New Essay –> Sci Phi Journal

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Crazy times over here.  I’m preparing to move and then to go back to school … again.

But other things are still happening.  I’m spending this afternoon (it’s actually my morning because I’m working nights now) finalizing and submitting an essay to Sci Phi Journal: The Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy, a site I recommend you check out if you haven’t heard of it.  It publishes new fiction, some reprints, and philosophical essays using sf as a jumping-off point.

But it suffers a lack of magical girls. I’m sending in an article entitled “Justice Tempered with Cuteness: Moral Development and Retributive Justice in Craig McCracken’s Powerpuff Girls.” If that doesn’t get accepted there, I’ll post it here instead.

If it does get accepted there, I’ll start another essay on metaphysical concepts in Shugo Chara!, which I’ve been meaning to write for a while but haven’t gotten to yet.

I’m also working on the next part of Jake and the Dynamo, of course. And I’m making my way through a second viewing of Revolutionary Girl Utena, which I am proud to own in the limited edition remastered box set, and about which I’ll write when I’m finished.

I also recently read Herman Hesse’s Jungian/Nietzschean/Gnostic novel Demian, which inspired Utena, in the hope I would therein find the master key to understanding this most esoteric of magical girl anime. Reading a classic of German literature in order to understand a Japanese cartoon sounds backwards, but hey, whatever gets them reading, right? This is only the second Hesse novel I’ve read, and I’m now wishing I had greater knowledge of his corpus.

Also, as a heads-up to anyone who cares, a boxed set of the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga, which differs significantly from the anime as the two were made at the same time by different people, is set to release on February 7 of next year. I know I’ll be getting one. I just can’t get enough sexual-neurosis-induced-crisis-reaching-catharsis-through-swordfighting.

  • Unclever_Hans

    Deej, I think that you might be media damaged. You should give up girly cartoons just for Advent–or make it your Friday penance, since abstinence from meat is so pre-Vatican II.

    • Did you just tell a guy who runs a girly cartoon blog to give up girly cartoons?

      It’s been my custom in the past to give up fiction for Lent.

      • Unclever_Hans

        Say, once you’ve taken care of Utena, you should watch a mediocre anime called Ghost Stories. The English dub will either have you rolling on the floor and/or going to confession.

        • I know it by reputation, but haven’t watched it.

          If you want to see another mediocre anime with a dub that makes it something special, check out Samurai Pizza Cats. They actually lost the scripts, so the dub is an ad-lib.