Week of Geek: VFC Fandom Countdown Part 3, From the Land of the Rising Sun…

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Hello again Geeklings!

It’s week 3 of our countdown to Vaughan Fan Con (YAY!).  And this week I thought we’d cover a pretty intense and, at times, maybe kind of weird fandom that has SO MANY devoted followers.

Yep, it’s Anime and Manga time!

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So, when most people think of Anime they think of big eyes, lots of hair colors and they may think it’s a little… strange.  I know I did.  Most know that it comes from Japan, but while in Japan ‘anime’ can mean any type of animation, over here when we talk about anime we usually mean that one specific style from Japan.  And Anime as we know it is much older than people realize.  There’s an article here that’ll give you the rundown but many agree the first anime film was from all the way back in 1917, so a whole century ago.

And like any format, anime and manga covers a whole range of topics, settings and characters.  It can be violent.  It can be sexual.  It can be plain weird…

Believe me, I was right on the fence about this particular format for a long time.  But if you’re able to overlook the occasional weirdness (or heck, you might even be a fan of it), and you find the right story with the right characters… ugh, it can be downright magical.  MAGICAL!

And it’s fanbase is as strong as ever.  With Studio Ghibli films still beloved, Pokemon still crazy popular, new manga series being published all the time, shows like Yuri on Ice!!! becoming a global phenomenon and Sailor Moon celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, there’s no slowing down.  And I discovered, it doesn’t hurt at all to give it a try.

And as a final note, this week is Banned Books Week, and some of our favorite fandoms are not above facing challenges from various readers.  Last week’s featured fandom, Harry Potter, has certainly seen it’s fair share of challenges, but comics, manga and anime are certainly not immune, especially by people who object to violence, LGBTQ themes, etc.  Even something like Dragonball has been under fireCertain episodes of Pokemon have been banned over the years.  The idea of censorship can still rear it’s ugly head, and it’s good to take stock of that and continue to promote intellectual freedom.

Having said that, check out our anime and manga collections.

Try that Otaku hat on and see if it fits.  Besides, the food’s mighty fine.

Stay tuned for more news, check out our programs, and until next time, End of Line.

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