Okay, okay, so Space Dandy is not as impressive as Cowboy Bebop

“People are originally born free.
They were not born to be bound by anything.
But isn’t that contrary to a warriors duty ?”

“Freedom isn’t something that you earn through suffering, or by pushing yourself hard. Also your social status or job doesn’t matter.
You must accept yourself the way you are, and live your life according to the flow of things.
That is true freedom.”
Samurai Champloo

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Cooking in Like Water for Chocolate, in anime, and in real life

A semi-famous blogger named Dalrock is still getting a lot of comments on his post about how refusing to cook makes you ugly:

http://dalrock.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/feminists-are-ugly

Feminists are ugly because they are miserly with love.

One of the effects of feminism is that men of my generation have had a much wider opportunity to cook. I can’t think of any men my age or younger who don’t know how to cook. Moreover, I can’t think of any men of my generation or younger who don’t enjoy cooking. This is in stark contrast to the women of the same generations, who (typically) view cooking as an indignity. The reason for the difference in attitude boils down to what cooking is all about. Cooking is an act of love, an act of service to others. It is an opportunity to care for others in a very fundamental way, to literally nourish them through the work of your own hands. This is precisely what troubles the modern woman so much about cooking (or cleaning, or changing diapers). Serving others in the mind of a feminist is an indignity, so cooking, cleaning, or any other act of service and love is the object of revulsion. … It has gone so far that large numbers of women are quite proud of the fact that they have never learned to cook or otherwise care for others. Their miserliness is a badge of honor.

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Technical aspects of cosplay; what I like and what I don’t

I don’t pretend to be an authority on art, but I can point out what I don’t like, and what I do.

Example 1 of 2:
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The pale skin and slender build make this model a good fit for this character. Where is her sword?

The model’s facial expression seems to convey a passionate intensity, but not really for bloody revenge by combat. (I am not blaming the model. Models get photographed thousands of times; they can’t exercise precise control over each facial expression.)

The basic costume design is excellent, but some enforcer of public prudery seems to have put semi-transparent clothing between the model and her costume. This ruins the effect. The hair might be a little overdone.

How to fix it: First, get her a sword.
If public costume displays require semi-transparent hotpants and halter tops, do the photo shoot in private with a proper version of the costume. The girl is pretty enough to be a model; there’s no reason why she has to do photo shoots at Comiket.

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What does your cosplay say about the character you portray?

I note (upon ripping off lots of Comiket cosplay images from San-Com) that most cosplays can readily be boiled down to a one-sentence summary.

Example:
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“I have large muscles and a sword sharp enough to turn my muscle power into destruction.”

Yes, I know the real cosplay sword is probably not a really sharp or useful blade. But the character is making that statement.

Note: Possible minor spoilers for Full Metal Alchemist.
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