My writer friend Kate (look, she’s a girl and a friend but she’s not a girlfriend) declared a comic book and comic book movie weekend. The object is to get mental relief, and since manga and anime count I played along. The problem I had was that it was the week before finals and one […]Read more "Character Analysis: Yui Hirasawa"
Okay, The Way of the House Husband has only been out for like thirty-five microseconds and I hear people bitching about the animation. What? Animation? Dang. That was one of the things this blog was founded around: I was going to look at anime and manga from my standpoints (plural) of a writer and a […]Read more "Limited Animation: The Way of the House Husband"
Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions was one of those things that was just so dang cute I watched it all the way through. Then, since my tolerance for cute is extremely low, I watched it again to see what the heck there was in it that made me watch it the first time. Fortunately I […]Read more "The Power of Two: Yuta and Rikka"
Okay, the Saiki K. series is a whole franchise built around a gag manga, and like any gag-based show, as long as the jokes keep coming, so do the manga volumes and anime episodes. Right? Just like Lucky Star, it’s good as long as it stays funny. The six-episode Reawakened arc is up there on […]Read more "How To Build a Series: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Reawakened"
Yeah, like it says, I’m taking this week off because I am CRANKING on my novel. Be back next week. Pinky promise!Read more "Week off, no post"
Many of you know that November is National Novel Writing Month, and those of you who have been following this blog religiously – both of you. Thanks! – know I put myself through the pleasure/ordeal of writing 50000 words in 30 days. Actually, I typically write more like 75,000 words. But since 75000 > 50000, […]Read more "Irrelevant Post: Camp NaNoWriMo"
I know there’s a Descending Stories anime. I think it’s on Tootsieroll, or whatever that service that Sony just bought is called, but I haven’t seen it. But I just finished the manga, all ten volumes, and as a story it works for me despite the fact that there’s no more than a minimum of […]Read more "How To Build a Story: Descending Stories"
A while back I posted about anime I’d stopped watching, and someone, Irina maybe, said, “You know, it would be instructive if you could tell us why you stopped watching.” Point. That fits into what I do here, looking at anime and manga from my twin perspectives as a writer and animator. Part of telling […]Read more "Stopped Reading This: Golden Kamuy"
Everyone thinks writers start with a plot and write. I don’t. I think about what I want to write about, and then cook up whatever other pieces I need. The last story I wrote was to a prompt: Frozen wasteland. From there I decided I wanted to write about a snow woman, and from there […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: Demon Slayer"
I think Toradora is a really well-constructed story, and I think I’ll write about why sometime in the not-so-distant future. But here’s part of it: it’s a classic example of stealth storytelling. Quick, who is the main character of Toradora? Is it Ryuji, or is it Taiga? Here’s how you can tell: Ryuji goes through […]Read more "Character Analysis: Taiga Aisaka"