You know that the Princess in Peril is one of the oldest tropes in film, let along anime, right? I mean, seriously, The Perils of Pauline was made in 1914. 1914!! Go to YouTube and have a look. But the classic Princess in Peril is Pauline her own self. I want you to think of […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Princess in Peril"
WARNING: SPOILERS Okay, it’s all here and it’s all done. I’m not sure whether to cheer or feel sad. Probably both: Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0, and the entire rebuild, is a heckuva ride, and I enjoyed the heck out of it, which is what one would like to expect from a heckuva ride. Okay, if […]Read more "Medium Matters: Neon Genesis Evangelion"
I don’t talk enough about Samurai Champloo. I guess that’s because it’s Shinichiro Watanabe’s second series, and let’s be honest: Once you’ve made Cowboy Bebop there’s only one way your career can go. Which not to say that Watanabe’s a disappointment or anything remotely like that. He’s a brilliant anime director with a tremendous sense […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Samurai Champloo"
I got the Princess Jellyfish manga a while back and found it delightful, a sweet, well-told story that spanned nine tankoban volumes. Then I FINALLY found the anime, and you know what? It’s a shorty, only eleven episodes. That’s, like, three or four manga volumes, and did not bode well. Watched it twice and liked […]Read more "Medium Matters: Princess Jellyfish"
Okay, one more time: The beginning of a narrative is supposed to do a lot of things. You know, it really SHOULD do a lot of things. The key one, of course, is to get the user to KEEP GOING. If the beginning blows, no one’s interested in what comes next. And if you’re looking […]Read more "Building a Beginning: Rent-a-Girlfriend"