Justin Wu

Justin Wu

A 23-year-old deeply influenced by British music, Japanese anime/manga, and Italian soccer. An active fanfiction writer and an aspiring scholar.

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    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Revisited

    Since we’re having The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on air this season, I think it will be good if someone writes about why the very name of ‘Haruhi Suzumiya’ is so big in the ACGN World. It was no doubt a sensation when it came out in mid-2000s, causing quite a cultural stir that very few other anime managed to cause before. A good one could explain to the newer viewers why this anime was such a sensation, from the legendary live band performance, the episodes being broadcast in no particular order, the experimental approach, the never-ending Summer, the ED dance, and how Haruhi popularized the trend of adapting light novels into anime.

    • A word to the wise: tread carefully here because it's pretty close to sacred ground to some people. I have one article on the topic, one that dealt with a lesser aspect of the show, and I got absolutely blasted away by an avid fan on reddit. On the flip-side, reddit is probably a really good place for information. As for why it's so popular, I have no clue. Something about cross-media interaction, but that kind of stuff is probably best left to the people at /rHaruhi. Best of luck! – Austin 2 years ago
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    • I would love to see more written about Haruhi Suzumiya. There are so many interesting rhetorical choices in the show that it could be interesting to tackle them one at a time and try to discern the purpose behind each. It's a fairly unique show in a number of ways, and that it was very deliberate. Maybe this isn't what you were going for, but I would love to see a the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya analysed from a rhetorical and literary point of view. – OddballGentleman 2 years ago
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    Best Teacher Characters in Anime or Manga

    I’m thinking of a list of memorable teacher figures in anime/manga and a discussion on why they are so influential and popular both in the shows and among fans. Examples will include Kuro-sensei from Assasination Classroom, Ansai-sensei from Slam Dunk (technically not a teacher, but I think a "sensei" figure could fit into this topic as well), and of course the great Onizuka from Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO). It will be interesting to see what fans see in them and what traits they might not have when compared to other teachers.

    • I think that would be cool to have like the top/best teachers in anime/manga and then you could also add the worse and why – VICTORIA 3 years ago
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    Yuri, Yuri everywhere: the Popularity of Yuri Element in Nowadays Anime

    While one of the authors has written a piece on yuri before on this site, that one was centered on yuri itself as a categorical genre in manga. For this one, I’m thinking about yuri elements that are becoming prevalent in anime.

    It seems that anime emphasizing on the yuri element are on the rise, even if the anime itself is not a yuri anime: consider the cases of "LoveLive!", "Selector Infected WIXOSS", Mahou Shojo Madoka Magica", "The Idolmaster", just to name a few, where fans rather quickly ship certain female characters from the show, whether or not that is the intention of the show’s producers.

    This article could go on to discuss when yuri element became prominent (or even essential, in some cases) in recent years. Then, it could explore why yuri is so popular among regular viewers, and could do a contrast with why yaoi is not as popular (unless as comic relief).

    • Definitely an interesting topic. I would also consider what audience these yuri elements are usually geared towards (and to consider if it's just pandering or if there is something about these elements that prove significant in the anime in terms of story and character development?). – CriticalOtaku 3 years ago
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    • It would have ALOT to do with how females and males are portrayed and viewed in society, gender-roles and sexuality, sexism and also how lesbians are seen in the world. – uiorra 2 years ago
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    Idol Anime and Its Surge of Popularity

    Not necessarily "development" per se, but could also be comparison, analysis, history etc. I think this will be an interesting topic to work on. I would have written a piece myself have I been freer in my daily life.

    In recent years we see idol anime like "Idolmaster" and "LoveLive" that are extremely popular among anime fans. We also have the likes of "Wake Up, Girls!" that divide opinions. Many characters throughout anime history are also considered idols, such as those in "Sailor Moon", "The World God Only Knows", and "Fortress Macross" for those who watch older stuff. What should we look for in idol anime? Are they simply "moe-oriented" shows? If not, How serious should we treat them? How does Japanese culture in its own shape idol anime? Why aren’t idol anime as popular in the West?

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      Latest Comments

      Justin Wu

      Having watched Fate Zero now, i can say that it’s probably one of the best shows I’ve seen. Graphics, bgm, seiyuu, story…everything is well packed despite a few episodes with more obvious flaws. What matters most to me is that FZ has a strong plot and is actually about something, and the discussion of justice by different kings is very memorable and echoes the classic Chinese story of “on heroes, over wine”, or whatever the proper translation of it should be. For UBW itself, i still dun like Shirou, but I also recognise that this is based on one game route, which he is purposefully characterised that way, so I can only say I look forward to the Heaven’s Feel movie.

      5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014
      Justin Wu

      I have not watched Kill La Kill so I can’t comment on that. It’s odd though since I’ve read a massive amount of positive reviews of KLK and some claim it to be the best anime of 2014. I’d say that after getting the time to catch up with some series, I’d have added Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha De Aru to the list. Decent start, strong process, wtf ending.

      5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014
      Justin Wu

      Hey, the whole point of School Days is the last episode!

      5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014
      Justin Wu

      Shinsekai Yori, Mawaru Penguindrum, EVA, Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka, SHIROBAKO, Bakemonogatari, Serial Experiment Lain, Clannad (AS), Humanity Has Declined…to name a few

      5 Reasons Why 'Attack on Titan' Is So Popular
      Justin Wu

      Unfortunately there’s nothing we could do about that. After all, these are shows that are broadcasted on TV, so I can understand why some scenes have to be censored (don’t ask me why ecchi scenes from other anime aren’t though – I don’t have an answer for that).

      5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014
      Justin Wu

      The second season of it is coming out, so maybe that might change your mind on the series?

      5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014
      Justin Wu

      Tina is very cute, so I’ll let it pass haha. I didn’t have much high expectations on Black Bullet, so I consider it an okay show. Not bad, not that good. The year overall is quite dull compared to past years.

      5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014
      Justin Wu

      I watched 3 episodes of Pupa and it bored me to death.

      5 Most Disappointing Anime of 2014