Margherita smiled, raised her hands in the air, and spun on one foot. “Evildoers beware, for I toss the dough of justice—and justice is never half-baked! Saucy, spicy, and a little bit sweet, I am Magical Girl Space Princess Pizza Margherita!”Continue reading “JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 7”
Wish upon the Pleiades. Written and directed by Shōji Saeki. Studio Gainax, 2015. 12 episodes. Approximately 290 minutes. Not rated. Available on Crunchyroll.
It’s refreshing to see a magical girl series made as recently as 2015 that’s simple and sincere with no traces of so-called deconstruction or irony. The girls never discover that their familiar is conning them, nor that they’re really in hell. Nobody gets mind-raped. And though it does find a flimsy excuse for a swimsuit episode, it even manages to steer clear of the more grotesque side of anime cheesecake. Continue reading “Review: ‘Wish upon the Pleiades’”
Jake half climbed and half slid down the ladder. Because of the hole the dinosaur had made, it was ten feet between the bottommost rung and the pavement. He carefully lowered himself from the lowest rung and dangled for a few seconds before he dropped. Such a fall would have stung if he had been in his Oxfords, but, fortunately, he was in basketball shoes. Once he was on the ground, he helped Miss Percy down by letting her lower herself onto his shoulders.
After he got her to the pavement, she gazed unhappily at her pumps. “What a day to be in heels.”
“I wonder,” Jake muttered, half to himself, “if we should try to find some kind of weapon—”
“What good would that do?”
“I don’t think these are magical monsters.” He shaded his eyes and peered again into the sky. “It looks like the tower guns are doing real damage. That means these are just ordinary, run-of-the-mill dinosaur robots from space.” Continue reading “JAKE AND THE DYNAMO Chapter 6”
I was going to spend the day on a new essay, but I want to finish the draft of chapter 16 of Jake and the Dynamo to keep my healthy ten-chapter buffer, and I need to finish editing and fact-checking an essay I’ll be submitting to another venue.
In spite of its flaws and rough edges and obvious derivations, I adore RWBY, Monty Oum’s anime- and video game-inspired action girl indie cartoon with Rooster Teeth. But I still haven’t finished the third season. I was depressed by Monty Oum’s untimely death.
In spite of the remarkably improved animation quality over time, including in the third volume, which approaches professional level, the action sequences aren’t the same without the series creator. Oum was the Yuen Woo Ping of animation. Nobody can do cartoon action like he could. Still, I approve Rooster Teeth’s decision to go forward without him.
Also, judging by RWBY‘s barely concealed source material, Oum must have liked the same stuff I like. Pretty sure he must have been a fan of Fairy Musketeers, one of my all-time favorite magical girl shows, which pits a team of fairy tale girls led by Red Riding Hood against an evil Cinderella, much like RWBY.
But, anyway, have a little art of best girl, by whom I mean Ruby Rose.
Okay, Jake and the Dynamo is not currently available on audio. Before that happens, I need to get a better microphone and learn how to use some of this editing software. But a reader made this ad and sent it to me, and I thought it was really cool.
I especially like the musical choices he’s got in there. I wish I had some video to go with that rousing number at the end. Considering the way the characters bounce around like pinballs during the action sequences, I think it’s appropriate.
If anyone cares what I usually listen to while writing Jake and the Dynamo, however, it’s usually Disturbed. I have played this one on repeat enough to make it the unofficial theme song: