Dissertation update (2)

Apologies for the lack of activity; I’ve got all of my posts saved as drafts, they are written out, but they need their correct images (Which I’m currently making smaller for upload).

Anyhow… I’ve been doing a lot of research and considering around my previous subject question and while it is based on my love and fondness for Anime, I’ve come to the sudden decision of narrowing it down even further and solely focusing on a subject, that I’ve been interested in for years and it’s been quite a well spoken topic with in our Otaku community.

The portrayal/depiction of femininity/females in Anime and manga, but I may just put this down to anime in general, due to the fact that I can tie this in to how they are visually and vocally conveyed as well.

As someone who can be considered (or I consider) myself as an anime otaku (nerd/geek), but there was one thing I always noticed, and tried to avoid, which was the stereotypical, over the top feminine characters which pop up in a lot of Shoujo anime. You know, the girly girl who is always shy or embarrassed and depicted as weak and useless? Yeah, those ones. At first, when I tried to avoid this topic question, I could help, but ponder why they are often like that. Not ALL female characters are like that with in Japanese animation. Some are, but there’s either those types and the ones who are the stubborn, ‘I hate you, but I secretly love you’ types as well.

This WAS NOT the only thing that came to mind, but there were so many things to bring up during this realisation. How the fans respond, or how over the years, this view on femininity with in japan has changed or has also reflected with in or through out these animations as well.

Also, why, how and when they start to be seen or recognised like that? there’s plenty of other questions that are streaming through my thought process as of now, but these were simply a few that had hit me with in this.

 

I did a bit of research over the past few days, and it does turn out that there’s a connection to Japans culture after all and good news! I have linked this thought process/question/subject back to the Gender roles essay which I wrote back in the first year. One of my items of choice which strongly depicts femininity (the Hello Kitty plush), I recited a finding from a book about how females of Japan are influenced in a particular way, and I’m curious to find out if this is due to the things around them, or tradition or even by their own choices.

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Collect, analyse and (re)collect.

You never ever seem to notice the small collection of books gathering up on your shelf, or even the bundle of pencils, pens ad other stationary that clutters up in your drawers. There’s always a system and a way of how things are organised, and this is the new task that I’ve been set to work on, discuss, analyse, experiment, collect and start to develop.

When I start to think about this subject, I thought at first that this was going to be a pretty, damn hard subject to figure out, but as I returned home and arrived to my room… it hit me.  I have several collections of my own, but I had never considered them as a collection at all and I did have a strategy of how I line them up, organise the objects or even spacing them out in my room a certain way and it’s extraordinary.

As much as I like boasting about my little gathering of figures, or manga; I don’t like talking about it to the whole class. It makes me nervous.

The loom band jar.

My manga collection (which seems to grow every time I go into Waterstones.)

I have far too many keychains/keycharms now, but here’s the collection I have pinned to the wall.

Things to take in to consideration during the project:

What makes them a collection?

what defines them? how do they change when they are a mass? what are their qualities? what do they do? what shape are they? what are their functions? do their qualities change when reassembled? how do you reassemble them/organise them? Are they any different when they are resorted?

Now, the final outcome is going to be a book that’ll document or that will discuss our collection. I’m having a little trouble processing my thoughts/ideas in to how I’ll present my findings into this book, but I do have some ideas of what I want to do for the collection.

Collection ideas:

  1. Things about my cats: This could be a collection of images, sketches of them, I could also have records of events, for example their vet slips, food packaging.
  2. Letter packaging: Collecting a series of different packaging that’s to do with postage.
  3. Cosplay materials: Recording things to do with this subject.
  4. Pencils: I have so many of them, that I can’t even count them all. Pencils are a pillar to anything. You can make many different marks and record in different ways with them; you’ll also get many different results. There’s also so many varieties of pencil types.

A definite collection choice so far for me has been the pencils, I also thought about doing pens, though, a pencil can be recorded in numerous ways. I’m looking forward to playing around with the ideas that I’ve got so far.

London Anime and Gaming con – Part 2 (Final)

As promised, I shall now continue to talk about this wonderful event (for me) that only happens twice a year at The Rocket at Holloway road. I left the house pretty early wearing my costume; I have a strong feeling that my neighbours, the bus drivers and commuters are very use to seeing me every year dressed up in a unusual getup. The looks I get are full of either curiousity or guilt, the look tends to be that  of ‘Oh, ugh.. not this again. Do they even have a life?’ Luckily, my confidence for this sort of thing is pretty strong, so I ignore it.

At the event, it took a while to get in, however, we weren’t kept outside for as long as last year, due to the new checklist improvement. They changed their log in techniques from sheets of paper to a new app on their phones; this helped the process to be a lot smoother and easier for those who don’t like waiting.

While I waited for my mother to sort some things out with the front desk, I exchanged some business greetings with a clothing company representitive who was selling some products there. I received quite a well-designed card. This reminded me that I need to consider in future, that if I ever wanted to sell my stuff, such as drawings or any merchandise, I would need to consider how

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I lay the stuff out and introduce my wares.

