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Calling all aspiring manga creators!

The Otaku Box

I’ve been given the opportunity to review a few indie comics on here, and I’ve also been asked about becoming a creator before. Well, for all those folks, here’s your chance! You could get your manga/comic featured in The Otaku Box.

The full press release is included here, but I also emailed Joe Delbridge of GeekSmash to ask a few additional questions for those contest entrants:

1. When does the contest end and when will winners be contacted or announced (approximately)?
— We’re thinking this can be an ongoing thing. We don’t want to limit the opportunities for the creators.

2. Is this contest open to creators worldwide? (With English works, of course.)
— Yes, it’s open to worldwide creators as long as it’s in English.

3. Are there any restrictions on age rating or content?
— Somewhat. We don’t want pornographic content, but edgy is encouraged.

So if you’re interested, please read the press release for more details and to learn how to enter: (more…)

Three for KH3

Kingdom Hearts III

So I just got the Platinum trophy for Kingdom Hearts III. I have a lot of things to say. But how should I say them? I usually try to be spoiler-free or spoiler-light in my reviews, but how much should I reveal? What is a good balance between talking about the game and keeping it open for different audiences? Some people may not have played a Kingdom Hearts game before while others have played through all of them multiple times. I thought about using spoiler tags and headings, those aren’t always perfect. I mean, I got spoiled even though I was avoiding spoilers. Thanks a lot, jerks who decide to plaster ending images on their YouTube page.

Then it came to me. This is Kingdom Hearts III. Why not three reviews?

Okay, I say three reviews, but that’s a bit of a misnomer. Think of this as one review with a bunch of spoiler tags. They may not be exactly the same, but obviously my overall thoughts will be similar. I don’t expect everyone to read all three. Rather, please choose the one that best fits your comfort level.

Beginner Mode (aka spoiler-free review)

  • You’ve never played a KH game.
  • You’ve casually played one or two KH games a while back.
  • You just don’t want to be spoiled.

Standard Mode (aka minor spoilers review)

  • You’ve played several of the KH games.
  • You are playing KH3 or plan to in the near future.
  • You’ve watched the later or final trailers.

Proud Mode (aka spoileriffic review)

  • You’ve finished KH3, including seeing the secret ending.
  • You don’t care if the ending or anything else is spoiled.
  • You just want to freely talk about the game.

One post will go live over the next three days. So, I hope to see you in at least one of the posts!

It was the best of Kingdom Hearts, it was the worst of Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts III

Man, for a series that features movies that most of us loved as a child, Kingdom Hearts makes you feel old when you think about how long it took to get us here. But FINALLY, today, we finally get the long-sought-after Kingdom Hearts III. (Well, Japan got it a few days ago.)

Some of you may have picked up your copy, and others may be waiting for their deliveryperson to drop off their copy. Either way, let’s dive into what makes every Kingdom Hearts game awesome and also terrible.

Basically the same rules as my Final Fantasy post. Final Mix versions are listed separately, but the HD collections are skipped since they have fewer tweaks than Final Mix games. Spoilers ahoy!

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Krystallina Presents: Sailor Moon Krystal

Krystallina's Sailor Moon

Today, the third edition of the Sailor Moon manga is available in America. But as fans once again dive into the Dark Kingdom storyline, which has been covered several times before, what would be the best animated version? Even fans of Sailor Moon Crystal admit the story stumbles in several key areas, and the debate over whether it should have stuck to the Act-for-Act format will probably continue for the rest of the franchise’s history.

I’ve covered this before, but I decided to put up or shut up. No one will ever convince me that Crystal was the right way to do a reboot, and to explain why, I present to you Krystallina’s version of Sailor Moon Crystal — Sailor Moon Krystal perhaps?

Before I begin, my outline has two versions. The parts in * * are parts that would be in Version B, which includes the Senshi x Shintennou route like in Crystal.

Alert: Major spoilers for the entire Sailor Moon franchise ahoy! Lengthy post ahoy!

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