Beatrix Kondo is a freelance writer based in Canoas, RS, Brazil. She is also a translator working on her specialization course in writing.
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Anime Goes AI: The Pros and Cons of Automating the Animation Industry
The future of anime may seem promising with the use of artificial intelligence, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Recent articles have been exploring the pros and cons of automating the animation industry. On the positive side, AI can reduce the time and cost required to create anime, while also improving the quality of the final product. However, the downside is that these tools can potentially erase people’s jobs. Many animators already fear that their jobs are at risk when AI is involved. Additionally, the lack of jobs in the field may lead to less diversity and creativity in anime productions. It’s imperative to weigh the good, the bad, and the ugly of AI in the anime industry and find ways to use this technology fairly and efficiently.
The Problem with the Dark Aesthetics in Film and Shows
As a viewer, among other reasons, we watch movies and TV shows to escape and be entertained. However, the use of dark imagery has become a trend in many productions, which can contribute to a bad watching experience.
When scenes are overly dark or lack proper lighting, it can make it difficult to see what is happening on screen. This can lead to confusion for the viewer and detract from the story being told. It can also be physically uncomfortable to strain our eyes to see what’s happening.
While it’s important to respect the author’s intent, there are ways to incorporate mood and atmosphere without sacrificing the viewer’s experience. Lighting should be used to create tension or set the tone without compromising visibility.
Additionally, it’s essential to think about accessibility. Dark imagery can be particularly challenging for viewers with visual impairments or older audiences who may struggle with their sight. It’s important to ensure that everyone can enjoy the production fully.
Is this really a question of opinion or fact? Some even say that the alleged similar experience faced by a character in the dark is not faithfully reproduced on screen because of the way our eyes and vision adapt to dark surroundings.
Itachi Uchiha: Villain Or Tragic Hero?
Analyze what makes Itachi Uchiha, from Naruto, a villain or a tragic hero (based on the Greek archetype of tragic heroes).
I won’t elaborate any further, have written a lot above and below about why this representation of women is bad. No need for female characters to be “useful”, and neither women irl. ‘nough said.
“In fact, manic pixie dream girl can be considered a verb — in that one can be manic pixie dream girl-ed. You can see this in your own relationships and friendships. How many of your female friends have had relationships with men, romantic or platonic, in which they really only function to help that man “grow up.” And once he does grow up (with her help, of course) the story is over; no one cares about her resolution.”
The ‘manic pixie dream girl’ is rooted in misogyny> https://dailycampus.com/2022/02/25/the-manic-pixie-dream-girl-is-rooted-in-misogyny/
Talking about “positivity” now… It is good we have now more anime, for instance, that are considered dark. Since positivity itself can be very toxic. We need balanced and nuanced characters and stories in fiction, for life is not reduced to extremes either.
I maintain what I said before. No need for female characters to exist solely to be useful and teach men anything. This spreads and reinforces sexism in real life. Not kidding at all.
And yet again, people Do “learn” from fiction… and the manic pixie dream girl trope teaches us that men will always be the primary protagonist of every story, thus only ever leaving supporting roles for women to fill. Thanks, but no, thanks, it can go away, rather sooner than later.
I completely disagree with this kind of conclusion — and it is kind of insulting> “This can be useful in helping the men in their lives and even encouraging the audience. Manic Pixie Dream Girls do not need to be eliminated altogether.” We, women, are not here to teach men or other people anything, we have our lives, our problems, our… a lot of stuff. We do not need to be “useful”, and MPDGs are representative of women as useful, so, no, thank you. They can go away.
Good to hear that you found the piece insightful and that it sparked a fresh perspective on food symbolism in anime. 🙂
Furthermore, the bathhouse in the movie is basically like a little model of the whole world economy, where the rich bosses take advantage of the workers. But it’s not just about that – the movie also talks about how we shouldn’t forget the old ways and traditions, or else bad stuff can happen. Spirited Away really makes you think about how our actions impact society and the environment. Awesome masterpice!
I am eating ramen now 😉