Power is one of those topics that pops up over and over in writing and in life. For instance, power underlies a lot of the relationship stuff I’ve been babbling about for almost two years in this blog. Take for instance Samurai Champloo. Mugen and Jin are fearsome swordsmen. Why in the name of bog […]Read more "The Performance of Power: The Saga of Tanya the Evil"
When I broke down the anime series (and follow-up OVA) The Saga of Tanya the Evil it bothered me that they constructed a great hero for a psychodrama and turned her loose in an action-adventure series. If you don’t know the story, “Tanya” is the mind and soul of a middle-aged salariman who has been […]Read more "Medium Matters: Tanya the Evil"
The Saga of Tanya the Evil feature film hit us here in May, so I watched the anime and then went to the movie. The movie wasn’t half bad, but it was also so obviously Act Two of a three-act story that as I was leaving I told the people sitting in front of me, […]Read more "Building a Character: Tanya the Evil"