I don’t talk enough about Samurai Champloo. I guess that’s because it’s Shinichiro Watanabe’s second series, and let’s be honest: Once you’ve made Cowboy Bebop there’s only one way your career can go. Which not to say that Watanabe’s a disappointment or anything remotely like that. He’s a brilliant anime director with a tremendous sense […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Samurai Champloo"
I have said it before and I will say it again: one of the things I like about Shinichiro Watanabe’s work is that he treats female characters with the same respect he treats male characters. Faye Valentine, Lisa Mishima, Carole Stanley; even when they are tropes (Faye is a Look at Me Woman and Carole […]Read more "Character Analysis: Fuu Kasumi"
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"