My Dress-Up Darling was one of the breakout hits of the last season. I thought it was pretty good. Did you think it was pretty good? In a lot of ways it’s nothing special, and that’s a good thing in some ways and a bad thing in some ways. I mean, how many “We’re in […]Read more "The Power of Two: My Dress-Up Darling"
As a writer I love tropes. Tropes are tropes because they work in telling good stories. Sure. Take the “Hero-Sidekick-Girlfriend” trio, right? You can use that interrelationship to create tension in lots of ways, especially if Sidekick and Girlfriend don’t get along. The two of them squabble between themselves and can be used to force […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Pre-pubescent Horndog"
Look, let me lay it out here: I don’t call this blog “The Overage Otaku” because I’m 19 and all my manga friends are like 16. I’m an actual, real-live grown-up closer to retirement than entry-level positions. So, while I like anime of all sorts, given a choice I like shows that are for grown-ups. […]Read more "How Not to Cook a Series: Michiko and Hatchin"
It’s been a while since I wrote about The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but what astonishes me about it is that every time you think about it, you see something you hadn’t noticed going on before. I mean, not even Cowboy Bebop is THAT rich. But what got me thinking about it again, bizarrely, was […]Read more "Character (Re)analysis: Haruhi Suzumiya"
Whenever I start a post about animation I say that animation is something I talk too little about here. I mean, the deal here is that I’m looking at anime and manga from my twin viewpoints of being a writer and being a trained animator. (I’m actually an untrained writer, so that distinction matters.) But […]Read more "Computer Animation: Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045"
I didn’t have this one ready for Pride Month. Sorry about that. But I wrote it during Pride Month. Does that count? One of the things that routinely bugs me is the treatment of transsexual characters in anime. Now, it might be hard to believe about a country that created a medium full of yuri […]Read more "Character Analysis: Lili Hoshikawa"
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"