The Golden Age of Anime

Hey all before I begin this blog entry let me first just apologize for my incompetence in regards to not posting in awhile. If it’s any consolation you can always find me on Facebook (there’s a link down below) on a page I run in which I am consistently active and you can get in contact with me there if you so desire, thanks!

For this entry I thought we would discuss what exactly is the fabled “Golden Age of Anime” that people sometimes bring up. I think first we should break it down into three main points: popularity, finance, quality.

In terms of the first point anime and other pieces of similar otaku culture have boomed in the recent years.  But to be fair anime has increased in popularity since it’s initial days with fans of old shows such as Astro Boy and Speed Racer being around even today. With this in mind it’s easy to say anime has become mainstream and most people have watched at least something in their lifetime.  In terms of myself however, I was not part of the rush of people in recent years to love anime and the like but instead I have grown up around it through my relatives (in case one was wondering this however, that is a tale for another time).

With regards to the next point which is finance I’m referring to the amount of money the anime industry brings in which to be frank it makes a lot especially in the recent years.  I don’t think anyone in their right mind can contest this point that it helps contribute to the golden age of anime.

The third point is quality and this is a more tricky one to discuss for what does one exactly classify as quality? Well in terms of myself I find quality to be a mixture of good storytelling and good animation.  These two things tend to give me enjoyment in watching a series.  There are some exceptions though such as some anime being just for laughs or to invoke feelings of love for moe characters and on the other side of the spectrum there are anime that have terrible animation but amazing story.  For this reason I think quality is the main point of contestation.

With these points in mind it would be fair to say that now is the Golden Age of Anime right? Well there’s another big component and dare I say the biggest that I did not yet mention which is “What do you enjoy?”. If you enjoy nitty gritty anime then the 80s and 90s are probably your Golden Age and if you like moe anime (hey like me but at least I’m honest) now is your Golden Age.

With all that in mind I would like to conclude saying that it’s subjective and whatever time of anime you love is your personal Golden Age. These are as always just my thought and I would love to hear yours, Thanks -Cas

Update

I wanted to make a quick update giving my apologies for my small absence as well as a couple of other things. Firstly, I’m not exactly happy about going dark for a little while so you have my sincerest apologies.

Secondly, Occultic;Nine episodes one and two have gone back up with seemingly no changes which makes my last post kind of pointless. This in turn brings me to my next point which is I will not be doing any more pure news type posts like that again but will have news be supplemental in other posts. This is due to me highly treasuring quality therefore I wish to give my readers the best possible content possible.

As always Thanks, -Cas

Occultic;Nine -Episodes 1 & 2 Pulled!?

I thought this would be an excellent first news type post considering my last post was about the series and my initial thoughts on it.  If you haven’t heard Occultic;Nine episodes 1 and 2 have been pulled from all streaming sites (the legal ones anyway…) with little explanation.

Let’s put the tinfoil hat on about why we think they were pulled shall we? There are essentially two main theories as to why this was pulled the first being copyright infringement and the second being the episodes were too sporadic and confusing so they are being remade. I personally believe the latter to be more likely due to the episodes being extremely confusing in my opinion.  As for the prior I highly doubt since to my knowledge copyright stuff is usually taken care of before an anime airs (however I could be wrong since I’m not exactly well versed in law).

Leave any thoughts below and as always, Thanks -Cas

Occultic;Nine – My Initial Thoughts

So with the first episode out I thought I would give my first impressions of the series Occultic;Nine due to all the hype surrounding it.

Occultic;Nine is a supernatural anime about the well…occult. The main reason for it’s hype is due to it being by the same creator of Steins,Gate which is a fantastic sci-fi anime that I highly recommend.

After watching the first episode I was a little conflicted due to it so far being a very energetic and quirky show. I felt conflicted since it wasn’t quite following in Steins;Gate’s more methodical and well paced stead. I should say however if it was an exact copy of Steins;Gate’s mood that wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing either.  I did however find it’s fast paced and sporadic mood to be a little bit of a turn off but this will hopefully be remedied down the line.

My basic conclusion at this point in time is we need to see more of the series to make a conclusion but at this point I think it will likely become popular but for reasons other than it’s creator and affiliation with Steins;Gate.

