|Posted by Anna H. on May 21, 2015 at 10:20 PM|
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Last week, I was in the middle of talking to some friends on Adult Swim. I am shocked by the number of the posters in the Babbling section. They don't know anything about Shojo Anime. I mean, really?! We post on an animation forum, which airs Anime YET they don't know shit about the other sub-genres? Wow! Their excuse is that they are not "Weeaboos."
BTW: The term "Weeaboo" is overused typically by self-righteous, know-it-all, and unworldly ignorami. They don't understand anything about the Japanese language, culture, religions, animation, etc. I have a BA in Asian Studies. This CAN'T be said for most people, regardless if they are only casual Anime viewers, Anime Otakus, or Weeaboos.
Japanese animation (Anime) is a very broad genre. The main sub-genres are Shojo, Shonen, Josei, Shonen Ai, and Seinen. Each sub-genre caters to certain genders, sexual orientations, and age groups.
Kodomo, which means "child" in Japanese is for children. Pokemon is a Kodomo Anime.
Shojo Anime is usually a PG-13 rated version for teenage girls to watch. Kaicho Wa Maid-Sama, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, Special A, and Vampire Knight are 5 examples.
Some teenage boys DO watch Shojo Anime, especially if there are some gay characters.
Shonen Ai means "boys love." Anime such as Gravitation and Descendants of Darkness are 2 examples of Shonen Ai Anime. This sub-genre normally has gay lovers in it and is GLBT friendly.
Josei Anime titles such as Pet Shop of Horrors, Princess Jellyfish, Paradise Kiss, and NANA are the equivalent of R-rated Anime meant for women ages 18 and up. Straight men can watch Shojo, Josei, and Shonen Ai as well. It is just that these 3 sub-genres always get a bad rap because they're not Shonen or Seinen Anime.
Shonen Anime is normally meant for teenage boys.
Shonen Action Anime is normally advertised. This is mostly what Cartoon Network and Adult Swim have ever aired because both networks are extremely male centric. The female audience mostly watches Shonen and Seinen Anime.
In fact, the hardcore feminazis are the main viewers, who demonize Shojo and Josei Anime, since these 2 sub-genres aren't necessarily for Barbie hating, "I don't need a man. I'm a strong and independent woman" types.
That particular crowd will normally gravitate more towards Shonen and Seinen Anime because Shonen and Seinen Anime aren't necessarily "cute and girly."
Take Seinen Action Anime such as Black Lagoon and Hellsing Ultimate, for instance. These are 2 R-rated titles because they are more violent and meant for men.
The female characters in Seinen Anime can be physically strong. All the while, some can really be emotionally weak. Observing the detail in a female character's physique or body figure (mainly her bust size) is another way of knowing if a series is targeted toward the male audience
In most Shojo and Josei Anime except for Sailor Moon, the characters' breasts aren't necessarily busty. In both Shonen and Seinen Anime, their breasts can be ginormous like Tsunade's from Naruto and Rangiku's from Bleach. Their bustyness doesn't anger me in the slightest. I don't belong to The Itty Bitty Titty Committee. Just saying.
Now, that I have somewhat given you a better understanding about the main Anime sub-genres, let's return to the topic of Shojo. After posting last weekend's Cartoon Sunday blog on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, I started thinking about 3 Shojo titles, that deserve English re-dubs.
Fruits Basket is 1 of Funimation Entertainment's Cult Classics for Shojo Anime. As much as we all enjoyed watching the original dub, the voice actors butchered the Japanese pronunciations of most of the characters' names. I continue to enjoy watching Fruits Basket, otherwise.
Meanwhile, Viz Media seriously needs to re-dub Vampire Knight in English. The English voice acting is generic-sounding for the main characters. The voice actors for Kaname Kuran, Yuki Cross, and Zero Kiryu (which are the 3 main characters) do NOT match their personalities.
Honestly, I wished that Crispin Freeman was casted as Kaname, Johnny Yong Bosch as Zero, and Laura Bailey as Yuki in Vampire Knight. Actually, Laura Bailey was casted as another Vampire Knight character. Regardless, they would've been my choices as a cast.
As for The Wallflower, the English Dub needs a serious makeover. I HATED the casting for this Shojo Horror Comedy Anime. It is MUCH better to watch The Wallflower in Japanese than in English.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower) is a Shojo Horror Comedy. It's about 4 pretty boy high school students, who live in a mansion. The landlord of this mansion asks Kyouhei, Ranmaru, Takenaga, and Yukinojou to help turn her niece (Sunako) into a refined young lady. If the 4 boys succeed, their landlord won't charge them for rent. If they fail, she will triple charge them for rent.
The Wallflower is definitely 1 of my favorite Shojos because it's a Horror Comedy. The character, Sunako is a hermit. She hides in her creepy room watching Horror movies and scares everyone shitless.
Sunako is also a parody of the character, Sadako from the J-Horror Movie, Ringu.
With that being said, here's The Wallflower for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower): Episode 1 (2006)
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