Actually took J70 The class was quite interesting to me. The workload was not that hard as weekly assignments could be done quickly in about 10-15 minutes after you watched a movie. The readings were at times dry but the films were inspiring. The professor showed an obvious passion for the subject and it was quite refreshing. Take this class, I quite enjoyed it.
Spring 2022 - "Why would you take an anime course at UCLA?" Emmerich said this in our first lecture, and man did he prove it right throughout the course. This was one of the best experiences I've ever had as a student. The grading is based on 5 discussion posts based on the weekly viewings, but you can post up to the full 10 weeks and the highest 5 counts for your grade. Alongside this was two 5-page papers. While it is pretty much up to the TA on how your grade is, I didn't see a bad experience from anyone else that took this class. Emmerich is a phenomenal professor and makes me wish I majored in Japanese to take more classes with him. Someone who truly cares about his students, as well as his content, this was a great class that'll hold a lot of sentiment.