melaniek

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    • We do have a great dynamic between Eren and Mikasa but I probably need more information on this topic before I know what to say. – SpectreWriter 5 years ago
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    • I want to agree that gender roles mean nothing in the grand scheme of things (as in gender doesn't affect people's rank or skills) but I feel like the main characters reciprocate some gender stereotypes. Eren is the headstrong male hero who beats all odds through willpower (as does Goku and every lead male) and Mikasa is... generic. The animators put a lot of effort into specializing other character's features and hers are undefined in comparison, as if they didn't want to ruin her ability to be appealing to everyone's idea of an ideal anime girl. It's a nice change that she is the most skilled in combat I suppose, but she's also so desperate, stupid and irrational when it comes to her LOVE for Eren. She's literally blind to everything but him and that makes her like a boring loves struck school girl.I don't think their coupling is better to explore the gender issue topic than say, Armen and Annie. There's a lot of gender involved in them too though... Why couldn't they just let Annie be a badass rouge? Why did she need to feel regret at the end and cry, because she's a woman? Would we have accepted that in a male character and not seen that as weak?This topic could be explored deeply from both sides! – Slaidey 5 years ago
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    Loved this anime, and your insights here really made me think!

    Full Metal Alchemist: Science vs Religion

    I have yet to see this movie but I had to click because your title completely drew me in. The connections you’ve made above are all great!

    Jurassic World: Human Psychology and Animal Behavior

    Great article Nicole! This is the first I am hearing of Sally Mann’s artwork and I think I can understand her perspective on using the children as a pure image before society begins to sexualize their bodies.

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann