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I’m still alive.

This is a status update of sorts, for anyone who is following this blog and wondering what happened. Work. School. Random internet entanglements. All three somehow happened around the same time and squeezed out that free time I used to … Continue reading

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Don’t Hate Anime

And now, for something different, I present the words of Quentin Tarentino, putting film crit hulk in his place: “And I mean if you want to do this for a fucking living and you’re absolutely serious, then never hate a movie. … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (6. The Dissociated Human)

Part Five There is a contradiction to Azuma’s arguments thus far; within otaku culture, there is an increasing interest in the drama within a work. If there is no need for a grand narrative, real or fake, then why is there more … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (5. Snobbery and the Fictional Age)

Part Four Today, we go back to Azuma’s second question: If, in postmodernity, the notion of transcendence is in decline, what becomes of the humanity of human beings? First, we look for the meaning of the rise of database consumption … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (4. Moe-elements)

Part Three The Evangelion TV series and films can still be seen as a more or less exclusive entry into the database. However, following Evangelion, even this kind of entry point wasn’t needed. This is partly due to the nature … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (3. Theory of Narrative Consumption)

Part Two We left off last time with 2 questions, the first of which we will address now: In modernity, the cause of birth of an original was the author. What is the cause of birth of the simulacra? How … Continue reading

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Analysis #2: Dance in the Vampire Bund – Episode 7, Akira and Mina fight

So, for the second entry of the Analysis Series, I chose my favorite scene from an unpopular anime. This is by no means an attempt to convince you that the anime was actually good; if you’ve been following my blog … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (2. Simulacra and Metanarratives)

Part One The nucleus of otaku culture is the derivative works market (keep in mind my conclusion from the last installment that this interpretation of otaku culture is specific to modern Japanese otaku, and that applicability to those of us … Continue reading

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Analysis #1: Death Note – episode 25, Misa’s Song

Welcome to the Analysis Series. In this series, a single moment is taken apart and analyzed. This moment could be 1 second or it could be 10 minutes. What I hope to accomplish is to inspire readers to wonder more … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (1. The Otaku’s Psuedo-Japan)

Anime fuses the east and the west together. Sailor Mars, named after planet and Roman war god, part of a superhero team, totally hotheaded and modern, yet in touch with tradition, is a great example of how this looks. Azuma … Continue reading

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