There are many ways a fiction works. There are  no strict prerequisite on what constitute a great fiction. I think I said before that I love creating stories in my mind and I like it when these stories gains an emotional response from myself. This helped me gain an entirely new perspective on how people make stories for anime, novel, movie and even games. It made me realise that the only guideline you need for a good story is whether is it interesting.

There are many ways to make a story interesting. You don’t even need to have an interesting plot to make things interesting. If a book is written in an interesting way, it’s a interesting story. It can be a stupid story about a boy running away from home and die in the drain but if it’s written with a very unique approach, the story is interesting.

For example, Finnegans Wake is pretty interesting. I have no idea what the hell it is or does it even mean anything but I like reading excerpts from it because they are kinda insane. Sayonara Gangster is very interesting. The plot is something about a poetry teacher who met this gangster girl and don’t know she’s a gangster girl but she realized finally that she’s a gangster girl while subplots of indescribable thing with no shape became a chair and poetry master Virgil turned into a fridge happened. Maybe there are some message in there? I don’t know but it’s interesting because it gives me interesting images.

Another great example in film is Gravity. Gravity plot is about this female doctor escaping from space. You have seen this story before, you know how it would end but it doesn’t really matter because the effects and experience are interesting. The way it cuts its music to portray vacuum and the pov shots to illustrate the physic are interesting. It’s more of show that you experience than trying to tell an interesting story.

Georges Méliès shorts are great examples too. One of its famous short shows a rocket launching to the moon and it got stuck in the moon’s eye. What’s the message of that short? What kind of story is that? Ignoring that, what I actually like to ask is, is it interesting? Yes, it is because the imageries are interesting. It’s a good fiction because it has imaginary visuals.

Messages, implications, plot,  these are ways to make things interesting and I understand why people used them as the only barometer to gauge a work. Pointing out the flaws in these categories are great ways to showcase why you might not fancy a piece of fiction. I do that too. I personally hate Slumdog Millionaire because I think the way on how they portray every Indian as an asshole is very narrow minded. It’s also a caricature of India trying to act as if they are portraying  the true India. It’s implying that India is a terrible place to live in and everyone is an asshole and the only good people are the American tourists who show sympathy to the slum kids. As a foreigner trying to make a film about other’s culture and act as if it’s a true representation, I felt that they should be  more responsible in making things more neutral and shouldn’t exaggerate the mean spirited side of things.

However, I think it’s very narrow minded to only use these categories to gauge a work and question people’s opinion on how can they like a piece of work when something failed in one of that 3 components. I don’t think less of those who liked Slumdog Millionaire or challenge them with my opinions and demand an answer from them when they might be focusing on different aspect of the film. Maybe they love the sledgehammer approach of the movie? Maybe they don’t felt like it is over antagonized and love the raw power of the message? Or maybe they just like the cinematography and the bright coloured shots or how the film relays its intensity.

If they have any semblance of justifications on why they find a certain fiction interesting,  I don’t really see the issue.

I know the message/plot/implication flaws( Five being a throwaway, Lisa and 12 are very useless in the end, no serious commentary about terrorism and so on and so fore) of Zankyou no Terror. I just don’t think I need to defend them because I don’t really care and there are other great reasons to find the show interesting.

In terms of message, despite its questionable approach, I can sympathise with the characters. Wanting to make a mark in the world knowing they will die sooner or later, needing to rely and be relied on and trying to find a place to be in a world that seems to isolate you are things I can get by. I personally felt that these are the core themes the anime is trying to show instead of saying something about terrorism. The act of terrorism is just a tool to keep these themes going. 12 wanting to forfeit the plan because he found being depended from Lisa. Lisa found a place to live with 12 and 9 taking part in terrorism act so he can find a reliance in Shibazaki(who is a cool character on his own term). How much more plot can you even jam in to illustrate these core themes? If you don’t fancy these themes then that’s that I guess.

I am very impress by how well it can relays its abstract and complicated themes. By abstract and complicated, I don’t mean its depth, but rather the difficulty on how to translate it into visual. Feeling of solitary and unwanted are basic thematic stuff that we have seen before. It’s nothing new but translating it to visuals like how ZnT had done is fucking difficult. I got what they tried to say instantly and what they tried to relay is very difficult to translate to visuals but I got it thanks to its great direction. Great direction examples? The shot of running in the grass field, the lone figure of 9 watching the aurora in the last episode, 12 and 9 scenes in the ferry wheel, people responding to Spinx by idolizing them, Shibazaki showing that he is a figure worthy to be relied on by solving the mysteries and believing in their promise in episode 4 and way too many other examples I could list.

I guess I am way too impressed by the technical aspects of Zankyou no Terror than I really should. I think the reason why is because I have my fair share of failures in trying to translate way simpler concepts into visual and understand how difficult they are so I am utterly dumbfounded by how they did it so masterfully.

