Boys Matter Too — Portrayals in Cartoons

Boys Matter Too — Portrayals in Cartoons

Blog, Cartoons, Critical Discussions, Featured Posts
Female portrayals are improving immensely within the arena of modern-day cartoons. Alongside the increase of women showrunners, writers, and storyboard artists within the animation industry, many female characters are being placed in the roles of leaders, fighters, and influential advocates. A few examples include: Star Butterfly of Star Vs. the Forces of Evil, Marinette Dupain-Cheng of Miraculous Ladybug, many of the Crystal Gems in Steven Universe, and essentially all of the central female characters in the Avatar franchise.   Previous articles including: Star Vs. the Force of Evil: Subtle Feminism Top 10 Female Characters in Animated Television DC Superhero Girls: Capitalizing on Female Empowerment Where are the Girl-Crazed Boys in Animation Is Japanese Anime Misogynistic? discuss both the issues of, and improvements being made in, female portrayals within animated works; however, many of these articles…
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Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters — Deep Dive Review

Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters — Deep Dive Review

Blog, Cartoons, Deep Dive
The Deep Dive segment of Animation Discourse is meant to explore popular cartoons, anime, and animated film to ultimately determine what makes for excellent animated works.   Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is a Netflix Original series produced in part by Hasbro Studios. It was released in October of 2017, and has received mixed, but positive-skewed, reviews since.   As mentioned in a previous article: "Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is reminiscent of a combination of both Spectacular Spiderman and Ben 10: Alien Force. The series is actually produced and directed by Victor Cook who worked on the former project, and it definitely shows in both its art style and dialogue points."   In the present-day animation market, which uses Marvel’s Spiderman as its keystone superhero series, Stretch Armstrong offers…
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Miraculous Ladybug — What Season 2 is Doing Right

Miraculous Ladybug — What Season 2 is Doing Right

Blog, Cartoons, Reviews
Miraculous Ladybug is one of the most popular Americanized cartoon series that is presently being broadcasted on an international scale. It features the kindhearted and clumsy Marinette Dupain-Cheng as she transforms into her crime-fighting superhero alter ego, Ladybug. She works alongside her partner Cat Noir—who, unbeknownst to her, is also her classmate and crush Adrien Agreste—to track down and defeat the dark magic that is plaguing Paris.   A/N: The use of the term "Americanized" refers to how the series targets and complies with U.S. styles of storytelling and marketing, not a description of where the series originated, as Miraculous Ladybug was created via a collaboration between French and Korean production companies.    The premise of Miraculous Ladybug follows the format of a typical Japanese "magical girl" anime, being a known genre to anyone…
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Mysticons Revisited: Updated Review 2018

Mysticons Revisited: Updated Review 2018

Blog, Cartoons, Hidden Gems, Reviews
Back in August 2017, I published a first-impression review of the Canadian animated series Mysticons. At the time, I had some critiques that still stand to this day; however, I have come to realize that I vastly underestimated the quality and potential of the series.   Synopsis: Produced by Nelvana and Corus Entertainment—two Canadian production companies specializing in children’s programming, specifically animation—has created a series that could potentially become a hit in this day and age online cartoon fandoms. The show surrounds a group of four teenagers, Arkayna, Piper, Emerald, and Zarya, who are brought together through a acquisition quest of the “Dragon disk”, an ancient artifact that is held in the royal ranks of Drake City. This artifact has caught the eye of evil perpetrators who would like to…
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Kyoko Mogami, Skip Beat — Female Representation in Anime & Manga

Kyoko Mogami, Skip Beat — Female Representation in Anime & Manga

Anime, Blog, Reviews
Skip Beat is an amazing manga and anime series that has stolen many readers' and viewers' hearts alike. The story centers 16-year-old Kyoko Mogami, who drops her entire life in Kyoto to shadow her childhood friend and lifelong crush, Sho Fuwa, in his pursuit of becoming famous Japanese vocalist. In being consumed by love, of the unrequited variety, Kyoko works 3 jobs just to pay for her and Sho's living expenses; however, it doesn't take long before she discovers that Sho doesn't have the slightest romantic inclination towards her, and instead treats Kyoko as his personal gopher.   Skip Beat, whether taking on its anime or manga form, has everything anyone could ask for; from humor to drama, to even a sprinkle of romance, Skip Beat incorporates multiple genres while maintaining seamless switches…
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