Shiage Hamazura: From Level Zero to Hero, Self-reflection and Redemption

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It can be pretty tiring watching mean-spirited anime with edgelord protagonists who must take revenge on the ones that wronged them. With isekai being an oversaturated subgenre, having us follow an edgelord protagonist seems to be a recurring trend. What really bothers me is the problematic subtext these types of shows seem to have. Continue reading

Viewer Emotional Response in Anime

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The dichotomy of emotion vs logic is treated very similarly to the dichotomy of subjective vs objective. Emotion is seen as biased, as a way to cloud your fair judgement. Logic is seen as a means to judge anime on it’s own merits. I think this is an idea that fundamentally doesn’t work because fiction is made to elicit an emotional response from the audience. Continue reading

Anime to Watch During the Quarantine

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At first, I thought such a topic was a ridiculous idea. How can there be anime that are specifically good for watching during the quarantine? I thought you might as well just watch the best ones, and I would just tell people to watch my top 10. But something you come to realize as you watch a lot of anime is that what you feel like watching depends on your mood. Continue reading

Asuna Yuuki: Strength Through Resilience

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Warning! There will be spoilers for up until the end of the second season of Sword Art Online.

What makes a strong female character? The answer to this question will vary depending on the person. A huge fan of action will simply think a strong female character is physically strong, one that can kick ass. From a feminist perspective, you will usually get answers such as having agency, or being independent, usually from men. Continue reading