A History of Hentai: The Super Abbreviated Version

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Way back in February 2016, after wading through my computer for a good old fashioned spring clean, I ended up editing and posting some history material that never quite made it into my PhD – mostly due to length and relevance issues. Continuing my adventures of delving into the folder helpfully labelled ‘UNUSED WRITING’, here’s another piece that’s been repurposed for my blog after a period of deep hibernation. Enjoy!

Note: I have gone out of my way to exclude any visually explicit content in this article. However, the topic itself obviously may not be considered child-friendly, and possibly won’t be to everyone’s taste regardless. Please proceed with this understanding. Continue reading

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Top 5 English OPs by Western Artists

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Previously on Otaku Lounge, I wrote a post about my anime Top 5 Foreign Language Anime OPs. However, in order to try and keep the list as diverse as possible, I ended up discounting OPs that were performed in English by English native speakers. This is a companion piece to that post. (Admittedly, the title is something of a misnomer. It should really read something more along the lines of ‘Top 5 English-Language OPs Written and Performed by English Native Speakers’, but I quickly decided that was too much of a mouthful and went for the slightly less accurate version instead.) Continue reading

10 (More) Female Directors


Back in 2014, inspired by an earlier piece of writing about gender inequality in Japan, I made a post detailing 10 female anime directors and some of their work – this in response to the fact that a total of 16 anime titles were directed by women in 2013, the highest number up until that point. In 2016, the number of anime titles directed by women again hit 16; a figure that seems to have remained roughly the same in 2017 and 2018.

While still depressingly low, as the number of anime titles being released each year continues to rise, so too are more female staff given a chance in the director’s chair. So without further ado, here are 10 more women anime directors to watch out for. Names are listed in no particular order – and remember, if your favourite female anime director isn’t here, she may well be among those in my previous list! Continue reading

Life in Japan in Photos: Kappa

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This is Kappa. She was the one of several rescues I made in Japan over the past few years who ultimately survived. The rest, despite immediate vet care, eventually died due to the severity of their injuries or illnesses. I and a fellow lover of cats kept Kappa in our respective houses for several months, although we weren’t supposed to – like many apartments in Japan, big or small, pets were not allowed. However, the reason I’ve chosen this particular photo to post about is not just because I love cats, but also to highlight exactly how much of a problem Japan has with stray animals, and with cats in particular. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: RErideD – Tokigoe no Derrida


In the year 2050, a young engineer named Derrida discovers a bug in the “Autonomous Machine DZ” he has helped develop. Very nearly assassinated because of this knowledge, which his boss desperately wants to cover up, Derrida manages to escape – only to stumble into a cryogenic sleep chamber and wake up 10 years later, to a post-apocalyptic world taken over by weaponized DZs gone rogue. If all this sounds like it at least couldn’t possibly be boring, think again. Continue reading