Category Archives: Japanese Society

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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Aoi Bungaku Ep. 5 & 6: In the Woods Beneath the Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

In the Woods Beneath the Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom (which is quite a mouthful so, from this point on, I shall refer to this arc simply as Cherry Blossoms) is a metaphorical story of man versus woman, rustic masculine ideality versus progressive feminine liberation.

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