I don’t feel anger that often. I can count my anger episodes in 1 hand. Sure, I have many episodes of pissed off but those are just minor annoyances and go away after 3 seconds. They are more of a gut reaction than actual anger.

Today reminds me how anger felt like. Anger is not gut reaction, it comes from something tangible. It’s a problem that do no go away after 5 seconds because it’s an issue you feel strongly about and you can’t solve it. Your body is shaking and things go through your head because you try to rationalize why the other party did what he/she did but it makes no sense because what they did is truly stupid and unknowingly affect others in unimaginable ways. The rationale is always ignorance so you know they don’t have any bad intention but the shit they did is so bad that intent doesn’t matter. The ignorance just make it worst because they have zero idea why they are in the wrong and no one can convince them otherwise.

Anger stems from irreparable damage, you are angry because shit is already fucked and you can’t do a single shit about it. The hopelessness is deafening and you tried everything but it won’t go away.  That’s legit anger. It’s probably a good emotion to have because it’s a reminder that there are shit that are irreparable and instead of being apathetic, you try to attack it aggressively.  Of course, it might all be futile aggressiveness but at least you tried to solve it and who knows, things might not be a irreparable as you thought.

With this episode, now I understand protestors and have a deeper appreciation of successful protests. I won’t go into the detail on what I am angry about but it’s related to how a team mate did something unnecessary and jeopardize the whole social balance and mood of the team. Now all the team mates probably hate him and he doesn’t seem to notice it.

Actually I get porno fanart because I am a big perv who read tons of hentai manga. However, I really have zero idea why hentai of mickey mouse exist. People get off on that? Cool, who am I to judge because I read Uziga Waita. Actually, what I don’t get is the psyche of anyone who drew lewd stuff of characters, especially innocent as shit one like my little pony and mickey mouse. I kinda understand how the twist of appearing to be innocent but is actually sex positive can be erotic but mickey mouse? Really? Never in my life where I had any thoughts of wanting to draw any lewd art, especially not pony with vagina.It’s interesting how one day, someone will get up and feel compel to draw penis on a cartoon mouse. It makes no sense to me.

Is it because I have zero drawing talent and how if I am talented, I will get it because it seems like artists really love drawing lewd stuff. Anecdotally, all the illustrators I know love to draw something lewd for god knows why. All of them somehow lean towards it and that’s how we got tons of sexualized comics and fanarts. Do you honestly believe that Wonder Woman was drew like that because sex sell? No! Dude is just someone who love S&M bondage stuff and most of them are pervy like that.

No one told Gainax artists to draw bouncing boobs. They just draw it for fun and tons of artists agree it’s a great idea and follow it up with zero collusion. It’s this idea of how anyone could think that drawing big bouncy boobs is fun that I find fascinating. Sure, I can understand how it might be fun after I know it exists but I am intrigued by how anyone could come up with it in the first place.

I tried to search on google of why artists are pervy and love to draw lewd art but got no result. I thought it will be interesting to understand the psyche of them but I can’t find anything. Seriously, I am not condemning or think they are bad, I am just really fascinated by what drove them and why a huge subset of artists are like that. I know this blog has no reader but I really hope some one can share their experience on this trend of artist drawing lewd art. I think a good story can be told with that.

My guess is that artists are very creative individuals and they love to explore abstract and outlandish ideas and sex is exactly that. It’s alluring to them because it’s shocking and artists love to differ from the norm so lewd arts are their statements of being a deviant. They hate establishment, love freedom of expression and they feel that sex is this culturally repressed shit so they want to unlock it to make the ultimate expression of freedom. They feel they could successfully free this culturally repressed beast by drawing lewd art.At least, that’s my conclusion and it sounds good so I will go along with it.

I have seen a fair share of excellent opinions on cartoon but I have never read any good debate on the merit or demerit of it, why? Because all of it is subjective and it doesn’t matter in the end.

I was watching Lindsey Graham talking to Trevor Noah and they were debating on issues with radicalized Islam and they ended the debate in an amicable standstill of agree to disagree. Issues on radicalized Islam from a senator is serious shit with serious repercussions and they could end it by agreeing to disagree because both of them are smart enough to know that they can’t convince one another and no one really knows who’s right or wrong.

This is why it boggles my mind when people are so invested in proving the other party is wrong when it comes to opinion of a cartoon. Firstly, it won’t affect anything if one side is wrong, and secondly, it’s really very difficult to be wrong with subjective opinions on entertainment.

Enjoyment derived from entertainment has lots of nuance and abstractions. Most of the time, it’s just getting the right thing at the right time. For example, I thought Gundam 08th MS Team has stale dialogs and the motivation of why anyone is fighting anyone can be stronger or clearer but I was in the mood of watching a well animated show on robots fighting robots with some star crossed lover shit thrown in so I liked it.

