Carlis creating Ogiue Maniax
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Sharing the Love Tier
With this tier I'll link to your website (or podcast/vlog/whatever) on the Ogiue Maniax sidebar in a special Patron section. If I already have you there...I'll list you twice! Keep in mind that I have final say on whether it's okay (I'm not against sites with adult material, but don't have it be strictly a porn site).
My name is Carl, also known as SDShamshel, and I love anime and manga. I love the multitude of talented creators working to provide us exciting, terrifying, heartfelt, and even educational stories about the past, present, and what very well might come in the future. I love the interesting ideas that are explored by artists and fans alike. Perhaps more than anything, I love sharing my thoughts on Japanese popular media. It's why, back in November of 2007, I decided to start a blog. I named it "Ogiue Maniax," after my favorite character from the manga Genshiken, which is about anime and manga fandom as a way of life.
Many of you have likely never heard of Ogiue Maniax, though if you type "Ogiue" into Google it'll be the first thing that pops up. I've written reviews of titles both popular and obscure, translated posts from Japanese anime fans and critics, analyzed visual and narrative trends in anime and manga. Not only that, but over these 7+ years I've consistently made at least 2-3 blog posts per week, in rain or shine or anime convention.
As I've continued with the the blog, I've grown a small but loyal following. If you're already an Ogiue Maniax reader, I can't thank you enough. If you're brand new or have only come across it by happenstance, then I also appreciate you giving me your time. It's because of people like you that I've pledged to never abandon Ogiue Maniax or let it grow stale. After all, writing it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I want to keep writing for the blog no matter what, though it becomes increasingly difficult as I get older.
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This is where you can contribute, starting at only $1 a month. If you're interested, go straight to the bottom and take a look at the rewards you can get for sponsoring Ogiue Maniax. If you're still not sure, I've provided some of my more notable writings below.
The Price of Art: Miyazaki Hayao's "The Wind Rises"
Explaining Decompression in Comics
You're Magical: Ojamajo Doremi
Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo as Response, Criticism, and Renewal
This clone Rei in the third film (although technically all of the Rei are clones) is a strikingly powerful presence, acting as a strong argument against the classic criticisms of Ayanami Rei and the characters she has inspired. Typically, Rei is seen as an almost doll-like fetish object, an attractive girl with pale features and no personality whom men can sexualize as the “perfect” passive woman entirely subject to their desires. Here, in Evangelion 3.33, we get the truly subservient version of Rei, a character who is so passive she cannot even read a book without being ordered to do so, and the disturbing nature of this iteration of the character actually highlights just how much characterization and personal will is present in the base character of Ayanami Rei. “You don’t know what’s missing until it’s gone,” as the cliché goes, and the fact that a truly doll-like Rei is so bizarre and alien underlines the fact that Rei is defined not by her loss of humanity but by her pursuit of it.
Why "Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Bashin" is Still the Best Card Game Anime I've Ever Seen
Scattered Thoughts on the View of Anime and Manga as Sexist
This blog is a passion project and always will be, and I want to stress that Ogiue Maniax will always be free to read. I am also in no way tiring of anime and manga, and do not need monetary incentive to keep writing or watching. Rather, by sponsoring me, you are showing me that you value the content that I create. If anything, my real goal is to write even more than I already do. That sounds great to me, and I hope that you agree.