Anime UK News feature: A Guide to the Odagiri Effect


My latest piece for Anime UK News is an in-depth guide to the “Odagiri Effect” – where TV shows and other piece of media gain a large number of women followers because the male actors and/or characters are sexually attractive. The article covers Hetalia, Free!, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Yuri!!! On Ice, and some non-anime related things such as BBC drama Poldark and novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

Pictured above is Joe Odagiri, the actor after whom the effect is named after.

Anime UK News feature – Geeks, Otaku & Weeaboos: The language and range of fandom


I’ve written a feature for Anime UK News, looking at fandom and the way the language of fandom is used. It covers the changing meanings of the words “geek”, “otaku” and “weeaboo”, and I also try to come up with a way of defining fandom, a scale illustrated above. As well as referencing anime including One Piece, Naruto, Sword Art Online and Otaku no Video, there are some other things referenced in this column too, namely Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme.