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Monday, April 13, 2020

And then they came for anime

There is literally nothing that is safe from SJWs. Not even being part of a foreign industry conducted in a foreign language that they don't understand is enough to protect one from their rapacious and never-ending demands to submit to their narrative:
Fans of Japanese animation are getting increasingly angry at the politically correct reworking of the cartoons when they’re translated into English.

A recent announcement about anime production has alarmed consumers worried about the intrusion of political correctness into their entertainment. Funimation, a company that translates and distributes anime in English and which has a long record of censoring the English-language versions of the original Japanese shows, has joined a key committee overseeing anime production....

‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ was deemed controversial in the USA because it included a storyline about a false accusation of rape. In the politically correct era of the Me Too movement, the suggestion that a woman might make a false accusation was considered provocative. The listen-and-believe agenda was deemed to apply to fiction. If Western partners – so politicised and vulnerable to social media pressure – were involved in assessing storylines, would such a plot be approved?

Western companies, staffed by individuals with assertive political and social outlooks, will attempt to influence Japanese studios, imposing their own beliefs. When progressives have the ability to meddle in the creative process they will not hold back, even if it leads to disastrous financial consequences. We already have evidence of this in the collapse of American superhero comics.

If you are not a fan of anime or manga, why should you care? Evidence shows that incremental expansion of control within culture affects us all. Political correctness in pop culture has already distorted production and reception of card games, video games, comics, movies and other areas. In high culture, moralising authoritarians exert powerful domination over fiction publication, theatre, ballet and museums, even leaving aside academia. Suppression of creativity and diversity of thought will continue and expand unless we actively expose and oppose it.
This is why we fight back every single time, in every single industry, no matter how seemingly insignificant. And as will be announced later today, we're taking the opportunity of the SJW-inspired collapse in establishment superhero comics mentioned in the article to take back the ground that has been conceded to them.

Sometimes people ask me why I bother with comics when it obviously is not an area of particular interest to me. And it's not, to be sure, as I have previously pointed out on the Darkstream, unless you read Eco and Dante in the original Italian, Goethe and Nietzsche in the original German, and Balzac in the original French, and your favorite authors are Eco, Hesse, and Murakami, you can't possibly even hope to aspire to my level of literary snobdom. You need not remind me of the comic genre's dearth of intellectual value; the fact that Neil Gaiman's Sandman is considered the creme de la creme of comics should be a major point of embarrassment rather than pride.

But if you consider the level of influence Hollywood has had over Western culture for the last sixty years, then simply consider the list of movies that performed best at the box office, it is patently obvious that comics is one battleground that must not be conceded to the enemies of Western civilization.

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66 Comments:

Blogger The Cooler April 13, 2020 6:31 AM  

I'm guessing the SJWs have no problem whatsoever with Hentai.

Blogger A rebel without a General April 13, 2020 6:45 AM  

There was a lot of backlash against the shield hero anime. This shows us that the Metoo movement is on a higher totem position than asians.

Blogger FALPhil April 13, 2020 6:46 AM  

Political correctness, and in particular, politically correct speech, is intended to create victim classes within a social entity and an organization to provide oversight for the purpose of protecting the society from reality. The result, therefore, is the removal of critical thinking from the process of personal interaction. They want everyone figuratively living in a padded cell, unthinking, away from reality.

Blogger Gregory the Tall April 13, 2020 6:54 AM  

Sounds like a new opportunity for Arkhaven

Blogger ZhukovG April 13, 2020 6:59 AM  

The Japanese must wonder how we managed to beat them in WWII.

Seems like real freedom is, not in high ideals, but living in a country dominated by your Nation and Culture.

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 13, 2020 7:12 AM  

They didn't learn from gamergate. When you don't allow a retreat you get a fight to the death.
Inb4 " All I wanted was to watch some cartoons".

Blogger SciVo April 13, 2020 7:18 AM  

The only purpose can be for the Worldians to demonstrate their power over us, since the only way that you can believe women don't lie is if you don't know any.

