I had a date with a nice lady whose only experience of anime was Avatar: The Last Airbender. “I wonder what you think of it?” she said. Well, we weren’t seeing each other any longer by the time I got to it. C’est la vie. But I DID get to it, and I’ll tell you, […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: Avatar: The Last Airbender"
You know, there are characters that are hard to figure out, and you can stare at the screen for hour and hours saying, “Wow. This is working and I don’t know why.” Then, if you’re me, you try to figure it out. And sometimes you’re just walking around outside with your mask on, staying away […]Read more "Character Analysis: Gene Starwind"
Okay, same thing as “What’s in a name?” last time. What in Heaven’s name does that name mean? It’s routine now for anime presented in the west to retain their original Japanese names, unlike the olden days when Gally could be called Alita so American audiences would find her easier to relate to. Or Chibiusa […]Read more "What’s In a Name: Chibiusa"
There was something so overpoweringly attractive going on in Toradora! that I watched it straight through twice. I mean, who knows? Might have been COVID coma at work. But it managed to transcend both cute and saccharine, and that’s a damn good trick. Wasn’t the plot. Wasn’t the setting. Wasn’t the theme. Nope. If you […]Read more "The Power of Two: Taiga and Ryuji"
Sometimes when you’re just walking around thinking about nothing you think of something. Like, I mean, think about Ed from Cowboy Bebop, right? What a great character! Why is a character that really doesn’t do anything such a great character? I mean, you know that Ed doesn’t really do anything, right? She’s not involved at […]Read more "Character Analysis: Edward"