Gundam Wing has shoddy character motivation, I still don’t know what Treize is thinking. Does he like war? Why? If he likes war, why did he strive for peace at the end? Why even start off duping the Gundam pilots to kill off a shuttle of peace loving decision makers? It was once thought that he was some arm dealer for some cartel but what he did later on contradicts all of that. It’s not made clear what’s his motivation is, his nonsensical speech on beautiful battles and stuff are weird as fuck too. That’s just one of the many issues of Gundam Wing have. For example  you also have people saying awkard dramatic lines and acting edgy as fuck at inappropriate time, Relena falling in love with an asshole who wants to kill her and the constant glorification of suicide by making it a cool thing to self destruct among many other weird things.

Even with all that, I genuinely enjoyed the show because they are very serious with their nonsense. It’s a bunch of crazy people doing crazy shit and everyone in the universe think what they said made sense. The cool battles scenes help too. I also find the edginess that appeal to your chuuni teenagers to be very interesting. It helps me look back on why I love stuff like that back then and thought this is mature deep shit even though they are all juvenile. It’s interesting and I love the nostalgic factor of it. So if anyone ask me for a justification on why I love Gundam Wing, it will be pretty difficult because I like it in-spite of  its flaws. The whole reason can be boiled down to nuance and watching it at the right time with the right mindset of how all these are silly shit with some cool stuff thrown in. Any other day with any expectation of watching a good show, I would hate it like Code Geass because lots of flaws of Code Geass I hate are the same shit that boost my enjoyment in Gundam Wing.

So how do you describe this experience to anyone without looking like a crazy person? You can’t and that’s how people like most of the stuff they watched. They just enjoy the experience because it appeals to their primal instinct, it’s full of nuance so it’s difficult to explain. I stated Gundam Wing has cool stuff in it namely the Gundam battles and design but another person can think it looks like shit and they are too overpowered but being overpowered is why I love it. I love what you hate and no one can say the other side is wrong because it’s subjective experience. This is why debate of merit of cartoons all boiled down to that, some people find some traits of the character interesting while I think the character is stupid for the very same reason. There’s nothing to debate about because I can’t go into your mind and feel what you feel so no conclusion can be made. There’s no right to wrong and even if there’s, it’s not even that important of an issue to make sure you get it right so there’s no point.

What will happen if someone thinks that Legend of Galactic Heroes is boring as fuck for whatever reason that you might think is stupid? Nothing, yes nothing! You can make the argument how they are intellectual lazy or some shit but it does not matter at the end of the day because we are not talking about decisions that will affect people’s life in anyway, such as all ice cream stores should have chocolate taste and get rid off caramel sauce because sweet on sweet is fucking disgusting and causes diabetes.

 

If you walked out from your favorite movie and overheard  how a stranger said that it fucking sucks, will you walk over to them and give them a 500 words presentation on why they are wrong? You probably won’t because that is fucking weird. However, that’s what replying to a 140 characters tweet of someone you didn’t follow telling them how wrong they are is all about! If it’s a long form post with lots of details on a blog/forum actively looking for discussion, that I get, but one single tweet with 140 characters? Why do people think it’s ok to do that when they realize it’s not ok to approach strangers outside of movie theater in the name of discussion?

Then again, I actually don’t mind strangers(some one who I didn’t follow or follow me) tweeting me uninitiated but it’s still really weird. For one, how do they find your tweets if they weren’t retweeted? Are they just scurrying the twitter search bar searching for specific terms and engage with anyone and everyone who disagree with him? That’s fucking creepy because it is borderline internet stalking, isn’t it? Internet anime people, please learn that it’s not ok to do that. It’s fucking creepy and that’s one of the many reason why people think all anime fans are overzealous creep.

 

 

After rewatching Manabi Straight’s first episode, I cannot help but to recall my time in the student council in secondary school.

Which led to my question : Why do people join the student council? I highly doubt people would join to ‘improve the students’ lives in school’ or anything ‘noble’ along that line.

In primary school, my guess is that teachers choose the ‘promising’ students, usually those who have at least above average grades and good conduct. Then they would choose the head council to be the one who they deemed to have the strongest leadership capability. Usually that guy who is smart and has leadership role already in CCA.

They did not choose the council life, the council life chose them.

In secondary school, it was a similar process – teachers tend to recommend lower secondary students with good grades and conduct to be a councillor. Of course, secondary one students were free to apply too.  Now, my guess for people who applied were people who were shrewd, or at least their parents were. Being on the student council may seem decent on the list of achievement certificate that you receive after you graduate, but being part of the main committee will be an icing on the cake.

