There’s an existential dread that hits you when you are near the age of 30 and you still get hyped for new Pokémon content. That is not to say I feel ashamed of loving the franchise. Far from it.

What got me thinking about Pokémon again was a recent post by a certain washed-up British television writer mocking “grown adults” for wearing “clothing made for toddlers.” The clothing in question was a Sylveon shirt.

There are fewer things to bring me into a nostalgic rush than seeing Ken Sugimori’s water-colored art for the original Pokémon Red and Blue. The original…


The horror genre has a problem with things being “offensive.” Or, rather, the horror community does, because no one can agree what the term really seems to mean.

A few months ago in August, popular horror personality Joe Bob Briggs wrote an article about the labels members of the LGBTQA community use as a form of self-identification. Recently, this article resurfaced, causing a big stir among horror fans on both sides of the isle. Some people are rightfully hurt by the article Briggs — or, rather John Bloom, the man behind the Briggs character — wrote due to how dismissive…


Trigger Warning: The following will discuss a lot of topics of mental illness, sexual assault, self-harm, and unhealthy methods of dealing with problems. Please understand that this is reflective of my experiences.

I’ve always had a problem with wanting to help people at the cost of my own emotional state. I thought over the years I’ve gotten better at prioritizing my own issues, but I’ve only gotten better at hiding my pain.

This isn’t going to be an informative essay with any scientific notation or quotation. I’m not going to cite experts. I’m just ranting about my experiences. …


Writers have influences, but writers should strive to be more than these influences.

This is honestly one of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a writer myself. When crafting fiction, you obviously need a sense of what inspires you personally, sure. You need to understand what films, books, shows, music — whatever — inspires your work. Understanding that will allow you to realize what works best about that other work and what doesn’t. In doing so, you might grow beyond your influences. You use them as a foundation to become more.

However, many works stop short of that. Some…


When the popular anime Yuri on Ice!!! first came out, there was a lot of discourse about the main characters’ sexuality. This only proved that many people don’t seem to realize bisexual people exist.

While many people today realize the main characters, Yuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov, are in a same-sex couple, many fans feared the series might be queer-baiting audiences by teasing a same-sex relationship, much like how another sports anime, Free!, teased fans. Things were made more complicated when Yuri, in the first episode, expresses having a former crush on his female friend, Yuuko. Victor in the Japanese…


This is a follow-up to a prior piece, Are SJWs Taking Over Anime? I recommend checking that out, too.

Vic Mignogna has been cancelled, and a subset of anime fans aren’t happy about it.

The news that Vic Mignogna has been fired from Funimation comes fifteen years too late, to be honest. I personally have heard stories about the guy since 2006. It was an open secret. Everyone knew. Voice actors told stories about how much of a prick he was. …


In horror fiction, ghosts are ubiquitous. They are omnipresent across the entire genre of horror, yet no one story teller can quite agree what they are supposed to represent.

Horror is, after all, something of a playground for ideas. One can make the monsters fiends or heroes. The werewolf can represent numerous things, from mankind’s inner animal (The Howling) to a curse (The Wolf Man, An American Werewolf in London) to puberty (Ginger Snaps).

But the ghost, it seems, is the most overt of all horror icons. And the most versatile. …


Looking back on the last year of the 2010s, it’s clear that the years between 2010 and 2020 were a new renaissance for horror cinema. New horror films that have been pushing the boundaries of the genre keep coming out.

Within the last decade, we’ve had Cabin in the Woods, The Conjuring, The Babadook, It Follows, The Witch, Get Out, and now Hereditary. We have seen the return of classic genre mainstays in the form of the new Halloween sequel and IT adaptations. Horror for families has returned with The House with a Clock in its Walls and Goosebumps. Foreign…


When I think of punk, I think of rebellion. Rejection of the status quo.

In the 70s and 80s, the rise of conservative values throughout the Western World pushed down people who didn’t fit in. Society struggled to maintain a hold of the nuclear family. The Hippie Movement of love and peace didn’t pan out all the way, giving rise to an angry counter-culture who resented and hated the world that desperately didn’t want outsiders to exist.

Punk was a place where outsiders in society — people who did not conform to gender or societal roles — could overtly mock…


So full-disclosure: I’ve worked in education to an extent, but if you’ve come for a 20 year study on whether or not teenagers need to read Dickens or Poe based on academic reasoning, I’m sorry. You’re getting my half-asleep ramblings instead.

But I am going to speak frankly about the value of classical literature — or, in some cases, the lack thereof.

A lot of literary types online will tell you that there is no value to teaching the classics. Millennials and Gen Z folks are reading now more than ever. It’s simply that the content that we consume is…

Anthony Gramuglia

Writer, grown-up fan, and nerd with too much time on his hands. Anthony is here to post about writing, movies, literature, and more.

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