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Who Watches Anime?

Anime, one of the most peculiar and bizarre mediums of storytelling. With characters’ exaggerated features, and the improbable scenarios created within each individual series, it seems quite odd for something such as anime would become so popular amongst so many different people. With anime quickly growing in popularity it’s safe to ask who are these people who have become so invested in anime. But before any of that, we need to first learn what defines an anime.

What is anime? A question constantly brought up and fought over in the anime community. At first they thought it was solely Japanese cartoons, but this definition was soon changed after the recognition of anime such as Nuwa Chengchang Riji (Chinese) or My Beautiful Girl, Mari (Korean). With that said you can’t just call any cartoon an anime, there is a distinct difference between The Simpsons and Cowboy Bebop. Some in the anime community brought up the idea of how anime is written, because the majority of anime is written quite differently from the majority of mainstream cartoons. I would go into how anime is written differently but that’s a whole other Titan in and of itself. If that were the case though, series such as Avatar the Last Airbender or Teen Titans would be considered anime, and most of the anime community have agreed that this is not the case, and this leads to my personal definition of anime. Anime is a medium of which is derived from the original japanese animation and writing styles, but ultimately a work is not an anime until the majority of the anime community decides it is. read more

Creative Writing Featured

Just

Just out of reach

Just out of sight

Just out of a dream

That what they all say

Just through the forest

Just through the field

Just through the desert

That what I say

Just am tired

Just am hungry

Just fell down

I can continue on

Just one more day

Just one more step

Just one more breath

I will reach my destination  

Featured Technology

The Infinite Soaring Machine

The Infinite Soaring Machine: AI Piloted Glider

Andrew Schlachter

Over the desert sands of Hawthorne, Nevada, the Microsoft glider dubbed “the infinite soaring machine” sails gracefully through the air without aid of engine, propeller, or even a human pilot.

Instead, this advanced AI-piloted craft stays aloft by actively predicting and seeking out pockets of rising air known as thermals, just as a birds of prey do.

“Birds do this seamlessly, and all they’re doing is harnessing nature,” said Ashish Kapoor, one of the principal researchers of the project. “And they do it with a peanut-sized brain.” read more

Editorials Entertainment Featured

Unknown Media: Flipnotes

The Nintendo DS franchise: highly renowned as the portable gaming device for thousands of the world’s favorite game series, with Pokemon and Animal Crossing only two classic titles that Nintendo fans have grown to cherish and love. With so many popular game titles and franchises dominating the most part of the DS market, thousands of lesser-known games and programs have been lost along the way.

That said, such undiscovered titles are not unpopular due to the lack of quality or services that they are able to provide. Games such as Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow and Rhythm Heaven have proven to be fantastic games, with high ratings from both the community and professional reviewers alike. The developed marketplace has simply restricted such titles from becoming exponentially popular. read more

Editorials Featured

Standardized Testing

As the new school year has just begun, many of the students of UCAS students are very excited to get it started. Despite the aura of eagerness going around, there’s a small part of school life soon to haunt students and teachers alike: standardized testing. Standardized testing has become a staple of American education, as children take them from as soon as kindergarten, all the way up to college. Giving a child a test can very well measure: how fast they can take in the information, how attentive they are while the speaker is talking, and how well they understand the source material. If it seems like such a good idea from our current perspective, why give it any attention? Because to fully understand something, you have to take a look at it from every perspective. read more

Featured Technology

Solar Impulse Blasts Off

Aerospace enthusiasts Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard were able to take on the challenge of building the world’s first solar plane that runs on its self-created energy alone. They went through two prototypes, Solar Impulse 1 and Solar Impulse 2. Solar Impulse 2 being the largest success. The plane is entirely run on solar energy and can sustain flight for 21 hours and 58 minutes. Solar Impulse went on to achieve feats.

It took almost 9 years of buildup for Solar Impulse Inc. to develop and construct the craft. Apart from having to design high-efficiency photovoltaic panels (a fancy word for solar panels), they also had to create them in such a way that they could be molded into the shape of the custom made wing. As well as getting the power source up to speed, Solar Impulse Inc. also had to work on creating a lightweight alternative to generators/motors, to transfer the electric energy into a mechanical/rotational force to turn the propeller blades. They finally produced 4 custom electric motors that were powered by 4 21 kWh Lithium-ion batteries, and that produced an entire 10 horsepower together. read more

Featured History

Internment in the United States

At 7:55, a U.S. Navy Signal tower telephoned the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, “Enemy air raid, not a drill.” Right then, Japanese Torpedo planes commenced their attack. 21 planes ripped through the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, sinking the U.S.S. Utah, among others. U.S. sailors heroically fought against the Japanese planes, getting their guns shooting in less than ten minutes. Despite this, the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor struck a devastating blow to the U.S. Navy. read more

Editorials Featured World News

End of China’s One Child Policy

Li Mei, now forty-five years old, sells balloons on the street corner of China’s capital city, Beijing. Here she migrated from her small, rural town in Hunan — over a 10 hour bus ride. When told China’s one child policy has finally been lifted, a wide smile graces her face. She relates a story about how in her small of Hunan town, she paid hundreds of dollars in fines to have her three children, leaving her future and that of her children burdened with debt. She says, “Everyone wants to have a second child, but the fines are a burden on us. But that’s the policy, and we can’t fight it.” read more