What if the Moon Fell Into the Sea?

I stumbled across something extraordinary one day while wandering through Anime News Network… …there’s this 19-minute movie called The Moon That Fell Into the Sea (Umi ni Ochita Tsuki no Hanashi), directed…and almost everything else…by a guy called Akira Oda. It won the 2014 Noburo Oofuji Award, which is how I found out about it.... Continue Reading →

Reinforcing and Breaking Gender Roles in Gakuen Babysitters

Gakuen Babysitters may be part drama, part comedy and part “aww” factor, but it still manages to point out social issues along the way. In episode 10 of Gakuen Babysitters, Kumatsuka-sensei asks Ryuichi, Hayato and Usaida to dress in drag (i.e. wear wigs and pretend they’re girls) for her husband, who’s protective of his little... Continue Reading →

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