A follow-up post, of sorts.



The year is 1987. It’s been two years since a small doujinshi animation start-up called Daicon Film went commercial and took the name “Gainax” – and in this year, they release their very first commercial film – The Wings of Honneamise. The movie is a critical hit but a commercial flop. Plans for a sequel were laid down in the early 90s, but a lack of capital forces Gainax to pull the plug, and the intended director, Hideaki Anno signs an animated series deal with King Records that will eventually become Neon Genesis Evangelion. But that’s still several years in the future…


Argh, didn’t get around to finishing the second part of that Eden of the East analysis in time. Out of town for the next ten days, but will pick up from there. In the meantime, a look at the drafts that are sitting on my WordPress awaiting completion; they’re little more than a thesis and a rough outline, so if there’s any you think I should work on first, move up in priority, or possibly additional ideas to pitch, leave a comment.

“Religion in anime redux: Coles notes on Eden of the East II.” – continuing the previous thoughts.

“Mecha Moe”, or “The Girl in the Machine”: Anthropomorphism and Inverse Objectification in the Five Star Stories, MS IGLOO, and Battle Fairy Yukikaze” – meditations on how in media women are turned into objects and machines are turned into women.

“Fanfiction and its Historical Antecedents: The Tale of Genji.” – showing that there is good historical evidence that fanfiction has been around for as long as literature has. Still need to actually finish the remaining half of the book for this too…

“Goodbye and Hello: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei as an Absurdist Comedy, or Don’t tell me there’s another season!?” – knee-jerk reactions to the announcement of Zan SZS and comparisons to absurdist literature (Kafka, or maybe Beckett?)

“Namedropping, Sunrise Edition” – illustrating the influence of directors and how sometimes a simple studio name reveals little about a series. Examples may include Code Geass and Witch Hunter Robin, among others.

I have a terrible habit of being able to write thesis after thesis on a dime, but it takes me weeks to finish a paper. Ugh… perhaps I should consider outsourcing.

…it really has a scary sort of accuracy. It’s also fairly entertaining for a humanities major like myself. Wonder if the Japanese author does any research. More Canadian strips (along with author commentary) here. Plenty of other countries are represented in the comic in a parodic fashion as well, so possibly worth a look for the curious.