I’ll be moving to Japan next month. I haven’t decided how long I’ll be staying yet, but for now I’ll be starting a new job in Tokyo. If you’re in the area and want to meet up, feel free to send me a message.
In my last post, I discussed my stance on sexism in male otaku fandom. I described my ambivalence about my own fan activities and how I have always felt complicit in sexist attitudes despite my desire for gender equality. It is certainly easy to point out that anime fanservice objectifies women (among other things) and in doing so turn your critical eye away from yourself.
This time, I want to focus on the female anime fan’s perspective. In doing so, I hope to show that sexism in the anime fandom lies far beyond what is shown in anime itself. The sharp division between anime communities “for boys” (i.e. Reddit and 4chan) and anime communities “for girls” (i.e. tumblr and fanfiction sites) does not help. There is a distinct lack of open communication between both genders online. This enforces gender stereotyping on both ends.
This post is a collaboration with my friend AquaJet. She is an insider of both female otaku culture and tumblr culture. I decided to feature her writing on my blog because I feel this is a perspective that needs to be shared to a wider audience.
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.
To entice you to read this post, here is a picture of two guys kissing from one of my favourite shows.
Because Froggy is away in the Philippines, twelve guest writers will be blogging about anime and/or Christmas. Today’s guest writer is Eren Jaegar from Shingeki no Kyojin, a member of the Survey Corps and kind of an angry person.
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.
As a whole, Spring 2013 was a nod towards the old school. None of the titles captured the best of their respective genres – this will probably be remembered mostly as a spring season of mediocrity across the board – but the pleasant throwbacks to older times made each series pretty worthwhile for the hardcore anime fan. As usual, we got a lot of variety to pick from.
In this post, Kirino and Kuroneko from OreImo will be dissecting a couple of the latest season’s anime offerings for your reading pleasure. There will also be guest appearances from Kyousuke before he turned into an otaku. You don’t need to have watched OreImo to understand this post because the characters won’t actually be talking about that anime. (But yes, it is the Best Anime in my totally unbiased opinion.)
After reading their opinions on this current season of anime and their most anticipated title for next season, it’s up to your expert opinion to decide: Between me, Kirino, Kuroneko and Kyousuke, who has the shittiest taste in anime?
The answer is in your hands. Vote on the poll in this post!