I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into Your Name. I’ve had a dubious history with Makoto Shinkai’s works, and I found his character writing to be his weak point held up purely by his emotional appeal drama appeal. Yet it was hard to ignore something when it suddenly becomes the highest-grossing anime film of all time. So I took the first opportunity I had to see it when it released in theaters near us.
It is time, once again, to take a look at the latest offerings in anime! Coming in with a crisp, cool breeze, the fall 2016 anime season contains a mix of continuations of previous shows, new entries in old franchises, and a few totally original shows. I’ll be focusing on a few that caught my fancy and elaborating on what I did or did not like about them. Starting with:
One of the most oft-cited evils of the internet is how it has encouraged piracy, and hurt people’s ability to profit from their art.
On the one hand, there is truth to this statement. Piracy has grown more and more common as the internet has made sharing media easier and easier. But all too often, it feels like distributors are using piracy as an excuse to avoid having to actually examine how they distribute media, or why people would turn to piracy instead of simply buying the media they wish to consume. This inevitably leads to piracy and those who pirate media being demonized regardless of the overall circumstances.
It’s incredibly rare to find transgender characters in media. Even rarer to find positive portrayals of trans characters. Rarer than both of those, however, are sci-fi settings which depicts a hopeful future for transgender people. Which is why I was rather surprised to find that The Dirty Pair, a somewhat fanservicey comedy anime from the 80s, had one of the most progressive depictions of a transgender character I’ve ever seen.
In episode 7 of the show, entitled “Love is Everything! Risk Your Life to Elope!” a rich businessman hires the protagonists to track down his son, who he claims has been kidnapped by a woman named Lilis Joanca. Partway through the episode, it’s discovered that this was all a set-up to frame Joanca and keep the son away from her. Upon being asked why he did all this, the businessman reveals his true reasons for hating Joanca: