“It makes sense to basically everybody to imagine ‘non-Japanese anime’: this doesn’t provide any of the difficulties presented by imagining, for instance, a ‘square circle’; similarly, we can also imagine ‘live-action anime.’ In fact, we do not merely need to imagine these things: there is media that gets classified this way (Stet), and whether or […]Read More In My View: Where fewer distributors, marketing and anime definitions meet
Way back when, in the year two-thoooousand (and seven), I watched a little 36 episode series called Honey and Clover. For those people who don’t know what that is, well, first of all, I’m surprised. What are you doing with your life so important that you can’t watch Honey and Clover? Go. Go watch it. […]Read More In My View: The false distinction between live-action and animation
I watched a lot of X-Files back in the day. I remember seeing the second season when it was still new and being in an Ames, Iowa apartment when the third season debuted. Even more, I watched a lot of it with my mom back in the late 90s and early 2000s when I was […]Read More In My View: What’s the problem with problematic?
I started to think about trashy fiction when I was talking with some folks on Jon Spencer Reviews’ discord. In particular, Voyager, Redblinky, Scott and I were talking about Akudama Drive. As we talked about it, it became pretty clear that the general consensus on the show was that it was OK. The characters are […]Read More In My View: Why do I like trashy shows?
Since I started really paying attention to the anime space again in 2019, I’ve noticed, in general, people don’t like it when gaming websites blunder their way into talking about anime. And don’t get me wrong, they most certainly blunder their way around. Even as a mildly invested fan, I can see the inherent flaws […]Read More In My View: Anime and gaming media
A long time ago, I watched the first section of Sword Art Online. My wife had started the series on Netflix and I viewed it over her shoulder. Overall, the show was acceptable. As someone who suffered through the BeeTrain-disaster that was .Hack//Sign, it was miles ahead of that. But a cat that’s been dead […]Read More In My View: It’s not censorship, it’s editing
So gatekeeping made its way around the AniTwitter circle in a dramatic fashion this week with a tweet that was so hyperbolic that the only non-attention-seeking response is derision. Talking about gatekeeping anime itself is not especially interesting. Gatekeepers are fighting over imaginary cultural real estate for imaginary stakes that only really matter to them. […]Read More In My View: Was Gatekeeping guy wrong?
For the last week or so I’ve had two discussions bouncing around in my head taking up space. One was this post over at Full Frontal Moe criticizing the idea that Eva is a deconstruction of the mecha genre, and the other is this tweet thread from Thaliarchus about how we judge newer examples of […]Read More In My View: Why Ideon doesn’t matter
Scott’s recent rant as part of The Animanga Festival got me thinking about nuking a fridge. See when I went to see the fourth Indiana Jones movie, there were some things that bothered me. I don’t think Shia Labeouf is a particularly good action hero. He comes off a bit too stiff. After a certain […]Read More In My View: Who nitted my picks?
Okay, so I feel like I need to explain my last post a bit. My intention was not to defend Weaboo actions (although arguably I did.) My intention was to point out the inherit flaw in elitist arguments and specifically pick apart an argument which seemed to say the only people who can create a […]Read More In My View: The Weaboo Menace?