At some point someone realized that pointing out the absurdities and contradictions of everyday life could be really funny. I mean, seriously, going back to at least George Carlin. Then of course there’s Jerry Seinfeld. Even Krusty the Klown figures it out, and he never figures out anything. You know why that’s relevant to Saiki […]Read more "The Outsider: Saiki K"
Okay, I hope everyone has seen Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 by now. If you haven’t, please do. It’s really good. It’s really good even though it changes the essential Evangelion story. But you knew it would. You knew the rebuild was going in a different direction from the start of 2.22, where we all met […]Read more "Character Analysis: Mari Illustrious Makinami"
What can you say about Madoka Kaname? She’s obviously the central character of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, so much so that the show is named after her. But for eleven episodes she doesn’t really DO anything. That makes it kind of difficult to describe her as the hero or the protagonist of the series. The […]Read more "Character Analysis: Madoka Kaname"
I have said it before and I will say it again: one of the things I like about Shinichiro Watanabe’s work is that he treats female characters with the same respect he treats male characters. Faye Valentine, Lisa Mishima, Carole Stanley; even when they are tropes (Faye is a Look at Me Woman and Carole […]Read more "Character Analysis: Fuu Kasumi"
Okay, let’s get it out of the way: Satoshi Kon was a dude with a very interesting mind and perspective on the world, and one of the things that really interested him was the nature of reality. Like a lot of philosophers and neuroscientists he was aware that for most of us, most of reality […]Read more "Character Analysis: Li’l Slugger"
Okay, so let’s throw this on the floor right off the bat: Shinichiro Watanabe is like unto a god. The guy who conceived and directed Cowboy Bebop? I mean, seriously. Fortunately, Buddhism isn’t monotheistic, so we can have lots of gods. To me, Watanabe is literally a visionary director: he has a great eye for […]Read more "How Long is This Series: Kids on the Slope"
I don’t like to work with relatively obscure works since no one’s seen them, and if no one’s seen them no one can tell me how badly I’ve screwed up. And it’s important for me to know I’ve screwed up, because otherwise I’ll never get any better at this stuff. Is From the New World […]Read more "The Power of Two: Saki and Satoru"
I enjoyed The Ancient Magus’ Bride until Kore Yamazaki decided to change the direction of the story by sending Chise to college. Now I still like it: I like all the characters from the first plot arc and I’m enjoying some of the people from this new arc. I think Yamazaki’s strength lies in creating […]Read more "Character Analysis: Chise Hatori"
My writer friend Kate (look, she’s a girl and a friend but she’s not a girlfriend) declared a comic book and comic book movie weekend. The object is to get mental relief, and since manga and anime count I played along. The problem I had was that it was the week before finals and one […]Read more "Character Analysis: Yui Hirasawa"
Okay, the Saiki K. series is a whole franchise built around a gag manga, and like any gag-based show, as long as the jokes keep coming, so do the manga volumes and anime episodes. Right? Just like Lucky Star, it’s good as long as it stays funny. The six-episode Reawakened arc is up there on […]Read more "How To Build a Series: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Reawakened"