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Speaking of pervy teachers, our esteemed Academy Director Stripey made a strong claim that the male harem lead was the key variable in determining the success of a harem anime during the most recent Hontou Ni Staff Conference. This excerpt (skypecast, 1:22 min, 1.26 MB) was part of a discussion about Mizuho’s role as the harem lead for OtoBoku. Stripey posited that a clearly unworthy harem lead would impact unfavourably on the desirability of the harem females; a lousy male harem lead would overwhelm other variables such as basis of attraction, character design, quality of animation, voice acting and so on.
Preparation for HRM100 (Introduction to the Harem Genre) seminar presentation (700 words maximum): Attendees should consider the following questions but are not limited to them.
1. What is the key assumption underlying Gakuencho Stripey’s criteria for a successful harem anime?
2. What are the charateristics that a credible male harem lead should have?
3. Is the very concept of a credible male harem lead plausible?
The presentation should comparatively cite empirical examples from at least three harem animes, one which should be airing in this current season. Individual graduate teaching assistants may suggest other readings or particular case studies and they will inform their respective seminar groups.
Preliminary reading list (not exhaustive):
- Stripey (2005a), “SHUFFLE! 03-04″, (2005b) “SHUFFLE! 02″ regarding the concept of ‘basis of attraction’
- Miao, J. (2005a): “Harem Genre Primer (featuring Mahoraba)”, (2006a) “Utawarerumono Harem Power Rankings”, (2006b) “Zero no Tsukaima Harem Power Rankings”
- Carlstrom, A. (2006): “Harems – A Love-Hate Relationship” for a female perspective