Autumn Edwards

Autumn Edwards

My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou

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    Is Anime Becoming More About the 'Fan Service' than the Story and Artwork?

    Now a days the new anime that come out either depict two of the following: 1) Action w/ a romantic interest who barely has any clothes on or 2) A romantic interest who’s over-sexualized. Most of the time it’s a combination of both.

    The question now becomes, does the over service of ‘fan service’ take away from the anime itself (artwork, story line, and character development)? Or does it bring to the table something that we have yet to notice? (This I doubt, but just to cover the basis and everyone’s views).

    Examples of these would be: Free!, Food Wars, Keijo!, and Okusama ga Seitokaichou! !.

    • I think the question you need to address here is the time frame. Anime is becoming more fan-service oriented compared to... when? Fanservice has been a massive presence in anime, especially that oriented towards the Otaku crowd, for well over two decades now. Even widely regarded and relatively ancient anime series like Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) included lots of tongue-in-cheek fanservice, even advising fans to come back next episode for "more fanservice!~~" I think a great watch for researching this piece would be the 1991 anime mockumentary "Otaku no Video," which takes a comedic look at the original generation of anime nerds... as well as the origins of fanservice. You could possibly contrast the contemporary shows you mentioned with older material: Did older series have as much fan service? Did they integrate it better? What makes it seem like fanservice is always increasing in anime? Are the *premises* for these shows getting more fanservicey? (I do have to say, I couldn't imagine Keijo! coming out 10 years ago, ahhahah~) – PeterThelonious 3 years ago
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    • Fanservice has always been present like PeterThelonious said. I don't think fanservice takes away from the plot as long as it's not the central focus. There's plenty of anime that incorporates fanservice but also has good storylines. Another example would be Code Geass – seouljustice 3 years ago
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    • While an interesting topic for discussion consider looking at it from a cultural perspective. Japan does not have she same Judaeo-Christian outlook on the human body especially breasts as can be seen in many of their gag gifts, video games, and Anime itself. They merely see the human body as that, the human body that's nothing to be ashamed of. So maybe try looking at this from a different cultural perspective and see if that helps or not. Hope the advice helps! – GingerSavvy 3 years ago
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    • While an interesting topic for discussion consider looking at it from a cultural perspective. Japan does not have she same Judaeo-Christian outlook on the human body especially breasts as can be seen in many of their gag gifts, video games, and Anime itself. They merely see the human body as that, the human body that's nothing to be ashamed of. So maybe try looking at this from a different cultural perspective and see if that helps or not. Hope the advice helps! - GingerSavvy – GingerSavvy 3 years ago
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    Autumn Edwards

    The Corpse Bride is by far my favorite Tim Burton animated film. The beauty of death and the possibility to find the light in the doom and bleak was told magnificently. I could never get over the way Burton told the story, mainly through the pain and sacrifice of Emily. I have to say that stop-motion intrigues me, the process of creating the characters and having the come to life is no easy task by far. As an animation minor we had to do in-depth study of this in class; the process, the development, even the technology involved.

    I had never considered the film to portray Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Now reading your article I can clearly see the similarities (I’ve seen this movie so many times, how could I miss it! But you learn something new everyday).

    The Corpse Bride: The Beauty of The Dead
    Autumn Edwards

    Thanks for the article! I agree that there is a stigma that comes with reading comics; I myself have been in the position where someone would come up to me, give me a strange look, and finally ask, “Are you reading a comic book? Aren’t you too old for that?” The answer I want to give right off hand is ‘heck no, leave me alone to read in peace’, however I then realize that the reason that they ask is mostly because they haven’t grown up around the material. People who don’t read comics generally don’t find an appeal in the superhero shows, movies, or TV shows like Arrow or The Flash. It is only when they associate with a character personally, do they slowly evolve into a fan; for example I love love love Ororo/ Storm from the X-Men, if I could have any power in the world it would be over weather. And because I associate myself with her character I come to love the comics and movies, as well as the character development in the stories more.

    This is one of the reasons, I believe, we are so critical of movies and TV shows; to see our favorite characters come to life through actors is exciting but also terrifying. In the wide spread world of Hollywood, as we know, they take great liberties to change the story to create a more interesting movie. At times these changes can be either for the better or for the worst, as many of them are unfortunately. Comics and graphic novels help shape the characters, to vividly give their audience a look into the universe, so close that we wish it possible to visit. The next best thing, cosplay!

    The Social Stigma of Comic Book Reading
    Autumn Edwards

    Yes, I have actually. I’m currently in the process of joining the Artifice and right now trying to find a good balance to write and work lol. So I hope within the next week to actually get started like I want to.

    Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)
    Autumn Edwards

    Wow, awesome article! I am recently new to the gaming world but I can already see the unique perspective and appeal to them. The first game I ever played was Super Smash Bros with my friends. At first the content seemed strange, to fight with so many characters at once was a bit overwhelming. However after leaving that game alone and switching to Mario Cart, Street Fighter, and Batman; I can say with assurance that you really find a game that fits your personality and creative mind.

    The one game I am obsessed with (mostly because I’m a Disney fan) is Epic Mickey. The appeal of painting, bright colors and deep story line captures my attention. I do believe video games are worth studying, like everything thing we do there is always something new to learn about ourselves as well as those who make the art.

    Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)