I’m a writer so I can say this: There are a lot of gimmicks writers use to keep the story moving. For instance, the great crime writer Raymond Chandler said, “When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.” Sure. Why not? I wrote a whole story with […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Convenient Stomach Rumble"
Isn’t Kotaro Lives Alone so cute you just can’t stand it? That brave little boy, living alone, living up the ideals of the noble knight, making all the people around him better because of his faith in them, is an almost perfect hero. Of course, it all revolves around Kotaro, and Kotaro is a character […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: Kotaro Lives Alone"
What is it with Japanese anime boys and kinky fetishes? First we get Yamazaki from Welcome to the NHK, who prefers his women 2-D, and now there’s Kuruya from Sankarea who gets off on zombie girls. Maybe it’s like a defense mechanism. You know, “I’ll never get a real babe so I’ll lust for a […]Read more "Medium Matters: Sankarea, Undying Love"
Okay, it shouldn’t be news to anyone that there’s a live action Cowboy Bebop series on Netflix. Everyone has an opinion on the matter and the opinions are certainly mixed. Me, I kinda liked it, although the anime is better BUT … watch my lips now … That’s not what I do. I’m an analyst, […]Read more "Medium Matters: Cowboy Bebop I"
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 REALLY REALLY wanted to like Girls und Panzer. Seriously, among other things I have been a World War II buff for years. My dad – Staff Sergeant John J. D’Alessio, 525 Squadron, 86th Fighter-Bomber group, winner of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart – fought in the Big One. And he was a pretty […]Read more "How Not to Build a Series: Girls und Panzer"
I don’t like to work with relatively obscure works since no one’s seen them, and if no one’s seen them no one can tell me how badly I’ve screwed up. And it’s important for me to know I’ve screwed up, because otherwise I’ll never get any better at this stuff. Is From the New World […]Read more "The Power of Two: Saki and Satoru"
I almost called this “How Not to Start a Series,” but as annoyed as I am with Komi Can’t Communicate, from the standpoint of financial success the author, Tomohito Oda, actually did something very clever in starting this series. And since I do analysis and not reviews, let’s break this down and see what that […]Read more "How To Start a Series: Komi Can’t Communicate"
Night is Short, Walk on Girl is one of those movies I keep coming back to over and over when I’m not feeling too great and have no energy for anything other than curling up on the couch and reading subtitles (it has never been dubbed to my knowledge). Yeah, been a lot of that […]Read more "Building a Film: Night is Short, Walk on Girl"
The original FLCL is a wild sleigh ride of a show, dazzling in construction and dazzling in pace. I have said before and I will say again that the animator in me is thrilled watching it. It’s a deliberate mish-mash of styles that gives the series and energy that drives it past your eyes at […]Read more "How long is this series: FLCL"