Okay, after last week’s interlude, I’m back on the character interaction kick. If I’m boring you, sorry. But that’s how it is. As of late, when I look at an anime, what I see is patterns in the characters. (*heavy sigh*) It’s SO BORING. Nah, it’s not, really. I’ve been talking about stable trios of […]Read more "The Power of Three, Basic: Citrus"
Okay, I haven’t quite outed myself previously (except in the bio at the bottom of my blog’s page, for those of you who read that far), but from the academic tone in my regular Monday posts you might have guessed I’m a professor. So, for reasons having nothing to do with anything (one of my […]Read more "Fun Aside: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"
It’s explicitly NOT repeat NOT my intention to turn this into a review site. For one thing, that doesn’t take advantage of the perspective I can bring to the examination of anime and manga as a writer and animator. For another, there are thousands of review sites. Of course, if doing reviews will get me […]Read more "What was that? The Sacred Blacksmith"
I see I’ve started throwing around technical terms like “Meta-plot.” A plot is some motivation, conundrum, or problem that drives the action of an episode or arc of episodes in a series. For instance, one of the plots in Black Lagoon is the need of the Roanapur community to track down and eliminate the depraved […]Read more "Relevant Aside: Meta-plot"
For some reason I’ve been thinking about characters, and specifically the interaction of roles a lot lately, so I’m going to bore all you guys to tears beating that horse until it’s dead on the track and hauled off to the glue factory. But you know how it goes when you’ve got a thought stuck […]Read more "The Power of Three Squared: Outlaw Star"
All right, I’ve mentioned about four times that I ordered a box of twenty manga for $20. I feel like Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures: One more thing: https://davedalessiowrites.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/irrelevant-post-did-this-thing/ Anyway, I’m still wading through the riches I received. Just for the record, they looked like this: I’ve committed to reading all of them. It’s true, […]Read more "Follow-up III: Did This Thing"
In certain ways the animated cartoon has always been the perfect medium for sight gags. It’s the nature of animation that the artist in charge, generally the director, is concerned with what happens in every single frame. In TV and film the actors act and the cameras roll, but in animation every single frame is […]Read more "The Sight Gag: I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying"
In response to my post about the storytelling in the series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, https://davedalessiowrites.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/funky-funky-finish-the-melancholy-of-haruhi-suzumiya/ Shokamoka (who is right now high on my list of favorite people) suggested that the reason Suzumiya disappears from the final episode (WATCH OUT: SPOILER) was to set up the feature film that followed it, The Disappearance of […]Read more "Bonus Post: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya"
Okay, for me Kill la Kill worked at so many levels that it’s hard to name them all. I have a list of topics for this blog, and Kill la Kill is on it three times already, and I’ll probably think of more as I go along. As a trained animator, though, to me one […]Read more "Someone’s been watching Frank Tashlin: Kill la Kill"