Ai-Kon 2016 Post-Show Feedback

It’s time to bid farewell to another Ai-Kon. This was Ai-Kon’s 15th anniversary… an impressive feat for a convention in such a small city. But what is more impressive is that Ai-Kon has grown so much. Looking from last year to this year, it almost seems as though the size of the convention centre may have been the only thing previously holding it back. This year’s event showed almost explosive growth… but has it grown too quickly?

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The Blade’s Edge – July 2016 Update

These months are just flying by… it’s so hard to believe it’s already July. Canada day has come and gone, and we’re moving steadily through our JRPG craziness. Last month, we talked about E3, previewed a few of the spring shows I’d been watching, and started the Spring anime reviews as series started to wrap things up. The first three were The Lost Village, Asterisk War’s second season, and Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World. We also unveiled two more entries in the Shadow’s Sixty! We’re in the home stretch now, with only 3 more lists to go as we have counted down to 19 now. We should be wrapping this up over the next two months, as we unveil the top 18 games of all time in my eyes!

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Muses: Highlights and Lowlights of E3

As E3 begins to wind down, it is time to take a moment to think about the best and worst moments of this year’s gaming media bonanza. Obviously, I’m not there in person, so coverage is based off of a combination of live streams, articles, and videos from other sources.

So I wanted to take some time here today to talk about some of what I saw following coverage of E3. We’re going to talk surprises, the best and worst, and where the companies hit their highs and lows. I also wanted to touch base about the Sony E3 Experience as this was its first year visiting Winnipeg.

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The Blade’s Edge – March Update

February is over and done with! We’re one step closer to Winter being gone here in Winterpeg… but before that, let’s take a look back at February. February featured a rare treat for me. It’s not often I get the chance to review a game that was as good as Trails of Cold Steel was… and it was a real pleasure to sing its praises. While there was a very brief sour moment to the ending, the game was overall spectacular and deserved every word I’ve said about it and more. I also finally got the Fall anime reviews completed – sorry about the delay – and my semi-annual anime wrap-up Shadow’s Six covering Summer and Fall.

We also attended Winterfest this past weekend, although due to circumstances beyond our control, did not get to spend as much time as we’d hoped so feedback and pictures will sadly be limited. It is for this reason that I’ll be combining my gallery update post with my Winterfest post-show this year.

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Blade’s Edge Update – February

We’re 1 month in and I’m still alive! 2016 is off to a great start! Of course, our next challenge is the frozen hell known as ‘February’. For those of you out there in Winterpeg, you’ll understand what I mean. For those of you who aren’t in Winnipeg… well, here’s a small taste of what this month means to us…

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Fortunately, this year has been rather tame comparably. January featured about a week of real cold, which left me in a great mood for both streaming and writing. We’re nearing completion of the Fall anime reviews, with 5 of them completed already and 1 or 2 more to go, depending on whether I can be bothered to finish the last show. I also finished Disgaea 5 and got my glowing review of that up. The other big thing that’s been going on is Trails Month, which is going to turn into a 2 or 3 month affair, I expect… I have nearly completed Trails of Cold Steel, but there are still two more Trails games to go after we finish this one!

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