Author: Cardak

Reflection time!

Ok boys and girls it’s that time again, it’s time to reflect on what we have learned this session once again. After all the post and all the research it is time to reflect on what we learned. So what have we learned? Well I have been looking at Dragonball Z and things that surround the Anime culture with this show.  Turns out there was a lot to learn from this culture and show that I never knew existed when I first started to watch the show.

The Auto-ethnographic style of the research has been a new experience for me. I never realised how much one could learn by reflecting on ones experiences and critically analysing the experiences. Take for example the parodies post I did, I never realised that seeing Dragonball Z the story with different dialogue could dramatically change how I remember the show. I think the Parody show is a lot more memorable because of the humour involved rather than the story that is taking place.  It is also crazy to experience Dragonball Z in a subbed format, after being used to the English dubbed voices. Learning that Goku sounds like he does in the Japanese version crushed my inner child. The Goku who was always so manly and so awesome in the English dubbed version now sounded like a timid person.  It is amazing how the change in the voice was all it took to take this larger than life character and destroy the image I had of Goku as a kid.

There is just so much that I have learned from this study and it’s been fun learning about all this stuff. I definitely feel more comfortable with auto-ethnographic studies after completing these blogs.  Also re-watching and re-experiencing the Fights I watched of Dragonball Z brought back memories and feelings I had thought were lost to time. I felt like I was 10 again after re-watching some of the fights in the show and even though my experiences differ from when I was 10, that doesn’t mean they were any less enjoyable.

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A Parody of laughs

Have you ever heard of abridged shows? They are pretty popular on the internet, and Dragonball Z has a huge following on their fan made parodies. Team fourstar have started a popular webseries that is based on the original show that pokes fun at some of the inconsistencies and character types in the show. This show is a great find online as if you were a fan of the original TV show and can deal with off colour humour.  The show has all the characters from the original show and has made them more akin to the traits they showed during the original tv series. For example, Goku suffers from some form of mental handicap, Gohan is super smart and Vegeta has serious anger issue. These are just some of the many character tropes that the webseries developers use when creating and writing the show.

What does it mean to have a parody though? What is a parody? Well, Parodies are “a form of repetition with ironic critical distance, marking difference rather than similarity” (Seitz, 2011) I feel that if you create something and someone parodies you then your original thing must have some form of merit to it. It is rare to see someone from Saturday Night Live or a reporter of the Daily Show make a parody of something without the original material having some meaning at that point in time.  If this is the case then the parody that is abridged series for anime is always relevant to the fans of the original show.  Dragonball Z has piped up numerous parodies online but the most successful one is the abridged series.

The guys at Team Fourstar have created a masterpiece with their series. Watching the abridged series gave me a new sense of enjoying Dragonball Z again. I couldn’t believe how much they captured the original characters traits and expanded on them better. There are some points where you find it is better than the original series dub because it is so well written.  I think that is a testament to the parody nature of the show, the funnier the show is the more memorable it is in the viewer’s head. I think that is a good sign and it keeps the show fresh in our memories and that’s what really matters.

REFERENCE LIST:

Seitz D, 2011, ‘Mocking Discourse Parody as Pedagogy’, Pedagoy, Vol. 11 Issue 12, <http://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/journals/pedagogy/v011/11.2.seitz.html&gt;

Auto-Ethnography, what is it?

It’s time to look at what auto-ethongraphic studies are and why they needed to be conducted. Auto-ethnographic studies are needed so we can understand our experiences and helps us study the unknown.  As the human species has evolved so too has our thirst for knowledge and understanding. Auto-ethnography is a really good way to learn about our own experiences looking at something new and exciting. Christiane Kraft Alsop looks at Auto-ethnography in her article Home and Away: Self-Reflexive Auto-Ethnography.  In this article she compares her experiences at home vs being away from home and immersing herself in another culture. At the end of the day that is a key part of Auto-ethnography studies, being able to talk about your experiences immersing yourself in another culture.

