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"
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"
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"
Everyone loves anime for personal reasons. That’s the essence of loving something or someone. Something inside you connects to that other thing, and it/he/she makes you say, “Oh, yeah,” or “Be still my heart,” or “I can’t live without you,” or whatever. It’s personal, and that includes how it speaks to you. I realized how […]Read more "Irrelevant Aside: What Anime Can Do for YOU"
As much as I like the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, it’s tough to make a case for investing a writing post on a minor character who DOES a lot but exposes little to no personality – right, no “character” in the character, got it in one – but I realized there’s more in Yuki Nagato than […]Read more "Character Analysis: Yuki Nagato"