I like the inherent argument behind this paper, but I’m confused on what your point is with it inspiring people not to make the same mistake. Couldn’t the stereotypes, particularly racial ones, be just the way kids view people different than them? For example, I remember when I was a kid, I automatically presumed Indian people all wore turbans. I’m obviously no longer that ignorant, but I feel like that’s what the stereotypical depiction in Dragon Ball is trying to express: the naivety of presuming stereotypes. I also am confused why you bring up Dragon Ball Z near the end. You don’t mention naivety in Dragon Ball Z, and as such, I’m not sure what it has to do with your thesis. I did appreciate the bit about sexism, and I thought you drew from pretty interesting conclusions there. Just more clarity would be appreciated overall, but otherwise, I think you have something here.
Your presentation was well constructed and easy to follow. Your plot points were consistent and your narration carried them further. I appreciated the brief overview of the plot considering I have no prior knowledge of the television series. Your cultural analysis of Japanese anime is curious due to your analysis of sexualized characters and the idea of race representations lacking modern political correctness into the 1980’s. It’s also interesting how you expand on Goku’s innocence as he is surrounded by such interesting representations. The clips you utilized served well to exemplify your point but the audio was very low in comparison to your voice over narration. Your interpretation of the innocence is very interesting and seems to poke at the representation in modern cinema.
I will admit you lost me after mentioning farts and art history, I wanted to hear more about that than Dragon Ball.
keep it up
Friggin’ yeah man, I love dragon ball. I liked it a lot to highlight it’s over lying social statements it has embedded in the show. It’s Dragonball Z, but remember the episode Hitler came back to life in a short subplot. It may have been Fusion, but I thought it was to comment on the yellow hair and blue eyes on the super sayians. He even said he should be recruiting them. Pros my favorite presentation but I’m not done yet, good job.
Nice!! I used to watch Dragonball and DBZ all the time!! very nice presentation, easy to follow. Although It is confusing that you mentioned that you would not be talking about DBZ and yet you showed a few clips from the show. Nice look at the stereotypes present in the world of anime.
I’ve never watched Dragon Ball, however I recall seeing scenes of male nudity that caught me off guard, considering I’ve never scene this before in traditional children’s anime. Yet, this is an interesting thesis, especially for those like me who don’t know anything about it- but capture my interest in watching it some day.
I haven’t really watched any of Dragon Ball or the Dragon Ball series, but I really like your analysis of Goku’s innocence, and what I found funny was how you pointed out Goku’s lack of concept of gender, which really has me interested in the show not because that was really funny. I really enjoyed your presentation overall because it really spawned some interest to finally watch the show.
Man, I remember watching this show in the early 2000s, good times! I never really put much thought into the sexual and violent themes though, I would always just appreciate the over-the-top insanity and cheesiness (which I liked). I never noticed Goku touching other people’s junk, that was pretty eye-opening!
Your voice over is great, let me know how the farts and arts one goes. This is definitely a scholarly video and I enjoyed it very much. I appreciate what you are doing. I like how you connect Dragon Ball to cultural and social aspects. I like how you make the argument that Goku is still innocent even if he participates in violence. I definitely agree that the use of large eyes indicate innocent, this is common with many Disney characters and hints at their innocence even if they are guilty because most of them are extremely naive. I love how you touch up on the sexual aspect. The naiveness is hilarious and scary at the same time. The fact that he is still innocent even though grabbing peoples crotch’s and making rude comments can be seen because he is seeing it in the way that a child does. The innocence and childlike demeanor is seen clearly with each clip that you show which reinforces the argument that you are trying to say. It definitely has the message that one can achieve their dreams if they truly put their mind to it. This is seen as Goku doesn’t back off from impossible situations and overcomes them at the end. I definitely agree that Goku is a character worth doing in depth studies on.
I think you brought up several interesting points, but I felt not all of them tied back to your thesis strongly. The identification of gender through patting despite the rudeness of the gender worked well for your point, but I felt everything else could have been better drawn back. For instance, when you discuss the misrepresentation of race, maybe some comparisons between Goku’s reactions to and interactions with those characters as opposed to others? I, too, was thrown off by Dragon Ball Z being brought up at the end without being explicitly talked about. An interesting thesis and clear explanations of each thing for sure, but the connections maybe aren’t drawn as well as they could be.
I have to say I would love to read your paper on farts, but beside that, I think you should continue to do what you’re doing, as far as talking about things that others maybe wouldn’t. Also, I have never seen the show and some of the videos were pretty surprising.
As an avid Dragon Ball viewer I like how you easily summarized what the show is about. If I was to summarize it probably wouldn’t be as smooth and easy understanding. I like how you are focusing on the purity of goku and “innocence” of the show.
As a lifelong Dragon Ball fan, I am very intrigued with your topic. I did notice growing up that there were some somewhat questionable character designs for black characters, but other than the way they looked they didn’t seem to be portrayed as stereotypes, but it does need to be addressed. And unfortunately, as the series progresses there is less and less diversity but no shortage of violence.
I do not watch much anime and to be honest it can really bore me to listen people talk about, but your presentation was really interesting! I also think you’re a great speaker. Well done.
I am not a huge fan of DBZ. I do think you brought some interesting points to the table. It was a little hard to follow at points but overall it was good.
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