||[Apr. 17th, 2010|09:59 am]
I was highly amused listening to For Japanese Women, The Past Is The Latest Fad on NPR. It's about female fans of Japanese history, mostly as presented through media such as TV shows, games, and anime, and how they seem to make up a subset of the otaku. I was most amused by the highlighting of the shinsengumi as particularly popular because they were young and lived in a dynamic time...and are often played by popular young actors. How true! The only problem I had with this was the reporter’s particularly bad pronunciation of Japanese words. I try not to let pronunciation issues get to me, but this was painful.