Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: When Capital Dictates the Editorial Board

Media independence can be interfered by the power of capital. What is the relevance for media that report on Japanese popular culture-related topics?

Opinion: There’s More Than One Way to Enjoy Anime

Different people may like different types of anime, or even like the same anime for different reasons.

Opinion: Out of the Trap of Friends’ Anime Tastes

Sometimes, the tastes and preferences of your friends can limit your experiences in watching anime.

Opinion : Anyone Can Claim the Top Anime

Whenever the year changes, various outlets held surveys and make top anime lists of the year. How to respond to such lists?

Opinion: Moe from Character Relationships – Asymmetry or Convergence?

The writer recounts how reading about fujoshi has brought him to see another interesting side to moe.

Opinion: Conjuring a Kind World – “Cardcaptor Sakura” and the Idea of Magical Girl

One of KAORI staff revisited the original "Cardcaptor Sakura" manga and found more than just nostalgia.

Opinion: When Romance is Not Everything – Reading Relationship in “Castle in the Sky”

How and why does the film "Castle in the Sky" avoid showing romantic relationship between its lead characters?

Opinion: First Impression and Three Episodes Rule are Not the Gospel

Three episodes rule shouldn't be the absolute measure to judge whether an anime is worthy to follow or not, this opinion argues.

Opinion: Making Peace with “Isekai” Stories

Stories about living a new life in another world or isekai is still trending. A light novel fan shares some experiences with such kind of stories.

Opinion: Scum’s Wish, Akane-sensei, and the Truth of A Player’s Life

A viewer of Scum's Wish explains how closely the anime depicts the life of people who treat romance as games.

Opinion: Why Granblue Fantasy Episode 13 Makes the Show Worth It for Me

Reason to watch Granblue Fantasy the Anime: There is Djeeta now.

Opinion: I’m an Otaku, and Also a Devout Muslim

Can an otaku also be a devout Muslim? Indonesia presents the interesting case of Muslim otaku holding on to both fan and religious identities.

Opinion: Naoka Ueno and the Reality of Social Interaction

Naoka Ueno in A Silent Voice film has been a polarising character among fans. Our staff offers to take a more objective evaluation of her actions and motives.

How I Discovered IDOLM@STER (and Learned How to Deal with People)

Being in a fandom isn't just fun and games; but it can also teach you important things in life and working with others.

Opinion: 12 (Episodes of) Titan and the Animator Crisis in Anime Industry

The shorter new season of Attack on Titan is only the tip of the iceberg of the lack of skilled animators in the face of increasing demand. How can this problem be alleviated?

Japan’s Child Abuse Is Wrong, But BBC Reveals Western Disregards On Japanese Moral Standards

Instead of really exposing problems in Japanese society, Dooley fallen to the judgement trap usually observed in Western programme about Japan.