So, how does one become part of the main committee? In my school, it was being handpicked by the outgoing main committee and submitted for approval to the teacher-in-charge. This is the main issue I have regarding my secondary school’s council. A bunch of 15-16 year old kids choosing the next batch of ‘leaders’, what could go wrong?

Plenty. Kids are easy suckers. Just act cozy with them and pretend to ‘lead’ a bunch of your fellow students and the incumbent leaders will think you are a perfect candidate. Silent, hardworking students are not given the credit they deserve, as they are working out of sight most of the time. Then these ‘future leaders’ will swoop in in the last moment when the incumbent make their rounds and claim full credit. These incumbent will hence hold high opinion of these people, and these opinions are easily ingrained into their minds, and any simple task done by these ‘leaders’ would result in a positive reinforcement on the incumbents’ opinions. This is helped by how these ‘leaders’ tend to act all friendly with the incumbent all the time, making their presence known all the time.

4 months in with 3 major school activities, I came to know who the real workers and fakers are. It was also nearing the day when the incumbent step down for the incoming batch of new ‘leaders’. I tend to report to the council room early for duty, and that was when I overheard the discussion between the incumbent who they were going to choose for the next batch of committee members. The usual ‘fakers’ names were thrown around, mentioning how they were valuable assets, while the hardworking people were briefly mentioned with “hmm? I don’t remember that guy doing anything at all.” A few more days of such conversations, I decided that the student council was a fucked up place to be in. I quit a few days prior to the change of committee ceremony after a brief ‘conversation’ with the teacher-in-charge (wow I still remember how he looked at me like I’m a retard or something).

This experience taught me how important it is to have connections. And also, to be wary of overly friendly people, or people who approach you to leech benefits. This combination led me to have less than a handful of new friends made during secondary school and zero thereafter. Which means no new connections made, which defeat the purpose of the lesson learnt.

By this time, I have no idea what I am ranting about, other than how salty I am with such people. I felt that I have given up on doing my best during that period of time, since there is no point of giving your all and not having anybody appreciating you for your effort, or worse, somebody else being appreciated for your efforts.

But then again the world is like this. This shit still happens everywhere. That is why I think I will not survive well in such a world. I lack the street-smart,  nor do I have eloquent social skills.

In the end, I guess it is just me being insecure and emo as usual, and ranting incoherent ramble which I find it uncomfortable to talk to others about yet find it acceptable to post in on the web.

 

Video game community is weird because they don’t really care about narrative and performance art. They say they do but when you tell them how Nathan Drake killing millions of people without feeling the weight of a mass murderer is fucking weird, they will tell you it’s just a game. When you tell them how GTA 5 with their obviously polygonal characters with dead eyes can’t possible give much of a performance have shitty acting, they say they don’t care. It’s all about being a game so they don’t quantify traditional or accept critiques that we uphold for all the other visual story telling medium. This is also why they have weird penchant to dub because they are lazy to read subtitles. Anything that can them quicker to the next mechanic is better than slogging through with text. They feel that stories, characterizations, thematic and stuff that we used to critique a film are not applicable for games even though it’s very obvious that lots of games are emulating it with huge cinematic set pieces and so it’s appropriate to critic a video game narrative like we critic serious movies.

It’s also a very geeky community and all geek communities are spiteful. They love to attack or dismiss things they are not familiar with, no matter how irrational it might be just because people like what they don’t like or vice versa. I lost count in the number of Apple/Android fans argument over their stupid phones while dragging the other sides down as if it’s necessary that the other side to be shit in order to justify how good they are. They need validations by dragging others down to prove they are the best.

For example, American comics book fans also refuse to accept Japanese manga as their equal counterpart as shown by lists after lists of greatest selling comics without including stuff like One Piece that outsold them in ridiculous fashion. Geek sites talk about how huge comic con and stuff like that are while totally ignoring expo like Otakon that has similar amount of participants. Anime is like the huge ugly ghetto in the city that no one wants to admit that it exists for weird reasons. It’s especially worse when anime overlapped heavily with video games so now video gamer could not ignore it so the next logical step is to have snarky and prejudicial attitude towards it.

Sure, Japanese audio purist are annoying and overly aggressive, however they have a point that performance that was specifically written for a certain material are always of a higher quality more often than not. It’s also undeniably about author’s intention and what they feel is the best way of doing things. However, these purist articulate the points in a way that make them look like a crazy person. It does not help that they demand it like a crazy person as well. The final nail in the coffin is most of them are anime people and this is why no one wants to associate with them, especially when they already have a prejudice against them. It’s just more firepower for gaming people to attack the fandom with and more proofs for their preconceived notion that anime is some fucking ghetto full of lame ass nerds.

