But in fact, it’s surprisingly easy to over-use the “bounty hunter” trope, because it imposes very few restrictions on the writers.
In modern fiction the assumed way to become a vampire is to be bitten by one. La Fanu used the old legend that vampirism is the result and curse from suicide.(7) When she was human Carmilla attempted to get attention from her family that she felt ignored her by trying to kill herself. Unfortunately the attempt went too far and she was cursed to come back and feed of the blood of the living. This was actually a pretty common belief of the cause of vampires prior to Dracula.(8) Continue reading Some serious literary criticism about Carmilla from Dave’s Corner of the Universe
So now we come to Flamenco Girl. She too likes to fight evildoers, but she seems primarily motivated to do good only if it combats her boredom. To put it in a different way, goodness is a mere byproduct of what she does. Is that a harsh assessment? Maybe, but I get the feeling she cares less about the people she saves and more about kicking thugs in the balls (what does she do to female thugs?).
I hesitate to direct anyone to Sankaku Complex, because they tend to have a lot of porn ads that are in poor taste.
Relatively few men in civilized countries are athletic enough to take their shirts off in public without embarrassment.
Even among that pool of athletic guys, few have the body fat percentage required to wear a loincloth like that.
The thing about samurai is that when they were warriors, they weren’t very specialized as samurai, and by the time that they had developed bushido into a uniquely polished specialization, they were aesthetes, poets, and bureaucrats, not bloody warfighters and life-takers.
One anime that expresses the surprising nature of samurai history is Hyouge Mono. I really liked the concept behind that show, but I couldn’t get into it. Watching it was a chore for me, so I dropped it.
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Remember how Joshiraku was about normal young women in their 20s, and it was just so cute and pretty and witty and wise?
If you were to take that color-coded sewing circle and turn it inside-out, you would find the despair and misery of Turning Girls.
Continue reading Turning Girls is the dark, depressing, realistic antidote to Joshiraku
Let us celebrate diversity.
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