Episode 9: Anime Culture and its International Influence
This the ninth episode of our podcast titled ‘Digital Discussions’, in which we discuss topics about the digital, humanities, and digital humanities. As the host of this episode, Gijs presents four closely related topics about anime and Japanese culture, their influence and history in different parts of the world, idol culture and its flaws and finally the recently popularised topic of Virtual Youtubers. We explain the history of anime and the concept of anime culture, how it is transported and perceived in different parts of the world and how one gets ‘hooked’ on anime in their teens or adulthood. We also talk about things such as Moe Culture, ‘seiso’-ness, politics in VTubers and vocal minorities in the Idol craze. In these episodes, we’re going to rotate the role of host that introduces a topic and a discussion around it with the help of an academic article, news article, or something else relevant. We hope you enjoy listening!
This podcast is a shared project between Cosima Stierman, Emma de Rijke and Gijs Mesman.