Oh, So Meta: Lucky Star

There’s just something so addictive about Lucky Star. I don’t know about you, but I can watch it over and over. And I have. And it cracks me up every time. Part of it is how subversive it is. Look, the main characters are supposed to be high school seniors, seventeen or eighteen years old. […]

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The Seven Levels of Meta

“Meta,” or self-reference, is one of those things that fascinates me and has since I learned about recursion in computer programming. A subroutine that calls itself! Ye gods! What a concept! Now, meta is one of those things that appeals to people whose minds are spectacularly twisted, like mine. My buddy Derekl is also one […]

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Meta-Plot, Anime, and YOU

The topic of meta-plot keeps coming up over and over in this blog. It’s based on the idea that there are supposedly seven basic plots, and they can be used to develop plot arcs or the overarching plot of an entire series, and since writing is one of the main focuses of the blog, the […]

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Oh, So Meta: Re:Creators

The idea of recursion, or self-reference, or meta, or whatevertheheckyouwanttocallit, has always interested me. Things that are aware they are things…it’s one of those ideas that makes you say, “Hmmmm.” The idea of meta goes way back in animation. We have to remember that when cartoon studios turned into factories in the forties and fifties, […]

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