There's also a really great, defensible fan theory that Pokemon—true to a long tradition of Japanese textual allegories for WWII—is basically all about a post-war generation, which is why there are so many absentee (presumed dead) fathers throughout the games. The war that Surge mentions is the most overt clue, but I… » 1/06/15 1:21pm 1/06/15 1:21pm

I was just about to say this. I stopped playing the card game with BW because it became clear that strategy and mechanics fell to the wayside, and all that began to matter was HP and attack-to-energy ratios... Which is exactly what the card game was like at its inception, when you could just Hitmonchan everything to… » 12/05/14 12:08pm 12/05/14 12:08pm

Wait, so is Crystal going to cover the entire manga or just up through what was adapted as either R? The pacing has been pretty speedy so far, but given that we're at episode 9 of a planned 26, I don't see them making it all the way through Sailor Stars. It would be a bummer if we didn't even get to the Outer Senshi. » 11/01/14 4:27pm 11/01/14 4:27pm

Wow. Given all the history associated with the mutant metaphor, that would be supremely fucked up.

"OH HEY, you know how this was about minority struggles, often in incredibly nuanced, thoughtful ways? Well, FOX has the rights to that whole thing, so fuck it, this is about aliens and crystals and mists on the moon now." » 10/23/14 9:09am 10/23/14 9:09am