I’d hate to be a mangaka. I mean, it’s a real “shotgun” sort of business: The publishers throw all sorts of stuff out there looking to see what sticks to the wall. And as the writer you want it to stick, too. I mean, you’re not a salaried member of the publication staff; you get […]Read more "Off the Rails: Arakawa Under the Bridge"
I have said it before and I will say it again: one of the things I like about Shinichiro Watanabe’s work is that he treats female characters with the same respect he treats male characters. Faye Valentine, Lisa Mishima, Carole Stanley; even when they are tropes (Faye is a Look at Me Woman and Carole […]Read more "Character Analysis: Fuu Kasumi"
Okay, let’s get it out of the way: Satoshi Kon was a dude with a very interesting mind and perspective on the world, and one of the things that really interested him was the nature of reality. Like a lot of philosophers and neuroscientists he was aware that for most of us, most of reality […]Read more "Character Analysis: Li’l Slugger"
Okay, so let’s throw this on the floor right off the bat: Shinichiro Watanabe is like unto a god. The guy who conceived and directed Cowboy Bebop? I mean, seriously. Fortunately, Buddhism isn’t monotheistic, so we can have lots of gods. To me, Watanabe is literally a visionary director: he has a great eye for […]Read more "How Long is This Series: Kids on the Slope"
I liked Kino’s Journey even though the main character, Kino their own self, was so … well … neutral is the best way I can describe them, that the series wanders away to other protagonists – Shizu comes to mind – just to keep things moving. But it’s Pride month – GOOD! Whoever you are, […]Read more "Character Analysis: Kino"
I briefly ran out of reading material … no, that’s not quite right. You all know it’s been a rugged time for a lot of us and I got double rugged when my Internet and cable crashed the Friday night of a three-day weekend. Yeah, talk about sensory deprivation. So I jammed some disks in […]Read more "The Power of Three: Princess Jellyfish"
You know what? I think I may have discovered a whole new trope. Okay, let’s start with this fundamental fact: Anime is a medium largely created by Japanese men for Japanese boys. That’s doesn’t stop the rest of us from liking it, and it’s not completely, 100% true. There are some terrific women working in […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Look-at-Me Woman"
I don’t like to work with relatively obscure works since no one’s seen them, and if no one’s seen them no one can tell me how badly I’ve screwed up. And it’s important for me to know I’ve screwed up, because otherwise I’ll never get any better at this stuff. Is From the New World […]Read more "The Power of Two: Saki and Satoru"
I enjoyed The Ancient Magus’ Bride until Kore Yamazaki decided to change the direction of the story by sending Chise to college. Now I still like it: I like all the characters from the first plot arc and I’m enjoying some of the people from this new arc. I think Yamazaki’s strength lies in creating […]Read more "Character Analysis: Chise Hatori"
I almost called this “How Not to Start a Series,” but as annoyed as I am with Komi Can’t Communicate, from the standpoint of financial success the author, Tomohito Oda, actually did something very clever in starting this series. And since I do analysis and not reviews, let’s break this down and see what that […]Read more "How To Start a Series: Komi Can’t Communicate"