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Simoun is a Successful Failed Trap

Simoun is a Successful Failed Trap

“We were all maidens once.” Warning: Contains spoilers for Simoun.

Primary, Secondary, Tertiary – Reducing Anime to Color

Primary, Secondary, Tertiary – Reducing Anime to Color

The Impressionists had been fascinated with color. It was a playground for them; a fertile field from which they could explore that very subjective experience of color qualia. A hundred years later, anime studios continue to carry on the tradition of experimention. However, I think we sometimes take for granted how the mood is conveyed in anime. We certainly can dissect it, talk about the lighting, the facial features of the characters, the placement of the items, all the while coherently pick out the mood that the scene contains, but we haven’t delved far into the heart of the art behind it at all. Let’s take a second and see just how the completed product – the artistic experience from watching anime – can be reduced to the most fundamental of building blocks: color.

The Purity Fixation

The Purity Fixation

Two years ago, a comic serialized in Comic Rex stirred up a huge controversy after the sexual purity of its main heroine came into question. Flamewars were had on 2ch, and over-zealous fans teared up their tankobon volumes in protest. The author fell deathly ill after the controversy occurred (in an unrelated and extremely unfortunate […]