I’ve been writing about The Ancient Magus’ Bride more or less as I have been experiencing it chronologically. That can be insightful with a story that disguises the narrative direction that it’s taking as this one does. As you watch you see a story that looks like it’s heading one way and then ZOOP, it’s […]Read more "Jumping the Track: The Ancient Magus’ Bride"
Rei Ayanami is one of the most fascinating characters in anime history. Period. Final. Full stop. Now, let’s be honest with ourselves. Anime has a lot of things going for it. It can be exciting. It can be profound. It can be heart wrenching. But at the same time it’s cartoons, okay? You know, cartoons. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Rei Ayanami"
My first blog lasted exactly one post. It was about stupid TV ads and the lack of logic therein. I thought it would be fun. I was wrong. This blog has now lasted, as of this, one hundred posts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. No need to applaud. Just throw money. I thought for […]Read more "Related Aside: 100th Post"
I’m going to admit this right now: I got attracted to Girls’ Last Tour because of the Kettenkrad tractor the girls ride around on. The Kettenkrad was a typical World War II German tool, a half-track motorcycle (!!) used mostly to tow artillery pieces and aircraft around. A half-track motorcycle! Who the hell needs a […]Read more "Let’s Cook a Series: Girls’ Last Tour"
Sometimes in here I get to have great fun stripping something down to its individual parts to take a look at what makes it tick. So very Clockwork Planet, eh? But sometimes I just gots to get something off my chest. This is one of those times. Lucky you. Galaxy Railways is something I picked […]Read more "Funky Funky Fiziks: Galaxy Railways"
The idea of recursion, or self-reference, or meta, or whatevertheheckyouwanttocallit, has always interested me. Things that are aware they are things…it’s one of those ideas that makes you say, “Hmmmm.” The idea of meta goes way back in animation. We have to remember that when cartoon studios turned into factories in the forties and fifties, […]Read more "Oh, So Meta: Re:Creators"
Welcome to the NHK is another of those series I thought I had nothing to say about, but after a couple viewings there turned out to be something that might be interesting in there. I’ve talked about couples being in parallel or symmetric relationships. Parallel couples have similar strengths and weaknesses; in symmetric relationships the […]Read more "See-Sawing Dominance: Welcome to the NHK"