Tonight on GeekNights, we review the Nobuyuki Fukumoto manga Gambling Apocalypse: KAIJI. Not to be confused with the gambling anime Akagi that we reviewed in 2006. This manga covers the events planned in Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues. In the news, Masaaki Yuasa has retired as president of the prolific Science SARU studio, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is good to the end, and Viz licenses the Super Mario Bro. manga.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review two new-to-us tabletop games we played at PAX in First Look: No Return: Es gibt kein Zurück! (2019) and Square on Sale (2005). The former is distilled game mechanic. The latter is... interesting, but heuristically a mess. In the news, for the first time in over 15 years GeekNights was recorded remotely (so let us know if the audio sounds weird), Rym is building an annoy-o-tron, Segata Sanshiro appears to have risen from the grave, Pistol Whip is a VR rhythm rail shooter, and Half-Life Alyx is out!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful new anime from Science Saru, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (映像研には手を出すな！). In the news, Anime Boston is canceled, there is an Evangelion gunpla, and Sonic topped Detective Pikachu!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review First Contact (2018). It's verymuch adjacent to Codenames, but a bit more advanced. It's definitely worth playing. In the news, Reggie Fils-Aimé sets sail on the Titanic, Pax Pamir is getting a second printing, Big Cat Games has three abstract games on Kickstarter, and Overwatch introduces hero pool.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the latest animated film from Science Saru, Masaaki Yuasa's Ride Your Wave (きみと、波にのれたら). It's exactly what it looks like, but masterfully executed and definitely worth watching. Its themes overlap heavily with Lu Over the Wall, using water as metaphor for death and/or transformation.
In the news, another water-based anime movie Children of the Sea is also in theaters, Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It is definitely an anime, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power continues to get better and better with season four, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is so far delightful with some Adventure Time vibes, and the secret entrance to Anime Boston is now gone.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the extremely elegant Rumble Nation (天下鳴動). It's shockingly deep for how quick it plays, with some nods to both El Grande and Settlers of Catan (but not in the ways you might imagine). In the news, Scott remembered that Camp Hyrule existed, awesome hackers are dropping extremely aggressive two-headed skeletons into Red Dead Online, and OWL's Paris Eternal will practice in New Jersey for reasons. Also, Scott has GeekBites of both Neonimo and Death Crown!