Beautiful Fighting Girl

By Saito Tamaki To sum this book up: interesting, but unfortunately Freudian. Very focused on phallus centered interpretation and suffered besides from a bad case of male-gaze-as-only-gaze logical fallacy. Complete willing silence on female creators of manga, anime, and female characters, as well ignoring female consumers of such. Truly, some good insight is posed, it’s more of what’s unsaid – any and all female agency … Continue reading Beautiful Fighting Girl

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is a high estrogen thrill ride with plot twists, raunchy humor, and a feminist agenda. The title, which sounds a little odd in English, is the phonetic pronunciation of the Japanese title, which was the only way to preserve the clever pun: “kiru” when spoken can mean one of three things, either “to cut,” “to wear,” or “to kill.” A literal translation … Continue reading Kill la Kill

Natsume Yuujinchou

I don’t know why this wasn’t my first review – Natsume’s Book of Friends is probably one of my all time favorite series. If you’re interested in Japanese mythology, monster hunter stories, or spirit friendship, the Book of Friends is the show for you. Consisting of vignettes and short story arcs, this slice of life, bittersweet, feel good anime is the perfect watch for rainy … Continue reading Natsume Yuujinchou

The Ring Companion

Meikle, Denis. The Ring Companion. Titan Books, 2005. For my resources on Ring and The Ring: click here, or here for my Ring novel review. While this a definitive resource on the facts surrounding the various Ring films – of which many are included and examined in this book – the author’s tone is remarkably pretentious. He introduces his research by stating that his book … Continue reading The Ring Companion

Bakemonogatari

Sometimes visuals are more important than plot. The Bakemonogatari series follows a simple supernatural harem story: the major catches of the series are the stunning visuals and unique, fluid animations with beautifully detailed urban backgrounds in a silent, empty world – and the in media res beginning and surreal, nonlinear order that the series order follows. There are two ways to watch the series: the chronological order … Continue reading Bakemonogatari

The Ring

Barnett, Janet, and Randy Russell. The Granny Curse And Other Ghosts And Legends From East Tennessee. Winston-Salem, NC: J.F. Blair, 1999. Blake, Linnie. “Nihonjinron, Women, Horror: Post-war National Identity and the Spirit of Subaltern Vengeance in Ringu and The Ring.” In The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity, 44-68. Manchester University Press, 2008. Bräunlein, Peter J. “Spirits in and of Southeast … Continue reading The Ring

Revolutionary Girl Utena

By Chiho Saito There is something both epically heroic and tragically Shakespearian about this series. A valorous knight fighting to save a trapped princess is a tale as old as time, and modernizations of such a familiar plot are abundant, especially as romances. Utena is one such series. It features a helpless princess trapped in poor circumstances and kept under guard by a band of … Continue reading Revolutionary Girl Utena