Steven Mepham: Author, Reader, gamer and Anime Enthusiast

Long Reads: Resident Evil 2: Remake – musings on symbolism and tragedy.

|Contains major spoilers for Resident Evil 2: Remake |

One of the most remarkable things about Resident Evil 2: Remake is how it encapsulates the spirit of the original in terrifying realism….

Writing: What constitutes a good Antagonist?

|Contains massive spoilers for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers|

As most who know me will attest I am always drawn to the tragic, redemptive tale. For me, the interesting part of any story isn’t in how they overcome obstacles, but rather what the ramifications….

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers – a phenomenal Expansion. (Spoiler free reaction)

For me, Shadowbringers is an expansion that, in many ways is of a higher standard than some Single player games. Already I find myself impatient for the next patch, to discover what happens next. Though this is by no means unusual for me with Final Fantasy XIV, this time, I find myself much more impatient.

Writing Fantasy and Sci-fi: Tools I find invaluable

Writing any novel is a daunting and mammoth undertaking which requires many hours of dedication and a truckload of patience. I have lost count how many times I have read back a chapter or a scene only for there to be something wrong. As a writer of high fantasy, my world building is paramount. To…
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Breath of fire: the series that deserves a re-release.

For many, the Breath of Fire series elicits nostalgia faster than looking at your childhood photos. Spanning across five retro console games and one mobile game, it is a series that is well known but underappreciated. My first voyage into this sublime series came with Breath of Fire III on the PlayStation One. For a…
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The Loss of Chakuro

It is a strange thing to own a pet. No matter their form, they make a place in your life a little space that you don’t notice until it becomes a gaping hole in their absence. I had Chakuro for just over a year. Though I had thought for many years of getting another Cockatiel,…
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Final Fantasy VIII: Why I’m excited for the remaster

Warning: Contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VIII. Final Fantasy VIII is a bit of an oddball among its peers. It was never as acclaimed as its direct predecessor, Final Fantasy VII, nor managed to evoke the charm of its successor Final Fantasy IX nor the tragedy of Final Fantasy X. For many years while its…
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The Evoker: A History.

It’s quite difficult for me to pin down when I started to write the evoker. The main concepts of the world probably began to formulate in 1999 inspired by the Wheel of Time and Final Fantasy IX. In those days it was called The Gates of Destiny which was later amended to the Scions of…
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2019 Anime List

As with my other lists, here are the anime’s that have grasped my attention at the moment. As a latecomer to Anime, some of these are older Anime’s that have been around for a number of years. Boko No Hero Academia Black Clover Inuyasha Hakkenen touhou Hakken Ibun Noragami Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi The Rising of…
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2019 Manga List

I’ve only been reading Manga for a few years now and already finding myself drawn to them. I think the main reason is how easy they are to read and how expressive and varied the characters can be.  Manga Series I’m Currently Reading: Rihito Takarai – Graineliers Adachitoka – Noragami: Stray God Abi Umeda –…
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