Betty Boop and Hentai Studies

This episode on Betty Boop is our final episode of the season, and one of my favorites because I get to talk about hentai, one of my favorite subjects to study. I have a complicated relationship with hentai. On the one hand, I really don’t care what a person’s kinks are. On the other hand,…

Cartoon Rape Is Still Rape: Thoughts on Hentai

And hentai texts serve as ways to reaffirm this dominion of man. Hentai women are created for the sole purpose of male survey. They are true fantasy, existing nowhere but in the imagination of man and his subsequent depictions of his imagination – she is simulacrum. Being man’s creations, they are to serve man’s desires, including the desire to be reassured that man remains in control and that woman prefers this power dynamic. The rape myth, a common hentai and real-life porn text, straightforwardly portrays this anxiety. Women are forced to have sex by a man (or numerous men), and although she initially indicates her intense displeasure with this relationship, at the end she is thoroughly enjoying the forced sex and, by extension, the dominion man has over her. Man as creator/reader is reassured that women prefer to lack the phallus, and that they desire a lot of it (in penis form) from man. Woman’s pleasure comes from man for man, and by being drawn creations, of man.

Pop Culture Lens on Transformers

  In the thirty-seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast Jef Burnham of CadaverCast to discuss the classic toy line, Transformers. In this episode, the three recall with fondness how these toys impacted their lives, but in doing so, they also focus on the relationship between…

Pop Culture Lens on Hello Kitty

In the thirty-third episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I welcome friend of the podcast Norma Jones to discuss the venerable pop culture brand that is Hello Kitty. In this episode, Norma and I position Hello Kitty not only as a pop icon but as a heroic…

The Pop Culture Lens on Avatar: The Last Airbender

In the twenty-sixth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast and return guest, Aaron Kashtan, to discuss the immensely popular hit from the early 21st century, Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008). In this episode – which at times features poor audio due to issues with Skype,…

Pop Culture Lens on Akira

In the twenty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, Charley Reed, to discuss one of the most influential anime feature films of all time, Akira (1988). Charley is a tremendous fan of the anime and manga, as is Chris, and we wanted to talk bout…

Categorizing Fractured Fandom

Defining Fractured Fandom According to the discipline of fan studies, at this point in history, being a fan is considered a positive for any individual. Being a fan helps people discover their identities, and to determine what they like and do not like. Being a fan helps people find friends, establish communities, and develop a…

Oldboy: A case study in intercultural adaptation theory

Christopher J. Olson makes a compelling argument for how adaptation theory needs to take into account different cultural contexts when texts are adapted from one culture into another. His analysis of the three primary versions of the Oldboy text serve to illustrate his call for an intercultural adaptation theory. Read all about it in: Oldboy:…

Comics Adaptations Causing Fractured Fandom

We are now full swing into the summer blockbuster season for Hollywood, and let’s take a tally of movies that are currently out or soon to arrive that originate from the pages of comic books.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Hercules.  Guardians of the Galaxy.  Teenage…

A Brief History of Postwar Japanese Cinema

In this latest blog post, A Brief History of Postwar Japanese Cinema, Christopher Olson discusses how being the only nation to suffer from an atomic attack impacted Japan’s national cinema and identity. From Godzilla to Akira, and even non-science fiction stories, the cinema shows that the fallout from Hiroshima and Nagasaki continues to impact Japan,…