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Incest in Pornography and Anime

One of the most common tropes in pornography today is incest, which has appeared in practically all art forms.The Artifice article "Titillating Anime" codifies many of Anime’s more risqué shows as either parodies of hentai, in which incest and other sexual fetishes are ironically used to critique the genre, or as "something for dads;" however, I believe that there are more serious explorations of incest and prevision in anime. I am thinking particularly of Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. OreImo goes beyond the typical analysis of incest and perversion by exploring the complex relationships between a brother, a sister, and their mutual friends. All of the shows young characters are isolated by their interest in the ‘perverse.’ Incest and other ‘perverse’ attractions go beyond ironic critiques of genre and/or an art form that allows us access to the ‘forbidden fruit.’ I would be interested in an analysis of this more serious artistic form that might suggest why we are interested in incest, or, at the very least, what hides behind the forbidden fruit of incest.

  • a study of the first relationships humans know, the parents - son/daughter relationship, might be a good place to start. the answer, i suspect, lies not within this relationship but within the more specific study of sociability/isolation of siblings and peers but it begins in the same place as everything else about us (humans). – hawkeye 4 months ago
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The Naruto Complex

The anime "Naruto" deals with the concept that no one is inherently evil. All of the "bad guys" have a back story. Their back story explains why they have done what they have done and how they have become who they have become. Often times, the "bad guys" have been wronged in their past and their actions are well intended. What are the implications of showing this gray area in anime and TV? What is the significance in making the audience empathize with the antagonist? Does it become more enjoyable when the villains are more layered than they initially appeared? Does the "bad guy" not actually being evil, undermine the protagonist?

  • Of all the different topics that arise from a show like Naruto, this is one of the hidden gems. Not many pick up on that duality driving villains in a show like Naruto, but nonetheless it is a profound idea. Good topic and poignant questions. – MikeySheff 4 months ago
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  • But there is always a bright side about Naruto and positive inspiration. – HaodiNi 4 months ago
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  • I like this a lot! I think a lot of times some shows focus on portraying villains as wholly evil even though this shouldn't be the case.Each person is complex and isn't entirely evil or good. I think allowing the audience to see an antagonist as a complicated person with mixed motives is a good way to create a real story. – seouljustice 4 months ago
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  • Naruto uniqueness lies in the fact that all central conflicts arises due to clash of ideals. All characters seek peace ,but all in a different way. In doing so it breaks the cliche of good v evil. – Akash 2 months ago
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  • Naruto is very good at making you question your morals. There are tons of villains in Naruto and other anime but more often than not, you find yourself relating to the villains. Stubbornness is a trait that I think all the villains have in common; by adding in these emotions we experience every day, it gives a sense of realism and connection the characters. – aguzma3 2 months ago
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Sports Anime: Accurate, Ridiculous or Both?

With anime like Kuroko no Basket, Daiya no Ace, and Haikyuu!!, watchers of sports anime are immediately thrust into settings with high school-aged characters that are passionate about the sports they play. And with that passion, comes a lot of information about the rules of the sport. Even upon watching the first episode of, say, Daiya no Ace; watchers are already being forced to learn – or at least acknowledge – the rules of baseball, through the dialogue of the characters. In later episodes, and especially later seasons, watchers (over the span of watching more episodes) obtain a lot of information about the sports the characters play. And because it is "sports anime", the anime is based off of the sport it portrays, and thereby (attempts to, or) abides by the rules of the game / sport. Watchers of sports anime may even find themselves watching live-action sports on television and being able to understand at least some of the rules of the real game.

With that said, sports anime like Kuroko no Basket and Prince of Tennis obviously have many extreme elements – like characters with (basically) superpowers (The Generation of Miracles [Kuroko no Basket] and Echizen volleying 10 tennis balls in one stroke [Prince of Tennis]).

Is it okay to classify sports anime as accurate? The extreme elements of these anime are clear, but the anime simultaneously are based around the rules of the sport. Is sports anime considered ridiculous on a "literal level" because of its extreme elements, or can the real and the fake elements coexist to create a sensible story line?

  • Granted that sports anime have a great deal of passion, but isn't passion a common trait in anime. – RadosianStar 5 months ago
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  • You're absolutely right. Passion, almost to the point of extreme devotion (in this case), is definitely present in anime. – gabby918 5 months ago
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Has the exposure to the mainstream for anime hurt or helped?

We all know how popular shows such as "one punch man","naruto", etc. have been received here in America but how has the mainstream attention to anime effected the industry as a whole. What do you think of the working conditions for the Japanese animators as well as the quality being delivered, is anime progressing, or is it stagnating or even being degraded? What do you think?

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    Incomplete Adaptations: The Relationship Between Anime and Profit

    Discuss the reason why most anime is created (advertising the source material) and what makes it financially viable. Talk about how many anime receive anime-only endings or unfinished stories because they exist to promote the source material, which is the more profitable. Talk about light novels and manga, how both have been used as source material, why they’re more profitable, and which ones have been more popular at what points in time.

