Terribad video? Sorry, still on holiday. Too busy rotting on buses and getting
drunk tipsy by 1000 foot high cliffs to be doing any of that nonsense. So instead, here’s more responses to reader’s questions. Next post will be the last piece of responses I’ll be doing, so speak now or else forever hold your peace.
Tell me, light novel fans: Is there a trend in light novels that the first volume tends to be heavily story based, only for the later volumes to lose sight of what made it unique and delve further into trite cliche? That’s what I’m seeing in a lot of adaptations. They tend to lose sight of their unique qualities after the first 3 episodes. In my mind, it seems obvious why. Author sends in first volume with grand idea. Publisher loves it, publishes it, books gets popular, and author is asked to write more. Problem is, he doesn’t know where to take the story from here, and he’s not allowed to end it. So instead it’s padded out with the same bland sameyness every light novel turns into.
I still find it shocking that the latest big news in kids cartoon television is an anime propagating the glories of poaching. From the country that has serious problems with whale poaching, I really struggle to wrap my head around how Toriko was made.
I’m ashamed to admit the only Macross I’ve seen is Frontier and the first episode of the original Macross. Not that it was bad, but yikes was it ever dated.
Strangely, I get almost no commenter douche-baggery. You would think, what with me being rather undiplomatic, that I’d get far more. Even the ones I do get tend to be the type who say something like “this is funny because you’re so retarded”, which I don’t really mind because hey, at least you’re enjoying yourself.
Lurkers: Get out and make your voice heard if you have something to say…is what I’d like to say, but I know I’ve never left a comment on one of LittleKuriboh’s or Zero Punctuation’s videos, despite being a rather hopeless fanboy for both of them. Now this is partly because they get so many comments that mine would simply get lost in the heap, but it’s perhaps even more intimidating to comment on someone’s post that has far less comments. But that doesn’t mean you should follow my example. Stop lurking and get out there! Let your voice be heard!
Me trying to appear fair? I do not understand this suggestion. Fair to who? The creators? It’s hardly like Bakuman’s original author is reading my posts. I mean, I’d love it if the director of Steins;Gate read my posts about how he uses far too many dutch angles to the point that it ruins scenes where it would otherwise be effective and improve in his later works, but of course they don’t. Or am I supposed to be appearing fair to the fans? To that I just say: lol
As for how I got started blogging, I direct you to my About page.
I assume what you’re talking about here is that both BL and yuri aren’t aimed towards actual LGBT folks. They’re the products of tropes rather than actual real life romances, where rape = love is rife, and girls are apparently all insufferably nice to each other. So yeah, they exist. Can’t really say that more about either, because they aren’t genres I’m particularly fond and therefore don’t watch/read many.
This would essentially be a long list of “these things move, these pages don’t”.
How? I’m not sure ‘how’ I readjust expectations. The latest episode was better than expected, expectations go up. The latest episode was bad, expectations go down. I don’t do that deliberately, my mind just readjusts itself naturally. Some people subscribe to the school of thought that you should go into everything with low expectations because you will either be happily surprised or smug when proved correct. I see the logic, but having rock-bottom expectations means I don’t necessarily enjoy something as much as it probably deserves.
OK, first part: No, because I don’t want to step on people’s toes simply for the sake of stepping on people’s toes. Mikoto/Fangzhao/Flomu can get away with that because that’s his shtick. His internet persona is built up so that he can ‘get away’ with doing that (for a given value of ‘get away with’) and I’m glad people like him exist. Someone needs to give various parts of the blogosphere a kick up the hole every now and then. It’s just I don’t want to be that person. I’m too much of a pussy to do that so directly.
The ASIA thing is something I have had thought of before the OEG came into being. For those who don’t know, the Otaku Elimination Game were a group set up by a bunch of people who were really angry that people were calling themselves otaku when they really were just following some sort of mainstream ideal of what otaku meant, generated partly by Danny Choo. So they set up a site to critique various anime websites and give a verdict whether they were a true otaku or not. They were really just a bunch of trolls, only aiming to piss people off, but what took them by surprise was how many people asked to have their sites participate. Anime Bloggers are the type who are so starved for recognition that they’ll even sign up to a bashing contest if it means someone will tell them what they really think of their blog.
I think that alone shows that there is the demand out there for some kind of critiquing system like you’ve suggested. I’d add that you would only review blogs that ask to be reviewed, because there’s no point in offering criticism to a blogger that doesn’t want it. Also it might be a good idea to have a few anonymous panellists, because then they’ll be more likely to be blunt with their assessments. Will I run it? God no! I don’t want anymore meta projects on my hands. Too much hassle and drama. But good luck to the brave folk who do try set it up. I’ll be cheering on from the sidelines.
Also Gunbuster sucks.
I wrote about this back in those 80′s and 90′s OVA’s, but one thing I’ve noticed is the evolution of the panty shot. In the past, it would be a boring old pair of plain white panties, flashed briefly for a second in to the point that you find yourself wondering whether you’d even seen them and whether that was deliberate or not. The modern pantyshot is a full screen flash with a noise to imply that you’ve just seen panties, like the tinkling of a bell or something. It’s rather more blatant about the whole process.
OK OK, Fate/Zero talk then. I like Gen Urabochi, the author of Madoka Magica, Saya no Uta and Fate/Zero. The man can write really damn well. His writing is tight and succinct with well crafted purposes and themes. He doesn’t include redundant text for the most part and there’s a purpose to each story I’ve seen him write. He has two key problems though. One is that he can’t write comedy, which isn’t an issue so long as he doesn’t try to write comedy. The second is that he can’t write a character, only collections of ideals held together by plot points. This is where the Fate/Stay Night universe steps in. I think nasu’s writing is completely impenetrable, but he can write interesting characters. Combine the two and you get Saber written by someone who knows how to actually write.
Whut? I dunno what you talking about. Anime is fucking awesome. No really, I love this shit. Steins;Gate, Redline, Arrietty, Bunny Drop, Madoka fucking Magica. That’s just anime that have been released this year alone that I love. Fuck yeah anime!
Man, I am such a weeaboo…