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My issues with Rose of Versailles arises when it tries follows the history too closely. We already know the results of the historical events and the show can’t alter it too much so it can be very anti-climatic.

For examples, Marie Antoinette needs to be shitty, Fersen will never like Oscar, you will have to go through painful cheesy story of Du Barry and Duke Orleans’ plan will definitely fail. They can’t take too much liberty with any of that because it will be very jarring especially when Rose of Versailles is clearly going for historical accuracy.

Not only that, I also think they really pick the wrong piece of history to focus on. Instead of focusing on interesting stuff like what happened to Du Barry after she got exiled or the actions took by King Louis XVI during the USA Revolution, they decided to focus on the shitty Marie Antoinette.

The biography of  Queen Marie Antoinette is the intention of Riyoko Ikeda when she first started the serialization and thank god she only followed it halfway through.Marie Antoinette is painful to watch.

I really hate Marie Antoinette’s character but RoV caught you by the balls by making her historically accurate. It’s like you are trapped with this shitty shallow character but the whole intention of the character is being shitty because it’s a historical fact. This makes you question whether the uneasiness of watching Antoinete is good characterization or just outright annoyance. In the end, I think it’s good characterization but I was more pissed off by the antics of Marie than thinking that it was a good idea.

I really hate Marie Antoinete and find that the inability to rewrite history is detrimental here. This is why I think it doesn’t come in as a surprise when I like the 2nd half more than the first half of the show. You see, the 2nd half of the show is good because they focused on their best characters, Alain, Andre and Oscar, which are all fictional.

Without the need of being historically accurate, the plot can proceed to unpredictable territory. Furthermore, they can flesh out the characters and go wild with it without contradicting historical facts.

Speaking of historical fact though, I like how they took liberty with the ending of Jeanne Valois because her real story is less interesting and doesn’t fit well with the romance theme of RoV.

Another thing I want to talk about is the over the top theatrical like acting. I made a post about Subtlety vs Heavy Handed previously but it’s definitely not all-encompassing. If I were to follow what I wrote, then I have to classify RoV as heavy-handed but that’s definitely not the case here.

RoV is one of  the many exception to the rule because the over the top acting befits the show’s setting. The characters are from an era that no one living in the 21 century can comprehend and that is why when characters lack any subtlety. It doesn’t feel heavy-handed because we have no idea what realism is like during that era. We can only form our assumption from medieval plays by Shakespeare to the records of speeches from people of that era. The setting of RoV can be considered as fantastical since it’s so long ago. This fantastical nature makes the over acting no’t come off as jarring. The image of France and Versailles also gave off the impression of elegance and theatrical like acting so I would argue that over acting is the correct way of doing it.

With that said, I still find the corniness and over dramatization of the fight between Marie and Du Barry to be very hilarious. It makes matter worse when all it boils down to is Marie hates whores. It’s very silly but from what I read, it’s quite accurate. Again, RoV caught you by the balls there because you can’t complain about the shallowness and pettiness of the characters when it’s the fucking fact.

Finally I want to touch on RoV as an influence. Did Rose of Versailles really revolutionize the Shoujo genre? I don’t think so since after 30 odds year, most of the Shoujo’s stories I watched/read didn’t quite capture the essence of Rose of Versailles. In fact, they only took the superficial parts of RoV and make their stories worse. The grand example of shoujo manga taking the superficial part and learning from bad example is the tendency of being overly dramatic with their romance even if it clashes modern sensibility   That shit works on RoV because of its tone and setting, you definitely cannot pull that off when your setting is in a 21st century classroom.

Confession: I know shit about French Revolution before Rose of Versailles. I only started reading the Wikipedia page while slogging through the boring half of RoV. I odd to learn important shit like this through the right channel next time.

I have to jump onto this bandwagon because it’s cool.

Questions about Anime

1. Who is your favorite male anime character?

Onizuka from GTO,  Shoryu from 12 Kingdoms, the whole cast of Cromartie Highschool and many others.

