Black Lagoon is one of my first and one of my favorite series, and also the subject of the first substantive post for this blog, about Stealth Storytelling. You see, the deal is this: Black Lagoon constantly dangles Rebecca “Revy” Lee in front of you. She’s violent, sexy, profane, and sometimes profound, a whirlwind of […]Read more "Character Analysis: Rock"
There are certain pairs of characters that it’s just a blast to watch together. I’ve written about Elias and Chise from The Ancient Magus’ Bride several times, and Lupin and Fujiko, and Kyon and Haruhi, and Kobayashi and Tohru. I even popped out something about Satsuki and Sendo from Short Sunzen, if you’ve ever heard […]Read more "The Power of Two: Rock and Revy"
Wow, this series has started to get long, hasn’t it? This is my fiftieth post. Fifty! My last blog lasted three posts before I bored of it. I’ve written over 44,000 words…by the end of this essay it will be “I’ve written over 45,000 words”…and while I’m slowing down a little there’s still a long […]Read more "Simple Duets: Black Lagoon"
I see I’ve started throwing around technical terms like “Meta-plot.” A plot is some motivation, conundrum, or problem that drives the action of an episode or arc of episodes in a series. For instance, one of the plots in Black Lagoon is the need of the Roanapur community to track down and eliminate the depraved […]Read more "Relevant Aside: Meta-plot"
It’s basic that every story has a beginning, where the characters and setting are introduced, a middle characterized by conflict, and an end, where the conflict is resolved. Sometimes that’s not how the story goes. We can talk about that some other time. Right now I’m thinking about stories that fit the basic narrative structure. […]Read more "Stealth Storytelling: Black Lagoon"