I’ve been writing about The Ancient Magus’ Bride more or less as I have been experiencing it chronologically. That can be insightful with a story that disguises the narrative direction that it’s taking as this one does. As you watch you see a story that looks like it’s heading one way and then ZOOP, it’s […]Read more "Jumping the Track: The Ancient Magus’ Bride"
Crunchyroll is announcing they have obtained FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative and have them available outside of Asia: https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/05/24-1/flcl-progressive-and-flcl-alternative-are-now-on-crunchyroll The babes of FLCL: Alternative I wasn’t real thrilled with Progressive: It lacked the energy of the original, and disguised a thin story with a lot of hawt Girl on Girl (Haruha vs. Julia) action. Alternative, […]Read more "The New FLCLs"
When I looked at the list of topics I wanted to talk about, I noticed that it tended to focus on things I’ve just watched or read, and that stuff I’ve seen less recently tended to disappear. I mean, I do keep coming back to Bebop and Neon Genesis and Black Lagoon, but I keep […]Read more "The Power of Two: Kobayashi and Tohru"
I was just rooting through NPR for no particular reason, and there, lying like a gold nugget at the bottom of an Alaskan stream, was a music video for a song by no one I ever heard of…Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. Dude. You know, Shinichiro Watanabe? Terror in Resonance? Space Dandy? COWBOY FREAKING BEBOP? Yeah, […]Read more "Relevant Aside: Music Video from Shinichiro Watanabe"
Rei Ayanami is one of the most fascinating characters in anime history. Period. Final. Full stop. Now, let’s be honest with ourselves. Anime has a lot of things going for it. It can be exciting. It can be profound. It can be heart wrenching. But at the same time it’s cartoons, okay? You know, cartoons. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Rei Ayanami"
My first blog lasted exactly one post. It was about stupid TV ads and the lack of logic therein. I thought it would be fun. I was wrong. This blog has now lasted, as of this, one hundred posts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. No need to applaud. Just throw money. I thought for […]Read more "Related Aside: 100th Post"
I’m going to admit this right now: I got attracted to Girls’ Last Tour because of the Kettenkrad tractor the girls ride around on. The Kettenkrad was a typical World War II German tool, a half-track motorcycle (!!) used mostly to tow artillery pieces and aircraft around. A half-track motorcycle! Who the hell needs a […]Read more "Let’s Cook a Series: Girls’ Last Tour"