Character Analysis, The Mind of a Character

On Crippling Characters

Generally, most stories fall into a pretty simple loop. They usually go something like this: Character goes through great struggle of some kindCharacter learns a valuable lesson and gains a new skillCharacter uses new skill to overcome trialRinse repeat until story ends A strong example of this is in shounen anime. Usually, our protagonist will… Continue reading On Crippling Characters

Anime, Character Analysis, Kaguya-sama, The Mind of a Character

The Narrator: The Spice that Makes Kaguya-sama Tick

Okay, I know that sounds ridiculous. Just hear me out on this one. Kaguya-sama: Love is War is one of the best examples of a character-driven comedy we've gotten in years. Aka Akasaka has shown time and time again that he knows exactly how to continuously squeeze laughs out of his characters without running out… Continue reading The Narrator: The Spice that Makes Kaguya-sama Tick

Character Analysis

Good People Aren’t Bad Characters, Y’all Are Just Cynical

The pure hearted protagonist. A common trope in fiction, and a heavily criticized one. Understandably so; they're not particularly complex or deep. They're good people who do good things. End of character sheet. There are plenty of examples of this. Superman is the biggest one of them all. You can fit basically any Disney princess… Continue reading Good People Aren’t Bad Characters, Y’all Are Just Cynical

Anime, Character Analysis, Manga, One Piece, The Mind of a Character

Big Mom: One Piece’s Most Terrifying Villain

The sheer number of villains occupying the pages of One Piece put every other shounen series to shame. That's to be expected, with the length of the series. But the sheer quality of each and every one of them is something to be admired. Almost all of these bad guys are unique and interesting, and… Continue reading Big Mom: One Piece’s Most Terrifying Villain

Anime, Author's Recommended, Character Analysis, Kaguya-sama, The Mind of a Character

Yu Ishigami: Locked in a Dark Room

*Quick note: this whole article was written by an anime-only fan. No manga spoilers, please.* Kaguya-sama: Love is War is, at its core, a comedy. Its main aim is to make you laugh. And if it's good at anything, it's good at that. But what makes the show special isn't its hilarious character-driven comedy. Rather,… Continue reading Yu Ishigami: Locked in a Dark Room