If you read back in this blog – oh screw it, here’s a link – I was really unthrilled with the manga version of Komi Can’t Communicate. Y’see, our gal Komi is a gal with some severe psychological problems. She has what we in the communication business call “speech apprehension” (you might call it “stage […]Read more "Medium Matters: Komi Can’t Communicate"
Scott over at Mechanical Anime Reviews has been going through The Dirty Pair recently, and I think he had the same goofy fun I had with it. So he does (really good) reviews and I do this: Okay, admit it: The Dirty Pair is one of those old shows that’s so silly it works. I’m […]Read more "The Power of Three Minus One: The Dirty Pair"
I started out wanting to do a character analysis of Rea Sanka, the main female character (and namesake) of Sankarea, Undying Love, but I ran into a little problem. Y’see, when you take a close look at Rea, there’s not a whole lot of there there. I mean, she’s pretty, yeah, and she’s sort of […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Family Princess"
Penguindrum is one of those thing, like Wonder Egg Priority, that people have been recommending to me, like, forever. Really. Seriously. For ever. A Certain Retailer had two of the light novels and I gobbled them right up, wondering why the story seemed unfinished. SURPRISE! There are THREE novels. D’oh! And the anime wasn’t for […]Read more "The Power of Three: Penguindrum"
I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at a trio of characters and seen them forming a classic Mind-Body-Soul trio. Sure. How about Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, right? One thing about those roles is that two of them are stereotypically male and the other stereotypically female. Is that morally right? Heck, no. But tropes […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Soul Girl"