Tangled Hair / United Community

Author’s Note: This post is about equality, especially feminism. The first part are just random anime facts. Go ahead and read on! ūüôā

Midaregami „ĀŅ„Ā†„āĆťę™ basically means disordered hair. Or untidy. Or messy.¬†Or dishevelled. As long as it is something that looks like this.

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Also, Midaregami (Unkempt Hair) is one of the songs in Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack II. Weird choice for a song name, but apparently, it was a reference to Kakuzu. Unkempt Hair was also played in the Sasuke VS Deidara fight, and Sasuke VS Danzo fight.

naruto 10 Additionally, in Nurarihyon no Mago, KejŇćrŇć’s hyoui technique is called “Midaregami, Asobi Onna no Mai“, which involves lengthening her hair to envelop and overrun opponents.

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-BUT ALL OF THIS IS ABSOLUTELY UNIMPORTANT-

Because what I wanted to focus on was Tangled Hair (Midaregami).

In case you didn’t know, Kiseijuu‘s episode titles are all references to literary works. Looking closely, the title for the 4th episode was Tangled Hair. Being curious, I searched about it and found that it was a collection of tanka (short poems) written by¬†a Japanese writer,¬†Akiko Yosano, in 1901. midaregami 1

Midaregami challenged the feudal view of women as those responsible for the production of children and the management of the family’s domestic life.

During the early twentieth century, the status of women in Japan¬†was described by the phrase, ‚ÄúOnna sankai ni ie nashi‚ÄĚ (Women have no home in their three lives), which meant that the actions of women in their expected roles as daughter, housewife, and mother were controlled by the patriarchal¬†trinity of father, husband, and son.

– Quoted from Wikipedia

Tangled Hair doesn’t simply mean unkempt hair, but instead, refers to the tousled hair after love making.

Through the beautiful poems, several messages are conveyed, such as sexual freedom, freedom to love, the beauty of women, and the emancipation of women.

Through the alluring poems, Yosano transformed the symbolism of the female body from simply motherhood and child-feeding, to an expression of natural beauty.

Through the heavenly poems, the bell of feminism resounded throughout Japan, calling for help to subvert the gender norms and bring equality between man and woman.

The book may be a¬†100 years old, but the issues presented are still relevant today.¬†Indeed, it’s¬†true that in certain countries, more women are gaining economical independence through working.

In Kerala, free education is provided for both boys and girls up to the age of 14. This ensures no disparities in benefits attained by both gender. However, Kerala is but just one of the few countries that actively do this. In my opinion, more countries need to step up and initiate more campaigns that promote gender equality and women rights. I may be a guy, but I think that women should not be looked down upon at all. To some extent, we might even need to look up to them, since women are beginning to take on leadership positions (e.g. Yahoo’s CEO: Marissa Mayer).

To all the guys out there: śąĎšĽ¨ and ‘Women’ are both¬†the same thing.

Just like hair, we may be black, brown, long, short… But we are all tangled with one another, forming up a unified community. Look at each individual based on the individuals themselves, and not classify them into useless categories.

GENDER, RACE, RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION
BODY SIZE, BODY SHAPE, BMI, HEIGHT AND WEIGHT,
FRECKLES OR NO FRECKLES, GLASSES OR NO GLASSES
SKIN COLOUR, HAIR COLOUR, EYE COLOUR, SHIRT COLOUR
SMALL CHEST VS BIG BREASTS,
JUST FLABS VS WITH ABS

All those don’t matter at all.

All of us are humans.

And¬†that’s the only category we need.

a Racial Harmony Project that my group did last year

a Racial Harmony Project that my group did last year

Thanks for reading ūüôā

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Do Anime Even Impart Knowledge?

For non-otakus, it is typically thought that anime are merely fantasy-oriented shows that do not have much relevance to reality. For anime viewers, we also tend to get too absorbed into the plot, and miss out on the educational aspect of anime.

