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  1. Karen! Join them in the HOT TUB!

    I’m on my way as soon as I convince Jackson to draw me!

    Don’t make me pull out the shark p#@!lus cannon.

    (Also: FLCL deconstructs SANITY.)

  2. I realize that it’s perfectly plausible for Karen to have walked in from the side, but I like to pretend that she was somehow below/behind the hot tub and popped up suddenly.

    Also, I don’t know very much about Anime at all, but I have ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ on DVD and really enjoyed it. Oh and I’ve seen ‘spirited away’. Also, a couple random episodes of ‘avatar: the last airbender’, if that counts.

  3. I’ve never actually SEEN Dragonball Z, but I’ve heard of some of the characters. I always assumed it was like the story from The Usual Suspects. You have the Freezer, the Vegetables, the Pilaf — in other words, a deconstruction of some dude’s house.

    Not that I want to get on Karen’s bad side or anything…

    1. Well, Colorist Joe pointed out to me that Dragon Ball was a deconstruction of the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West, so perhaps Karen needs to find a better counter-example. Azumanga Daioh?

    1. With Rebuid of Evangelion, you might even argue that Evangelion is deconstructing itself.

      Gainax is always doing stuff like that. You know, deconstructing and re-imagining. I think that’s probably why they’re so popular.

  4. I’d say it’s not just anime, but anything that is about something, but doesn’t try to accurately show it does or just may do the same… Oh BTW what does deconstruction mean in this context? My english is real good and all, but I’m not sure if I got the expression rigth here. XD

    1. TVTropes defines deconstruction as “an approach which pursues the meaning of a text to the point of exposing the supposed contradictions and internal oppositions upon which it is founded.” It’s basically when someone (in this case, the creative team behind an anime) picks apart the underlying assumptions of a previous work or genre and rebuilds them into something new. There tends to be a subversive element to it, too.

  5. Then there is Gundam, that has gone on to deconstruct itself with occasional influx of current hit. I always thought og G gundam as a cross hybridization of DBZ and Gundam. Another example of self deconstruction would be Fullmetal Alchemist, and Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood.


  6. Dragon Ball Z might have deconstructed Dragon Ball, which on turn deconstructed the ancient Chinese myth of the great monkey king. Take that, girl with glasses!

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