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    The Toll of Voice Acting

    Season 5 of My Hero Academia has been delayed, not just because of COVID-19, but because one of the seiyuus (voice actors) is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Nobuhiko Okamoto plays Bakugo, a hot-tempered U.A. student who yells a lot, and it’s not surprising that the role had a negative affect on Okamoto’s voice.
    This article would look at how voice acting has negatively affected the health of some voice actors, whether it be in anime, Western animation, or video games (I believe there was a story a couple years back about people getting sick due to their performances in gaming). It could be a critique of the industry or a reflection on how dedicated the actors are to the roles, or a mix of both. (Keep spoilers to a minimum, though, please!)

    • Cool topic. I used to be involved in choir and musical theater, and you learn quickly what a precious commodity a voice is. One facet you might look at is how different roles use the voice. For instance, you mention a voice actor who has to yell a lot. The neurologic pathways to speaking vs. yelling are different, so the vocal chords are used differently. Sometimes, voice acting or singing also requires you to pop your larynx, which can cause its own kind of harm. – Stephanie M. 4 weeks ago
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    Why Is the Yandere Trope So Popular?

    I’ve seen topics where people look at yandere games, financial success, etc. However, I don’t think anyone’s taken a good look as to why yandere is so popular. What is so appealing about psychotic stalking girls? As someone who is still very new to anime (even after 18 months!), I’d like more of an explanation about yandere, whether you can be a boy to be a yandere or if it’s strictly a girl thing, and whether yandere characters like Yuno Gasai have had a negative impact on adolescent and teenage girls. This would be a very fun article, especially as, again, Yuno Gasai remains one of the more popular anime girls because of her yandere status.

    • What lies in a yandere's past? What drives a yandere to become psychotic? What was the turning point or defining event that decided her future as a yandere? Every villain(ess) has a past and a backstory. It might also be worth considering that a yandere could actually has a positive influence on the life of an adolescent/teenage girl - by effectively offering her an avatar through whom she can explore her own darkness without resorting to violence or mayhem in real life. We all have shadow selves, whether we choose to accept them or not. – Amyus 4 weeks ago
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    • I agree, exploring the yandere trope from a female perspective would be very enlightening. I myself am not super well-read in it, so I can't offer any insight there, unfortunately. It probably also has to do with gender roles in Japanese culture, and a male fantasy of being desired and needed--even if it's excessive and dangerous. – Tylah Jackowski 4 weeks ago
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    • I can say for a fact that the yandere archetype is in no way exclusively female. I've seen plenty of male examples. That said, it does seem to me that the male version of the character is more likely to be treated as an outright villain and less likely to actually get into a relationship with the love interest (unless it's one of those weird stories about romanticized abuse). Another interesting angle to explore may be the distinction (if there is any) between a yandere as such and a character who just happens to get into or seek out a toxic relationship, without it being a defining aspect of the character. How central to a character's personality and arc do their mental problems and relationships with others have to be before they can be called a yandere? – Debs 3 weeks ago
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    The Portrayal of Demons in Anime

    Demons are quite common in anime, whether it’s the sexy Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler or the lovable Inuyasha from the anime of the same name. In fact, demons are more common in mainstream anime than angels. And when they do interact, it’s usually the demons that come out as the good guy. Why is that the case? What appeal do demons have? What are some other portrayals of demons?

    Note: You can focus on just humanoid demons, like Sebastian and Rin Okumura from Blue Exorcist, or you can expand it to include Inuyasha and creatures like Kurama from the Naruto series. For an additional challenge, you can also include interactions between angels and demons, like Sebastian and Ash/Angela, and compare the characters.

    • I was also curious where the story of "the demon lord" came from? Is this a folklore thing? – Busyotaku 4 months ago
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    Why Is Anime So Popular in the West?

    What do Western audiences (Canada and Europe as well as America) find so appealing in anime? Analyze and compare the more popular/recent series and see what conclusions you make with them.
    An additional challenge would be to compare the anime are more popular in the West with the anime that are more popular in Japan. Or, if that is too difficult, then compare the genres that are more popular/well-known in the East and West.
    e.g. Is My Hero Academia as big in Japan as it is in America? What about Death Note?
    You can also research less mainstream anime that is big in either Japan or the West.

    • I generally agree with the comments made by M.L.Flood, but please be a little less ameri-centric. The 'West' consists of more countries than just America and Canada. – Amyus 8 months ago
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    • I like the topic so much and I think that approaching why certain anime are more popular in the West and why others are more popular in Japan would be interesting as well. There may be cultural and social reasons for it. Other than that, great topic! – MC07 7 months ago
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    I took two film studies courses last year and I definitely see how these movies put a spin on the old tropes. I probably won’t watch most of these (except for The Babadook, since I’m both unfamiliar and uncomfortable with horror films), but I definitely think they’re unique and would be fun for other people.

    How Modern Horror Tropes are Revitalizing the Current Horror Genre

    Ha ha. It does seem like Cats has a devoted following.
    I’ve wanted to see the film for quite some time, but never got around to it. Ever since it got poor reviews, I’ve wondered if it was worth it. Now, I think it probably is.

    The Journey of Cult Films

    Nice to have a definition (or three) of a cult film.
    Are you saying Cats will become a cult movie years down the line?

    The Journey of Cult Films

    Very interesting. I’ve never read Wuthering Heights – and probably never will, not being a huge fan of tragic or romantic novels (though the latter I will be more willing to read – but it’s nice to learn more about it. Especially because my sister read it and liked it.

    Wuthering Heights and its Many Genres

    Very interesting. Knew very little about Errol Flynn to begin with. Certainly never heard of this side of him!

    Errol Flynn and Fidel Castro: A Movie and A Brief Moment

    I read Susan Sontag’s piece “An Argument About Beauty” for LBST 112, where she mentions photography at the end. Didn’t know how heavily she was into it, though.

    Susan Sontag and her love of photography

    Definitely the challenge of finding out “whodunit”. I read many of Agatha Christie’s novels, and I never guessed the culprit 99.99% of the time! (Got it right once, but couldn’t figure out motive.)
    A good detective movie to watch is Knives Out. Has a very Agatha Christie-y feel to it.

    Why Do Readers Enjoy The Detective Genre so much?

    I think we’ll always compare the remakes to the original, even if they are supposed to not be “faithful” remakes. I am a bit concerned about this new Mulan, but I am curious to see how the action/fight scenes will take place. I am more into anime now (particularly shounen) and, while I have yet to actually see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I think this new Mulan will be similar. I wouldn’t see this movie in theatres, but I’d definitely be willing to see it on DVD.
    Still a bit pissed that Mushu and Shang won’t be in it.

    Disney's Mulan is NOT a Musical & Why that Makes it a Superior Remake