LINK: [Roundtable] Trash Characters

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Hey gang! Working away on the next Gankutsuou post but holiday travel has caused delays. So here’s a roundtable I took part in to tide you over.

Inspired by Girlish Number, some of the team decided to take a feminist look at “trash characters” like Chitose. What makes a trash character? What’s the connection between trash characters and other anime archetypes, like moe or chuunibyou? How are male and female trash characters portrayed differently?

Read it over at Anime Feminist!

Vrai Writes Pop Culture Essays: Popularium

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I’m proud that I can finally talk about my engagement with this site. I’ve been working and writing with them for more than six months now, but things were very hush hush as far as getting things ready for launch. But lo! Now I can share the stories I’ve been working on with all of you.

As for what they are, here’s what the About page says:

Popularium is about sharing great things and great experiences. We believe that we all make emotional connections best through telling relatable stories about the stuff we love. And we do this by featuring real stories by real people about real products.

In other words, people write personal narrative essays about how various pieces of media (or weed or alcohol – hence “products”) have played into the story of their own lives. There’s quite the breadth of experiences on there, and it’s heartening to finally see it fully formed.

You can visit my author page here, and check out links and samples to the stories I’ve published thusfar under the cut.

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Heeeeeeeeeeey, gang? So I thought I was ready to write about That Episode of Gankutsuou with a week’s separation from the election but now there’s a white supremacist on the payroll and the supreme court pick is all about re-criminalizing homosexuality and I need to write about the ridiculous trashpires for another week is what I’m saying. Please, for the love of God, let me distract myself from Tragic Gays (TM) another week.