meta: Critical Thinking
Characters Of Distinction: Motoko Kusanagi July 19, 2017
How the feminist, post-humanist, and deeply human heart of the 'Ghost In The Shell' franchise became, and remains, an icon and a model
The (Dis)Illusion Of Life July 5, 2017
How CGI in anime, whether fancifully fantastic or forensically realistic, can work well
How The Future (Of Western Live-Action Anime Adaptations) Can Be Female June 28, 2017
'Ghost In The Shell' fizzled, but there are tons of other worthwhile anime/manga titles with strong female leads that could be adapted excellently for English-speaking audiences
Katushiro Ōtomo Won't Look Back, Can't Look Back June 1, 2017
The creator of 'AKIRA' is more interested in other things now. Good for him -- and most any creator ought to know what that feels like from the inside
Little Miracles, Done Dirt Cheap May 8, 2017
Hollywood doesn't need blockbuster-sized live-action anime/manga adaptations. Here's some projects that could work on modest, manageable budgets, are easy to adapt, and could win over Western audiences handily
No Stars April 3, 2017
Ratings for reviews, whether in stars, numbers, or letter grades, are a detrimental influence to both criticism and consumer-service journalism. Here's why I'll never use them again if I can help it
The Cracks In The 'Shell' March 31, 2017
Whatever my own readings of the film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' is still problematic in ways that are potentially a bad model for other live-action anime
On Missing Out And Yet Not Missing Out March 24, 2017
How to stay honest and review what sincerely interests you, when there's so much out there that clamors for your attention
I'm Gonna Carry That Weight November 12, 2016
How I almost folded Ganriki.org's tent, and how I decided against it
The Long And Winding Review October 31, 2016
Covering an ongoing series can become an exercise in minutiae or futility. Here's the strategy I chose to keep my involvement active without also having it eat me alive
The Long And The Short Of It February 9, 2016
What kind of story is best told in a short form versus over the long haul?
The Kids Are Alright (But The Grownups Are Cool, Too) January 19, 2016
On the benefits of anime featuring adult characters -- even if it isn't anime for an adult audience
What's Different This Time Around? November 2, 2015
How all the ways you change between re-watchings of a favorite show give you new perspective on old things
(Video) Gaming The System October 21, 2015
Is it possible, or wise, to critique anime adaptations of video games as if they had come from from any other source?
Meet Me Halfway, Would You? September 19, 2015
Fans shouldn't be peeved when material made to satisfy them first and foremost isn't welcomed by audiences with no obligation to meet that material halfway
What I Did (Not Do) On My Vacation July 27, 2015
For the first time in years, I attended Otakon as a fan and not press, and felt none the poorer for it
High Standards Or Impossible Standards? July 18, 2015
Do the impossibly high standards some fans set for anime come from the material itself, or from the way they're introduced to it?
A 'Legend' Without The Myth July 3, 2015
With 'Legend of the Galactic Heroes' finally licensed for English release, it's all the more important to examine it critically, not reverentially
Finishing Someone Else's Work June 29, 2015
When does it make sense to have others continue work left unfinished by the creator's death, and when is it best to just leave well enough alone?
Making A Case For The Old School June 13, 2015
Is there any way to get around the prejudices of a modern audience that looks at a classic show and just sees something 'old'?
The Live-Action 'AKIRA': Still A Movie Without An Audience June 10, 2015
Yet another attempt at a live-action 'AKIRA' has geared up, but the main problem remains: who would bother seeing it?
Anime's (Partly) Crowdfunded Future June 6, 2015
Direct financing of anime, both original works and the distribution of reissues, has just begun to show both its limits and its promise
Somewhere Between Spectacle And Sincerity May 18, 2015
What constitutes a 'classic' in anime, and what does it mean to define that?
In Praise Of Slow Viewing May 2, 2015
Binge-watching has its pleasures, but so does pacing yourself -- especially when honing a critical mentality
A Brain Has No Off Switch April 25, 2015
A critical mind, once engaged, is hard to disengage -- but needs to be counterbalanced by the will to be entertained