I am also very impress in how they make Lisa character design likable just by looking at it. That’s very difficult and it cannot be accomplished by just drawing cute pictures. There’s a reason why Stallone and Arnold are more well liked than some other action stars like Van Dam. Van Dam looks ok compared to Stallone but the screen presence of a character is not only about look. Ok, maybe it’s about look because if a thing looks likable they are likable but what I want to say is that looking likable is not that easy and not everyone can do it. Just imagine this, people drew a character and you have a response even without knowing the story behind the character, how impressive is that?

 

 

Mediocrity is worse than just being plain bad. People remember bad stuff but they forgot those in the middle. There’s a wide range of mediocre anime during 2000 to 2007 that became more obscure than something like say, Del Power Miracle or something. That’s because there are people like me and others who seek out obscure shit for the joy of it but not many people look back at these mediocre stuff.

Those who have seen these mediocre stuff such as Petopetosan and Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo! are the privileged few who seen them while they air. Not many people outside of those who watch it during that era will seek these mediocre anime out after finding them in a database. I am looking through some list and found myself thinking what the hell petopetosan is when I have known fairly obscure series like Osamu Tezuka Monogataru:I am Son Goku by Rintaro.

The only reason why they were being watched is because they were on. The sad thing is those who watched them most likely have since forgotten that they even exist. Sure, people might heard of them but the image in their mind is just mushy piece of shit that couldn’t link up to anything. For example, what excatly is Avenger(that Beetrain anime) about? What the fuck it is? At least I know Call Me Tonight is this exploitative 80s ova but what the hell Avenger is? Why can’t I even remember anything about it?

You see, they have a sad fate of having no fan or being remembered in spite of all the effort they put in. It’s just miserable and I can’t help but  sympathize with their plight. Getting zero to no recognition, ceasing to exist and couldn’t escape the inevitable fate of being forgotten forever without making any mark in any person life. That’s the worst thing that can happen to anything that wanted to be an art… …

Anyway, among these mediocrities like Goshujin sama Ninomiya kun, Grenadier is the only one that I remember the most after 7 or so years. That’s because in spite of its mediocrity,  the boob reloading is something so outrageous memorable that you couldn’t forget about it after your first viewing. I guess what I am trying to say is that you really need something special so that people will remember you. It’s so entrenched into my mind that I can tell you more on what happened in Grenadier (something about cutting bullet in half, missing panties, balloon, boob reloading, hot spa, empress queen double) now than I can remember about something decent like err, House of Five Leaves( yea, what happened in this show again? Something about kidnapping and revenge against kidnapper? Did he succeed? I forgot.) I think having a non complicated plot helps a lot as well.

So next time if you intend to make something mediocre, have a memorable gimmick and make your plot so simple that it will be committed into your memory least you cease to exist in the public mind. Be Grenadier, don’t be Petopetosan.

By the way, I just finish reading the Grenadier manga and it’s awesomely trainwreck-ly rush and very different from the anime. It’s hard to believe that the anime is more competently written than the manga. Very clear that the manga is getting canceled so the author creates like 100 over plot points out of nowhere and solve them within 5 pages. Suddenly, the manga asked you to care about the origin of its main character and used solar powered MECHA Godzilla to explain it then went on wrapping it up by destroying MECHA Godzilla with boob reloading bullets.

Very ridiculous but fast paced fun. It’s like watching someone desperately salvaging a sunken ship by pumping it with steroids as if it would help and made something so crazily stupid. It’s way more memorable than the anime ending which I still remember but not too clearly( I just remember something about fake empress and bullets dropping out from cleavage which is the metaphor of how you should opening up your heart).

I have consumed so much media now that I appreciate it when I got any response or memories out of anything even if it’s not technically competent. Also, it’s not enough just by being plain bad, you need something really out there and I genuinely like Grenadier for being able to do it for me.

P.S: Some other mediocre series I have fond memories of are Myself;Yourself and 11Eyes. They have withstood the test of time and I still remember most of their plot .

A central plot is the core of the story, a reveal waiting in line to show itself after all the build up.

I am interested in writing about this because I was watching Kill la Kill and Zankyou no Terror recently. Kill la Kill is visually interesting and outrageously ridiculous without forgetting some tender moment. An episode of Kill la Kill is like the moment of the newest southpark episode where the unsympathetic coach of Washington Redskin earned his redemption by getting mowed down repeatedly times ten. Hilarious, outrageous but very tender and sympathetic for the whole 24 mins. I like it but I can’t seem to bother watching the next episode because it lacks a intriguing central plot.