I find it aggravating how a great logical points can be turned into some jokey dismissals because the wrong people are advocating it. It’s especially aggravating when only video game dismiss it when it doesn’t happen anywhere else. For one, no one dismiss you as a weeb when you want to watch Seven Samurai in its original language. We even have companies like Criterion that makes fucking sure that movies stay as originally intended as they can be. This happens because we think movies are of a different level of art-form compares to game. This is why the point of original artist intention doesn’t sound as laughable when it was a point made for a movie but people dismiss it when you level it with an anime game. It’s especially ironic when video game people try so hard in wanting their hobby to be seen as a higher art form when they don’t accept points that should always be used and be applicable for a high level art form.

I don’t understand why people need to justify their need in original language when it’s a readily accepted fact that you should have original language in movies. It’s the same motivation and intention. Most people aren’t fucking crazy, they just want it to be kept as original as it intended to be. Before you get it wrong, I am not arguing for literal translation because liberal translation like Phoenix Wright kept the same context as its Japanese counterpart. A pun for a pun, a joke for a joke and it leaves the characters and stories beside minor untranslatable stuff intact. Every context and author’s intention are kept pretty well. It also had the luxury that there aren’t a lot of performance that never goes well in translation.

It’s just difficult to keep full original context and intend intact in performance. It’s just like There Will Be Blood would be a totally different film without Daniel Day Lewis. Similarly, voice works that undergoes meticulous direction and intention are difficult to replicate. For example, when a Japanese voice act ONISSAANNNNNNN, it has its own unique identity and culture that are imbued into it. However, when an english voice actor says BIG BROTHER, all the contexts are lost and it can only be seen as a failed imitation because it’s not in their culture and community to say BIG BROTHER. To put it simply, it felt less natural and less sincere. This is why as grating as ONISSAANNNNNNNNN is, it has a familiar culture and context that you felt natural with instead of a cringe worthy replication of BIG BROTHER because no one talks like that in English. English speaking communities do no have the sub culture of anime as it is a uniquely Japanese thing like how Powerpuff Girls, TMNT and Marvels are uniquely western in which Japan can’t emulate properly. This is why I felt especially strong about Fire Embelm Fates when they decide to drop Japanese audio for a game obviously written in anime Japanese.

 

When we are talking about constructive criticism, we must also understand the reality of sturgeon’s law and not everyone is receptive or are capable enough to ascend to a higher standard. Sometimes, we must accept that Paul Bart Mall Cops won’t be more than a comedy that you find unintelligent even you made good points on how it sucks, especially when it’s proven that people love the shit out of it so it’s doing something right at least. Sure, it’s good to be critical and I agree with it but don’t get too into your own ass and think you are doing anyone a favor or you are actually changing something when stuff is clearly not receptive(hint: Adam Sandler and Michael Bay). You must also understand that the general public are not in academia and don’t necessary agree with your ways even though their reasoning are irrational because news flash, most people don’t give a fuck for things they perceived as inconsequential. Not everyone want to pursue intellectualism as well. I know it’s very surprising because you just found out how not everyone is like you or how everyone is not doing what you are doing or are striving for betterment. I know it also irks you how you can’t find in good faith saying that they are living life wrong because they all seems to be so content with life by being what you perceived as mediocre but all I can say is, don’t do it because that turn you into a bitter judgmental nerd… …  Your point of how media reflects sub conscious bias and prejudice or how it speaks to the larger problem of how we are actually fucking backwards and not progressive at all is true though and I agree with that, but you can’t in good faith failed to understand why people don’t find any issue with anything when lots of you who hold that banners love questionable shit as well because everything is subjective anyways and everyone is capable of detaching fiction from reality. Then again, all these doesn’t justify the removal of the content anyways.

I think my mind will explode if I read another Fire Emblem Fates discussion. IT’S NOT ABOUT CENSORSHIP! IT’S NOT ABOUT PEOPLE WANTING TO RUB FACE! It’s about giving critical reason to justify the modification or removal of certain content. Just because a group of people find the content to be disappointing/creepy doesn’t justify its removal. You don’t make decisions to remove something out of gut reactions or entirely subjective opinions when it objectively is very very harmless. Just because it’s not technically censorship doesn’t mean you can accuse legit great argument that points out how removing content unnecessarily without a good justifiable reason is stupid.

The idea of making decision on a whim without thinking it through critically is dangerous.  You are basically encouraging the erasure of stuff you don’t agree with. You don’t want to do that because it might affect you next time. Also, no one knows what the climate will be 10 years down the road.

