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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 →

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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