I have seen 5 episodes and all I got are abstract promises that maybe something with high payoff will happen. However they are weak promises based on the track record of the creator and not from the show itself. Its central plot is quite vague with all the things about uniform and whatever. Kill la Kill is shown to be outrageous so their payoff might just be some outrageous and don’t pay off well. Who are they? A schoolgirl will a talking uniform. What are they doing? Show you cool moves. What will happen? Maybe a dinosaur will appear in the next episode. You see, if an alien appears and shoot dragonballs into everyone’s ass  in the finale and I wouldn’t be surprise. These are definitely unexpected but they are not something to make me look forward to.

I guess what I want to say is that, It doesn’t seem to bring you to places where great thing will happen and keep you interested in what will happen next. There’s nothing to lure you into expecting some great reveal because everything is all whacked up anyway. This makes individual episode  interesting but it doesn’t give you enough reason to click on the next one.

It reminds me a lot of the first few episodes of Guerren Laggan, 7 interesting episodes but no central plot to speak off. It just seems like it will be this hyper active robot show with underground people that goes no where. It ended up with a great central plot that kept you interested. In fact, the track record of TTGL is the only promise I had for Kill La Kill to bring me to great places and I think it will be able to accomplished that.
Now Zankyou no Terror on the other hand has one hell of an intriguing central plot. It’s the same as Kill la Kill in the sense that it has a vague central plot. However, this time it works because it’s a mystery that seems to promise a great reveal. It’s easier to believe in it than Kill la Kill because it’s not whacked up and the characters are all serious and all so you know the conclusion won’t be outrageous. Who are these fuckers? What will happen to that girl? Why are they doing what they are doing? Is it revenge? How would they fare?I don’t know but I am interested to find out. You see compare to all the outrageous answers I have for the same questions in Kill la Kill, I will not expect anything beside a great payoff because chances of stupid things happening is lower. Instead of alien coming down and shooting people ass, I expect a great reveal because that’s what the central plot demands. If the reveal fails, everything will fall apart! It has a larger responsibility than Kill La Kill to promise you that it’s worth it so I am more interested to know.This is why it’s easier to click on episode 3 of Zankyou no Terror than episode 6 of Kill La Kill and how an intriguing central plot makes a show addicting.

I used to have lots of qualms when people like something that is obviously flawed. It’s like this show is sexist, how can you like it and say you don’t really care? If you do that then you are just an intellectually lazy bastard!

Wow, intellectually lazy, how full of myself. I couldn’t even do basic discrete math and I go around blaming people for being intellectually lazy, all that scorn and judgment because of a fucking tv show! What’s wrong with me? It’s a tv show, people watch it for entirely different reason. They are intellectually pursuing some other stuff maybe and tv show are something that they don’t really care. Ask yourself, why are you intellectually lazy about seemly important stuff like prime factorization of large numbers? That is basically the security system used on your fucking PS3 and maybe even your fucking Internet bank account! You don’t seem to care while you pursue these intellectual debates on fucking anime. Why?! Because maybe not interested is an entirely legit reason.

I also find myself trying to defend flaws and justify liking a show in spite of these flaws. Why? I don’t really understand why. Maybe it’s just to uphold my personal standard and hope to show everyone I have great taste. Which is entirely stupid because flawed works have something interesting about them anyway. If something grasps your attention, it’s entertaining and what you should do is describe to people how and why they grasps your attention instead of defending its flaws like your whole life depends on it. You shouldn’t even touch on issue if they don’t really bothered you. Social issue is not an issue in terms of your personal enjoyment, you aren’t really obliged to care because it’s a fucking tv show so it doesn’t matter.

If you don’t like it, don’t watch it is entirely valid argument.  They have the rights to exist. In fact, they already exist! Did you see anyone badly affected by it? No. If a movie is sexist and racist, so what? There are tons of them floating around and I don’t see everyone turn into a monster after getting in touch with them. It’s still unproven that all these movies deepen the patriarchy society structure or allows society to condone racism. I grew up with them, watched them, enjoyed some of them and I still understand why sexism and racism are wrong. Why? Because maybe the influence of media is not as huge as we thought? That we are intelligent enough to separate facts from fiction? Just like how every father mother son is saying that playing GTA doesn’t turn you into a giant motherfucking serial killer?

However, you still see sites like IO9 going overboard with that spider woman ass stuff as if it’s a parasite of this world and it’s best that it doesn’t exist. What?? That’s going hyperbole and there will be a large group of people not taking you seriously when you do that. Those who agree with you are already on board so what you are trying to do is to get those who are on the fence but you pisses them off by getting all hyperbolic on seemly minor shit.

I find feminism a good concept but they have some bad PR because of these hyperbolic stunts pulled by some bad apples. Yea, sure, you might be right but being right is not good enough to get your message across. If you have ever participate in an election rally, you would understand that being right but getting on peoples nerve is as good as being entirely wrong. There are ways to get your message across without pissing people off, you might think they are ignorant to be pissed off but it still remains as a fact that you have failed in delivering your message. It doesn’t work if you just stand on your high ground and accuse people of being non critical if you really want them to be on board with you. If you do that, what you would get are just echo chamber cheers from people who are already on board and what good does that even does?

