So tomorrow, that’s 30 Jan 2020, is the semi-annual Science Fiction and Fantasy pitch contest, a.k.a. #SFFPit. Basically, to play along, you have to have a finished, polished, unpublished science fiction or fantasy novel just sitting around, ready for some agent or publisher to come take a look at. Can you believe it? I just […]
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Elsewhere I’ve written about the way Shinichiro Watanabe treats female characters, which is to say for the most part much more fairly than most anime writers and directors. He generally avoids making them adjuncts of the male characters; they are their own people seeking to meet their own needs, wants, and desires. (The exception, Kids […]
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“Meta,” or self-reference, is one of those things that fascinates me and has since I learned about recursion in computer programming. A subroutine that calls itself! Ye gods! What a concept! Now, meta is one of those things that appeals to people whose minds are spectacularly twisted, like mine. My buddy Derekl is also one […]
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I’ve generally liked the way Shinichiro Watanabe handles female characters. He seems to find a way to avoid simple tropes. Cowboy Bebop: Faye Valentine is seriously hot but she is strong and avoids the Princess in Peril and Girlfriend stereotypes. Ed is completely unique, a free-range child. Samurai Champloo: Fuu is small and physically weak […]
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Full Metal Panic was one of the first series I watched way back when, and while I kind of liked it, it wasn’t mind-blowing to me the way Cowboy Bebop and Black Lagoon were. That’s kind of unfair, of course: Cowboy Bebop routinely blows minds and as an adult viewer I was struck by the […]
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