Blogger tublecane April 13, 2020 7:21 AM  

Apropos of my comment under the previous post, make the victim of the false accusation black or otherwise in possession of more Diversity Points. Because no one has to believe women who point the finger away from Haven Monahan toward D'Juante Crapvarious.

Blogger Ferdinand April 13, 2020 7:22 AM  

Of course they did. Funimation fired Vic Mignogna because of very dubious accusations of "assault" after all. "Assault" meaning he touched a chicks hair and made a joke about a jellybean. There are few enough fans of english dubbed anime, they really shouldn't be burning bridges with fans. Yet, they do.

Blogger Balkan Yankee April 13, 2020 7:37 AM  

Let me guess: Funimation has the same lock on the American distribution of anime that Diamond has on the distribution of American comics.

Blogger LAZ April 13, 2020 7:39 AM  

@3. FALPhil: You just described California. The transplanted Californians around here tell me the first thing they noticed was not everybody is an idiot.

Blogger Shane Bradman April 13, 2020 7:41 AM  

Japanese conglomerates do not give a single damn about political correctness. If they see a bunch of weird anime cartoons not selling well with the extremely nationalist Japanese population, the funding will dry up very quickly. I know how insane and crazy the idol fans can be, and that's just from Babymetal fans, not the "true" idol groups, and if the anime fans are any similar to that, a "social justice" anime cartoon will be met with thousands of death threats.

Blogger CM April 13, 2020 7:51 AM  

There was a lot of backlash against the shield hero anime. This shows us that the Metoo movement is on a higher totem position than asians.

The Ivey league fiasco should have been enough to demonstrate that Orientals (to distinguish from Pakistani Easterners) are just a rung above white men.

Though the intersectional hierarchy is very fluid, like sexuality and gender. They were quite high in intersectional politics on January 28.

Blogger bramley April 13, 2020 7:54 AM  

Politically correct translations of cartoon tentacle porn would class as the apotheosis of cognitive dissonance culture. Can't wait. Think some heads would explode trying to square that one off.

Blogger rognuald April 13, 2020 8:05 AM  

Vox, have you considered publishing comics from your favorite authors or from your upcoming Collier's Young Literary Classics? Might those works become seeds for movies? As a kid, I preferred non superhero comics and still do.

Blogger CCP April 13, 2020 8:08 AM  

Time for a false rape accusation plot in Alt Hero?

Blogger Brett baker April 13, 2020 8:15 AM  

The right sort of Hentai.

Blogger johndoe03526 April 13, 2020 8:18 AM  

Comics are about influencing children. The right hasn't even been on this battlefield. Until recently.

Blogger [Redacted] April 13, 2020 8:19 AM  

I am not too concerned over this. The long standing response to agenda drive localization has been free fan translations (piracy), over-the-top parody translations (releases with legal protection for parody), followed by learning Japanese and importing to support authors directly. Localization companies have a history of holding media hostage when they can't subvert it, and even going so far as to lie and claim the IP is undesired or unmarketable when their butchered mess impacts sales. 20+ years ago, kids grew up knowing that the localization companies were incompetent fools when they were calling a bento a burger, and injecting pop culture references from before the 1970s. It is right to fight this, but I honestly don't know how and also turn a profit for the authors, who usually don't know, and if they do, are more interested in getting any money they can from an international release.

Blogger Glaivester April 13, 2020 8:21 AM  

Also, I would think that comic books are a relatively inexpensive and easy way to get a foothold in fighting for culture. That can be leveraged into videos, movies, etc. later much easier than starting with movies, videos, etc.

It's a good starting point from which you can expand.

Blogger buzzardist April 13, 2020 8:28 AM  

This shows us that the Metoo movement is on a higher totem position than asians.

