Families in fiction can feel like something universal. Loving your parents, and caring for your children, can strike us as things essential to our humanity; faulting them, likewise, can be monstrous.
But when we look across cultures, there is no single idea of ‘family’ that unites the world; household relationships are as much a product of our culture and society as the stories we tell about such structures. The families we see in anime are often readily understandable as though they were from the West, but there are details that become exposed when we tackle these stories with sensitivity to the way Japan thinks about its own families and social codes. Continue reading Omote, Ura and On: ERASED, Hanasaku Iroha and the Mother-Daughter Conflict
If you’ve been following discussions over the quality of Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, or ‘ERASED’ for Western viewers, you’ll have surely come across the issue of whether or not it deserves the ‘mystery’ genre tag MAL and a number of other anime sites give it.
The camp that says it must be a mystery tends to just note that it has ‘a mystery’ and therefore must be of that genre – that genre being, more specifically, the ‘whodunnit’ genre where we expect to follow a detective as he slowly unravels a crime. The camp that disagrees tends to argue that the killer was supposed to be obvious, that Satoru ignores his expected role as a detective ad goes on a different path, and that’s what contributes to it being a drama-slash-thriller. But neither of these positions fully grasp what ERASED was setting out to do with its story. That being said, it didn’t do that particularly well either.
Continue reading Why Genre Matters for ERASED: ‘Playing Detective’
On the front page of r/anime today, filling the slot of the subreddit’s Daily Salt Thread, is a discussion titled ‘What scores on your MAL would make /r/anime question your taste the most?‘. I could stop here and let that post speak for itself, for why I think MAL and the community it facilitates is what drags down the potential for good, interesting discussions about anime online. But I might as well blog about it too.
Continue reading Why I’m Not on MyAnimeList
It’s the end! Some shows lost their way; some were never going to recover. But it’s still been an enjoyable season overall.
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Weeks Twelve & Thirteen
This week: Satoru gets emotional over these Impressions getting posted on schedule this week. That and some stuff about Kayo.
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week Eleven
This week: shifts in Shoujo-tachi, consistent crap in KyoAni’s fan-service flick, and continued praise for Boku Machi even if the internet is upset that the obvious villain was obvious.
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week Ten
Lucky number seven, and it’s fortunately been a good week all round.
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week Seven
Had some technical hitches for the last few days, so again: this is a Monday thing. Mondays just don’t like me enough yet to allow it.
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week Six
So this was supposed to be a Monday thing now, but uni happened.
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week Five
Slowly getting this blog back on schedule by slowly getting my life back on schedule. So, what did we watch last week?
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week Three
We often wish we could know the future, but what if that was only a tool to serve others, rather than ourselves? This season’s most (deservedly) hyped show, Boku dake ga Inai Machi, is asking us to come up with answers.
Inspired by the spirit of Kekkai Sensen’s finale, this post is finally here, better late than never!
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week Two
This is going to be so much less time-intensive than full episode reviews. Plus, I get to talk about more stuff. In the words of Musani’s director, it’s a ‘win-win’!
Continue reading Impressions: Winter 2016, Week One