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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Hetalia and Why it’s Like Joining ISIS

I normally try to avoid making title lines so click-bait-y so let me get something out of the way real quick before the fans get their usual course of angry. I am in fact generally okay with Hetalia – I enjoy jokes at Canada, DBZ references – and overall nationality based humor. However my enjoyment of Hetalia is tempered by something that most fans of it seem to ignore – that a whole lot of people fucken died.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Hellsing/Hunter x Hunter and Why Can Anime do Remakes Well?

There’s a large movement in current Hollywood movies in that there are a lot of remakes. Despite that many of these remakes can fix the 90’s vibe many of them carried, it’s rare that the remake is superior to the original. This however is different in anime where most remakes are usually much better – which doesn’t make sense at first.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Wind Waker and Anime is Forcing Anti-Isolation

I know this is my anime column (I swear I’m not mixing it up just because I switch off every week now), but something that’s striking in video games like Shadow of the Colossus and Wind Waker is that overall feeling of isolation. Not that the world us empty (my parallels to The Last Man on Earth are coincidental), but that an overall feeling of isolation is a good thing.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: The Martian and Why Terra Formars is Bad Sci-Fi

So I just finished reading a phenomenal novel called The Martian – to not give any spoilers it’s about a botanist/mechanical engineer who’s stranded on Mars. However one of the key elements that makes the book so great aside from how real and honest the characters are – is the pervading science which never feels preach-y or too exposition-y and more importantly drives the plot in a realistic way.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: D-Frag and Dialogue Has Too Much Power in Anime

There’s been a few seasons between D-Frag and now, and I find myself silently comparing similar animes to it that are releasing. This is odd because while I admit that it does do some visual comedy right, overall it wasn’t a great anime. I then realized it was doing something as equally powerful to set up it’s gag – it was blocking the character.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Bakemonogatari and Use Your Frame Cuts

Last week I talked about how anime is given the freedom to do as it pleases with camera shots, and too often just follows manga pacing for it’s cuts and scenes. This article then may seem contradictory – but hey you should try to think of these articles as rules to follow, and you can only break a rule with another rule. However it does lie at the same kind of problem – in that there is no innovation in what you use for a scene.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Panty and Stocking and the Long Take

Panty and Stocking was very crass, had some middling parts (I mean the bottle episode was torturous), but overall it had a nicely fresh plot and characters. The animation was sort of unhinged allowing itself to be fluid and change styles as needed. Seriously anything that’s willing to change an iconic scene and joke into a paper mache monster that explodes shows a certain kind of play and dedication in your project.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Saints Row and Why we Don’t Need a Hero

I came across a thread the other day about an anime where an anime character was tragically born with pink/purple hair and had to deal with the realization that she is clearly now a main character. (See whole thread here). Now I’ve already commented on how male main characters are mostly bland sauce with dick filling, and females tend to be dense and are there to be raped visually (and sometimes literally – no Valvrave I’m not letting people forget you did that)

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