Mamoru of AKB0048: A case of the practical idol otaku

Mamoru is rather a unique character in the AKB0048 anime. He’s unique in a sense that he started out as that popular guy in class and he eventually learns to love idols. He’s pretty interesting already in that regard but rather I want to focus on his relationship with Yuuka.

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In defense of moe, anime in the Philippines and other stuff…

I was talking to a video game friend just the other day and he had this to say about anime…

“Anime nowadays is mostly moe, its nothing but cutesy. Heck, even Gundam nowadays has moe (pertaining to Gundam AGE)! Thank god there’s still Gundam Unicorn nowadays. Every anime nowadays is laden with fanservice, even Lupin the III has fanservice now! Where are the anime like Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Lain have gone to? Dai Sato is right, anime is dying.”

There are a lot of veteran anime fans who are really dissatisfied in the state of anime right now and these fans think that anime has too much fanservice nowadays and moe is killing and will be the death of anime.

Honestly, I beg to differ.

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Perefect Blue: Satoshi Kon’s exploration of the idol industry analyzed

I’ve just rewatched Perfect Blue and boy, I am still blown away even though I’ve watched it years ago. Satoshi Kon really did a good job on this film. Perfrct Blue is a film worthy of many praises. Satoshi Kon’s exploration of the modern Japanese society and to a degree, human society and its folly are so brutally real that it is so fantastic. He really did a good job of exploring the culture and reality of Japanese show business.

I’ve wanted to compare Satoshi Kon’s observation of Japanese show business with my observation of the Japanese show business, focusing on the idol industry and it turns out that we have the same sentiments.
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