Gender Bender: Sapphire

Now that we live in a day that permits it, there are a lot of representations of LGBTQIA+ characters in manga and anime. Some of them are good, some not so good; that’s how it goes when producers are throwing content against the wall to see what sticks. If you go back to the ’60’s, […]

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The Eternal Triangle: Waltz

I keep telling people that Shuzo Oshimi is my favorite magaka. That’s not a lie. You might know him from The Flowers of Evil if you’re more into anime than manga. If you do read a lot of manga, there’s Flowers, plus Inside Mari, Welcome Back, Alice, Blood on the Tracks, and a lot more […]

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Character Analysis: Zero Two

Darling in the Franxx is one of those things that popped onto the radar because it tried to do something we’d seen a million times – a mecha story – and jazz it up with a little soft-core porn. I mean one pilot is the stamen and one the pistil? Seriously, you’ve got to be […]

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The Antagonist: Gendo Ikari

There’s a special kind of antagonist we can call a monomaniac, right? The person who is focused entirely on one single thing that motivates everything they do. Bizarrely, you see monomaniac protagonists a lot. Luffy wants the One Piece, Ash wants to catch them all, Chihaya wants to be the best karuta player, Shoko wants […]

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The Antagonist: The Faceless Foe

There are a lot of good reasons to make the antagonist an on-screen character. An on-screen antagonist can have dialog, for one thing, and if they’re written well enough they can create some sort of sympathy or empathy in the audience. That creates an emotional response in the user when the antagonist inevitably loses. But […]

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The Antagonist: Haruhi Suzumiya

You don’t think of Haruhi as being an antagonist. You don’t even think of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as having a meta-plot that calls for either a protagonist or an antagonist. It’s very slice-of-life, isn’t it? That’s all true. Melancholy doesn’t have a meta-plot, but it has plot arcs, even though they ultimately don’t […]

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