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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 →

Perfect Anime Endings (2/2)

Part 2 of my list of perfect anime endings. (Read part 1 here.) 5. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (OVA): The Legend Ends, and History Begins Building up a perfect ending over the course of twenty-something episodes requires considerable talent and effort. Delivering such an ending after 110 episodes, which aired over the course of just a little under 10 years, is something else entirely. Yoshiki Tanaka and Noburo Ishiguro’s monumental epos succeeds at doing just that. Legend of the… Continue Reading →

Perfect Anime Endings (1/2)

Endings are important. They might very well be the most important ingredient in good storytelling. The ending leaves us with a final impression of what we have read, heard or seen, and they are what we take with us going out of the story. A great ending can elevate our memory of a decent story to a good one, and a bad one can let what had been an engaging story so far fall into the pits of oblivion. Some… 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 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 →

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