Bokura no Hentai and Queer Communities

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Bokura no Hentai is one of relatively few well-regarded manga that focuses on trans issues. We all know that trans people haven’t always fared that well in the realm of anime and manga, a subject I’d like to revisit in the future, but this manga, alongside a few other such as Hourou Musuko and Hanayome wa Motodanshi, has gathered quite a bit of acclaim, both within the trans community and in the manga sphere in general.

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[Script] Why a CG Show is Anime of the Season

Until this year, CG animation was something I saw as mediocre at best. We can all point to Berserk 2016 as the worst example of what could happen but even significantly better-looking CG anime turned me off. The best example of this is the shows done by Polygon Pictures, such as Knights of Sidonia or Ajin. They don’t look awful but they’re somewhat off-putting and end up in the uncanny valley territory for me.

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[Script] How 3-gatsu no Lion’s 2nd Season Gave Us the Best Episode of Anime this Year

3-gatsu no Lion, also known as March Comes in Like a Lion, is a show which fluctuates in quality. While it’s usually very good, it often falls back to its fundamentals, delivering an episode which is more mediocre than anything. That said, it delivers frequently enough and with enough strength that it’s managed to become one of my favorite shows this year even with some hiccups.

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[Script] Gunbuster, Diebuster, and the Nature of Sequels

I see a lot of fear surrounding sequels, both in the anime fandom and among viewers as a whole. They’re frequently derided as cash grabs, unnecessary works thought up in the depths of corporate boardrooms. I don’t see this as much for ‘second seasons’ or continued adaptations, but wholly new works that come after a concluded story usually get this attitude thrown their way. This is only amplified when new staff members are working on the sequel, as it leads to the idea that the new project is being made with no concern for the quality of the original work.

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[Script] Girls’ Last Tour and Post-Apocalyptic Slice-of-Life

This season is packed with popular shows all-around, with one of them being Girls’ Last Tour, the popularity of which has led to an increase of interest in post-apocalyptic slice-of-life anime. While a post-apocalyptic setting might sound at odds with a relaxed slice-of-life show, that isn’t necessarily the case. Post-apocalyptic slice-of-life is actually a fairly strong genre, with a number of acclaimed works due to its ability to balance a calming atmosphere with a dark setting.

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Yuri isn’t Made for Men: An Analysis of the Demographics of Yuri Mangaka and Fans

Part 1: Introduction

Through my time in the anime community, I’ve come to realize that yuri is an incredibly misunderstood genre. Many think of it as a parallel to BL, being made by men for men, while others see it as a field almost exclusively made up of women. Confused about this myself, I made an attempt to find serious, detailed information on the subject. Unfortunately, said information does not exist. While there is some data on the demographics of the yuri manga industry and on yuri fandom, said data is hard to find and deeply lacking. As such, I have done my best to summarize all of the information I have been able to find here, in an attempt to seriously look at the genre.

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[Script] Flip Flappers and Identity Formation

The development of one’s identity is an important part of growing up. Individuals develop across their entire lives, but the foundation of one’s self is incredibly important. While details frequently change over the decades, deeply-held parts of one’s identity rarely shift. According to psychologist Erik Erikson, this identity formation occurs in adolescence during the stage of development known as identity vs. role confusion.

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