Post-Modern Analysis of the Visual Culture

[HorribleSubs] Genshiken Nidaime - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.15_[2013.08.06_20.33.36]

I originally started this post to be sort of a look into how we perceive anime today. I know a lot of people from all angles of the chinese cartoons have different opinions about them. Many old-timers refuse to touch the new-age moe-revolution. Fresh meat know who Kugimiya Rie is, but have no idea who Hayashibara Megumi is, or what she was in. But then I started giving less of a shit about it.

But as I try to slog through Genshiken Nidaime, trying to survive fujoshi days in my otaku circle, I’m finding that even though I have played indifferent to the years-passing view of the weeaboo ecosystem, I can’t help but feel a little bit like a hipster when it comes to something that was neat-and-balanced going the completely different direction to appeal to a different crowd.


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Some say the current state of anime leans too far towards the same-old same-old, the moeshit, the fluff, or whatever you like to call it. Perhaps I don’t have rich tastes, but my selection from this season’s pile has so far been pretty good to me, more or less. One new first look, Gin no Saji, which started last week and I’m a week late on, and a handful of currently airing mentions on some of the cream-of-the-crop entries this week.


Somewhere I Belong


Before the start of the new season, I wanted to jump in on one of the new manga-to-anime adaptations that intrigued me, Aku no Hana. A story about a boy who reads classic literature, a girl who is a delinquent and forcefully rude towards everyone, and a model student, their worlds collide in a nightmare-ish fashion after he is caught stealing gym clothes from the classroom. Forewarning, it’s six ways of Sunday fucked up, if you can’t deal with the topics of blackmail, perverts, isolationism, destructiveness, sex, rape, and social disconnect, back the fuck up. This series does not fuck around.


I’ve been slacking on the weekly report of animu, largely due to work, but also due to THE SISKO and my insatiable need to watch episodes of DS9 on Netflix. So to fill in for now until I get a chance this extended weekend, here is a little FUCK YEAH NANOHA if you aren’t already reading Nanoha Force.