Category Archives: CULTURE

Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi Episode 3 Impression

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On this episode, Setsuna and Moroha gets transported to the modern world with a demon. Later, Towa gets corrupted by a demon parasite.

Wow, it was awesome to see a lot of Inuyasha backstory and references being explained. Also, they revealed how the twin girls are the daughters of Sesshoumaru and Moroha is the daughter of Inuyasha. Other than that, the demon fighting action is great as usual. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, more awesome backstory details and demon fighting action. …continue reading

    

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III Episode 3 Impression

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On this episode, the Guild directly deploys the Hestia Familia to the 20th floor with Wiene. Meanwhile, Hestia learns about the monster situation.

So I like this arc development more and more. It’s wholesome to see Wiene and Bell continue being together and develop their bond. Also, seeing the Xenos finally being properly introduced is awesome. Other than that, Ouranos seems to be a truly nice open-minded God because he reveals his intentions to Hestia. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I’ll be looking foward to it. Overall, cool 20th floor journey and new characters introduced. …continue reading

    

Studio Ghibli releases 300 more images from six movies free to download online

Gorgeous anime stills include tantalising food scenes from some of the studio’s beloved films. Last month, Studio Ghibli wowed its fans around the world with a present they weren’t expecting: a collection of 400 images from eight feature films free to download online. It was a surprise gesture of kindness from a studio renowned for being […]

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Why Blonde-Haired, Blue-Eyed Sailor Moon Is Neither White Nor Japanese

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Earlier this year, a Twitter storm erupted over drawings of Japan’s eternal anime superheroine, Sailor Moon (セーラームーン). A redraw of the blonde-haired character that gave her Asian facial features drew rapt approval from Twitter users writing in English, before a swift backlash from Japanese and other Asian users who decried it as stereotyping. At the heart of the storm is a question of how manga readers (or anime viewers) identify characters’ race, or to put it another way—“Why do Japanese anime characters look white?”

Why do Japanese anime characters look white?

Living on the moon

Pretty Warrior Sailor Moon is the star of a manga created by Japanese artist Naoko Takeuchi, which was published from 1992 to 1997 along with a TV anime. The 14-year-old character, who is also known as Usagi Tsukino (or as Serena Tsukino in English-dubbed anime), has big round blue eyes, incredibly long blonde ponytails, an adorable maritime-inspired outfit and is the prototype for Japan’s female superheroines. If you met her on the street, you might think she is Caucasian—but then again, you never will meet this fictional character on the street.

Anyway, according to the storyline, she comes from an ancient civilization that lived on the moon.

A Twitter dustup

In July 2019, a Korean artist started the #sailormoonredraw challenge by posting to Twitter a still shot of the anime character and an original drawing of her, and encouraging other artists to join in by posting versions drawn in their own styles. Pictures posted to the thread accumulated likes and retweets in the thousands, but in May this year that jumped to the 10,000s as Japanese illustrators, including some famous ones, got involved.

It was all good artistic fun until self-confessed fan (non-Japanese) Silverjow posted a picture of …continue reading

    

Seasonal Winds of Change Blow Through the Colorful Paintings of Ayune Shojima

Japanese painter Ayune Shojima creates colorful oil paintings filled with flora and fauna that seemingly overflow from the canvas. In her new series titled “Circle of Wind,” Shojima illustrates the seasonal winds of change that blow through the natural landscape. Each painting is like its own window into a bustling world of wildlife preparing for […]

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The new Pokémon series may have the same original Japanese name, but it’s scored by a brand new composer. What’s your favorite track from the Pokémon anime? As an English-speaking millennial, it’s hard to go wrong with the original series’ earnest belting vocals and soaring electric guitar riffs. ▼ You teach me and I’ll teach […]

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Hatsune Miku Promoted as Covid-19 Prevention Supporter

Source: Supaku Blog
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Today, Hatsune Miku got promoted as a Covid-19 Prevention Supporter by the Cabinet Secrariat in Japan. Here is the announcement video.

Here is an official tweet by the Cabinet Secrariat.

#コロナ対策サポーター」である バーチャル・シンガー の #初音ミク さんから #メッセージ動画 をいただきました。
公開先はこちら https://t.co/X6JzYLMtbj pic.twitter.com/oqDT438h46

— 新型コロナウイルス感染症対策推進室(内閣官房) (@Kanboukansen) October 13, 2020

Hatsune Miku is also listed under the Corona Countermeasure Supporters on the official website.

Official Website: https://corona.go.jp/supporter/ …continue reading