mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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It ain't Iaijitsu it is Iaido. (58)

Afro Samurai Volume I by Takashi Okazaki.

Fire it up! Fire it...
Can you dig it?! Can you dig...
Well, something like that.

So apparently Sam Jackson is the voice of the cartoon. & he should be. & I bet I'll like this more after the second volume. I like mix & match settings-- katanas, matchlock guns, cyborg arms, rocketlaunchers, you know, whatever works. Plus, killer guys with teddy bear heads? This volume though-- well, PW actually sums it up pretty neatly as macho posturing. I like the art-- I like the way his 'fro can dissapear into negative space to draw his face & I like black & white & blood as a colour scheme. I like the Number 1 & Number 2 headbands. What I don't like is-- there are two instances with women in the book. One, the girls the bad guy has tied up & abused. Two, the innocent girl that Afro Samurai throws in front of bullets to give him cover. What? No thanks. Boo. What is up with the "bad bad dude" trope? I thought the trope was "good bad dude." You know, he saves the girl, at least? I mean, if you are going to be brutishly ignorant of genderpolitik? That is a pretty major concern.
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