CONTENT WARNING for discussions of ableism and emotional trauma. SPOILERS: General references to plot points in Natsume's Book of Friends and Masamune-kun's Revenge. In an inclusive world, everyone would understand people with disabilities as a valuable source of social diversity. This world would be materially and socially accessible and barrier-free. This world does … [Read more...] about The Inclusive World: Positive representation of disability in Natsume’s Book of Friends and Masamune-kun’s Revenge
There are more foreign-born manga artists active in Japan than you might think. You just may not notice some of them because they take on pennames that obscure their non-Japanese origins. For instance, “Minami Sakai,” whom Anime Feminist interviewed last year, is the penname of an American-born manga artist working in Tokyo, while “Yuu Kamiya” is the penname of the … [Read more...] about Art and Identity: Tiv, Korean-Born Manga Artist
When the first episode dub of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid came out, fans were quick to notice a problem: lines which had been accurately translated for subtitles had been revised for the dub. This is not unusual; lines must be expanded or trimmed to synchronise with lip flap movements, and jokes in particular can fall flat if not overhauled. But that’s not what happened … [Read more...] about [Feature] Why Aren’t Problematic Translations Fixed?
Another season of premieres reviewed! I have never found a season as disheartening as this one. It was five painful days before I finally found something to enthusiastically recommend, and I credit Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju for reminding me in that time of the heights anime can reach. It felt like a constant process of my bar for quality being lowered and lowered again, then … [Read more...] about Winter 2017 premiere rankings
Masamune Makabe was a fat kid who fell for a mean girl who called him Pig's Foot and said she could never fall in love with him. A bunch of years and a lot of calorie restriction and home gym expenditure later, Masamune is finally attractive enough to have his revenge: making the mean girl fall for him, revealing his identity and childhood grudge then dumping her to cause … [Read more...] about [Review] Masamune-kun’s Revenge – episode 1