Touhou Fandom

This post was originally written for my friend’s CyborgCommunist’s blog and published there on September 13th, 2012. Since that blog is largely inactive by now, I’ve decided to archive the post here in its entirety. The original post: http://interestsoap.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/touhou-fandom/

Even if you are not a gamer, which happens to be my case as well, you should not be a stranger to Touhou. What started with a Japanese beer-loving gamer, for whom others’ shooter games weren’t enough of a challenge, has escalated into a fandom extraordinaire. For many the games aren’t important anymore, it’s more about the world, Gensokyo, and its inhabitants.

Marvel at the compact, but wondrous world of Gensokyo
(click on the image for its Pixiv page)

While I know the games and have attempted several of them, even though I’m not much of a gamer myself, that is not what this post is going to (mainly) be about. Continue reading

The -gatari Series

This post was originally written for my friend’s CyborgCommunist’s blog and published on July 6th, 2012. Since that blog is largely inactive by now, I’ve decided to archive the post here in its entirety. The original post: http://interestsoap.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/the-gatari-series/

With the start of the long-awaited summer holidays for many, let’s learn something about the -gatari series instead of mathematics or literature for a change. In essence we’ll be talking about Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Katanagatari and maybe a bit about the planned Kizumonogatari movie.

Nisemonogatari

Of course you have probably seen at least a couple of episodes and know what all of those series are roughly about, but that won’t be the focus of this post today. We’ll look into their origins, some differences between the originals and their anime adaptations and lastly touch upon the way the works have been handled by their respective animation studios. Continue reading