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I approve of the harem in Gundam: Iron-blooded Orphans

MSG-IBO-Naze-and-his-haremThere are many pseudo-harems in anime (pretty much every so-called “harem” anime is a pseudo-harem, fwiw), but Gundam: Iron-blooded Orphans contains an actual, bonafide harem. And it is glorious.

However, the reason I approve of the harem is not just because I’m a pervlord who likes harems. The harem in Gundam: Orphans says something interesting about family structures – and how they change in times of conflict.

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Froggy Answers Your Questions about Nisekoi

vlcsnap-2015-04-12-18h26m48s217The second season of Nisekoi has started airing! Are you guys having fun with it?

Yes, this is yet another Nisekoi post. I’m pretty sure my readers know exactly how I feel about Nisekoi, but for some reason, they keep asking me questions on my Ask.fm about it. In this post, I will answer all your Nisekoi-related questions and solve all your life’s problems.

This post is dedicated to Marow, the Nisekoi guru.

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How Nisekoi Is Actually Kind Of A Touching Romance

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There’s just something about Nisekoi which bugs me. In an odd way, I find it almost touching. Or perhaps, to put it more accurately, I think the premise has the potential to be more touching than what you’d assume at first glance.

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Empirical Data Shows That Harem Protagonists Have Terrible Taste In Women

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Abstract

It is commonly assumed by anime fans that the Harem Protagonist, the audience stand-in for socially inept Japanese males, has shit taste in women. Close analysis of any given harem anime reveals that a vastly superior Best Girl is ordinarily present within the harem framework. A question that presents itself is why Harem Protagonists do not simply bang the Best Girl when she clearly displays strong amorous desire for his dick. This systematic study of harem anime shows that Harem Protagonists are genetically encoded with bias towards girls with severe IQ deficit.

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A Study of Japanese Anibloggers: #1 Uozanankyoku [NSFW]

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One of the things that’s always escaped me is what Japanese people think of Japanese anime. Looking at the sales figures provides you with some measure of an average Japanese anime fan’s taste, but what about their first-hand reactions? People generally know about 2ch, but what about the Japanese aniblogsphere? Do they have a comparable blogging culture to ours, with there being a general (though somewhat skewed) perception of “blogger = elitist/critic/hipster/etc.”?

As of now, I’ve only just skimmed the surface of the Japanese aniblogsphere, but the early returns suggest to me that their blogsphere has evolved in an entirely different way from ours. English aniblogging is a niche over here, with a small number of bloggers holding a large amount of sway over a relatively closed community. The Japanese blogsphere, meanwhile, is huge. Compare the scale of their aniblog directory to Anime Nano and you’ll see that blogging for them is a rather established thing. The blogs are even being ranked in terms of some kind of arbitrary scale that I have not quite worked out yet.

Naturally, this suggests that the Japanese blogsphere is more likely to represent the mainstream Japanese fan’s opinion than that of a “snob”.

In this sporadic series of posts, I’ll introduce you to a Japanese aniblogger’s website, tell you about their tastes from what they’ve written about themselves and then translate one post which I feel is representative of their writing style.

First up: Uozanankyoku from To Love Ru Love. As you might be able to guess, he likes To Love-Ru.

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First Impressions: Kyoukai no Kanata, Coppelion, Infinite Stratos 2

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Boo! Hiss! Get off the stage!

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A Real-Life Harem Lead Character

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Fun fact: I know a guy in real life who is basically a harem lead character. For reasons which continue to baffle me to this day, he is insanely popular with girls despite putting zero effort into talking to them and having the emotional radar of a sack of potatoes.

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Defining “Otaku Pride”: Apparently, You Are Not An Anime Fan Unless You Are A Loser Too

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This is an autobiographical entry.

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Understanding “Otaku Pandering” in Anime and Light Novel Culture

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One of the most common complaints critics have about anime is that they pander to the otaku. Because fanservice and stock anime characters do nothing to further the plot or the themes of the narrative, this is generally perceived as an example of poor storytelling.

My intention with this post is to challenge this assumption.

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What Happens When You Get Burnt Out On Anime?

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When you watch too much anime, you turn into an unmotivated slob who hates anime. True fact.

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