WELCOME to the personal home page/blog of Matthew La France. Please enjoy your stay.


I'd like to direct everyone's attention to a new site I just launched called Playongo.com! Playongo is a new blog and information site all about Japanese gaming on my favorite platforms and beyond. The articles currently include information on how to play Japanese PS3 games on your American PS3, what games are good to play, how to transfer Japanese save games, and where to buy Japanese games. I also talk a little about the adventure game genre as it relates to Japanese gaming and the games Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain. Take a look! Playongo.com


New anime out that is worth taking a look at called "Bakemonogatari". The title is a play on words of bakemono (monster) and monogatari (story). You could translate it simply as "Monster Story", but it's kind of like "Monstory" if the two words were able to remain intact when combined.

The first episode was very good. Visually the show is beautiful. It reminds me a lot of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei in the look of the characters, backgrounds, and the flashes of text used frequently, although the tone of the series is entirely different. It's edgy, disconcerting, and suspenseful. SZS may have also been edgy, but it was mostly comical and silly.

I don't want to ruin anything about the first episode so I'll just say that you can be assured there will be some interesting use of monsters and myth from Japanese religion and folklore as well as more traditional supernatural elements. However the setting appears to be a very stylized modern-day high school setting.

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