A while back I complained about the ending of Cowboy Bebop. Those are almost like fighting words among otaku, because it’s so beloved and such a marvel to behold. But at the same time, from a narrative standpoint it has a couple holes, and one of the big ones is that although it’s sold as […]Read more "Wrapping It Up: El Cazadore de la Bruja"
My Hero Academia was a series I gave up on after two episodes, and then had the opportunity to pick up on again because the first season was being stripped on Adult Swim while they were waiting for FLCL: Alternative to show up. You know, after two episodes, it didn’t look like much. After six, […]Read more "Looking at a Middle: My Hero Academia"
Last week I was talking about anime I won’t be talking about in this blog, and my friend Lina made the excellent point that it was sometimes useful to learn why someone doesn’t like something. Fair point. In fact, a pretty good one. Now, among the anime I won’t be talking about are a bunch […]Read more "Follow-Up: Stopped Watching These"
It’s easy to tell series that are too long, at least in one way. They have filler episodes. A lot of my favorites – Samurai Champloo, Black Lagoon, Ergo Proxy, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – have episodes that are clearly filler, that are there to fill the series to 24 or 25 or 26 […]Read more "How Long is This Series: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi"
I’ve made the point, maybe interminably, that I’m trying to look at at the anime and manga I write about for what they can teach us about story-telling or animation or whatever else happens to strike my fancy at the moment. This sometimes leads me to talk about certain series … Cowboy Bebop, The Melancholy […]Read more "Relevant Post: What I won’t comment on"
This is the second of a two-parter on Shirobako, the anime set in an anime studio. There’s just something so meta about that I found it irresistible. Plus it allowed me to look at an anime from my perspective of a trained, award-winning animator, which something I don’t get enough chance to do. Last week […]Read more "How It’s Done II: Shirobako"