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Old 2016-06-05, 09:29   Link #1
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Anime Science 101

So here we go. I am a science teacher who has been watching anime for a long time, and after several class discussions about science in anime I decided to explore the topic further. The goal is to take a somewhat critical eye to how various science topics as they are presented in anime. I want to see what and how much they get right, and what and how much they get wrong. Now when having a discussion like this the level to which you take the science is important, so I will be holding the science to the level covered in your basic high school classes. This is two fold, one I think I can reach a larger audience this way. Second is that I don't teach the higher level stuff and my background is more limited in the area of physics and inorganic chemistry.

With that over with here you go.

Blog Anime Science 101 - Examining the viability of science in our favorite anime
http://www.animescience101.com/

Below is a rough draft on the Gundanium from Gundam fame

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Old 2016-06-06, 17:50   Link #2
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If I had a dollar for every time I saw a fictional metal that was tougher than titanium alloy but thinner and lighter than steel, I'd be a rich, rich man.
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Old 2016-06-06, 19:24   Link #3
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If I had a dollar for every time I saw a fictional metal that was tougher than titanium alloy but thinner and lighter than steel, I'd be a rich, rich man.
LOL true, score one for science fiction. That doesn't mean we can't try and see if its possible.
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Old 2016-06-07, 10:25   Link #4
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In my experience science and the supernatural are often mixed together in anime. Take Noein for example. Here is a show that explicitly references the "many-worlds" interpretation of quantum theory and even includes a cameo appearance by Schroedinger's Cat. Nevertheless the whole gestalt of the story is pretty fantastical. I'm still a big fan of Noein but mostly for the characterizations and story and less for the science. You might want to read the posts here about Noein by Sam Pinansky (aka Quarkboy) who was working on his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the time. (Now Sam works in the anime industry in Japan )

Another example might be Ghost Hound, which has a strange mix of psychiatry, neuroscience, and the supernatural that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.

Dennou Coil presents an early glimpse into a virtual world visible only with special glasses. Again there are clear supernatural referents, particularly the emphasis on shrines and torii, and the fact that the "metatags" look just like ofuda. Still the world Coil presents is quite plausible given current technologies like Google Glass, VR helmets, and the like.
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Old 2016-06-07, 13:33   Link #5
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In my experience science and the supernatural are often mixed together in anime.
My personal opinion is that good science fiction should never let the science interfere with the fiction.

As for the fantasy metal, we've already created something along those lines: graphene.
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Old 2016-06-07, 17:28   Link #6
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Hmm, not so sure about the Gundanium alloy thing, but I liked the blog in general, and was surprised that the "Air Torpedo" scene in Black Lagoon is actually physically possible, assuming the ramp or the boat wasn't destroyed by the impact (that may be the problem, though)
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Old 2016-06-07, 20:34   Link #7
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My personal opinion is that good science fiction should never let the science interfere with the fiction.

As for the fantasy metal, we've already created something along those lines: graphene.
I agree that the science shouldn't over ride the fiction and that is why I like the soft science fiction more than the hard science fiction. That doesn't stop me from going mythbusters on it later.

Graphene is an interesting material, but I wouldn't call it gundanium just yet. Also since gundanium is refereed to as a metal and graphene is more of a composite, it doesn't exactly fit. It could work for other fantasy metals though.
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Old 2016-06-12, 22:35   Link #8
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So this week I tried to break down the chemistry in full metal alchemist.

http://www.animescience101.com/2016/...flame-alchemy/
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Old 2016-06-23, 15:05   Link #9
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A- I'm a bit late as I've been traveling half way across the world since Saturday.

B- Now for the biology behind anime hair color

http://www.animescience101.com/2016/...me-hair-color/
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Old 2016-06-24, 05:51   Link #10
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A- I'm a bit late as I've been traveling half way across the world since Saturday.

B- Now for the biology behind anime hair color

http://www.animescience101.com/2016/...me-hair-color/
I always look at anime hair color as a personality indicator, as most anime hair colors each represent a certain kind of temperament. But I liked the explanation that our eyes are not that advanced to see more colors, so we can only see black, brown, blonde, and red (though not the same bright red as in anime) as natural hair colors.

If we somehow had tetrachromatic eyes, maybe we can see more hair colors than just the ones above. Sadly, it's a rare condition and only females can have it.
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Old 2016-06-24, 05:59   Link #11
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I always look at anime hair color as a personality indicator, as most anime hair colors each represent a certain kind of temperament. But I liked the explanation that our eyes are not that advanced to see more colors, so we can only see black, brown, blonde, and red (though not the same bright red as in anime) as natural hair colors.

If we somehow had tetrachromatic eyes, maybe we can see more hair colors than just the ones above. Sadly, it's a rare condition and only females can have it.
You are right hair color does indicate personality, and it can also be used to indicate the other worldly nature of a character. This of course depends on the show. As for the tetrachromacy you are a bit off.

Yes it does seem to only occur in females, but it referees to the detection of light, and uses photopsin. Which has nothing to do with hair or eye color. I think what you meant to refer to was heterochromia, which is when the eyes are different colors. This is something I will be making a post on at some point over the summer.
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Old 2016-06-27, 20:23   Link #12
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This time its Sailor Moon. I will be getting back to anime eye color though.

http://www.animescience101.com/2016/...y-sailor-moon/
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Old 2016-07-11, 21:57   Link #13
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This week its a scientific concept related to cloning and aging. Specifically we will look at Gundam Seed and Naruto.

http://www.animescience101.com/2016/...ayflick-limit/
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Old 2016-07-15, 02:54   Link #14
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This week its a scientific concept related to cloning and aging. Specifically we will look at Gundam Seed and Naruto.

http://www.animescience101.com/2016/...ayflick-limit/
Sad how the ever potent Senju DNA cells have not been discussed.
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Old 2016-07-15, 06:53   Link #15
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Sad how the ever potent Senju DNA cells have not been discussed.
There really isn't enough information given on them to really say anything other than the telomeres are probably longer than average. If the manga did say something more about them, then I will be more than happy to look at it.
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Old 2016-07-15, 09:27   Link #16
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There really isn't enough information given on them to really say anything other than the telomeres are probably longer than average. If the manga did say something more about them, then I will be more than happy to look at it.
So basically, human regeneration speed and strength are based on the telomere length?
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Old 2016-07-15, 09:40   Link #17
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So basically, human regeneration speed and strength are based on the telomere length?
No, telomere length dictates the amount how often a cell can divide. The inverse length can be seen as the 'age' of a cell and is one factor in the aging process.
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So basically, human regeneration speed and strength are based on the telomere length?
No I was referencing their ability to live a long time. Regeneration speed has several factors, but the most important would be the length of time it takes the cells to divide. Eukaryotic cells take about 24 hours to divide due to how complex they are. Bacterial cells can reproduce every 20min in the right conditions. I would call the insane speed at which regeneration happens completely false and busted.
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What also astounds me is people grafting Senju cells into themselves without any apparent sign of rejection by their bodies.
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Old 2016-07-15, 11:34   Link #20
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Yeah that's anime biology for ya. I mean if the cells lack HLA antigens, and a few other markers they would be less likely to be rejected, but it would still happen eventually. Not to mention the issues surrounding not having any HLA markers.
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