Parody, when done well, can bring humor, thought, and heart to a topic that might be lacking in those qualities. In western otaku culture, anime parody has taken off in the form of “abridged series,” which often get to the heart of an anime’s theme in a clever, and as Team Trinity argue, more effective… Read More TangleCast 46: The Abridged Episode
You may not have realized that Veterans Day this year was an especially significant one, marking the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice. I usually don’t think much of the day, honestly—I thank my father for his service, post a grateful message on Facebook, and then the day pass, but perhaps because of commemoration last… Read More For God or Country? Violet Evergarden and Divided Allegiance
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Everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to be a hero. That’s why we love anime about heroes who conquer all odds. But what’s left for the good guys to do once they conquer? When all the odds have been even-ed? Are they heroic in the off-hours? Does one eat, drink, and do everything else as… Read More TangleCast 45: What’s More Than A Conqueror?
Like so many science fiction stories preceding and following it, Battle Angel Alita follows the journey of a robot (or in this case, cyborg) who is learning who she is, and in doing so, is discovering what it means to be a robot and what it is to be human. These kinds of tales excite… Read More Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 5: Of Lost Sheep, Scapegoats, Lions, and Lambs
2018 is waning and 2019 is coming near as I type. It is also a few days before Christmas as I type, though you will no doubt be reading these words after Christmas. I am planning on travelling with friends over Christmas, and hope you enjoyed your time over Christmas as well. Meanwhile, I have… Read More Ask Sensei: Happy 2019 Edition
Christmas is an incredibly nostalgic holiday for many of us, carrying those emotions in whenever the season rolls around. Because it happens yearly, it can be a time for us to remember the past, whether happy or sad. In our memories, we can reflect on how our attitudes and positions in life have changed over… Read More The 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Angel Beats!