When it comes to anime and light novels, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an isekai series or six. Countless stories spanning many genres have used the person-travels-to-another-world premise. To borrow language from the infamous TV Tropes, the isekai concept has been played straight, played with, inverted, subverted, parodied, deconstructed, reconstructed, and more.… Read More The World Is Not Enough: Isekai and the Hope for More
If you want an exuberant perspective on the latest anime premiered at Funi-Con, TWWK has you covered. And now I’m here. Our perspectives may differ slightly. Or, you know, be totally completely different. We report, you decide, dear readers. Deca-Dence appears to be another post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime. The world was overrun by mysterious monsters called Gadoll,… Read More First Impression: Deca-Dence, Version 2.0, Now with Less Enthusiasm!
In this episode of the TangleCast, David, Peter, and Holly jump back in time to review a time traveling classic, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The image of Makoto leaping to the past has become iconic, but has this movie held up? And what can it teach us about the choices we make and… Read More TangleCast 77: The Podcast Who Leapt Through Time
If you were looking for a conclusive ending…then you haven’t been paying attention to Battle Angel Alita. Volume nine, which ends the manga run proper (Kodansha does bundle in an alternate ending of sorts and there are additional entrants in the series that continue the tale), is as furious in its action as volume eight,… Read More Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 9: And Our Story Goes On
As I mentioned last week, one can view Serial Experiments Lain as the story of a machine learning to become human, though unlike most series, Lain puts the audience in a position where we don’t know that the “machine” isn’t a human at first. Episode 11 goes a step further as Eiri explains to Lain… Read More Serial Experiments Lain Revisited: Episode 11
But, what are we to make of a mere revenant of our heroes surviving? Does the sacrifice of the many for the sake of the few diminish the value of the few’s survival?… Read More Examining Old School Anime: On Self-Sacrifice