Final Fantasy VI and the End of the World

In the summer of 2016, I set out to complete Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI… each for the first time. I managed to finish the first two just in time to begin my teaching duties for the semester (read my thoughts FFIV here and FFV here). Apparently, it would take me another 4 years …

The Kingdom of God in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Every week at church, I watch people line up to take communion. The act involves eating a bit of bread and drinking a bit of wine (or juice for the teetotalers and the underaged). But this is not simply a tiny appetizer, served in anticipation of some a larger meal to be eaten later. The …

999 Again!

It’s been nine years since since developer Chunsoft and publisher-localizer Aksys Games took a risk and released Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors in North America. The game was well-receieved in America, which is surprising given the indifference of English-speaking audiences toward visual novels. The unlikely success of this obscure Nintendo DS title paved the …