Another issue I had in all this discussion of removing the face rubbing mechanics is that people actually believe that by removing it, it can help ascends Fire Emblem Fates to a higher art form. If that’s the case, might I suggest removing the whole game altogether because the writing fucking sucks anyway. All the characters lack depth and are only capable of generic cliche one liners. Fire emblem Shadow Dragon had a scene of how a enemy knight joined you because Caeda was the only girl who talked to him and he was fucking desperate. Tiki is also a 1000 year dragon who love Marth a little too much. Fire Emblem 4 had incest(I don’t think incest is inherently wrong anyway) relationship. This is the kind of game Fire Emblem always is,and it clearly doesn’t try to aim any higher than that.

This line of thought is especially egregious when the gameplay is solid but instead, they are putting too much focus in some tiny idiotic feature that only appears in 5% of the game. Seriously, people think that 5% optional shit implies some demeaning of art form shit when the other artsy parts are all ass as well anyway so who the fuck cares. If you want to criticize, criticize it like me and admit that everything in narrative department fucking sucks, don’t cherry pick things that only offends you and defend shitty stories in previous games because you want to paint your own fucking narrative of how it was better in the good old day. Either everything that sucks sucks and you care or everything that sucks sucks and you don’t care. Don’t give me this cherry picking hypocritical bullshit. Removing a shitter part to make a pie good when all the pie are also shitty to some extend kinda make the removing of shittier part idiotic and moot.

To make my stance clear, I understand the Soleil conversation change. It has some nasty implication if you want to go down that route even though I don’t agree with that interpretation, but clearly a lot of people do and it perpetuate some nasty shit. However face rubbing is just fucking goofy. I might see a problem if you can only do it with on one gender but that’s not true, is it? You can do it to every single one of them regardless of gender or race. This just turn it into something awkard and weird and surprisingly inoffensive. By removing that, what are you implying? If you aren’t trying to imply something, what are you intention? From Nintendo point of view as a business, it makes sense that they are removing a feature that is shown to have a vocal group who don’t like it so it’s not worth the effort. If that’s the case, it’s an ok justification for being a cheapass. I can understand the logic behind it and can agree to disagree and accept that. What grinds my gear is people celebrating the removal of it. This is bad but no one seems to understand why it is bad. Imagine this, if you like some weird harmless shit like snakes on body or some shit, but people ask for its removal because they find it weird or creepy, how would you feel? Do you even think it’s correct with that stupid ass idiotic justifications of weird or creepy when it’s entirely subjective? I don’t think so.

On to the next point, if you think it’s some molestation otaku pandering shit and find it disgusting, it’s all on you. 300+k  normal Japanese fellows(and more because most people who played the game don’t even care or know about shit like these) aren’t repulse by that or don’t perceive it like you. You and a few of your mates are the only people who are pigeonholing it due to your traumatized experience with a group of people that you read from the internet (that can’t amount to more than 10k to 20k) doing things that you find creepy so this is all your mind. If you think that the general public will perceive your favorite shit as anime trash, let me say this. This is all in your fucking mind because normal human beings don’t care because they are not a nerd.

Asking others to up their standard of media they consumed when the same people you are preaching to think that media is inconsequential and don’t treat it as serious as you are makes you a fucking nerd who cares too much about how people do or likes things. Never do that because it doesn’t matter. You think this will affect the things you like but that’s not true because you can still find the things you like. Even if you can’t find any, tough luck, you are outdated and irrelevant to the market trend. Good bye and enjoy being that old man shouting at clouds. You are also fucking narrow minded because you are dismissing the idea that there are artists out there who won’t settle with market trending shit and do their own cool stuff because they care a lot about it. The difference with them and your concern is that they are productive and creating new stuff for others to enjoy, not lament and complain why stuff don’t exist for you because you are an entitled prick.

Sure, if you go deep into academia and critical criticism, you can say it’s unintelligent pandering shit that affects progressiveness and that’s why it’s terrible but again, we are not arguing about constructive criticism here, we are talking about unnecessarily modifying and removing something that already exist. It’s good and ok to criticize for improvement, but it’s fucking bad to remove things that are already out there just because you criticize it. It makes no fucking sense anyway. People are already accusing Anita Sarkeesian that she is taking their boobs away(she’s not) and others keep on assuring them that she doesn’t intend to do that(which I agree) but then when real removals like these happens, you have people in that same fucking group turning their back and cheering for removals. That’s just fucking inconsistent so now you know they are just fuckers who really hope that they took the boobs away.

