I’m reading the manga for Golden Kamuy when I get around to picking up a new issue every so often, up through volume four by now, and I’m liking it. I like historicals to begin with, and of course Golden Kamuy is strongly tied to the culture of the indigenous Japanese, the Ainu. They even […]Read more "The Power of Two: Golden Kamuy"
The movie Promare came around a while ago and I missed it. I read the previews and said, “Meh. Mechas,” which is about what I say about any sort of mecha, with the exception of the original mecha story, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. The BOOK, not the movie. But it was so popular in […]Read more "The Power of Three Minus One: Promare"
Spice and Wolf is one of those animes that you watch and you say, “Okay, I know what that is.” That’s because you know what it is. It’s a romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally set in an unnamed, medieval land. Yep, that’s what it is and that’s all it is. I’ve said this before […]Read more "The Power of Two: Spice and Wolf"
It’s easy to write about Kill la Kill. It’s really cool so you WANT to write about it, and it’s easy to write about because there’s A LOT to unpack in there. Whoever cooked up Neon Genesis Evangelion cooked up something philosophically deep; whoever cooked up Revolutionary Girl Utena cooked up something structurally deep. Whoever […]Read more "The Power of Three: Kill la Kill"
Some things I keep coming back to. This is one: the number of interrelationships among N characters is N(N-1)/2, so the complexity in number is basically exponential as the number of characters goes up. Of course, another way for the complexity in character interrelationships to increase is to have the writers deliberately throw in a […]Read more "The Power of Two Times Two: Scum’s Wish"