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Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy

This post is spoiler free! Just kidding. Spoiler Warning.One of the stock modes of operation of Doctor Who is, of course, the collision of genres and genre elements. Sometimes this simply takes the form of colliding Doctor Who itself into another genre. Other times, the Doctor wanders in on two genres in the act of colliding.A Town Called Mercy is, of course, a Western. It is also a space opera. The two are blended fantastically, with the warring aliens taking on roles out of a traditional Western, with the outlaw and the target of his anger.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 7 - "Barairo no Hoho"

You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningThis episode deals mostly with Shūichi forming a romantic relationship with Anna (and the resulting fallout). It is told in an interesting nonlinear fashion; we see the two of them interacting, but not the beginning of the relationship. The story then cuts to someone teasing Anna (who is older than Shūichi) for dating him, which causes the other characters present to react with surprise. This is clever, because it aligns the character reactions with the audience reaction - it is as much a surprise to us as it is to them.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 6 - "Bunkasai"

You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningWhen I transitioned, I took all of my men’s clothes, put them in trash bags, and gave them away. This was a very cathartic experience - the moment I left the lie behind forever. I’ve noticed that a lot of trans women are sentimental like that.So, when Yuki puts on a men’s suit to attend the play, it struck me as odd - keeping that kind of reminder of my past life around is something that I actively avoid, and I know the same is true for many trans women.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 5 - "Natsu no Owari ni"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Trigger Warning: this entry contains discussion of cissexist slurs, in particular the T-word. If you want to skip that, start reading below the ‘End of Trigger Warning’ messageAlso, Spoiler WarningI’m going to start in the most obvious place: the subtitles in this episode use the word ‘tranny’. In fact, the word gets used several times in the series, but this is the first occurrence.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 4 - "Watashi no Namae o Ageru"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningThis is the first episode that made me cry.Sure, each of the other episodes made me get teary-eyed at least once, but this one actually gave me a need-a-tissue, tears-streaming-down-my-cheeks crying fit. It did this by being painfully sweet. But we’ll get to the scene that made me cry a bit later.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 3 - "Romio to Jurietto"

This post was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningIn this episode, it feels like the show is finally reaching its stride. It combines the strengths of the previous episodes; the pacing is as good as the second episode, and the overall emotional impact and thematic cohesion is on the same level as the first episode.So, like the episode, let’s start by talking about bras.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 2 - "Kirai, Kirai, Daikirai"

This was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially here.You can watch the episode here.Spoiler WarningThis episode switches gears and focuses mostly on Saorin. It also gives us a much-needed flashback that provides the backstory on the relationship between Shūichi, Yoshino, and Saorin.Near the end of the previous episode, Shūichi runs out of his house, distressed, after an encounter with his sister. I didn’t get around to talking about that scene in that entry, so let’s touch on it here.
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Wandering Son Reflections: Episode 1 - "Onna no Kotte, Nande Dekiteru?"

This was originally posted in February of 2011 here. It has been updated substantially here.Spoiler Warning, and possible Trigger Warning for description of internalized transphobiaAfter watching the first two episodes of Hōrō Musuko (放浪息子, “Wandering Son”), I have decided to start a running review/commentary of the series here. This post will review the first episode. You can watch the episode online at crunchryroll, and I highly recommend watching the episodes before reading the review, because otherwise you’re likely to be a bit lost.
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