Let’s get back to our topic. I still can’t get over how can anyone find that to be a good idea. Their justification are all stupid shit like “REAL HUMAN DON”T DO THAT!”, “IT’S CREEPY BECAUSE I SAID SO”? Elaboration please? Please convince me why is it a good idea because you find it creepy when there are people who don’t? What make you the authority of it just because you find things creepy due to knee jerk gut reactions and flimsy reasoning? What makes your opinion more valued than the other who disagreed with you? Please also convince me that how real human don’t do that had anything to do with a game that clearly don’t give a fuck about emulating true human relationship? It’s cliche? It’s terrible? Maybe, arguable, but does it justify the removal of it? Definitely not and that’s my contention even though I really couldn’t give any fuck about the rubbing game.

 

I am convinced people on Neogaf just want to be right. They discuss not because they want things to improve. Think about it, what’s the end game of a discussion? Every serious discussion I had is to find a solution or to share my thoughts along with wanting the stuff to improve or at least reach a compromise at worst. This is why things that you shouldn’t do if you want a great discussion is be passive aggressive or dismiss anyone’s opinion. It’s ok to dismiss opinions you deemed idiotic if you don’t want to challenge it(because you know it’s a waste of time or whatever), but when you do challenge it, be 100% sure that you try to understand where the other party comes from and why they said what they said.

Their reasoning might be because of their background , their personal belief, the lack of information, pure ignorance or whatever but I assure you that you will have a better understanding of where they are coming from so you can have a healthy discussion and make sure you are not both just arguing on entirely different shit. That will solve most shouting matches that generally boil down to “A is saying X under context Y while B contends it with Z under context U”. It’s a fucking waste of time because you will realize that X under context Y makes as much sense as Z under context U and you are both actually agreeing with each others but yet still arguing for no reason. Also, never had the I am right but everyone is wrong attitude.

Take the neogaf Fire Emblem Fate Conversation Localization thread for example. First, I would ignore the fact that this “discussion” happened a few months ago and everything was played out in almost the exact way. I will also ignore  your usual suspects repeating the same trite under similar topic while generally just being passive aggressive. I will triple ignore that they have similar discussions almost every time something politically incorrect came out and it all ended with tons or circular arguments and repetitions. Barring all that, I would just say the same old mantra that there’s no wrong opinion and everyone from all the sides actually make logical points.

The side of this is just anime silly hijinks is correct, and the side of drawing parallel to drugging is correct as well. The side of this isn’t that serious and the side of this is fucking serious are both agreeable too. In fact, I will go as far as saying that those who make censorship comments had a point too. I don’t think they are all arguing about the actual content that was changed but more of whether is it even necessary to  change the contents.That’s a great point to discuss but too bad, it all got shot down as “creepers want their anime and the stuff changed is all bullshit so nothing of value is lost” because they didn’t articulate it well.

The only reason why I think I know where they are coming from is because I have similar thoughts too. Firstly, I  disagree with the notion that by allowing stuff to exist means you actually condoning or encouraging what you disagree with.Secondly I will contest the motivation of needing to amend any content regardless of it being questionable. That’s something I am not willing to give in because I am paranoid that people can always make reliable decisions even though the track record for now is still pretty ok. Things, no matter how questionable, should exist. It’s dangerous to just simply accept the removal of any content based on today’s climate because it’s too volatile. For example, changing pub to cafe in Final Fantasy games looks absolutely dumb and unnecessary now even though I am sure it makes sense back then. You can ask me why does it matter if it affects nothing and I can ask you why change it if it doesn’t affect anything. It will just go in circular because we are both correct unless we have actual statistics and data analysis on proving how one way is better or worse than the other.

Now you can ask me why the amendment of lines with questionable content such as drugging characters will be a bad idea 10 years down the road? I can tell you that maybe 5 years down the road, we realize that it’s good that these questionable writings exist so we can have data to analyse how regular folks can detach fantasy from reality or how they did or didn’t make the connections. We can also analyse how the general public reacts to it and why they reacted the ways they react. It’s good data for the studies of societal trends and psychoanalysis of how regular folks think. It’s also not that big of a deal actually.

On the other hand, changing  questionable content allows said content to be more accessible in a way that it wouldn’t trigger bad memories for a certain subset of people. It’s the call for empathy and providing safe space for those who had bad experience. For those who aren’t triggered, I know that even though I said I can easily look pass material I don’t agree with, and honestly don’t see any harm in it , but clearly not everyone has the same view points. They have great points of demanding higher standard of writing and cannot in good faith enjoy things they find questionable. I don’t have their experience so I can in no way be authoritative about it and say they are overly sensitive because I am not an asshole.I understand that acceptance and providing a welcoming safe space is what we need now and the media we consumed is a good tool to illustrate that acceptance.

