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    Nyanpasu! Long story short: While encouraging students to 'try new things', a student encouraged me back to 'try anime'. "Insert world-changing cliche here" After watching "Welcome to the N.H.K., I found Welcome to the NHK OST 2: 06 - Wrapped in Your Coronavirus - by Mantis on YouTube and, well, here I am. Not looking for a Misaki, but am seeking others who enjoy anime and ideas to incorporate it into lessons. I have not seen Outlaw Star (yet) so please do not hold it against me.

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    Hey there Major! Haha, you're not the first to join because of my NHK videos. I'm glad they've attracted a new audience, though I didn't expect it! So you're a teacher? That's pretty cool. What do you teach? Not many women here so I doubt you'd find a Misaki here, even if you wanted to!

    Hmmm, incorporating anime into lessons. As you've no doubt observed, NHK does teach a lot of life lessons and some kinds of philosophy, so I think it excels at that kind of thing. I'd say a lot of anime is useful for that in some way. Even Outlaw Star. Another new guy talked about how it helped him through a struggle. It's an uplifting anime that's largely built on the common pre-2000 theme of chasing dreams.

    To be honest, off the top of my head, I can't think of a lot of anime that is directly useful or relatable in the same way Welcome to the NHK is. You might like Bakuman. It's about a couple of manga artists from the beginning of their manga journey as they battle through all the struggles that kind of creative pursuit can entail.

    Anyhow, welcome to the forums.

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    I'm...not sure that you want to incorporate lessons from the animes that I watch.

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    Getting serious, welcome aboard! I think you're are our first poster who happens to be a teacher! I'm also curious what subject you teach and if you're high school or college level. I think with Outlaw Star, you can do lessons on some of the mythology and philosophy references Outlaw Star makes like Taoism and classical adventure stories (Takehiko Itō, the creator of Outlaw Star, used Treasure Island as one of the inspirations for the manga, which is evident with one of the main characters being called Jim Hawkins).

    Anywho, don't be a stranger now.

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    Hi and thanks for the message. I teach 6th Grade Social Studies. Yes, I need to be careful with which animes are used in class for obvious, yet not-so-obvious, reasons. More than one faculty member has said (to some extent) "Aren't you too old to be watching cartoons?" The students like it. They remember the references and do better on the 'end-all-be-all' state test score. I am trying to get other anime ideas beyond student recommendations, though the students watch some pretty intense anime at times. Danganronpa I thought would not fit my anime genre of choice (slice-of-life) but I was wrong. It was a combination of Agatha Christie+Alfred Hitchcock+Twilight Zone all rolled into one! I need to make a disclaimer: if I sound like I know anything about anime, I do not. I am just starting out and am having a blast 'discovering' animes like "Welcome to the N.H.K." Feel free to make recommendations, too! I will try to post some pictures of my classroom in the future to give an idea of how anime can be incorporated ...at least for 6th graders.

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    I had no idea what "Social Studies" is because in the UK we identify its fields as completely separate subjects. At least when I was a secondary school we did not have a politics class. (Thank god, I'd have found that so boring back in the day. )

    I didn't know which ages 6th grade would be, so looked that up. My following recommendations would probably be "too mature" for that age, so I'll recommend a couple for younger audiences another time, lol.

    Geography and history being two of them, hmm... I recommend Monster, one of my favourite anime shows. It's about a Japanese neurosurgeon called Dr. Tenma living in Germany in the 1980s and loosely explores some historical and political conflicts in Germany, e.g. Berlin Wall, East/West Germany. It's mostly a murder-mystery thriller. It's well known for its more realistic approach to manga/anime storytelling. The character development is absolutely superb. Tenma is such a great character and I can see Monster being a good way to slide in some important history lessons about Central Europe. I guess there's more to go into than what I could fit into a post. I'd suggest trying a couple of episodes to see if it's your cup of tea. However, like I said, this does have some violence, though there isn't an abundance of it. It's more "mature" in the way that not many zoomers would find it immediately exciting.



    I'd also recommend Terror in Resonance. Unlike Monster it's totally fictional aside from its real-world Japanese setting and probably some influence from Japanese society. It's largely about a small group of Japanese domestic terrorists and a pretty cool way to break into terrorism topics without putting focus on, say, Islam. Again, terrorism is a bit of a touchy subject for that age so take this recommendation with a grain of salt too. Unlike Monster, I only saw it once so I don't have as much to say.



    That's it for now. By the way, I agree, Danganronpa is brilliant. Ace Attorney shares a few things in common with it (and is better for younger audiences than my above recommendations) so I might write about that next time.

    p.s. A photo would be cool! We don't tend to get much of a glimpse at what members' real lives are like. (Guess I'm guilty as I don't share many photos, lol.)

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    Thanks for the ideas. I will definitely look into those recommendations, as I now have more official 'free time' (school closed until at least May 1st as announced by our state governor). Until this world situation, it seemed there was never enough time. Now there is time, but did not want it like this. "Careful what you wish for, eh?". I wish this was just some twisted April Fool's joke. "You just made another wish."

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    Things to do:

    1) Find and Begin watching "Outlaw Star" = Check
    2) Find and Begin watching "Monster" = I found it but only in DVD (expensive!) still looking
    3) Find and Begin watching "Terror in Resonance" = Found not started yet

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    You're pretty dedicated. You did good on your Monster hunt. It was never released on Blu-ray. Yep, it's really expensive on DVD and I'd advise you to not look any further even if you somehow see it cheap one day. That's because due to poor sales, the DVDs were halted at the first volume and it's been in licensing hell since. It was far more popular in Japan, probably because in most cases the more serious seinen anime series simply don't attract a big western audience. (To clear up any confusion there, a seinen is a young man's anime or manga. In the case of the Outlaw Star manga—the anime a little less so but mostly still seinen when uncensored—it has all the elements of a seinen. Whereas Death Note for instance is instead a dark shonen, more so a teenager's fiction.) I'd say that manga fans on the other hand are more likely to enjoy a more serious story. Plus, manga's cheaper to license, localise and release overseas.

    In other words, your only actual way of seeing Monster in English is piracy. Pretty much the anime equivalent of abandonware, whatever you'd call it. It's a real shame because it's such a high-quality dub. Even buying the Japanese DVDs wouldn't give you the English subtitles. I would say they shot themselves in the foot here, but it's more that Monster isn't a typical westerner's anime of choice. That's one reason why I wondered whether it was actually a good idea to recommend in hindsight. Young kids are going to be less likely yet to enjoy it. But as personal entertainment, I highly recommend Monster. I'll send you the episodes if you want. In this situation, piracy is wholly justified.

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    I definitely would like to see it but to wait to send them. Two big reasons: 1) I can get a handle on the animes watching now. 2) I am learning Japanese! I realize I am not worthy to be classified as a beginner, but it was like this before I got a job in Brasil. I am hoping a similar timeline will ensue with Japanese and returning there one day. I take classes at the Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) but Coronavirus has stopped those for the forseeable future. An on-line class may be offered and also I have seen various sites like iTalkie but not sure at my level. (out of 10) Hiragana reading/writing: 2 Katakana reading/writing: 1 Kanji reading/writing: -3 (yes I'm intimidated but I will overcome it to at least be on the rating scale one day! Speaking: 1 Yes, I watch only subbed anime and sometimes I am tempted while creating lessons to go to dub but am resisting.

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