April 2009

Argh, didn’t get around to finishing the second part of that Eden of the East analysis in time. Out of town for the next ten days, but will pick up from there. In the meantime, a look at the drafts that are sitting on my WordPress awaiting completion; they’re little more than a thesis and a rough outline, so if there’s any you think I should work on first, move up in priority, or possibly additional ideas to pitch, leave a comment.

“Religion in anime redux: Coles notes on Eden of the East II.” – continuing the previous thoughts.

“Mecha Moe”, or “The Girl in the Machine”: Anthropomorphism and Inverse Objectification in the Five Star Stories, MS IGLOO, and Battle Fairy Yukikaze” – meditations on how in media women are turned into objects and machines are turned into women.

“Fanfiction and its Historical Antecedents: The Tale of Genji.” – showing that there is good historical evidence that fanfiction has been around for as long as literature has. Still need to actually finish the remaining half of the book for this too…

“Goodbye and Hello: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei as an Absurdist Comedy, or Don’t tell me there’s another season!?” – knee-jerk reactions to the announcement of Zan SZS and comparisons to absurdist literature (Kafka, or maybe Beckett?)

“Namedropping, Sunrise Edition” – illustrating the influence of directors and how sometimes a simple studio name reveals little about a series. Examples may include Code Geass and Witch Hunter Robin, among others.

I have a terrible habit of being able to write thesis after thesis on a dime, but it takes me weeks to finish a paper. Ugh… perhaps I should consider outsourcing.


Slowpoke may be appropriate here, as Eden of the East has definitely made quite the splash. However, there are a lot of subtleties that I’ve been mulling over in the two or so episodes I’ve seen. In particular, Eden of the East feels very “western” – and that’s not just because of the English voice-acting. Rather, the entire series seems to allude to a sense of western political and religious institutions – very striking, coming from what is essentially a Japanese animated work. A pretension warning is probably required here before we move on, but as I always say: “It’s only pretentious until you get the references. After you get the references, it’s intelligent.”


Everyone knows who the REAL main characters are.

Everyone knows who the REAL main characters are.


To all intents and purposes I come across as a mecha fan much of the time when discussing anime, and something that often comes up when talking about mecha shows is often something along the lines of “that show felt really realistic”, or “that show was more realistic than this other show”, or “that show didn’t feel real at all”.

A recent post by ghostlightning brought a lot of fermenting thoughts to a boil – despite the fact that mecha anime is pretty much always about fictional pretense, it seems we still appreciate a dose of the “real-world” in our entertainment. Or do we?