We’ve made it out of the sucking hole that is the post-holiday season, and I’m starting to get ready to do all of my other work.
That said, I’m slowly feeling better after having a rough patch there. I’ve fortified myself with some of the rotgut that I call coffee, and I’m prepared for another tour around The Otakusphere. So let’s grab some tunes and get ready to hit the road.
And because the Concrete Revolutio second season opening reminds me of this one. I’m going to share another of my favorite openings.
I want to congratulate Fred on doing what I backed away from doing, criticizing the sexualization of children in anime. One of the things about being socked away in my own little corner of the anime universe for 10 years is that I’m not sure how much anime still falls into this category or maybe I’m just acculturated to it.
Either way, it certainly has been a problem that the Japanese government has dealt with during the past few years, and it’s only likely to be brought more into the public spotlight as the summer games approach.
The one point I would add, and I really want to expand into an actual blog post is that it’s not really 100 percent clear that drawn depictions of children are really protected by the First Amendment. I think it’s a little more complicated than that.
Anyway, go read his post. It’s worth checking out.
So I know that Crow already shared this post, but I couldn’t help but sharing Takuto’s advice for people with a habit of compulsively buying stuff. It seems like a universal issue, especially in fandom circles. I mean who wouldn’t want that super cool wall scroll. So what if you don’t have room for it? You will. Someday. I mean you’re never going to fall out of love with Saber Marionette J, right?
One of the side effects of having a lot of hobbies is that I have a lot of stuff. I mean I have a stack of video games I haven’t played, anime and movies that I haven’t watched and comics I haven’t read. Some of this stuff I’ve had more than a decade. Not to mention stacks of useless Magic: the Gathering Cards, unread books and the occasional trinket.
I don’t know if I could follow his life advice. I think it’s probably good. I mean only buying stuff you know that you want really is the way to go, but I’m sure I’ll really like that JRPG and I’ll get around to playing it sometime. Really. I will.
I’ve got to talk about this list over at Reasons to Anime. When I started reading Casper’s list of awe-inspiring anime vehicles, I was expecting an exploration of mechanical design. It certainly started there, but it definitely didn’t stay there.
I won’t spoil where it goes. Just read it, and if you haven’t already. It’s beautiful.
Man, I love Higurashi. I love it enough that I’ve been considering buying the Blu-Ray complete collection because it is a show that really knows how to use the camera, music and character designs to create some really unsettling imagery.
That’s why I’m a bit skeptical about trying to recapture the magic in a new anime project. Is this just going to be a retelling, or is it going to cover new material? Anyway, I heard it about it from The Little Anime blog.
Since it’s the start of a new seasons, I figured I’d finish off with a couple of reviews of shows that I’m interested in. Here is one from Keiko about ID: Invaded (Karandi did one as well here.) This sounds like one where I’d really like to see what they’re saying about the subconscious. I always find that fiction is fascinated by this idea that we can’t control our innermost desires. Hell, we can’t even know what they are. It’s interesting how they portray that.
On the other hand, Irina shared her thoughts about the first episode of Hands off Eizouken, which sounds absolutely charming. I enjoy shows that try to recapture the innocence of youth.