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Blue Backspace Articles

Gordy.outgoing link (featured)

August 1, 2022 - Analysis of Gordy's Home! scene in Nope (2022, dir. Jordan Peele).

The Thematic Dissonance and Cynicism of Supernatural's Finaleoutgoing link (featured)

April 19, 2021 - Analysis and criticism of themes in the finale of Supernatural.

In the Corner of the Whole World, a One-Two: What Wowaka's Work Meant to Meoutgoing link (featured)

April 10, 2019 - Reflections on what Vocaloid producer wowaka's works meant to me, particularly "Rolling Girl" and "World's End Dancehall," in the wake of his death.

Lay These Old Chip Bones to Rest: Astroskeleton's Retirementoutgoing link

Feb. 11, 2020 - Reporting on the retirement of Jackson Scovel's astroskeleton alias.

Piracy, Preservation, Polarity: Over-Regulation of ROMs Could Damage Video Games in the Endoutgoing link

July 24, 2019 - Essay arguing that piracy plays a vital role in video game preservation, and that cracking down on it serves to hurt games as a whole.

Are You My Father? Reflecting on Aline's Story in Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmareoutgoing link

Nov. 16, 2017 - Analysis and criticism of Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare character Aline's arc.

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Isn't a Nightmare After Alloutgoing link

October 30, 2017 - Review of Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare.

Sticker Star Doesn't Deserve Its Infamy, But It's Still Not Funoutgoing link

Sept. 9, 2017 - Review of Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Above and Beyond "Harvest Moon But Better," Stardew Valley is a Must-Playoutgoing link

May 20, 2017 - Review of Stardew Valley.

Other M is One Messy Metroid Gameoutgoing link

March 22, 2017 - Review of Metroid: Other M.

A Cyberpunk Adventure of a Different Coloroutgoing link

Feb. 6, 2017 - Review of 2064: Read Only Memories.

Revisiting the Anniversary Present That Polarized Zelda Fansoutgoing link

Jan. 1, 2017 - Review of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

There are a number of articles that didn't make the cut on the relaunched Blue Backspace site and aren't listed here that are available on the old Blue Backspace archiveoutgoing link.

RYM Genre Projects

Golden Age Vocaloid Horror / Creepy / "Insane" Song Cultureoutgoing link (featured)

Ongoing - Documenting the horror / creepy / "insane" song subculture within Vocaloid culture in the late 2000s up to the mid 2010s.

Chip Rockoutgoing link (featured)

Ongoing - Documenting chip rock, a chiptune-infused alternative rock genre with poor documentation but distinct sound and lineage.

BITMYST *♡+:。ð///.。:†*♡outgoing link (featured)

Formally ended Jan. 2021 - Documenting the then-developing hexd genre of hip hop, trance and ambient on Soundcloud.

Christian Skaoutgoing link

Ongoing - Documenting the explosion of Christian third wave ska in the late 90s.

Denpa genre description updateoutgoing link

May 2021 - Complete rewrite of genre definition of denpa music on music database and online community RateYourMusic.

RYM Reviews

Review: Bonk (You Got Bonked) // Wrong Wayoutgoing link (featured)

May 20, 2020 - One of my dearest friendships through the lens of "Bonk (You Got Bonked)" (Starship Amazing, 2011).

Review: 初音ミクの消失 -Real and Repeat-outgoing link (featured)

May 15, 2020 - Review of Disappearance of Hatsune Miku -Real and Repeat- (cosMo@Bousou-P, 2018).

Review: Prisoner of Hormonesoutgoing link (featured)

March 30, 2020 - Review of Prisoner of Hormones (Toxic Lipstick, 2006).

Review: Barbie Girloutgoing link

May 8, 2022 - Review of "Barbie Girl" (Tori V, 2017).

Review: れっつ!みらくる☆はーどこあっ!(Let's! Miracle Hardcore!)outgoing link

May 24, 2022 - Review of "Let's! Miracle Hardcore!" (Laur, 2022).

Review: TiK ToKoutgoing link

January 28, 2022 - Review of "TiK ToK" (Kesha, 2009).

Review: PSY2Koutgoing link

June 19, 2021 - Review of PSY2K (Meganeko x Shirobon, 2021).

Review: ななみっくす! -NanaMix-outgoing link

June 8, 2021 - Review of ななみっくす! -NanaMix- (Nanahira, 2012).

Review: Hot in Pursuitoutgoing link

May 30, 2021 - Review of Hot in Pursuit (Hot in Pursuit, 2008).

Review: Chocolate Hearts and Stag Beetlesoutgoing link

May 6, 2021 - Review of Chocolate Hearts and Stag Beetles (AERO GROS M, 2021).

Review: 秘密警察outgoing link

April 8, 2021 - Review of "Secret Police" (BuriruP, 2010).

Review: How I Wish You Were Hereoutgoing link

April 8, 2021 - Review of How I Wish You Were Here (Origami Girl, 2018).

Review: Viergeoutgoing link

April 6, 2021 - Review of Vierge (Ascendant Vierge, 2020).

Review: Chug Jug With Yououtgoing link

March 14, 2021 - Review of "Chug Jug With You" (Leviathan, 2018).

Review: Faintoutgoing link

March 11, 2021 - Review of "Faint" (Himera, 2021).

Review: Voyageoutgoing link

Feb. 21, 2021 - Review of Voyage (Calum Bowen, 2021)

⭒☆━NEO420KEI━☆⭒outgoing link

Jan. 6, 2021 - Review of NEO420KEI (C/id, 2021).

Review: Zelda 3: The Light Worldoutgoing link

Jan. 5, 2021 - Zelda 3: The Light World (The Amazing BrandoO, 2012.

Review: Cream / Deviousoutgoing link

Nov. 8, 2020 - Mini-review and microfiction interpretation of Cream / Devious (Swan Meat, 2018).

Review: Robins Jeanoutgoing link

Sept. 21, 2020 - Review of "Robins Jean" (dior5tar, 2019).

Review: Ye tietia wo sooutgoing link

August 12, 2020 - Review of version of Ye tietia wo so (Josh Laryea, year unknown) on Spotify from extremely bitrotted disc.

Review: Fun Tonightoutgoing link

July 12, 2020 - Review of "Fun Tonight" (マクロスMACROSS 82-99, 2015).

Review: cav///esoutgoing link

July 8, 2020 - Review of "cav///es" (violet_117^^^, 2020).

Review: 炉心融解outgoing link

May 11, 2020 - Review of "Meltdown" (iroha(sasaki), 2008).

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Vol. II: The Lost Tracksoutgoing link

April 29, 2020 - Review of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Vol. II: The Lost Tracks (Koji Kondo, 1999) exclusive bonus tracks.

Review: Zeldawave // 近藤 浩治 // OOToutgoing link

April 27, 2020 - Review of Zeldawave // 近藤 浩治 // OOT (Polygon Dream, 2017).

Review: Zeldawave II // 近藤 浩治 // MMoutgoing link

April 27, 2020 - Review of Zeldawave II // 近藤 浩治 // MM (Polygon Dream, 2020).

Review: Iku Akume Training Diaryoutgoing link

April 6, 2020 - Review of Iku Akume Training Diary (paraoka, 2008).

Review: Aquariumoutgoing link

March 28, 2020 - Review of Aquarium (Aqua, 1997).

Review: Yufioutgoing link

March 15, 2020 - Review of Yufi (Yufi, 2020).

Review: Stuck in a Rom-Comoutgoing link

Jan. 22, 2020 - Review of Stuck in a Rom-Com (D-Real [愛], 2019).

Other Works

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