The Importance of Moe in Character Merchandise

November 28, 2013

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This school semester (sans-finals) is finally over and this time round, I took my first honors-level class on Japanese popular culture. After much contemplation, for my research paper, I decided to write on the inherent importance of moe-elements when it comes to character merchandise. It was a long and arduous process to see this paper to completion, but it was well worth it and exceedingly fun and educational.

Enjoy!

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Japanese Popular Culture and Soft Power

July 10, 2012

Another semester, another academic paper on one of my all time favorite topics, Japanese popular culture. This time, it deals with the relationship between Japanese popular culture and Soft Power, the ability for one country to control another country’s wants and values through non-traditional means.

By now, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that my interest of Anime and Japanese popular culture extends beyond the boundaries of a mere hobby. Right now, it’s also a big, big part of my academic life. As the old adage goes: “Do what you love, love what you do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”.

Well, technically speaking, that’s complete bull because, believe me, writing this paper was not an easy task to accomplish. Hours of research, sleepless nights and sweat went into this paper and I’m ecstatic to say that all that effort was not in vain as I got quite a good grade for it.

As with all the other papers on my blog, the rest of this post will be sans pictures.

With that, I present to you the final draft of my work, untouched, for your reading pleasure. It can get rather technical at times, but I do hope you enjoy reading it. (^.^)

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Actar’s Reviews 158: Densha Otoko’s Getsumen To Heiki Mina Figure

July 11, 2010

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Today, we shall be taking a look at the closest and most affordable replica of Yamada’s Mina figure from the metafictional Anime ‘Getsumen To Heiki Mina’ from the hit modern day Japanese love story ‘Densha Otoko’.

While I usually don’t review completed PVC figures due to the fact that there isn’t really much to talk about unlike action figures, dolls or merchandise, I’m making an exception this time.


My First Ever Loot

May 11, 2010

Time to take a trip down memory lane! I’m amazed that I still have pictures in my HD… This is the first ever Anime related loot that I received after becoming a full-fledged Anime fan. Not to mention the FIRST girl figure I ever got.

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