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!

hazuki
vampireknight
vamphunterd
hellsing



Tsukuyoumi / Moon Phase


Vampire Knight

Vampire Hunter D

Hellsing

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.

Anime Icons

It’s another solo podcast this week. Today I talk about Anime Icons, or images from anime that refer to anime properties but also carry meaning all on their own. Click download and have a listen.



Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty brings you peace, love, and more Hello Kitty!

domo
Domo is just Domo, but that could mean anything.

Some fandoms grow from an original text (say, a comic book) and are represented with imagery. Other fandoms started with the imagery and grow a world from there. Both are cool!
batman-logo-big VERSUS Airship

Cthulhu
Maybe there are amigurumi crafters who have never read “Call of Cthulhu,” but that doesn’t make this little guy any less legit.