Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ima arukidasou nanika ga hajimaru!

What is it with anime and underage teenage schoolgirls? Why this incessantly perplexing trend of having the protagonist either being an underage teenage schoolgirl or being involved in a relationship with an underage teenage schoolgirl? Hmmm.
In case you're wondering the pic is a promotional ad for "Full Metal Panic?", an anime series that I recently snagged off a friend. The story is basically the life of a 16 year old special ops soldier (the logical choice) who masquerades as a high school student in order to protect a high value asset (aka a 16 year old girl) in a school where all the other 16 year old girls apparently wear C-cup bras, mini-skirts, and sport bright lustrous hair in about every color you can find in a box of Froot Loops. The stoic and somewhat frigid demeanor of the hero creates awkward situations between the bad-tempered heroine and other girls to comedic effect. That along with the funny yet vulgar off-color sexual jokes and the somewhat crude occasional shots of cartoon breasts, legs, buttocks, and groins make this yet another amusing run of the mill anime cartoon. 

What makes this all the more disturbing and creepy is that the animators of these cartoons are all middle-age 30 or 40 year old men. I wonder whats going through their minds when they're drawing semi-naked teenage schoolgirls being stalked at night by a strange man wearing a horse mask whose only desire, is not to molest them, or rape them, but to use a hairbrush and some glue and wire in order to tie their beautiful hair into long pretty ponytails? Who are these people? 

Theres only one answer. Hentaaaaaaaiiiiiii.


Back in the day (aka a couple of months ago) I would make the regular rounds to the gym and the running track to keep fit and trim. I would sweat it out like Stallone preparing himself for another lame sleep-inducing installment of the Rocky series. So what went wrong, you ask? Where did this lumpy belly come from, you ask? How did I get chubby all of a sudden, you ask?

How? I'll tell you how. By snacking on cakes, muffins, pasta, lasagne, and a whole plethora of other rich tasty yet artery clogging treats and goodies baked and cooked by none other than my little sister. You see when family becomes involved, it becomes almost near impossible to refuse. Especially when they look like this.

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven. May the Lord have mercy on my greedy gluttonous soul.


Now on a serious note I wanted to commemorate the passing away of Howard Zinn last month on the 27th. Zinn was an american historian, writer, and political activist who was involved in the anti-war movements and the fight for civil rights in america during the 60s. He along with Noam Chomsky were both against the invasion of Iraq and the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. His death along with the death of Edward Said in 2003 is slowly bringing to close the chapter of the prominent voices speaking out amidst the increasingly loud war chants emanating from the american right wing. The only person left from the old-school is Noam Chomsky who himself is over 80 years old. Does it mean the future is dark and bleak? Not necessarily. I have yet to make my appearance in the academic and political arena of my home country. So I guess only time will tell.

"We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas."— Howard Zinn, 2005 


Immaturely Mature said...

I'm guessing cause more guys are gamers and watch anime than girls so I guess they keep their interests by creating "sexy" characters? Who knows, but that is disturbing.
Oh SAME HERE! Except I had a back problem that prevented me from exercising for a short while, so I stopped going to the gym .. and now I'm liking it T_T I used to be so in love with the gym.. Now I shudder everytime I hear the word and I can't even bother glancing when driving past it...
Those cookiers look so good T_T
I started reading about him after reading your post, he's an inspiration.
I loved this quote.. "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable." How right he is!!
Thank you for introducing us to him..

Great post!

ren_crow said...

Ahlan wa sahlan!

Well yea that basically is the reason. They're core target audience are teenage boys & young men so they have to have something in their show to keep them watching. Its typical business tactics. Still its just a cartoon. I don't know what the big deal is. Anyways I can't wait for the next episode!

You're liking it? That just cost you 100 laps around the block, couch potato. Eh I'm one to talk. Yes the cookies looked good and tasted even better. They were chewy and scrumptious and awesome.

You learn something new everyday. Thanks.

SKITTLES said...

The begging question here is, why do some men find school girls sexy? is it 'cause they think they're naughtier? I, being a girl who loves sexiness, don't find school boys "sexy". Bring me a husky mechanic, however! woohooo

Cookiiieeees! Yattaaaa! hahaha

Seuss said...

I haven't gotten caught in the anime and asian drama obsession, so although I've watched only a few shows, I, too, noticed a recurrent emphasis on the school girl image. It's a classic "Lolita" allusion that's very prominent, as you note. I also noticed that this image has inspired the fashion sentiment in some Asian countries like Japan and Korea...

Also, I'm sure, since you're a sci-fi geek :P, you've noticed how overtly sexual the image of female super heros are almost always presented. I wonder what kind of cultural comments this makes about gender and sex!

Oh, and thanks for the short eulogy you owed to Mr. Zinn. Hopefully more people now know about him and can be inspired by him. Good luck.

ren_crow said...

Ha I would question your taste in "husky" men, but then again I'm a guy what do I know.
Hooray for cookies!

Yea I have also noticed the strange fashion trends especially at the annual Comic-Con. I think it may part of the larger japanese fashion trend known as Cosplay.

Whether its the latest Star Trek movie or a comic book, depictions of women will almost always be oriented towards a male market due to the undeniable fact that the overwhelming majority of consumers are male.
So as long as boys and men are paying in cash, the skimpy form-fitting body-hugging costumes will always trump the more practical bulky spacesuit.

Indeed. RIP.

Mochness said...

It's usually anime or manga with such depictions of women that make me turn them down. However, it's sad that a lot of good anime and manga have these scantily dressed women.

The same is applicable to comics.