Brainiacs need useless girls – Analysis of the popular romantic trope

She’s one of the worse students of her class. Every time she tries to cook/bake for her special someone it’s a catastrophe. To walk like all human beings without tripping with the air it’s a challenge. Naturally, she sucks at athletics. In fact, she lacks almost every skill needed to function in society.

Ah, the struggles of being a romantic female lead.

But fear not. For every useless girl in a leading role there is a flawless male hero, always ready to save her.

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Weekly Links: Origins and diverse media representation

Iku Okada started to write a series about the “japanese quiet war against gender inequality and queer representation” in response to this twitter discussion. She declares herself a proud otaku and fujoshi. Your can read her essays here: Self-introduction (Part I) and Defeat the true enemy, to save Princess Peach (Part II) Continue reading “Weekly Links: Origins and diverse media representation”

Antagonist or hero? The many layers of Lady Eboshi

Edit 1/08/2017: There’s now an updated version of this article on my channel

Who hasn’t heard of Princess Mononoke?

A Hayao Miyazaki movie and one of Studio Ghibli most beloved classics: it tells a tale of human vs nature, where no even gods are safe from the human’s quest for progress.

Many are the elements worthy of analysis and reflexion, and one of them is the character of Lady Eboshi.

Poised and graceful on her feet, yet lethal on the battlefield. Resourceful and calm in the face on danger, she truly is a force to be reckoned with.

But Is she truly wicked? What makes her an antagonist?

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