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Evolution’s Hand Book 2: Dying Breath is Now Available!

Evolution’s Hand Book 2: Dying Breath is now available for purchase! It’s available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon. It’s also available as an …Evolution’s Hand Book…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Hotori Arashiyama

And Yet the Town Moves is one of those silly little slice of lifers built around a slice of the life of Hotori Arashiyama, and her friends, family,…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How To Build a Series: Spy X Family

Okay, repeat after me: Stories don’t need conflict if you don’t want people to pay any attention to them. Of course, if you DO want people to like…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How to Cook a Series: Wonder Egg Priority

You know what Wonder Egg Priority reminded me of? Interviews with Monster Girls. Let me tell you why. The deal with the demi-human girls of Interviews is that…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character (Re)analysis: Shinji Ikari

Sometimes you go back a look at a character you’ve looked at before because you’ve noticed something new about the character. And sometimes you have to go back…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Three Plus Two: O Maidens in Your Savage Season

When you’re dealing with characters in writing, I mean seriously, do I have to say this? The more you have, the harder it is to keep them straight.…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Medium Doesn’t Matter?: Joshi Kausei

There’s something we keep coming back to here, and that is that manga and anime are very different media, and the ways they are different influence the ways…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Toph Beifong

There’s a meme making the rounds these days that says – and this is an exact quote – “If a show was released today where a disabled girl…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Medium Matters: Welcome to the NHK

In the beginning, there was a novel called Welcome to the NHK. I haven’t read it. Now that it’s a collector’s item you have to pay like $60…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Three Minus One: Spy X Family

One of the things that gets me about Spy X Family is how layered it is. It operates at so many layers of reality in its fictional world…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Oh, So Tropical: The “Nice To Meet You, Ms. Ayanami”

There are some anime you watch – I’m looking at YOU What Are You Doing Here Teacher – where you watch it and all you take away from…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Hayase Nagatoro

Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is one of those things that I wouldn’t ordinarily bother to write about. I mean, it’s an older, smuttier version of Teasing-Master…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Oh, So Tropical: The Chosen One

The essence of The Chosen One trope is that there is someone out there in the universe who has been Marked by Fate (or the Gods, or whomever)…

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Full Animation: Zombie Land Saga

I do this so infrequently that I feel obligated to remind people that I analyze anime and manga from my twin perspectives as a writer and also as…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Momoka Oginome

As weird as it is, there is A LOT A LOT to like about Penguindrum. The main trio of characters, Shoma, Kanba, and Himari, are really well-constructed characters…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How to Build a Series: Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket is one of those things that looks like a delightful piece of fluff but is actually a masterclass in story construction when you look at it…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Two: My Dress-Up Darling

My Dress-Up Darling was one of the breakout hits of the last season. I thought it was pretty good. Did you think it was pretty good? In a…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Oh, So Tropical: The Pre-pubescent Horndog

As a writer I love tropes. Tropes are tropes because they work in telling good stories. Sure. Take the “Hero-Sidekick-Girlfriend” trio, right? You can use that interrelationship to…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How Not to Cook a Series: Michiko and Hatchin

Look, let me lay it out here: I don’t call this blog “The Overage Otaku” because I’m 19 and all my manga friends are like 16. I’m an…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character (Re)analysis: Haruhi Suzumiya

It’s been a while since I wrote about The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but what astonishes me about it is that every time you think about it, you…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Computer Animation: Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045

Whenever I start a post about animation I say that animation is something I talk too little about here. I mean, the deal here is that I’m looking…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Lili Hoshikawa

I didn’t have this one ready for Pride Month. Sorry about that. But I wrote it during Pride Month. Does that count? One of the things that routinely…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How to Cook a Series: The Orbital Children

The Orbital Children is one of those things that snuck up on me. I was like, yeah, kiddie sci-fi, I’m going to like that (sarcasm), but I was…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How Not to End a Series: Welcome to the NHK

Welcome to the NHK is one of those things that should remind you of how a medium people think is for children – I mean, it’s a CARTOON,…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Re-L Mayer

Ergo Proxy is one of those things you can stare at for a long time. It’s deeply grounded in philosophy and puts together a look and sound that…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How to Build a Series: Thermae Romae Novae

