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The Myth of the Season

The Myth of the Season

Fans and critics of anime across English-speaking communities over the internet have all been operating under a terrible misunderstanding. It is a misunderstanding that, I believe, will require significant effort to correct on the part of hundreds of people, and will take much time for us to overcome – particularly for the blogging and fansubbing […]

Spring 2010: Less Moe, More Substance?

Spring 2010: Less Moe, More Substance?

Sorrow-kun has just given his opinion on the new season, and I’ve discovered that the new shows have a subtle, but important, shift in focus away from the “moexploitation” shows of past seasons. While I am not foolish or naive enough to conclude that Spring 2010 will be known as “The Season that Moe Died” […]

Was Winter 2010 a Good Season?

Was Winter 2010 a Good Season?

Continuing on from the last post. This post contains moderate spoilers for the tagged anime. (Source of above image unknown, found on Moe Imouto; mildly NSFW.)

Suicide, Otaku, and Bullshit

Suicide, Otaku, and Bullshit

It occurred to me while reading Harry G. Frankurt’s “On Bullshit” that quite a few of the scenes we see in anime necessarily rest on a distinctly anti-realist skepticism of the truth of the world. In such anime, we see illustrations of anything from the most mundane aspects of our lives to what we can […]

Winter 2010: First Thoughts

Winter 2010: First Thoughts

I had the full intention of signing up for Crunchyroll membership this season, but baulked when I realized they only had two shows I was interested in. However, those two shows are arguably the best of the season so far, and with the US dollar where it is, there’s probably no better time for me […]