Today in weeaboo news Otakus in the united States rejoice to hear that the University of South Carolina offers a course about anime. According to the plug the course is counted as an English 101 course. The course is apparently called reading and writing about magical girls which is a creepy and cringe worthy title. Some of the course objectives are as follows
- Understand the basic tropes and methodologies of the magical girl genre.
- Use the genre to introduce basic tenets of feminism.
- Question whether niche interests like anime can elaborate on theoretical questions of aesthetics versus politics in a meaningful way.
- Connect the magical girl genre to larger questions of political importance.
Teach students how to write (this is, after all, an introductory level English course)
At first I thought that the course would be something stupid but after seeing what they’re about I must say that it’s peaked my interest.