WARNING: This discussion violates my rule on not talking about anime that are just out. It contains spoilers! Be warned. In a lot of ways Thermae Romae Novae…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character (Re)analysis: Asuka Langley Soryu

My original character analysis of Asuka Langley Soryu is the most read post in the history of this blog. This doesn’t especially surprise me. For one thing, it’s…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Three: Sankarea

The premise of “The Power of Three” series of posts is that we’re going to be looking at some kind of three-way relationship to see how it works.…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Effects Animation: Ergo Proxy

Man, it’s been a long since I talked about animation. I mean, by now I probably have to remind everyone that when I look at anime I look…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Oh, So Tropical: The Convenient Stomach Rumble

I’m a writer so I can say this: There are a lot of gimmicks writers use to keep the story moving. For instance, the great crime writer Raymond…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How to Cook a Series: Kotaro Lives Alone

Isn’t Kotaro Lives Alone so cute you just can’t stand it? That brave little boy, living alone, living up the ideals of the noble knight, making all the…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Story Drop!

Yay! It happened again! I sold a story! Shh … this is an ugly secret, but I knew this months ago. They’ve even already paid me. Anywho, here’s…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How to Start a Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of those concoctions, like Neon Genesis, that is sometimes so deep it seems like the creators outsmarted themselves trying to show themselves how…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Asako Yaeshima

Sweat and Soap is one of those things that when you describe it to someone sounds either sickly sweet or more than a little creepy. I mean, it’s…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Two: Nana

Man, I like Nana. It’s grown-up, right? Well, at least they try. The gimmick is that both main characters are named Nana, Nana Oosaki and Nana Kumatsu. They…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Ringo Oginome

You may or may not like Penguindrum – it’s certainly weird, that’s for sure – but as I watched it I was struck by how many characters with…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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How to Cook a Series: Silver Nina

Every once in a while I fall into a rabbit hole and can’t climb out. So I have a subscription to Crunchyroll, and there’s an app that gives…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Rea Sanka

You know, in a certain way Rea Sanka, the titular character of Sankarea, is one of the saddest characters in anime. Sure, there are characters who are supposed…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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What’s in a Name: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Can anyone really honestly say they know what’s going on inside Hideaki Anno’s head? There’s a cute manga out there written by his wife Moyoco about their life…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Oh, So Tropical: The He-Can’t-Love-Me Woman

In a lot of ways romance animes are some of the dumbest on the air. I mean, seriously? You have Person A and Person B and everyone knows…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Tohru Honda

Okay, I admit it: Fruits Basket is an anime I could easily have found to be annoying and Tohru Honda is a character I could easily have found…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Okay, I Get the Joke: Gleipnir

Gleipnir is one of those things that manages to use a story to hide something in plain sight, and that is that it’s thinly-veiled pornography. And let me…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Character Analysis: Justy Ueki Tylor

A long winter storm and a Comic Book weekend (which requires only reading and watching cartoons, including manga and anime) led me to the delight that is The…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Three Squared: Fruits Basket

Okay, I’ll be honest: Fruits Basket is not exactly in my wheelhouse in terms of what I want to see, right? I mean you take the rom-com thing…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Medium Matters: Komi Can’t Communicate

If you read back in this blog – oh screw it, here’s a link – I was really unthrilled with the manga version of Komi Can’t Communicate. Y’see,…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Three Minus One: The Dirty Pair

Scott over at Mechanical Anime Reviews has been going through The Dirty Pair recently, and I think he had the same goofy fun I had with it. So…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Oh, So Tropical: The Family Princess

I started out wanting to do a character analysis of Rea Sanka, the main female character (and namesake) of Sankarea, Undying Love, but I ran into a little…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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The Power of Three: Penguindrum

Penguindrum is one of those thing, like Wonder Egg Priority, that people have been recommending to me, like, forever. Really. Seriously. For ever. A Certain Retailer had two…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Oh, So Tropical: The Soul Girl

I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at a trio of characters and seen them forming a classic Mind-Body-Soul trio. Sure. How about Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles,…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Medium Matters: Sankarea, Undying Love

What is it with Japanese anime boys and kinky fetishes? First we get Yamazaki from Welcome to the NHK, who prefers his women 2-D, and now there’s Kuruya…

Confessions of an Overage otaku