Doki Doki Kusoge

Doki Doki Kusoge deals in all things Japanese culture, be it video games, anime, music, or film. You can find the latest info translated from Japanese rags, reviews, previews, and other weird features. Despite its namesake (kusoge means shit game), DDK does not deal exclusively in garbage video games. Its founder just has a masochistic tendency to subject himself to them. No, it's not healthy. Elliot G. runs things here. A former Destructoid and Japanator contributor living in Japan, he likes to make himself suffer by playing the bad stuff so you don't have to.
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Ok, I don’t normally push Kickstarters very often, but this one seems really cool to me.

It’s called Kanjilicious, and it essentially gamifies learning kanji by having you compete online with friends for high scores while you memorize each character. Kanji learning, while not quite as impossible as some think it might be, is a chore due to how many you have to commit to memory. Even worse, there are hundreds you’ll probably never see or use.

I think programs like these are really useful for making the experience more enjoyable. If you’re interested in studying Japanese or are doing so currently, I think it might be worth it to look into this.

Bought a book that claims to teach how to write light novels. Apparently writing a light novel is inherently different from a normal novel.

After taking a peak inside, I have to admit that I’m laughing my ass off. Expect actual shots of the content later. Hahaha.

Click Gojistomp to see the roots of a madman.

There are a lot of people who don’t know that before I got my position on the Scifi Japan staff, I was actually a writer for a small little site about 9 years ago. That site was called Gojistomp.

If you were in the Godzilla fandom back in the day, GS was one of the big fan sites. There were about five or six of them back then, sometimes including Mazer City, sometimes not. Haha.

As a 14 year old dork, I spent a lot of time getting to know people and writing my thoughts on these Japanese gems, it was there I got to know Keith Aiken, my current editor and friend, and it was there that I began writing reviews for the former webmaster Gary.

It’s amazing to think that this BBS was the beginning of a huge journey of self discovery for me. Looking back, and especially at the about us page, I don’t think I ever would have imagined myself where I am now, interviewing execs, actors, directors and being in direct contact with the major companies.

With my first year out of college having just passed, and my first year in Japan coming to end, it felt like an appropriate time to reflect on my journalistic history.

More coming down the line folks.


Finally finished watching the seven film series Kara no Kyoukai. I’m actually working on a feature right now for Scifi Japan that’s going to cover Type Moon works (animated at least), but I thought I’d share some thoughts on this well loved piece of art. Nothing formal of course.

Holy shit that was awesome. Finding the right words to describe what I just finished watching is way more difficult than I expected. The pacing was perfect for the story it was trying to tell, with characters that felt real and organic despite the things happening within the narrative.

I found myself moved, angry, happy and sad through each of the movies, and by the end I was so satisfied with my experience that I simply took a deep breath and smiled.

As far as complete movie experiences go, I’d be hard pressed to find something comparable. For a long time, I wondered why Type Moon fans were so bloody obsessed and loyal. Yes, I liked Fate/Stay Night quite a bit, despite its somewhat stupidly sexist main character (At least in terms of “WOMEN SHOULDN’T BE FIGHTING BLAH BLAH BLAH), but it didn’t floor me. It certainly brought their work to my attention though. Also worth noting is that the VN game the show was based on is SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER. The Tsukihime anime was enjoyable but seemed like it was missing a lot (I mean to get around to playing the VN sometime soon). 

Kara no Kyoukai is on a whole other level. Watching it, I frequently had to remind myself that this was Type Moon. 

I could gush more about this series, and I will later, but for tumblr I think this is enough. I don’t wanna write my entire article and accidentally publish it here. Haha.

Instead, I leave you with this awesome fucking sequence that assaults all your senses.



This is way funnier than it has any right to be.

(via megatenn)



I…wait, what?

Just got to this part!

HAHAHA, this chick is crazy

For those who missed it the first time. This was me failing hard at CATHERINE. This happened a lot while I played, except with more screaming.

CATHERINE is filled with what I like to call “WHY ME?” moments.

Needless to say, I thought it was damn awesome.