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The Final “I Hope Nippon-Sempai Notices Me” and Why I’m Giving Up On Anime

I started this column 2 years ago under a single pretext. To combat the notion that anime was dead, that it was a broken thing that could ultimately be fixed. That maybe, just maybe if some producer listened to some old animefag on the internet that possibly it could be mended. Of course I never actually expected anyone to really listen to my insane rants and ideas for shows to fix anime.

I wrote all of these articles (this will be article 90 btw) with the intention that it would end 2 years or 100 articles in. I knew that there would certainly be more faults to be covered even given such a large time-frame, but I had an ulterior motive writing this. A motive knowing that I wouldn’t be listened to, that unless a radical 180 occurred in the industry – would still remain true. I knew that this all along wasn’t really for some anime producer – hell it was barely for your amusement dear reader. This was in a way my note, the final act of a major part of my life.

Because I am done with anime.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Prism Ark and Why Anime at It’s Core Can Barely Be Taken Seriously

I know, 2 Nippon posts in a row – where’s the game theory article you ask? Well this and the following week will be Nippon-Sempai articles due to next week being the final article of Nippon-Sempai. Yes by today’s date it’s been a full 2 years since I started this, and I’ll leave the reason why I’m ending it (because it’s not from a lack of faults to continue pointing out) for next week, this week let’s talk about Prism Ark.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Anime is Unapologetically Racist, Why?

There’s been a lot of talk in the media recently about race relations in our modern world, and there’s been many figures in both media, politics, and sports called to task about their racism. While it’s been mentioned before it’s time though for someone to really formally call out anime for not only how racist it is, but how unapologetic it is about it.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Gundam Wing and Why I’ve Always Hated Anime Fans

I’ve mentioned this story to some friends of mine, and listeners of older Nerdfit podcasts, but it bears repeating here. It is the story of how I came to be introduced to Gundam, and it bears this kernel of truth. That despite hanging out with friends who enjoy anime, and my convention goings – at the end of the day I have always hated the anime fandom.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Filler Arcs and Anime Sucks at Tension

One of the great things that I find in shows like Kill la Kill, or Breaking Bad is this notion of pacing. Pacing has and continues to be a constant problem in anime. No I’m not saying anime needs to go the Crank route and be pure octane fuel (although sure that’s fine). But a show like Haibane Renmai while slow, is still well paced, because it keeps it’s pace.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Military and Does Japan Love or Disrespect the Armed Forces?

So with the constant release of things like KanColle, and it’s predecessor Strike Witches it’s clear that Japan understands that even though it may not make much sense, a woman in military uniform has an attractiveness (to Japan’s loli lovers) mixed with wanted to have your ass kicked – a perfect recipe for your otakus. However for a country that has been restricted from having a full military, it’s insane how much it has affected the genre of anime.

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