Some Reflections on Evangelion

This show, right? It seems like you can’t be a part of the anime community without encountering Neon Genesis Evangelion, either for better or for worse. It continues to confuse and fascinate and has sparked everything from waifu arguments to reinventing entire genres and character archetypes since it aired in 1995. To celebrate NGE’s release onto Netflix, I wanted to spend some time unpacking just what it has going for it, why you should care, and where to go from here. Let’s get to it!

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The Fate Franchise and Me

About 2 months ago I had the opportunity to watch Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel II. Lost Butterfly in theatres, which was really an incredible experience! It got me thinking about my history with the Fate franchise and what this property in particular has going for it that makes it so successful. Not only that, but it got me thinking specifically about how I know so little about Fate, but continue to enjoy it without watching everything that’s out there. And clearly this is important for me because I’m still thinking about it several months later!  So then, let’s explore some aspects of Fate’s franchise.

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The Secret of Kells: Illuminating Animation

Long time no meta! I have a bit of a self-made tradition: every St. Patrick’s Day I sit myself down and enjoy the 2009 animated film, The Secret of Kells. There’s just something about this gorgeous and methodical story that makes it the perfect way for me to have my own little holiday without going too crazy. I want to do a bit of a meta analysis on the movie today, mostly focusing on style and how it plays into the narrative that Kells explores. Without further ado, let’s begin!

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Sports Anime Breakdown: Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!!

Over the past few months we’ve seen a lot of major sports events come and go such as the World Cup and the Pyeongchang Olympics, both of which saw some really incredible results! As I watched these events, I started to wonder how sports are treated in anime. What makes it tick? How does each show differ? Let’s find out! This post has been a long time in the making and will definitely result in more articles like it focusing on other sports anime, but for now I want to look at two giants of the genre: Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!!

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Yuri on Ice Part 3: Fairy Tale, Storytelling and Media

Hi and welcome back! After my last post on Yuri on Ice’s narrative, it didn’t feel right leaving out what got me interested in this subject in the first place: storytelling! If you have not yet read my other posts on YOI, I suggest you do that to make sense of what I talk about here. Part 1 is on the Victuri dynamic, and Part 2 is on secondary characters and skating programs. This time round, I hope to focus on how YOI uses stories and media to connect ideas to larger audiences. Without further ado, onto the analysis!

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Yuri on Ice Part 2: Figure Skating, Secondary Characters, and the Love Narrative

Welcome back! In my last post covering Yuri on Ice, I focused on the use of love in the narrative of the show, with particular attention to the dynamic of Victor and Yuri. If you haven’t read it yet, you probably should to make sense of the points I develop here. This time around, I will be looking into how secondary characters, figure skating, and various storytelling techniques aim to expand on love in the show. As we will discover, figure skating is not only the sport of choice, but a great narrative device that YOI uses to elaborate on love.  Continue reading “Yuri on Ice Part 2: Figure Skating, Secondary Characters, and the Love Narrative”