That is the overall plan of the final assignment for this class, is to expose myself and immerse myself in the culture that is Dragonball Z. I loved Dragonball Z as a kid and now I am excited to see where the culture has gone since I left it all those years ago. The culture around anime and Dragonball Z has obviously changed for me personally since I was a younger kid, back then I had no idea what cosplay was or any of the stigmas surrounding anime. I was just a kid watching my cartoons of a morning while I waited to go to school. Now I can look at all sorts of different things and draw in from so many other things that surround the cultures to complete my study.

So that’s about it, learning from experiences and understanding the unknown is how I understand Auto-ethnography. To be good at writing Auto-ethnography I feel you need to be good at recounting and talking about your experiences and how you have learned from them. This is what I plan to do to learn about the anime culture using Dragonball Z as the anime example I will use.  I plan to draw on experiences and research outside of the show and see if I can find the comparisons in the show. Let’s just hope there is stuff there that I can draw on.

Digital Artifact: remembering my childhood

So it’s about time I talked about what my digital artefact for this subject is really going to be about. After a long and hard think about the subject and my own interests in japan media I decided to look at one of my all-time favourite shows; Dragon Ball Z!!! How exactly will I go about this though? Well, I thought the best course of action would be to reflect on the shows major battles and how I remember them as a kid and compare it to how I feel about them now.

I am choosing to post my artefact on my personal blog found here, and it will compose of about 4 major posts about 4 separate fights throughout the shows 4 main sagas. Each fight will have a recount of how I remember the fight going, a reflection on how I felt re-watching the fight plus an in depth analysis of the fight itself. The analysis will include stuff like looking at if the fight took from real life martial arts or is just what the animators felt like drawing at the time, how the public reacted to such a violent kids show being aired in the western world etc.

The 4 fights I have decided would be the best to watch for this artefact are 4 of the most influential fights to appear in the show over the sagas: Vegeta Vs. Goku, Freiza Vs. Goku, Cell Vs. Gohan, Kid Buu Vs. Goku. I have identified these has the key fights over the series as they are Iconic fights for the show. These fights in the show stand out to me because as a kid these were the 4 everyone talked about. Everyone talked about the first Goku and Vegeta battle as the beginning of a rivalry. Everyone remembers the first time Goku went super sayian against Frieza like they remember super sayian Gohan beating cell with the help of his recently deceased father. However, in this artefact I plan to expand on certain points about the show, whether it be the way parents reacted to kids watching the shows or if the fights in the show took from actual martial arts. Just recounting the events and memories isn’t enough for this because I want to delve into the show and the other factors surrounding it.

Dubbed or subbed, which is better?

When watching anime these days thanks to the internet there is always one question viewers will debate till the cows come home, Dubbed vs. Subbed. I personally prefer the dubbed versions of anime because I hate reading subtitles in TV shows however, this week I thought it would be a cool idea to look at the debate and learn why this can be such a heated argument amongst the fans of anime.

This debate has been around for a long time and has numerous websites that look into the debate. Just googling the term ‘Dubbed vs. Subbed anime’ brought up so many posts on forums from fans discussing why they like dubbed or subbed anime. There are numerous reasons for each side of the argument as outlined in the video below. The views of each side both have merit to peoples preference so lets delve into this little research project.

To do this research I thought if I watched the same episode of an anime that is dubbed and subbed and discuss my findings for it. The anime I have chosen is none other than Dragon ball Z because honestly it is a great show and everyone has seen it before. the episode I chose to view is one of the best episodes in my opinion and is the one where Goku finally reaches the legendary super sayian form.

Reflection.

while watching the Japanese version of this episode there were notable differences I picked up from the dubbed version. The first major one I had was the voice acting of Goku. In the dubbed version of the show, Goku sounds a lot manlier than in the subbed version. In the Japanese version i didn’t feel as invested in the character because of how he sounded, in fact he sounded like a prepubescent teenager more than the worlds greatest defender. I also noticed that at the pivotal moment when Goku tells Gohan to leave the planet he wasn’t as angry in the subbed. It really amazed me how this one little change really effected the way I viewed Goku as a character. I wasn’t as drawn to Goku like I was when watching the dubbed version. In the dubbed I found that Goku was a lot more enthusiastic in portraying his mood. The subbed version did have some advantages to it, In the subbed version you do see a lot more dialogue being portrayed and lines have changed from the original scripted when it got dubbed. Check out the pivotal scenes below.

