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Without anime, I couldn't write action scenes.

Without anime, I couldn't write action scenes.

I’m about to write about robots entering a Costco. The nice thing about writing my robots is that they can actually move like this: Also, I have things to do today. So “Now Get Busy” is my new theme song for a bit. And yes I got a plan I’m a carry out it Yes I’m pro-choice I’m a scream and shout it Yes I love life and I try not to doubt it Yes I’m gonna party ’cause I’m…

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the life and times of the Toronto anime student

the life and times of the Toronto anime student

Yesterday involved a trip to the doctor, a woman singing about God to the rest of the train, and a gibberish-speaker who nestled up close to me and asked me to hold a crumpled plastic water bottle in my open fist while he reached his finger down inside and tickled it, over and over. Clearly in need of protection, I snagged some of the infamous Watchmen condoms from a promotional installation aboveground — a faux newsstand circa 1985 with Silk…

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My morning with Yudkowsky: or, why I should eat breakfast.

My morning with Yudkowsky: or, why I should eat breakfast.

This post started it all. While drinking my tea and blinking blearily at the screen, I realized that I didn’t know very much at all about these alleged “three schools” of Singular theory. Given that ?oyfriend was reviewed (and enjoyed) by a Singularitarian, I figured I ought to rectify this. Which, naturally, let to Yudkowsky’s explanation of the subject, which clarifies matters quite nicely. I spent a good amount of time at the website, tempted by The Twelve Virtues of…

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What I'm working on, lately:

What I'm working on, lately:

Their economic power enabled Japanese to somehow pleasurably indulge themselves in nostalgia for a pre-modern innocence that Japan had lost. By the mid-1990’s, however, this nostalgia had become more related to the deterioration of the Japanese economy and society. It arose in the context of a prolonged economic recession and a series of gloomy social incidents, such as an increasing number of brutal murders by teenagers and the nerve gas attacks in the Tokyo railway system by the Aum Supreme…

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Pimp: Fund animators, not adaptations

Pimp: Fund animators, not adaptations

I wrote this post for FPS, and it was a good way of thinking about the issues that will arise next in my thesis. But here’s the real meat of the piece: …big names like DiCaprio and Reeves could give the industry a much-needed boost by following the Tarantino and Wachowski method: fund your own anime, rather than commissioning adaptations. For the cost of a Hollywood film, couldn’t you pay the people at Gonzo or Production IG or Bones to…

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Rant: school libraries and DRM

Rant: school libraries and DRM

Most of you know that I’m at work on a Master’s thesis. This thesis involves anime, cyborg theory, and fan culture. It involves reading a lot of Henry Jenkins, Donna Haraway, Susan J. Napier, and other big names. Having finally finished my chapter on FMA and cognitive narratology (not to my satisfaction, but that’s another story), I have begun gathering resources and drawing up outlines for the next — which is on anime fandom and the spectre of Orientalism. Last…

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Still crazy, after all these years.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Still crazy, after all these years.

In preparation for a chapter on anime fandom and cognitive narratology, I’m re-watching Fullmetal Alchemist. I didn’t much care for FMA upon first viewing a few years ago. I found the character designs too simple, and the plot painted in broad strokes. But I kept up with it on the advice of others, and I’m happy I did. For all its cute moments, the series occasionally dips into moments of disturbing grotesquerie and genuine emotional engagement. These moments increase as…

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Porno and children and manga, oh my!

Porno and children and manga, oh my!

I just finished a new post over at FPS about the recent developments at the intersection of fandom and the law, specifically whether anime and manga featuring children in explicit situations still counts as child pornography. (In Canada, it already does.) The argument for this definition states that even though the images are drawn and rendered rather than photographed and filmed, they still incite arousal on the part of the pedophile, and therefore encourage criminal behaviour. The argument against it…

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