Okay, let’s throw something on the floor here: You got this high school student named Natsuo. He’s got a heavy crush on this girl named Hina. In the mean time, this other cute girl named Rui is hot for him. That’s either an Eternal Triangle or a broken triangle depending on how Hina feels about […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: Domestic Girlfriend"
Okay, so I have a writing buddy named Kate Kulig. She writes a series called the Bloody Murder Mysteries. Yeah, that’s a link to her Amazon page. I’ve never plugged her before, so this is her turn. She has a blog here, too. But here’s the real story: Kate has been reminding everyone in her […]Read more "Partly Relevant Aside: Comic Book Weekend"
I have said before and will say again that Shinichiro Watanabe treats his female characters more fairly than just about any director either of us can name. Well, Amy Heckerling, maybe. But he aways tries to avoid making them tropes, or just tropes. Even when they are tropes, they aren’t SIMPLE tropes. They are complex […]Read more "Character Analysis: Faye Valentine"
I’ve been watching something utterly inane called Teasing Master Takagi-san on Netflix. To qualify, “Teasing Master” is a title, not a verb: Takagi does the teasing rather than being teased upon. Let’s be frank: this is a one-note anime, and I have little tolerance for stuff that’s dull. If I don’t like something, Life is […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Teasing Master Tagaki-san"
I love anime and I love manga and I love talking about anime and manga. But I make no bones about the fact that I’m a writer. And like making manga and anime friends when you like manga and anime, when you’re a writer you make writing friends. And you know what? Some of them […]Read more "Buddy’s Book"
You’ve seen harem shows. Just admit it. Admit that you are powerless, and put yourself in the hands of a higher power. No, wait. That’s for alcohol. But still, the comic possibilities of a harem show are pretty obvious. Slap-stick, double entendre, sight gags, mistaken identity: everything is fair game so long as you can […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Stupid Harem Protagonist"
I started this blog three years ago. It’s my second attempt at blogging. The first lasted one post. Yeah, that didn’t work. The theme here is that I look at anime and manga to see what they can tell us about writing – good or bad – or animation – good or bad. I took […]Read more "Anniversary Post"
I’ll just say it: the neat thing about Strike Witches is that it’s like a good stew, a whole bunch of things thrown together that work together to make a cute little show. It’s HUGELY formulaic, which makes dissecting it fairly easy, but also shows us that formulas are formulas because they WORK. Oh, yeah. […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Strike Witches"
The Flowers of Evil is one of those anime that creates powerful responses in people, and not all of them are good. For one thing, in tone and content it’s manifestly adult even though the characters are kids. And the protagonist, Sawa Nakamura – I said the protagonist, not the central character – is a […]Read more "Rotoscope and You: The Flowers of Evil"
It’s pretty common knowledge that my favorite rock and roll bands in the glorious history of rock and roll are the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls. I have a vivid memory of the death of Velvets founder, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lou Reed. One evening I got an email telling me I had […]Read more "Irrelevant Post: RIP Sylvain Sylvain"