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ees

graduate student of ethics and applied philosophy. manga/anime enthusiast.

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    Ghost in the Shell & Akira: Manga vs. Anime

    Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Akira (1988) are each widely acknowledged for their impact on the cinematic world as well as for propelling anime into the global world of popular culture. However, each of these films emerge from or are, perhaps loosely, based on accompanying manga series. While each manga series was published and had its "original run" prior to the creation and release of each film, the plots of the anime versions of both Akira and Ghost in the Shell in some ways present vastly different storylines and themes. Analyze the ways in which each anime film overlaps with or diverges from its respective manga predecessor and the significance of these similarities and differences.

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      We Appreciate Power

      Grimes has just recently released a new single, "We Appreciate Power," along with an accompanying music video. Analyze the message(s) that Grimes is attempting to send with her lyrics, the aesthetics of the music video, or even the musical influences for the song itself.

      • An entire essay devoted to this one video. Is there some way to re-write this to put it in a broader setting? My guess is that a year from now no one will particularly care about this particular video so why address any importance or significance it might have? – Joseph Cernik 1 year ago
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      • You could certainly expand this topic, perhaps by relating this particular song to Grimes's larger body of work. However, I think after watching the video or just listening to the lyrics it's fairly obvious that she is establishing a concise social commentary. An entire article was published on this site not too long ago dedicated entirely to Childish Gambino's "This is America." I don't think it's silly to think that someone could write an in-depth and intriguing article about this song and video, too. – ees 1 year ago
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      • I would also look at other musical artists' works and the messages they sent. This topic alone seems too broad. – BMartin43 1 year ago
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      • did you perhaps mean this topic is too narrow? i would think that expanding the topic to encompass other artists would cause this topic to become more broad – ees 1 year ago
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      Channel Zero: Candle Cove

      Channel Zero, a new anthology series based off of popular stories on Creepy Pasta (a horror "microfiction" platform), has two seasons available on Shudder, a media platform similar to Netflix that caters to horror fans. Analyze various themes within the first season of Channel Zero, "Candle Cove," or compare and contrast Candle Cove with the following season, "No-End House." For example, while Candle Cove draws the viewer in with a murder-mystery approach that is later muddled by supernatural forces, No-End House seems to dive right in with the other-worldly approach.

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        Existentialism in Anime

        What is living, and what does it mean to be human? Analyze themes of existentialism through various anime series; this could include series such as Evangelion, Haibane Renmei, or Ghost in the Shell.

        • I think this topic could use some narrowing down. For one thing, existentialism can mean a lot of things, so maybe one should focus on a specific field within it. Second, it'd be good to pick a select few titles to examine in detail instead of discussing the topic more generally, so that the article avoids becoming scattered or meandering.Also, it would be interesting to include some thoughts regarding existentialism particularly /in anime/. Are there approaches to the topic that can't be found in other media? Does it provide any unique explorations or perspectives? Or does it perhaps cinematically/animetically execute the topic in ways that are exclusive to its audiovisual language? Essentially: what distinguishes anime's take on existentialism as a medium? – blautoothdmand 2 years ago
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        • I agree with blautoothdmand. Perhaps you should focus efforts on Ghost in the shell and the construction of the women. Philosophically you could use Simone De Beauvoir and "The second sex" and Sarte for Existential backing on what it is to be human. You could also use Donna Harraway's Cyborg Manifesto to bridge the gap between the female and her sentience. – Lousands 2 years ago
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        This is America

        Donald Glover has been a topic of conversation- some praise, some critiquing- for his recent release of the song "This is America," and the music video that followed. Analyze and/or critique Childish Gambino’s newly-released "This is America." What is being implied, implicitly or explicitly, through the imagery of the music video as well as his lyrics? It would be prudent to pay special attention to the subtle nods to various events throughout the music video, and perhaps bring in critical race theorists such as Charles Mills (author of "The Racial Contract"), James Baldwin, Angela Davis, or Audre Lorde.

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          Portrayals of Female Sexuality in Boruto Next Generations

          After Naruto ended, it didn’t take long for a sequel- Boruto- to emerge from the woodwork. The manner in which Ukyo Kodachi and Mikio Ikemoto portray the women/girls in their creation is vastly different from Kishimoto stylistically; this can be seen in the way that they dress, the way they talk about boys, or just their behavior in general. Why the sudden need for the sexualization of young Kunoichi, and how does it differ from Kishimoto’s method of expressing femininity throughout the Naruto franchise?

