When you’re dealing with characters in writing, I mean seriously, do I have to say this? The more you have, the harder it is to keep them straight. This is especially true in the ensemble comedy, where each of the characters is supposed to carry their own share of the weight. It starts to get […]
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There’s something we keep coming back to here, and that is that manga and anime are very different media, and the ways they are different influence the ways they can be used to tell stories. Manga has a lot of text. It can tell slower, deeper stories because there is room, and time, for explanation […]
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There’s a meme making the rounds these days that says – and this is an exact quote – “If a show was released today where a disabled girl dominated 90% of the fights she was in, was never a love interest to anyone, and actually taught the male protagonist 25% of his combat skillset, they’d […]
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In the beginning, there was a novel called Welcome to the NHK. I haven’t read it. Now that it’s a collector’s item you have to pay like $60 for, that’s not happening. On the second day (actually, about a year later) a manga adaptation was created. The gods of anime looked down upon it and […]
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One of the things that gets me about Spy X Family is how layered it is. It operates at so many layers of reality in its fictional world that it’s hard to keep track of them all. I think I’ll try to figure that out one of these days. But today isn’t the day for […]
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