The A Silent Voice manga went on sale at A Certain Retailer so I picked up the whole set. I meant to read them one at a time during my morning commute, but the story was so great that I just zoomed through the whole set. I thought the story had some holes – I’m […]Read more "The Princess in Peril: Shoko Nishimiya"
Revolutionary Girl Utena is another of those series, like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop, that cause people who watch it to look at anime differently. Bebop is a remarkably adult work; it’s not a cartoon about kids for kids. Ben 10 it ain’t! Evangelion is DEEP, a hardcore psychodrama disguised as a mecha story. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Utena Tenjou"
As much as I like the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, it’s tough to make a case for investing a writing post on a minor character who DOES a lot but exposes little to no personality – right, no “character” in the character, got it in one – but I realized there’s more in Yuki Nagato than […]Read more "Character Analysis: Yuki Nagato"
I write about Cowboy Bebop a lot. That’s not accident. It’s stunning to look at, routinely makes people who watch it look at cartoons generally and anime specifically in a new way. It’s literally groundbreaking. Also, a lot of people have seen it. If your perspective on anime and manga is the one I’m taking, […]Read more "What Are All These Characters Doing Here: Cowboy Bebop"
There are certain pairs of characters that it’s just a blast to watch together. I’ve written about Elias and Chise from The Ancient Magus’ Bride several times, and Lupin and Fujiko, and Kyon and Haruhi, and Kobayashi and Tohru. I even popped out something about Satsuki and Sendo from Short Sunzen, if you’ve ever heard […]Read more "The Power of Two: Rock and Revy"
With Neon Genesis Evangelion (and the two follow-up OVAs that tried to turn the ending coherent) dropping on Netflix, a bunch of us have the chance to go back and look at it again. I make no bones about the fact that up until now I have based my analyses of the story and characters […]Read more "Character Analysis: Asuka Langley Soryu"
Normally I try to stick to material that is fairly familiar to a lot of people because, well, a lot of people have seen it. That means I don’t have to tell you who the heck Spike or Fuu or Haruhi is and I can just get to the damned point. In truth, using familiar […]Read more "Metastable Relationship: Short Sunzen"