I remember Cardcaptor Sakura from the days when Cartoon Network (my then favorite channel) aired most of the big shonen and shojo hits of the era. Although I liked it (Sakura was the sole reason I owned a couple of roller skates), for some reason, I didn’t remember much of the show itself growing up. I suspect it might have been because it aired while I had school, which would, of course, mean that I never watched it much, but I’m not really sure. However, I’ve always wanted to go back to it, and the winter season bringing us a sequel was the push I needed it to finally do so.
Ever since I wrote about the troubling ways Ranma 1/2 deals with femininity, I was left thinking about the things I do like about Rumiko Takahashi’s works. One of them it’s the ways she expresses humor through her art. There are visual gags and quirks that are present in practically all her works–which might not be unique to them, but are still used so effectively. Ranma 1/2 it’s basically made of them; it helps give the story that “anything goes” nonsense vibe.
That’s why I think it’s fitting to focus on this work to highlight said gags. Although there are plenty of them that I enjoy, some certainly amused me more than others. Here are my favorites:
Last year, Yuri!!! On Ice took the anime community by storm. Whether it was from the passionate portrayal of figure skating, the queer romance, or the sincere way it cared for its characters, it resonated with many. I’m no exception. For a little context: I always felt a lot of interest in the LGBT community, … Continue reading How Yuri!!! On ICE helped me understand myself [AniFem]
When I read Ranma ½ during my first year of high school, I fell in love with Rumiko Takahashi’s signature expressive art. I loved her colorful cast just as much, always getting caught up in over-the-top situations. Like many people, I remember it fondly. Yet the older I get, the harder it is to ignore … Continue reading My Fave is Problematic: Ranma 1/2 [AniFem]
For many, Japan is as famous for their horror stories as they are for anime and manga. And for good reason; there is something about Japanese tales that perfectly captures what makes for a truly chilling story. Such tales often reflect the fears, beliefs, and concerns of society at the time. Consequently, many of the … Continue reading 5 Fearsome Women In Japanese Horror Stories [Yattatachi]
One of my favorite series My Hero Academia just wrapped its second season today. Over this past few months, I greatly enjoyed watching new episodes each week, and it saddens me to see it end.
As a lover of both shonen and the superheroes genre, it almost seems like MHA and I were meant to be. It’s not perfect, of course, not even close. In fact, even though I’ve been a big fan of both genres since forever, they aren’t always easy to love.
Lately, I’ve been reading Patti Bellantoni’s “If It’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling”, because I love learning about color. I promise that my obsession with purple it’s not related to that catchy title, although I have to admit that it’s a color that always seems to find me.
While reading this book (which use live-action films as examples), I got the idea to kickstart what I hope can be a series of “spotting” the use of color in the shows I’m watching. This is mostly because I find interesting how anime and cartoons can get away with portraying things in more exaggerated, artificial ways, meaning that artists can take certain liberties that live-action filmakers might not. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s use of color it’s a very interesting example.
I made a video based on one of the first articles of this blog. It’s the first time I record by myself, and I had a little difficulty with my mic in terms of volume/mouth-to-mic distance/cursed background noise. Also, I cringe every time I listen to my voice (I’m a Very Awkward nerd). But!… I think this turned out pretty well. I certainly had a lot of fun editing!