Hello again Geeklings!
So, it’s almost that time of year again! Toronto’s massive Sci Fi/Comics/Horror/Anime & Manga/Gaming Convention, Fan Expo. Pure heaven for the average geek.
Funny thing is though, of the five big categories Fan Expo caters to, there’s one category I still haven’t quite latched onto. Any guesses which one? If you’re a regular reader, you know Sci Fi, Comics and Horror are covered. Gaming? No, though I am no hardcore gamer I have dabbled a bit there with certain gaming systems and what’s on my iPad. So that just leaves one; Anime/Manga.
You may recall a couple weeks back I touched on the whole Pokemon phenomenon that has us gripped in it’s tiny yellow fist. But I’ve come to realize that my lukewarm reaction to that has pretty much been the same for all anime and manga. And it is HUGE in fandom circles, no question. You’ve got Attack on Titan, Death Note, Naruto, Miyazaki films, etc. So why am I not all over it? Why, Al, why?
Well, short answer, for me anyway, is that anime is weird. And kind of creepy. I mean, am I wrong? I don’t think I’m wrong. One minute you’re watching nicely drawn people (and the art can be quite gorgeous) doing what people do and then all of a sudden their faces change to inhuman grimaces or they shout or freak out for no reason or something hideous emerges from somewhere. Anime can be super cute but sometimes… it’s really, really not. And when it’s not it can be downright unsettling.
There’s really only been two shows that I’ve watched with any kind of regularity…
Sailor Moon: This appealed to 13 year old Ali. Girl-power and super heroics are always a direct path to my heart, and I still have a soft spot for the Sailor Scouts. But… Serena is pretty darn whiny. I know she’s supposed to be, but that’s the kind of thing I can only take in small doses from my main character.
Black Butler: This appeals to 30-something year old Ali. Victorian England, Faustian bargains, gothic sentimentality, tall dark and handsome but morally ambiguous and non human protagonists who use utensils as weapons (and also loves cats). Sign me up!
But one of my biggest complaints with this one was said best by a podcast review I listened to. Black Butler has a hard time deciding if it wants to be a horror or a comedy. And sometimes the two aesthetics don’t mix in the best way. And again, weird. The whole reverse werewolf thing never caught on with me (don’t ask).
So yeah, my challenge to you before I take off and immerse myself in nerdiness is to (again, gently) tell me if I’m wrong and why. Or maybe you don’t think I’m wrong and just want to agree with me. That works too.
Have an awesome week geeklings, whatever you’re up to. Stay tuned for my exclusive report from the front lines of the convention, and until next time, End of Line.