Episode 2 had some incredibly primitive animation, but a lot of snappy writing and energy. Whoever is directing it is doing a good job maintaining the momentum and energy level so that the audience doesn’t notice it’s a silly farce with good jokes.
The solitary male character is shaping up as a very Japanese hero – a strong, silent, self-sacrificing samurai from an old, dignified family.
This painting is from a cool blogger called Raphael:
I have discovered this cool blogger called Raphael due to the following exchange:
I must note, with a snort of disdain, that not one but two reviewers I read in preparation of this article mistake Tascela’s vampire craving for the life and youth of Valeria as a sexual attraction. (This is because we live in a culture, dear readers, as corrupt as that of the degenerates of Xuchotl.)
January 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm
To be fair, the notes at the back of my Del Rey edition (The Conquering Sword of Conan) argues that Howard was in fact exploring lesbianism in Red Nails.
Continue reading Raphael on Conan’s troubled creator, REH
I suspect this gif will animate if the viewer clicks it, but I would like to arrange it so that it animates automatically.
I don’t know much about art.
I know that I like a lot of pre-modern European art, and I hate a lot of modern stuff like Jackson Pollock.
Continue reading Visual art from the 18th or 19th centuries
Remember how charming it was for a silly squid-girl with humorous super-powers to try to invade Japan?
Wasn’t that just adorable?
Here’s the bad news: the little girl from Sekai Seifuku Bouryaku no Zvezda is much less adorable than Ika Musume.
Continue reading Shinryaku, shinryaku, shinryaku, shinryaku, Sekai Seifuku musume!
No matter how narrowly or broadly we define the term “politics,” superheroes—by their very nature as cultural representations of super-empowered individuals—mirror, comment on, and sometimes parody the kinds of ideas, movements, policies, and institutions that interest political scientists. From their inception, superheroes have interacted with elected officials, political candidates, and law enforcement personnel. Costumed heroes have been involved in wars both cold and hot, engaged in espionage, campaigned for public office, endorsed political causes, and even gone on strike. They have taken stands on public controversies from the Vietnam War to gay marriage, and their stories routinely reference and comment on real-world events, from rising crime rates to catastrophic terrorism.
Can you believe they got paid to write this?
Continue reading Political scientists get paid to analyze superheroes
Actually, it’s not all that surprising when a female writer pens an anti-feminist tale.
Consider the Twilight series. That was profoundly anti-feminist, and it was written by a woman. The simple fact is that many women don’t enjoy the demands of feminism and would rather throw in with traditional feminine sex roles.
In the case of Rumiko Takahashi’s Fire Tripper, I think the writer simply wasn’t feeling thrilled with modernity.
Continue reading Rumiko Takahashi’s anti-feminist Fire Tripper
If you haven’t seen the first season of Gin No Saji, you should watch that first.
Continue reading You should be watching Gin No Saji