But since I can only choose one, I will say Onizuka from GTO. He is awesome because he is a slacker, I like slacker characters that are secretly badass.

2. Who is your favorite female character?

People have a hard time answering this question because they have too many to choose from but I have a hard time doing the same for the opposite reason. There are no female character I like enough to think they are awesome. I like a few, namely Ogiue from Genshiken, Kaname from FMP, Kayoko from Sunred and Haruka from KGNE because I was stupid. But no, I won’t classify them as favourite.

3. What is your favorite anime soundtrack?

I don’t listen to songs. I don’t understand music. I don’t know the reason why Britney Spear sucks.

So I don’t really have any favourtie anime soundtrack. I mostly listen to what I am watching recently. Princess Arete’s soundtrack is pretty cool though.

Kagaya’s Night of the Galatic Railroad’s has cool sounding tracks as well.

4. What is your favorite anime opening + animation?

Nothing sprung to my mind when I think of anime openings. I guess I like songs such as Ai wo Torimodose, Kokoroe, Rinbu Revolution and You Get to Burning but I totally can’t remember any segments of animation from these openings.

5. What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?

This is harder to answer than the previous question.

6. What is your favorite anime scene?

Gungrave’s ending scene.

Wings of Honneamise Shiroi’s final speech.

Millenium Actress final scene.

Mind Game’s scene where they escape outside the whale.

Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku and Seizon Senryaku segment.

Book of Bantorra’s Volken death scene and Collio manly scene in episode 4.

Planetes – Looking down from here, the world has no border speech.

All are awesome but the Planetes’ one gave me goosebumps when I wrote it so Planetes’ scene then.

7. If you could meet an anime character who would it be?

Onizuka, we can share our porn archive.

8. What anime character is most similar to you in terms of personality?

No one. No matter how well written an anime character is, they are still exaggeration and dramatization.

Not to mention, in order for an anime character to work, they need to have a consistent and logical personality. Clearly, real human is good at anything except of having a consistent personality. We always contradict ourself and change our mindset as fast as a virgin cum. I can relate to bit and pieces of an anime character but I can’t identify myself with any of them.

But there is this manga character from Onani Master Kurosawa, named, Kurosawa, which I can relate and identify with because we have similar mindset.

9. What is your favorite thing about anime?

That they are animated, in 2D and have wide range of variations.

I guess it is a habit derive from years of watching cartoons but I just like animated stuff more, especially if they are 2D.  They also try not to constrain themselves with cartoonish genre. You can still enjoy stuff like crime drama, sci-fi, soap opera and other shit without an actual need to watch live action film.

But really, I just appreciate the 2D aspect and how it helps cartoons to thrive in this day and age. Best part is it gave me reason to continue watching cartoon- something which I love so much that I can’t outgrew it-.

10. What is your least favorite thing about anime?

Even though I said that anime has wide variations and doesn’t restrain itself into the frame of cartoonish genre, there are still some restrictions which anime refuses to explore. For one, I am still waiting for an epic, 50 episode of historical accurate depiction of the Sengoku period or something. Also, where are the court drama? The biopic and many other genre?

Actually, if you look at the anime library, they don’t even have a good range of D&D high fantasy stuff or good Samurai/Ninja shit. You will think that there will be an abundance of this shit but I can count good ninja stuff with one hand. What the hell man?

So I guess the refusal to explore more genres is my least favourite thing about anime.

11. Who is your favorite anime couple?

I can’t think of many favourite anime couple.

I guess Kayoko and Sunred.

12. Who is your favorite anime animal

Taisho from Taisho Ramen and Potato from Air. The potato segments in Air are the only thing I can remember from that show.

13. What anime would make a good game?

There’s a reason why the story of an anime is explored with animation rather than game. They don’t mix well.

Sure, you have some cool DBZ fighting games and some cool Gundam crossover with the whole Super Robot Wars stuff but they are still just above average shit in the realm of gaming.

