And it’s not Lady D - not yet, anyways.

Don’t worry: you’ll all get your turn.

(Spoilers for Resident Evil Biohazard and Resident Evil Village below.)

Not since the surprise smash success of Disney’s Frozen in 2013 has a large media corporation struggled to catch up in order to meet the demands of a market absolutely ravenous for more Tall Gay Lady content; at least, not until the first look at the eighth installment of the Resident Evil franchise, which boldly dared to ask the question any major horror game had yet to posit:

What if the giant, unkillable monster was a MILF?

Lady Dimitrescu’s popularity is…

I’ve spent about two or three months solid dreading the day I have to talk about Sia’s ill-gotten vanity project Music.

I’m in a less than enviable position as both a performer and writer on the autism spectrum - I get to be hyperconscious of the lack of representation both in front of and behind the camera. I’m as irritated as anyone else watching Sia and her cast stumble over themselves to convince audiences their missteps are actually a positive contribution to a wider dialogue about portrayals of people with disabilities, while still trying to sell their movie. …

And I’m gonna help you, because we’re friends like that.

Let me preface this by saying that there are two types of good anime: there’s the stuff you already need to like anime to enjoy, and there’s the stuff you don’t.

This is not to diminish the value of either one - rather, to acknowledge that the conventions of anime are not particularly accessible to everybody. It just doesn’t do it for some people, and that’s fine. However, I think that a lot of great work that falls into the latter category often gets swept under the rug, and as someone who wouldn’t really consider themselves an anime fan, I feel it’s my responsibility to share the wealth when I fall head over ass for a show like this.

With that being said, you (yes, you specifically, you) absolutely, 100%, regardless…

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is often cited as the “first” Studio Ghibli movie, which isn’t true (that honor falls to Castle in the Sky) but it isn’t difficult to understand how it earned that distinction. Besides the fact that it was dubbed and occasionally distributed by Disney bundled with other Ghibli films, it’s the first in Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography that’s a 100% “Miyazaki” brand work - based off a manga he wrote, with all the traditional Miyazaki accoutrement. …

An ode to a show that did not give a single fuck.

We’re too caught up in trying to reinvent the wheel here.

Consider Frozen II, the highly anticipated follow up to Disney’s surprise smash hit - an ambitious adventure that tried to comment on everything from identity to depression to colonialism, and ultimately fell flat with audiences. Daring conceptually and thematically, sure, but too bloated and unfocused to be satisfying. (There is a whooooole conversation to be had about that janky dam plotline, but it is not the conversation I’m prepared to have today.) …

How were we supposed to know?

“We should have seen it coming” is a line of thought that thoroughly depresses me, especially in the context of disappointing media: the idea that having been captivated by the promise of something good - a well-cut trailer, a series with a lot of buildup - is ultimately your own damn fault once it turns out you didn’t get what you thought you were going to get.

To imply Game of Thrones’ final season was released to some criticism is akin to describing Florida as “a weird state” - there was no such thing…

Being told an autistic character will be presented for my amusement is like being handed a menu where everything is expensive and I hate every option.

Will I partake in the classic “uncomfortable introvert with savant-like abilities”? How about we split the “loud nerd who doesn’t know how to take social cues and annoys all their friends” and get appetizers? I’ve heard the “emotionally stunted genius who can never be understood by this cruel, wicked world” is nice when it’s in season, but I’m also partial to “walking caricature of tics and quirks”. Oh, what’s on tap, by the way…

Delaney Jordan

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