Sure, it’s cool to use sexist movies/game as a platform to jump start on social awareness, I like it when they are used like that but the mere existence of them is really harmless. Maybe you are saying that the existence of these media reflects that the society at large is still entrenched with these terrible values but is that always true?

Let me share with you something,  I am always thinking and creating stories in my mind. When I create something, it’s because I find them interesting, not because I have something I want to address. Sure, sometimes I find a thing interesting because I think it has a unique message but the origin is still trying to make something interesting. What I want to say is that, when things get interesting, I don’t really care about social issue. When I care, it will not be my truest intention and it will be diluted into some Frankenstein shit that tries to appease everyone. For example, I always only have male characters in my head and don’t balance up on gender equality because the hotblooded story of brotherhood manliness influenced me the most so that’s that, and I had read up on feminism for years and in total support of them!

I read a lot of interview from artist and they kinda do the same. They just do what they do and put them out there because they think it might be interesting. The message can be a afterthought or people’s interpretation. You look at something like Boyhood, what’s the message in that movie? Richard Linklater pretty much make shit out as it goes and do things that felt right. He didn’t really start with a core message but just do things because it’s interesting. He thinks it is interesting to see how a boy grow in 12 years, any message or whatever might just be an afterthought. What Boyhood teaches you? Err, it’s interesting to see how people grow and change? Ok.

On the other hand, do you think it’s in his intention or did he even care when he  portrayed all stepdad as an alcholic shit and thus can be interpreted that stepdad creates miserable family? No.I think  he did it for the pure reason of it will be more interesting that way.

Not to mention, you also find people interpret weird stuff that’s not the author’s intention all the time so that’s that.

I remember when Bakuman anime aired, there are people on both side defending and criticizing the sexist issues as if they really care.  Every episode review is about sexist these and sexist that, it became fucking boring. It’s like you can’t talk about it without addressing it. It became an obligation when there’s no rule to state that you need to address them.

I don’t really know the intention on why people addressed it in every post but personally, I was being pressured and felt that without defending Bakuman’s sexism issue, not caring about its flaw would somehow means that  the flaw will inherit into my personality. It’s like if I like something sexist, then I am a sexist monster! But I am not! I was so angry because I am not! Why are you accusing me of being sexist! You see, somehow an attack on a show became an attack on me. It’s stupid and makes no sense but it just happens because people thinks that a show reflects who they are because it gave them so much emotional response.

Pardon me for getting off tangent but I want to talk about the moe issue. I don’t understand why I hate them so much in the past. Yes, sure, I still don’t like them because most of them are boring and not because of some social justice issue. But it was about social justice issue back then and that’s the problem I have with my past self.

What did moe done wrong? Nothing. Firstly, I thought the amount of great non moe anime would lessen because they would be overwhelmed moe but that’s not even true. Moe started very early since the 1980s(I dare to wager it’s budding since the 70s) but it only geared up and became what it is after around 2006. If you look at the output from 2006 till now, sure, there are more moe content but I am also sure that the amount of  non moe stuff remains the same. Why? Because there are still people that make all kind of great arts because they want to. I can assure you that if care about the preservation of great works, the artists who put their life and soul into it care more about it than you.

Next, I used to care because I want anime as a hobby to reflect myself in a positive light. All these moe kawaii stuff makes it very embarrassing and hinders anime in becoming a mainstream hobby that people can be proud of. I don’t have an answer for that except that who the fuck cares.

There isn’t really any use in criticizing what it becomes. There’s no proof that if it will be more accepted if everything is Cowboy Bebop. It’s unrealistic for everything to be Bebop standards anyway. Not to mention, sometimes the bad image of anime is just an imagination of ours because we have seen too many shitty people and shitty things to make us think that it’s impossible for anime to have a good image. However, you would be surprise that the public aren’t really aware of that.

Also, you know what the best way to give anime a good name? Create your own stuff, make a name of yourself and say anime influenced you. Become fucking Einstein and say you got interested in quantum physic because of Muv Luv Alternative.  Become the next Kubrick and tell them that Mind Games influenced you. That would be more effective than criticizing moe on the internet.

Finally, I don’t like it when people criticize moe by criticizing people who are into the moe waifu stuff. I used to do that but I finally understood that people are people, they have the right to live life however they like. You can think that it’s unhealthy and creepy but it’s really none of your business if they harm no one.

There’s no inherent purpose in life so there’s no correct way of living life. If they don’t harm anyone, who cares? Let them fuck their pillows, it doesn’t concern you.

