Isn’t Kotaro Lives Alone so cute you just can’t stand it? That brave little boy, living alone, living up the ideals of the noble knight, making all the people around him better because of his faith in them, is an almost perfect hero. Of course, it all revolves around Kotaro, and Kotaro is a character […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: Kotaro Lives Alone"
Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of those concoctions, like Neon Genesis, that is sometimes so deep it seems like the creators outsmarted themselves trying to show themselves how smart they were. I mean, seriously … all that baroque art and shadow puppets and all the guys have that great hair and seriously, WTF? But you […]Read more "How to Start a Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena"
Sweat and Soap is one of those things that when you describe it to someone sounds either sickly sweet or more than a little creepy. I mean, it’s basically a story about two people falling in love as they find they complement each other (that’s the sickly sweet part) because she has a strong body […]Read more "Character Analysis: Asako Yaeshima"
Man, I like Nana. It’s grown-up, right? Well, at least they try. The gimmick is that both main characters are named Nana, Nana Oosaki and Nana Kumatsu. They meet by accident on a train and become roommates as they try to make it in the big city, New York, New York. No, really it’s Tokyo, […]Read more "The Power of Two: Nana"
You may or may not like Penguindrum – it’s certainly weird, that’s for sure – but as I watched it I was struck by how many characters with interesting constructions there were. For instance, the central characters, Kanba, Shoma, and Himari Takakura, form a Body-Mind-Soul trio, but they each transcend their primary role and they […]Read more "Character Analysis: Ringo Oginome"
A long winter storm and a Comic Book weekend (which requires only reading and watching cartoons, including manga and anime) led me to the delight that is The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. There’s a nice story here I might want to break down sometime – it’s like a harem driven by outside forces, which is pretty […]Read more "Character Analysis: Justy Ueki Tylor"
I started out wanting to do a character analysis of Rea Sanka, the main female character (and namesake) of Sankarea, Undying Love, but I ran into a little problem. Y’see, when you take a close look at Rea, there’s not a whole lot of there there. I mean, she’s pretty, yeah, and she’s sort of […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Family Princess"
I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at a trio of characters and seen them forming a classic Mind-Body-Soul trio. Sure. How about Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, right? One thing about those roles is that two of them are stereotypically male and the other stereotypically female. Is that morally right? Heck, no. But tropes […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Soul Girl"
I was trying to stay away from this one, but Cowboy Bebop has been canceled and the really bad second week numbers made it pretty clear that anyone who wants to see the live action Bebop has seen it. So I can go there. I’ve already talked about two ways the series changed the story […]Read more "Medium Matters: Cowboy Bebop II"
Strike Witches is like a guilty pleasure. It’s a dumb story about characters who are largely one-dimensional by design whose flaws are painted over with constant action and piles of fan service. It’s hugely formulaic but it’s a formula that WORKS. This isn’t one of those clever shows that tries to hide something from you. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Yoshika Miyafuji"