How to Avoid Bad Love Triangles

This love triangle is like the Power Glove. It looks cool, but it’s SO BAD! 😉

 

First of all, my apologies for a long, looooong layoff of six months since I last posted here. That was in large part due to inspiration simply not striking for me over that span of time. But now, thanks to an anime awesomely trainwrecking, intensely invigorated inspiration has struck anew! And since this triangular trainwreck is mainly due to a love triangle gone horribly awry, I feel inspired to talk a bit on the topic of love triangles. Continue reading “How to Avoid Bad Love Triangles”

Top 10 Female Anime Characters of 2011

As promised, here’s the next part in my three-part 2011 Anime Year in Review series. From the Top 10 Male Anime Characters of 2011 we now move on to the fairer sex, as we count down the Top 10 Female Anime Characters of 2011. As for why I’m promoting this with a Madoka Magica group picture, it’s because no fewer than 3 of these 5 girls made my Top 10 list, and the other 2 could be considered ‘honorable mentions’. To find out which three made it, and precisely where they finished, please read on! 😉 Continue reading “Top 10 Female Anime Characters of 2011”

Anime Year in Review: Top 10 Male Characters of 2011

Over the next few days, I intend to put up a series of blog entries here on Rabbit Poets, all with the goal of looking back on what proved to be a coolly captivating comeback year for anime. These blog entires will focus on the characters, and anime shows, that I felt contributed the most to making this one of the finest years of anime in recent memory. Please join with me as we take one last look at 2011, before we ring in the New Year of 2012. Continue reading “Anime Year in Review: Top 10 Male Characters of 2011”

Why Gen Urobuchi is taking the anime world by storm.

2011 has been a really riveting renaissance year for anime, as we’ve seen anime Blu-Ray sales stunningly soar, and strong new offerings in the magical girl and sci-fi genres, both of which had badly needed some scintillating sparks to move them forward again. Perhaps no lone person has played a bigger role in this year of recovery for the anime world than Gen Urobuchi, and in this blog post, I will explore why he’s been received so well and been rather effective. Continue reading “Why Gen Urobuchi is taking the anime world by storm.”

How to do Plot Twists in the TV Tropes Era

Why Modern Plot Twists Sometimes Meet With Derisive Laughter

 

In recently watching Blood-C Episode 11, and reading some viewer reaction to it, a certain fact became abundantly clear to me. That fact is that “Anime creators and writers have not adapted their storytelling approach for the TV Tropes era”. This is something I’ve suspected for awhile now, but Blood-C’s latest episode turned my suspicion into knowledge. So this blog entry is dedicated to exploring how to do effective plot twists in the TV Tropes era.

Now, before I continue, let it be said that this blog entry will include some spoilers. Most of these will only be implicit spoilers, however. Continue reading “How to do Plot Twists in the TV Tropes Era”

Steins;Gate : Keeping it Real

This isn’t a Steins;Gate Episode 22 review so much as its a broader commentary on a certain character type that Steins;Gate has done an exemplary job of portraying. That character type is the tsundere, displayed beautifully by one Kurisu Makise. In this blog, I will discuss how Kurisu has almost single-handedly rescued this character type from complete mendacity, and into something strikingly sincere. Continue reading “Steins;Gate : Keeping it Real”

Anohana Series Review

Anohana has ended up as a superbly sparkling success, as it is both commercially soaring, and critically acclaimed.

And yet, as good as Anohana was, I have to admit a slight degree of surprise over this. Which is why I spent some time puzzling over just what made Anohana become received so well by domestic (i.e. Japanese) and foreign audiences alike. In this blog, I will share what I’ve come up with, while also reviewing this anime in general.
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SHAFT overtaking KyoAni.

...and this picture helps explain why. 😉

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

Read through the first post on that anime thread carefully. Take particular note of Nichijou’s DVD sales figures. And let it sink in that these sub-1000 sales is for a Kyoto Animation anime.

Kyoto Animation pulling down fewer than a thousand DVD sales from Nichijou is truly a clamorously careering collapse for what previously seemed like the ultimate brand name in the industry. But due to that collapse, and the meteoric Madoka Magica rise, I would argue that SHAFT has now overtaken Kyoto Animation as the biggest and strongest name in the anime industry. In this blog, I will go on to explain how we’ve come to this point, and what it means for Kyoto Animation, SHAFT, and the anime industry as a whole. Continue reading “SHAFT overtaking KyoAni.”