It’s wrong because it’s not normal? What’s your point of reference of being normal? Gay was not deem as normal 30 years ago but thankfully it’s more accepted now. Who defines normal anyway? They like their virtual girlfriend so be it.

Why you shouldn’t mock them you asked? Because first of all, most of them are joking. Secondly, hikikomori who love their waifu is definitely an issue, but talking about how they are unhealthy does nothing to help them. You think they will somehow recover after reading your angry rant about how pathetic they are? Fuck no! Thirdly you really care about them? You have so much empathy in how people live their life? Good for you but too bad! Telling people you care on forum doesn’t help! Do something if you really care.

Virtual girlfriend doesn’t challenge you and won’t make you grow as a human being?  Maybe they are challenged by other stuff? Otaku that married their pillow earn enough to buy expensive pillows. Where do you think they get their fucking money? Huh? Not to mention, just because something challenges you and might help your growth doesn’t mean you need to do them. Fucking math and physic is way more challenging and help you grow a lot more and I don’t see everyone reading academia journals everyday.  Fuck, doing volunteer work help you grow empathy for human beings and not many people do them. Why? Because they are just not interested maybe?

Also, what if these virtual waifu otaku have tons of friends and social connection? What if they have a great life? What do you say to them now? Romantic relationship is just a fucking subset of your overall life. Not that big of a subset anyway. Great people can die single as well. It doesn’t really matter much.

So if not that then is it the loli issue? Pedophilia maybe? I am not a fan but whatever, if they don’t act upon on real children, who the fuck cares? You are disgusted by the existence? Don’t read them then!

Maybe people are happy with their virtual waifu and find it fruitful? How would I know? How can I say their feelings are shallow and my way of doing thing is the correct way? Are you worried that they are not being productive? Are you worried that they are pathetic and it’s in you to mock them in their face so they can grow up? What are you? What gives you the right to mock them? You are just a fucking human beings that might be as clueless as they are.  It’s fucking condescending to judge people like that.

For example, I personally think that you should have some form of physical fitness least you die with unnecessary illness. Being able to do at least 20 proper pushups and some pull ups is a good gauge. You shouldn’t be a fat fuck because there’s no good reason for you to be fat. You can be slim but you are not doing it because you are lazy. You see, being fit seems like the “right and healthy” ways of living life but people are still fat as fuck.  So are you saying that it’s justifiable for me now to mock their pullup abilities? To mock them for being a fat fuck? No! I would be an condescending asshole if I did that!

With that, I think this will be my last piece on my thoughts on anime blogging and the whole moe stuff.

TL;DR: Stating your opinion about stuff is cool and awesome, just don’t go around expecting everyone doing the same.

And I played around enough to understand aperture, focal length, shutter speed, ISO and shit like that. I also understood the limitation of a lousy lens and how it requires great master skill to compensate it. I also know how to take picture with bokeh effect, badly. 

I don’t even like photography, I don’t think it’s that fun but I guess it’s a good skill to learn. I also found out that  similar effect from photography can translate to video very well and learning photography is way easier than videography, at least that’s what I think after playing around with both of them.

I also did a stupid short to learn editing. It’s difficult.

I started this blog when I was 16, almost 6 years ago. I thought I was smart whenever I posted something. Then I read back after 3 months, or even 3 years later and found them to be utterly embarrassing. It’s difficult to be smart or even coherent by the age of 16, or 17, or 18, or 19 or even 30 for that matter. Luckily, there are large amount of rubbish in here to obfuscate  the more outlandish rubbish.

So I thought to myself, how should I clear this shit up? Then I came to the conclusion that I shouldn’t give a fuck because if I do, it will mean that I am taking this too seriously. As a side note, I find those who whine the most are those who are too serious and calculative about every single minor things. They have long lost their sense of humour and became cynical.

In life, there are only a few things you should take seriously. One, your life, two, your responsibilities as a human being and three, other people’s life. I might miss out on ten other more important things in life but I am certain that opinions in anime, blog, games and other form of entertainment are few examples of things that you shouldn’t be too serious about.

Being too caught up on unquantifiable opinions that are all too common for media is unhealthy and judging a person by what they have written on the internet is a terrible practice because you are making too many assumptions from too little information. Light hearted ridicule as you may but never judge.

For example, if someone likes twilight, you might assume that he or she is dumb for not noticing the obvious flaws of the movie but in reality, he or she might just not give as much shit as you in movie. You might argue that they are intellectually lazy but aren’t we all with things that doesn’t seem important to us? I am sure food connoisseurs are utterly disappointed in the rubbish we consume and lament the laziness in our effort of finding good food when they are so obvious in their eyes. We are intellectually dumb to them because only stupid idiot put rubbish in their mouth when good food is just like right beside them.

With that say, I believe that everyone of enough importance or maturity would at least has this level of sensibility so I am not really worry about how people judged me by how or what I wrote on my shitty blog when I was(am?) stupid.

