If you have that friend that constantly asks, “Why don’t anime characters ever look Japanese?”, give them this show. Keep in mind, chances are good that they will no longer be your friend. Continue reading Spring 2013: Flowers Of Evil
A boy is busy fishing in the ocean when he hooks a flirty, green-haired mermaid instead of your standard trout or cod. He continues fishing. As you do. Continue reading Spring 2013: Muromi-san
Space! Giant Robots in space! All things that smelly BOYS like! Well I guess the robots are kind of cool, sort of maybe. In a way. Continue reading Spring 2013: Majestic Prince
Some would say that we didn’t really need 50 whole episodes of Polar Bear Cafe, a show that was basically about zoo animals sitting upright and drinking coffee; some people are idiots. Here are some of the top reasons why my favorite slice of life show really should come back for a second season, and fast. Continue reading Nine Reasons Why The World Needs More Polar Bear Cafe
So, I decide to get back into anime blogging a bit, and what’s the first series I pick at random? Red Data Girl, a spring series about a meek shrine maiden who’s the human host for another shrine maiden, only with nicer clothes. And she needs other people to use Google for her because computers break around her– especially when she cuts her bangs.
Look, they can’t all be winners. Continue reading Spring 2013: Red Data Girl
I noted a couple of months ago in response to the accusations that My Little Monster perpetuated rape culture that I acknowledged that rape culture was a real problem, just that I didn’t feel Monster-kun was one of the perpetrators. I’m beginning to wonder if I was premature on that.
I knew when I watched SAO 24 that people were going to say it perpetuated rape culture; what surprised me is, the more I thought about it, the more I realized there was absolutely nothing SAO 24 could have done that couldn’t have been, with a fair amount of legitimacy, accused of that. There is literally nothing the writers could have done that you could not make a rational argument was harmful for the reasons of perpetuating rape culture. I continue to believe there are trends in the media that popularize false, harmful ideas about rape, but in light of this situation, I don’t know if the term “rape culture” is even useful.
A new study released by the Otakusphere Anime Foundation (OAF) has found that viewers of the show Sword Art Online represent, perhaps, the most polarized group currently extant; more so than one finds in the cases of deeply religious people vs. atheists, different warring factions in the Middle East, or people who think that the last two episodes of the Evangelion TV series were a valid artistic statement versus the people who think the former group needs to look up the definition of the word “pretentious” in the dictionary.
“We’ve found that there is no group more set in their ways, no group less capable of acknowledging their shared humanity, than viewers of SAO: the fans, and the people who aren’t fans but nevertheless watch it every week for some reason,” said a researcher who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals. “In the trials, it reached the point where just saying Asuna’s name would lead to savage fights over territory. On the team, we started referring to her by the code name ‘General Butterscotch’ just to avoid that.”
There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll be blunt: Initial D promotes child abuse. Yes, everyone’s favorite racing TV show with charmingly awkward CGI cars has a dark side that has gone unremarked for far too long, and it’s time for us to all realize just how truly disturbing it is.
I can hear you now: “But Initial D? That heartwarming little show about outdated 80s cars outperforming slightly less outdated 90s cars on twisty roads in rural Japan, where no one has anything better to do?” Yes, that show. I know it may be hard to process at first, but when one considers the plight of the main character, it becomes clear that Initial D contains deeply troubling ideas that need to be unpacked.
First of all, I realize rape culture is a thing that really exists, and constitutes a major problem. I also realize there’s no objective test to identify what is and isn’t rape culture, so it doesn’t shock or appall me that some women will disagree with me about where to draw the line. The following post just explains why I didn’t find the show Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun to be advocating rape, or a culture where the importance of a woman’s consent is downplayed, in any way.
My bad, guys. I was going to do for Penguindrum what I did for Madhouse’s X-Men and blog it weekly (much as it pains me to even mention the two in the same breath), and in fact threatened bodily harm to anyone else who tried. For reasons not worth going into, it’s been a bad couple of months for blogging for me. In recompense, I offer my thoughts on Penguindrum ten episodes in- such as they are. I’m not going to apologize for calling “dibs” and not following up though, because apologizing for that would require the assumption that anyone takes my aniblogging-related threats seriously.