Operation Apex in the Circle: Mission Briefing

I am of the opinion that no work of art or media is above or beneath scrutiny.

That is to say, all works deserve deliberate examination. There is nothing that isn’t worth analysis, and there is nothing that “defies criticism.” Closer examination of a work of media may reveal aspects of it that could change the way people think about it, both for old and new works. Countless such examinations exist for anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and, more recently, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

This operation, however, will take on an anime that was pushed aside disgustedly like the broccoli in a child’s plate by many fans. Disliked, ignored, or outright hated, this series garnered little examination from the fandom at large and, while it’s not difficult to see why it was pushed aside, the elements that originally squicked the individuals who now hate the show aren’t the only elements at work.

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Personnel Reconnaissance: Selnia Iori Flameheart

As far as ecchi anime goes, Ladies Versus Butlers! is about as good as it gets: Pure romance-comedy with a heavy dose of ecchi that doesn’t try to be anything other than an ecchi romance-comedy.

LvB is also special for another reason. It introduced a character that stuck with me quicker than most characters from other shows in the same genre.

That character is one Miss Selnia Iori Flameheart

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She’s burning in!

Howdy!

Time Enforcer Anubis here with a new game review!

Section 8 has an ambitious plan going for it. It attempted to bring Tribes 2-style gameplay into the modern era of gaming, and gameplay-wise, did so fairly well.

Sadly, however, it failed to really take off.

Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios wasn’t going to be discouraged so easily, however. They recently tried again with a sequel, Section 8: Prejudice, released on the Xbox Live Arcade and PC, and soon coming to PSN.

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Depth and a ‘shallow’ anime

Humanity is under siege from an unstoppable threat. Conventional weaponry doesn’t work against them, nor does diplomacy or surrender. In the midst of the conflict, a special weapon is developed. Usable only by specially-gifted young people, this new weapon is the only way to fight back against the powerful enemy threat. These youths now find themselves thrust into a military conflict as the last, best hope for humanity. Countering the enemy on all fronts, these heroic young people must band together and rely on each other to defeat the enemy, for the fate of the entire world rest on their shoulders.

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Favoritism: Tribes 2

While I do enjoy the Halos and the Call of Dutys of the gaming world, I can certainly agree that, in the current gaming climate, they aren’t the most original shooters, but they’re fun to play and I can always find people to play with.

However, as much fun as I have playing Reach of Black Ops, I look to a past game whenever I desire a truly unique FPS experience.

That game is Tribes 2.

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All Roads Lead to Cowboy Bebop

There’s one anime that’s universally held up on a pedestal above many others.

It’s referenced whenever an example of an English dub better than the original Japanese is needed.

It’s been re-run on Adult Swim countless times since the block first began.

It’s brought up whenever the Anti-Moé Brigade calls for a stop to moé and a “return” to “better” anime.

The anime is Cowboy Bebop, and I’m sick and tired of hearing about it.

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