Then you have other stuff like Pokemon and Yugioh which are totally an advertisement for the game itself so it gets kinda murky when deciding on whether to include these shit when answering this question.

All in all, I can’t really answer this question.

14. What game would make a good anime?

I guess visual novel has the greatest medium cross over potential with anime but I don’t play enough of them to think of any.

Other than that, the only good game to anime adaptation is Gungrave and that itself is a stretch since they only took the basic characters and premise and do their own stuff with it.

I also don’t play enough game to know which premise can be made into an anime but I will like a well done Famicom Detective Club anime to promote this criminally underrated gem.

15. What was the first anime you ever watched?

I don’t remember. I was most likely 3 when I first watch anime because my local television do play a lot of them during the morning time slot.

I have watch stuff like Dr Slump, Lupin the third and shit like that. I thought Lupin the third was kinda ok but kinda sucks because there’s no linearity when I was 9 or something. This is why I haven’t revisited any of it when I grew up.

I also know that these shows I watched are from Japan so the whole recognize this is Japanese shit point is kinda moot. I guess you can say my “gateway” drugs are GTO, Kindaichi and Flame of Recca though.

16. Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?

When I get a stable permanent job that needs me to drone for 44 hours per week plus on standby when there is an emergency call.

Everyone I know became a boring person after they got a job. When you got a job, you just don’t have enough time to think about non work related stuff. I can’t see myself being any different from them.

17. What is your favorite genre of anime?

I like true to life drama so I guess the drama genre? Is drama even a genre? MAL classify it as one but I think it’s far too broad to be considered as one. What the hell does a drama genre constitute anyway? Aren’t all anime dramatic in some way or another? I don’t get it.

So I guess I will say sci-fi since they could be true to life and mostly dramatic. My top 10 anime is full of sci-fi anyway.

18. What is your least favorite genre of anime?

Yaoi and yuri. I find them mostly to be very exploitative and I am not the target audience that they are exploiting. I can enjoy good serious non-exploitative stuff with homosexual element though.

Oh and Shoujo-romance. They all suck because their ideas and concepts don’t make sense to my male sensibility.

19. Are you open about watching anime with people you know?

I don’t actively hide it. Everyone who knows me knows I watch anime. I also wear a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann shirt which totally spell anime regularly.

I don’t think it is embarrassing or what since most people don’t really understand how gross and shitty the anime fanbase actually are.

20. Have you ever been to Japan?

I don’t even go out 50 km away from my house.

I also don’t know what you can do there and all their stuff are in moon speak anyway.

I have a JLPT N4 cert and most like can earn a N3 or N2 one yet Japanese is still moon speak to me.

21. What anime was the biggest let down for you?

Higurashi, heard that it all serious, awesome, well written, deep and best thing ever. What I got is an exploitative cheese-fest with questionable plot elements and boring characters. Oh, and post 2003 Studio Deen directing and animation, god damn they are boring and terrible.

22. What anime was better than expected?

Code Geass.

I expected it to be an ok, enjoyable show that is easy to watch but what I got is something so terrible and incompetent. Then I realise that I hate it. I hate Code Geass. Fuck Code Geass.

23. What is the best anime fight scene?

Kenshin Vs Saito and Ken & Ryu Vs Vega.

Fatal Fury OVA 2 final fight, Sword of Stranger, Kurozuka and FF7 Advent Children have pretty awesome stuff  but I guess Kenshin Vs Saito is my favourite.

24. Who is your anime waifu?

None, I hate this trend and I find it disgusting.

25. What was your favorite video game as a child?

Famicom Detective Club. Best game from my favourite genre(text adventure).

Questions about me

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You can know everything about me from there. You can know my face, my physical attributes, my personality, my real name, my relationship status,where I am from, how old I am and every other shit you can think of from that profile.

I will answer this question though.

Can you count the number of friends you have in one hand?

No, you can’t count zero with your hand, unless you make that hand gesture that you do when you masturbate.

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