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

What To Expect

So to begin hello to whoever is reading this and thanks for stopping by. With that out of the way I mainly plan on posting a few days a week about different ‘otaku’ related topics mainly concerning things such as anime, manga, light novels, visual novels, and video games. So in total this will be a rather nerdy blog but I do hope you find it entertaining. Thanks, -Cas