Okay, so let’s throw this on the floor right off the bat: Shinichiro Watanabe is like unto a god. The guy who conceived and directed Cowboy Bebop? I mean, seriously. Fortunately, Buddhism isn’t monotheistic, so we can have lots of gods. To me, Watanabe is literally a visionary director: he has a great eye for […]Read more "How Long is This Series: Kids on the Slope"
I liked Kino’s Journey even though the main character, Kino their own self, was so … well … neutral is the best way I can describe them, that the series wanders away to other protagonists – Shizu comes to mind – just to keep things moving. But it’s Pride month – GOOD! Whoever you are, […]Read more "Character Analysis: Kino"
I briefly ran out of reading material … no, that’s not quite right. You all know it’s been a rugged time for a lot of us and I got double rugged when my Internet and cable crashed the Friday night of a three-day weekend. Yeah, talk about sensory deprivation. So I jammed some disks in […]Read more "The Power of Three: Princess Jellyfish"
You know what? I think I may have discovered a whole new trope. Okay, let’s start with this fundamental fact: Anime is a medium largely created by Japanese men for Japanese boys. That’s doesn’t stop the rest of us from liking it, and it’s not completely, 100% true. There are some terrific women working in […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Look-at-Me Woman"
I don’t like to work with relatively obscure works since no one’s seen them, and if no one’s seen them no one can tell me how badly I’ve screwed up. And it’s important for me to know I’ve screwed up, because otherwise I’ll never get any better at this stuff. Is From the New World […]Read more "The Power of Two: Saki and Satoru"
I enjoyed The Ancient Magus’ Bride until Kore Yamazaki decided to change the direction of the story by sending Chise to college. Now I still like it: I like all the characters from the first plot arc and I’m enjoying some of the people from this new arc. I think Yamazaki’s strength lies in creating […]Read more "Character Analysis: Chise Hatori"
It’s been a while since I watched Arakawa Under the Bridge, so I may have a detail or two out of whack, but at the heart of it was a really complex and interesting relationship between Kou Ichinomiya and the girl only called Nino. They’re surrounded by many weird and wonderful characters, so unpacking what’s […]Read more "The Power of Two: Kou and Nino"
My writer friend Kate (look, she’s a girl and a friend but she’s not a girlfriend) declared a comic book and comic book movie weekend. The object is to get mental relief, and since manga and anime count I played along. The problem I had was that it was the week before finals and one […]Read more "Character Analysis: Yui Hirasawa"
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"
Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions was one of those things that was just so dang cute I watched it all the way through. Then, since my tolerance for cute is extremely low, I watched it again to see what the heck there was in it that made me watch it the first time. Fortunately I […]Read more "The Power of Two: Yuta and Rikka"