Sunday, January 27

Voices of anime stereotype, an academic study

Voices in Japanese Animation: A Phonetic Study of Vocal Stereotypes of Heroes and Villains in Japanese Culture

Mihoko Teshigawara
B.A., Nagoya University, Japan, 1996
M.A., Nagoya University, Japan, 1998


The voices of heroes and villains in Japanese animation (anime) are thought to represent the vocal stereotypes of good and bad characters in Japanese culture. In this study,phonetic properties of the voices of heroes and villains in anime were examined.

Previous studies on vocal stereotypes reveal that people infer similar personality traits from voices. A few studies have investigated the acoustic correlates of personality in speech, and a few have examined auditory correlates identified by phoneticians; however, no study has investigated the correspondence among auditory correlates, acoustic correlates, and laypersons’ perceptions. This research attempts to fill these gaps in our knowledge by investigating the phonetic correlates of vocal stereotypes.

The rest of article can be accessed here.

It is pretty interesting look into more anime stereotypes.

Claymore anime, my last thoughts

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...this is sort of conclusion to this earlier, more supportive post

Well, I will sum it up in few words. The anime episodes from 1 to 22 is Grade A anime but the rest ruins it a lot. I have no idea that ending was so botched up and totally destroyed the anime's point of existence that is Claire's revenge for Theresa of Faint Smile.

So the equation looks like this to me

Ep 1-22 FTW Anime
Ep 23-26 WTF Anime

There is good reason why Claire willing to shed her humanity to look for the killer.It is hard to imagine her vengeance can be undone by few words in the end, let Priscilla go scott free. Just did not make sense.

Pacifism is good but not to the point sacrificing reason to be. I don't know why Japanese liked pacifist ending so much. And I have to concur that Raki despite my defense of him, he totally ruined the anime with her cliched speech to Claire in the end.

But oh well the manga is going strong with return of Galatea.

She still kicking despite being blind. Now the story focused on her efforts to defend the city from another Awakened Being, Agartha.

Black Lagoon Manga

Ohhhh, me like big gun. Big pretty gun, ja.

Actually this is scene from Chapter 58 when Roberta the Maid is taking on CIA black op team in Roanupour. This hybrid weapon of M82A1 with Striker style grenade launcher.

The English translation for Vol 6 and 7 is available, go there and get it. This is turning into longest running arc in Black Lagoon.