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We are all Dollars, we are all animals — Durarara!!, Odd Taxi, and “the big reveal”

The other day, one of my coworkers posited that one’s favorite moment or piece of media is almost always going to be one of your first big experience — something that ties you emotionally to that particular property. This isn’t a revolutionary statement by any means, and while it didn’t apply to me in that moment I do agree with it more generally....

Thu Nov 10, 2022 21:26
Lady Prospera and “the tempest” of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercury

My history with the Gundam anime franchise is surprisingly lengthy for someone who doesn’t consider themselves a Gundam fan. I was first recommended the original Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy in a list of anime one should watch as an anime fan (enjoyed it a lot), and then watched Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (loved it). This inspired me to try and create...

Sat Oct 15, 2022 16:35
Miorine’s Sunlit Garden: Flower Language and Shades of Utena in The Witch From Mercury

Take my revolution. There are a few specific things you can say to me that will make me check out an anime faster than “This draws from Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Revolutionary Girl Utena.” Utena is a series that I hold close to my heart in a way that has actually been detrimental to doing any sort of public analysis. I’ve avoided writing about Utena directly...

Mon Oct 10, 2022 23:07
“Longing sometimes gets the better of instinct” — revisiting the desires of the Made in Abyss trio (and Mitty)

“Unlike us, you’re a hollow from the old ritual site, aren’t you? You have a real life. You must have been protected by a very powerful desire.” -Majikaja to Nanachi, Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun, Episode 3 When Majikaja loosely explains the rules of the hollows’ village, Iruburu, he also speaks of individuals’ desires...

Sat Aug 6, 2022 03:44
Reg’s mystery and more on animating the monstrous in Made in Abyss

Kou Yoshinari’s monster designs in Made in Abyss were visibly meant to be different than the humans of Orth and the Abyss from the first moment that a crimson splitjaw chased down Riko in the series’ premiere. The splitjaw moves differently and is animated in a way that makes it seem otherworldly and bizarre. This trend continued for all monsters...

Sat Jul 30, 2022 00:52
Visual bookending from Made in Abyss to The Golden City of the Scorching Sun

Made in Abyss’ second season begins with a sort of chronological bookending, placing Riko’s imminent arrival at The Capital of the Unreturned side-by-side with the journey of Vueko arriving at the same location 2,000 years in the past. As viewers, we know that the actions of Vueko’s group were likely instrumental in what eventually became Orth, a...

Thu Jul 21, 2022 22:18

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