One of the cool things about a person in my racket – I’m a professor of Communication – is you can see the stuff we talk about in class coming out in anime and manga. Right? Art imitates life, right? Well, in a way it has to. If you are trying to write a believable […]Read more "Fun With School: Citrus"
One of the nice things about A Silent Voice is that it’s about kids growing up, and it treats the kids honestly as characters in that it lets them do it. Right? Not just Shoko and Shoya, but the people around them change as well as they confront their own bad behavior and resolve to […]Read more "The Power of Three: A Silent Voice"
I briefly ran out of reading material … no, that’s not quite right. You all know it’s been a rugged time for a lot of us and I got double rugged when my Internet and cable crashed the Friday night of a three-day weekend. Yeah, talk about sensory deprivation. So I jammed some disks in […]Read more "The Power of Three: Princess Jellyfish"
It’s been a while since I watched Arakawa Under the Bridge, so I may have a detail or two out of whack, but at the heart of it was a really complex and interesting relationship between Kou Ichinomiya and the girl only called Nino. They’re surrounded by many weird and wonderful characters, so unpacking what’s […]Read more "The Power of Two: Kou and Nino"
Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions was one of those things that was just so dang cute I watched it all the way through. Then, since my tolerance for cute is extremely low, I watched it again to see what the heck there was in it that made me watch it the first time. Fortunately I […]Read more "The Power of Two: Yuta and Rikka"
I’ve been watching something utterly inane called Teasing Master Takagi-san on Netflix. To qualify, “Teasing Master” is a title, not a verb: Takagi does the teasing rather than being teased upon. Let’s be frank: this is a one-note anime, and I have little tolerance for stuff that’s dull. If I don’t like something, Life is […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Teasing Master Tagaki-san"
Welcome to the NHK is one of those things I like a lot in part because it’s about grownups with real problems instead of kids with robot suits or magic wands. Not that there is anything wrong with robot suits or magic wands. They can make for good stories, too. They just usually aren’t my […]Read more "The Power of Two: Tatsuhiro and Misaki"
Okay, Neon Genesis Evangelion is too cool for words and everyone knows it. This is not news. One of the ways it’s cool is that it has multiple structures that are all to be treated as canon. There’s the original anime. There’s the new denouement outlined by the End of Evangelion OVA. There’s the manga. […]Read more "The Power of Two: Rei and Shinji"
There was something so overpoweringly attractive going on in Toradora! that I watched it straight through twice. I mean, who knows? Might have been COVID coma at work. But it managed to transcend both cute and saccharine, and that’s a damn good trick. Wasn’t the plot. Wasn’t the setting. Wasn’t the theme. Nope. If you […]Read more "The Power of Two: Taiga and Ryuji"
So I subscribe to an anime goodie box services. Sometimes they send me real crap, as in someone there thought it would be cute to send The World’s Lamest Face Mask (TM) in the first COVID-era box. Yeah, um, nope. But they also send cool stuff. There was a cute little Gundam head I had […]Read more "The Eternal Parallelogram: FLCL"