So in the end, I guess the debate does come down to personal preference. Both sides of the argument have valid points for and against the other opinion. For me I think I will stick to watching the dubbed version of most anime, unless it doesn’t exist then of course I will suffer through reading the subtitles.

Reference list:

Off the great wall (2013) Subbed vs Dubbed, Online video, 26th August, Youtube, viewed 4/9/2014, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7xNCy9NhFE&gt;

redmario73 (2011) Goku goes super sayian for the first time (1080p HD), Online video, 26 November, Youtube, viewed 4/9/2014 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwrHGO7ljR0&gt;

Ден Романовский (2013) japanese] Goku goes super sayian for the first time HD, Online video, 28th July, youtube, viewed 4/9/2014 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kkMO4yjjXE&gt;

Dressing up is still cool!

So let me paint you a picture of every convention I have ever been to. I stand in line with my friends for nearly 2 hours to get in to the convention. While we stand in line we can usually see about 200 billion million people (because exaggeration is best way to describe anything) dressed up as something from somewhere. Now normally these people are waiting in the line to then go sign up for the cos-play competition, and about 50-60% of these people are dressed as something from Japan and about 80% of them are dressed as an Anime character.

People Dressed as Anime Characters (Source)

The Japanese have embraced this cos-playing culture to the extreme and it is something that they promote at every opportunity they can. “In 2006, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs started their support of the summit (World Cosplay Summit) that includes cosplay contests on TV, parades in various cities, photo shooting and more. The Ministry of Land and infrastructure and Transport also included the WCS as part of Visit Japan campaign in 2007 to promote tourism.”(Ito, Crutcher 2013) Cos-playing in Japan is a huge deal, bigger than I could ever have imagined. The fans even go as far as re-enacting scenes from their favourite shows Ito and Crutcher describe these events having their own area at most otaku conventions.  While this phenomenon has reached the western world the better cosplayers are those from Japan. Online, cosplayers have become famous and are instantly recognised when they are at conventions. People might know of the famous Jessica Nigri who makes money off cosplaying and being a cosplay model. Jessica has been able to reach her target Audience by having a facebook page with photos of her dressed up. She is constantly being interviewed and being asked what her next creation and she has come up with lots of great costumes.

Nigri as Vegeta from DBZ (source)

Reflections

So when I first saw these people dressed as their favourite anime characters I never really got the concept of it. I never understood why someone would go to all that trouble to create these elaborate costumes. However, after reading about this phenomenon that is cosplaying in Japan it dawned on me how truly incredible this idea is. Sure you can go to a convention and dress in a T-Shirt that says “I’m going Cakeless” but dressing up and going looking like Goku and finding a Vegeta and filming a fake fight to put online sounds like the best idea ever

References

Image sourced from http://tmsfiguregame.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/0108.jpg

Ito K, Crutcher P, 2013, ‘Popular Mass Entertainment in Japan: Manga,
Pachinko, and Cosplay’, SYMPOSIUM: SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND SEMIOTICS, Vol 51, Issue 1, pp-44-48 <http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/208/art%253A10.1007%252Fs12115-013-9737-y.pdf?auth66=1409470864_16ff257c42481d546e9306a3f6fa55d0&ext=.pdf&gt;

The Vision Behind My childhood

For this week’s post, I had a good hard think about Celebrities in the anime culture. There are quite a few that I can think of; however, the ones that stuck in my mind go back to my childhood. People like Goku, Gohan and Vegeta… the characters of Dragonball Z (the best show ever made). These characters will always be stuck in my mind and taught a generation of kids some tough lessons. These characters all came from one brilliant mind, and that is who I will talk about today, Akira Toiryama.

