Strike Witches is like a guilty pleasure. It’s a dumb story about characters who are largely one-dimensional by design whose flaws are painted over with constant action and piles of fan service. It’s hugely formulaic but it’s a formula that WORKS. This isn’t one of those clever shows that tries to hide something from you. […]
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I never know how much to summarize about a series when I start these essays. I mean, stuff like Cowboy Bebop I know everyone’s seen; on the other hand I’m pretty sure just about no one remembers Samurai Gun, but then again I said the same about Coppelion, and someone dropped me a line to […]
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It seems like, as much as I love it, I complain about Cowboy Bebop a lot. To me, from a writing standpoint some of the characters are under-used and the ending is full of holes. But at the same time it’s brilliant and you know it’s brilliant and I know it’s brilliant. It looks and […]
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One of the ways you can tell what the target audience for some media message is is to look at the main character. Right? As a rule one thing the main character is supposed to be someone the audience can identify with. I mean, that’s why you see Admiral Babies all over the place. Teen-aged […]
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