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DRRR!! It’s All Connected

June 1, 2015

SPOILER WARNING FOR DURARARA!! S1-S2

narutaki_icon_4040 Durarara!! vividly depicts the area known as Ikebukuro. We see it teeming with all kinda of people (and those not quite so human) who hurry down its streets. As with any metropolitan area, it seems like a place that swallows one up, where one can look around and only see strangers. And yet . . .

hisui_icon_4040 Durarara!! always reminds me of the Guy Ritchie movies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. These hyperlink cinema stories don’t use a typical linear narrative but instead weave together a single tale by viewing the story from several perspectives that ebb and flow together in a way in which the full picture can only be seen by adding up the incomplete perspectives of all the characters involved. These stories almost always also jump around in the story’s timelines as often as they switch the perspective character. While at times this makes the story a bit confusing this lets the author hide pieces of the narrative so that they can be very rewarding when the audience discovers the whole picture at the end.

I know that form of storytelling is not for everyone. I have even head a few accusations that Durarara!! weaves its narrative this way more to make itself look fancier than it really is or hide flaws in the work. If you don’t like the series because of how it unveils its secrets that is a valid response. It is legitimately not everyone’s cup of tea. The criticism I can’t approve of is the idea that there is no reason for this style at all. Ryohgo Narita clearly structures his books (and by extension the anime turns out this way) for a mechanical reasons in which this method of storytelling reinforces the themes of Durarara!! as opposed to obscuring them. That synergy of theme and form is worth examining for how it enhances the potency of Durarara!!’s overall impact.

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The May 2015 Line-Up

May 31, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 Even without major con announcements, these last couple of month’s have been flush with licenses. I’m expecting the summer to double them.

hisui_icon_4040 Anime Expo and Otakon are still the two conventions that anime companies still save big licenses for even in this age of the Internet.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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The April 2015 Line-Up (If I Had $1000000)

April 30, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 The licenses have really been piling up this year!

hisui_icon_4040 I still wonder if anyone will get Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth. Maybe I’m the only person who actually likes that movie.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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Behind the Blogging Curtain

April 30, 2015

Behind the scenes here at Reverse Thieves, we’ve had infrequent, long conversations about the blog’s/podcast’s strange middle ground of recognition. At our high points, we’ve liked to believe our name is known in the general anime and manga blogosphere. At our low points, we’ve sulked about never grasping “fame” (or infamy if you like) to be looked to for opinions and answers. (On a normal day, by the way, we are fully aware of all the support we’ve gotten from readers and listeners.) Oh woe is us (not really) for forever being in between obscurity and popular acclaim. The truth is, we have equal bits of pride and resignation to being in the middle. All that being said, whenever someone pays a large amount of attention to the blog it catches us off guard even if it might seem weird after all this time.

Thus was our reaction when we were approached by Lauren Orsini for an interview to be included in her new book: Build Your Anime Blog: How to Get Started, Stand Out, and Make Money Writing About What You Love. (Yeah, not sure about the making money part. There might be some making money off all of this but it sure ain’t us.) You might know her as the Otaku Journalist as well as her book Otaku Journalism: A Guide to Geek Reporting in the Digital Age. Her latest book takes a look at several prominent bloggers and their general mission statements and philosophies, methods and practices, as well as hopes and dreams for their sites.

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