I’m relatively new to anime/manga fandom, and School-Live! is the first series I’ve managed to follow “traditionally.” You know: waiting for weeks or months for the next issue, knowing the last one was coming and anticipating what was coming next. And it’s been known for a while that School-Live! was ending with volume 12. And […]Read more "How Not to End a Series: School-Live!"
I really like School-Live!, the manga. Although as the story winds to its end – the final English language volume went on sale in late August – the plot seems to be getting a little lame, it’s still a legitimate portrait of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse and the psychological burdens they would bear. […]Read more "Medium Matters (Part 1): School-Live!"
Okay, I wasn’t impressed with the School-Live! anime. At the same time, it’s one of my favorite manga. I suspect those two things are related. It’s like when they make your favorite book into a movie: if the movie isn’t a perfect representation of the book, then the movie stinks, no two ways about it. […]Read more "Serious Psychodrama: School-Live!"
I don’t think anyone needs to say that character is a critical part of storytelling. I mean, ultimately drama is conflict, and conflict arises from character (at least, if the conflict is character-driven, which is about the same as saying lava arises if the volcano is lava-driven). Certain character types work to simplify the creation […]Read more "The Rule of Three: School-Live!"