I’m not contesting that the decision is stupid, particularly because the delistings seem to be at random. Everyone is honing in on the one part of my comment where I try to think about why Amazon is doing what’s they are doing, but please don’t forget that I disagree with their random bannings. Read more
Yeah, but the characters in a lot of these books are underage.
It’s bad press and therefore potentially harmful for Amazon’s business if people think their website is selling pornographic illustrations. I’m not saying that that’s what these books are, but I wouldn’t blame a random person for thinking No Game No Life (for example) is porn after seeing the images on the inside. So… Read more
This sudden and indiscriminate banning is really making me think again about how crazy big of a player Amazon is with online shopping. Not that it needs to be said, but dropping products from Amazon’s storefront is a huge financial loss to most companies. I can sort of see the logic for series like No Game No Life… Read more
Oh yeah, looks like it did. That’s too bad.
holy fucking shit that is nuts
Most English speakers in the United States do not have much exposure to Asian linguistics in general, but many have heard of the terms “Mandarin” and “Cantonese.” Introducing these terms as an example of political obfuscation of language is a helpful way to explain the concept to readers because it is concrete and… Read more
I agree, it would be nice to see more English dialects in anime. I feel like one of the challenges for translators is that other dialects, i.e. Appalachian English variants, are less widely known. They sort of have to balance variety with notoriety, which can lead to an over-representation of Southern English in anime.
Hi-Score Girl 2 is a sequel so it is disqualified from this list anyway, but equally as important, it actually originally aired in the Fall 2019 season. The Netflix Graveyard section is specifically for shows currently airing in Japan that aren’t available yet on Netflix in the West, so even if it wasn’t a sequel it… Read more
Definitely a classic!
Yeah, it’s the world’s worst-kept secret that English spelling is a nightmare. Honestly, I think it’s likely that we will ever see a movement to modernize English spelling. During the 1800s and early 1900s, especially in countries with major modernization movements, I think there was enough desire for increasing… Read more
I think that different approaches work better for different people. I personally really like studying grammar and why sentences are put together the way they are, but ultimately you are going to need to see native examples of how things are used in real life if you want to gain a true proficiency. Read more
I thought about saying something but didn’t, don’t make me regret it