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The Problem With Reading Yourself Into An Anime

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I’ve been really amused by the shitstorm around Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei. I got into the show expecting the usual anime bullshit and cliches that I love and adore, and ironically ended up finding much more entertainment outside the show itself.

The shitstorm occurred for the usual reasons shitstorms happen in anime discussion. Someone (usually a critic or aniblogger) points out something that is morally questionable about an anime’s message or worldview, to which the fans immediately spring up in defence saying stuff like, “OMG U FAG WHY DO YOU READ SO MUCH INTO IT? IT’S JUST AN ANIME, HAVE FUN, CALM YOUR TITS.” Ironically, it is usually these fans who look like they are in need of having their tits calmed, seeing as they are the ones getting overly emotional in the discussion and all.

The problem stems from liking an anime so much and in such a specific way that you end up reading yourself into it. It’s like the anime becomes part of you, and if anyone criticises the anime, they criticise you, too.

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“This Anime Is Too Elitist For Me To Enjoy!”

Ironically, not many self-proclaimed "elitists" would find much to like in OreImo

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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!

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I Miss Being A “Filthy Casual”

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I’ve grown up watching anime. Even if I haven’t seen as many titles as some of the more hardcore fans (I’ve completed over 500 titles, and of them around 340 are full-length TV series), I’ve still spent more time watching, thinking and writing about anime than I care to admit.

But you know what? None of this makes me a better fan than the person who only watches Naruto or Bleach. And in a lot of ways, I kind of envy those who can dedicate themselves to a small number of anime. Lately, I feel as if I’ve been losing perspective on what it is about anime that drew me to it in the first place.

In other words: I miss being a casual.

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Relating to an Anime Character

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They’re just silly cartoon characters. For God’s sake, they probably don’t even talk your language. And yet somehow, you feel a quasi-spiritual kinship with a fictional character. DOESN’T ANYONE UNDERSTAND THESE FEELS???

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Froggy’s Top 5 Anime of 2013

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To entice you to read this post, here is a picture of two guys kissing from one of my favourite shows.

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The Best Anime of 2013?

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. tumblr_inline_mmprcbqBSj1qz4rgp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: There’s no audio. It’s just a transcript. Sorry.

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Gamagoori Reacts to the OreImo Ending

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Because Froggy is away in the Philippines, twelve guest writers will be blogging about anime and/or Christmas. Today’s guest writer is Gamagoori Ira from Kill la Kill, the Disciplinary Committee Chair and a member of Honnouji Academy’s Elite Four.

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the OreImo ending specials.

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What I Learned From Writing A Trashy Imouto Light Novel

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November has been a weird and wonderful month this year. I crapped out a novel and I actually kind of had a good time with it, so here’s a story about all the heartwarming lessons I learned while trying to write an imouto incest fetish story.

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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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Update on Summer 2013 Anime + Fall 2013 Season Preview

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There’s a lot of miscellaneous stuff I want to mention about certain anime that I never felt deserved a post of their own, so I decided to write about them all and slap them together in one post. This is going to come off as a bit unstructured compared to my regular posts, but bear with me.

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