This has been obvious for a long time. In the U.S., Asians get a preference over white males, but that’s about it. Women, any other minority race, and any queer sexual orientation get priority over Asians in the identity pecking order. There are plenty of Asian SJWs, but, on the whole, Asians are too hard working and don’t have their hands out enough to earn real oppressed bona fides. To the left, Asians are like pork, the other white meat.

Blogger JovianStorm April 13, 2020 8:28 AM  

Japanese don't give 2 shits about SJW and you only need to see how China is treating Africans there to know how far social justice will go in Asia.


I read Akutagawa, Mishima and Flaubert's works in their original languages... I enjoy Middle English and Coleridge.

But I like Chuck Dixon, too. And a good story is a good story in any era or language. This is why Arkhaven is so important to the comic world...just one good alternative acting as a Northstar will guide those who tire of Marxist feminism.

Blogger crescent wrench April 13, 2020 8:57 AM  

I'm starting to view SJW invasion of a medium the same way as I do fungal infections:

They may be horrible and an ultimate cause of death, but they generally don't arise unless the host is already weakened by other morbidities.

Much as consoles have been dramatically losing ground prior to ps4 San Fran going all-in on censoring Japanese VN's on ps4, even in Japan, Anime has been in decline for at least a decade, and having grown up on it I can trace down the how and when:

This started with a japanese news story in the late '00's about an anime otaku being a suspect in some crime of sexual deviance (I forgot which crime exactly). This caused a wave of puritanism which removed the sexually charged 'fan-servicey' comic relief from otherwise mainstream series and pushed it into only OVA's made for the sole purpose of being a vehicle for that.

All serious stories with legs ended up losing a great deal of life and character interaction with this removed, hurting their broader appeal and arguably gutting that looser, less-repressed feel that made anime "anime". Meanwhile, the OVA's, made for only one purpose, became samey harems with no plot.

Fast forward a half a decade from this event and you start to see a lot of series 'navel-gazing' about the 'anime community' who did not receive this well, adding a third category just as one-dimensional as the OVA category. (this started reaching critical mass by 2012 or so: by 2014 most major fansub/pirate groups had lost interest in Anime and 'retired')

More stubborn Anime snobs will cling to the delusion the anime industry is "above" the kind of terrible choices that resulted in creative drought and malaise across the AAA gaming market and Hollywood's studios, but the reality is the current anime industry has been in "walking ghost" phase for at least 6 years now and is in need of the cleansing fire of a crash.

Judging by the mass exodus/near shutdown of the fansub/pirate scene, I'd say it's on their doorstep.

Blogger crescent wrench April 13, 2020 9:05 AM  

[Redacted] wrote:I am not too concerned over this. The long standing response to agenda drive localization has been free fan translations (piracy)

This is different.

They're now utilizing international corporate ties to push their censorship to the source in Japan.

For reference, Sony "outsourced" the approval of Japanese VN's for ps4 (for JAPANESE release), to SJW hives in San Fran.

This ended up prompting some franchises like Senran Kagura to basically end, while the fans in Japan revolted and a mass shift happened from ps4 to switch as the target for development.

We're reliving 1996 all over again, but 4-kids is now on steroids.

Blogger Yossarian April 13, 2020 9:05 AM  

I always think of the efficacy of the SSH system when I look at Japan's culture. "Rise of The Shield Hero's" whole gimmick is what happens when a Delta is placed in the position of an Alpha.

I don't worry about anime as a whole at all because no matter how grabbled the westernized versions become the original artistic expression will always be there. Even from an economical standpoint this holds true. The difference in sales between Japan and the Western market is so huge that some comic book creators don't even bother with the royalties or piracy. And even considering this, out of the overall market of comic books, mangas still sell more than western comics.

If worse comes to pass, I guess all those voice-actors and translators will have to look at some unauthorized distribution platforms to sell their product.

Blogger VD April 13, 2020 9:20 AM  

Vox, have you considered publishing comics from your favorite authors or from your upcoming Collier's Young Literary Classics? Might those works become seeds for movies? As a kid, I preferred non superhero comics and still do.

