Mileposts: Interview with Caitlin Glass and Visual Novel Characters with Disabilities

Periodically, I like point back to some of the more than 500 posts we’ve written here on Beneath the Tangles.  Besides the “A Year Ago” series I began several months ago, I plan to occasionally post about blogging milestones – those little breakthroughs when posts hit certain numbers of significance in terms of hits.  Three articles recently hit such mileposts.

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Katawa Shoujo and a How to Guide for Referring to Individuals with Disabilities
5,000 Hits

The informational article discusses how to use person first language to refer to individuals (or VN characters!) with disabilities:

Rin is a character who was born without arms.  Don’t refer to this as a “birth defect.”  “Congenital disability” or “developmental disability” is preferred.  Further, remember to again emphasize that individuals have disabilities instead of saying that they are disabled, which emphasizes the disability, and avoid use of the word handicap.

This was a fun post to craft, because unlike many others, I had to do quite a bit of research.  I’m glad that this was my contribution to the blogosphere’s posts on Katawa Shoujo, a game that I actually never played.

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Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo
Milepost: 2,000 Hits

Reviews are a rarity on my blog, and even more so for novels.  But I couldn’t resist:

No matter how one feels about the breaking of silence in the book, I believe its importance lies in the question of God’s silence in difficult situations.  Christians know the bookish answer to this problematic idea, but Silence presents faces and people and will challenge the faithful to reexamine their beliefs.

Although not necessarily related to anime, I decided to write this review for the blog because the book involves Christianity and Japan.  I also just had to get my words down on (digital) paper after reading this novel, which both stirred me and troubled me to no end.

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Interview with Caitlin Glass, Part 2: Faith and Voice Acting
500 Hits

This post was almost verbatim a transcript of an interview I conducted with voice actress, Caitlin Glass, at IKKiCON:

So I kind of told God, ‘LORD, I really don’t know if this is something I should be doing, but I feel that somehow I will grow as an actor, so I’m going to do it.  And if that dishonors you, I apologize in advance.’  So, we’ll see what happens when it comes out, I guess.  If people watch it and go, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe she did that!’  But there’s another actress, a Christian actress that I highly respect, that’s also in the show and that kind of put me at ease at little bit and I went, ‘If she’s doing it…’

It was great to be able to physically sit down with and speak to Caitlin.  I had communicated with her before, mainly through Facebook, in doing our first interview.  But sitting across from someone and asking him or her questions is an entirely different animal from an email interview.

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I hope you enjoyed reading perusing these articles and maybe finding an interesting one you haven’t read before!

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