So I subscribe to an anime goodie box services. Sometimes they send me real crap, as in someone there thought it would be cute to send The World’s Lamest Face Mask (TM) in the first COVID-era box. Yeah, um, nope. But they also send cool stuff. There was a cute little Gundam head I had […]Read more "The Eternal Parallelogram: FLCL"
There was something powerfully cute about Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions. It’s about kids with delusions of having super powers (yeah, chunibyo), which puts them on the extreme end of the spectrum that includes things like identifying with magical or powerful characters, playing RPGs, and doing cosplay, and since I do all those things I […]Read more "Character Analysis: Rikka Takanashi"
Sailor Moon is the longest series I’ve ever watched, and the source I was using, for whatever reason, stopped supplying dubbed or subbed episodes after around #160, so I haven’t seen the end. Still, it wasn’t bad, although I would have liked Sailors Uranus and Neptune to do more than stand around telling the other […]Read more "How to Write a Sailor Moon Episode"
Citrus is the story of two teen-aged girls falling in love. I’d like to be profounder than that, but that’s what it boils down to. It has some problematic issues starting with the fact Mei and Yuzu Aihara are step-sisters, so legally, although not biologically, they’re involved with incest, but through volume four of the […]Read more "The Power of Two: Mei and Yuzu"
Those of you who know the story know the Haruhi Suzumiya saga know it all started way back when with a light novel called The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. That book created nine sequels (ten in Japan), anime series of the same name, a manga series, a volume of fan stories, two more anime series, […]Read more "Irrelevant Post: New Suzumiya"
There are a lot of stories out there where you engage with the characters, especially the main character, and so you want to see more about them. That’s a good thing. Remember, people make these things to make money. If you like the character and want to see more of them, that’s what we call […]Read more "The Spin-Off Movie: Violet Evergarden"
Yeah, okay, maybe I got a little heavily into the wordplay there in that title, but you know, what can a poor boy do? And it does sort of work. A lot of series have multiple meta-plots going on. That makes sense: If you have a series of, say, twenty-four episodes, you have to keep […]Read more "Plots de Deux: Your Lie in April"
There’s just something so addictive about Lucky Star. I don’t know about you, but I can watch it over and over. And I have. And it cracks me up every time. Part of it is how subversive it is. Look, the main characters are supposed to be high school seniors, seventeen or eighteen years old. […]Read more "Oh, So Meta: Lucky Star"
Some of you long-term followers have figured out by now my posts tend to follow certain themes. Character analysis. How to build a series. The power of N. Stuff like that. What’s In a Name is something I’ve already touched on once without using the title. We figured out that Chise Hatori from The Ancient […]Read more "What’s In a Name: Rei Ayanami"
While I was waiting for the Flowers of Evil manga to go on sale I picked up the anime to tide me over, and BOY, was I glad I did that! First of all, it LOOKS unique. There was a bunch of fuss about the fact that it was rotoscoped, that is, the animation cels […]Read more "The Power of Three: Flowers of Evil"