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12 April 2006 @ 08:26 pm
Crossposting as an excuse for research  
Alright. The semester is almost over, and like a fool I've procrastinated writing my research term paper until... now. What the heck can I research that I can write a quick paper about?

Well, duh. Anime. I decided that if I write a paper about anime, then I can rewatch Fullmetal Alchemist and call that research. Sweet.

Unfortunately, my brilliant topic had to be narrowed down to anime fan culture in North America. This means that I need to conduct actual research.

This is my super great research.Collapse )

x-posted like your Great Aunt Betty's china cat collection
 
 
Nicole: GW - Sailor moon!nikkiblue11 on April 13th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
1) female
2) great plots. there's usually something actually goinf on. or there's at least a point to the stories. i don't like meaningless chatter.altho put in the right places, can be quite amusing) the chemistry between characters, the drawing, creativity, etc.
3) the action and humor. and the hotties. O_o
Wolfieslow_overkill on April 13th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
a) GURL. xD

b) Well, the characters are so diverse, yet, so down-to-earth. It can range from drama to comedy. The art is pretty. The plotlines are thick and rich (most of the time).

c) Because it has action in it. Something that most Shoujo series lacks.
RW Grimmgrimm222001 on April 13th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
a). Female

b). Anime and manga posses deepness and character development that is rarely found in American cartoons. And it's awsome that there are plots that the series revolve around, not just 2 15 minute shorts in one show that can be watched in any sequence (though I know some anime is like that, lol).

c) I love shounen because I feel you get a little more when series are targeted towards boys. You get action, drama, angst, even some romance (but not super duper heavy), you basically get everything, and I like a good mix.
eurogabbyeurogabby on April 13th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
A) Female

B) The depth of anime/manga can be amazing, while still having mind numming fluff for you to turn to when you've had enough of serious storylines. The artful use of symbolism (FMA esspecially), philosophy, and character development gives something that American comics or soap opera's can't. And yes, while some anime can be pointless and over dramatic, the same goes for western liturature(I'm sure The Great Gatsby is far more revered then a dime store smut novel). The broad range of subject and plot is also refreshing.

C) I love shonen, for the emotional focus of all the characters(trusting the series is good). The action sequences are always entertaining, and it's nice to have something that is a bit more plain about emotions, unlike shojo. (Don't get me wrong, I love the fluffy stuff, but in overdoses it really can kill O-O)

I'm done rambling. I hope this helps!
Rizzlerizzleberry on April 13th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
a) Female.

b) It's really not a preference, it's like any show you watch or book you read for me. I only like two real animes, Naruto and FMA, because I watched a little bit of the anime and found it interesting, so I tried reading the manga. I liked them. *Shrug* I admit, it gets a little odd at times, and cheesey, melodramatic, etc. And I could do without the constant removal of shirts...o_o; It just so happens that these shows are more interesting to me than the american shows I like. I don't go for every anime I see, though. I guess the real reason I like this stuff is because it's one of the few things made for people around my age that contains real plot, action, adventure, and all that good stuff, and is not limited to...super teenage angst fest...crap...'LYKOMGMARKBROKEDEDUPW/ME!!!111456orange' 'OMG LYK NO. WAI. FTHJNRTN!!111 WHO R U GOING 2 DA DANCE W/NOW?!?!?!4T3'

c) Uhhh. What? You mean sorta like...guy oriented? See, I'm not into the whole anime scene. But...I had no idea they were even classified like that. I just like them because I like them. I haven't been introduced to any other anime things.
梅奧: Novelm3y0 on April 13th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
a) Female.

b) I enjoy watching/reading anime/manga because it is always interesting, keeps the audience wanting more; it's a story about these characters that you may or may not be able to relate to. It is similar to a cartoon show, only it is more in-depth and not just a specific category (genre, like romance or action or comedy). It's a good mixture of fluff, crack, and angst along with an actual plotline that you can follow.

c) Shounen series prove to be action-filled and, well, deep. The character normally develops, matures, and you get a sense of growth which is a nice feeling.
Allie: Your Godyume_no_kage on April 13th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
a) Female

b) Briefly huh? Alright...Anime and manga, unlike American cartoons and comics, are not solely reserved for children or porn (or action hero comic books). Their plots, content, and storylines vary as wildly as any TV series or book genre, and most of them (excluding the gratuitiously fanservicy ones) have some sort of deeper meaning outside current world politics or satire. That, and many of the themes are pulled from old legends, myths, and the very heritage they come from. The art is pretty too ^^.

c) I do enjoy shounen, sometimes more than shoujo itself, because I like my plots to be action driven, as well as character-detailed. Shoujo is all well and good, but sometimes the romance and endless metaphores for one's heart winning the true battle get old after a while. In shounen, there are still some emotional issues involved, but more of the emphasis is put on action and plot, rather than emotional turmoil.