This is the struggle I actually have. My pragmatic self think that you can be a better, happier man if you don’t let things bother you. I also think people are entirely capable of  detaching themselves from fiction like how we managed to have lots of fun committing overblown unjustified violence in video games. It’s also unreasonable to demand everything to elevate to a higher standard because Sturgeon’s law states that 90% of things are mediocre.

Then on the other side, I have my emphatic self where I know people are different and have different sets of value. I also understand that an insult is always an insult even if don’t think it’s one. So if people find that a story contains questionable stuff,it’s reasonable to treat it as an insult if they perceived it so.

I think this struggle is akin to questions like “why hate speech should/shouldn’t be banned” where you can find different but valid view points when you read up on it so there’s no correct answer.

This is a good jump off point to go back to the neogaf discussion. If everyone is correct, who is wrong then? The answer is no one and the conclusion we can come out with is to agree to disagree, but that’s not what happened right? What happen is everyone is saying the same shit and making the same points over and over again. There are lots of I am right, you are wrong going on. There’s a lot of “YOU THINK DATE RAPE IS GOOD, LET ME LEAVE SOME SNARKY  MOCKING COMMENT ON HOW TERRIBLE YOU ARE” going on. There are lots of subjective non insightful stuff about ethnics going on. Finally, there the are entirely irrelevant off topics one liners such as “Fire Emblem had gone down hill”, “I don’t like Nowi”, “anime is all trash going on”.

Now I think about it, this forum is trash if you access it objectively. I think I am reading it out of some kind of perversion or something; to see and tell myself  how people care too much about irrelevant shit while I myself am irrelevantly writing/tweeting to empty air because there’s some kind of void I need to fill.

What should happened is 4 pages of 4 points made and everyone agree to disagree. We can also voiced our opinion to the creators by outlining to them why it might not be a good idea to write what they wrote and hope they can improve it by making them aware of it while assuring them that they aren’t a bad person for writing what they wrote.  I think  assurance is important. I don’t understand how people can empathize with the minority but can’t understand why aggressive harsh language to highlight questionable stuff make people leap to the conclusion that you are implying that they are a bad person.

Sure, it’s irrational and it’s a leap in logic but people are wired like that. It’s evidence by creators panicking when you ask them question like that and they give seemly weak defense. This is what happens and make things look worse than it really is when it’s entirely avoidable if you use softer tone and don’t come at it so aggressively. It’s also why the first gut reaction when you point out a game/anime is sexist is “I am not a sexist!”. This is reality and it’s not possible to educate everyone to think rationally. It’s  also a waste of time and energy to give them that “no no, I am not talking about you! I am just giving advice.” regiment after things got heated and a bunch of nonconstructive arguments had happened. Empathy should be for everything, it’s so easy to avoid all that shenanigans by prefacing the reassurance that you are not really insulting them. I have no idea why people can’t for their life understand and do just that.Also, don’t give me bullshit about how you want them to learn the hard way because what you get instead is high chance of pissing them off and them not willing to listen to reason as evidence by so many angry “I am not sexist so I don’t see anything sexist” then turning a deaf ear reactions out there.

Doing that makes me question your real intention of initiating the question/challenge in the first place, especially so when it obvious from time to time that people react badly when you do it in that certain way. Doesn’t help when you continue it with more mocking and passive aggressiveness like people are idiots for not agreeing with you. This is what grinds my gears in neogaf because a lot of people do just exactly that! It makes me question their intention because it definitely felt like white-knighting and bullying because they dish up aggressive hyperbolic paragraphs just because they hold the moral high ground. It makes matter worse when members who post tactless politically incorrect comments are greeted with tons of dog-piling and a ban. It’s acceptance they are preaching, but acceptance consist of forgiving and having the patience to educate, not snarky dog piling and judgmental dismissals. That’s a terrible attitude which I don’t agree with and it reminds me  of the whole psychological make up of internet lynch mob mentality.

Internet lynch mob mentality is disgusting and assholish because it dishes out punishments that are way more severe than what people deserved for petty wrong; an obviously tactless racist tweet definitely doesn’t deserve retrenchment, harassment and entirely reductive dismissal of being a terrible person not welcome anywhere. Sure, the lynch mob taught them a lesson, but in the worst way possible. Worse when things might just turn out to be baseless accusation or misunderstanding. This is why innocent until proven guilty is the quintessential value we need to understand to stop internet vigilantism like these from happening.