Certainly, but as with all of these ideas, they have to have enough support to make them happen. We no longer do things just to do them, for the most part. That's why our success rate has improved considerably.

Blogger VFM Bear April 13, 2020 9:28 AM  

Speaking of the taking advantage of the collapsing comic book industry, the Legend Chuck Dixon is writing an Expendables comic with Sly Stallone!

So my question is does this mean Sly is gonna be in Rebel's Run?

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-expendables-go-to-hell-graphic-novel#/

Blogger tuberman April 13, 2020 10:05 AM  

"Japanese don't give 2 shits about SJW and you only need to see how China is treating Africans there to know how far social justice will go in Asia."

Well, SJWism has made huge inroads into Asian culture, as the feminization of Asian young males has been noted by such people as Felix Rex (BPS) on YouTube. If left alone SJW tactics will slowly work in Asia.

Blogger Taignobias April 13, 2020 10:21 AM  

Shield Hero is built around the false accusation. It turns the whole world against him and informs his entire character. Frankly, I appreciated the creators having the cajones to show how socially and psychologically damaging a false rape accusation can be.

Blogger Tars Tarkas April 13, 2020 10:28 AM  

Anything of interest to young people and kids either already is or will be targeted by the SJWs. This is an ongoing process that has been going since the 60s, at least. The propagandists understood early on just how powerful media is at normalizing foreign ideas, especially in young people.

Blogger Crush Limbraw April 13, 2020 10:39 AM  

"But if you consider the level of influence Hollywood has had over Western culture for the last sixty years,......" - aren't movies just comics with live actors?
Example: Ma and I watched The Greatest Story Ever Told last night - 1965 film - (((DaForce))) came out fairly unscathed, except for John the Baptist's tirades (Charlton Heston should have played Jesus).
While staying close to Matthew's Gospel throughout the almost 4 hour film, it ended by changing the last 3 verses - The Great Commission of 'Go into the world and make disciples of all nations....' into don't worry about tomorrow, I'll be with you.)
Pretty weak gruel and (((thus mission accomplished)))!

Blogger Hoyabembe April 13, 2020 10:42 AM  

You can still find good manga, Chainsaw Man being an example. Anime on the other hand is pretty much just direct manga adaptations like Jojo's Bizarre adventure. Very little risk taking with edgy new material.

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 13, 2020 10:57 AM  

Isn't changing anime to match Western SJW sensibilities Cultural Appropriation™ ?

Blogger Revelation Means Hope April 13, 2020 11:20 AM  

That movie should be shredded and the remains dumped in Fukushima. ((They)) made every miracle into some weird freak show and cut most of them.

Blogger Dirtnapninja April 13, 2020 11:24 AM  

They are multiplying thier enemies, eating into the people who otherwise would support them.

Blogger Rakshasa April 13, 2020 11:36 AM  

As someone who has moved from watching raw anime, to now reading the original (often untranslated) novels and manga they are based on, this new development will not affect me much _personally_.

However it does worry me somewhat that many people won't be able to share the same experiences as I did.

Now in terms of the influence on the source material, it is unfounded IMO considering how the novel->manga->anime pipeline and profit system works. It is one that will be much more resistant with regards to globalist influence than you'd expect.

See, the profits isn't in the anime industry, and until lately when it became a global industry it barely made any profits.

What anime serves as is advertisement for the mangas they are based on, where the profits are made. Thus you cannot really incentivize anti-fanbase changes to the source material by threatening the anime profits.

Especially not when the light novel writers are at the top of that weird otaku hierarchy and are essentially unstoppable in their mania.

Blogger Section 8A April 13, 2020 11:47 AM  

As the personification of comic book snobbery, I have to place not 'Sandman' at the top of the list, but these others:

"Who is Donna Troy" by Wolfman / Perez
"Watchmen" by Alan Moore
"Next Men" by John Byrne (the Antarctica plotline is of great interest to this crowd)
"Lone Wolf and Cub" by Kazuo Koike
"Daredevil - Born Again" by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli
"The Punisher" the Mike Baron / Klaus Janson run on the series

There are a few more I'd put over Sandman, which might make the top 20.

