Have Your Christmas Cake and Eat It, Too!

December 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

No posts for the next couple of weeks, since I’m home for the holidays and away from the computer. In the meantime, why not contemplate the most seasonal of anime tropes, the Christmas cake — not the baked dessert, but the unmarried woman over the age of twenty-five?

Kuroi Nanako contemplates her fate as a Christmas cake in Lucky Star

Kuroi Nanako contemplates a Christmas cake in Lucky Star

Yeah, I know it’s impossibly sexist in concept, but I’ve also found that some of the most sympathetic and complex portrayals of female characters in the medium come out of its use. All the anxieties of adulthood — growing impostor syndrome, narrowing social circles, and recurring romantic failure — are contained in the paternalistic disapproval of any given women experiencing loneliness in her late twenties. Really, in some recent shows, like My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, the writing itself is sympathetic to characters like Hiratsuka Shizuka, depicted as unfairly short-changed by a society that doesn’t properly value strength, intelligence, and ambition in women.

In the meantime, contemplate the best execution of the trope, courtesy of KyoAni’s 2007 anime Lucky Star and the online video service DailyMotion! Start around 16:34.

Wednesdays Watching Anime – Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!

December 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Our OP for this week is “Sparkling Daydream” by ZAQ, from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!.

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Key Frames, Episode 06: Only Six Episodes

December 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

No Wednesdays Watching Anime this week. Instead, we have Key Frames’ seventh episode, all about perennial favorite from GAINAX in 2000, FLCL!

Another episode of Key Frames: A Podcast About Anime

Another episode of Key Frames: A Podcast About Anime

Honestly, I have to crow a little bit about how good the discussion on this episode is. Maybe it’s just that we’re talking about a well-recognized classic, with the full knowledge that “classic” has an ever-changing and often-declining value in the discourse, but I think we all say some things that are worth listening here.

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Hair Product or Video Game Quiz

December 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hello and welcome back for another round of “Hair Product or Video Game!”

Final Fantasy Hair

You know the rules: I give you a list of 50 items and you tell me which are hair products and which video games.

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A Handy Motif in Neon Genesis Evangelion

December 3, 2015 § 1 Comment

Hey, just a thought… We all know about the visual match between Rei’s blood on Shinji’s hand in the first episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the embryonic Adam in Gendo’s hand in the director’s cut of episode twenty-four, and the semen on Shinji’s hand in an early scene from End of Evangelion, right? I mean, if you don’t, the image is out there and it’s fairly interesting, although the apparent consensus is that it’s merely an aesthetic choice with no thematic meaning attached to it.

Anyway, while rewatching parts of End of Evangelion, like one does, I noticed another visual match that also has to do with hands. First, there is the iconic shot from the OP of Neon Genesis Evangelion, where the bloodied hand of EVA 01 dangles by its side, presumably following the berserk rage for which that unit becomes known during the series.

The bloody hand of EVA 01 from the OP of Neon Genesis Evangelion

The bloody hand of EVA 01 from the OP of Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Wednesdays Watching Anime – Humanity Has Declined

December 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Sorry for missing last week, but it was the day before Thanksgiving and I was overwhelmed. I’ll make it up to you by picking one of my favorites: the OP for Humanity Has Declined, “Real World” by nano.RIPE!

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