I explore a few plots that need to be given some tender loving care to turn them into something worthwhile. Continue reading
So during the four months I was living in motels looking for a home, my only solace was the free high-speed wi-fi and the various free streaming services. I’ve watched a lot of stuff. I’m even up to date on modern shows I wanted to watch like The Flash, Supergirl, the Librarians, etc.
And I’ve watched a lot of anime. Lots. Like so much anime.
The thing about anime is that it’s a mine field. Saying you’re going to watch some anime is like saying you’re going to watch live action western television: there are so many different genres and styles and brands of humor and drama that you could get anything just picking up a random series. Add in certain proclivities not necessarily in Japanese culture but in the anime and manga culture, and one wrong step and you can be deep in weird-ass panty-sniffing, underaged-girl-obsessed terrible. Even a lot of good or even great shows often have way too much jiggle and fan service.
And if you’re a fan of the medium, you build up a certain tolerance to all that. Otherwise you’ll miss out on some real gems like A Certain Magical Index or Spice and Wolf, … Continue reading
Vaal brings a real clunker into the TOM garage this week: the worst monster of them all: Mothman. Continue reading
Gotta Catch Em All.
Humans that is. Continue reading
Vaal returns to blogging with a rewrite of DC’s most recent PR disaster. Continue reading
Sometimes writers make terrible choices. Then other writers ape them until they become so ingrained you don’t even know they’re stupid and useless. These is their story. Continue reading
We’ve talked about the many, many crappy deaths in fiction. Now let’s discuss the good. Continue reading
What happens when a series stops giving you reasons to give it the benefit of the doubt. Continue reading
It’s time we get rid of the term Mary Sue, and here’s why. Continue reading
Seriously, I’m begging you not to see this thing. Continue reading