Between the Panels: #TeamJean – Choosing Mercy

Disclaimer: COLOSSAL SPOILERS BELOW! (See what I did there?) If you have only watched the Attack on Titan anime and are not caught up to the current manga, please turn away now and save yourself some suffering. Given the events of Attack on Titan chapter 83, I’m surprised some Etsy opportunist hasn’t already capitalized on… Continue reading Between the Panels: #TeamJean – Choosing Mercy

Between the Panels: Simple Good, Subtle Evil

Last week, while I was at Megacon, I met Vic Mignogna for the first time. People started lining up an hour in advance for his panel, and by the time the doors opened that line had snaked down the entire hall. The moment he bounced on-stage, I understood why: Vic is certainly famous for his… Continue reading Between the Panels: Simple Good, Subtle Evil

Between the Panels: Sewing Seeds, Saving Shinji

I’ve been on a Fate kick recently. I originally thought the franchise to be contained to a few anime adaptations and visuals novels. Boy, was I wrong. Weeks later, I’m still wading through light novels, manga, and video games and starting to realize that the anime is a (very budget-backed) drop in the proverbial bucket… Continue reading Between the Panels: Sewing Seeds, Saving Shinji

Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

At first glance, the uncanny merging of Christianity with Trigun’s western/sci-fi antics seems as unlikely as Vash and Wolfwood’s apprehensive friendship. But the implausible combination ultimately works as irony—one that reflects the protagonist Vash’s many apparent contradictions: pacifist/gun-slinger, wanted criminal/savior, demon/angel. Try justifying those personas within a single person, and you have the enigma that… Continue reading Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

Between the Panels: A Reason to Live (Ch. 1)

Imagine a re-telling of Death Note where Light has a conscience, Ryuk is cute, and those “lucky” few with Shinigami angels over their shoulders participate in the Holy Grail War, a la Fate Stay Night. Imagine no further. It’s a thing. Platinum End, dream duo Tsugumi Ohba’s and Takeshi Obata’s latest brainchild, hit the Jump… Continue reading Between the Panels: A Reason to Live (Ch. 1)

Between the Panels: Smiling, Sora-Style

What’s your New Year’s resolution? There’s plenty of great ones out there: lose weight, eat better, exercise more, spend more time with family, master a new hobby… Or maybe you’re like me and didn’t make one. My ability to uphold New Year’s resolutions has been less than successful in the past, so I prefer to… Continue reading Between the Panels: Smiling, Sora-Style

Between the Panels: The Power in Link’s Silence

In a bout of nostalgia, I re-opened the manga adaptation of my favorite video game of all time, half expecting to hear the anticipative “hidden item” fanfare as I did so. As a child, I specifically remember the hero of Ocarina of Time capturing my interest. Link was both admirable and player-impressionable, which allowed me… Continue reading Between the Panels: The Power in Link’s Silence

Between the Panels: Disciples of e(L) – (Ch. 40)

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When it comes to Christian allusions, Death Note pulls no punches. Whether it’s an artistic replication of The Fall of Man by Michelangelo, Light’s literal taking of the forbidden fruit, or the Gregorian choirs, crucifixes, and god-complexes, there’s a bit of Christian influence sprinkled across every chapter (and episode) of the series. Perhaps the most… Continue reading Between the Panels: Disciples of e(L) – (Ch. 40)

Between the Panels: Armin Arlert will never be Erwin Smith (Ch. 74)

A whopping 74 chapters later, and Armin gets the credit he deserves. Finally. I can’t be the only one frustrated by this tiny tactician’s utter lack of recognition. When he’s not being replaced by the more statistically popular Levi Ackerman in official franchise artwork, Armin’s either bent on putting himself down or enduring out-lash from… Continue reading Between the Panels: Armin Arlert will never be Erwin Smith (Ch. 74)

Between the Panels: Hope and Homecoming

It’s been a rough ride for Eren and his fellow Scouts, but after seventy-three chapters of black-and-blue heartache and falsified hope, he’s finally one step closer to that ever-elusive basement. Whether due to my vivid imagination or my familiarity with the anime’s sounds, I often hear the Attack on Titan manga as clearly as I… Continue reading Between the Panels: Hope and Homecoming