Uraharajuku, fashion, and blogging for Crunchyroll (again)

It’s rare to find a series that focuses on fashion beyond a unified aesthetic and looks at current trends, especially when it comes to the ephemeral nature of Japanese street fashion. However, URAHARA, despite a few flaws in visual direction and dialogue, tackles just that in a way that, even if unintended, is interesting in context of the current Tokyo street fashion climate.

With this post, I’d also like to announce my return to the Crunchyroll features team. You can find my first post on URAHARA and the current climate of Harajuku street fashion here.

Like last year when I blogged Orange and Kiznaiver, I won’t be putting up posts here announcing my Crunchyroll articles, unless I receive overwhelming feedback requesting this.

Thank you!


She’s Coming Down Fast: Helter Skelter

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To celebrate my 30th birthday, I had thought of re-reading Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, thinking I could possibly appreciate it more now that I was on the cusp of social insignificance. As it turned out, I did not pay a visit to Lily Bart and her society cohorts; however, the day following my birthday, I ended up reading Kyoko Okazaki’s Helter Skelter.

While it certainly did not put me in a cheery mood about growing older, I’m fortunate to have read it when I did.


Fashioning a Life From Fiber

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“Humans are clothes-wearing pigs. In that case, I will dominate them. Rule over them.”

-Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill la Kill

When I was in my last year of junior high school, I bumbled my way through a grueling week of standardized tests for various preparatory schools. I ended up choosing none of them, and attended the town public school as originally intended – regardless of whether I would have presumably had a better education – in order to be with my friends.

Upon graduating, my only regret in not attending a private institution, much like my decision on where I would receive my high school diploma from, was based solely on fashion. I wanted to have worn a school uniform.

Yes, I was one of those disgusting “pigs in clothing” that Satsuki Kiryuin loathes.

Kill la Kill continues to have interesting thoughts on clothing, how it affects the attitude of the wearer, and how the attitude of the wearer affects the way that article of clothing is presented, and received by, a viewer. In episode five, the series shows Ryuko Matoi has come to accept Senketsu, her vampiric sailor uniform, as a friend. Likewise, Senketsu is shown to care for Ryuko’s life above his own. This is opposed to Satsuki’s viewpoint, which requires dominion over Junketsu.