The topic of meta-plot keeps coming up over and over in this blog. It’s based on the idea that there are supposedly seven basic plots, and they can be used to develop plot arcs or the overarching plot of an entire series, and since writing is one of the main focuses of the blog, the […]Read more "Meta-Plot, Anime, and YOU"
Kill la Kill is one of my favorite series, maybe third on my personal list after Black Lagoon and Cowboy Bebop, although that’s not quite fair. Due to licensing problems Kill isn’t available readily on DVD, so I haven’t seen it as often or watched it as carefully as the other two. Maybe it’s not […]Read more "Sex and Sexuality: Kill la Kill"
Okay, I saw it, and I liked it. At the same time, I can see why it’s doing mediocre at the box office. Alita, Battle Angel reminded me of Dune: if you knew what was going on already it was so very cool, but if you didn’t, it was gibberish. Plus the dialog was hokey […]Read more "Reconstructing a Classic: Alita, Battle Angel"
Did you like Cells at Work? I liked Cells at Work, and I have very low tolerance for cute. And I know a lot of you liked it as well; I decided to watch it because of the things a bunch of you wrote about it. Okay, well by now I hope you guys know […]Read more "Let’s Cook a Series: Cells at Work"
I warned you a while ago I might think of something to say about Ghost in the Shell. Okay, there are three characters I think about as having sufficient similarities to make one of them remind me of the others, and sufficient differences to make them have interesting contrasts among themselves. The three are Rei […]Read more "Character Trope: Motoko Kusanagi and the Ghost in the Shell"
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"
It’s been a while since I talked about meta-plot, the overall structure of a series. Partly that’s because it seems like that talking meta-plot be a case of flagellating the deceased equine; partly because it sometimes seems like meta-plot is just too simple. I mean, after all, there are supposedly only seven basic (meta-)plots: Rags […]Read more "Hidden Plot: Cowboy Bebop"
There are three characters that seem to me to be related to one another because they are all explorations of what it means to be human. The three are Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mokoto Kusunagi from Ghost in the Shell, and Alita, the namesake of Battle Angel Alita. Rei is interesting because she […]Read more "Character Analysis: Alita"
I’ve talked before about how trios of characters can fall into familiar patterns, specifically The Eternal Triangle, Mind, Body, and Soul, Princess, Protector, and Protagonist, and Hero, Sidekick, and Girlfriend. To that we can add Daddy, Mommy, Child, as represented by Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. There are probably other stable […]Read more "The Power of Three Plus One: Wolf’s Rain"
GROUND RULES: If you know how The Ancient Magus’ Bride ends DO NOT TELL. If you don’t, feel free to throw something on the floor. Okay, this is the next to last in my continuing series on The Ancient Magus’ Bride, previous posts here and here and here. What I’m trying to do in this […]Read more "How is this going to end? The Ancient Magus’s Bride"