The Orbital Children is one of those things that snuck up on me. I was like, yeah, kiddie sci-fi, I’m going to like that (sarcasm), but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. To give you some idea, I watched it three times through across two days. And they built it out of […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: The Orbital Children"
Welcome to the NHK is one of those things that should remind you of how a medium people think is for children – I mean, it’s a CARTOON, right? – can be used to explore some really ugly things. In Welcome’s case it’s mental illness. What’s interesting to me is what it reveals about the […]Read more "How Not to End a Series: Welcome to the NHK"
Ergo Proxy is one of those things you can stare at for a long time. It’s deeply grounded in philosophy and puts together a look and sound that matches its bleak world view. At its center are the three main characters, Vincent Law, Pino and Re-L Mayer. Together they form a really warped Father/Mother/Child trio, […]Read more "Character Analysis: Re-L Mayer"
WARNING: This discussion violates my rule on not talking about anime that are just out. It contains spoilers! Be warned. In a lot of ways Thermae Romae Novae is what you get if you write a paper for your sociology class comparing and contrasting Japanese and Roman baths, get an A on it, and decide […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Thermae Romae Novae"