Akira Toriyama is the man who created the manga series Dragonball. His popularity skyrocketed from this in 1984 when the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump published his manga series. To this date his Manga for dragonball has sold nearly 156,300 copies in japan alone. From this creation he then went on to work with Toei Animation studio’s to create the show Dragonball,  Dragonball Z and the very terrible Dragonball GT. These shows spread to throughout the globe and became an international success. Currently Toriyama works for Shueisha creating and doing artwork for original manga series.

Reflection!

Toriyama created most of my childhood hands down. Every morning I would get up and sit down in front of cheez tv just to watch Dragonball Z. The lessons I learned from watching Dragonball Z were uncanny,

While it is a long picture it does make a good point! (Source)

All of this was possible because of the Akira Toriyama. While Toriyama still is creating manga, people will buy it because of what he has produced in the past. It’s like when J.K Rowling finished Harry Potter, her next book she released everyone wanted because they loved what she wrote. I feel that the same premise happens to Toriyama. Since Dragonball he has kept up a good reputation in the industry creating characters for Dragon Quest. While recently he released the newest movie for Dragonball Z, I like many hope he returns to the series and continues the adventures of the show that made him so very famous.

 

Resources:

Image sourced from: http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/5/55257/1125157-19930506tori.jpg

Image sourced from http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/What+Dragonball+Z+Taught+me.+Saw+this+somewhere+and+decided_96d3f0_3203127.jpg

AnimeNewsNetwork, 2012, Top 10 Shonen Jump Manga by All time volume sales. animenewsnetwork, published 24 October <http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-10-23/top-10-shonen-jump-manga-by-all-time-volume-sales&gt;

The Master of Killing Time

When I told my girlfriend this week that my homework was to watch anime, she nearly died with laughter. Not because of it being anime, but it was because I had to watch some. Why is that funny? Well I have never been one to watch anime let alone enjoy it (unless you count Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon). Anyway, I decided I should watch something not many people would think of and this is what I found. A show called Tonari no Seki Kun- The master of killing time.

He pulled all those erasers out of his bag (source)

This show jumped out at me while I browsed this website dedicated to streaming anime. After watching the first short episode I was hooked. This show was amazing, all it was about was 2 kids at school; Yokoi-san, who is narrating the story and Seki-Kun, the mute kid who plays around in class instead of doing his work.  Yokoi-san is always trying to be the good student and work but ends up being obsessed with whatever Seki-Kun is doing. At the end of the show Yokoi-san always ends up in trouble while Seki-kun gets away with it.

You would think the teacher would notice (source)

As someone who rarely watches anything not in English I surprised myself when I had watched nearly 10 episodes of the show without realising. The show kept my attention and I had to know more. I was thoroughly entertained when Seki-kun spent an entire lesson polishing his desk and how Yokoi-san reacted and described what he was doing. The entire series is about 21 episodes and they are only 7 minute episodes. Watching this anime brought back memories of how bored I used to be in high school and how I wished I was as creative as Seki-kun.

Andy!

The best name(source)

Hi all, my name is Andrew (please just call me Andy) and I am currently in my 2nd year of my BCM degree and my 4th year of uni. I major in Digital Media and Communication and Minor in Journalism and when all is said and done and I receive my degree at the end of next Autumn session I hope to move into the online world writing about video games and video game news.

I wouldn’t say I am a typical male, however in my friends group you could call me normal. I play video games, enjoy sport (I am a Sydney Roosters fan), I enjoy watching Television shows and Movies and most of all I enjoy hanging out and being myself around my friends.

Why did I take this subject? That’s an easy question, I took it because it fit perfectly in my timetable and I need it for my major. Yea I’m that guy who says he took it for that reason, sorry. However, since the first lecture I can say this class seems to be the right fit for me. I do enjoy a lot of the digital Asian culture when it comes to the video game world. I love watching E-sports (mainly DOTA 2) and I enjoy playing games that are made in japan (Pokemon!). So for my final project I figure I would probably focus on these ideas of the e-sports market in Asia and the video game market in Asia. This is all subject to change though.

Ok that’s the introduction post done, guess there is one thing left to say about this class.

I’m keen(source)