A practical implication of the Astolfo Effect: bias in AI generated images

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador1,2, Henrique Magalhães Soares3 & João Vitor Tomotani3 1The Arctic University Museum of Norway, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. 2Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. 3Independent Researchers. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Emails: salvador.rodrigo.b (at)Continue reading “A practical implication of the Astolfo Effect: bias in AI generated images”

Togemon: a Cactaceae in the Digimon world

Reza Raihandhany Division of Botany, Generasi Biologi Indonesia Foundation, Gresik, East Java, Indonesia. Email: rezaraihan11 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Digimon is one of the most well-known Japanese animated series of the past decades. ‘Digimon’ is an abbreviation of ‘digital monsters’ and the character types in the Digimon world are based on various livingContinue reading “Togemon: a Cactaceae in the Digimon world”

Testing the Astolfo Effect on newly-released servants in Fate/Grand Order

João Vitor Tomotani¹ & Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador²,³ ¹ Independent Researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. ²The Arctic University Museum of Norway, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. ³Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. Emails: tjvitor (at) gmail (dot)Continue reading “Testing the Astolfo Effect on newly-released servants in Fate/Grand Order”

Cicadas in Japanese video games and anime

Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF If you ever watched an anime, chances are at some point you have heard an incessant buzzing sound in the background. Those are cicadas, the sound of summer in Japan. Summer only truly arrivesContinue reading “Cicadas in Japanese video games and anime”

“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”