“Japan Sucks,” says our Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Princess Kennedy
It’s almost like what’s left of the Kennedy family is determined to make JFK look good in comparison to their idiot selves. The idiot Caroline Kennedy has tweeted something that would be stupid and undiplomatic if she remained a private citizen. It’s all the more stupid and undiplomatic because she is a diplomat. And it’s triply, nay, infinitely stupider and more undiplomatic because she’s our Ambassador to Japan, the country she’s trashing in her stupid, undiplomatic tweet.”
I have a limited amount of engagement with Michiko to Hatchin. For the most part it strikes me as an exercise in Sledgehammer Wangst.
TTEClod reminds me of my reaction to The Sacred Blacksmith:
Continue reading the male’s quest for worth to a completely superior woman, and his willingness to self-sacrifice for somebody who can live without him
As you might have guessed from the title, Corpse Party Tortured Souls is not a cheerful little anime. It’s not even blackly humorous – it’s just grim, and it lays the darkness on rather thickly. Continue reading With a name like Corpse Party Tortured Souls, you’re not expecting it to be subtle
Some stories are inspired by a clear message that is known to the author.
Barefoot Gen was inspired by the creator’s experience of surviving atomic bombs. He knew what he wanted to write about – the story was very clear to him.
In many cases, however, creators know that they need to create a story, but they don’t really know what the plot will be like, who the characters will be, how the characters will develop, etc. A very common experience is for a writer to start out with one idea and say that the characters took control of the plot and ran away with it.
If the artwork is committed to a message, it has a chance of being good art.
If the artwork fails to commit to a message, it will always fall short of its potential.
Most anime stories involve highly complex teamwork between many stakeholders – musicians, original character designers, animators, directors, producers, voice actors, etc. In some unfortunate cases, severe failures from a minority of stakeholders can ruin the efforts of all. Continue reading Stories that Try to Commit but Fail in Some of their Attempts: Avenger, Code Geass, Fullmetal Alchemist, Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
Daydreaming can condense into a down-to-earth plan to get what you want. If you have a desire that is within the realm of realistic possibility, your daydreams can become a plan for getting the specific thing that you want.
Daydreaming can also comfort you with thoughts of the thing you love, even when you’re separated from the object of your love in reality.
Daydreaming can also evaporate upward into compensation-fantasy. Masamune Shirow, for example, seems to lust after vehicles for which he would have little use, such as
We all have some sensitivity to some kind of beauty; fast vehicles have a kind of beauty, and Shirow appreciates the beauty of vehicles. Some of Shirow’s characters, however, seem to go beyond appreciating the vehicle. At some point, a human who makes a big deal about how much she loves her motorcycle is using the motorcycle as a substitute for human relationships. And at some point, a sci-fi writer who can’t get over the desirability of gynoid cat-girls has transferred his motorcycle fetish into an android fetish. Continue reading Wishing for the satisfaction you can’t have – fast vehicles, maids, and gynoids
has a remarkable perspective on a show that I often regard as a solid treatment of rather trite themes. Perhaps Kill La Kill! contains deeper ideas than I had given it credit for.
Havelock wrote in his Prolegomenon to the Study of Plato that the text separates the knower from the known. In oral, as opposed to literate, societies, all knowledge is personal and every dispute is a clash of egos because every criticism is experienced subjectively as a slight. A text stands outside persons. Its detachment from any subject or ego permits dispassionate criticism and non-offensive correction.
Episode 2 had some incredibly primitive animation, but a lot of snappy writing and energy. Whoever is directing it is doing a good job maintaining the momentum and energy level so that the audience doesn’t notice it’s a silly farce with good jokes.
The solitary male character is shaping up as a very Japanese hero – a strong, silent, self-sacrificing samurai from an old, dignified family.
I must note, with a snort of disdain, that not one but two reviewers I read in preparation of this article mistake Tascela’s vampire craving for the life and youth of Valeria as a sexual attraction. (This is because we live in a culture, dear readers, as corrupt as that of the degenerates of Xuchotl.)
January 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm
To be fair, the notes at the back of my Del Rey edition (The Conquering Sword of Conan) argues that Howard was in fact exploring lesbianism in Red Nails.
Continue reading Raphael on Conan’s troubled creator, REH