I try not to spam you guys too much, but I am a living writer and like most, if not all, living writers I like to eat. Right now I’ve got a book out. Do you like that cover? It reminded me of Tolkein’s illustrations for The Hobbit. Okay, let me make this clear: It’s […]
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I know there are a lot of people who don’t care for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise…yes, it IS a franchise. I understand, I really do. First of all, there are three supposedly co-equal tellings of the story that are different. Da hoy? There’s the original anime, the fourteen volume manga, and now a four-film […]
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It seems like I end up writing about anime a lot more than manga. That’s probably not an accident. While I have an anime on the tube or in the DVD player I can do other things; it’s a lot harder to multitask with a book. It has a tendency to occupy one’s hands. But […]
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I’ve written several times about the use of three characters in set roles as a device to create narrative tension or drive plot in a story. There’s the Eternal Triangle: two people vying for the affection of a third, as in Citrus. There’s the Mind, Body, Soul trio we saw in School-Live! (and other places). […]
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Yes, I ordered another $20 manga blind box from a company that shall remain nameless until they fork over some fees for product placement. This is the second time I did that. I was happy with the first, so, this time WHEN IT WAS ON SALE (mua ha ha ha ha) I went for it […]
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Okay, for whatever reason, possibly because there’s a live action film due out in a few months, the old manga Battle Angel Alita is getting a kick in the pants these days. Battle Angel Alita is the story of a girl rescued from a trashheap in a cyberpunk future. Her mad scientist rescuer, Professor Ido, […]
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Okay, it’s been a week, and I’m following up on the challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month. Now, let’s start with this: I’ve done NaNo annually since 2007, and also some of the July Camp NaNoWriMos, and not flunked one yet. As of this moment, one week in, I have already blasted past […]
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Okay, so after a decade and a half, give or take (mostly give) someone decided that FLCL needed sequels. No, I don’t know why. FLCL is unique, a tornado of hectic action driven by a pink-haired who-gives-a-shit named Haruko Haruhara. It mixed different animation styles, sci-fi wierdness, hard rock music and non-stop motion together willy-nilly […]
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