Hi. Back to anime stuff. I’m using “Groundhog Day” as a verb here. That kind of grammatical process is called “verbing,” for pretty obvious reasons. I mean, if you think about it, “verbing” is an example of verbing, too. Groundhog Daying is when the characters are stuck in a loop that resets itself under certain […]
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After losing a laptop (and all the future entries for this blog…isn’t that a mercy for all of you?) on Saturday, I got some pretty good news today. As I’ve mentioned, I try to talk about anime and manga from my perspectives as a writer and a trained animator. I may have some interesting stuff […]
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Sorry friends…I had a number of posts written for future use, and still have plenty of topics to write about. HOWEVER, into every life a little rain must fall, and into every keyboard a little coffee must spill. My laptop toasted and my files with it. There’s nothing that can’t be recovered, but I didn’t […]
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I don’t think I’m the only one who saw anime differently after watching Neon Genesis Evangelion. No. That’s wrong. I know for a fact that I’m not the only one. One of my friends has told me exactly that, so there are at least two of us. Watching the anime of Neon Genesis is a […]
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We’ve talked about the eternal triangle – two characters vying for the affection of a third – before. I think the trope is pretty worn, but it gets the job done. I also think Kids on the Slope is pretty damned cool. It’s about a group of characters drawn together, like a whirlpool, by their […]
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I’ve distinguished a couple times so far between plot, which drives an episode or arc of episodes to a conclusion, and the meta-plot that drives an entire series. In Pokemon Ash or one of the others has to do something by the end of the episode. That’s plot. “Gotta catch ‘em all.” That’s meta-plot. The […]
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