[Script] Darling in the Franxx’s Politics aren’t Just Bad, They’re Nonsensical

Look, Darling in the Franxx has bad politics. While you might disagree if you’re someone who tends to empathize with more traditionalist social values, most who range from the center to the left would have at least a minor problem with its prescriptions on how the world does and should work, particularly in regards to gender. But that’s not all that interesting to me. I’ve spent the last 6 months reading people in my circles complain about it and those complaints are almost entirely valid but they’re also remarkably dull at this point, utterly lacking any spark. A full video on that alone would be a simple rehash and given that I’m interested in improving my content, that’s not something I’d be willing to make.

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[Script] The 5 Spring 2018 Yuri Anime You NEED to Check Out

Outright yuri anime aren’t particularly common but anime with some degree of yuri in them certainly are. From light subtext to lesbian side-characters, the genre has at least a bit of representation in every season of anime, though not always in a positive sense. That said, it can be hard to know which shows have some amount of yuri without watching all of them and it can be even harder to know which works are actually good from that selection. So, I decided that in my role as the foremost yuri anituber, I may as well make a round-up of yuri this spring season. Given that I hardly had the time to watch and finish everything, I will be relying on knowledge from others for a few of the shows I’ll be talking about.

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[Script] Kunihiko Ikuhara: A Revolutionary Director of Anime

Prologue

Do you spend a lot of time in critical anime circles? Do your friends talk about shows that range from Eva to Aria to The Tatami Galaxy to Urusei Yatsura? Are your discussions the kind where anime is often talked about in terms of its impact on the medium or its value from various perspectives on literary criticism? Alternatively, do you spend your time in queer or feminist circles? Are Sailor Moon, Yuri on Ice, and Wandering Son considered sacred texts in the places you frequent?

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[Script] The Devil of Regret – Kanbaru Suruga

Kanbaru Suruga is a character defined by regret. That might not sound like an uncommon statement to use in regards to a Monogatari character. Hitagi regrets her inability to save her mother and play the perfect daughter. Mayoi regrets her early passing and the foolish acts that led to it. Shinobu regrets the monstrous decisions she’s made in her centuries as a vampire, the many killings and betrayals, the simple horrifying boredom of it all. This is a series where regret is the norm, a crushing weight that every one of our characters must somehow lift themselves from.

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[Script] How Comic Girls Nails its Genre

It’s too early to definitively determine anime of the season and with fantastic contenders like Hinamatsuri, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Megalo Box, I won’t even try and do that here. What I am willing to say is that as of the time I wrote this, Comic Girls is the anime I’ve thought about the most this season, and it’s not even close. That’s not to say it’s some revolutionary work, one which requires deep analysis to understand and appreciate. No, that’s very much not the case. It’s just good. Really good. Perhaps one of my favorite shows in its genre good and given that I’m a diehard fan of said genre, that’s saying something. Comic Girls is a show that I think every slice-of-life fan, every cute girl fan, and every yuri fan needs to check out, alongside some others because it’s got a hell of a lot of points of appeal.

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[Script] Tadakoi vs Wotakoi: The Construction of Romantic Comedies

There are two decent romcom anime this season. On the one hand, we have Love is Hard for Otaku, or Wotakoi, and on the other, we have Tada Never Falls in Love, or Tadakoi. The similar abbreviations are hardly the only reason to compare them. Romcoms are a fairly well-played genre at this point, inside and outside of anime. Their general tropes and storytelling techniques vary, to be sure, but there are clear commonalities across them. Perhaps even more than for other genres, it’s instructive to compare how different romcoms succeed and fail so that we can get at the heart of what makes them work in a broader sense. These two are an excellent case study in that, seeing as both have their share of very different positives and negatives, so let’s break those apart and figure out what it takes to make romantic comedies work in the realm of anime.

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