The Future of Commercial Anime

Recently, I had a thought in regards to anime and it’s current commercial nature. As we know in the West, anime is something we consume typically either in the form of physical media (DVDs, Blu-Rays, etc.) or on the Internet. And I’d wager that the Internet is by far the largest channel through which we consume anime.

But in Japan, obviously that’s not quite the case. Anime is still heavily restricted and commercialized via major broadcast networks, and it’s main channel of distribution is TV.

The question is, how long will it remain this way?

Continue reading “The Future of Commercial Anime”

On putting people into boxes.

Here’s another trend I’ve observed lately: putting people into boxes.
Not literally, of course.

Instead, what I’m referring to is applying labels to people that remove any and all nuance, lumping people together sometimes based on a single detail.

Continue reading “On putting people into boxes.”

You are the main character of your own life.

I’m sure we’ve all thought this before.
You are the main character of your own life.

We all only know what we know, and anything beyond that we can only imagine. That’s life.

And it’s not life that I want to talk about here, but instead how it’s often told in anime (and manga by extension, but I’m just going to say anime from here on out) via storytelling, and then how that storytelling can affect us.

Relevant post theme:

Continue reading “You are the main character of your own life.”

8 Random Tidbits From Living in Japan

I know I wanted to write about Japan, but then I got here and settled in and whatnot, and I realized that a lot has already been covered somewhere before, for example mainstream tips like “don’t rub your chopsticks together”, that I’d read a million times prior to coming here. So I tried to come up with some other things that I hadn’t known.

Even these points probably have been mentioned before.
But they’re pretty minor things, so maybe not!

So let’s get into 8 random tidbits I’ve picked up so far from living in Japan for a couple of months. In no particular order.

Continue reading “8 Random Tidbits From Living in Japan”

Real Neat Blog Award Round… 3?

I think it’s 3.

Maybe it’s 4 though, I did a quick search on my blog but I didn’t feel like going through older pages because it’s not infinite scroll on the search page. If I ever find out I’m wrong, I can just void a post from existence, and you’ll never know that I was wrong anyways.

So we’ll go with 3.

Post theme:

Continue reading “Real Neat Blog Award Round… 3?”