    • I agree with Kristian. It is rare that anime adaptions help to boost sales of the original source material, although K-ON! and Hyouka are two series that have done this. That wasn't their main purpose for being created, just a lucky side effect. I don't think your assumption is accurate. – Jordan 1 year ago
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    • Cultural differences between audiences (i.e. Japan and U.S.), and what makes such profit in both may be a factor worth examining. – JDJankowski 1 year ago
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    Anime, America, and Adults

    Anime has always be a popular form of entertainment for teenagers and young adults, but do we think those teenagers and young adults will stick to their enjoyment of this genre? It is not uncommon for people to outgrow certain things, but I am starting to think many adults will be inclined to continue to enjoy anime and all that comes with it.

    • Anime has a much farther reaching influence and personal inspiration for people than typical cartoons do. There are certain similar aspects to both with the more comedic or simplistic animes. But I've had friends who told me that anime changed their lives, it helped make them stronger and better people when they grew up. So I feel less certain about certain people "outgrowing" it. But, realistically, even I have found myself turning away from certain things that I used to think were important to me, and yet I'm also finding where other things are still firmly cemented. The way I look at it, anime is not something so small that you can just toss it all aside because it doesn't relate to you anymore. There are so many sub-genres, styles, stories, and levels of maturity, that I treat each anime the same way I treat anything else: on a case-by-case basis. Maybe one day I'll decide to stop looking out for new animes, or watching anime tv series the same way I have (which honestly have never been all that frequent), but the shows and films that I have watched, and have greatly enjoyed in very recent years, I don't see myself ever turning a blind eye to. They are very engaging, very well crafted, and they deserve my patronage and viewership for a very long time. – Jonathan Leiter 1 year ago
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    • As someone who read/watched a lot of manga/anime when I was younger but fell out of the habit of it as I grew older the thing that brings me back to the mediums is something unique and genuine. I found myself growing increasingly impatient with agressively 'anime' tropes and genre conventions. I find myself rarely bothering to even attempt watching high-school anime because I feel like the premise has been so overdone. Likewise there have been a number of anime whose description I read and interested me until it said "in a high school". Maybe that's just my own preference but I think the main reason I've fallen out of watching anime for the most part is from what I precieve as stagnation. While I grew up and developed more sophisticated tastes the anime industry seems to be committed in large to putting out the same 'cute girls doing cute things in a school' ad naseum. – MattHotaling 1 year ago
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    • I have met many adults who have returned to anime and animation. Many adults even discover it when they are older. In Japan, at least, many animes are aimed at adults, and contain content that would certainly not be appropriate for younger viewers. Even in the US, where most animation is aimed at children, there are some animes that have gained an adult audience (most notably the classic Hayao Miyazaki movies). Perhaps it is the youth-culture aspect of anime that prompts adults to lose interest, or perhaps it is simply because the US doesn't have a good way to market adult-oriented animations? Many of the adults I know who watch and enjoy anime do so from outside the mainstream market, streaming anime from free online sites. Anime is certainly able to attract adult audiences, but perhaps its not as popular because it is a little harder to find. – sophiacatherine 1 year ago
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    • The more gritty, edgy, mature series are the ones that are hard to stumble across ("Michiko to Hatchin," "The Woman Called Fujiko Mine," "Black Lagoon," "Hellsing Ultimate," "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex," etc.). These shows are also not the ones easily streaming on any major site like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. Whereas shows that focus on adventurous teenagers in magical lands, or slice-of-life high-school moments, are the ones that permeate the US market. – Jonathan Leiter 1 year ago
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    From Page to Screen: The Art of Anime Adaptation

    What are the best of the best, and the lowest of low? Is there a wrong or right way to go about adapting manga? What are some of the logistical and artistic factors that sometimes lead an anime storyline away from its source material? Can these changes sometimes be for the better? Compare a few studios and their work, see how they vary, and analyze!

    • I think animes such as dragonball and avatar the last airbender needed to be compared to the casting as well as plot. Along with when it comes to either anime and manga need to be true to their story and plot I think. – cjeacat 4 months ago
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    Character Design in Anime

    What are some of the ways that Eastern characters are created differently from Western characters? What are typical strengths of anime characters, and what are typical of Western animations? Weaknesses? Consider other design elements, such as coloration, body style, and so on.

    • Anime characters usually expression their emotions more passionately, both in terms of facial expressions and actions. – RadosianStar 5 months ago
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    • I'm actually doing a presentation on this for class. A good way to show the difference is by focusing on one piece of the character in. Both styles and comparing and contrasting. By this I mean you can talk about head shapes and explain hey arnold and family guys football shaped heads even phineas and ferb. Then you can talk about eye shapes. This topic has infinitely possibilities in comparisons because America alone has so many differences in animation. – tinydetective 5 months ago
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    • It could also be helpful to examine western characters whose designs were influenced by eastern characters, and vice versa. Explore how these influences affect the presentation of these characters and make them stand out from animations which are either characteristically eastern or characteristically western. – Abby 5 months ago
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