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The Tetris Moment, Example 2: “I offer them all.”

This is part 3 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 Berserk in this essay. “I offer them all.” Anime: Berserk (1997 TV series) Episode: 24 (of 25), “The Eclipse” In the introduction to this list, I mentioned different ways for the writer to set up their Tetriminos. They can chose to do so in secret, aiming to hit the unsuspecting audience with… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment, Example 1: “Just as planned.”

This is part 2 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 Death Note in this essay. “Just as planned.” Anime: Death Note (2006) Episode: 24 (of 37), “Revival” Death Note is the go-to anime for finding not one, but several memorable Tetris Moments. After all, the entire series is built around a supernatural game of cat-and-mouse, with the cat and mouse constantly plotting… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment

Happy 2016, everyone. With the new year still new, I thought about writing up my first list post. As it turns out, I didn’t nearly watch enough new anime last year to justify a “best of 2015″ post. Instead, I want to talk about what I call the Tetris Moment. I’m assuming most of you will be at least vaguely familiar with the famous puzzle game. Thinking about it brings back nostalgic childhood memories. Do you remember building up the… Continue Reading →

The Selfish Sacrifice

Anime, like all fiction, is full of tropes. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as storytelling has been around since before the advent of writing. Certain archetypes and motifs proofed to be effective enough that they persisted and developed into recurring devices. Tropes are not a bad thing per se. After all, if our basic needs, desires and flaws had changed dramatically over the past centuries, great storytellers such as Shakespeare, Homer or Cervantes would have lost their significance long… Continue Reading →

Berserk, or the Beauty of Tragedy

This essay contains spoilers for the main themes of Berserk. While not disclosing crucial plot details, you might want to refrain from reading on if you prefer to enjoy your fiction completely unspoiled. In case you’re wondering why you should watch this old, incomplete manga adaptation with questionable quality control and a very limited budget, this essay hopes to assist with that decision. I am in blood Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as… Continue Reading →

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