Reflections Upon The Viewing of Gatchaman Crowds

Gatchaman Crowds, a series that offers a really quirky, unique spin on the sentai genre, opens with the rather happy-go-lucky teenager Hajime being abruptly inducted into the ranks of the Gatchaman, a group of superheroes dedicated to protecting the earth from extraterrestrial attacks. In particular, they’ve been locked for some time in a conflict with… Read More Reflections Upon The Viewing of Gatchaman Crowds

Annalyn’s Corner: Girls, Tanks, and Gender Stereotypes

I avoided Girls Und Panzer for a long time, because “panzer” sounds a lot like “pansu,” which, well… I’m sorry, more innocent fans, but I won’t explain further. Thankfully, my first reaction to the title was completely off base: “und Panzer” isn’t a Japanese (or even Engrish) phrase, and it has to do with tanks, not… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Girls, Tanks, and Gender Stereotypes

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Fractale System as God

Fractale just started airing in Japan (lucky for us, Funimation is simulcasting the series, with episodes appearing just hours after premiering!).  The first episode was nothing at all like I expected, which isn’t entirely a bad thing. One surpring element in the first episode had to do witht he idea that the Fractale system had become a… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Fractale System as God

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Man Hangs Himself at 2ch’s Behest

Sankaku Complex reported the story, this morning, of a man who hanged himself, egged on by a number of 2ch users.  Suffering from depression, he brought his plans to 2ch, and after repeatedly discussing it, a number of users pushed him toward it.  He did so, streaming his hanging (not sure if the actual event… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: Man Hangs Himself at 2ch’s Behest