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Why You Need to Watch "Dorohedoro"

Who doesn't love a little bit of face-ripping?

I can confidently assure you that you've never seen anything else like Netflix's new Dorohedoro anime.

That is, unless you've read the original Dorohedoro manga by Q Hayashida, upon which the Dorohedoro anime is based. But barring familiarity with the source material, Dorohedoro is easily the most unique piece of television you'll consume this year, or maybe even this decade.

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The Cosmic Kitsch of Netflix’s "The Midnight Gospel"

Spirituality meets absurdity in one of Netflix's best new series.

In The Midnight Gospel, Clancy, the doe-eyed hero of Netflix's strangest new show, travels to simulations of other universes by way of a half-functional "simulator."

By climbing into a machine that's visually reminiscent of a woman's private parts, Clancy can be transported to weird, occasionally sublime universes, where he inevitably finds a wise new friend to interview for his "spacecast" as the world burns around him.

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"Rick and Morty" Just Invented a "Fifth Wall" (and Busted Right Through It)

It doesn't make much sense, but it's a hell of a lot of fun

The phrase "breaking the fourth wall" refers to the idea that the audience of visual storytelling is watching through an invisible barrier.

If a normal living room has four walls, the set of a sitcom living room has three, and the camera peers through the empty space where the fourth wall would be. Ignoring the camera, the audience, and the incomplete room maintains the basic illusion of the sitcom's world—the illusion that the living room has a fourth wall. When a work of fiction acknowledges that it isn't real—as Rick and Morty has been doing since its early episodes—that is breaking the fourth wall. It's usually what people are talking about when they refer to a work of fiction being "meta."

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