I keep making the point that I’m coming at my analyses of anime and manga from my perspectives as a writer and an animator. That’s fun, really. For instance, I’ve gone back to the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga (the only really complete source available these days), and I’ve been struck by how carefully constructed the […]Read more "Partly relevant post: NaNoWriMo starts in eleven hours and seventeen minutes"
Okay, I got called out by my buddy Lina at Tiny Ugly Animal for another of those blog tag games that are going around. And since it’s going around right now, that’ll be this week’s post. Let me make this perfectly clear: I love being called out. It means I’m making an impression in the […]Read more "Fundamentals: Why I still love anime"
Apparently Confessions of an Overage Otaku has been nominated for … Well, the words “worst” or “stinkiest” don’t appear, so I guess it’s good! That sounds Real Neat, doesn’t it? Well, seriously, thank you! There are terms and conditions, of course. I mean, to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame you have […]Read more "Well, This is Unexpected…"
I’ve come back to this series, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, twice before, trying to take a look at how its narrative structure develops as I watch the anime and read the manga. It’s a way of looking at something in progress, instead of binge watching and doing everything in retrospect. Okay: As a fan I’m […]Read more "A Story Advances: The Ancient Magus’ Bride"
So, let me see: In The Devil is a Part-Timer! we have the Devil, Satan his own self, the most powerful of the fallen angels. He escapes from his world, Ente Isla, and reaches ours. Lacking the magical power he had in his world, he has to find a way to keep body and soul […]Read more "Business is Next to Godliness: The Devil is a Part-Timer!"
Okay, I put the s in parentheses. First of all, I do NOT want to encourage violence against women. Second, this is a discussion of the hero trope, and while the “hero,” to the extent that there is one in Elfen Lied, is clearly female, in large part heroes tend to be male in anime. […]Read more "(S)he Gots to Die: Elfen Lied"
I watched the first five or so episodes of Beck/Mongolian Chop Squad and said, “Wow! This is brilliant! I’ll want to see this again and again.” By the time I finished the series, though, I was more like, “Yeah, I’ll add this to my library if I find it on sale for like $5.” I […]Read more "How to Avoid Making an All-Time Great: Mongolian Chop Squad"