We can do it! -a Taishou Baseball Girls review

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Taishou Baseball Girls (Taishou Yakyuu Musume) is one of those anime that at first seem pretty ordinary, due to their awfully cute design and the girls’ young age, but have an interesting premise; could baseball be an empowering activity for women who wished to gain independence in early 20th Century Japan. Fortunately, this is a case where our curiosity and interest for such stories led us to discover a great, sweet and thoughtful story.

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Time Machine Made of Ink: A Historical Perspective on Osamu Tezuka’s MW

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Introduction

The good old times“. This well-known sentence is used by everyday folk and public figures to inspire nostalgia and dedication to tradition; in our era of economic instability such is the thinking that rules public debate. In Greece, our prime minister talks about how we should go back to traditional Greece, to the *glorious* way we were before the crisis. Most of the other parties follow the same doctrine with little change of language. (1) But was there ever such a bright and shinny “good old” time?

To study this subject I picked up an era relatively close to ours, the mid-20th century. I decided to take Osamu Tezuka‘s MW as reference point to the historical conflicts of the post-WWII era.

*This article contains spoilers to MW‘s story. For those of you who have not read the book, we strongly recommend that you do so* Continue reading

Memory and Oblivion in Sora no Woto

The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings.
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
— Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.
― Marcel Proust

The scars that are left in a person’s soul after surviving a war, the ways a society tries to console and redeem itself, how the historical truth gets twisted, suited and tailored to different people’s needs: these are topics that Sora no Woto, beyond its flaws, managed to sing about elegantly. The sound of the sky carried and awakened memories…

Animediet was kind enough to host me once more. Check the rest of my post there.