Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is one of those things that I wouldn’t ordinarily bother to write about. I mean, it’s an older, smuttier version of Teasing-Master Tagaki-San, and it lacks the emotional heart of that other series. But we have the same elements: the forward, assertive girl expressing her affection for a shy, […]Read more "Character Analysis: Hayase Nagatoro"
The essence of The Chosen One trope is that there is someone out there in the universe who has been Marked by Fate (or the Gods, or whomever) to be the Winner/Savior/Liberator/Whatever. Oh, and at the start of the story, they don’t know it. Sure, you know this character: How about Aang? Or Afro Samurai? […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Chosen One"
As weird as it is, there is A LOT A LOT to like about Penguindrum. The main trio of characters, Shoma, Kanba, and Himari, are really well-constructed characters with multiple layers of depth. Ringo Ogonome is a screwed up young woman who has great development and a great story. But I find myself very interested […]Read more "Character Analysis: Momoka Oginome"
My Dress-Up Darling was one of the breakout hits of the last season. I thought it was pretty good. Did you think it was pretty good? In a lot of ways it’s nothing special, and that’s a good thing in some ways and a bad thing in some ways. I mean, how many “We’re in […]Read more "The Power of Two: My Dress-Up Darling"
Look, let me lay it out here: I don’t call this blog “The Overage Otaku” because I’m 19 and all my manga friends are like 16. I’m an actual, real-live grown-up closer to retirement than entry-level positions. So, while I like anime of all sorts, given a choice I like shows that are for grown-ups. […]Read more "How Not to Cook a Series: Michiko and Hatchin"
I didn’t have this one ready for Pride Month. Sorry about that. But I wrote it during Pride Month. Does that count? One of the things that routinely bugs me is the treatment of transsexual characters in anime. Now, it might be hard to believe about a country that created a medium full of yuri […]Read more "Character Analysis: Lili Hoshikawa"
The Orbital Children is one of those things that snuck up on me. I was like, yeah, kiddie sci-fi, I’m going to like that (sarcasm), but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. To give you some idea, I watched it three times through across two days. And they built it out of […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: The Orbital Children"
Ergo Proxy is one of those things you can stare at for a long time. It’s deeply grounded in philosophy and puts together a look and sound that matches its bleak world view. At its center are the three main characters, Vincent Law, Pino and Re-L Mayer. Together they form a really warped Father/Mother/Child trio, […]Read more "Character Analysis: Re-L Mayer"
My original character analysis of Asuka Langley Soryu is the most read post in the history of this blog. This doesn’t especially surprise me. For one thing, it’s really old and it’s still out there, so people have been able to find it for three-plus years. For another, it’s related to Neon Genesis Evangelion and […]Read more "Character (Re)analysis: Asuka Langley Soryu"
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"