Fate Stay/Night Unlimited Blade Works – Words Over Action


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Every time I see a new Type-Moon series I am filled with dread and a lingering feeling that regardless of my hopes and wishes I will ultimately be presented with a series that is more about dense, often nonsensical dialogue than actual animation. This has been my relationship with Type-Moon anime for a number of years now, every series, with the possible exception of Canaan waves its fascinating, intriguing world before my eyes, only for it to disappear behind a dense, impregnable wall of dialogue. This has been the case for the last few Type-Moon anime, including Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai, and ultimately the first Fate/Stay Night. All of them are series (or in the case of Kara no Kyoukai a number of short films) that present an interesting world where the boundaries between the spirit world and everyday life are weakened, melding into one another until they become indistinguishable. Read more of this post

Disappointing Anime of 2012


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While there have been many very good anime series this year there have also been a number of disappointing ones, series that had a lot of potential, but for one reason or another failed to live up to it. Such series aren’t necessarily terrible, but because they suffered from numerous problems ultimately never lived up to the potential that their stories or characters had. In fact there are a few of these series that I really enjoyed watching, or at least enjoyed parts, but their flaws were too much for me to really like them as a whole. I never really ‘hated’ these series, largely because hating an anime series seems to be an exercise in futility, although there are a couple of exceptions, series that were just terrible and what little enjoyment I got from them was short lived. This is a list, but not in any real order since it seems a little silly to try and order the disappointing anime in the same way as you would order your favourite anime (and I even find that pointless). Read more of this post

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

Fate/Zero, or, How to look good in a black suit – First Impressions


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