There are lots of potential candidates for scariest-sounding anime of the season, like Beautiful Bones and Dance with Devils. Heavy Object also sounds morbid. Imagine suffocating under the weight of a thousand fridges.
However, the anime I will feature in my post today is even scarier than all of those…
Light novels are becoming more popular among English-speaking readers these days, but many, many LNs remain untranslated. This particular title doesn’t even have a fan translation. But never fear, Doctor Froggy is here to provide you with spoilers for a trashy light novel you’ll probably never read.
It’s been an exhausting twelve days furiously scrambling together posts for the annual 12 Days of Anime, but we’ve finally reached the end of the line – at least in Down Under. Today’s post is not about anime, however. I want to sincerely wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a great New Year!
One thing that struck me while I was covering these anime Christmas episodes/features was how vastly different each anime handled the Christmas theme. Part of this is due to self-selection, but it’s also a reflection of how Christmas doesn’t have the same cultural significance in Japan as it does elsewhere. It’s fascinating to see how anime reinterprets Christmas motifs and themes. Like a lot of anime in general, it manages to feel simultaneously familiar and exotic.
Although I was brought up Catholic, I’m no stickler for purism, nor am I overly concerned with “THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS”. I’m just happy that people across the world can enjoy Christmas in their own ways. So regardless of your religious beliefs, I hope that this year’s Christmas will be a special day for you to remember. Take care, everyone, and I’ll see you again at the New Year!
This is just a short post filling you in on some of what has been going on in my life. I have not been blogging as often lately, but this is definitely not because I have run out of things to say about anime.
EDIT: So this post ended up on the front page of Reddit! I just want to clarify that I am not arguing that all art is purely subjective.
It’s only by acknowledging the social dimension of how we interpret anime that we can learn to detach ourselves from it. The quest for a “fair” reading isn’t about pretending you have no biases – it’s about understanding those biases and how they play into how you look at things.
Hope that makes sense!
For the final day of anime blogging before Christmas, I thought it would be a great idea to be one of the cool kids and do a podcast. And because my bestest friends in this world are 2D, what better company to do a podcast with than anime characters?
Today’s podcast brings together the cast of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai and Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru, where they’ll be discussing the best and worst anime of 2013.
Note: There’s no audio. It’s just a transcript. Sorry.