Of course, you can be enthusiastic but if you bring your passion so far that you feel anger and legit mental strains then you know you are in some deep shit.

But how do you know that you are in too far? For example, if you look at the giant bomb quick look of Ultra Street Fighter 4 and felt that they are doing the disservice to it by not promoting the intricate mechanics of the game and get angry enough to response to it, you might be insane.

Why? Because it’s not important. You are just feeling angry because you think that this “sub standard” review will harm the game you love so much and you have the duty to protect with all you got because isn’t protecting the shit you like the ultimate test of love?  Shonen manga( the ultimate barometer for the most important lesson you should learn in your life) teaches us that all the time but if you get out of the realm of shonen manga, you just sounds like a little shit that takes unimportant things too seriously.

However, don’t misconstrue what I just said. Anime, games or other form of entertainment can and do implicates on serious issue and I think that treating these implication with certain level of seriousness is commendable. Yet do suggest or expect that everyone to give a fuck about it might be a little too much. Regardless, what you should do in this instance is to share but not preach because you can’t convince those whose mind are set but you might interest those who are curious.

I think that I would regret this post right after 3, 2,1… …

and thus the endless cycle of pride-> self hatred-> regrets after posting something on the internet begins.

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Francois’ Langur is a monkey with a Mohawk. They are cool. I like them.

Samurai Flamenco just gave the fuck up on itself. It’s all supposition on my part but I think they realised that they don’t have the budget to keep up on what they envisioned so they decided to go all out and turn absurd in hope that it will catch on and turn viral. Too bad it’s too trite and kinda shitty. That is the only explanation I had with how the quality of the script that gave us awesome clever lines like mask rider being a illegal biker and production value high enough to make a silly scene of chasing over an umbrella had so much heart suddenly turned into something cliche and boring.

The first sign of things to come is the sudden shitification of Goto. Goto was your realist cynical man who had lost all passion in life. He was smart, sarcastic and acted totally like a real human being. Then he became a boring person who says cheesy shit. Before episode 3, when asked why he became a police officer, you might expect him to say something like he did it because he had passion in becoming a hero but realise it’s not what it seem and the only reason he kept on with it  is because it is an easy job. But NO!  For some reason, he went through shitification and act like he had some tragic back story to tell instead.

Red Axe was suppose to be that washed out artist that tried to use Samurai Flamenco to regain back his fame but I don’t think they followed that through.

Flamenco girl should be something more interesting that told us the double face of a pop idol but she just kinda became a one note character that stomp people nuts.

Samurai Flamenco should be a story about a silly boy trying to be a vigilante and ended up failing but learned something along the way while rekindling the passion of a jaded guy . It should be light hearted and witty but then it turned all serious and stupid.

I am utterly disappointed with it.

I bet that you’ve heard a lot about cloud technology and  how it can change your life. Too bad, most country are very wary of copyright issues and moral ethnic to fully utilize it. Xunlei being a China company just don’t give a fuck and provides you the best tool for piracy using cloud technology.

I have been using xunlei for quite a while, it is one of the few choices you have if you want to download chinese media. They have a cloud storage sharing site like your mega and rapidshare. It’s called Xunlei kuai chuan. It’s pretty nifty and you can use it for free with decent speed of around 200kb/sec provided you use their personal download manager.

That was the max speed I had before I upgrade my  broadband to fibre. But now it’s just too slow and I am quite fed up when I am downloading files that are 20 over gigabytes. I was using their bare minimum lite version of download manager but I said fuck it, I would just download the full version to see if I can optimize the speed or something. Then a whole new world opened up for me.

The full version of xunlei had its own video streaming app and an offline download option on top of being a nifty download manager. Too bad, in order to use these services, you had to pay for their membership fee. They gave you a 15mins trial period to show you how fast your max download speed can be and it reaches my max limit within seconds.  With that, I just can’t tolerate the slow ass speed of 200kb per second anymore and tried to look into its membership scheme.

It costs like $3 per month so why not? Too bad, its payment system is for Mainland China only but there are some roundabout ways to use a 3rd party site to purchase a china prepaid mobile card to top up your xunlei account for its membership. One good site for that is hotgamecard.com. I know it sounds sleazy but it’s actually quite decent and not a scam.

After activating your premium account, it gave you fucking 2 Petabytes of cloud storage. 2 Petabytes is like 2000 terabytes! That’s fucking crazy amount of storage if you don’t understand. It can fits like the whole library of Ps2 games and had like 99% left. It can have 26 years in length of HD videos. 26years in length is like 227911 hours, in full HD. You read the Internet and not many company provides you with 2 petabytes of data storage, especially not when it costs like $3 per month. There’s something shady in here and I have no idea how the fuck xunlei can provide you with such huge storage with so little but I don’t really care.

