Personnel Reconnaissance: Kotonoha Katsura

School Days is a particularly infamous series. Based off of an eroge, the anime is notorious for its bad ending, as well as how it turns the harem genre completely on its head. This makes for particularly compelling characters to be both loved and hated.

Of the School Days characters, there was one in particular that caught my attention, and not from hatred, like many of the other characters in School Days.

That character is Kotonoha Katsura.

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Americentrism in the Anti-Moe Brigade

Howdy!

Time Enforcer Anubis here with more about moé!

Not too long ago, Kgods, a friend of the site, directed me to an episode of Destroy All Podcasts DX. In the tail end of the episode, after briefly insulting VZ (Another friend of the site), there was a discussion about moé and its affect on the anime industry. The discussion, however, was less of a discussion and more of a long-winded explanation by one of the presenters, dripping with Americentrism.

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Operation Apex in the Circle: Mission Briefing

I am of the opinion that no work of art or media is above or beneath scrutiny.

That is to say, all works deserve deliberate examination. There is nothing that isn’t worth analysis, and there is nothing that “defies criticism.” Closer examination of a work of media may reveal aspects of it that could change the way people think about it, both for old and new works. Countless such examinations exist for anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and, more recently, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

This operation, however, will take on an anime that was pushed aside disgustedly like the broccoli in a child’s plate by many fans. Disliked, ignored, or outright hated, this series garnered little examination from the fandom at large and, while it’s not difficult to see why it was pushed aside, the elements that originally squicked the individuals who now hate the show aren’t the only elements at work.

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Personnel Reconnaissance: Selnia Iori Flameheart

As far as ecchi anime goes, Ladies Versus Butlers! is about as good as it gets: Pure romance-comedy with a heavy dose of ecchi that doesn’t try to be anything other than an ecchi romance-comedy.

LvB is also special for another reason. It introduced a character that stuck with me quicker than most characters from other shows in the same genre.

That character is one Miss Selnia Iori Flameheart

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All Roads Lead to Cowboy Bebop

There’s one anime that’s universally held up on a pedestal above many others.

It’s referenced whenever an example of an English dub better than the original Japanese is needed.

It’s been re-run on Adult Swim countless times since the block first began.

It’s brought up whenever the Anti-Moé Brigade calls for a stop to moé and a “return” to “better” anime.

The anime is Cowboy Bebop, and I’m sick and tired of hearing about it.

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