may have guessed from the title of this week’s column, I’ll be diving in the wild, wacky world of the BBC’s sci-fi fantasy epic, Doctor Who. It’s difficult to judge Doctor Who as a whole simply because every version of the title character is so fundamentally different; and to be clear, I’m just [Read more...]

Apr 162014
 
Five Promising New Shows for the Spring Anime Season

It’s that time of the season once again: the time when anime fans cram their schedules full of more shows than any reasonable person could possibly watch.  Most folks will soon scale things back as it becomes clear what is and isn’t worth watching, but for now we’re still all caught up in the manic flood of possibilities.  Just to [Read more...]

Apr 152014
 
PAX East 2014 Wrap-Up

All I can start this musing off with is: wow. I am still recovering from what was an incredible, epic weekend of video games and gaming culture as far as the eye can see. PAX East 2014 was the largest convention I had ever attended. I felt very overwhelmed at first, but eventually I got my bearings and experienced tons [Read more...]

Apr 142014
 
New Tracks Keep Forza Motorsport 5 Alive

Many gamers can recall the first day they played a new title.  The excitement of playing an A-list release on day one has a habit of staying in our memories, as does the joy of finding a sleeper hit in the bargain bin.  What’s often less memorable is the last day of a game’s lifespan.  Unless it’s an epic rage [Read more...]

Apr 112014
 
Game of Thrones Season Four: Off to a Strong Start

Welcome back to another edition of Channel Chaser! This week I’m eager to discuss with you what has been on my mind–and I’m sure many other people’s minds–since Sunday; the season four premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Before I go any further, if you have not yet watched the episode, I would ask that you turn back now to [Read more...]

Apr 092014
 
Arpeggio of Blue Steel Shows how to Make a Good Series Great

Back in the fall of 2013, an anime series called Arpeggio of Blue Steel premiered in a season filled with big-name titles.  A sci-fi series boasting some impressive naval combat sequences, Arpeggio faced stiff competition and was quickly torpedoed by fan-favorite shows from a variety of genres, including Non Non Biyori and Kill la Kill.  With the original manga now available [Read more...]

Apr 042014
 
Hulu’s Quick Draw: A Hit-or-Miss Comedy

Welcome back to Channel Chaser! It seems like it’s all the rage these days to get your favorite TV shows from the Internet rather than having to go through all the effort of sitting down in front of the old tube at the same time every week; maybe it’s just the fact that mobile devices are huge now, or that [Read more...]

Apr 032014
 
Game Review: Tanto Cuore

Deck-building card games are a strangely fascinating part of the tabletop world.  Where a traditional trading card deck is build before the game actually takes place, deck-building games make this process part of the competition.  It’s an unusual choice that gives players a chance to chat and joke about one another’s strategies over the course of the game.  This is [Read more...]

Apr 022014
 
How Kill la Kill Won the Battle for Anime Fans' Attention

The finale of Kill la Kill aired last week, wrapping up a journey filled with epic battles, shocking plot twists, and absurd outfits.  It’s safe to say that this show generated plenty of interest and debate amongst anime fans, and the constant buzz that surrounded it was not without good reason.  Kill la Kill carefully walked several fine lines over [Read more...]