The guys deep-dive into another huge favorite from their critical adolescence, commenting on Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 adaptation of Masumune Shirow’s manga classic: “Mobile Armored Riot Police”!
What are the intentions of the war story? Are the requisite morals good or bad? What else can the war story discuss beyond that binary?
Kelly returns for the second in an accidental nerd duology, in which three unrepentant weebs discuss the complications of importing and exporting works of entertainment, how these cultural exports are tweaked for international sensibilities, accessibility, and even censorship. … More How Do You Translate International Pop Culture?
Comic Books, Anime Properties and Video Games all have one thing in common: Good and bad movie adaptations. In this episode, the guys discuss what adaptations require, what defines an adaptation in the first place, and where the trend of adaptations are heading for the future.
This week the boys discuss the past and future of social taboos, wondering which will switch positions in acceptance in the far off space age.
In this episode the guys return to Japan, discussing their exposure to anime, its writing trends compared to American fiction, and what they take away from both anime and Japanese video games.
For the first time ever, Questions: We Don’t Have Answers is recorded live in front of an (unwitting) audience! The topic: Hentai and Japanese Sexuality. Donovan and Harry unite to discuss the shared DNA between Anime and Hentai, their effects on the male psyche and their views on women, the normalized pattern of sexual abuse in hentai, comparing and contrasting with American portrayals of women in media, the Nerd identity and the Chronicles of Gor. … More HENTAI: OK but why tho?
This week Harry and Don investigate an off-shoot version of their “Morality in Sexuality” question, pondering how people come to be attracted to certain qualities, how that holds value over other qualities, and of course, some dark stuff. … More Is There Morality in Attraction?
In this episode Harry and Don tackle the unspeakable subject of fandom. Like patients stricken with an illness, they discuss their own imaginary loves before turning an eye to the far reaches of the fan’s psyche, discussing legitimate love for the fictional, television and comics, how fandom can become obsession, reality and real life love. … More Is it okay to fall in love with Fictional Characters?