Space Dandy Episode 5 is there to tell us that Dandy is a lousy warrior, a lousy adventurer, but a decent guy who would make a good father.
It should be obvious that TV is not real life and so one must be careful about imitating the behavior seen on TV.
So let’s take that thought and apply it to religion/magic in anime.
Wicked City is like a soft-core porn OVA interspersed with a well-drawn adventure story.
Years of Internet-delivered “explicit content” have jaded me. Soft-core porn looks ridiculously old-fashioned to me now. But I don’t doubt that Wicked City was very shocking and stimulating when it first came out.
The nudity isn’t limited to various female demons. The hero gets a lot of opportunities to flex his muscles with his shirt off. This show offers equal-opportunity voyeurism.
We still haven’t seen a significant appearance from the cute office-lady who has a prominent place in the opening. She got a little screen time during Episode 2, but given her position in the opening, I would expect her to be a major character.
Episode 4 is mostly about wise proverbs, some of which are deeper than others.
The Lunar New Year is upon us. It is the Year of the Horse.
A Ki-Rin is a mythical creature with some slight resemblance to a horse, and there’s a Ki-Rin in Pet Shop of Horrors, so the Year of the Horse is a good time to discuss Pet Shop of Horrors.
Stress-activated super-power awakening is a celebrated stereotype of 20th-century fiction. The excellent textbook Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga names this trope “No, Boom,” because a potential super-heroine is put under stress, to which she screams, “NO!” and then her telekinetic super-powers awaken and destroy the bad guys with a huge “BOOM!”
Continue reading Wizard Barristers Episode 3: No, BOOM!
I’m glad to see the young woman has a messed-up face. Now every major character has a messed-up face.
Continue reading Pupa Episode 3; everybody’s got a messed-up face