The Otakusphere: Good numbers, African cartoons and OMG the Dutch Angles they’re everwhere!

It’s that time of the week again. The time that I pull up my reading list and start perusing the rest of the ani-blogging community. Yep, it’s time for the weekly tour around the Otakusphere.

I don’t really have anything fascinating or clever to say today. I was going to talk about that tomorrow (Jan. 5) is my birthday, and I’m secretly dreading the continual march of time that will eventually end with me being nothing more than a footnote in someone’s genealogy chart.

But that’s dark.

Instead, I’m going to share a song that makes fun of Taylor Swift.

So it’s one of those times of the year when one season is wrapping up and the next one is starting. People are putting out their “best of lists” and looking forward to what they’re going to watch next year.

But I really want to share this post by Dewbond about the first half of No Guns Life. Partially because it’s talking about a time that is very special to me — that late 90s, early 2000s anything goes time in anime. When anime could be weird. Granted it was a lot weirder in the mid-80s, but that is neither here nor there.

This write-up is enough to make me want to check it out.

One of the things I really dig about Iridium Eye Reviews is that Ospreyshire finds some really weird stuff. I don’t mean that in a bad way. The thing about anime fandom is that it started as finding weird stuff from Japan. Can you imagine being one of the people to tape a few random episodes of anime and then ship it back to America? Or being the person in America who found those random episodes and took them to conventions so people could daisy chain a dozen VCRs together to get a recording?

Well, that’s what Iridium Eye Reviews does, only with random foreign animation and films that I never heard of. I wanted to share his review of the Nigerian cartoon Malika: Warrior Queen. It doesn’t sound great, but it does sound interesting.

OK. Sometimes you just have to skip the first sentence to get to the good stuff. I really like this post over at Keni, except that he says anime was invented a decade ago. I’m not sure if he’s pulling my leg or not.

He is searching for the answer to the age-old question: Is stuff getting better or worse. There are a lot of neat charts and some graphs that say, “More anime means more chance that you’re not going to like a series.”

What I wonder though is what is the range that people rate things in. Normally I find people will rate at either the bottom or top of the scale. What I mean is people will either say something is great or it’s horrible, they’ll rarely say, it’s OK.

Anyway, go have a look at his figures for yourself.

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with Dutch angles. It’s like getting a new used car. Since I started paying attention to them, I’ve been seeing them everywhere.

Well, now Magic Conan has me thinking about white space in layout design. I don’t know enough about white space to start pondering what it could mean, but it’s worth checking out the post about it.

I hope that you all are safe out there, and for my friends in Australia, be safe, stay out of the smoke and always remember you want to be in the black.

As always, thanks for reading.

11 thoughts on “The Otakusphere: Good numbers, African cartoons and OMG the Dutch Angles they’re everwhere!

  1. Thanks! Another day of light rain in my spot – a warning is looming for later in the week, but for now we can relax a bit. I’m going to try and catch up on some posting viewing now 🙂

  2. I wrote a post about dutch angles in animation. It’s a very different device than in live action. But I never gave much thought to white space. Great round up

    1. I’m curious about your thoughts on them. They seem to be used a lot and sometimes in some pretty drastic ways.

      1. They are but when actively animated it also adds depth and scale more than just athmosphere and emitional cues. S3 of BSD went crazy with them

      2. What do you mean by depth and scale? I agree they are often used to convey information about characters’ mental states.

        Really, I started paying attention in School Days where they use an extreme version of a Dutch angle. It’s interesting because it’s definitely unsettling.

        And dumb question, what is BSD?

      3. I like the post and some of those shots are super pretty. I actually had to learn about photography for work, which us where I picked up the info about Dutch angles.

        So I don’t think the tilt is really that hard in the era if digital animation. I think that’s why you see it more in anime post 2000. Eva for instance used a lot more composition tricks then it tilted the “camera.”

        But RahXephon, seven years later, plays with moving the “camera” a lot more.

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