When the first season of Narcos was added to Netflix, I remember watching the first few episodes, and enjoying it, but for some reason I got distracted and never finished it. With the addition of a 3rd season recently, I was reminded that I always meant to go back, and since I couldn’t really remember what had gone on in those first few episodes, I started from the start, and just finished watching that first season (watched it this past week). This is a fantastic show, I really enjoyed every bit of it, and can’t wait to now get through the next two seasons. Also, funny thing, I was trying to place the actor who plays Pena, and it was only the other day that I saw a tweet where someone was mentioning that he was Oberyn on Game of Thrones — I’d completely forgotten.
The latest Tokyoiter cover, produced by Andrew Browne — see the original image here.
Even though I’m sure I’m going to end up playing it soon enough (and despite not being a particularly huge fan of the series, the first game is the game I think I’ve put in the most hours ever), I’m not really onboard the hype train for Destiny 2, but I sure as hell love this commercial they produced in Japan to hype the game.
Craig recently shared a new essay that talks about the process he went through in putting out Koya Bound — as with all of his essays, it’s as informative as it is entertaining to read. I’d also point you to the latest edition of his Roden Explorers newsletter, in which he describes in detail what he experienced during a meditation retreat he attended earlier this year.
My good friend Luis gets a nice feature over at This Works telling the story of how he decided to make a major career change in his 40s (from designer to illustrator, or “drawer,” as he would say) and make the move to Tokyo. It was during that initial 3-month sabbatical that we met, and I could tell then that he would soon be back.
Although it was released a couple of years ago, I just came across Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo novel, which appears to be quite good — I think I’ll pick it up. On the promotional site for the book, there’s also a great short video by Samuel Cockeday, a mesmerizing time-lapse of the city.
The summer may be pretty much at its end, but we at least got two new episodes of Toco Toco TV this week, part of its promised “Summer Special” block, as we await the start of the next season. They both focus on filmmakers, Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura, working in the indie horror genre, and are both fascinating in how frank each creator is about the difficulties of making indie films in Japan these days, with budgets for non-mainstream fare hard to come by and a fraction of what they used to be. It was also quite nostalgic for me to see Iguchi walking around Ikebukuro, the part of Tokyo where I lived for over 13 years.
The latest project from Klein Dytham Architecture (my ex-employers, while working at PechaKucha) is the Picchio Visitors Centre and Ice Rink in Karuizawa — Dezeen has a full post showing off the beautiful complex.
I haven’t shared any Tokyoiter covers in a while — while they were preparing for their recent exhibition, the site had gone a bit quiet — but there have been plenty of additions following the show, and the latest one is the lovely cover you see here, created by my buddy Louis-Étienne Vallée.
I’m having such a great time playing this. I was so excited when it first got announced at our Ubi presser during E3 — and was even more ecstatic to see Miyamoto join Yves on stage (and I even had a chance to tell Yves just that). So yeah, I’m super happy that Ubi has produced a Mario game, and I’m even happier (and relieved) that it’s a fantastic game. I’m not even that big into turn-based strategy games — I like them fine, but don’t seek them out — but I was easily sucked into Battle Kingdom as soon as I started playing (I played 4-5 straight hours the first time I popped it in). A few days later, I’m still having a blast playing it, and it makes me hope that we’ll see more great collaborations between Ubi and Nintendo in the future.