About two years ago I looked at why I enjoy anime. It struck me, when I sat down to watch episode 315 of Bleach Saturday night, that I have been watching a single series for nearly 6 years! I tuned into Eureka SeveN for over a year, and I even stayed up extremely late to catch its first run episodes. There are few televisions series that can rival anime for its longevity.
Sure, long running series like Bleach and Naruto have major problems. Many of Bleach’s episodes made me groan and wonder why I stayed with it for so long. And then there are several good episodes that reward me for my patience. So, all this made me wonder: exactly what is it about anime that makes me stick with a series for 52 or 315 episodes? Six years is a long time to watch something regularly.
It’s the characters.
Anime has extremely ...
What will your final words be just before you die?
Japan has a long history of jisei, or death poems. Jisei is the “farewell poem to life.” These poems were written by literate people just before their death. One of the earliest record of jisei dates to 686 CE with the death of Prince Otsu, a poet and the son of Emperor Temmu, who was forced to commit suicide on false charges of promoting a rebellion.
Jisei was written in kanshi, waka, and haiku. Not all death poems are haiku. However, they are all in the short poem style (tanka). Kanshi is the Japanese word for Chinese poetry. Waka is a poem written in Japanese (as opposed to a kanshi). Finally a haiku is a poem that relies on two images divided by a kireji, or cutting word. Haiku consist of 17 on, which are different from our English syllables.
Like most haiku, jisei ...
Most of us know Amaterasu from various manga, anime, and video games. Amaterasu can be traced to the oldest chronicle in Japan, the Kojiki. Kojiki translates to “Record of Ancient Matters” and dates the the early 8th century. The book traces the lineage of the Emperors to Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess and goddess of the universe. The chronicle recounts various Shinto myths such as the creation of Japan by Izanami and Izanagi. Amaterasu was born of Izanagi after he failed to save his sister wife Izanami in the underworld. Amaterasu was born from hisleft eye while her sister Tsukuyomi and brother Susanoo were born from his right eye and nose.
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Amaterasu inherited the rule of heaven from her parents. She was at odds with her brother Susanoo who was a selfish cruel god and ruler of the nether world. However, before he left for ...
As Zach mentions in another article, there are many ways you can watch anime online for free. He briefly talks about using public libraries as a source for anime. Well, I am going expand on that theme and tell you how to find anime for free using various library resources in this article.
WorldCat is a library catalog that, well, covers libraries from across the world. It lets you search for anime, manga, and other books based on your location. You can search for DVDs, Books, CDs and more from the homepage. After you search and click on what you are looking for, you can narrow down results based on your location.
Most libraries are involved in inter-library loans. This lets you request materials and have them delivered to your library. Typically this is limited to libraries within your state or municipality. Searching for “anime” in DVDs gives you 82, 527 hits. ...
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At Midoricon 2013, I got a chance to sit down with everyone’s favorite scary YouTuber, Mr. CreepyPasta. For those who don’t know, creepypastas are stories that are posted online and spread around. Mr. CreepyPasta has done and excellent job of bringing these stories to life by reading them on his channel, which a link will be provided at the bottom of this page.
Zach: Alright, first and foremost, we’ll start with the obvious question: How did you first get into reading creepypastas on YouTube?
Mr. CreepyPasta: I love being asked that question because it comes along with a story. First let me ask you this: What motivates man? Don’t say money.
MCP: Women. The reason I started doing creepypasta reading was because of an ex-girlfriend. She was really big into horror at the time, and I wanted to do something to get her attention. At the time I didn’t know of anyone else who ...
Fansubs and scanlations have been around since the late ’70s. Back then, Americans would record shows like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica and exchange them with Japanese fans for anime. Over time, the VHS recordings would be translated and further shared with fans.
Fansubbing and scanlations are the reasons why anime and manga became widely popular in the United States. Japanese companies used the fangroup work to test the market for an official release. Generally speaking, as soon as an official release was made, fangroups shut down their translations and distributions. That is why once-illegal sites like Mangafox and Crunchyroll take down their content once there is an official release. Scanlations and Fansubs are not-for-profit and freely released.
Basically, once money enters the equation (through cutting into sales or fans selling their translations) copyrights are strongly enforced.
Fansubs and scanlations are grey areas. Technically, they are illegal because they distribute copyrighted content without ...
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