The manga Heaven’s Design Team gets itself hyped with the blurb, “Does for zoology what Cells at Work! does for human biology.” I know this for a fact. It says so right on the back cover. Except it doesn’t. A lot of people like Cells at Work! and I’m one of them. It’s a neat […]Read more "How Not to Start a Story: Heaven’s Design Team"
Haruko from FLCL is another character who is really easy to analyze. She’s a Look at Me woman. Boop. That’s it. That doesn’t make her a bad character, or, even worse, a forgettable character. One hundred percent the opposite! Haruko is without question the single most UNforgettable character from the entire FLCL franchise, and the […]Read more "Character Analysis: Haruko Haruhara"
The breakout success of My Dress-up Darling made the Powerz That Be say, “Hey, ya know what? There’s moniez to be made in this Cosplay stuff.” So I submit for your approval, in the manner of Rod Serling, a story about a female cosplayer (who happens, through sheer, raw, naked coincidence (See what I did […]Read more "Same Stage, Different Show: My Dress-up Darling and 2.5-Dimensional Seduction"
Okay, yeah, I know you never heard of Toshiko Tamura. Let me lay down some backbeat here. If you ain’t heard of Osamu Tezuka, you’re probably reading the wrong blog. I mean, he’s the dude Mangajin magazine called “The God of Manga,” because they decided other titles he’s also been given, like “The Father of […]Read more "Character Analysis: Toshiko Tamura"
Yeah, I started spelling it Trope-ical. There’s no point in a pun no one gets. But yeah, there are a lot of tropes in storytelling. That’s not an accident. Tropes are tropes because they work. I’ve said that – tropes are tropes because they work – a few dozen times, and not just in the […]Read more "Oh, So Trope-ical: The Sexually Aggressive Gal"
Happy holidays to all of you who recently celebrated, are celebrating, or will soon celebrate a holiday. It’s that time of year! One of the saddest (for me) revelations of the final reconstruction of Neon Genesis Evangelion is what happens to Rei Ayanami. Rei is a fascinating character. Although she is genetically human, she is […]Read more "Character (Re)analysis: Rei Ayanami"
Watching Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is like watching Teasing-Master Takagi-san but without the innocence. The kids of Teasing-Master are, well, kids; the kids of Miss Nagatoro are high schoolers, and, I remind you, the age of consent in Japan is thirteen. There’s nothing explicit about it; it’s clearly PG-13. But Nagatoro’s teasing of […]Read more "The Power of Two: Nagatoro and Hachioji"
Back when I last wrote about Taiga Aisaka – she’s a quivering bundle of tropes instead of a real character – I got into a really good discussion with a reader. His (excellent) point was that a) the light novels had come before the anime and b) author Yukuko Takimiya had started by inventing the […]Read more "Medium Matters: Toradora!"
Evolution’s Hand Book 2: Dying Breath is now available for purchase! It’s available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon. It’s also available as an … Evolution’s Hand Book 2: Dying Breath is Now Available!Read more "Evolution’s Hand Book 2: Dying Breath is Now Available!"
And Yet the Town Moves is one of those silly little slice of lifers built around a slice of the life of Hotori Arashiyama, and her friends, family, high school, and pet. Cutely, mostly it revolves around the maid cafe where Hotori works. It’s run by a local old lady (called a grandmother, as is […]Read more "Character Analysis: Hotori Arashiyama"