Fate/Zero – It was epic but ultimately flawed

Fate/Zero was a fascinating series, and in some respects one of the best to look at for the season, however, it is a deeply flawed series, one that was supposed to push boundaries and restart a franchise, but ultimately ended up simply continuing where Fate/Stay Night left off, only worse. In a sense Fate/Zero was a glorious train wreck, it looked spectacular while it was happening, but once it had finished and you begin to sift through the rubble and twisted metal you have to ask yourself what it was all about. It was a series that aimed high, one that had a fascinating, and potentially great concept, and yet, it ended with more of a whimper than a bang, despite the ending being on such apparently epic proportions. Read more of this post

The role of female characters in anime – does it create or maintain inequality?

 This is a more in-depth look at ideas of womens inequality in Japanese society in relation to anime, partly based on my own research and studies. Also, this is a partial argument, the post is a condensed version of a longer article that I have recently written, and unfortunately I have left out a lot of material in order to make it work as a blog post. I will likely add more posts over time looking at other aspects of this topic.

There has been a significant amount of discussion on ideas surrounding whether or not anime is inherently sexist with its portrayals of female characters along with the whole notion of ecchi and fanservice. In general I don’t believe that anime is inherently sexist, however, this post will not be looking at this, rather it seeks to explore ideas of women’s inequality in Japanese society and how this relates to female characters in anime. Women in Japan either socially or in employment do not have true equality. We see this in social terms with reference to ideas of a woman’s place in society, associated with domestic work, cleaning, cooking, childcare and generally looking after the household. Read more of this post