Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of those concoctions, like Neon Genesis, that is sometimes so deep it seems like the creators outsmarted themselves trying to show themselves how smart they were. I mean, seriously … all that baroque art and shadow puppets and all the guys have that great hair and seriously, WTF? But you […]Read more "How to Start a Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena"
Sweat and Soap is one of those things that when you describe it to someone sounds either sickly sweet or more than a little creepy. I mean, it’s basically a story about two people falling in love as they find they complement each other (that’s the sickly sweet part) because she has a strong body […]Read more "Character Analysis: Asako Yaeshima"
Man, I like Nana. It’s grown-up, right? Well, at least they try. The gimmick is that both main characters are named Nana, Nana Oosaki and Nana Kumatsu. They meet by accident on a train and become roommates as they try to make it in the big city, New York, New York. No, really it’s Tokyo, […]Read more "The Power of Two: Nana"
You may or may not like Penguindrum – it’s certainly weird, that’s for sure – but as I watched it I was struck by how many characters with interesting constructions there were. For instance, the central characters, Kanba, Shoma, and Himari Takakura, form a Body-Mind-Soul trio, but they each transcend their primary role and they […]Read more "Character Analysis: Ringo Oginome"