Themes & Gimmicks

General essays, character analysis, lists, year-end recap, and other free & awesome stuff like that. Okay, free.
 

General Articles

You and I Have Memories: Talking About Our Superstar Cat Robot
Examining the immense popularity and lasting appeal of Doraemon for the kids who grew up with him.
 

Episodic Nugget

A space where I recap and comment on specific fragment (whether a chapter of a manga, an episode of an anime, or even a particular story arc) of a series that I love and/or found especially noteworthy. Spoiler abound regarding everything happened in said fragment, obviously.

Dennou Coil, Episode 12
Koe Katachi, Volume 1
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Episode 3
Osomatsu-san, Episode 9B
 

On Writing & Characters

I like to write stuff and comment on other people’s writing. These are pieces with emphasis on writing techniques and/or character design, what work for me and what doesn’t, hypothetical idea and suggestion in re-writing existing narrative, and thoughts on characters I found especially memorable.

Character Building in Coming of Age Fantasy: Yona & Arslan
Criticizing A Fave: Things That Don’t Work in Shirobako
Retrospective Thoughts on AnoHana’s Writing
Revolutionary Girls: Reflection on Rose of Versailles
No More Half-Measure: Hiro, Handa, and Pursuit of Self-Fulfillment
 

Lists & Rankings

Making arbitrary lists and rankings is fun!

Bestest of The Bests: My Favorite Tournament Arcs
Diegetic Musical Moments in Anime
Non-Diegetic Musical Moments in Anime
Top 10 Anime of 2015
Top 10 Manga of 2015
Anime Awards of 2015
 

Thematic Linking

Discussion of recurring themes, narrative ideas,or other form of pattern that crop up in multiple works.

Competing Females: Unisex Competition & Casual Sexism
Rock Your Specs
We Can’t Work It Out: On Anti-Romance & Things That Aren’t Meant To Be
 

Seasonal Thoughts

Where I write walls of text to gush/moan about anime I’ve watched on a past season, and mini-preview of stuff I’m excited to see in the next season.

Summer 2015 Recap + Fall 2015 Anticipation
Fall 2015 Recap + Winter 2016 Anticipation
Winter 2016 Recap Pt 1, Pt 2
Spring 2016 Impression
Spring 2016 Recap
Summer 2016 Anticipation
 

Book Discussion

Sometimes, I write about books that don’t have pictures on them.

Rashomon (An Anthology)
 

Slice of Mango

Impression and write-ups on manga volumes per batch.

Ajin (Gamon Sakurai/Tsuina Miura): 1-2
Akatsuki no Yona (Mizuho Kusanagi): 8-10
Barakamon (Satsuki Yoshino): 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-9
Birdmen (Yellow Tanabe): 1
Green Blood (Masasumi Kakizaki): 1-3, 4-5 (finished)
I’m Sakamoto, You Know? (Nami Sano): 1, 2
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun (Izumi Tsubaki): 1-2 (dropped)
Kasane (Daruma Matsuura): 1-3
Kindaichi 20th Anniversary Series (Seimaru Amagi & Fumiya Sato): 1-5
Laughing Under The Cloud (Karakara Kemuri): 1-3, 4-6
Mix (Mitsuru Adachi): 1-3, 4, 5-6
Montage (Jun Watanabe): 1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Orange (Ichigo Takano): 1-3, 4-5 (finished)
Rin (Harold Sakuishi): 1-5
Secret (Yoshiki Tonogai): 1-3 (finished)
Sket Dance (Kenta Shinohara): 1-5
Sunset on Third Street (Saigan Ryouhei): 1-4
The Phantom Tower (Taro Nogizaka) : 1-2
The Shape of Voice (Yoshitoki Oima): 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (finished)
The Sluggish Tanaka (Nozomi Uda): 1 (dropped)
Yo-Kai Watch (Noriyuki Konishi): 1-2 (dropped)

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