Blogger Darren April 13, 2020 12:05 PM  

"...deemed controversial in the USA because it included a storyline about a *false accusation of rape*"
Well, there goes a handful of mainstream thriller films released in the 1980s and 1990s.
And also any potential true-story biopics about a little oopsie at Duke! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_lacrosse_case


Blogger [Redacted] April 13, 2020 12:27 PM  

Thank you. You are right, but the linked article was focused on a Western response, and I don't know what we as Western fans can do. I am already the sort to rely on fan translations, mods, emulation, and piracy to get closer to the original experience, but when SJW companies have access to the IPs and market subverted official releases there are not a lot of options that supports creators yet cuts funding from the SJWs. I am not concerned, not because it doesn't matter to me, but because it isn't my fight as a Western person.

Blogger Canada78Bear April 13, 2020 12:44 PM  

I do not think resisting goes far enough and people should push back go gain ground when SJW make a move.

Remember smoking? Consistent appeasement leads to it being illegal indoors when at HOME in some locales.
I do not smoke but from smoking on airplanes tvs today shows the folley of giving an inch.
Unless the inch is yielded as part of a trap.

Blogger Daniel April 13, 2020 12:45 PM  

Sandman is embarrassing. Neil Gaiman is the slumming Duran Duran pop-biographer of the comics industry. Section 8A is dead on, except for the idea that Sandman makes it into the top 20. Read it again: it is 2-dimensional gamma mythology.

If you want a great gamma story, go with the classsic Swamp Thing run.

Blogger BillHinDaytona April 13, 2020 12:55 PM  

So, no Murakami in the original Japanese.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) April 13, 2020 1:30 PM  

*snort*

one wonders what the SJWs would do if they knew about Potiphar's wife.

i suppose there are some benefits to Current Year tards not having any historical or social knowledge.

Blogger sammibandit April 13, 2020 2:02 PM  

Anything of interest to young people and kids either already is or will be targeted by the SJWs. This is an ongoing process that has been going since the 60s, at least. The propagandists understood early on just how powerful media is at normalizing foreign ideas, especially in young people.

Back when TinTin was on TV I watched it in English. I was so enamoured with the story I went to my school library to read the comics in French. Now I've never been able to read French but that never stopped me. I was surprised to see TinTin and Snowy as quite different--more drunk. Even the dog! And Captain Haddock didn't even talk in French! He just drunkenly swore. He was hilarious. Suddenly his character in the TV show made more sense. And then there was the bespectacled twins. Much more ... true to form in the comics. Readers/viewers will know what I'm talking about.

Yep. You're absolutely right in calling this a spade.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia April 13, 2020 2:18 PM  

VD wrote:

Sometimes people ask me why I bother with comics when it obviously is not an area of particular interest to me.

Really? I had no idea.

Learn something very day here at Vox Popoli.

Thought it was more less an obsession, though there's nothing wrong with an obsession or two, properly channeled, of course.

Blogger Daniel April 13, 2020 2:38 PM  

Kids are reading webtoons now. So publishing in there is great news,methinks

Blogger Kraemer April 13, 2020 3:10 PM  

That's how high-IQ people function. They will randomly appear to obsess over something, even though the level of detail they get into does not require a whole lot of their considerable brainpower. That's also why most high-IQ people have some issues socializing: they overthink everything all the time by accident, because their brain is so much faster than everyone else's.

Blogger wahsatchmo April 13, 2020 3:31 PM  

I wonder how they're going to handle the fact that later in the anime, the false accuser has her name officially changed to "Bitch" by the Queen/her mother.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 13, 2020 4:05 PM  

Kraemer wrote:That's also why most high-IQ people have some issues socializing: they overthink everything all the time by accident, because their brain is so much faster than everyone else's.
No it's because communication, already difficult for most people, becomes almost impossible with enough dfference in intelligence.

