Offshore Anime

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Fish People and Naked Revolutionaries – Fall 2013 Review

It’s been a while. Better late than never I suppose.
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Watch Uchouten Kazoku – Summer 2013 Review

It was a pretty average season this summer except for one particularly good outlier. I don’t mean that in a bad way though. There were a lot of shows that I thoroughly enjoyed, but none of them really stood out from the rest. Compared to last season, I think it all went pretty well.
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Comedy and Militant Facism – Spring 2013 Review

Comedies absolutely dominated my list of favorite shows this season which is surprising given my normal response to comedy anime. I’m not sure if it’s a cultural thing, or I just have a strange sense of humor, but anime jokes usually don’t make me laugh nearly as much as I think they should. ┬áIf I had predicted the rankings of these shows before the season began, it probably would have been completely flipped around, but something about the more serious anime this season just didn’t do it for me. Continue reading


Us vs. Them – The Limits of Humanism in Suisei no Gargantia

vlcsnap-2013-06-10-14h59m37s43Humans are very social creatures. We form groups based on anything we can think of whether it be where we were born, the color of our skin or the beliefs we hold. Unfortunately, these groups tend to be contradictory and hostile towards one another which may be manageable on an individual level, but becomes a wholly different matter when dealing with large segments of the population. This manifests itself in racism, nationalism, sexism and religious intolerance, just to name a few. Continue reading


Friend or Foe? – Thoughts on the Anime-Manga Relationship

Anime and manga are virtually┬áinseparable terms. In fact, were it not for the actual act of animation, I’m sure they would be nearly indistinguishable from one another. They share the same style, the same themes, the same fan base, but what does this relationship mean for anime? Does it open up new markets and opportunities for the industry? Or does it pigeonhole animators and stifle creative thought?

Before I go any further, I’d like to make clear that my knowledge on this subject is incredibly limited, and this isn’t meant to be a conclusive research paper. Most of what I talk about below is merely speculation and educated guesses. Continue reading