Cradle of Sloth ūü¶• @CaseyExplosion Internet sloth, and gigantic nerd. Avatar by @skutchdraws banner by @LiquidAzalea. She/her. Streaming Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sun at: Aug. 18, 2019 1 min read

If you haven't seen it, Curio does a fantastic video on anime that is perhaps one of the best and most insightful looks at problematic tropes in anime, without engaging in and actively dismantling the "Japan's just so weeeird, right?" lens western audiences often view it through.

And I think that's something extremely worth pointing out, because the way a lot of western audiences consume Japanese media, the way it is imported, is in ways that play towards the exoticism of Japanese culture: The weird, the extreme, the abstract played up as marketing.

Take for example how only a thin slice of Japanese movies were brought to the anglosphere during the 00's craze for "extreme" media; Battle Royale, Audition, etc. And as much as I'm a fan of Takashi Miike, his work was hardly representative of Japan's entire creative output.

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