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Science of Anime: Size Changing

This is a topic that was already well-covered in The Physics of Superheroes. But while The Atom and Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Too-Many-Names-Man have size changing as their explicit super power, a lot of anime (and near-anime) characters do it incidentally, as a part of other transformations. Of course, so does the Hulk.

For example, Devilman is considerably taller as the demon Amon than as the human Akira. (Or in Mazinger Z vs. Devilman, much taller.) Well, at least he’s supernatural.

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Science of Anime: Capsules and Poke Balls

Some anime, especially certain shounen series, seem to have a “throw it in” mentality. They have all kinds of individual elements whose presence in the series seems unrelated to anything else in the series. This results in some really unique worldbuilding.

Dragon Ball is a great example. At it’s core, the central premise of the early parts of the series was “loosely based on Journey to the West and has magic balls that summon a wish-granting dragon”. But just look at everything we see within just the early episodes. Dinosaurs! Hovercars! Animal people! Whatever the heck Puar is! Transforming at the full moon! Then we get robots (including Arale from Dr. Slump), a manwolf (which is not the same thing as a wolfman), someone whose personality and hair color change when she sneezes, and Krillin being able to smell at first but then not after he’s reminded that he doesn’t have a nose. (Okay, that last one falls under Looney Tunes territory.)

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Inspector Green Tag

I’m not sure I really get what this one is about, but Nikki also tagged me for the Inspector Green Tag, which, despite the fact that it can’t be very old, is something that no one seems to know the origin of.

1. When was the last time you went to a store containing anime?

Probably about a month, and that was a used bookstore. There’s no store near where I am that has a really good anime selection.

2. Do you usually watch anime online? On what website?

Sometimes. Different sites, but I think I’ve watched more on Hulu than on any one anime-specializing site.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 29: Wish Was Real

“An anime you wished was real”

For the most part, whether it’s because of cities being destroyed in the series, post-apocalyptic settings, or the idea of just anybody having access to tremendous destructive power, I wouldn’t want most anime to be real.

The first good “safe” answer I thought of was My Neighbor Totoro. That way a lot of cool magic stuff gets to be real without Tokyo being underwater or tennis games being able to cause mass extinctions.

Pokemon being real would be even better; it’s just as safe (in actual practice, anyway; events that could have been disastrous have happened) and just about about everyone has Pokemon.

But there’s one other that, while not quite as free of potentially deadly conflict, might be just about as good: Astro Boy. Sure there’s enough anti-robot sentiment to get conflict out of it, but overall it’s one of the most optimistic views of the future around, anime or otherwise.