There are some anime you watch – I’m looking at YOU What Are You Doing Here Teacher – where you watch it and all you take away from it is this: I’m not sure this is properly described as a trope since it’s really a gag so cheap that writers just can’t stop themselves from […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The “Nice To Meet You, Ms. Ayanami”"
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is one of those things that I wouldn’t ordinarily bother to write about. I mean, it’s an older, smuttier version of Teasing-Master Tagaki-San, and it lacks the emotional heart of that other series. But we have the same elements: the forward, assertive girl expressing her affection for a shy, […]Read more "Character Analysis: Hayase Nagatoro"
The essence of The Chosen One trope is that there is someone out there in the universe who has been Marked by Fate (or the Gods, or whomever) to be the Winner/Savior/Liberator/Whatever. Oh, and at the start of the story, they don’t know it. Sure, you know this character: How about Aang? Or Afro Samurai? […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Chosen One"
I do this so infrequently that I feel obligated to remind people that I analyze anime and manga from my twin perspectives as a writer and also as a trained animator. In truth, the writer gets a LOT more room to play. A LOT. Because it’s easy (and fun) to write about writing. Some of […]Read more "Full Animation: Zombie Land Saga"