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For five years The Indonesian Anime Times have been bringing news and views from Indonesia on Japanese and Indonesian pop culture to the world, and now we'd like to hear your feedback!

Opinion: In Defense of “your name.” and Kishōtenketsu as Narrative Technique

What can we learn from the narrative structure of Makoto Shinkai's enormously successful film "your name."?

Linked by Keychains: How Otaku Communicate Through Character Goods

Character keychains, badges and T-shirts are among the things that bring fans connected to each other.

Opinion: Seeking Social Criticism Through “School Life” Anime and Manga

School is a place of learning, and so too there are things to learn from school life anime and manga.

Opinion: Is Sentai in Trouble? The Current State of Super Sentai

Using dinosaur theme for the fourth time and having low toy sales and ratings have caused some concern about the status of the Super Sentai series, but things may not be as bad as they seem.

Anime Intertextuality: Between Pop Culture, Historical and Cultural Values

Every text is related to another text. And so too in anime or manga, intertextuality can be found.

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: 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.

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Why does one even need a girlfriend in the first place? Despite it's hard-to-sympathise-with protagonist, "Rent-A-Girlfriend" could be an interesting starting point for discussing that issue.

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