OkaNaimo0819

OkaNaimo0819

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    Nuns in Horror Movies

    Nuns appear as antagonists in many horror films, from The Nun to The Conjuring 2. What’s the fascination with them? What are the possible connotations/themes? Horror-themed TV series (e.g. American Horror Story) and video games with nuns can also be discussed, but the focus should be primarily on films.

    • I am not sure how helpful this will be, but in Matthew Lewis’ The Monk (an eighteenth century horror gothic novel), there is a horror figure known as the ‘Bleeding Nun’. She was basically a symbol for female sexual transgression. I think the idea relates to the nun being an allegedly ‘pure’ or ‘innocent’ woman. Thus, it’s ‘scary’ (or, for societies in the past who were afraid of giving women power, it was scary) to see a nun that is not pure or innocent. – Samantha Leersen 4 weeks ago
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    • I do agree with Samantha Leersen to some extent, since the nun is considered to be a manifestation of the Loving Mother archetype which when subverted gives us the Chaotic Mother who is embodied in many of the subversive feminine tropes. However, the subversion of the Great Father is the Tyrant Father whose embodiment inspires hatred as opposed to fear (like the Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame). I can think of the Church in AOT etc. – RedFlame2000 4 weeks ago
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    • i think the sense of horror comes from a nun, typically associated with purity and innocence, doing out-of-character things. you could explore that. – BLOOPINBLOOPZ 1 week ago
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    All Quiet on the Western Front: The Greatest War Novel of All Time?

    Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is considered the greatest war novel ever written. Why is this book singled out? What makes it so different from other literature about war? This article would examine themes, setting, and characters and look at why the book has remained so timeless. (Comparisons to the movie/s can also be made.)

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      The Symbolism of Fish

      Fish is an important staple of many cultures, whether as food, source of income, or a religious sign. Compare and contrast some of these symbolisms. Is the fish seen as mostly positive? Negative? Did its meaning change over time? What are some legends associated with it?

      • I love this topic, especially since I myself have just written a short film that features the symbolism of fish. I find fish are viewed in a positive light and that to me it represents a sustainable life source. It is something that people need even if they don't realize they need it. The best way I can describe this is by describing water. Water is a literary source for "baptism" or the change the characters must go through to become better. Fish are constantly swimming in the water and they derive their own lives by the water. When fish are symbolized in stories to me it is a feeling of everlasting peace and persistence brought about by health and goodwill something I don't believe will change anytime soon. – thepriceofpayne 4 weeks ago
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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. 5 months 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 6 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 9 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 1 year 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 12 months ago
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      Latest Comments

      OkaNaimo0819

      After reading this article, I see Willy Wonka in a different light.
      Still my favourite Roald Dahl book.

      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Capitalist Dystopia
      OkaNaimo0819

      I never watched the Voltron series and only heard about it from my sisters, who did. We all agree, though, that Shiro’s sexuality wasn’t handled well. If you’re going to make a character gay, then put in the effort. Don’t half-ass it just to bring in the views.

      Shiro's Sexuality in Voltron: Legendary Defender
      OkaNaimo0819

      I watched Memento in FILM 101 for narration. Very good, trippy film. A deep commentary on memory and reliability. (Also a thrilling ride.)

      Memory in Film: Mementos and Maneuvering Through the Past
      OkaNaimo0819

      That was a very good analysis, and it sounds like an interesting film, especially compared to other movies at the time. It sounds like there’s a lot conveyed just visually. Don’t know if I could watch it, though.
      I actually watched half of Double Indemnity before giving up (poor quality on YouTube, cramming it in with other assignments), but I might rewatch it.

      Life’s Torments in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend
      OkaNaimo0819

      I’d be more likely to play Batman: The Telltale Series than Arkham Asylum because of the premise and overall look. That is, if I had the equipment and know-how to actually play a video game.

      Batman: The Telltale Series Was An Intriguing and Ambitious Take On Gotham City
      OkaNaimo0819

      From what I understand after reading this article, The Baby-Sitters Club did the best it could handling hard topics and diversity. However, it could have maybe benefited from having a person of colour or a couple people (including those of colour, from minorities, etc.) writing the series to make it more realistic and balanced. When you’re not used to experiencing the issues discussed in a series like this, chance are you’re not going to get it right, no matter how hard you try.

      The Baby-Sitters Club: Classic, Problematic, or Both?
      OkaNaimo0819

      This is a unique way to bring mental health to the public’s attention. We need more artists like Thomas in our cities.

      Expressing Mental Health Through Street Art
      OkaNaimo0819

      I don’t think there needs to be a new face for the MCU. They should just bring new or underrated characters to life in their own films. And I agree that the concept of another timeline would be too confusing or daunting for the uninitiated or uninterested (like me – although Black Panther wasn’t that bad).

      Who Will Be The Next Face of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?