Standing In Front of the Closed Cat Box

hisui_icon_4040_round If anyone remembers all the way back in 2012 I wrote a post trying to settle my feelings on the Umineko no Naku Koro ni game series. For those who don’t remember or never experienced the series, it was a spiritual sequel to 07th Expansion’s Higurashi. Umineko was a series of eight visual novels that were divided into four question games and then four answer games. They involved a series of close roomed murder mysteries as a backdrop of the logical battle between a witch who claimed to be behind the murders and one of the victims. The witch insists that all the murders were done by magical beings but the victim insists they have mundane explanations. The spirals out into an examination of the relationship between the mystery author, the mystery reader, and the mystery itself. As the story goes on the boundary between reality and fiction get increasingly blurred.

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Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: Attack No.1

This Saturday post is the weekly Type-Moon news in addition to the regular APB post on Sunday. If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on the Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup drop me a line via email or Twitter.

Garden of Phantoms

hisui_icon_4040_round I recently showed my roommate a video about the origins of metal music. The main take away for this post is that with any musical genre it is hard to point to a definitive moment, song, or band that acts as a hard boundary. For ease of conversation and understanding, you usually pick a few iconic selections to help provide a shared vocabulary but any amount of conversion with other fans will usually teach you that there is rarely a universal standard shared by everyone. Most of this comes from the fact that artists are usually taking in many different streams of inspiration that influence what they do while changes within a medium are usually very gradually incremental even if they might seem hugely iterative on a case by case basis. The major groundbreaking works are usually the accumulation of many other works even if they are not overtly obvious.

What I am saying is often not always a simple straight line of inspiration for anything. But connections can be made if you dig. They are rarely 1:1 affair but tracking major influences are often enlightening to the creation of a work or prove interesting insight into the mind of a creator. I recently stumbled on a pair of characters that made me start a bit of research into who inspired who. Those characters are Boogiepop from the Boogiepop series and Ryougi Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai.

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