Reviews of David Kitani's paradigm shifting breakdown of the hero...


I love presentations with graphs! So telling, so deep, so eye-opening! It even places some of the "bad guys" in their heroic place. Mr. Kitani is also a true hero himself to the young ones of this generation. Fight the good fight, Mr. Kitani!

- Jinna Hwang, pro-graphs and other mathematical representations

Mr. Kitani's superbticious lecture opened my eyes to the vastly deep world of heroes and villains. No longer am I limited to adoring the one-sided moral champions of the past, as now I have a well-informed education on the various hero-types I may encounter in modern tales of wonderment. The wondrous three dimensional chart has revealed much to me -- never again shall I be baffled by the difference between a sympathetic villain and an anti-hero!

- Daniel Khim, part of the 2009 LaaF symposium on heroes

David the Lionheart of the KitanJi Alliance Corps (thankfully not a tights-mandatory operation) once again put his renowned pedagogic powers to use, this time to detail the inner workings of the hero. The lecture featured as its centerpiece a hero/villain continuum that measured the hows, the whys, and the let's-talk-about-my-feelings of classic heroes, classic villains, tragic heroes, anti-heroes, and sympathetic villains all. (Sidekicks and lackeys can wait their turn.) It was a daunting task most definitely, and probably one which necessitated a herculean effort that may have felt unappreciated. This then was Kitani's oblique identification to the very continuum addendum that his lecture proposed: the hero as outcast. The proposal showed keen perception in broadening the grid to include the outcast angle which might have gone unnoticed by all but those who find themselves in such a situation. Ever the man of God, Kitani sourced Biblical evidence--no truer authority--to show how heroes ought never to be valued lightly or forgotten by successive generations. The responsiblity lies with us not only to take on the role of the hero but to pass it on to our offspring. And with that, legends will never die. Face front, true believers!

- Jezreel Leung, chair of the Hero colloquium

David Kitani is a man who can appreciate a good multi-dimensional analysis when he sees one... and the fact that he picked an analysis of a cognitive scientist makes me think he really must love cognitive scientists! Before this talk, I must admit, I did have a pretty uni-dimensional and unsophisticated understanding of what a hero could potentially be. As Mr. Kitani took us through the highly integrated relationship between heros/models and societies' values, it made me realize just how underappreciated the hero really is. VIVA les heroes!!!

- Ji aka Mrs. Kitani

The concept of The Hero is so instinctive to us that it is easy to not give it any additional thought. Mr. Kitani incisively picks apart the trappings of The Hero in an effort to see what makes him/her tick, covering types ranging from the classic hero to the tragic and anti-hero. At the bottom of it all, the fact that we do indeed need one still stands. Mr. Kitani's presentation spanned the territory of legend, historical, biblical, and the modern day. An academic success!

-Jon Yip, host of the 2009 Hero Convention