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I always have one of those too long didn't listen introductions, it's either that or people couldn't catch on to what I said. Maybe I talk too fast; maybe I do too much?

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"Itasha" Anime Portrayal on Cars, Where did it start and why?

The term "Itasha" 痛車 most literally translates to "painful car." It can be interpreted as "painfully embarrassing" or "painful for the wallet." It’s the act of decorating the bodies of cars with fictional characters of anime, manga, or video games. Though where did it start and why? What is its current scene or standpoint in the car scene (most notably, JDM and stance life).

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    I have always had this same exact thought in the back of my head. If anyone can do it, it is her. Though her recent 2016 debut single doesn’t intrigue me. In fact, I hated it. Even the song she made previous to it, with all the girl backup dancers I didn’t like. It eas visually appealing, but that’s what it takes in America. The stuff that sticks here are women’s bodies, sex and sexuality, alcohol and drugs, being rich, having money, and exotic cars. Though also, we can see one or all of the American values. A few notable ones are, individuality and self-determination. All or most mainstream music we can at least see one of these. Even with her song Dr. Pepper I wasn’t really into it all like that. Though, her stint with Diplo or even Skrillex, I loved it! I feel like there is still the best to come. Maybe she didn’t want to overwhelm, but I would love to see her sing in a collaboration with The Chainsmokers. She has the voice. On the hand, some of her lyrics just don’t match up. I feel like she is thinking in a Western way sometimes and then trying to translate it to English. If anyone has ever tried to translate anything before, we know and we can see the structures are never the same. Whoever is producing her needs to step up their game.

    As a side note, look at how big Day $tick by Rich Chigga—a 17 year old rich Indonesian artist—became. He learned English from music videos, especially from notable rappers. He is rich, but in his video you see him in a polo and a fanny pack. The track was recently remade in collaboration with a few others, and the video you can see all that I mentioned above, females body, wealth, etc. Maybe this is as far as he will get, but I’m more thrilled about his tracks than CL’s over the last while. I have looked up to CL since she first debutrd, and she is younger than I am. Though her stuff, I can’t dig it. Many Asian-Americans I know agree with me.

    CL's Attempt at a Western Audience: Ambition or Folly?
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    Writing, the action, is the detail of being a writer. In which case, anyone can be. Though I have read somewhere before that only 1/10 of America knows proper English. I will admit a lot of schools are behind and do not teach students proper grammar, structure, and punctuation. In general, a majority of people struggle with it, but no one likes being corrected. Everyone has their own forte. While I am good at writing, others are good at math or even science. Also, a lot of teachers tend to give a free pass to people who have English as a second language, instead of doing what they’re paid to do.

    My goal one day is to be able to write beyond just journal entries in Japanese. Keeping a journal in Japanese helps me develop my Japanese more proficiently. Though I think writing in any kind can help a person hone a language. No matter what the case, I feel like the term “writer” will mean something else to each person.

    Can you Teach Someone how to Become a Writer?
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    I didn’t see that happening considering I love Miyazaki’s work, but after reading the article I can quite honestly understand his view. Anime has changed, shaped, and made people view a lot of things in a different way. There’s some that view anime as childish, and others who end up watching a mass amount and start to make less social contact with the world. Through it, they start to have sociological problems, and have met numerous amounts of people that weren’t all quite…there.

    There have been guys that assume that females will act, should act, or be a certain way, but could later lead to sexual harassment. In fact, by some of these guys on my university campus who do watch generalized females in anime, they have followed me around. Some of which have followed me all the way to my car or the girl’s bathroom.

    I’m not all too sure how the females are, but the females I do know who do watch anime, and have grown into the K-Pop scene, generally just want to be with an Asian man. Not for him as a person, I’m sure that’s a factor but not much of a priority, they just want someone Asian. Which gives a bad view to those who are in an interracial relationship, but not because of anime or K-Pop.

    Lastly, I would like to conclude that while I do enjoy anime I cringe at the extents that people take it to. I’ve seen my fair share of moments. Though, particularly, I enjoy seeing the itasha work on cars. Sorry for the long comment, I tend to do that at times when I find something I’m interested about.

    A Response To Miyazaki: The Dark Side of Anime
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    I honestly don’t even remember what arc I stopped watching at, but this was a great read! In the beginning when it first came out its rank was pretty much up there, but I’ve been told that it got pretty dry after a point. I may pick back up, but to be honest, I’m not positive. I have only ever finished reading mangas, not so much extensive animes.

    The Fairy Tail Franchise's Success: Love and War
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    I haven’t listened to anything K-Pop in years. I got into it a long time ago, but have always been in the Asian scene in general. The only thing is, I can’t see them all breaking into the scene like Psy did. Our mainstream scene is so much more different than what they normally sing about and their values are different. A lot of their videos, actually, sometimes have to be re-directed because it may be “too sexy” for their values. Also, while performing, some stations are very strict on what they can and cannot wear, let alone, show. Too much skin is a thing. Overall, the article was great! I’m new to the site, and was kind of shocked to see the variety of articles written here. I’ve been nostalgic about the scene though, and most people who are into K-Pop are also into the Korean dramas as well. They are very well produced!

    K-Pop on YouTube: How the Platform Has Made it Global