Otaku Round-Up: Premieres, gems and junkies

Ever since I started Otaku, she wrote, I’ve tried to keep up with my Weekly Links section with little success. In fact, I’ve only done six in half a year, so I guess it’s time to assume that this isn’t going to work for me.

Six months ago, I had a very vague idea of what I wanted to accomplish with this blog (besides sharing my thoughts). In some ways, I feel like I’m still figuring that out. If there is anyone out there who has been here since the beginning (bless you), you might have notice quite a few changes, from the design, the ways I edit my images to well, the sections of this blog. I even started a channel on something of a whim.

Hopefully, I’ll soon have all my goals for Otaku, she wrote figured out. For now, let’s give this another shot, this time with a monthly roundup.

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5 Fearsome Women In Japanese Horror Stories [Yattatachi]

For many, Japan is as famous for their horror stories as they are for anime and manga. And for good reason; there is something about Japanese tales that perfectly captures what makes for a truly chilling story.

Such tales often reflect the fears, beliefs, and concerns of society at the time. Consequently, many of the stories that center around women focus on their abuse by men. In other cases, they simply play with their expected gender role, although they’re some exceptions.

A prominent example is the legend of a vengeful spirit named Kayako, who was violently murdered by her husband out of jealousy. Her legend inspired the 2004 movie The Grudge. There’s also the ever-popular Kuchisake-onna (Slit-Mouthed Woman), another vengeful spirit that was disfigured by her husband, and who reached the height of her popularity around the late 70s.

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What My Hero Academia ignores with the absence of female mentors

One of my favourite series My Hero Academia just wrapped its second season today. Over this past few months, I definitely enjoyed watching new episodes each week, and it saddens me to see it end. As a lover of both shonen and the superheroes genre, it almost seems like MHA and I were meant to be. It’s not perfect, of course, not even close. In fact, even though I’ve been a big fan of both genres since forever, as a woman, they aren’t always easy to love.

Like its name says, the target demographic for shonen are boys, and the two biggest companies –DC and Marvel– making superheroes comics today still prioritize its male audience. Most of their creators are also men, and one of the downsides of that is that sexism is far too common in a lot of the stories they tell.

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Spot the purple: Death, mystery and the other worldly

Lately, I’ve been reading Patti Bellantoni’s “If It’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling”, because I love learning about color. I promise that my obsession with purple it’s not related to that catchy title, although I have to admit that it’s a color that always seems to find me.

While reading this book (which use live-action films as examples), I got the idea to kickstart what I hope can be a series of “spotting” the use of color in the shows I’m watching. This is mostly because I find interesting how anime and cartoons can get away with portraying things in more exaggerated, artificial ways, meaning that artists can take certain liberties that live-action filmakers might not. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s use of color it’s a very interesting example.

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Starting a new channel: First video is up!

Hey there!

Just like I talked about a few days ago, I made a video based on one of the first articles of this blog. It’s the first time I record by myself, and I had a little difficulty with my mic in terms of volume/mouth-to-mic distance/cursed background noise. Also, I cringe every time I listen to my voice (I’m an awkward nerd). But!… I think this turned out pretty well. I certainly had a lot of fun editing!

Hope you guys enjoy it!

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A video on Lady Eboshi, tanukis and queer media

First of all, thanks to all the people who participated on my survey! I’m really thankful. It’s still open by the way, especially if you feel like suggesting some topics.

I’ll be releasing my first video soon. It will be an updated version of one of the first articles of this blog about Lady Eboshi, from Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke (which I now find lacking). Look forward to it!

Some sources I’m using in my work

One interesting link to check out is on shirabyoushi. Their appearance have lead some people to link Lady Eboshi to them, often believing they were prostitutes. I’m unsure why people think that (although I have some theories), but they actually were female entertainers that performed traditional Japanese dances, always in men’s clothes. Some were concubines, but that was not their intended purpose as shirabyoushi.

“Ecofeminism” isn’t a word I heard often, but this a long article examining Lady Eboshi through that perspective. I don’t entirely agree with it, mind you, but I can’t deny it’s a very interesting take.

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Video Essays Survey [About Anime and Related Content]

Hey there! How’s this week been treating you?

Personally, I’m feeling pretty motivated. I’m thinking of launching a new project: a series of video essays focusing mainly on anime –and maybe other forms of Japanese entertainment in the future

I work a lot in video editing, which is something that I enjoy as much –if not more– as I enjoy writing. So I guess it was only a matter of time until I asked myself: “hey, I write about things I love all the time. Why not make videos of it too?”

So I prepared this short survey (only 8 questions!) that will help me create content people can really enjoy.

Just like with this blog, I want to give the videos a feminist perspective. But I would also like to approach the content outside of that, focusing also in things such as character dynamics, visual components, or in other words, just what makes things work.

I will really appreciate your help!

Survey


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