Shoujo is more relationship driven, studying human interaction and all the complications involved with such, and therefore can be a little lacking in deep plot sometimes. Shounen manga has produced some of the most complicated and twisted storylines I've ever seen...and I'm a ho for detailed, pretzel-twisted storylines. Death Note, Remote, Fullmetal Alchemist, Rebirth, X/1999, Saiyuki...

Did I mention the absolutely gorgeous men that make up a good portion of the characters in shounen? Hot guys, deep plot, suspense, subtext, action, big weapons, the humor...what more could a fangirl ask for?
Swiiorangeaura on April 13th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
a) Female.
b) Anime and manga just seem a step above cartoons and comics as an artform. I enjoy the illustrations and the more mature story lines that 4kids ruined.
c) Shounen series, from what I've seen, drag on and on. For some, that's great. I don't judge anime or manga by genre. If it's a good plot with great characters then I'll like it. If not, then I'll find something that better suits me.

Good luck on your paper!

Emmagretchen8642 on April 13th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
a) Identify whether you're male or female
female (17)
b) Explain (briefly) why you like anime and manga
i've been a bit of an otaku for about three years now... this is what i like!
1) the story lines are usually amazing, not dumbed down at all and can either be VERY intense of crazy hilarious
2)the art is beautiful and the attention to detail almost always makes the show great
3) the characters are deeper and more thouught out than american ones
4) and the guys are HOT. (plus, there's the whole yaoi thing which is a sadly untapped genre in the american market)
c) If you're a girl, explain why you (may or may not) like shounen series
i don't usually like shounen seires... with the exception of fullmetal alchemist. if i ever DO fall into a shounen series, there's usually a hot guy, something vaguely resembling a love story, or... um. everything else in the series is unquestionably amazing. otherwise the action-y stuff doesn't really grab me. haha i'm such a girl.

nice going nice going.
electronic world for every boy and every girltomiko_the_muse on April 13th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
a) Identify whether you're male or female
Female
b) Explain (briefly) why you like anime and manga
I grew up with it, for one. I also like the crazy/interesting stories that show up and the art style.
c) If you're a girl, explain why you (may or may not) like shounen series.
I don't like shounen because they usually have long battle scenes (entire episodes) and sometimes it just looks so stupid. I'm mostly thinking of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Dragon Ball Z when I say this.
hakunekohakuneko on April 13th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
-is Australian so hopes she isn't stuffing up your research by posting this-

a) Female

b) I love Anime/mange not only because of all the great art and inter-genre styles, but also because of the huge multitude of different anime and manga genres out there. Anime to me is less of a 'genre' and more of a 'pop-culture' where people from all walks of life/ages/whatever can come and find something in common and which to talk about.

c) Call me crazy, but I really don't think there's a line between shonen and shoujou. There are some obvious shonen and obvious shoujou, but you also get the anime/manga that walk the line rather skillfully. I like Shonen because it's got action in it, along with emotion and drama, and manages to keep my attention (I have the span of a newt.) Shonen is awesome for that reason, along with the cute moments, where they take a break from the main plot and just let the audience cool their heads.
Salixkaerran on April 13th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
a) Female

b) Well, it depends. All the ones I read are at least slightly philisophical and/or have something to think about in 'em. And generally they're more available to me than normal books 'cause I have a tendancy to take thirty books at a time from the library, and I can take manga to work and finish 'em fairly quickly.

c) All the series I like or are the type I like end up grouped into shounen. This doesn't necessarily mean I like all shounen series. I don't like action only things, so that means I won't read half the stuff out there. On the contrary, I don't watch shoujo because everything I've seen of things I don't particularly like, like comedy or romance. So that doesn't exactly leave me with a lot. The only manga I'm currently reading/have read recently have some action in 'em. Take it as you like.
Jerusharedushab on April 13th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
a) Female

b) It varies. Most of the shows I enjoy I enjoy for story and character. I also enjoy the art, particularly the background work in animes, American cartoons tend to lack interesting scenery, which anime has in abundance, and as a scene designer I really appreciate that.

c) I don't pay huge attention to whether something this shounen or shoujo. But the shounen serieses I like I like because they're interesting. I'm not a fan of shows like Dragon Ball Z. But FMA and Bleach are both shounen, and I enjoy them because they have interesting characters and development.
Kio Sarsiterminafairy on April 13th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
I'm writing an anime term paper as well XD

But anyway,

a) Female

b) Well, I like it because the style is unique. A lot of North American cartoons are comedy-oriented, while you can find a wide variety for many genres in anime.

c) I like shounen because of the action. The storylines and characters tend to be more interesting too.

devoid illevildildo on April 13th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
female

I love the magical realism of anime and manga. How things that don't occur in our reality are normal and common place there. Like the mushi in Mushishi or the shishigami in Mononoke Hime. I'm an anime snob...

I generally don't watch shounen unless it has a decent story line and some depth to the characters. But most of the stuff is just so juvenile. I hated FMA for the longest time, until I watched more of it and realized it wasn't another adventure, kill the bad guy gig.