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May 7, 2012
There's a line of thought popular
among the otaku that Japan is
currently recovering from a thin
veneer of Christian puritanism
imposed by the West, and quickly In an episode of "Samurai
returning to the relaxed hedonism Champloo", from 2001 (the same
of the Edo period. year that Azuma's book came
out) Watanabe inserted a brief
Azuma's take is not quite polemic like this.
as culturally self-
congratulatory (p.11): He also tacked on
an (even more)
"Therefore, if at this time we irrelevant aside
percieve a Japanese esthetic in about homosexuality
the composition of anime and as an Edo ideal.
special effects, it is also
necessary to recall that neither (There's always
anime or special effects existed a queer conspiracy
in Japan prior to a few decades at work, I'm telling
ago and that their process of you.)
becoming 'Japanese' is rather
convoluted. Otaku may very well
be heirs to the Edo culture, but
the two are by no means
connected in a continuous line.
Between the otaku and Japan lies
the United States."
(The US lies
anywhere it can.)
He has some interesting
things to say about the
transition between Gundam
In "Lucky Star" the
main character's dad
was a Gundam fan,
Apparently, Postmodernism in
japan was something of a popular
fad in the 80s, not confined to
an academic subculture.
The work at hand, for example,
became a bestseller.
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