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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Daru
    July 10, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

    One of the big things I am enjoying about this series is its ability to "transcend, reclaim and reappropriate" as you say above.

    I don't know it it's just down to the drawing style but felt that there was a transgender edge to the character of Kaia. I felt that something like that may be coming (and it does overtly appear in a later story) and it was very refreshing to see in an animation.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    July 11, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    "One of the big things I am enjoying about this series is its ability to 'transcend, reclaim and reappropriate' as you say above."

    That really does seem to be a major theme here, doesn't it? I think it's a major strength of this series and Dirty Pair in general. We can even use this to salvage the show itself in its weaker moments.

    Interesting take on Kaia: I'd never thought of that, but it is certainly interesting in lieu of what happens next episode, as you say.


  3. Daru
    July 12, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

    Aye for sure – I also did spend quite a while working out if Kaia was actually a women at first.


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