O!susume RadioBeat : Do As Infinity

Broadcast 1: Do As Infinity

Welcome to the very first broadcast of O!Susume RadioBeat, Nagi’s personal music blog project that lets him jaw on and on about his fav Japanese artists and tries to get you, dear readers, to give them a spin as well.

After a lot of deliberation about who would take the honorary spot of this inaugural episode, Do As Infinity won out.

Do As Infinity

Years Active: 1999 to 2005, 2008 to present

Core Members: Tomiko Van, Ryo Owatari, Dai Nagao

Point of Origin: Tokyo

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Kamen Rider Calliope Myth 1:4

Kamen Rider Calliope

Myth 1, Part 4

 

The sunlight pulled itself up over the windowsill once again, but this time instead of finding an empty bed to spread out on, it fell right onto Kaname’s face. She moaned from the indignity and rolled over, and moaned again from the bubbling pain in her ribs. It had just started to settle down from when she had to reach over and subdue her alarm clock. She had lain there for a few minutes after, wondering if she had actually managed to crack or break something; but what would she even tell a doctor? Pretty much anything besides the truth, actually, it wasn’t a hard thing to lie about.

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Kamen Rider Calliope Myth 1:3

Kamen Rider Calliope

Myth 1, Part 3

 

“Thank goodness! I’m glad I made it to you in time!”

The beautiful, well-spoken girl from earlier that day came rushing towards Kaname and practically threw herself at her, and she had to grab onto a nearby jungle gym to avoid both of them toppling over.

“What? What’s going on? Who’s chasing you?” Kaname had her priorities straight, but her mind was also stuck on how did you know I was here?

“Sorry, they caught up faster than I anticipated. Are you prepared?”

“Prepared for what? That? WHAT IS THAT?”

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A Little Impostor Syndrome

Despite the fact that my game Jokers & Journeys has been part of the BLP catalogue since last November, I don’t consider myself a game designer just yet.  The reason why has something to do with this principle from Things We Think About Games: “Having played chess does not qualify you to answer ‘yes’ when you are asked ‘do you play chess?'”

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Guest Article Special: Elizabeth C. on Ladykiller In A Bind

Art, Porn, and Who It’s Made For:

Guest Writer Elizabeth C. demonstrates how the videogame Ladykiller in a Bind criticizes a pornography industry that fails at consent culture.
~CONTENT WARNING: This article includes topics of porn, misogyny and descriptions of sexual intercourse.~

 

I was taught my morals in America, and I came away with a few main points. Don’t kill anyone. Don’t steal stuff. Don’t lie. Look both ways when you cross the road. And, finally and most importantly, sex is bad and you should feel bad for thinking about it. America is traditionally highly Puritanical, and as a result there are strong taboos that exist around the subjects of sex and sexuality. Abstinence-only sex education is an excellent of example of this. “Just… don’t.” That’s really the beginning and end of it. At one point in high school my friend’s class was asked to write and perform skits about what one could do instead of having sex, such as genealogy and baking. It was pretty dire.

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Going Around: Best of Arisia

In case yall couldn’t tell from our barrage of selfies and excited squealing this past weekend, BLP had an absolute blast at Arisia. We came, we sold stuff, we met a whole ensemble of really rad people and came away with our heads full of new ideas. In this Going Around we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the most meaningful moments and events that happened for each of us during the weekend.

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Kamen Rider Calliope Myth 1:2

(Ha whoops this one was a little bit late due to my own foolish negligence. I promise the next parts will stick to the schedule!)

Kamen Rider Calliope

Myth 1, Part 2

 

“Are you alright? Your fall seemed quite serious in nature.”

“Ah, nah, it was mostly theatrical,” Kaname replied, only caring about the dust on her jacket in particular. “Gotta roll with the crash, y’know. Real sorry about that, hope you didn’t get hurt or nothin’…” Kaname looked up into a pair of eyes that reminded her of a snowy day in her childhood. She nearly felt the cold again as her gaze was caught and held by the girl before her. She had long, beautifully-kept hair that flowed about her shoulders in expertly-tied braids. Everything she was wearing felt expensive, even if Kaname wasn’t touching it directly. The quality was evident without being gaudy. The girl had taken hold of one of Kaname’s sleeves, and Kaname’s first emotional reaction was to feel bad that the girl was getting her hand dirty on this jacket she never washed and had just rolled on the ground in.

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Snacko’s Favorite Games of 2017 Roundup

2017 was a fantastic year for video games. There was no shortage of exciting new properties both in the indie and AAA realms and older properties, such as Wolfenstein, Assassin’s Creed and Mario had new installments that reinvented those series in exciting new ways. This list could easily be twice as long and I plan to write longer pieces about certain games not on this list (most notably Nier: Automata) but these were the six games that most impressed me in 2017.

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Kamen Rider Calliope- Myth 1:1

Welcome to the first part of this superhero serial fiction story! In case you weren’t clued in by now, this is essentially a massive fanfiction project that I have embarked upon, and am only now realizing the scope of my ambitions might turn this into a true Odyssey… word-count wise, I mean, but hey, also a clever ancient Greek lit reference.

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Creator Interview: Kibble

As part of our mission to connect with and support amateur and part-pro creators, we at BLP present to you the first of our Creator Interviews! Our wonderful first interviewee is Kibble, a creator of comics from Western Massachusetts. The interview was done by Nagi on January 5th, 2018.

Given Name: Keane

Artist Name: Kibble

Location: Western Mass

Pronouns: they/them

Channels: comickibble.com, Twitter/Insta: comic_kibble

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