The A Silent Voice manga went on sale at A Certain Retailer so I picked up the whole set. I meant to read them one at a time during my morning commute, but the story was so great that I just zoomed through the whole set. I thought the story had some holes – I’m […]Read more "The Princess in Peril: Shoko Nishimiya"
One of the fun things about being a writer and animator who talks here about the mechanics of writing and animating is that every once in a while I actually get something published and then I can brag on myself. My story “Godwin, or, The Modern Prometheus,” my take on the “true” history of the […]Read more "Story Drop: Godwin, or, The Modern Prometheus"
I think one of the really fun things about Outlaw Star is that from a narrative standpoint its construction is totally obvious. It’s fun and it’s goofy, and it has good characters and Aisha’s enormous AHEMs; those are the reasons to watch it, so far as I am concerned. But when you break it down […]Read more "Let’s Cook a Series: Outlaw Star"
I don’t do reviews. I mean, I did one, once, of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, but that was because it was fairly obscure and I told everyone I bought the DVD, so when I saw it – it was hugely fun – I thought I should say something. For, you know, closure. This isn’t a […]Read more "Bonus Post: Carole and Tuesday"
Revolutionary Girl Utena is another of those series, like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop, that cause people who watch it to look at anime differently. Bebop is a remarkably adult work; it’s not a cartoon about kids for kids. Ben 10 it ain’t! Evangelion is DEEP, a hardcore psychodrama disguised as a mecha story. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Utena Tenjou"
So it happened again…I was nominated for another blog award! Many thanks to Allison at Bloom Reviews for the shout-out. It’s very thoughtful of you. And without further ado: Now, I have no idea what the greater significance of this is. I mean, this blog tends to be very academic and analytic. Sunshine is not […]Read more "Well, This Was Unexpected!"
Some things I keep coming back to. This is one: the number of interrelationships among N characters is N(N-1)/2, so the complexity in number is basically exponential as the number of characters goes up. Of course, another way for the complexity in character interrelationships to increase is to have the writers deliberately throw in a […]Read more "The Power of Two Times Two: Scum’s Wish"