Nichijou: Fall Down Seven Times, Laugh It Up Eight

Nichijou: Fall Down Seven Times, Laugh It Up Eight

When circumventing the conventions of genre, it’s important to either tread carefully, or avoid it altogether. Tropes and standards keep us safe: they provide a sense of unified human experience. A story may hold different perspectives from different authors, but thanks to genre conventions these stories also maintain a kind of universal cohesion. Then, an ..

Manga Mavericks EP. 25 – “To Your Eternity”

Manga Mavericks EP. 25 – “To Your Eternity”

It’s been a while since we’ve had a relatively straight-forward episode with just our two Mavericks discussing the news, huh? Well, don’t get used to it. We’ve got a lot of plans and a lot of guests booked for the show for the next couple of weeks. But it’s nice to get back to basics ..

Manga Mavericks EP. 15: “Some Things Never Die (Like Pokemon)”

Manga Mavericks EP. 15: “Some Things Never Die (Like Pokemon)”

It’s kinda crazy that Pokemon is more popular than ever internationally twenty years later. Pokemon Go was a phenomenon, the hype for Sun & Moon grows more and more like an Exeggutor every day, and there was a huge uproar over Ash losing his match with Alain in the finals of the Kalos League in ..

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Vol. 1

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Vol. 1

Volume one of FukuFuku Kitten Tales is the kind of story anyone can read and enjoy, young or old. There is nothing objectionable in it nor is it a particularly tension driven read. Ultimately, Kitten Tales is just a simple story of an elderly woman and her cat. Frankly, there is nothing wrong with that

Manga Madness: Tropic of the Sea by Satoshi Kon

Manga Madness: Tropic of the Sea by Satoshi Kon

What seems like ages ago now, and when I was far too young to do so, I was taken to see Perfect Blue at a local theater. To say my young mind wasn’t able to fully process what I saw would be an understatement, but that didn’t stop the movie from leaving a significant lasting ..

Manga Moment #2: PLUTO, Black Jack and Wolfsmund

Manga Moment #2: PLUTO, Black Jack and Wolfsmund

Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volumes 2 and 3 So on the last Manga Moment, I mentioned how the first volume of Pluto, which is based/a reimaging of Tezuka’s Astro Boy, wasn’t enough to satisfy my curiosity and that I definitely was going to be picking up more. Remember that? Well, I went out and picked ..

Manga Monday: Pink, It’s the Color of Passion

By Kyoko Okazaki Real fairy tales don’t have a happy ending; life, real or fictional, just isn’t that simple. Pink by Kyoko Okazaki explores life as a distorted fable, a cautionary tale which ignores the caution it seeks to convey. Each character lives in a world of delusion, mostly guided by their unwillingness to accept ..

Manga Monday: The “M” Word, and Gundam: The Origin

Manga Monday: The “M” Word, and Gundam: The Origin

For fans of anime and manga, the word “Mech” can yield a full spectrum of responses. An expression of excited outburst, a groan of exacerbated contempt, and a head tilt of complete ignorance are all very real reactions evoked by the “M” word. Regardless of position, what started as a sub-genre quickly evolved it’s on ..