Blogger sammibandit April 13, 2020 4:05 PM  

Thought it was more less an obsession, though there's nothing wrong with an obsession or two, properly channeled, of course.

I know it's hard to believe that someone isn't as navelgazing as you, and for that I forgive you. But VD just told you that comics are upstream from low art (movies). Do you even comprehend OPs before you squirt on your keyboard?

Anyway. It's notable that the influx of comics into movies coincides with the rise of free agent actors. I was listening to a Breitbart interview the other day and he was talking about how the studio system kept the cancer behind a cordon in Hollywood circa 1960.

Blogger VD April 13, 2020 4:15 PM  

Thought it was more less an obsession

You obviously haven't been paying any attention.

Blogger maniacprovost April 13, 2020 5:14 PM  

That's also why most high-IQ people have some issues socializing: they overthink everything all the time

No, average people fail to think all the time.

No it's because communication, already difficult for most people, becomes almost impossible with enough dfference in intelligence.

Unfortunately, most high-IQ people persist in trying.

Funimation's tampering with translations hasn't had the desired effect in suppressing badthink, which is why they're swimming upstream.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia April 13, 2020 5:23 PM  

VD wrote:Thought it was more less an obsession

You obviously haven't been paying any attention.


Not to the comics side of your activity, so I guess selective attention.

Blogger crescent wrench April 13, 2020 5:47 PM  

@52

Funimation's tampering with translations hasn't had the desired effect in suppressing badthink, which is why they're swimming upstream.


If they want to turn anime franchises into "feminist ghostbusters redux" they're welcome to it. I've been hoping for an anime "crash" for the past decade. Even the 'good' series are no better than middling late-90's sci-fi in their presentation due to prolonged fan disconnect over "muh optics".

Blogger Kraemer April 13, 2020 8:08 PM  

And why is this communication impossible, I dare ask?
That's why so many very intelligent people turn to alcohol for social purposes: it slows their brains to a point where they can communicate with everyone else.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 13, 2020 8:28 PM  

Kraemer wrote:And why is this communication impossible, I dare ask?
It's the verbal equivalent of explaining calculus to a person who can't abstract enough to manage algebra.

Blogger Jack Amok April 13, 2020 8:45 PM  

That's why so many very intelligent people turn to alcohol for social purposes: it slows their brains to a point where they can communicate with everyone else.

No, that backfires. Alcohol removes the clutch between thoughts and mouth, so the smart person no longer finishes their thought and then tries to formulate something the midwit in front of him might understand. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't, because the smart guy has no idea what concepts are going to be too hard for the midwit to understand.

The drunk smart guy just firehoses thoughts faster than the midwit can ever process them.

Blogger Jack Amok April 13, 2020 8:51 PM  

It's the verbal equivalent of explaining calculus to a person who can't abstract enough to manage algebra.

Comprehension is binary - either you understand a concept or you don't. If you do, you have no real idea by how much you cleared that hurdle - if you cleared it, it was easy - so no real idea if a midwit will be able to clear it too.

So, I wonder where I lost him?

Blogger phunktor April 13, 2020 9:05 PM  

a heavily armed posse of Junior Woodchucks should burn the Devil Mouse to the ground. Perhaps they can gwt Scrooge to bankroll the op.

Blogger maniacprovost April 13, 2020 10:52 PM  

very intelligent people turn to alcohol for social purposes: it slows their brains to a point where they can communicate with everyone else.

This may be true, but it doesn't enable communication of complex abstract ideas. It just nips them in the bud. Instead of failing to communicate, for example, how the n-dimensional non-euclidian political space is intentionally misrepresented as the false dichotomy of the "political spectrum" by the ruling elites to divide and conquer midwits, the high IQ individual is slowed down enough to successfully communicate "Those Democrats are idiots."

