The premise of “The Power of Three” series of posts is that we’re going to be looking at some kind of three-way relationship to see how it works. You know, going beyond kicking the tires and popping the hood. We’re going to try to figure out how the electronic ignition works, or something like that. […]Read more "The Power of Three: Sankarea"
I’d hate to be a mangaka. I mean, it’s a real “shotgun” sort of business: The publishers throw all sorts of stuff out there looking to see what sticks to the wall. And as the writer you want it to stick, too. I mean, you’re not a salaried member of the publication staff; you get […]Read more "Off the Rails: Arakawa Under the Bridge"
Satoshi Kon was the original flim-flam man. Well, probably not. The original flim-flam man probably dates back to about five minutes after the invention of portable currency. If the money can move, there are always folks who can figure ways to move it into their own pockets. He wasn’t even the original cinematic flim-flam man. […]Read more "The Power of Three: Millennium Actress"
While I was waiting for the Flowers of Evil manga to go on sale I picked up the anime to tide me over, and BOY, was I glad I did that! First of all, it LOOKS unique. There was a bunch of fuss about the fact that it was rotoscoped, that is, the animation cels […]Read more "The Power of Three: Flowers of Evil"
One thing I really like about Shinichiro Watanabe’s work is the way he avoids having his characters fall into the same old patterns. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with “the same old patterns.” The tropes and patterns exist because they work in terms of storytelling; they create tension that drives plot or meta-plot forward, so […]Read more "The Power of Two Plus One: Samurai Champloo"