Betsy Bosdech, you had one job.
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I didn’t even know that was possible.
I confess to having a case of the Schadenfreudes over here. I’m frankly tired of politics in my escapist entertainment; maybe a few more bombs and Hollywood will figure it out.
Magical Girl Day, formerly known as International Sailor Moon Day, is a convention coming up on August 5th at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in Houston, Texas.
Tickets are $18 if preordered and $20 at the door. Looks like the event focuses mostly on cosplaying and pop groups. Check out the website for information.
I believe this is the first one. We’ll see if they manage to make it an annual event. It appears to be modest in size and scope, but like all such things, will grow if successful.
Apparently, this is something some weebs on Twitter do on Wednesdays. It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to display your waifu.
And for that reason, we need a random assortment of Duck from Princess Tutu.
Princess Tutu is often considered the spiritual successor of Revolutionary Girl Utena, from which it borrows heavily, as I’ll explain at length one of these days when I get around to reviewing it. Although I’m eager to discuss it, I can’t until I’m done with Utena, because Tutu appears to be a “Take That!” aimed at Utena’s conclusion.
Featured image: “Magical Girl of Valentine’s Day” by ElynGontier
I’m busy with school, and I’m also digesting the annotations from my editor. But in the meanwhile, I refer you to The Hyped Geek, which offers yet another article overviewing the evolution of magical girl anime from Sally the Witch to the present day.
Being one of those who grew up on anime, one of my biggest and most secret fantasies was to become a magical girl. That’s right; minute long transformations with colourful lights, a cool signature outfit, speeches of love and justice and a cute animal sidekick as a guide.
While that’s how many of us would think of it, it’s a pretty generic view of what constitutes as a magical girl anime. There’s a lot more to the genre than cute young girls with powers, saving their loved ones, or even in most cases, the world, as different anime bring different and new elements that have made the magical girl genre so renowned today. So get your transformation items ready as we go through the most influential magical girl anime from its inception until today. [More …]
One of the reasons I got into this genre in the first place is that it’s narrow enough in its concerns that it plays out over time like an ongoing conversation. One cartoon or comic will come out, and another will build on it or respond to it. So, for example, Revolutionary Girl Utena is an answer to Sailor Moon, and then Princess Tutu is an answer to Revolutionary Girl Utena. More recently, Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a major game-changer, and then Yuki Yuna Is a Hero responded to it. I think this is why magical girl fans so preoccupied with tracing history, because this genre is an ongoing dialogue.
Holy horse, it’s like someone at Hasbro read my mind.
I don’t know what it is about me and movies and TV, but sometimes I think someone in Hollywood is spying me. I’ll be all like, “You know what the world needs? A Battlestar Galactica remake.” And then it happens. Or I’ll be all, “A new King Kong, but still set in the 1930s, would be awesome.” I had cause to regret that one.
A few years ago, I was all, like, “You know what this My Little Pony franchise needs? A movie that has elaborately detailed fantasy environments instead of the minimalist Flash animation of the cartoon show, where maybe Equestria gets invaded by some bad guys with airships, and the ponies have to go to Aquastria to get aid from the seaponies or something.”
I wish I had actually written that online somewhere so I could show you a link to prove it, but I didn’t. But still … holy crap.
I wet my pants when I saw this preview. Only a little bit, though. And it only happened once.
This and my novel is getting published. Best. Week. Ever.
Featured image done got stoled from Kawaii Warrior Princess.
In another forum, my editor L. Jagi Lamplighter had this to say:
And do you know what else is hilarious? Your book! I was reading sections to John last night … when I could read over the tears of laughter … and we were both so amused!
The John here is Lamplighter’s husband John C. Wright, the prolific, Hugo-nominated and Dragon-winning author of such works as The Golden Age, Orphans of Chaos, Iron Chamber of Memory, and my favorite, Somewhither.
However Jake and the Dynamo fares when it goes to market, I know it has at least brought mirth to two people, and for that I am humbled and gratified. Producing tears of laughter is its only intended purpose.