Imagine that all The Simpsons characters were into anime, manga, and Japanese video games. They would probably say stuff like this.
Weird tropes find their way into anime, and I'm not just talking about tentacle porn. Judgment aside, cat girls, superpowered transfer students and Vespa-riding aliens are objectively a little eyebrow-raising as television plot hooks. To be an anime fan, you get used to things you wouldn't normally poke with a five-foot pole. Regardless, I was completely unprepared for Uma Musume Pretty Derby, a "moe anthropomorphism" anime that, like others of its genre, portrays non-human subjects as megacute people.
That's the question explored in this week's PBS Idea Channel video. Now, I've been writing on the internet long enough to know that otaku is Internet Dynamite. Like "dubstep" and "roguelike", it's a word that you can't even say without making hundreds of people break their keyboards typing apoplectic comments.
For the longest time in Japan, to be an otaku was to be an outcast. To be labelled an "otaku" was to be branded with the staple of being an awkward, obsessive social outcast, and/or potential sexual predator/criminal. While the times have changed, it appears that Japanese mass media's preconception of the "otaku stereotype" has not.
Forget people acting like idiots on Twitter. That's not scary. It's stupid. What's scary is just how pervasive -- meta, even -- Twitter has become.
Godzilla and his atomic breath are one of the most recognisable metaphors for the atomic bombings of WWII -- and they're also icons of Japanese pop culture. With a steady supply of Kaiju movies, giant monsters nestled themselves comfortably in video games, creating a huge library of monster mayhem-based titles. We have selected some of them, both niche and well-known, featuring battles with these towering beasts.
In late 2011, the Japanese city of Matsudo launched the first in a series of anime style posters, designed to appeal to young people and help stop crime. Since then, the character, who is named "Aya Matsumiya", has appeared in several poster campaigns to help fight crime.