The Unfortunate Implications of Kantai Collection

You’ve probably seen them before, whether it’s on social networks, in fanart, as figures on online shops or in the seedier underbellies of the anime fandom. The kanmusu, or “ship daughters”, twee teenage girls dressed like fashionable sailors and armed to the teeth with equally cutesy heavy weaponry, are the heroines and mascots of Kantai Collection, the new cult phenomenon taking the Internet by storm. Yet the context on which Kantai Collection exists, is a rather problematic one.

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Sexism in Games and Anime: More Than Just Fiction

The “It’s Just Fiction” argument that is too often used to put up a wall around discussing content. To deny that what we play or watch has any affect on us just because we know it’s fake is taking a very insular stance, and while the content itself is not the main cause of sexism it can play a role in perpetuating it. Join us as we continue the discussion on sexism in games and anime and discuss the effects of what we play and watch.

Defining Sexism in Games and Anime

Words have power, they shape the way we think and how we define the world around us. Recently Nintendo Magazine UK published a blog about how Senran Kagura Burst is damaging the gaming industry. It’s such utter nonsense I don’t even want to link to it, but it brings western perceptions of sexism to mind and gives me a reason to write about things I’ve resisted saying for years because of how heated this topic can get. The words we use to talk about sexism in media need to change. We have a fundamental misunderstandings about sexism and I want to challenge them.

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Review

The Pixiv illustration that launched an otaku empire has been all of those things, including a PSP game that has surprisingly been localized for North American and European fans. Has NISA done us a favor and rescued an obscure gem, or is this simply a cash-in on the franchise’s niche popularity?