To add on to that, xunlei also provides you with their ultra fast server to download shit into this 2 petabytes of storage. What that means is that you can download terabytes of data within seconds. In other words, it can download the data of your computer within seconds. That’s like 1 terabytes/second download speed.

So what can you do with this? You can pretty much download the whole internet into this storage for backup. Download links die like flies nowadays but with this storage, you wouldn’t have to be afraid because once it’s stored in the storage, it would always be there till the day xunlei dies. You can always retrieve them later on by downloading the files into your desktop from your storage.

The best part is xunlei also provides their internal streaming application that renders almost any type of video format. What this means is that you can download video files into this cloud storage and be able to stream it with this app. So naturally, normal people like me would download terabytes of porn collections from torrent site and view them on xunlei, thus creating your own personal and reliable porn streaming site within minutes.

It’s too good of a deal if you think about it. How could they have the budget to provide normal users with this kind of service? How can they secretly and quietly, became the best cloud storage system and overwhelms huge company like google and dropbox just with the support from mainland China users? What can they gain from these? $3 per month is too cheap for these kind of service considering that you need like $10 per month for your own wordpress server and I doubt that they give you 2 petabytes of storage. It’s shady business and everyone knows it but the benefits you gained prevents you from scrutinizing it.

It also begs another question. Is this the future of cloud storage technology? Giving normal users petabytes of storage and ultra high speed servers with browser apps to stream services to your home computer with little to no cost? I would like to believe in that and the the whole pc industry would change drastically as this would obsolete the needs for hard disk.

Chuuni is not a good thing.  I think people have misconceptions on what chuuni really is. Chuuni is the mental state of a 13 years old kid who thinks that he is so edgy and special when he is not. They are people who try to act mature and utterly failed. They think they are sophisticated and have deep and meaningful understanding on life but in reality are just little dipshit who understands nothing. Chuuni is irritating. People on facebook posting deep sounding philosophical quote and act as if they understand shit are chuuni. People trying too hard to act all melancholy and introspective, thinking that they are oh so sad and filled with emotion when they lived in a first world country with all the comfort in the world are chuuni. Type Moon in particular is 10/10, break through the heaven kind of fucking chuuni.

428 is an awesome game. It might not deserve a 40/40 famitsu score but I think that score is out of good will to encourage people to pick it up as it will just descend to obscurity without its special recommendation. It’s the spiritual successor of chunsoft previous sound novel, Machi. It utilize real actor and a story telling mechanic where you can change between characters and the choices they affect the stories of the other characters. You might think that using real actor photographic stills is lazy and budgeted but when they show you their behind the scene in the credit, you would be shocked that they actually acted the whole scene out. In other words, they have real time footage of scenes but instead, chooses some of the still shots from these scenes instead of playing it all out as a video.

The game is great throughout with memorable characters, hassle free mechanics,  interesting take on cause and effect and generally tongue in cheek but with lots of lots of heart and sincerity.

For example, one of the story is about an asshole reporter who is all hot blooded and professional but doesn’t give a shit with how he deals with people. He pisses off a waitress with his erratic antics and ordered a pasta with tons of cheese and the waitress served him a pasta and with a mountain high of cheese, thinking that she had one up him. He didn’t give a shit and chow that noodle down thinking that shit is fucking good.

Then there’s this mysterious part time worker who was stuck in a cat mascot suit. It’s is very adorable and the situation she was in with her boss being a victim of countless of fraud pyramid scheme products and her struggle to make sure that their next product will be successful so she can received her pay is hilarious and light hearted fun.

There is also a gangster looking guy who loves shibuya so much that he went around picking garbage and being ecologically aware. In one of the many bad ends, he tried to help a girl(main heroine who is really moe but is depicted by a real actor so no animeish moe moment) to carry her heavy suitcase that contains ransom for the kidnapper of her sister because he is too nice of a guy. Too bad, he looks like a hooligan so the police arrest him, thinking he is the kidnapper.

You also have this badass professional taxi driver who can drive you anywhere even when the traffic is packed like a densely accumulation of ants that surrounds a dead cockroach who died from eating too much shit.

The game is filled with these colorful characters and you can see how they work together to save shibuya from a terrorist attack. The many bad ends are hilarious and they include near death from diarrhea, cat costume travel through dimension, hypnotizing customer to purchase useless product, losing in scissors paper stone and many others. Yes, the game went all nuts with its plot but in the end, it culminate into something heart warming, funny yet suspenseful story. There’s also the true ending of how a poorly drawn plastic bottle sacrifices himself so he can make a methane gas monster made up of pollution self explode in midair without any harm to shibuya.

