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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(Anime) Super Powers and What You Would Do With Them

March 16, 2011

After watching the latest episode of Madoka, I was reminded of a set of questions that I was confronted with by RadiantDreamer awhile back.

Look deep inside you. If nothing can stop you from doing what you want to do, would you do it? What would you do? Would you be more inclined to cause crimes if you were unstoppable? Are social moral chains holding you back from doing whatever you want? Are you not going out to commit crimes because you know you’ll get caught? Or because you actually are a good person at heart?

The question is actually a follow up one to “Anime super powers you wished you had” So, here’s my answer which responds to both questions.

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