Why Five Nights at Freddy's is Scary

Why Five Nights at Freddy's is Scary

Five Nights at Freddy's is undeniably scary. While it relies on jumpscares, notice that it uses them not to scare you along the way, but more to condition you for much greater and sustained fright and paranoia. FNAF is a clever, well-designed, simple horror game that in many ways has redefined horror games as a genre.

What exactly makes Five Nights at Freddy's so scary? What game mechanics does it employ to do this?

Judge Anime By Its Cover - Spring 2016

Judge Anime by its Cover
Spring 2016

You wouldn't judge a book by its cover, but anime is a whole different ball game. What if we reviewed anime SOLELY by their covers? Would these reviews be accurate? If so, why? Anime, moreso than other works in other media, seem truer to their marketing material, and it is our hypothesis that one truly can "review" anime to a great degree soley by their covers.

We review all of the upcoming Spring 2016 Anime Season based solely on a single image and a paragraph of text.

Presented at Anime Boston 2016!

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep10

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 10

In this episode of Shoujo Kakumei Utena, we learn about the awful things Nanami has done in the past to preserve in her heart the love and sole attention of her brother Touga. What was Nanami fighting for truly? She certainly wasn't apologizing to Touga for trying to murder Utena after losing her duel.

We learn in this episode mostly of Touga's true intentions. He's been playing everyone all along, and his plan has finally come together. This was the last step before his expected duel with Utena. But, why are both Anthy and End of the World helping him?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep09

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 09

Episode nine of Utena is probably the most important and revelatory of all episodes up to this point in the show. We see Utena's backstory, as well as Touga's and Saionji's. We learn of a pre-existing relationship between Utena and the school, between Utena and the two boys, and possibly some context to Utena's prince and his gift of the ring to her.

What exactly did young Utena see that gave her the courage and conviction to leave that coffin? Saionji, believing that Touga had a hand in it (and now confronted with the reality of death: both of the body and of true friendship), is set on his disastrous path.

Touga betrayed Saionji, with the help of End of the World (whoever or whatever that is), removing him from the equation while simultaneously setting the stage for his coming duel with Utena. But, what exactly is he after?

Is there something "eternal" in the castle?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep08

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 08

Episode eight of Utena is the last bit of silliness for the remainder of the first story arc. Nonetheless, what does this episode tell us? Did Nanami really go to India? How did she not die? How could Anthy's cooking have POSSIBLY made this body swap happen? Is it possible that this episode is nothing more than Anthy (or someone else) having a little fun at Nanami's expense?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep07

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 07

Episode seven of Utena is where the show really gets into its groove. Duels are introduced and occur within as little as a single episode. The formula of a duel's progression is established. This is the point from which Utena is the show everyone remembers it to be (until the cars show up).

We also now have a sense of Juri. What was she truly fighting for? Why does everyone else already know who's on the photograph in her locket? Why did Shiori betray her? What were Ruka's feelings at the time? More importantly, why did Juri LOSE? Were here intentions not just as pure-hearted as Utena's? She even defeated the Power of Dios, and lost on account of a "miracle." What is the real reason that drive Juri to fight?

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep06

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 06

Episode six of Utena is a Nanami Episode. These recur throughout the series, and have their own distinct character. They tend to be humorous, tend to involve Nanami Kiryuu escalating already ridiculous situations, and tend to come just when you're about to learn something pertinent about the main plot. In this one, Tsuwabuki is introduced, a character who will recur for the rest of the show.

Don't discount these episodes. They're a metaphor for the series as a whole, and for Utena's progression through adolescence. The Nanami episodes tell their own story, and are more relevant to the deeper story of Utena than you might realize.

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