I normally limit myself to a single beer in one 24-hour period. Mostly, this is because I’m no longer 23 and can’t just bounce back from a night of drinking like nothing happened. Well, last night, I decided I really wanted a second beer, and I paid the price by needing to sleep until 11 […]Read More The Otakusphere: Mecha, coronavirus and too many beers
When I was writing about Evangelion, I said the angels don’t matter. Perhaps it could be better stated that the angels are only important to the story when they tell us more about the four main characters. For example, we have an angel who splits into two separate bodies because the writers wanted to put […]Read More Is RahXephon a mecha show?
One of the first things I ever wrote on this blog was about the common comparison between RahXephon and Evangelion. In a nutshell, people will often go with a simple straight-line comparison between the characters in the two shows. They’ll say Haruka is Misato, Quon is Rei, Megumi is Asuka, Itsuki is Kaji, and sometimes […]Read More Why we need to stop comparing RahXephon characters to Eva
This is a post about two girls. Well, not really two girls, but a picture of two girls in an image of RahXephon. It’s really the childhood selves of Kim Hotal, who we are fully introduced to in Episode 6 “Obliterated Cities/Lost Songs, Forgotten Melodies.” While RahXephon stays fairly rooted in reality much of the […]Read More The story of two girls and trauma in RahXephon
For the past few days, I’ve been struggling with how to explore the larger war in RahXephon. Unlike other shows, RahXephon seems to be difficult for me to break into discrete chunks. Partially, it’s because of how familiar I am with this series. I know how the themes of the war between the Earth and […]Read More The War of Misunderstandings in RahXephon
One of the temptations I’ve faced as I’ve been watching RahXephon is to compare it to Neon Genesis Evangelion. There are two reasons for that. The first is that everyone compares this show to Eva, even if they’re doing it in a positive light. I’m just as guilty of this as the next person. I […]Read More How RahXephon is more like Gundam than Eva
I can still remember the first time I watched the final moments of RahXephon. I remember the dingy college apartment, the hand-me-down couch, the giant CRT television and my brand new combination VCR and DVD player. I had just started renting anime from the comic store in the next town. I remember just being blown […]Read More What I talk about when I talk about RahXephon
Evangelion is a challenging show. I realize that sentence should elicit a chorus of “No duh, Dick Tracy. Where’d you park your squad car? Up your nose.” The people who would say that are right. I’m not passing down some wisdom from on high. This was a show made by a man who suffered from […]Read More Will I ever learn to love you, Eva?
I reached the end of watching Evangelion, and I still need to work through my final thoughts on the show, but there are still a bunch of things I don’t think rise to the level of needing a post, but I do want to bring up. First, though, I want to thank everyone who read […]Read More The Odds and Ends of Evangelion
Kaoru may be the most difficult character to talk about authoritatively in Evangelion. Part of the problem is he has so much baggage around him. Shinji, by all appearances, is attracted to him on an emotional level, and, maybe, on a physical level. Instead of making things more clear, this homoeroticism makes understanding Kaoru harder. […]Read More Shinji perfect or the only real angel: The riddle of Kaoru