Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of those concoctions, like Neon Genesis, that is sometimes so deep it seems like the creators outsmarted themselves trying to show themselves how smart they were. I mean, seriously … all that baroque art and shadow puppets and all the guys have that great hair and seriously, WTF? But you […]Read more "How to Start a Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena"
One of the fun elements of the otaku culture is that it embraces multiple dimensions. One is the Japanese lifestyle. I’ve mentioned I am learning Japanese. Did I mention that I figured out how to use chopsticks finally this year? And I hang Japanese-style artwork by my friend Bronwen MacDonald around my house? More important […]Read more "Medium Matters: Revolutionary Girl Utena"
I’m posting a little early this week. It’s the last week of NaNoWriMo, my book’s plot is coming together, and I want to get in a couple scenes before I crash. Ready? Here goes. One of the things that happens when you go to a con is that you go to panels, and one of […]Read more "Character Question: Anthy Himemiya"
Revolutionary Girl Utena is another of those series, like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop, that cause people who watch it to look at anime differently. Bebop is a remarkably adult work; it’s not a cartoon about kids for kids. Ben 10 it ain’t! Evangelion is DEEP, a hardcore psychodrama disguised as a mecha story. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Utena Tenjou"
This blog is supposed to come from my perspective as a writer and animator. If you scroll back (Please do. It helps my stats.) you see a lot more about writing than animating, which is one of those things that is what it is, if you know what I mean. But every once in a […]Read more "Utena’s Shadow Puppets and Lotte Reiniger"