Then there’s that Type Moon guest writer bonus scenario which is a prequel to that Canaan anime. It’s terrible and fucking self indulgent. It contrasts with the main game by being all overly serious and edgy. You have exposition after exposition of complicated sounding shit to explain simple stuff like social engineering which they called social hacking ingame because Nasu Kinoku really don’t know wtf he is talking about.

Social engineering can be easily explained by giving a simple analogy on how you can just act like the owner of a site and asked for a password from customer service or something but no, they went all edgy and uses serious sounding sentences like detective procedure to exploit lapse in the depth of the human mind as humans are the only possible security errors when system has perfect mechanical security. It is needlessly complicated and tries to hard to make the author look smarter than he really is.

It also spend tons and tons of time explaining how Canaan uses all her five senses so she can smell words and therefore is a dangerous primitive beast and best assassin ever. After that, they went on on how Alphard is all emotionless and cold hearted because she wants revenge and gets all psychopathic as she needs to throw away all emotions. It’s filled with dry passages after dry passages describing human nature, revenge, evil and all other deep sounding philosophical issues like the author had figured up everything in life when in reality, all of what he said sounds overly angst and melodramatic.

It’s insufferable, dull, self indulgent and outright pretentious. I read Kara no Kyoukai and it is filled with these kind of shit as well. It’s typical Type Moon stuff but people thought it’s meaningful when it really isn’t. It’s just Nasu Kinoko suffering from chuunibyou and can’t stop acting all self important in his prose.

I lie and told everyone how I have been just playing hentai games after hentai games. Which is kinda true but in actuality, out of all the text adventure games I played, only 4 of them are eroge and the rest are all age wholesome stuff about brutal murders or quirky courtroom drama. Muv Luv, Muv Luv Alternative, G Senjou Maou and Yuno are the only eroge I completed so far.

Yuno is the father of eroge. It’s a pioneer and it revolutionizes how a hentai game can be played. Common eroge has contradicting endings because most of them have you choose a girl you want to fuck and show you her story while ignoring the other endings. Yuno provides the idea of jamming pseudo science and lumps all the endings as part of a huge multi-verse. It even provides you with a gameplay mechanics where you can make way points to jump around in these multi-verse. It starts the trend where you see eroge trying to make an effort to explain its multiple endings structure and culminate the whole story to its true ending.

Too bad, modern visual novels such as Muv Luv, Ever 17, 999, Little Buster and the huge amount of one true end visual novel  have further perfected what Yuno had done so the impact of it isn’t as huge as it was during 1996 if you played it today. Its main character is also a pervert and 90% of his lines are about panties and tits.

The sexual content are needlessly prevalent and sometimes can be in bad taste. In the end, you pretty much feels like he would just fuck everyone, including his own elf daughter which is like 5 years old but in an 18 years old body, which unsurprisingly totally happen near the end of the game. Through some twist of fate, you also fuck another of your half elf daughter and also your stepmother. You pretty much fuck all the girls that appear in the story. Either that or you see them naked.

G Senjou no Maou is a battle of wits story. However, like most battle of wits story, it fell into the trap of trying to make a character look smarter than they really are. The number one way of doing that is to have charcter make ridiculous assumptions that are totally correct through baseless observation. First, they let you on to the details of a crime. then they  bring in a detective character that reveal the plan through deduction from tiny clues. Since you as a viewer already knew the details of the crime and knew that the detective deduction were correct, when the detective link these tiny clues to reveal the big picture, you were make believe that it’s logical to make these assumptions from these tiny clues even though they are in actuality, very far-fetched. Hence you were tricked into believing that the detective character is smart even though they just used your preconceived knowledge to make sense out of nonsensical baseless assumptions.

Either that or they just make the character somehow know things through vague and baseless things like knowing your opponents so well that they can predict every second of his moves, which I might add is impossible in real life.

Still, if you don’t scrutinize it, you might be tricked into thinking that it’s really smart and enjoyed the ride, which I did. The final chapter though is quite abrupt with its revelations. People suddenly just became your childhood friends and you suddenly had an older brother. True, they had some foreshadowing but the foreshadowing are not build up enough to make it less abrupt. Childhood friend promise is also the stupidest thing to romantically link seemly unrelated characters because as a real person living in a real world, you should understand the notion that children are fucking stupid and no sane person would or should take their words seriously.

G Senjou does not understand subtlety as well. Metaphors are jammed into your face, explained throughly and repeated constantly to remind you how awesome they are to make such an awesome metaphor that is in no way not awesome.  The final epilogue also have sledgehammer like words, picture and music to tell you how to feel. People actually feel something about it and feel the power of love through clumsy writing like those. What the fuck.

I ended up not very impressed by these two works even though I still appreciate what Yuno had done and how G Senjou could sometimes tricked me into thinking that it’s quite smart.

I also ended up playing Ever17 and 428. They are not eroge. That’s enough for today because I love 428 so much that this might ended up in the range of 5000 words.

 

 

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