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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. 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago
    • 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 3 months ago
    • 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 months ago

    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 7 months ago

    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 10 months ago
    • 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 10 months ago

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    Latest Comments


    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?

    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

    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?

    I didn’t watch the Clone Wars series, but I saw some episodes of Star Wars Rebels, including ones where (spoiler) Rex and at least one other clone appear. The new Star Wars films do a good job showing how the stormtroopers are more than just nameless soldiers doing the First Order’s bidding, but after reading this article I am also impressed with how the Clone Wars’ final episodes portrayed the clones as human and weapons. It’s a complex issue and one that it seems the series handled well. (Also, using the helmet as a symbol was a good idea. Easily recognizable but much more important than we might think of it.)

    The Heartbreaking Symbolism of The Clone Helmet In Star Wars: The Clone Wars's Final Episodes

    Little Women remains one of my favourite novels. The family dynamic is just one of the reasons why this book has stood the test of time. The Joy Luck Club sounds good, though. On my reading list!

    The Enduring Importance of Mother-Daughter Literature

    This is definitely one of Poe’s more memorable stories. As for its ambiguity, it is very comfortable and not at all like some other Gothic fiction I could mention (Turn of the Screw, anyone?). At least you can tell more or less what is going on without burning all your brain cells.
    By the way, I loved the artwork used here. Definitely fits the subject of the article!

    Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia: Dead or Alive?

    With what we know now, I wonder if Trump will get re-elected. Maybe not, but then again no one expected him to win the first time. Nice article, by the way. Interesting to see how television can play a key role in politics, especially with someone like Trump and Reagan.

    The Donald Show: Trump, Television, and Manufactured Reality

    I heard of Lost of Translation before, but didn’t know exactly what it was about. Your article now makes me more curious to see it. Also, great commentary/analysis on loneliness and isolation!

    Lost in Translation: The Sounds of Silence