Deki

Deki

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    WW2 as a subject of inquiry in Japanese animation?

    I’d like to hear someone explore the fan interest in World War II, but rather how it crosses over into Japanese animation and graphic novels. I have noticed that there has been a growing presence of WW2-inspired anime and manga such as Kantai Collection and Girls und Panzer. I think it would be worth discussing the Japanese view towards their own role in WW2 and how this view has led to a different handling of the subject in Japan. In many anime and manga, one can see that there is a hesitation to portray Axis-aligned countries strictly as villains. Often times, I have seen Axis-countries being portrayed from a neutral position like in Girls und Panzer and Axis Powers Hetalia, or WW2-esque settings being entirely re-written and replaced by alternate settings like in Strike Witches or Sora no Woto.

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      Deki

      Hello Amyus. Thanks so much for your participation in this. As always, I’m very pleased to have proved this series worthwhile for you. I would have to agree with you on the British school and would admit a good number of small criticisms as far as details go, such as the fact that St. Gloriana fields primarily infantry tanks, which aren’t very suitable for tank-to-tank combat. There were many other vehicles used by the British Army, that would be far more effective for this sport (Cromwell Mk. V, Churchill Mk. IV, Cruiser Mark VIII Challenger). Anyhow, thank you again for everything, and to the Finale!

      Girls und Panzer: Deconstructing Gender with Tank Combat
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      Frankly, I don’t think any significant changes will be necessary. Although the story was much better than anticipated, I feel much of the success stems from the tank action, and the vast showcase of equipment and historical tidbits. As Amyus mentioned, some information on the upcoming OVA has already been revealed and it’s looking great. Expect some French action this winter 🙂

      Girls und Panzer: Deconstructing Gender with Tank Combat
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      Forrest Gump is a true American hero.

      Forrest Gump: An Undying Flame
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      Mizutani Fuka is a fantastic writer of love stories. 14 Sai no Koi and Game Over are fabulous.

      14 Sai no Koi: The Manga Manual to Puberty
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      I read neither but must acknowledge that Asui Tsuyu was a gift from god.

      One Punch Man vs. My Hero Academia: Reconstructing the Silver Age of Comics