The Aeronaut’s Windlass is the latest offering from Jim Butcher. You may not be entirely familiar with the title of this one, but if you’ve listened to the podcast, you will have heard the name in conjuction with some of his other works (The Dresden Files and Codex Alera). If you know about Butcher’s work, then just telling you that The Aeronaut’s Windlass leans more towards his Codex Alera series than his Dresden Files series tells you right off whether or not this is something for you. If you aren’t familiar with his works, then I’ll give you a rundown the best I can.
There was a time when the Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls’ boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo but a recent policy revision is allowing boys into the student body. On his first day, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he’s one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Completely overwhelmed by the thousands of girls on campus, the few boys find that their situation is less than ideal. That is the basic summary for Prison School, credit to AnimeNewsNetwork for that one. From that base description, there are a number of directions that the series could have taken. Let’s dive into things and see just what they did with it.
As you heard from AJ a few weeks back in episode 141 of the Panelcast, Ready Player One is the debut novel of Ernest Cline. At the time, I had not had a chance to read it for myself, so I was not able to contribute to the review that AJ gave it. Thanks in part to that glowing review, which if you haven’t heard yet, you should really go listen to, I picked up the book myself. I first heard about it a couple of years back, but knew nothing about it, and listening to AJ moved it to the top of my reading list. Let me just say that I have a tendency to devour books that pique my interest. I have been known to read 1000 pages in a single sitting. So, it should come as no surprise that less than 24 hours from the time I cracked open Ready Player One, I was finished with it and hungry for more. Before I get too deep into editorializing, let me dissect and break down this fantastic piece of fiction in as spoiler free a way as I can. I do want all of you to go out and read it for yourselves, after all.
I recently had the opportunity to view the Attack on Titan Live Action film and I jumped at it. Before I go too far, I should probably admit to a few things. I happen to be a massive fan of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). I came across the anime as it was still airing in Japan and found myself completely enthralled. I have purchased every issue of the manga as it has been released here in English. I love the world that was created, the characters, the feel, everything about the series. So, it was obviously a no-brainer for me to check out the live action film.
Saturday of New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2015 is officially in the books, and due to travel necessities, it will be my last day for this year. The first and most vehement thing I have to say about the day is, holy crap. I thought the crowds were massive yesterday, but they were even larger today. I haven’t seen crowds like that anywhere outside of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). It was truly impressive. For the first time this weekend, there were panels outside of the main hall that had their lines capped hours before the panel actually took place. The halls were packed, people were costumed to the nines, and there was a generally frenetic energy filling the air. I’ve got pictures for you and a brief bit of coverage regarding the panels that I attended, but first let me say, any of you that enjoy the convention experience and have had a blast at SDCC or WonderCon, you really should give NYCC a shot at least once.
Well, lads and lassies, day 2 of NYCC 2015 is all wrapped up. Since I managed to cover the entire exhibit hall yesterday, I was free to finally take a look at Artist Alley today. I have to say, I was impressed immediately by the sheer size of it. An entire pavillion within the convention center is given over to Artist Alley. I was shocked by the sheer number of creators that were present. I can say in all honesty that it is the largest Artist Alley that I have seen so far. Apart from that, the crowds today were even larger than yesterday, and the attendees really did start to break out the cosplay. I was fortunate enough to attend the panel for the upcoming Amazon series The Man in the High Castle and I will give you all a bit of a rundown on what that was like and what the series entails, but first, check out these pictures that didn’t make an appearance on the Forbidden Panel Instagram feed today.
New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2015 kicked off today. Yes, I did make the long, long, long trip all the way to New York to take in this convention for the first time. I was surprised by a few things today. I was surprised by just how large the crowds were for a Thursday. It was the largest crowd on the opening day of a convention that I can recall seeing apart from San Diego. The other thing that was a bit of a shock to me was the difference between the number of people in costumes and those in street clothes. I don’t know why, but I expected to see far more cosplayers than I did today. Still, there were the odd few impressive costumes and at least a few cool toys or displays to check out. Not every vendor was set up today, so I know there will be even more to see come tomorrow. Check out pictures of the day below, and keep reading for quick wrap ups of the panels I attended.
So who’s moving with me to Ergastulum? Why wasn’t I born a Twilight? Right, none of that makes any sense to those of you who have yet to be completely devoured by the world of Gangsta. Here is the quick rundown courtesy of MyAnimeList, “In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Follow the “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. A new group attempts to muscle in on their block and the cops enlist them to weed out the upstarts no questions asked. The only thing is, there’s a witness to the slaughter that they absolutely refuse to silence, so they decide to take her in instead.”
The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is Bethesda Software’s first foray into the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (mmorpg) genre. It lands players squarely into the familiar world of Tamriel which has been the home to all of the games in the Elder Scrolls franchise. I have been a fan of the series ever since the third installment, Morrowind. So, of course, I was excited to get my hands on this first MMO set in the world of Tamriel. Let’s jump right into what I got from my time in ESO.
The Assassination Classroom anime is based upon the manga of the same name. Rather than attempting to re-invent the wheel, the quick rundown on the series is as follows: One day, the moon exploded, leaving it in a perpetual crescent-moon shape. The creature who claims responsibility for the destruction also claims it will destroy the world in March of next year. With powers beyond human comprehension, no military can stand against it. Yet, for some reason, it chooses to take up occupancy as a teacher in the worst class of Kunugigaoka Middle School. The fate of the world rests in the hands of its students, as they have until graduation to figure out how to murder their teacher and collect ten billion yen for saving the world.
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