Okay, let’s start with this: this could go on for a while. It might even end up being a two-parter. I’ll start writing and we’ll see. Later: Yeah, it’s a two-parter. This is Part I. You see, the cool thing about Puella Magi Madoka Magica is that it takes the Magical Girl genre and turns […]Read more "Going Dark: Puella Magi Madoka Magica"
Full Metal Panic was one of the first series I watched way back when, and while I kind of liked it, it wasn’t mind-blowing to me the way Cowboy Bebop and Black Lagoon were. That’s kind of unfair, of course: Cowboy Bebop routinely blows minds and as an adult viewer I was struck by the […]Read more "Admiral Baby: Full Metal Panic"
For some reason I’ve been thinking about characters, and specifically the interaction of roles a lot lately, so I’m going to bore all you guys to tears beating that horse until it’s dead on the track and hauled off to the glue factory. But you know how it goes when you’ve got a thought stuck […]Read more "The Power of Three Squared: Outlaw Star"
When you study animated cartoons, particularly the old ‘toons of the Warner Brothers heyday, it’s explicit that a lot of the humor is contextualized by the culture they were made in. When Bugs Bunny gnaws on a carrot and asks, “What’s the hubbub, bub?” he’s saying something that a non-native speaker of mid-20th century English […]Read more "Culture and Trope: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid"