A Certain Retailer Who Shall Remain Nameless Unless They Want to Pay for Ad Space Here and A Certain Publisher Who Shall etc. have both posted that March 30 is the birth date of the one and only, the sweetheart of Seven Continents, Ms. Rei Ayanami. Happy birthday, Rei! The birthday girl her own self. […]Read more "Happy Birthday, Rei!"
Okay, let’s start with this: this could go on for a while. It might even end up being a two-parter. I’ll start writing and we’ll see. Later: Yeah, it’s a two-parter. This is Part I. You see, the cool thing about Puella Magi Madoka Magica is that it takes the Magical Girl genre and turns […]Read more "Going Dark: Puella Magi Madoka Magica"
I’m reading the manga for Golden Kamuy when I get around to picking up a new issue every so often, up through volume four by now, and I’m liking it. I like historicals to begin with, and of course Golden Kamuy is strongly tied to the culture of the indigenous Japanese, the Ainu. They even […]Read more "The Power of Two: Golden Kamuy"
The late Satoshi Kon was famous for playing sleight-of-hand with his characters. They were always existing at two or three different levels of reality or slipping around in time to meet themselves or whatever. His most accessible work, Tokyo Godfathers, has been making the rounds in a revival (with a new English dub I didn’t […]Read more "The Power of Three: Tokyo Godfathers"
I suspect that people get sick of me bragging on myself, but I love getting nominated for these awards that come around over and over, like an uncommon cold or that old college pal that can never pay their rent. I love it because, as I think you know, too often blogging is like standing […]Read more "Oops, It Happened Again"
Weathering With You is a fabulous movies from Makoto Shinkai, who gave us Your Name. I adored Your Name, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s fabulous. If you haven’t seen Weathering With You, you should. It’s pretty darned good. The animation is just fabulous, the weather scenes – and it’s almost always […]Read more "Suspension of Disbelief: Weathering With You"
When I broke down the anime series (and follow-up OVA) The Saga of Tanya the Evil it bothered me that they constructed a great hero for a psychodrama and turned her loose in an action-adventure series. If you don’t know the story, “Tanya” is the mind and soul of a middle-aged salariman who has been […]Read more "Medium Matters: Tanya the Evil"