Floral gigantism in the Pokémon world

Lucas C. Marinho1 & Liming Cai2 1 Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil. Email: lc.marinho@ufma.br 2 Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California, USA. Email: limingc@ucr.edu Download PDF With more than 260,000 species, flowering plants represent one of the most spectacular radiations on Earth, and provideContinue reading “Floral gigantism in the Pokémon world”

Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture

Hideto Hoshina Faculty of Education, University of Fukui, Fukui City, 910-8507 Japan. Email: hhoshina (at) f-edu.u-fukui (dot) ac (dot) jp Download PDF Butterflies are one of the most popular insects because they have diversified and colorful wings. They were probably the first insects to be collected purely for their beauty (Preston-Mafham, 2004). In the WesternContinue reading “Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture”

My light novel’s title can’t be this short! The evolution of light novel titles in another world!!!

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Light novels are a subculture of Japanese literature primarily targeting the young adult demographic, with the average length of 50,000 words, a dense publishing schedule, and usually illustrated with an anime/manga art style (Wikipedia, 2020). Due toContinue reading “My light novel’s title can’t be this short! The evolution of light novel titles in another world!!!”

Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror

Nalin Bhardwaj University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. Email: nalinbhardwaj (at) nibnalin (dot) me Download PDF One of my favorite “things of beauty” are stained glass windows. By themselves, they contain intricate works of art with vivid color palettes that overlay silhouettes of the outside world. They’re like a dreamy, imaginative capture of theContinue reading “Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror”

Perceiving the emotions of Pokémon

Ben J. Jennings1 1 Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Brunel University London, London, U.K. E-mail: ben.jennings (at) brunel.ac (dot) uk Download PDF The ability to reliably perceive the emotions of other people is vital for normal social functioning, and the human face is perhaps the strongest non-verbal cue that can be utilized when judging the emotionalContinue reading “Perceiving the emotions of Pokémon”

Cosplay at Armageddon Expo*

Paul Mountfort1, Anne Peirson-Smith2 & Adam Geczy3 1 Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Email: paul.mountfort (at) aut.ac (dot) nz 2 City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Email: enanneps (at) cityu.edu (dot) hk 3 University of Sidney, Sidney, Australia. Email: adam.geczy (at) sydney.edu (dot) au * This is an extract from ChapterContinue reading “Cosplay at Armageddon Expo*”

Who is that Neural Network?

Henrique M. Soares Independent researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Email: hemagso (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Pokémon has been an enormous success around the globe for more than 20 years. In this paper, I tackle the “Who’s that Pokémon?” challenge from a machine learning perspective. I propose a machine learning pre-processing and classification pipeline,Continue reading “Who is that Neural Network?”

Is the Great Attractor a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann?     

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Space is a big place. Quite big, actually. Huge may be a more appropriate adjective. So huge that it received the title of “final frontier” by a famous television series, since you are not really supposed to traverseContinue reading “Is the Great Attractor a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann?     “

The strongest starter Pokémon

Bruno L. Carli Independent researcher, Curitiba, PR, Brazil. Email: brunolcarli (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Earlier this year, an article entitled “Which is The Most Offensively Powerful Starter Pokémon?” (Codd, 2016) caused great controversy on the Internet among players and fans of the Pokémon franchise. This article compared the three classical starter Pokémon, based onContinue reading “The strongest starter Pokémon”