A Certain Retailer Who Shall Remain Nameless Unless They Want to Pay for Ad Space Here and A Certain Publisher Who Shall etc. have both posted that March 30 is the birth date of the one and only, the sweetheart of Seven Continents, Ms. Rei Ayanami. Happy birthday, Rei! The birthday girl her own self. […]Read more "Happy Birthday, Rei!"
I’m reading the manga for Golden Kamuy when I get around to picking up a new issue every so often, up through volume four by now, and I’m liking it. I like historicals to begin with, and of course Golden Kamuy is strongly tied to the culture of the indigenous Japanese, the Ainu. They even […]Read more "The Power of Two: Golden Kamuy"
The late Satoshi Kon was famous for playing sleight-of-hand with his characters. They were always existing at two or three different levels of reality or slipping around in time to meet themselves or whatever. His most accessible work, Tokyo Godfathers, has been making the rounds in a revival (with a new English dub I didn’t […]Read more "The Power of Three: Tokyo Godfathers"
One of the cool things about Carole and Tuesday is that the three major characters are all tropes. So are a whole bunch of the others; it’s almost like Shinichiro Watanabe was giving us a master class in how to breathe life into tropes. So we have Carole, who is a Gamin, and Tuesday, who […]Read more "Character Analysis: Angela Carpenter"
One of the fun elements of the otaku culture is that it embraces multiple dimensions. One is the Japanese lifestyle. I’ve mentioned I am learning Japanese. Did I mention that I figured out how to use chopsticks finally this year? And I hang Japanese-style artwork by my friend Bronwen MacDonald around my house? More important […]Read more "Medium Matters: Revolutionary Girl Utena"
This is a little more explicitly about writing than my usual posts in that it talks about writing using anime examples instead of looking at anime from a writer’s perspective. Sorry about that. I won’t make a habit of it. But this is my Two Year Anniversary post. Yes, the first post of this blog, […]Read more "The Protagonist is a _______ but _______."
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"