“Believe in Getter!” or “Believe in humanity!”? Getter Robo Saga as a parable of technology

Rafael Galvão de Almeida Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. Email: rga1605 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Humanity’s technological progress is nothing short of incredible. If we consider that civilization is 12,000 years old, the vast majority of technological advances was produced in the lastContinue reading ““Believe in Getter!” or “Believe in humanity!”? Getter Robo Saga as a parable of technology”

The sea slugs of Shiroi Suna no Aquatope

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador¹ & Ken Kuroki² ¹ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com ² Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan. Email: kurokik (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Shiroi Suna no Aquatope (白い砂のアクアトープ) is a new anime by P.A. Works thatContinue reading “The sea slugs of Shiroi Suna no Aquatope”

The Astolfo Effect: the popularity of Fate/Grand Order characters in comparison to their real counterparts

João Vitor Tomotani¹ & Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador² ¹ Independent Researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. ² Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Emails: tjvitor (at) gmail (dot) com; salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Fate franchise started with the computer game Fate/stay night back in 2004. To put it briefly,Continue reading “The Astolfo Effect: the popularity of Fate/Grand Order characters in comparison to their real counterparts”

Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point

Henry Nathaniel Thomas University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Since the time I wrote a previous Journal of Geek Studies article on the giant pterosaur kaiju Rodan (Thomas, 2020), another piece of media featuring the character has aired: the anime series Godzilla Singular Point by the studiosContinue reading “Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point”

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 (at) ufma (dot) br 2 Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California, USA. Email: limingc (at) ucr (dot) edu Download PDF With more than 260,000 species, flowering plants represent one ofContinue 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*”