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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 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 →

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 →

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