Category Archives: Discussion

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Why Are There So Many Harems?

If you look it up on Wikipedia, there is a list of harem manga and anime. It is a massive list. And while, at a cursory glance, I am fairly certain not every title included actually is a harem anime, I can also … Continue reading

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Robotic Uprisings: The Deeper Fear

Robots. AI. Man-made life. These are staples in fiction, especially science fiction, featured in countless – and more every year – books, movies, TV shows, games, cartoons, anime, and more. It seems there is practically no limit to all the … Continue reading

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Cowboys and Samurai

Cowboys and samurai. The icons of American and Japanese culture and history. At first glance, the two could hardly be more different. But as I was recently tinkering with a post for the far future (relatively speaking) it suddenly struck … Continue reading

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Shifting Tastes: Some Random Musings

I’ve never been much of a horror fan. Or at least I’ve deliberately refrained from delving into the genre very much. I have nothing whatsoever against anyone who does – like and let like, after all – but I just … Continue reading

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Tara Maclay: An Appreciation Post

I have known for some time that while I can still appreciate many of the same things which I enjoyed in my younger years, it is often in very different ways and for very different reasons. Like the Calvin and … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Puppeteers: An Angel Fan Theory

I ask one question of myself, and I get all of this. I was rewatching a bit of Angel, the spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer created by Joss Whedon. In the first season’s finale, it refers to Darla, as … Continue reading

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Where Did All the Disney Villains Go?

Disney villain. Two words which require no explanation whatsoever. We all know what it means to be a Disney villain, because we all grew up with them. The first one I really remember, I think, is Ursula, the sea-witch of … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Revelation About What Makes the Male Lead Attractive

Lightning suddenly struck in my brain, sparking a connection made between reality and fiction. Without warning, I found an answer in a most unexpected place! “…oh my gosh, THAT’S IT!” I exclaimed, “THAT’S what women find so attractive about them!” … Continue reading

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The Poetic Deaths of the Homunculi in FMA: Brotherhood

Two words: poetic death. In the whole of storytelling, there are very few things that are truly more satisfying than seeing a villain get their just deserts in a truly poetic manner. Of course, the most common idea is simply … Continue reading

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Villainous Heroes and Heroic Villains

Heroes and villains. We like to think that the distinction between them is clear and simple. That is how most stories we tell go. Yet, we also like to play with what makes a hero and what makes a villain. … Continue reading

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