Yoko Case Study: Exploring the Visual Representation of Women’s Bodies in Anime

This article was originally released on September 17th 2016. In its previous iteration, the post contained a Frankenstein’s amalgamation of blog update, community drama and anecdotes that distracted from the points being made. In this release I have heavily edited the essay, removing now defunct fluff while adding new material to improve or change past positions […]

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Dystopian-Horror Subtext in One Room

The year is 2217. Following a cataclysmic event 200 years prior, the global landscape has drastically changed. The female sex is extinct and all men have uploaded their consciousnesses into floating camera heads. While the worlds leading scientists tried to rebuild the human race, unfortunately, since they were all oligarchical men, the only result of […]

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Bakemono Recchan – Don’t Hide From Who You Are

So I recently read a manga one-shot by the name of Bakemono Recchan. Independently surreal and uncomfortably familiar, anyone with even the slightest knowledge of Manga authors will probably be able to guess who made it. Yep, it’s Inio Asano. A writer well know for gravitating towards psychological themes, his works have served as reflective commentary on societal structures as well […]

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Sexual fanservice in Anime or (why some biases prove themselves)

Today’s controversial topic will be fanservice. Particularly, fanservice in regards to its widespread usage and implantation in anime. Fan service is material in a work of fiction which is intentionally added to please the audience. Fan service usually refers to “gratuitous titillation”, but can also refer to intertextual references to other series or story and […]

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Mayoiga: Hilarious Parody or Serious Drama?

So the title of this article may confuse those who have not followed the discussion revolving around Spring 2016’s Mayoiga. Crucially, that debate has been around the question of “is Mayoiga intentionally bad or not?”. That simplifies the issue a little but it none the less strikes at the divide between critics. See, Mayoiga has split […]

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