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Kannazuki no Miko: Overview

Honestly, I don’t even know if I should call Kannazuki no Miko a “modern classic”, “cult classic”, or just plain “classic”, and difficulties in describing it briefly go well past that. Two things I can say for certain are that there are still people who consider it greatest yuri anime, and that both its defenders and detractors often have very strong feelings about it.

Note: I have a lot to say and intend to spread it out over multiple posts. This one won’t have anything about the most controversial aspects of the series, or the biggest spoilers.

Someone could say that, based on the early episodes, calling it yuri as I did above is itself a spoiler, but to this I say the opening makes it pretty clear who the official couple is.

(uploaded by Kaichi44)

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J is for Japan

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I blog about Japanese popular culture a lot, but I haven’t said that much about the country itself. I’ve actually always thought it was a pretty interesting place since well before I got into anime fandom.

I particularly like Japanese mythology, folklore, fairy tales, and ghost stories. Magic foxes that can take human shape, princesses from the moon, objects that come to life and become vengeful after being thrown out, things like that. You can see how influential some of these stories are, but they’re all very interesting in their own right as well.

G is for Gundam

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In Japan, Gundam is one of the most popular and enduring anime of all time, and one of the most influential. Its status there has been compared to that of Star Trek in America for several reasons, including the fact that the first series actually did poorly when it first aired and only gained popularity in reruns. There’s actually a life-size statue of the original Gundam, and a man who went into space dressed as Char.

In the rest of the world, its record has been a lot more inconsistent. It seemed to be off to a great start when Gundam Wing was a smash hit in America, but then they went from that to the original series, with animation too outdated to be a success as something “new”. (Saint Seiya also flopped in America when we finally got it, despite having been a huge success in every country that got it much earlier.) After that nothing else reached the popularity of Wing, but it all seemed relatively successful for a while, though declining until it reached the point where Gundam series weren’t even guaranteed to come over…and then Bandai Entertainment shut down and it seemed like Gundam was dead outside Japan except for the Dynasty Warriors Gundam video games (and even out of those, the last one was changed from a physical release to download-only and the Vita version was skipped entirely).

Well, there are probably people interested in this that haven’t heard yet; toward the end of last year, it was announced that Sunrise and Right Stuf are teaming up to bring the entire Gundam franchise to America; both new release of everything we’ve already gotten before, and all the series that we haven’t, starting with Turn A Gundam this June. Turn A is a great place to start because it’s widely considered the best and because, while it does have ties to other series, it’s also a fresh start that doesn’t require knowledge of those series.