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The comfort and companionship of AI in anime

In time, artificial intelligence could make our art, provide our services, and learn our means of thought. It will alter the nature of creativity, relationships and life itself. All while it slowly becomes invisible to the naked eye, walking among us as any other human would, their features and even micro-movements indivisible from our own. But even as the fear encroaches on our fiction and … Continue reading The comfort and companionship of AI in anime

The high life: drug use in anime

Like all art, anime is a reflection of the society that bore it, a means to echo its beliefs, traditions and behaviours. But in isolation, art alone is not enough to decode an entire coutry and can instead present a skewed image of a nation. There seems to be this shared assumption that Japan doesn’t have a drug problem, that its cultural conformity is a … Continue reading The high life: drug use in anime

Get a clue: the great anime detective

Television detectives can be loosely categorised into two camps. The first is the gruff, “too old for this shit” type drowning their sorrows in stiff liquor. The other is the kooky wunderkind, sporting an intimidating intellect and usually sitting somewhere on the spectrum. While the former often prioritises immediate action and brute force, the latter draws on deduction and a meticulous attention to the minutiae … Continue reading Get a clue: the great anime detective

Growing pains: the philosophy of Kiznaiver

Kiznaiver follows a group of high school students who are chosen to be a part of an experimental program which creates bonds between people by forcing them to share each other’s pain.  White haired and vacant, Katsuhira “Kacchon” Agata lives a half-life, neither fully present or entirely withdrawn, numb to the sting of experience and physical sensation. Pain is the one true universal language, and … Continue reading Growing pains: the philosophy of Kiznaiver

Spirit, strength and gratitude: understanding Buddhism through Hunter x Hunter

Isaac Netero watched first the snow fall, and then the seasons’ change around him as he perfected his technique. For two years, he stood fixed on the same spot as the world ebbed and flowed around him, reciting the same prayer and throwing 10,000 punches of gratitude, until, at last, he beat the setting sun. Upon achieving a state of symbiosis between his body, spirit … Continue reading Spirit, strength and gratitude: understanding Buddhism through Hunter x Hunter