I do this so infrequently that I feel obligated to remind people that I analyze anime and manga from my twin perspectives as a writer and also as a trained animator. In truth, the writer gets a LOT more room to play. A LOT. Because it’s easy (and fun) to write about writing. Some of […]Read more "Full Animation: Zombie Land Saga"
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"
Man, it’s been a long since I talked about animation. I mean, by now I probably have to remind everyone that when I look at anime I look at them not just from my perspective as a writer but from my twin perspectives of a writer and a trained animator. Yes, I am a trained […]Read more "Effects Animation: Ergo Proxy"
Okay, The Way of the House Husband has only been out for like thirty-five microseconds and I hear people bitching about the animation. What? Animation? Dang. That was one of the things this blog was founded around: I was going to look at anime and manga from my standpoints (plural) of a writer and a […]Read more "Limited Animation: The Way of the House Husband"
The Flowers of Evil is one of those anime that creates powerful responses in people, and not all of them are good. For one thing, in tone and content it’s manifestly adult even though the characters are kids. And the protagonist, Sawa Nakamura – I said the protagonist, not the central character – is a […]Read more "Rotoscope and You: The Flowers of Evil"
Okay, I STILL talk too much about writing and not enough about animating. That’s probably not unreasonable. There are a lot more writers than animators out there, when you get right down to it. Animation, except on computer, is a really expensive hobby, while writing…pencil, paper, done. Boom. But anyone can talk about writing. Let’s […]Read more "The Voice: Wendee Lee"
This blog is supposed to come from my perspective as a writer and animator. If you scroll back (Please do. It helps my stats.) you see a lot more about writing than animating, which is one of those things that is what it is, if you know what I mean. But every once in a […]Read more "Utena’s Shadow Puppets and Lotte Reiniger"
I know I don’t talk about animation here as much as I should. There have to be about eight hundred bazillion writers who have blogs, and a bunch of them must invest as much time as I do in looking at plot and character and such. Animators, on the other hand, are fewer and farther […]Read more "Rotoscope and Reference: Kids on the Slope"
This is the second of a two-parter on Shirobako, the anime set in an anime studio. There’s just something so meta about that I found it irresistible. Plus it allowed me to look at an anime from my perspective of a trained, award-winning animator, which something I don’t get enough chance to do. Last week […]Read more "How It’s Done II: Shirobako"
I promised to take a perspective on anime and manga that would go beyond just the “I like it/I don’t like it” axis, and that my perspective was based on two things: my background as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, and my background as a trained animator. One of those two has been […]Read more "How It’s Done: Shirobako"