This is less about the nature of the shows but rather my own inability to comment on them in such a way that adds value to those who have seen the show, and/or those who would want to.
I noticed that I found myself writing about new shows more often, and finding much to say. This isn’t simply a case of recency bias, because I rewatch shows regularly. Some shows I find very easy to write about, others extremely difficult. Why is this so?
Set aside the fact that I don’t review shows. What I really do is endorse them, champion them, and not act as a filter to serve the interests of those who are on the fence about watching them. To serve this interest requires me, I believe, to be the least subjective of commentators and I am simply much too indulgent for that. So I don’t review shows.
I would find myself fixating on an element of a show or manga and explore it with the intent of generating discussion. Given this, I find myself at a loss in writing about certain works. It confounds me because it would seem that these works are very rich subjects and it’d be easy to find angles to write about them. Here are some examples:
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
- 20th Century Boys
- Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes
- Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Spirited Away/Kiki’s Delivery Service/My Neighbor Totoro/Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
I find myself having nothing to say except that I’m blown away by the experience.
Recently I’ve re-read Nausicaa after finally getting my own copies and rediscover the awesomeness that is Princess Kushana of Torumekia, who I think I’m GAR for as any male character. I’m moved to tears by her rallying her men in a desperate stand against the Dorok Empire’s armies in a battle they were ill-suited to fight. Outside of this statement, however, I’ve nothing much to say. Go read the manga if you haven’t yet.
How about you? What shows do you have trouble talking about? In the case of the works I mentioned, what do you think would be interesting to explore? (I just might take them on)
I did manage to write about Legend of the Galactic Heroes once [->]
I do think that this is far more interesting however (jpmeyer 2009/07/21)