“Meta,” or self-reference, is one of those things that fascinates me and has since I learned about recursion in computer programming. A subroutine that calls itself! Ye gods! What a concept! Now, meta is one of those things that appeals to people whose minds are spectacularly twisted, like mine. My buddy Derekl is also one […]Read more "The Seven Levels of Meta"
I’ve generally liked the way Shinichiro Watanabe handles female characters. He seems to find a way to avoid simple tropes. Cowboy Bebop: Faye Valentine is seriously hot but she is strong and avoids the Princess in Peril and Girlfriend stereotypes. Ed is completely unique, a free-range child. Samurai Champloo: Fuu is small and physically weak […]Read more "Character Analysis: Lisa Mishima"
Full Metal Panic was one of the first series I watched way back when, and while I kind of liked it, it wasn’t mind-blowing to me the way Cowboy Bebop and Black Lagoon were. That’s kind of unfair, of course: Cowboy Bebop routinely blows minds and as an adult viewer I was struck by the […]Read more "Admiral Baby: Full Metal Panic"
I don’t think it’s an original observation that the fundamental driving force in Neon Genesis Evangelion is love. The basic plot is driven by Gendo’s love for his lost wife Yui and his desire to find/recreate/rescue her. The resolution, at least as expressed in the manga version and The End of Evangelion OVA, is driven […]Read more "Love is the Drug: Neon Genesis Evangelion"
The Outsider is a character who comes from another world in some way; a different country, a different social class, a different planet, a different species, even a different gender. (Your Name, anyone? Although Inside Mari is a better example.) The Outsider is a useful narrative tool because people have to explain things to them. […]Read more "The Outsider: Elias Ainsworth"
God, I love (name of video streaming service that can pay if it wants to be advertised here)! When I signed up, I got to watch all of Kill la Kill again before Neon Genesis Evangelion dropped. I may have mentioned that I really like Kill la Kill, right? I know that people are of […]Read more "How Long is This Series: Kill la Kill"
The movie Promare came around a while ago and I missed it. I read the previews and said, “Meh. Mechas,” which is about what I say about any sort of mecha, with the exception of the original mecha story, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. The BOOK, not the movie. But it was so popular in […]Read more "The Power of Three Minus One: Promare"