KARA DENNISON

Revisiting BEN Drowned on the 20th Anniversary of Majora’s Mask

We’re living in a creepypasta boom. Anything you want, you can find it — or make it yourself and get an audience. Cursed video games? You can literally download and play them. Ruined childhood? Some of it’s even being made into TV series and films. Creators and analysts have built…

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A Decade Later, Ace Attorney Investigations Remains Criminally Slept On

When we hear the title Ace Attorney, most of us think of Phoenix Wright: the spiky-haired rookie lawyer with a loud voice and a gift for lateral thinking. But if you’re one of the fans who picked up Ace Attorney Investigations sometime over the last decade, you’ve seen the flip side…

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The Four Faces of Doki Doki Literature Club

This article contains discussion of mental illness, self-harm, and suicide. In 2018, I found a visual novel in my Steam library that I was sure I hadn’t ordered. I knew the title Doki Doki Literature Club at this point — fellow industry members spoke of it in the same ominous,…

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How Rascal the Raccoon Literally Took Over Japan

Japan is the uncontested champion of the cute animal mascot scene. Of course, there are the overseas hits like Hello Kitty and Pikachu, but one you might not be aware of is Rascal the Raccoon. This cuddly character is a perennial favorite in Japan, thanks to a popular anime series.…

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New Film Asks: “What If We Just Tried to Build Anime For Real?”

The makers of giant robot anime rarely, if ever, set out to make something believable — hell, that tends to be the exact opposite of their goal. From Gunbuster compressing the planet Jupiter into a bomb to the galaxy-flinging final battle of Gurren-Lagann, the Rule of Cool typically takes precedence. …

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I Was So, So Wrong About the SpongeBob Musical

A friend of mine recently noted — very rightly — that pretty much everything is becoming a musical now. Though for every Beetlejuice and Mean Girls popping up in recent months, there’s a Little Shop of Horrors or Sunset Boulevard that tried and succeeded at the exact same exercises. The…

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