Happy November! I cannot believe it’s already this late in the year, 2013 feels like it just got here.
In the interest of motivating myself to post on a more regular schedule on the blog again, I joined up the Sci-Fi Month celebration hosted by Rinn Reads.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that there’s been a transition in my interests and the type of posts written for this site. Tokyo Jupiter started off as an anime & manga blog, but in the past two months, I have become more interested in books (specifically young adult novels) and I figured, why not post my thoughts about those non-anime/manga things here as well? Joining Sci-Fi Month just seemed like a natural progression in change of the focus and direction of this blog.
If you’re new to this site, HELLO! My name is Anna and I’m a fangirl of wide and diverse interests. As I mentioned previously, anime & manga fandom have shaped my blog and my life, but I’m also interested in literature (from classics to literary fiction to YA and comics), cooking, travel, crafts, and culture. I’d like to think that I’m curious about many things, and would often find myself obsessed about a certain subject for weeks or months at a time before discovering a new thing and then shifting my interest to that. I enjoy learning and meeting people who are passionate and generous in their love for the subject.
I am not new to sci-fi, but I’ve just approached it from a different angle than what most people usually think when they hear the term. As a lifelong anime fan, my childhood was suffused with images of mecha, AI, space operas, and superpowered beings. Did I consciously know those were sci-fi? Probably not. They were just such a given. Did I know about Asimov’s Three Rules of Robotics? Nope. But I knew about Astroboy and how robots in that world were governed by certain rules in how they were supposed to treat humans (though certain rules didn’t necessarily apply to Astroboy, of course). In a sense, being exposed to a wide variety of anime means that I’ve been exposed to almost all the possible sub-genres of sci-fi, because anime pretty much has them all.
Even without being fully aware that I was watching or reading sci-fi, why do I keep going back to it? Why do I like it so much? Sci-fi continues to interest me because it’s optimistic. My favorite stories, be they anime or literary, look forward into a future or an alternate universe other than the one we know now. Sci-fi imagines and creates, but do so with the human mind and spirit at its center. Even giant robots such as Gundam or Voltron cannot be run without the intervention of humans. That idea appeals to me a lot; that even with technology and science and advancement, that a fragile carbon-based human being needs to be there.
My goal for this month is to post about sci-fi in various incarnations and interpretations, from novels to movies to anime & manga, of course. I personally think it’s interesting how Japan has developed its own sense of sci-fi and how it’s both similar and different to what’s been defines as sci-fi in the US/UK. My tentative posting schedule is as follows:
November 05: Starship Troopers, Three Ways: Novel, Movie, Anime
November 08: Review of For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
November 12: Sci-Fi Manga
November 15: Review of the novel Paprika
November 19: Author spotlight: Octavia Butler
November 23: Publisher spotlight: Haikasoru
November 26: Review of The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
November 29: My Favorite Sci-Fi Anime Movies
If you’re interested in reading other entries by various participants throughout the world, head on over to Rinn Reads and go at it! Wish me luck.