[Script] Why You Should Watch Old Anime

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most important anime of all time. It fundamentally shifted the industry, playing a large role in the revival of TV anime while practically creating the idea of late night shows aimed at otaku audiences. It brought greater recognition to archetypes like tsundere and kuudere, and its influence can still easily be seen today.

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Report on the Yuri Fandom Demographic Survey

I’m happy to report that the yuri survey I ran was a massive success. Thank you very much to the many people who helped spread it, allowing it to reach far more people than I ever respected. Thanks to its spread, I was able to get 695 responses, far more than I needed in order to get meaningful data from it. I’ll go through all the questions I asked here, analyzing the data as I feel necessary and delivering the important results. It’s important to note that this data can’t be generalized to English-speaking yuri fandom as a whole; the survey is not scientific as I have no ability to randomly sample the population as a whole, but it should be useful in providing a rough idea. (Quick note: I use the phrase non-heterosexual women and such throughout the piece. In my own writing I would use queer instead, but I’m aware that not everyone is fine with the term or believe it applies to them so I’ve simply used non-heterosexual as an accurate, all-encompassing term). The raw organized data can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dZoMqgaDQqLjErnB-0GTEMjU-PikSgMFgI1EE-Oqqco/edit?usp=sharing.

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[Script] The 6 Good Summer Yuri Anime – That Aren’t NTR

Yuri is a moderately popular genre of anime, but you’d be hard-pressed to name more than a few yuri anime in any given year. Early into 2017 we got Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, but that a was a rarity, not something that comes around all that often. Given that, it’s no surprise that many yuri fans cling to whatever anime they get, even ones that they themselves find massive problems with.

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New Game!! is the Best Sequel I’ve Seen in Years

I don’t think it’s all that controversial to state that New Game!!, the second season of the 2016 Kirara adaptation, is a significant improvement over the first season. That’s not a jab at the first season; I had a great time with it, and it made it on to my 2016 top 10 list. But the second season goes beyond the first in many places. It doesn’t simply settle for being more of the same; it takes everything a step further, in the process becoming a significantly better show, not merely a slight improvement. It’s hard to cover every way in which it’s improved, but I’ll try.

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Princess Principal isn’t Yuribait: Why You Need to Quit Saying Subtext

Princess Principal is, up to this point, one of the best anime of the season. It’s a show that understands its own absurdity and willingly engages with it, allowing it to pull off wacky episodes without seeming out-of-place. At the same time, it succeeds in its job of endearing the viewer to its characters, who are all sympathetic and likable. It’s set in a fantastically detailed world with a real sense of scale to it, something that’s often hard to find. And it does a great job at balancing some level of camp with a strong level of emotion, something that’s always worth appreciating when accomplished. When you combine these elements with its visuals and music you get a fairly unique tonal experience that you can’t really find in most other anime. In short, the show has a lot to like. One element that endears me to it is the presence of yuri, but unfortunately, that isn’t without its drawbacks.

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Anime-Original Content is Actually a Good Thing

Anime-original content gets a bad rap. It’s understandable why; years of boring filler and awful original endings have poisoned the well, leaving anime fans suspicious of adaptations which aren’t panel-for-panel and word-for-word. But as understandable as the resistance to anime-original content is, it’s wrong-headed. Direct adaptations may be preferable to butchered, poorly written original material, but a truly tailored adaptation will be the best option any day of the week. Good creators can imbue their own touch into the material, making mediocre works great and strengthening already strong works.

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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is about Fake Heroes, but it Shows Real Heroism

Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is a very fun ongoing show. It focuses on a group of girls living in the fictional Hinano City, as they create a local tokusatsu show in order to represent their town. Cheer Fruits is watched by a very low number of people, which is a shame given how well it’s been handled. It’s not a show that boasts an amazing production or the most originality, but it’s doing a very good job at using what it has in order to tell an interesting story with tokusatsu elements.

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