My Top Three Anime

Is it “anime” or “animes”? Grammatically, it’s “anime,” because Japanese words are the same pluralized as they are singular, but it seems awkward to say. I tried to get into the habit of saying “one ninja, many ninja,” but “ninjas” just sounds better. Besides, isn’t it always “many ninjas”? Just because you don’t see the other ninjas, it doesn’t mean they’re not there. They’re hiding, duh.



Anyway, as you can maybe tell by the rambliness of my blog post and podcast, I’m a little bit under the weather. Stupid end-of-winter cold. Go away! TBH, I didn’t even have the energy to do this podcast, but… I can’t skip this week! It’s the one-year anniversary!

I really did mean to do a whole shebang with several top three lists, but… things got rambly and I can’t focus due to this cold medicine, so… Happy anniversary! I’ll be back next week with something more coherent! Yay!

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Anime Eye Colours

On today’s podcast, in which I ramble in a distracted hurry, I discuss anime eye colours and what they mean. Possibly I overanalyzed it, but there seem to be tones of evaluating people by race, apparent intelligence, and behavior. I hope I’m wrong – anime, you’re not bigoted, are you? I know you’re better than that. Anyway, here’s the podcast:



The previous podcast episodes I mentioned: Anime Hair Colours and Lost In Translation.

Let’s compare “Kuroshitsuji”‘s images of Sebastian and Ciel with that of Prince Soma.

Monochrome (kiss?)

Monochrome (kiss?)

So colourful!

So colourful!

Oh, and I might have made a mistake. Excel’s eyes are green when I said they were blue. Still, they’re light in colour, so maybe the pattern still works. What do you think?

She's a loud personality.

She’s a loud personality.

Genki Desu!

Genki Desu!

Here’s an example of contrasting normal/subdued with bright and loud. Even though Neptune’s hair is blue-green (which can’t be natural), the muted colour is more subtle than Usagi’s highlighter yellow hair. And look which one is the klutzy loudmouth and which is the sophisticated beauty.
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And the blue-eyed blonde pattern continues…
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That’s not to say that ANY anime character with blue eyes and blond hair means trouble. Sometimes, it just means they’re white, and the extra fair coloration is to make them look as un-Japanese as possible. It’s not necessarily a purposefully mean kind of Othering. Look at “Hetalia,” for example. Most of Europe is blond, as are the North America brothers. Yeah, America and Denmark are obnoxious and loud and totally fit the gaijin stereotype, but look at Estonia, Norway, Germany, and Holland. Then again… if there are so many people with typically white physical traits, then maybe the white people don’t stand out as foreign in “Hetalia.” Something to think about…

But let’s go with another, clearer example: John Brown from “Ghost Hunt.” He’s Australian, and is clearly the only non-Asian cast member, yet he’s depicted as friendly, responsible, and caring. This gets especially interesting when you compare John to the brown-eyed, brown-haired, fully Japanese Mai and Ayako. Mai is “just yer average high school student,” of course, and Ayako is a Shrine Maiden. And THEY’RE the ones who are a bit lost and emotional. So, no, it’s not applied as a straight-up stereotype. The pattern is adhered to often enough, but not all the time, and not in a purposefully hurtful way. More often than not, it seems to be stock character design, rather than an accusation. I knew you wouldn’t be racist, anime. I know you’re cool.

I’ll just leave you with Tamaki “hugging” Kyouya.
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OCs

Today I delve into the world of OCs, Mary Sues, character creation, and online critique.

Just a note here – I may have misused the word “cyberbullying.” I used that word in the podcast to refer to an intense but short onslaught of troll comments I got on a picture. That’s not really cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when people use the Internet to harass someone for an extended period of time, sometimes using social media to blackmail the person, and often including all kinds of threats. Sorry – I was stuck for a synonym for “trolling” and accidentally used a much stronger word instead. For someone who’s been offline bullied for pretty much all her formative years, I should know better than to play it down by watering down the word, so sorry about that.



Vampire Anime

This podcast has returned from the dead!

Sorry about the unannounced hiatus, folks. My computer was broken for a while. Fortunately, it’s back in time for Halloween, so welcome to the Halloween episode of “Anime, Brains, and Culture.” This week, it’s all about vampires!

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Tsukuyoumi / Moon Phase


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Anime Hair Colours

It was a matter of time until we got to this topic. Newcomers to anime may be baffled, whereas the seasoned otaku doesn’t even notice it anymore… Why do anime characters have such weird hair colours?



One of these characters is not like the others.

One of these characters is not like the others.

Ha ha, I am special!

Ha ha, I am special!

Aww... not special.

Aww… not special.

Like, OMG, our hair is MAJOR blonde!

Like, OMG, our hair is MAJOR blonde!

Haruka's hair is just kinda sandy blonde.

Haruka’s hair is just kinda sandy blonde.

White breaks up the red.  That's how he became a scientist, right?

White breaks up the red. That’s how he became a scientist, right?

Tsukasa and Kagami.

Tsukasa and Kagami. Twins.