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Cheerfully, jauntily, one-sidedly – There are too many female characters in modern anime

Remember when anime casts looked like this? Have you noticed that for the last ten years or so, anime casts have been looking cheerfully, jauntily, and one-sidedly female-centric? Advertisements

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Romantic Óðr, odalisques, and 19th century metal bikinis

The manosphere has been buzzing with creative Óðr lately, partially because of chainmail bikinis. Thanks to gaikokumaniakku, I had been looking at some 19th century neoclassical paintings, and somehow I got sidetracked onto 1920s depictions of women who wear saucepan-lids … Continue reading

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Vulture of Critique wants either a complete ending or a complete reboot for: Shikabane Hime

http://myanimelist.net/anime/4581/Shikabane_Hime:_Aka is a fairly strong series.

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Various criticisms of Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta

Yozakura Quartet – Hana No Uta is remarkably nuanced. It has a lot of unresolved sexual tension, some of which serves to underscore some of the bizarre conventions of anime. Ao is a catgirl, not a human; she is theoretically … Continue reading

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Finally, a review of Star Maker

About two months ago, at: http://elijahlarmstrong.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/star-maker-stapledon-1939/ Elijah wrote: ‘Star Maker’ is possibly the most upsetting book I have ever read. And the most convincing portrayal of God: Michael Woodley said to me that if God existed He would be like … Continue reading

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