When you study animated cartoons, particularly the old ‘toons of the Warner Brothers heyday, it’s explicit that a lot of the humor is contextualized by the culture they were made in. When Bugs Bunny gnaws on a carrot and asks, “What’s the hubbub, bub?” he’s saying something that a non-native speaker of mid-20th century English […]Read more "Culture and Trope: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid"
I might have mentioned that I picked up one of those “20 Manga for 20 bucks” deals. Yeah, I mentioned it: https://davedalessiowrites.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/irrelevant-post-did-this-thing/ With shipping it was more like thirty bucks, but still, it seems to be a bargain. I mean, used manga run about five bucks a pop, and since I’ll read anything in sight, […]Read more "Follow Up: Did This Thing"
Supposedly there are seven basic plots. Ready? Rags to riches Overcoming the monster The quest Voyage and return Comedy (Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl) Tragedy (Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl) Rebirth Now, when we’re talking about the overarching plot of a series we’re really talking about meta-plot, […]Read more "No Plot Needed: Spice and Wolf"
On the grounds that I could afford it and maybe I might learn something, or at least be entertained over Spring Break, I ordered a Mystery Box (oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh) of manga…Twenty randomly selected titles for $20. Should I say from where, or would that be inappropriately commercial? There they are, all lined […]Read more "Irrelevant Post: Did this thing"
Okay, it’s twenty years old and looks more like forty, but Trigun, if you haven’t seen it, is a lot of fun a lot of the time. It’s a sci-fi western, sort of, about a Traditional Hero (Vash the Stampede) who Sets Things Right. Oh, and he doesn’t kill anyone. That’s his deal. Of course, […]Read more "How Long is a Series: Trigun"
Emma Chambers passed on last week, on Wednesday, it is now said, although her passing was made public over the weekend. They tagged her as having been in Notting Hill, but I always remembered her from The Vicar of Dibley, where she played Dawn French’s good-hearted nitwit of a housekeeper, Alice. Emma Chambers (left) as […]Read more "Irrelevant Aside: Emma Chambers"
I don’t think anyone needs to say that character is a critical part of storytelling. I mean, ultimately drama is conflict, and conflict arises from character (at least, if the conflict is character-driven, which is about the same as saying lava arises if the volcano is lava-driven). Certain character types work to simplify the creation […]Read more "The Rule of Three: School-Live!"