It’s not every day you find a geek culture blog with unique insights into a given genre. While any blogger should be commended for having a go at it in the first place, some blogs stand head and shoulders above the rest.
One of those blogs is Deus Ex Magical Girl, a blog on the “magical girl” genre of anime. It is packed with top-notch analysis that nonetheless respects the genre as it is, not as the blogger wishes it was.
Magical girls are a well-known element of the anime landscape; most people see them as the transforming superheroines popularized by the series Sailor Moon in the 90s. However, before that series,* the typical magical girl was a witch who was trying to prove herself in the ordinary world, using her magic to help her get by; keep in mind that the genre as a whole was inspired by the American TV series Bewitched.
The Deus Ex Magical Girl blog goes in depth with the series it analyzes, teasing out major themes in what appear to be saccharine children’s entertainment. For example, take a look at this review of Shugo Chara — it’s a thing of beauty and the very post that made me see that this blogger knew his stuff. However, that is not the only good content he has; he also does a masterful job pointing out major problems with another series called Cardcaptor Sakura — according to him, the show is popular with lolicons even though it has no sexualized content.
Not content to criticize from the sidelines, the blogger has also written a magical girl novel called Jake and the Dynamo, which can be read here as of this posting. I haven’t read past the first chapter since it’s not my cup of tea, but I’m sure someone else might like it.
All in all, this site is a keeper. Go take a look today — you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
* Yes, I know about Cutey Honey, though I haven’t seen it.