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Azha Reyes


How Anime Remakes Are Improving Classic Stories

In an oft misquoted interview, Hayao Miyazaki derisively dismissed the bulk of anime being created by the industry, calling out the “otaku” creators who pour their mistaken ideas of what the world is or should be like into their work. But inclusive, thoughtfully written anime is getting easier to find…

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Double Decker Plays With Tropes To Tell a New Kind of Detective Story

All the stories in the world are made of tropes — recurring narrative devices like themes or character archetypes. And although good writers know how to take tropes and manipulate them to say something new, they can also lead to lazy, repetitive writing. The police procedural format is particularly guilty…

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How Rune Factory 4 Got Gendered Avatars Right

For as long as I’ve been playing video games, I’ve loved farming sims and visual novels more than any other genre. Series like Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons are a good mix of the things I enjoy most about gaming: micromanaging resources and romancing the hot neighbor. Like most…

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Baccano! is a True Ensemble Story

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that every character is the protagonist of their own story. In the best narratives, every person has their own motivations and perspective, a whole life that’s happening alongside the life of the main character. When done right, it adds depth and realism to…

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