Monthly Archives May 2012

Unbeaten Games: The Untold Saga – Episode I

We all know this story, but rarely is it put down on paper. You buy a game (or get it as a gift) and are extremely psyched up to play it. Sniffing the new game smell as you peel off the plastic, you put the disc in and play the sh*t out of it for a couple hours. As soon as you turn the game off, real life returns and you’re forced to do other things.

Most of the time, you’re able to go back and play it later; however, sometimes so many things come up that you don’t have the time to play. When you finally do get time, a new game has come out and you start to play that. This cycle continues ad infinitum until you have a stack of games you’ve beaten, but an even larger stack that you’ve started and haven’t had time to finish.

This weekly blog series will chronicle my attempt to br...

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Manga Den!

Happy Mother’s Day from all the staff here at Manga Den! Remember, Mr. T pities the fool who don’t treat his mother right.



Reflections: Unreally Real

Industrial RadianceThe goal in any fictional, fantasy writing is to create an unreally real experience for the reader. Think of the stories that really stuck with you, the characters that are closest to your heart. Now think of the things that made those characters, those stories really stand apart from the rest.

For most of you, the biggest thing will be the connection. You feel a tie to the character, to the situation, and you feel their ups and downs more distinctly.

Think of a modern-day patriot, shipped off to do a tour in Iraq. Despite the abundance of commercial jobs he could get, most of them easier and better paying, this soldier has chosen to put his life on the line to protect his country...

The Zombie Plan: Five Classic Series Worth Watching

Five Classic Animes Worth Watching

As somewhat of a counterpoint to last week’s article, Five Worst Anime Series of All Time, I’ll now highlight some of the classics no self-respecting fan should go without seeing at least once. These are the cream of the crop when it comes to anime, so if you’ve yet to see any of them, you need to sit down and take a long, hard look at your life. As always, if you disagree with any of the opinions contained within, please make your concerns known to my agent.

He can be a bit bitey.

#5 – Trigun

Based on the space-western manga of the same name, Trigun follows the escapades of Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gumbigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andry Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III (more commonly know...

Death Gods – Shinigami in Manga and Anime

The explosion of shinigami characters in manga and anime is a fascinating phenomenon that has lead to unique plots and characters. Whether it is the huge success of Tite Kubo’s Bleach or the entertainment factor in Soul Eater the Death Gods are sticking around.

The figure of the shinigami is a relatively new addition to Japanese culture. The word first truly enters the Japanese lexicon in the Meiji period and is the title of a play. The first image of a shinigami shows up in a book of supernatural beings called the Ehon Hyaku Monogatari. Lately the shinigami have resurfaced as a major set of characters with their own tropes and plot functions...