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Review: The Dark Knight

July 23, 2008 Review 2 Comments

Usually, I can sit right down to writing after I’ve seen something. I’ll finish the last episode and fire up Notepad (because simpler is better) to write a review. I’ll come back from the theatre and set immediately to writing. But for some reason, I couldn’t do that after The Dark Knight. Immediately after finishing the movie, I didn’t want to write. I wanted to see it again, maybe two more times, before writing anything, but for a variety of reasons, that’s probably not going to happen any time soon. So I sat on it for a few days, pondering it and trying to sort out my opinions. That isn’t to say that I was ambivalent or didn’t have an immediate opinion at the time, it was just the details of it…

(this review contains mild, nonspecific spoilers)

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You know, I’ve never quite understood the hubbub about global/OEL manga and the subsequent praise of, rejection of, and indignation at those terms.

Personally, I’ve never really considered “manga” to be much more than the Japanese term for comics. Because of the general public consensus that “manga” is narrowed to mean only comics of Japanese origin though, I usually won’t call comics of other origins by the term. But I’ll still use “comics” to refer to manga as no one seems to disagree that it carries a broader definition. No one says that “comic” can only refer to American or English-language sequential art. Yes, there are differences in Japanese and overseas comics, but in modern times, I don’t think that these differences are divisive enough to be rousing such heated debates. After all, within both Japan and the United States, styles vary greatly between artists and titles. Batman has been drawn a hundred different ways and has never looked anything like Jughead. Major Motoko Kusanagi, thankfully, looks nothing like Astro Boy.

Definitions are a funny thing, especially since they aren’t nearly as concrete as most people would like (including myself). In grade school, we read the book Frindle. I still own my copy of it at home, and I still think it addresses an interesting topic. After all, what is anyone to do when the population that uses the word doesn’t agree with itself about what it means? This seems to happen a lot within the anime/manga community because of the high number of originally Japanese terms that we’ve come to adopt (“otaku” and “yaoi” are two other controversial terms that immediately come to mind).

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