Feel free to leave any thoughts below and as always thanks, -Cas

 

 

 

Anime Fangs, What?

For today’s post I thought we would do something a little more…moe (hey crazy right it’s like it’s in the title of the page or something) and so I figured we would go over what exactly is with those little fangs we see moe characters have in anime.

This is actually a representation of crooked teeth something which the Japanese find to be extremely adorable.  The Japanese find these crooked teeth to be so adorable some girls will actually pay to have a surgery done to make their teeth crooked if they aren’t already.

I personally find this to be a little alien to me since in the United States (in which I live) we do the exact opposite meaning we will actually pay to have braces to fix our teeth as we find crooked teeth to be unattractive.

To conclude in anime I find it adorable and in real life I find it an interesting difference between cultures. -Cas
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The Concept of Ancient Civilizations

-it got me thinking about what was it exactly that makes the concept of ancient civilizations so interesting.

So recently I started playing through the Mass Effect series for the first time (I know I’m only like 10 years or so late) and after completing the first it got me thinking about what was it exactly that makes the concept of ancient civilizations so interesting.

The short answer to this question is I think the concept of a precursor race that was far more evolved than our own being destroyed or meeting it’s end of dominance as really gripping and cool.  The long answer however is a bit more complicated.

I tend to think humans in general have a bit of a natural draw towards the unknown hence why many like to read or watch mystery stories.  In fact if you truly think about it mystery in general is a crucial part of any story.  Without a bit of mystery you would know everything right away and the story itself would be bland all the way to the end.  With this in mind I think the concept of ancient civilizations really embody this sense of mystery as we find out how as I said before the precursor race that was far more evolved met their end.

With that said I think there is a bit more to this than just mystery. The next big part of any story is a sense of discovery.  As the person consuming a piece of media finds a sense of enlightenment from discovering something about the story they are then starting to become invested towards the further parts of the story.

(This sense of investment is also key to a good story in general but that’s another topic all of it’s own)

With my long thoughts done I would like to finish saying I really enjoy the idea of an ancient races populating a planet before our own time and I find it an extremely fun selling point of a story. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or any concerns you may have with my thought process down below. Thanks, -Cas

What Makes A Series Popular?

I find that this is can be answered by considering a few main concepts: relatability, uniquity, and immersion.

So this has been something that has been on my mind for a while recently so I thought it would make a good first post the question being what makes a series popular?  I find that this is can be answered by considering a few main concepts:  relatability, uniquity, and immersion.

To begin what exactly do I mean by relatability one might ask? I’m referring to how relatable a character is to oneself.  For the sake of this post we will look at one of my favorite series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (TMoHS) and another named Accel World (AW) and compare and contrast them.  Kyon from TMoHS is rather snarky, sarcastic, and overall a bit on the lazy side. This character appeals to the mass in many ways since I like to believe most people have a bit of these character traits. Now in terms of AW Arita, Haruyuki is an overweight, weak, and overall submissive protagonist (in terms of his relationships towards his bullying peers). I think many people find difficulties relating to Haruyuki  due to his nature and for that reason even though AW did relatively well it’s nowhere as popular as some other series especially TMoHS.

Next we will cover uniquity which is something I find both series excel at.  TMoHS takes place in a world where the supernatural exists and a teenage girl is essentially god with the premise being “let sleeping gods lie”. I personally think this is an interesting concept and one that had not been explored much before which I find contributed to its overall success (regardless of Endless Eight…Haruhi have mercy on our souls).  Meanwhile Accel World takes place in a futuristic version of Japan in which devices known as NeuroLinkers are commonplace and have the ability to grant its users true alternate reality and virtual reality support (which would be freaking awesome to have if I may add).  Both of these series are rather unique which I find adds into their success.

Lastly I would like to cover the idea of immersion. In TMoHS through Kyon we are able to almost be there with Haruhi through her silly antics and react through how we would normally act.  I find this to have greatly aided in the show’s popularity overtime. Now in terms of Haruyuki we are immersed into the world of the Burst Linker but some of our natural reactions would greatly differ from those of the main character and I find this to be a bit of a hit to the show.

Like I said before both series are favorites of mine and I would easily enjoy rewatching them multiple times as I already have.  Feel free to leave a comment regarding your thoughts and any concerns you may have with my evaluations. Thanks, -Cas