The atmosphere was typically busy to the point where the place got completely packed at one time.

It would’ve been a better idea, if they had opened up another seperate room for the merchandise sellers instead of cramming the merch and the stage performances all in to one room. It got hard to move around at one point.

Looking back on the event though, I would have to say that the voice actors who were presenting were very friendly; they also gave some good examples of how they voice particular characters, they then followed to give a brief introduction on how they started off and answered any questions made.

A one day rush…

“Ladies, do your daily dundrums have you in a twist?
“Gentlemen! Are you torn between work and family life?
Kiddies, do you have a best friend whose a bully that you JUST want to beat up?!?!
I can solve your problem in a jiffy. Fast, affordable and reliable, delivery god Yato!”

London anime and gaming con is only a week or so away, so I thought I would talk about a little event that I’ve been going to for the last 4 years. I spent this weekend, well, mainly Saturday planning my costume and getting it made. As much as I despise rushing my costume, I figured out that by the time today (Monday) would come, I’m going to be so busy and will end up rushing the job anyway by the time next Friday comes.

Selecting a character that YOU know and love out of the many characters you’ve come across in the many years is not an easy decision. As always, there’s many design decisions you need to make in order to pull off the character. I’ll give you an example: The character that I chose. I chose to cosplay as Yato from Noragami for the event (Only on the Saturday, as I haven’t paid for Sunday). Not only do I have to dress myself up, throw a wig on and dash a bit of eye shadow to help contour those more narrow details in, but I feel that because I’ve got quite a small gathering of fans online now, that I have to act like the character as well.

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I did some research over the weekend, as well. I rewatched the first 8 episodes of the series from the first season and reread three volumes, and I’ve worked out that this is going to take a lot more work than I thought it was. I suppose, as I’m pretty different outside of Uni, I may be able to turn the tables and pull it off? although, it’s going to take a lot more revision on his personality as Yato can be a little too enthusiastic sometimes.  It makes me wonder how the great Kamiya Hiroshi was able to voice him so well, too…

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As I’m not finished yet, DSCF3813I’m amazed at how I was able to get the main concept together in one day. I dyed it, dried it, made measurements of the arms and cut the material out and sewed it. I also got his sword finished with in an hour, while I was waiting for the jearsey to dry.  I had to consider whether or not, if I put the crown logo in the right place or not; it was such a pain. Looking at it now, it makes me recall how I had to be really specific on what dye I used; what material i’m going to use to create the jacket,  should I stick to his character design in the anime or do I choose the one used in the manga? I’m a little disappointed at the time limit that I’ve given myself yet again, it seems to be becoming a habit. Another reason for bringing up this event, is because it’s something I’ve always felt very happy going to, and I get to meet and endulge in my hobby of cosplaying with others without having to feel like an outcast.

Talking about this particular costume and character takes me back to the Fist poster I created because I had used quite a few of Yato’s quotes, due to they have both moved and guided me in making the right decisions and not the wrong ones, anyway, the event also takes place at The Rocket in Holloway; there’s games, quizes, clips for future series/titles and games, food, drink, merchandise and lastly, live performances. I’ll talk about the event when a little more after it happens, and I’ll discuss how it went as well.

 

Some inspirational animated videos

Quite often, I would find myself looking at my favourite list on Youtube and I found a few I became quite fond of and would perhaps like to try and animate like this in future, or for this rotation:

When the advert came out around a year ago, this was one of the most magnificent things I had ever seen. I spent a while trying to find out how they animated the animation; I thought it was a possibility that they filmed the parts where the water was, and where everything was so life like and then animated over the footage, or if perhaps, they did it a different way, but after several weeks of searching for the video during the holidays of last year,  I finally was able to see how they did it.

I was so enthralled by every single bit of detail they had put in to the backgrounds/scenery, the animals and all of the other aspects; that I’m still amazed by it now. It must of taken such a long time, but as I can see, it was all worth the effort. If I were to animate my story board in this style, or anything else in future, I don’t think I would be able to capture the same quality, due to lack of equipment or the time limit.

A fanmade video for K Project the Animation. (Yes, yet another anime series I enjoyed the animation of) I would like to mention, that sometimes, these types of videos are often taken down by the companies who originally created the characters within these little animations, which is a shame, but a reason why I adored this fanmade video was, that even though there wasn’t any dialogue between the two characters, you can see a form of a story being depicted between the two. How their story began, how they met and how it all ended.  The manga style has always been something I’ve loved since I was young, but there’s another feature I like– How each still image shifts into another one; this is done gracefully and gradually throughout the short.

Also, the use of music used. The song may not be able to be understandable to those who do not speak Japanese, nevertheless, the music creates this mood of sadness, guilt, anger and a hint of loneliness? these are most probably feelings that are linked back to the characters in the video.

As I’ve mentioned before, the animation is quite reliant on sound and facial features/expressions to help create emotion.

After testing my animation, I have thought about the idea of possibly changing the medium from cut outs to doing a whiteboard animation, where the images are drawn.