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"
Rei Ayanami is one of the most fascinating characters in anime history. Period. Final. Full stop. Now, let’s be honest with ourselves. Anime has a lot of things going for it. It can be exciting. It can be profound. It can be heart wrenching. But at the same time it’s cartoons, okay? You know, cartoons. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Rei Ayanami"
Welcome to the NHK is another of those series I thought I had nothing to say about, but after a couple viewings there turned out to be something that might be interesting in there. I’ve talked about couples being in parallel or symmetric relationships. Parallel couples have similar strengths and weaknesses; in symmetric relationships the […]Read more "See-Sawing Dominance: Welcome to the NHK"
I warned you a while ago I might think of something to say about Ghost in the Shell. Okay, there are three characters I think about as having sufficient similarities to make one of them remind me of the others, and sufficient differences to make them have interesting contrasts among themselves. The three are Rei […]Read more "Character Trope: Motoko Kusanagi and the Ghost in the Shell"
There are three characters that seem to me to be related to one another because they are all explorations of what it means to be human. The three are Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mokoto Kusunagi from Ghost in the Shell, and Alita, the namesake of Battle Angel Alita. Rei is interesting because she […]Read more "Character Analysis: Alita"
Trigun is one of those stories that is a great story because it’s a great story. Okay, yeah, that was a little more obscure than my technical writing profs would have liked. To be more specific, Trigun looks like dog doo but people love it because it has an engaging plot with likable characters: Vash, […]Read more "Character Analysis: Vash the Stampede"