My Voyage to Empathy: Psychosis and Star Wars’ Jake Lloyd

I love Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Over the years, the Star Wars prequel films have faced backlash, but I have remained unapologetic since the film’s release in 1999. For a time, it was my favorite movie. I was eight years old, but it felt like I’d waited for the...

Staying Grounded Amidst the NIJISANJI Drama

If you’ve been following the VTuber scene, you know that NIJISANJI has had a slew of controversies recently and the fandom is deteriorating. For the uninitiated, VTubers is short for “Virtual Youtubers,” streamers who use anime avatars and pseudonyms instead of their...

Drawing Out Fear: Mastery, Legacy, and Service in The Boy and The Heron

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and Heron is a mesmerizing film. It’s brimming with charm and fantasy yet somehow remains meditative, leaning well on its many layers of symbolism to feel more like a grand parable than a fairytale. Miyazaki’s themes are skillfully painted...