Various criticisms of Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta puts some pretty heavy expectations on a 13-episode run. The characters barely have time to be introduced, plus a lot of background characters took screen time away from the leads. It’s natural that there are still some blank spaces to be filled in by later works.
Some mullets are murderous.
Some mullets are Macgyver-esque.
But if Masamune Shirow made it, you can expect to find mullets in it.
Continue reading Masamune Shirow’s mullet haircuts
“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.”
I hate to sound like an embittered loser who has had no luck with women, but every fiber of my manly heart cried out with recognition at the scene illustrated above.
A semi-famous blogger named Dalrock is still getting a lot of comments on his post about how refusing to cook makes you 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.
I don’t pretend to be an authority on art, but I can point out what I don’t like, and what I do.
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.
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.
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.
Continue reading What does your cosplay say about the character you portray?
I am amazed that Space Brothers is still running. It’s been running since April 2012 and there seems to be no end in sight.