          • In a nutshell, sexting is very pernicious for all the teen generation regardless of their ages and natures. Once a guy tastes sexting, it becomes an open habit that the teens find hard to overcome. Keep your teens away from social media, dating websites and apps and especially keep strict eyes on the cell phone usage of your children by monitoring them through monitoring applications. – Nicki Marie 2 years ago
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          • I haven't watched Boruto and I'm still finishing Naruto but the whole way through Naruto I've found the representation of women terribly underwhelming and in most cases disturbing. It'd be a good article to draw in readers by making a comparison between the two. "What's different, what's not, and what should change?" – Slaidey 2 years ago
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          • Personally, i think they try to keep up with the current world trend, i suppose with the current world now thing are more open compared to previous generation. – Aaron3889 2 years ago
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          Kanji: Lost in Translation

          For most avid manga-readers, there have been times when a joke has gone right over our heads, or it has seemed like a character is speaking repetitively. The main culprit of this is the way that Kanji resists interpretation. Research and analyze how Kanji’s inability to be interpreted in a way that is universally accessible has affected art and pop culture as it relates to universal cultural understanding.

          • An excellent topic suggestion so you have my approval. As one who is presently learning Japanese I can certainly attest to how difficult Kanji can be to interpret, let alone translate (I use the term 'translate' advisedly). A small suggestion - it might also be worth noting that there are some young Japanese who have problems with interpreting Kanji. – Amyus 2 years ago
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          Themes of violence in Psycho-Pass

          Gen Urobuchi’s Psycho-Pass exhibits varying themes of both implicit and explicit violence. I would be interested for the various kinds of violence depicted in Psycho-Pass to be explored: violence enacted by the government onto certain characters, violence inflicted by one character onto another, or even violence directed by a character onto themselves. Some thinkers that I have considered on my own when thinking about this topic are Hegel, Nietzsche, and Caillois.

          • It would also be interesting to see how different types of violence effects people and how that is reflected in the show. – LaRose 3 years ago
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          ees

          of course it is not “entirely true,” hence the inclusion of the word “likely” and the phrase “little to no violence.” one can certainly find exceptions to this rule. However, “typically,” shoujo does not feature violence––or at least not the same type of violence––that shounen offers.

          as to your second comment, certainly one can draw parallels between the diclonius and disability. however, since research material concerning this particular fandom (elfen lied wiki, for example) refers to diclonius as a “race,” i chose this route instead. both are valid interpretations of the position the diclonious occupies within the manga and are worth exploring.

          Violence in Anime: Helpful or a Hindrance?
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          Mulan has always been my favorite Disney movie~ I really enjoyed your analysis of the film as well as what aspects of Mulan’s character make her so relatable and likable.

          Mulan's Relatability, Self-Discovery, and Selfishness
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          thank you for your comment! however, i don’t believe that i ever say that Grave of the Fireflies depicts the atomic bombs, nor do i claim that the children die in the bombings. what i hoped to illustrate by bringing in works like Fireflies and Barefoot Gen was that works like these share in a collective narrative and exploration of national trauma—at least, this is what many theorists claim. thanks for reading!

          Akira: An Analysis of the A-Bomb and Japanese Animation
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          thank you! that means a lot~ it was a pleasure to be a part of revising your article and seeing it published!

          My Hero Academia: The Hidden Depth of All Might vs All for One
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          very excited to see this article published! BNHA is an amazing show & I believe you really did justice to the depth of the characters and the pivotal role this fight plays both for the plot as well as character development. good work!

          My Hero Academia: The Hidden Depth of All Might vs All for One
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          I would say that you’re definitely on to something there, and I think Freiberg’s theory of the post-nuclear sublime may play into that as well. As Bolton notes in his essay Akira’s premier in the United States had such an impact due to the innate qualities of dread and desire that the post-nuclear sublime incites. Being citizens of the nation that was responsible for so much destruction very likely plays a major role in this.

          Akira: An Analysis of the A-Bomb and Japanese Animation
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          I think that there is a lot to be said for how reading the manga as well as watching the film can influence one’s understanding or interpretation of either medium. It’s very possible that reading the Akira manga could perhaps clear up a few things that are confusing about the anime, but ultimately I believe that each medium accomplishes very different things and in very different ways, stylistically speaking. Even the endings of each work are drastically different, and thus leave the viewer/reader with a very different message. Bolton delves further into the similarities and differences between the two in his own article, and I think there is so much more to be said/investigated in regard to the relationship between the manga and the anime!

          Akira: An Analysis of the A-Bomb and Japanese Animation
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          Perhaps it could be argued that those more familiar with the manga can better grasp what’s going on in the film. However, I don’t think you should be too quick to dismiss the point of many theorists that the goal of Akira as a film goes beyond the plot of the original (I use this word tentatively) work of the manga. I would implore you to not be so quick to dismiss it as “muddled,” or only working to cater to people who are familiar with Akira’s broader context. Further into Bolton’s analysis of the film that I reference he brings in the manga and investigates it alongside the film, saying that “although the film was in some sense adapted from the manga, it is not my intent to treat the manga as a backstory or a better story that will answer all our questions about the anime. That would simply replace one origin with another, replacing genbaku (the nuclear bomb) with gensaku (the nucleus of the franchise, the original text).” I think such an approach is very interesting, and that upon further investigation this perspective undermines critiques like the one you give here that the film is completely based on the manga and that those more familiar with the broader body of work behind Akira have some sort of deeper insight.

          Akira: An Analysis of the A-Bomb and Japanese Animation