Character Analysis: Legoshi

Whoever dreamed up Beastars dreamed up something that is like the perfect storytelling cookbook. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “No conflict, no drama.” (George Bernard Shaw) AAH! AAAAHHHH! Back, dreaded cliché, back I say! But it’s a formula that’s worked from The Epic of Gilgamesh: find a character the audience likes and put […]

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Medium Matters: Mardock Scramble

When you’re looking at the structural elements of an anime or manga, sometimes it gets really complex and you can get deep into insights. In The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Chise and Elias are a complementary couple along six separate dimensions. The metaplots of Black Lagoon and Cowboy Bebop are so well disguised you have to […]

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What Have You Been Up To?

I mean, I’m a professor. I’m on lockdown here so I’m teaching from home, but now it’s finals time and all I have to do is figure out the grades. Same old same old, in other words. Now, we haven’t heard from Yoko Kanno in a while. I thought fer shure she’d be involved with […]

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