Comedy, Carnivalesque, and the Naked Body in Anime: Why the issue of ‘Fanservice’ is more complex than it first appears


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Japanese culture has long been viewed as a curiosity, from the period of European colonialism when The Orient was a place of exotic otherness, to modern day society where Japanese popular culture is viewed as extreme, perhaps hedonistic, as opposed to the more refined tastes of the west. When viewing anime, it is possible to see how it, as a cultural medium, promotes an orientalist view of Japan with its astonishing visuals, along with the numerous exotic and strange creatures and creations. Part of the exoticism within anime is the explicit use of nudity, and more revealing situations where male and female characters are seen in their underwear, or in a more exposed, even fetishistic light. Read more of this post

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C³ – Cube x Cursed x Curious – The anime where swearing is a casual greeting and a dentist drill is 4ft long


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Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai – Review – Why having a perverted archer around is a good thing


So Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai (Majikoi) has finally finished, and it was a series that I very much enjoyed, even if it is very flawed and I have some issues with it. Majikoi is a classic Harem with fanservice, dirty jokes and double entendres, basically its pretty dumb fun. Majikoi is of course an anime adapted from an eroge by Minato Soft; it is a ecchi harem series with some romance and a bit of fighting involved. There is some form of serious plot running through this series, but for the most part it is ignored and only ever appears at the very beginning and during the last couple of episodes. This is in fact one of the main issues that I have with the series overall, the plot/story doesn’t make much sense and most of the time doesn’t even appear to be included in the series. The story takes place in Kawakami city and follows Yamato, a second-year high school student at Kawakami high school. He is surrounded by five girls who are all in love with him and constantly try to get his attention, although in the case of Momoyo, she sort of abuses the fact that Yamato confessed to her. There are other characters, but they don’t seem to have such a large role to play in the story, but are likely to be more important in both the game and the manga.

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Amagami SS – Review


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Majikoi episode 6 – the art of eating phallic candy and beyond


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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: How to make crazy friends


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Maken-Ki: Initial Thoughts


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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon: Initial Thoughts


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Ben-To: Initial thoughts


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