Father Figures: The mysteries of the Japanese family in anime

Father Figures
The mysteries of the Japanese family in anime
Cameron Carrington

Imagine this scenario for a moment. You are a Japanese teenage boy attending high school and attempting, as best you can, to prepare yourself for the pressure cooker that is adult life in the modern Japanese culture. You are studious and polite. You aren’t in bad physical shape and are relatively rational and even tempered. Your dad is a widower and a bit of a pervert, but that seems to be relatively well accepted. The real treat however is your grandfather. You see, a long time ago your grandpa had been well, quite the heartbreaker. He was also a bit of a coward and wastrel and ran away from his responsibilities to live in near exile. Literal generations have passed however and now when grandpa’s exes and responsibilities come calling it is your responsibility to deal with them. Such is your life if you are Tenchi Masaki from the Tenchi Muyo: Ryo-Ohki O.V.A.s and the Television series as well. The question is why? Continue reading →

An Allure of Sable and Lace – A study of the Japanese Maid Obsession in Anime

An Allure of Sable and Lace
A study of the Japanese Maid Obsession in Anime
Cameron Carrington

Maid Cafés abound in Akihabara. Every season at least one anime features maids in one form or another. Even popular strong feminine characters like Saber and Rin Tohsaka from Fate/ Stay Night or Haruhi Suzumiya from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are featured in official artwork wearing the uniform of the humble maid. Horrifying as it seems even beefy guys sometimes appear in the skirt and aprons such as in the hilarious Kamen no Maidguy.  This has overflowed into real life as many Japanese women are flocking to the possibility to relive the dress up games of their childhood by stepping into the role, no matter how temporarily of the maid. (Bone, 2006) The question is why? Continue reading →

Of Moving Out and Moving Forward

Sept 5, 2009

This category of the ‘Dex is dedicated to the adventures and exploits of the Anime Punch staffers.  As some of you may know, we’ve been known to “do some things”, and hopefully this section will be filled with the tales of our “activities” (the ones we can talk about, at least!).  I feel it’s somewhat fitting that the first post on this site be a tribute to the end of an era, not for the sake of our undying attachment to irony, but as a tribute to the ever forward-looking spirit of the people who make up this convention. Continue reading →