I never thought I’d get so into the context behind an insufferable bunny-eared girl crying, but here I am praising just that only a day or so before the newest episode. I’ll just pretend that I haven’t been working on this post on and off for two weeks, and just wanted to get it out before more content possibly makes it obsolete. Thank you for getting more alright, Cinderella Girls Season Two. Read More
Another week, another MAL posts roundup. Still working my way into things, but I’ve fallen into a comfortable rhythm of 3 episodics and one analytical post per week. Might even bump it up to 2 non-episodics per week once I get my schedule sorted out. As I write the season preview for this site, I’m sure I can use the knowledge from there to write several posts for MAL. Oh yeah, that season preview is still coming. Anyway, here’s what I wrote last week.
Holy shit I never would have seen this particular reveal coming… if it weren’t for a few dutiful commenters. Of course it isn’t any less chilling, because something done well with sufficient build-up will still be good, regardless of whether you know it’s coming. That’s why every time I see the Garfield phone in Ninja Terminator I feel like all is right with the world. Gakkou Gurashi abides by the same principle, except it replaces Richard Harrison talking to a crime lord with a girl talking to people in blood-covered classrooms, one of whom may or may not exist. Exactly the same principle. Read More
I’ve wanted to talk for awhile about GATE aping the iconic helicopter approach of Apocalypse Now, and how it was incorporated into the larger picture with the grace of… well, a helicopter gunning down overzealous Conan the Barbarian cosplayers. I’ve also wanted to write something about this latest arc of Gakkou Gurashi that wasn’t just me repeating variants of “it’s good but I can’t really write much on it”. Now I can do both by talking about one anime that has a really really awkward reference to an iconic scene in an equally iconic film, and one that adapts a well-used trope in a way that fits contextually. It’s a tenuous connection, but work with me here. Read More
All right, it’s back to your regularly scheduled blogging. After spending the past month getting to grips with my newfound freedom at MAL, it’s back to The Cart Driver Dot Com to join my fellow writers in telling everyone what you should watch this season. Except you should only listen to me. And Inushinde too for this month at least. Just not Shinmaru.
Like Ren-chon, my first encounter with the death of a beloved pet came in first grade, with a small aquatic animal that I took way more pride in than I had any right to. Except instead of it being a bunch of shrimp that didn’t do anything but be cute in unique shrimpy ways, it was an asshole fish that at one point ate his tank-mate to the bone, leaving me with even less of an excuse for crying when it died. I guess the point of that lead-up is twofold: Kids will cry over anything, and I’m literally a grown up, male, non-purple-haired, non-Japanese, city-slicking Ren-chon. Read More