If you preach empathy, then show some empathy. I assure you that more often than not, some of these people who post racist tweet did it out of ignorance and are all actual regular folks who may be kind and responsible citizens. I know because everyone around me says racist/sexist shit unknowingly all the time. My 50+ years old parents does that, the nice auntie selling vegetable does that, a lot of of peers and friends do it too without realizing it. Hell, lots of celebrities say dumb politically incorrect shit all the time. However, they are all nice responsible people that do more good than harm. If you get out of your internet echo chamber, it’s not that difficult to realize how people usually works. The evidences are so pronounced; how people usually behave is not how they should be, but what they really are. Donald J Trump score 30% in the poll and that is the perfect proof how people generally aren’t rational but you can’t in good faith say they are living wrong because they have pretty ok life anyway. Understand that this is reality and devise ways to educate them, not attacking them by hurling insults/dismissal for their faults or hope they all magically become rational by thinking they are all idiots. When you realize that, I don’t see how you are comfortable in demonizing someone based on a single tweet. Always give benefit of doubt, that’s what being a good person means and something I always try to keep in mind because I have to admit I am way too judgmental sometimes.

Just to preempt all the counter arguments I can think of, I am not defending their actions(referring to racist tweet) but I don’t think by telling me how I am just victim blaming and defending actions of bigots help in anyway. This is reality and how our society unfortunately works. I think a more peaceful and softer approach works better than a overly aggressive one. Articulating your points while being respectful and leaving no hints of vicious attack is the best way of doing it. Sarcasm, mocking and demanding won’t work. Stephen Colbert perfected the highest form of sarcastic mocking with satire and but did you see him changing anyone’s mind? I only seeing preaching to the choir and convincing people that are already convince. It’s good satire, intelligent material and excellent art but  I don’t think it’s an effective or persuasive educational tool.

I also don’t subscribe to the notion of an eye for an eye. Just imagine this, if the blacks aren’t magnanimous like they are and demand an eye for an eye, things will just go into perpetual vicious cycle. People are more often good than bad so they can be reasoned with. Have some faith in them, man.

Twitter only allows 140 words. Everything I say, I can think of 100 over contentions and counter arguments. It’s very difficult to address them all. When I address and clarify one, I thought of 100 others counter argument I can give. It’s kinda crazy. I recently tweet about how anti moe people read like they want it to perish from this world.

I am not sure if it’s just a straw man I build and they are totally ok with it existing. I will admit it’s just gut reaction and that is a very weak and sweeping point to make with no data backing it up. This is the most common trap people fell into and it’s all due to knee jerk reactions which I have more often than not succumbed to. We kinda assume things that are not there and build a strawman out of  examples that we always thought read like that but is actually not the intention.  This is the same phenomenon when people think critics like Anita is taking their boobs games away when it’s not. It sounds like she wants  games like DOAX3 to be rid of existence but it’s just baseless assumption and strawman we build in our mind. It is a weird leap of illogical connection and putting words in her mouth. To put it simply, we are just projecting what we thought she says instead of what really is said.

Does anti moe critics think that it will be better that stuff like it never exist? I would like to think they are rational and understand how silly and unhealthy that thought will be. I also think that getting rid of moe will not allow more great quality works to exist because of Sturgeon’s Law. We might already have the same amount of great quality works existing but it does not seem that way because it was flooded and obscured by lots of watchable works. Based on personal anecdotal experience, every years have similar amount of works I like so I don’t personally think it’s affecting anything in the grand scheme of things. Of course, some years are dud and some years are great but I don’t think the deciding factor has anything to do with a certain style in anime.

That is my argument which boils down to shit doesn’t matter, just ignore what you don’t like and find what you like. Then again, I also think of how my sentence can be construed as how we shouldn’t critic stuff which is not my intention at all. I just mean we shouldn’t intentionally find easy targets to address points that have already been addressed millions of time without any new insights when said target is so obviously niche and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. In other words, I don’t see any point in criticizing Omega Labyrinth, plots of porn movies or stories that are clearly doing what they aimed for and satisfy someone somewhere.

However, I also thought of how my last paragraph is wrong because you are a reviewer and your job is to review every single shit out there. All I can say is that I think every sites should just follow what Giantbomb does, only review shit they have modicum of interest in. Quick impression for everything without much concrete judgement. However you are also right that you should be critical in everything so I am in the wrong.

Be sure that I am capable to poke holes on my previous paragraph as well if I look at it from other perspective and have a different interpretation of my intention. I can also defend it by outlining what I truly intent and give you background on why I said what I said. It’s a never ending task of clarifying and defending. Everyone has a good point, everything can somehow make logical sense under some context. Opinions are really grey, it’s futile to frame them as concrete facts but it’s an endless cycle that I am trapped in where I kept on asking myself, is all these solid concrete arguments? The answer is always no because I am making statements that can never be backed up. I can also easily see from every sides and understand where everyone is coming from so this is the worse nightmare I am trapped in.

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