Anime Challenge Day 4 – My Favorite Female Anime Character

Day 3 If the competition for favorite male anime character was a small, local tournament, the female competition is EVO by comparison. Strong in design, personality and what they represent, I won’t be able to justice to them all, so don’t assume word count is proportional to quality. I’ll have an honorable mentions section at … Continue reading Anime Challenge Day 4 – My Favorite Female Anime Character

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The Power of Silence in Art & Anime

The power of silence as an artistic tool is habitually overlooked by our fast-paced society. Yet, its common expressions, such as the gap of sound before the bass drops, the silent treatment, or even just a meaningful pause all exemplify its strength in even our culture. Based on the absence of experience, silence breaks up the … Continue reading The Power of Silence in Art & Anime

It’s Lonely at the Top: On the Woes of Having Perfect Taste

I have perfect taste. It’s perfect not because I’ve been trained in criticism under a master (I haven’t), or because I’ve seen 1000's of anime (I haven’t even broken 100), but because I’m me, and for nearly all intents and purposes my own taste is the only one I need to worry about. If you’re … Continue reading It’s Lonely at the Top: On the Woes of Having Perfect Taste

Kare Kano’s Ecosystem of Development

In “Why Hideaki Anno’s Characters Feel Like Real People”, I described why a constantly adapting and changing character is more compelling than one whose development happens in short spurts. Even more compelling are an entire system of characters that become defined by their interactions with each other. Everything is changing, and reacting to everything else, … Continue reading Kare Kano’s Ecosystem of Development

Why Hideaki Anno’s Characters Feel Real

When I first saw Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, I thought its approach of creating psychologically dense and nuanced characters was specific only to itself, but as I’ve watched more anime I’ve discovered that introspection and the harkening back to a characters’ childhood is not unique to Eva. Among many other anime, Welcome to the … Continue reading Why Hideaki Anno’s Characters Feel Real