The Otakusphere: Harsh working conditions, the Ocean Group and strange survival tactics

So today is a SoCo and coke kind of day. I’m cruising into my weekend, and I saw Dominic over at the Little Anime Blog put this post up today and I spotted a similar one at Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner yesterday.

I know that I’m certainly not large enough for my recommendations to matter, but I thought it would be neat to share what I’ve been reading this week (with a little bit of self promotion at the end.)

Anime Herald scores a good quote:

I’m largely torn about whether creators matter when you’re interpreting art, but I’m continually fascinated with the how the stuff I enjoy gets made. This interview with Naohiro Ogata from Sunrise is interesting for its seeming honesty.

Naohiro Ogata: We are undergoing a revolution with new workplace rules. You cannot work the long hours the way you used to. It’s a good thing, preventing people from committing suicide or dying from overwork. Back in the day, we used to have to do multiple all-nighters to make sure we got something up onto the screen, small or big. That’s not an option anymore.

This is a remarkable revelation. I’m not sure how true it is, but it’s made me interested in if the anime industry has really changed after decades of working its employees near to death.

Any excuse to talk about Higurashi at Anime Rants:

So Anime Rants put up an interesting dissection of Umineko no Naku Koro ni. So I’ve never seen it, and I’m not exceptionally excited about the description. But I love Higurashi, and anything that keeps Higurashi in the popular consciousness is OK with me.

Oguie Maniax gets real:

So I’m a white guy, who grew up in the super white state of New Hampshire. I have to reach for invented tags for why I might not be part of the mainstream, because in the end, I am the mainstream.

What I appreciate about this review is the personal touch that let me into a world that isn’t mine. This is worth reading even if you don’t pick up the manga he’s writing about.

Keiko talks about the only PyschoPass that matters:

So I’ve been following along with Keiko’s 30-day anime challenge, and I’ve thought about doing my own, but I’m not sure how I would fit that into everything else I want to do. It’s kind of like I don’t understand how Irina puts out a 3,000 word blog post every day. They’re good, but man, that’s a lot of work.

Anyways, I picked this one because she talks about the best PsychoPass. When it was good, and there wasn’t going to be a horrible abomination of a third season. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME ANIME GODS?

Yes, I am prematurely judging, but I don’t think it’s unfair.

Honey’s Anime’s unique take on the Ocean Group:

So for years, I’ve heard how bland the Ocean Group’s dubs are and how they really weren’t that good. It’s interesting to see this take. I’m not sure how true it is, or how important the Ocean Group really was to Canadian fandom, but it’s an interesting slant either way.

But really, give Zannen Canada a listen for some more touchstones concerning Canadian fandom.

Oh and side note: Anime Roundtable is still around? Sweet.

Survival and batshit water enemas:

What are you doing in your life that is so important that you can’t go and learn about the Survival Science of Sounan desu ka?

Finally what I have been doing. Well this is my first full week back, and I’m in the middle of putting together a series of posts about The Big O. I like them, and I hope that you do too.

The goal is to write through everything that I’m noticing about the show as I watch it. It’s a little more disorganized then I would like.

Introduction: Batman, Art Deco Robots and Anime History. This is the Big O

Episodes 1 – 4: Nightingales, Black Forests and Western Symbols in The Big O

Episodes 1 – 4: Welcome to the best post-apocalypse

Episodes 5 – 7: Thank you Bonny Frasier. The best character in The Big O 

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One thought on “The Otakusphere: Harsh working conditions, the Ocean Group and strange survival tactics

  1. Thanks for the shoutout! 😊 To be fair, I agree with you in regards to Psycho Pass. The first season was amazing, the second season was meh and season three has me both excited (because it’s Psycho Pass) and filled with dread. We’ll see how it goes but I doubt it’ll be as good as season one.
    Also, if you want to do the challenge, go ahead! I scheduled all the posts a couple of months beforehand so I didn’t have to worry about forgetting or anything. 😊

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