Category Archives: Japanese Society

Usagi Drop Ep. 3: A parent’s sacrifice


Daikichi wonders whether or not he should make career sacrifices in order to raise Rin.

This episode deals somewhat with the double standards facing Japanese women in the workforce. Continue reading

The Great Happiness Space


Issei and the title screen

“My dream is… to marry Issei.” — The girl in a white dress, a frequent customer of host clubs

Tonight, I watched a fascinating documentary about male hosts and the women who seek these men’s services. I provide excerpts as well as scant commentary in hopes that others will be interested in watching the documentary for themselves.

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No histrionics necessary

So I won’t add anything extra to this post nor open it up for comments. If you were thinking about donating to charity organizations to help Japan in its crisis, but still haven’t gotten around to it for some reason, here are some links from a forum I loosely follow:

Those looking to donate via SMS can donate $10 by texting:

REDCROSS to 90999 (American Red Cross)
JAPAN to 50555 (GlobalGiving)
JAPAN to 20222 (Save the Children)
MED to 80888 (International Medical Corps)

You can also just click the links if you want to donate a different amount.

The Legend of Koizumi: a Political Primer for Anime Nerds

Reform Without Wasted Draws- The Legend of Koizumi might be my favorite show of the season, even though so far it’s only a five or six minute long OAV. It’s not an especially deep political satire, but I thought I would take a post to enlighten the filthy gaijin in the audience about some of the basic politics of modern Japan. I’ll try to make it interesting even if you’re someone who cares more about cartoons than economics. Continue reading

Karin and the Vampire Mythos

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, a really big movie just opened last night. You might have heard of it… N…. New…. New Moon? Ah yes, the proud sequel of the mega box office hit Twilight. In honor of this momentous event (is there any doubt New Moon will gross hundreds of millions of dollars domestically?), let’s take a look at the vampire mythos and how one anime re-interpreted it.

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