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"
Full Metal Panic was one of the first series I watched way back when, and while I kind of liked it, it wasn’t mind-blowing to me the way Cowboy Bebop and Black Lagoon were. That’s kind of unfair, of course: Cowboy Bebop routinely blows minds and as an adult viewer I was struck by the […]Read more "Admiral Baby: Full Metal Panic"
The Outsider is a character who comes from another world in some way; a different country, a different social class, a different planet, a different species, even a different gender. (Your Name, anyone? Although Inside Mari is a better example.) The Outsider is a useful narrative tool because people have to explain things to them. […]Read more "The Outsider: Elias Ainsworth"
I keep looking at characters, because characters are a critical part of storytelling. It’s not an accident that the start of a narrative is supposed to (among other things) introduce the setting and characters: in principle, the characters introduced will create the conflict that drives the plot. A lot of the time I’ve been looking […]Read more "What Are All These Characters Doing Here? Mongolian Chop Squad"
I’m posting a little early this week. It’s the last week of NaNoWriMo, my book’s plot is coming together, and I want to get in a couple scenes before I crash. Ready? Here goes. One of the things that happens when you go to a con is that you go to panels, and one of […]Read more "Character Question: Anthy Himemiya"
Spice and Wolf is one of those animes that you watch and you say, “Okay, I know what that is.” That’s because you know what it is. It’s a romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally set in an unnamed, medieval land. Yep, that’s what it is and that’s all it is. I’ve said this before […]Read more "The Power of Two: Spice and Wolf"
When I look at couples I tend to classify them as complementary or parallel. A parallel couple is one whose strengths and weaknesses are similar. As a narrative device device, a parallel couple is usually composed of rivals. Because their strengths and weaknesses are similar, they are evenly matched as opponents, meaning conflict between them […]Read more "The Odd Couple: Carole and Tuesday"