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The Perfect Villain: Why Griffith Did Everything Right

Griffith did nothing wrong. Please don’t sacrifice me to the God Hand just yet, I’m not here to justify the inexcusable nor reduce everything to the powers of fate and causality. Neither would do justice to one of manga and anime’s most compelling villains. I’d rather approach the argument from the opposite side to make the case for why Griffith did everything right and explore how Kentaro Miura¬†created the perfect villain both thematically and as a human foil for his… Continue Reading →

Chasing Flowers – Wolf’s Rain and Romanticism

It is not the treasures […] that have awakened in me such unutterable longings. Far from me is all avarice; but I long to behold the blue flower. It is constantly in my mind, and I can think and compose of nothing else. […] It seems as if I had hitherto been dreaming, or slumbering into another world; for in the world, in which hitherto I have lived, who would trouble himself about a flower?” Wolf’s Rain tells the story… Continue Reading →

The Death and Rebirth of Rakugo

The second season of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is upon us, and it’s like this wonderful gem of narrative craftsmanship never left. After patiently waiting for us during the nine month intermission (did Yotaro never leave that stage?), time is traversed in the simple flip of a name. Yotaro, now Sukeroku III, invites the audience to partake in the story’s second act. Tearing down the fourth wall in a way similar to a rakugo performance, he turns us into collaborators… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment, Example 4: Zero Requiem

This is part 5 of 5 in a multi-part series about what I call the Tetris Moment in storytelling. There will be spoilers for important plot points of Code Geass in this essay. Zero Requiem Anime: Code Geass R2 (2008) Episode: 25 (of 25), “Re;” The first season of Code Geass was a bright, shining example of how great execution could elevate a show laden with fan service and product placement to astonishing levels. Always finding the right balance between… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment, Example 3: “I am your twin star.”

This is part 4 of 5 in a multi-part series about what I call the Tetris Moment in storytelling. There will be spoilers for important plot points of X in this essay. “I am your twin star.” Anime: X (2001 TV series) Episode: 12 (of 24), “Alternative” X tells the story of two superpowered fractions destined to fight for humanity’s future (or end) in the dooming apocalypse. While the Dragons of Heaven want to protect humanity despite its flaws and… Continue Reading →

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