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,…

The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 3

[This is the final part of the women studies paper I wrote on hentai.  You can find Part 1, on the definition of hentai, here, and Part 2, on the comparison of hentai to live action pornography, here.] While it may not be as prevalent or have the same tradition in our society that live…

The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 2

[In part 1 of this 2006 women studies paper, I discussed what hentai is and how it has grown in consumption in the United States; so if you are first entering this report via this part, you should pop on over there first.  In this part of the report, I compare hentai to live action…

The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 1

(This paper was done in 2006 for a women’s studies course at Ohio State University.  Some of the facts may be a bit outdated, some have been updated, but I still stand by the interpretation of the texts. Part 1 here discusses the subject matter; Part 2 compares hentai to live action pornography; Part 3…

Representations of Women in Japanese and American Pop Culture

(From a 2004 paper on a cross-cultural examination of the superheroine)             In their article on children and role models, Anderson and Cavallaro (2002) say that superheroes are “larger-than-life symbols of American values and ‘maleness’.” (p. 162).  From a socialization point of view, is there reason to be concerned about…

The Otaku of OSU

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, in graduate school I learned about, and experimented with, slash. That journey started with exploring more of my interest in Japanese anime and manga. Perhaps in another post, some day, I’ll introduce you to hentai. Now that will be a fun discussion. As part of my exploration of…