Due to the subscription/search-based format for blogging and reading posts, it’s easy for older posts to get lost in the larger scheme of things and for blogs in general to be a little hard to search through. This is especially true for this blog since our publishing schedule tends to be highly irregular.
To make things a bit easier, I’ve tried to do my best to make sure most of the content we post here is easily accessible/searchable by using decently consistent and helpful categories/tags. In addition, I’ve tried to make the overall structure of this blog relatively clear, and include both a layout of the site and a short sample of each of our posts below.
- Home: Contains a collection of our most recent posts, with the ones we especially like featured on the front page. As older posts are not displayed, you have to search for them by category, tag, or using the search box in the sidebar.
- Intro: Gives a brief overview of the blog and how it got started and describes some of the things you’ll be likely to find here.
- About Us: Just short descriptions about who we are as people.
- Anime Reviews: A collection of all the anime we’ve reviewed/discussed/analyzed on the blog.
- Book Reviews: A collection of all the (often academic) anime-related books that I’ve reviewed on the blog.
- Interpretation: A description of my ongoing project to understand media–and ourselves–through the ways we interpret it (centered on anime, of course!). Contains a summary of my own posts plus links to other sites/places I’ve found interesting and/or helpful.
- Bibliography: A collection of all the books I’ve bought and/or read that are in some ways related to understanding anime, media, and fandom.
- Blogroll: A collection of all the anime blogs I subscribe to. The smaller selection in the sidebar are the ones I like best at the moment.
Here are a couple posts that in general set the tone for the things we tend to blog about and showcase our varied writing styles. These are listed in no particular order.
Posts on interpretation and fandom:
- Light Novels Defending Light Novels (showcasing my ongoing love affair with light novel adaptations)
- Germanic Influence in Anime (investigating the different ways Germanic influence manifests itself in anime)
- Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity (how geeks and “geekdom” relate to culture and identity relative to society at large)
- Interpreting Interpretation (examining the ways fans relate to anime)
- Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals (summaries/commentaries on Hiroki Azuma’s book)
Posts on individual shows:
- A Theatrical Analysis of Zetsuen no Tempest (how ZnT pays homage to its Shakespearean roots)
- RWBY, Fairy Tales, and Databasing (why RWBY might be the most “anime”-like Western show yet)
- Date A Live and Romance (where I recognize the folly of my own romantic beliefs and encounter “the postmodern condition”)
- Witch Craft Works as Absurd Modern Fairytale (how WCW deconstructs and reconstructs the traditional fairytale)
- Diabolik Lovers (experiencing hardcore fujoushi subculture)
- Nothing but Kill La Kill (analyzing the themes, symbolism, and references behind show)
Posts on random things:
- My Summer in Japan (my failed attempt at blogging my 2013 Summer in Tokyo)
- “Prantagonists” in Death Note (musings on why we feel so conflicted on Light and L)
- The Mythology behind Fate/Zero (digging into some of the source material the show liberally draws upon)
- Why I Hated Toradora! (raging about Toradora!)
- Demonic Representation in Anime (looking at demons in Blue Exorcist and Black Butler)
- The Dumbest Protagonist Ever (making fun of Takamiya Honoka in Witch Craft Works)
- My Love/Hate Relationship with Shoujo (hating on The World is Still Beautiful)
Posts on random things:
- Life in Japan (life in Tokyo from 2015/2016)
- A Defense of Harems (where Misfortunedogged and I ramble on about pretty much everything except for harems)
- No Game No Life (Rebecca and I discuss giving NGNL the benefit of the meta-doubt)
- Psycho-Pass and Shinsekai Yori (Rebecca and I compare/contrast the two shows)
Last updated: 05/21/2018