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February 20th, 2017
Anime vs HSC

For the English HSC Final Exams, students are required to have various related texts for each of their essays. These related texts can be from a range of mediums, including anime. Warning, you should only use anime if you are familiar with its themes and cinematography, since you will need to discuss the cinematics of the anime and convey how it appropriately connects with the topic of your essay.

My recommendation is to use any Studio Ghibli Film(s), since Studio Ghibli is popular among a majority of high school teachers. Their films are often prime examples of cinematography and narrative development. These qualities make them the easiest choice since everything is portrayed in an understandable manner, while unintentionally influencing the test markers based on their pre-conceptions about Ghibli films. The commonly used films are Spirited Away or Howl's Moving Castle.

Since both Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are considered "family friendly" films, they usually are built up from a range of themes. For example, Spirited Away is a fictional story about mainly about journeys and discovery. However, it touches on numerous other issues including parenting or growing up. Depending on the intent of your essay, you need to change "the way the anime is presented" in order to convey the necessary themes required for your essay. The same deconstructive process could be applied to Howl's Moving Castle. In order to adapt the film to suit your essay, you may need to dive deeper into hidden themes of the film. For example, shaping your future can be seen from Sophie's actions and decisions, particularly after she became cursed. There are just 2 of the numerous films you could use in the HSC.

Technically, any anime FILM could be substituted for a Ghibli film, but then the chances of the teachers/markers recognising the film, become smaller.

In conclusion, you should only use anime in the HSC if you:

  • Are confident with the contents of the anime
  • Know how the anime relates to your essay topic
  • Are willing to gamble your future on anime

Good Luck!
Posted by Rieze | Feb 20, 12:27 AM | 0 comments
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February 4th, 2017
Losing in Sports Anime

Different types of sport anime can contain different motivations towards the overall plot. For example, the ambition of a particular anime can be to inspire viewers to get more involved in sports or to show the emotional commitment of athletes in their respective sporting competition. While there are also different ways to achieve all of the things listed above, I will be focusing mainly on characters and how they deal with loss in sport.

The examples below are for a better understanding (hopefully). Each section contains a specific anime moment where the main character's team suffers a defeat. In addition to this, a brief analysis of the scene and the meaning of the loss is included to demonstrate how negatives aspects and experiences can be reused as fuel for a new passionate goal, while also invigorating characters.

Posted by Rieze | Feb 4, 2:54 AM | 0 comments
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January 11th, 2017
Is There A Definition For Anime?

"Anime" has experienced many different definitions during its lifetime. There are arguments constantly, within the community, about what is and is not considered anime, as well as what defines an anime. I have assembled my own definitions based on what I have experienced and read during these forum/comment arguments. Each one of the following definitions has a valid point for their existence and the use is acceptable depending on the situation.

Here are 3 examples I know of.

  1. Anime - Noun - Animation that originates from Japan - This definition is mainly used when referencing anime from a non-Japanese perspective to effectively distinguish animation that comes specifically from Japan.

  2. Anime - Noun - A style of drawing/animation that is inspired from Japanese animations - This definition is used when referring to a stereotypical art style and appearance. For example: if fan art was made of The Simpsons to look more "anime", then the appearance of the art changes but not the values of the actual item. This definition is contradicted because of the existence of "anime" that borrow traits from western animation.

  3. Anime - Noun - "term" to reference animation in Japan - Many online people have pointed out that SpongeBob SquarePants, and other such non-Japanese animations, are addressed as anime because it is just a "term" to label animations while they are inside Japan, regardless of their country of origin. This definition is very inclusive to the entire world, which is a good thing.

In conclusion, the most realistic use and definition for "anime" would probably be #3 because of the inclusiveness and the appropriate way the word/term is being used. #3 does not discriminate but rather includes everyone, creating harmony.

#1 and #2 are very shallow with their definitions because it only makes sense if you look at it from an external point of view, when we should really be inside the mind of Japan when referring to their culture.

If I missed a definition, then I am sorry.

This is blog post is somewhat of a response to the comment section of this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsWSm1U1q3o
Posted by Rieze | Jan 11, 6:38 PM | 0 comments