Anime has definitely imparted moral values to me. But has it taught me anything else, other than just life lessons?

Science

  • [One Piece] Clima-Tact (Mirage Tempo): Nami uses the “Cool Ball” in a dry and hot environment to change the air density and create a mirage of herself. The extreme difference in temperature causes major light refraction, allowing Nami to disappear and create an illusionary copy of herself. To be totally honest, this was one of my favourite fights in One Piece, entirely because physics was used to defeat¬†a much stronger enemy, and intelligence triumphed strength in the end. one piece 34
  • [Terra Formars] The DNA of various animals, mainly insects, have been incorporated into humans, giving them the abilities of the organism itself. For example, Marcos gained the powers of the Huntsman Spider, attaining great strength, ferocity and incredible speed. Likewise, many animals and their characteristics have been portrayed and described in the manga. terra formars 2

Sports and the Arts

    • [Kuroko no Basuke] + [Haikyuu!!]: Inform viewers on rules and regulations of¬†sports, like Basketball and¬†Volleyball,¬†and¬†display certain strategies and tactics commonly-seen in real-life competitions.knb 8
    • [Hanayamata]:¬†Informs viewers on a Japanese cultural¬†activity, called¬†Yosakoi dancing, and showcases Yosakoi performances.hanayamata 30

General Knowledge

  • [Zankyou no Terror]:¬†Made references to several historical events,¬†one being¬†the 1960 protests against the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. Also, the anime includes Greek Mythology, informing viewers on certain aspects of the story of Oedipus.zankyou no terror 5
  • [Amagi Brilliant Park]: Informs viewers on Fermi Questions, which is basically the estimation of physical quantities to arrive at a rough answer. An example would be: Determine the length of an average red ant divided by the radius of a helium atom. For Fermi Questions, the exact physical¬†quantities are usually unknown, and so people often work with just¬†estimated values and logic. To try out some Fermi Questions, click the link here. amagi 8 amagi 9 amagi 10

Of course, the list is non-exhaustive. These are but just a few examples found¬†in the wide world of anime. All I want to prove is that even though¬†certain anime may be all about action¬†or fan-service or what not, there are still instances of education and knowledge. Regardless of the anime, there is always¬†something that can be taken away from it ūüôā

Because We Haven’t Lost Yet

Throwback to Haikyu!! Episode 1

As long as the game has not ended, either side may still win. If the score is extremely unbalanced, it will remain so if we give up. But if we continue fighting, there is a possibility it may change for the better.
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If we continue, there is a chance to win.

If we give up, there is no chance at all.

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If you win, you are a victor.

If you lose, but persevered till the end, you are also a victor, because you did not admit defeat.

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In a fight, the battle is between you and the other person. But it is also a battle between you and yourself.

If you are weak but did not give up, you will have lost to the person, but won against yourself. If you are weak and gave up, you will have lost utterly, because you could not even defeat your own self.

Best Character Development Award

In my opinion, Haikyuu!! deserves the <Best Character Development Award> out of all the anime that I have watched this year.

Every single episode, at least one character grows mentally. Kageyama has been shown to have grown the most, but a lot of other characters have changed for the better over the course of the anime. To list a few, Asahi got over his fear of spiking, Tsukishima is training to serve, and Hinata has learned to be more versatile when spiking. ((I have posted about these examples previously, select the Category #Haikyuu!! to see them :3 ))

And, I would also like to point out that Haikyuu!! did not only shine the light on Karasuno, but also managed to highlight the more important characters in other teams, like Oikawa in Seijoh, and Kenma in Nekoma, though not so much for the latter.

Lastly, if you notice, the anime does not directly say out the growth of the characters. Imagery is always used to indirectly portray the changes. This is a really creative method. Some examples would be when Kageyama evolved from being a King to a fellow teammate, the time when Karasuno was fighting against Dateko High and they broke through the wall, etc…

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Of course, this is just my opinion, so feel free to share what you think :3