I started out wanting to do a character analysis of Rea Sanka, the main female character (and namesake) of Sankarea, Undying Love, but I ran into a little problem. Y’see, when you take a close look at Rea, there’s not a whole lot of there there. I mean, she’s pretty, yeah, and she’s sort of […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Family Princess"
Penguindrum is one of those thing, like Wonder Egg Priority, that people have been recommending to me, like, forever. Really. Seriously. For ever. A Certain Retailer had two of the light novels and I gobbled them right up, wondering why the story seemed unfinished. SURPRISE! There are THREE novels. D’oh! And the anime wasn’t for […]Read more "The Power of Three: Penguindrum"
I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at a trio of characters and seen them forming a classic Mind-Body-Soul trio. Sure. How about Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, right? One thing about those roles is that two of them are stereotypically male and the other stereotypically female. Is that morally right? Heck, no. But tropes […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Soul Girl"
What is it with Japanese anime boys and kinky fetishes? First we get Yamazaki from Welcome to the NHK, who prefers his women 2-D, and now there’s Kuruya from Sankarea who gets off on zombie girls. Maybe it’s like a defense mechanism. You know, “I’ll never get a real babe so I’ll lust for a […]Read more "Medium Matters: Sankarea, Undying Love"
I was trying to stay away from this one, but Cowboy Bebop has been canceled and the really bad second week numbers made it pretty clear that anyone who wants to see the live action Bebop has seen it. So I can go there. I’ve already talked about two ways the series changed the story […]Read more "Medium Matters: Cowboy Bebop II"
Okay, it shouldn’t be news to anyone that there’s a live action Cowboy Bebop series on Netflix. Everyone has an opinion on the matter and the opinions are certainly mixed. Me, I kinda liked it, although the anime is better BUT … watch my lips now … That’s not what I do. I’m an analyst, […]Read more "Medium Matters: Cowboy Bebop I"
For REASONS (that I no longer remember), I keep thinking about Eternal Triangles, and it occurs to me that I’ve mentioned the degenerate form of the Eternal Triangle a couple times. Y’see, the Eternal Triangle is when you have two suitors vying for the hand (so to speak) of a third character, typically two guys […]Read more "The Power of Three: Amagi Brilliant Park"
Strike Witches is like a guilty pleasure. It’s a dumb story about characters who are largely one-dimensional by design whose flaws are painted over with constant action and piles of fan service. It’s hugely formulaic but it’s a formula that WORKS. This isn’t one of those clever shows that tries to hide something from you. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Yoshika Miyafuji"
I never know how much to summarize about a series when I start these essays. I mean, stuff like Cowboy Bebop I know everyone’s seen; on the other hand I’m pretty sure just about no one remembers Samurai Gun, but then again I said the same about Coppelion, and someone dropped me a line to […]Read more "The Power of Two: Princess Jellyfish"
It seems like, as much as I love it, I complain about Cowboy Bebop a lot. To me, from a writing standpoint some of the characters are under-used and the ending is full of holes. But at the same time it’s brilliant and you know it’s brilliant and I know it’s brilliant. It looks and […]Read more "Building a Beginning: Cowboy Bebop"