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Moe, Maturity and Reading Like a Man: Beneath the Surface of Shirobako

An anime about making anime and celebrating the industry wins multiple awards from the industry. Passing comments might be skeptical of how self-centered the anime business has become. But those who have watched Shirobako know well how deeply it deserves its accolades. It’s a coming-of-age story that abandons the typical high school setting, but retains the moe aesthetic for its femicentic main cast. Combining the realistic struggles of a workplace with the hyperreal glaze of cute girls and boundless enthusiasm, it’s got both reality and moe firmly in its heart, and comments often on how the two conflict and co-operate in various capacities.

The success of Shirobako has however attracted a lot of attention from critics seeking to downplay its value for women, affirm the lie of ‘anime is a boys club’ to fabricate outrage, and use the show as a platform for continuing the anti-moe sentiment permeating much of our Western community. Continue reading Moe, Maturity and Reading Like a Man: Beneath the Surface of Shirobako

Christianime: An Artist’s Worries and What to Do With Them

When I first decided I’d start a feature on this blog, I was worried. Worried because I thought I might run out of ideas, or that I might put my opinions across in the wrong way, or that I’d say something I’d end up seeing as wrong itself. It’s not easy trying to hone an artistic discipline in a public place. In fact it’s as hard, or even harder, if you try to do it in private. Something I’ve always wondered about being an arty person of any kind is how a Christian is supposed to deal with the worries you may face every day, especially if you’re just starting out. What do we do to keep working against our fears and doubts, to strive towards what we were inspired to create and the artists we want to become?

Two shows about young artists struggling in the anime industry – Sore ga Seiyuu!, airing this summer, and its often-compared-to recent predecessor, Shirobako – answer that question well.

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