Understanding the Hero Killer as more than an obvious anti-villain

At first glance, the Hero Killer looks like your standard anti-villain. His ideals are to flush out heroes who would use their status for their own desires and breed heroes who work purely for the sake of a better society. The narrative in fact agrees with these ideals, as the appearance of Deku and Todoroki… Continue reading Understanding the Hero Killer as more than an obvious anti-villain

Transphobia and trans fantasy in gender bender

TW: transphobia, slurs First of all, gender bender is a fairly broad tag, covering basically anything that doesn’t conform to the perceived rigidity of gender, so for this post, I’ll be primarily talking about manga where gender identity is actually of concern to the character breaking gender norms. While there is value to escapist fantasies… Continue reading Transphobia and trans fantasy in gender bender

It wasn’t just the Geass that made Code Geass (Or why Re:Creators doesn’t feel coherent yet)

This will contain Code Geass and Re:Creators spoilers. In Code Geass, the very first episode sets the main theme of the rest of the series with a single line: “The only ones who should shoot are those prepared to get shot.” Initially, the full meaning of Lelouch’s assertion is obscure to us; even if we… Continue reading It wasn’t just the Geass that made Code Geass (Or why Re:Creators doesn’t feel coherent yet)

Wam vs. Sansa, or how I learned to stop worrying and just watch cartoons

Seikaisuru Kado has been a little underwhelming lately. Of course, I went in expecting a sci-fi drama not unlike Arrival, and the first arc mostly met those expectations. The alien Yaha-kui zaShunina offers humanity a source of infinite energy, Wam, and much like with the Heptapods in Arrival, their mysterious gifts coupled with unclear motives… Continue reading Wam vs. Sansa, or how I learned to stop worrying and just watch cartoons

What to expect from Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records as told by its second episode

Disclaimer: I’m writing this having read up to the resolution of the class competition arc in the manga and the novel, and hindsight is 20/20. To provide a necessary summary of episode one, Glenn Radars is a NEET who gets asked to be a substitute teacher in a prestigious magic school. He completely refuses to teach… Continue reading What to expect from Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records as told by its second episode