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My Way or the Anime – The Allure of Incest

Best imouto is best.

Here we go, my future career in politics is well and truly dead. Let’s talk about why incest keeps popping up in anime & manga, despite the fact that I think we can all agree it’s kind of icky in real life.

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October 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm Comments (163)

My Way or the Anime – The Four Facets of Slice-of-Life

And the secret fifth facet, Minoru Shiraishi.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing for the upcoming season preview lately, and for a while it seemed like every show I was previewing was slice-of-life. I don’t know if there are more slice-of-life shows now-a-days or if I just picked every one of them to preview (which is likely), but in trying to figure out which shows to suggest to you, and for what reasons, I inadvertently came up with a framework by which to describe and/or judge slice-of-life shows. These are the four most common facets which modern slice-of-life anime and manga stories employ: atmosphere, characters, cuteness, and comedy, and a special fifth one, because I’m a cheater like that.

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June 11, 2013 at 8:01 am Comments (59)

My Way or the Anime – OPs & EDs

I’m never too busy to reference six of my favorite shows in a single post.

I’ve been saving this post for a week when I was really busy, because I knew I would be able to write this one quickly. For those who have followed some of the series I’ve blogged, you will recognize this as an old rant, but I think it’s one worth expounding upon, or at least one I’ll enjoy talking about at length. Here’s the crux of my argument: anime studios should use every aspect under their control to enhance the story they’re telling, including two of the most frequently neglected elements, the OP and ED.

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May 29, 2013 at 8:07 am Comments (141)

My Way or the Anime – Trainwreck Fantastic

It hasn’t gone completely off the rails yet, but it will. It’s coming. I feel it!

I’ve always had an affinity for a good trainwreck, which is something I know many people do not share. I think that’s a shame, because trainwrecks can be really entertaining. They may not have a good plot, relatable characters, a realistic setting, or to be honest, make any damn sense at all, but that’s okay because when it comes right down to it, they’re damn fun to watch!

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May 20, 2013 at 9:11 am Comments (169)

My Way or the Anime – When Filler Isn’t

No, this isn’t going to be about slice of life, though it will get mentioned.

Filler has an undeniably bad reputation, and deservedly so. Yet I think some people see filler where there’s a great deal of worth.

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May 15, 2013 at 10:05 am Comments (90)

Serious Business – Original IPs, Niche Markets, and the Risks & Rewards Thereof

Profit vor!

I have a feeling last week’s post is going to spawn a few follow-ups. While the main thrust of my point there was thoroughly explored, a few other subjects were raised that I think deserve further exploration. This week will be one of those.

Let’s talk about original series.

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May 7, 2013 at 11:18 am Comments (106)

Special Report – The Strange Feminism of TV Free

The fujoushi revolution is HEEEERE!!

For those who haven’t heard, the KyoAni CM formerly known as “Swimming Anime” is officially going to be made into an anime known as Free.

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April 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm Comments (187)

My Way or the Anime – What Makes Good Sci-Fi Good

It’s like science, but with lying!

This is the season of sci-fi, so it only seems appropriate that I come roaring back to the editorial scene with a dissertation on the subject. Today, let’s plumb into the very heart of the matter: what makes a story sci-fi, and what makes a story really good sci-fi.

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April 23, 2013 at 8:50 am Comments (122)

On Blogging – My Philosophy on Aniblogging

By George, I think I’ve got it!

“Why do you blog about anime? I mean, what’s the point?”

More after the jump.

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November 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm Comments (79)

Special Report – We’re In This Together!

If you hurt one of us, you answer to all of us!

Thanks to my persistent laziness, this week yields another Stilts Out Loud: Special Report, where I partner up with another RandomC writer (and/or an underground Fight Club brawler…whoever is available) and talk about whatever entertains us. This week we have an article penned by none other than Stereoman, and to any of you who know her, the topic should come as no surprise. And if it does, I suggest you look at the title of this post. It sorta spells the whole thing out.

Erh, what was I talking about? Right, nakama. Stereoman, take it away!

More after the jump.

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November 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm Comments (62)

(Un)Serious Business – Elevator Speeches in Anime

Remember your ABCs: Always. Be. Closing. Capitalism, Ho! …or else.

In business, an elevator speech is a 30-second summary of an idea. The thought is that, if you were to find yourself in an elevator with a very important person, you should be ready to persuasively pitch your idea in 30 seconds, or else the elevator will reach its destination and the very important (and busy) person will ignore your crappy idea and leave.

What does this have to do with anime? Well, anime have elevator pitches too. Or more correctly, they have premises which can be boiled down into one sentence summaries, which is practically the same thing.

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October 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm Comments (85)

My Way or the Anime – All Good Stories Must Come to an End

Not the post we deserve, but the one we need.

I write this after having just finally seen The Dark Knight Rises, over a month and a half after its release. Yeah, I’m weird like that. Yet, as all good stories are apt to do, it has put me in a writing mood, so it’s time to get these thoughts down before they melt away. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for some time, and I’ve saved its release until the end of this season because that’s the only time it could come out. This is a time of endings, along with a few not-so-endings, and that’s exactly what I want to talk about today. Here is my not-so-controversial (but frequently ignored) thesis:

All good stories must come to an end.

Though this is a post about endings, there are surprisingly few spoilers ahead. More after the jump.

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September 26, 2012 at 9:44 am Comments (89)

Special Report – What If Sword Art Online Were Written Today?

Alright, I’m going in.

This week I’ve got a special treat for you all, the very first Stilts Out Loud: Special Report! While normally these posts are more of general editorials, which draw examples from multiple shows (and even from other genres) to talk about some theme or storytelling tactic, today we’re going to take a look at one anime in particular. This one will be about none other than the most watched show of this season, Sword Art Online.

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September 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm Comments (142)

My Way or the Anime – Good Guys and Bad Guys

Good guys? I don’t see any good guys here.

Let’s talk about good guys and bad guys. Here’s what I think about them – there aren’t any.

All notable spoilers are behind spoiler tags. More after the jump.

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September 6, 2012 at 12:24 am Comments (59)

Branching Out, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love: Emotions

A manly man with manly emotions…and he dies. Coincidence?

As a hot-blooded American male, I have historically had a contentious relationship with emotions. Yet, at the risk of getting pummeled by all my male brethren, let’s talk about exactly that.

Potential spoilers on Clannad, Kanon, Angel Beats!, Moshidora, and Kokoro Connect. I try to keep them pretty vague though, so you’re probably safe. More after the jump.

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August 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm Comments (84)

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