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"
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"
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"
Sometimes in here I get to have great fun stripping something down to its individual parts to take a look at what makes it tick. So very Clockwork Planet, eh? But sometimes I just gots to get something off my chest. This is one of those times. Lucky you. Galaxy Railways is something I picked […]Read more "Funky Funky Fiziks: Galaxy Railways"
Kill la Kill is one of my favorite series, maybe third on my personal list after Black Lagoon and Cowboy Bebop, although that’s not quite fair. Due to licensing problems Kill isn’t available readily on DVD, so I haven’t seen it as often or watched it as carefully as the other two. Maybe it’s not […]Read more "Sex and Sexuality: Kill la Kill"
The idea of recursion, or self-reference, or meta, or whatevertheheckyouwanttocallit, has always interested me. Things that are aware they are things…it’s one of those ideas that makes you say, “Hmmmm.” The idea of meta goes way back in animation. We have to remember that when cartoon studios turned into factories in the forties and fifties, […]Read more "Oh, So Meta: Re:Creators"