Blogger tublecane April 14, 2020 12:32 AM  

@56- Your calculus example doesn't hold. If one finds oneself in such a conversation, the obvious solution would be: don't bother. A big part of socialization is knowing what to talk about when and in how much detail.

After all, we were talking about generalized communication. No one stipulated you had a gun to your head forcing you to make morons understand higher mathematics.

Communication across wide gaps of knowledge is not impossible. I know this because I have had to make myself understood for instance to children and recent immigrants who barely speak English. It's not easy, but I can make myself known to them. Because I deliberately dumb myself down.

Granted, this is in some ways more difficult with people not at such extreme removes. Because I worry about condescension, which people don't appreciate. But that's a mere impediment.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit April 14, 2020 1:56 AM  

Manga's primary market threat is from to nationalist competition: manhua and manwa. It'll be interesting to see how coronachan shakes that out.

Here in the U.S.: I have 5 shelves of manga and 2 of "comic book" graphic novels. The manga are more heavily used, and stay popular longer. Modern American readers expect a book-length story - not a haphazard short, haphazardly collected.

So manga's real competition comes from American full-length graphic novels like Smile or Zita The Space Girl or Bad Island (the latter 2 very much recommended) and from webcomics.

One proof of the moribund nature of fandom and WorldCon in particular is their inability to perceive, much less value the amazing stories and art being created online.

If Vox Day would like to reassess his prejudices viz this medium, I direct his attention to Moebius' Airtight Garage and Mina Sundberg's Stand Still Stay Silent.

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 14, 2020 8:06 AM  

I used to love anime but honestly, I lost a lot of my interest in it after the Nineties.

Admittedly, that was kind of a golden age for Anime. The OVA's for the direct video market had much higher production values than what you will find today.

There are still a few good titles that come out now and then. Death Note and Stein's Gate were both great but it really isn't what it was.

Although if Netflix's Devilman is the harbinger of things to come then it's going to die the death of the unmourned.

Blogger maniacprovost April 14, 2020 9:58 AM  

ur calculus example doesn't hold. If one finds oneself in such a conversation, the obvious solution would be: don't bother. A big part of socialization is knowing what to talk about when and in how much detail.

After all, we were talking about generalized communication. No one stipulated you had a gun to your head forcing you to make morons understand higher mathematics.


That is precisely the situation we find ourselves in now. If you go for a walk in the park, you might get arrested because morons don't understand higher mathematics and there is no way to communicate it to them.

Obviously, the smartest man in the world can walk up to Maxine Waters and say, "The weather sure is hot out on this tarmac, isn't it?"

But it is utterly impossible for him to explain
1) What he's doing
2) Why
3) What he wants from her
4) His opinion on most subjects

It is not the sort of actual communication that people want to engage in.

Blogger crescent wrench April 14, 2020 10:01 AM  

@63

It's the industry's war on sexually-charged humor and fan-service, which strongly framed character relations and even plot in terms of the Socio-Sexual Heirarchy. It creates more believable characters and provides welcome comic relief to otherwise very dark premises.

It's what made anime superior to western presentation, and the puritan flight from that over that highly-publicized otaku sexual predator event around ~2005 or so ended it.

Even worse, in an attempt to retain the audience, they OVA's ended up gamma-centric "mental porn" in which losers were inexplicably mobbed by 10/10 women, more or less cementing the pattern by attracting that type into the industry over 15 years as their more "general audience" material became lack luster and faded to the background.

Anime is in a death-spiral at this point and the SJW's are just the gangrene and bed sores setting in.

Blogger Ryu238 April 22, 2020 5:59 PM  

"
But if you consider the level of influence Hollywood has had over Western culture for the last sixty years, then simply consider the list of movies that performed best at the box office, it is patently obvious that comics is one battleground that must not be conceded to the enemies of Western civilization"

Too late: https://thisiscomicsgate.wordpress.com/links/
https://www.reddit.com/r/BestOfOutrageCulture/comments/e143d2/why_do_conservatives_not_seem_to_understand_the/

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