Some days, it’s easy to see social media, perhaps most especially Twitter, as a giant Milgram experiment.
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The insanity of the internet is not that there are trolls, it’s that trolls are given full rights to abuse others and people defend the troll’s right to be abusive fucking assholes.
One of the greatest sins in any story is false suspense. The kind of ‘suspense’ that disintegrates the moment you give your reader one second to think about it. And it’s an easy trap to fall into, so watch carefully for it. If your story hinges on the question, ‘Will Superman be pushed so far in his battle against Lex Luthor that he’ll have to kill him?’, or if your big cliffhanger moment is, ‘Wow, is Spider-Man really dead this time?’, then I understand Food Lion is hiring.
it’s that time — time for what am I watching in this anime season.
the Fall 2014 anime season seems to be shaping up really nicely; I started off with just a couple of fairly obvious choices — namely Psycho-pass|2 and Fate/stay night - Unlimited Blade Works — and while I have not been disappointed in the least, there are other, very good shows on air.
- amagi brilliant park — light novel adaptation by KyoAni. there’s fan service all right, like we’ve come to expect from KyoAni, and the story is light novel as fuck, like we’ve come to expect from late-works KyoAni, but how could I resist a show where the protagonist is literally called Kanye West; the aloof female counterpart is 50 cent; the frail, moe character is Latifah; and the aunt of the protagonist is called Ice Cube? for the time being, I’m on a holding pattern, and I’m going to decide whether or not the insanity of the plot is going to balance the moe overdose.
- danna ga nani wo itteiru ka wakaranai ken — really short series (4 minutes) about an office lady and his otaku husband. fairly meta, and relies on both knowledge of the scene and puns, but it’s funny and it’s short. streaming on Crunchyroll.
- fate/stay night - unlimited blade works — there’s not much to say of this adaptation of the type-moon VN, except: based ufotable production values. I personally started using the fate stay hype and unlimited budget works tags for the series. it’s above and beyond what you usually see in terms of television-quality animation. I honestly have no idea if ufotable is going to be able to keep up for 20+ episodes, but if the prologue and the first episode (both clocking at ~40 minutes instead of the standard ~20) are any indication, the budget for the whole series must have been in the same ballpark of that of a small country. other than that, it seems to be a pretty faithful adaptation, with a good grasp of what can be changed to improve the Nasu-grade verbiage explosion of the visual novel. I’m in trepidation to see if they a) adapted the H scenes, because I want to cringe; and b) what kind of ending are they setting up. streaming on Crunchyroll.
- inou battle wa nichijoukei no naka de — light novel adaptation by Trigger. right after Kill la Kill, Trigger switches gears to a high school, chuuni-fuelled, comedy, harem shenanigans setting. it’s actually fairly hilarious, as long as the harem side does not take over; then it becomes only moderately funny. streaming on Crunchyroll.
- shigatsu wa kimi no uso — romcom of the season in the Noitamina block, with fairly high production values from A-1. the music sequences are visually impressive in terms of cinematography and quality, and the scenery porn is on P.A. Works levels. streaming on Crunchyroll.
- shirobako — and, talking about P.A. Works, a series about an anime production studio. it starts with five members of an high school animation club all fired up and ready to become professionals, and slams pretty hard on reality. the characters are many, but all fully formed already, and in a very much welcome change of pace, they feel and act like actual fucking human beings, instead of plot receptacles or drama machines. streaming on Crunchyroll.
- psycho-pass|2 — no Production I.G and no Urobutcher, but we get an Akane Tsunemori that kicks asses and takes names a year after the end of the first series. the Urobutcher is at work on the movie sequel that is going to air next year, and he definitely gave notes to the series production, so I’m waiting for nihilistic despair and a dystopic future controlled by brains in jars. streaming on Funimation.
I’m also going to watch yowamushi pedal grande road because I want to see how the Inter High ends (even though I’m also reading the manga for that); I’ll try to catch up with last spring’s grimdark yuri card game series selector infected WIXOSS in order to watch its continuation, selector spread WIXOSS (also known as yuri-oh); and I may watch shingeki no bahamut genesis, for some stupid, Pirates of the Caribbeans levels fun.
from the summer season, I’m still watching sword art online 2, which has just finished the GGO arc and is going into side story territory; argevollen, which is standard mecha fare, but it’s always almost on the verge of being interesting without becoming overly stupid; and, obviously, sailor moon crystal.
I literally dropped Sunrise’s latest insanity cross ange after the first episode, because fuck that shit. I also dropped denki-gai no honya-san because workplace comedy has to clear the very high bar set by working!! and servant x service to be relevant to my interests, these days.
So no, I’m not afraid of the bogeyman they try to sell me, of the angry black criminal or the angry brown religious zealot or the angry radical queer activist, using violence to take what they don’t have. I’m afraid of the angry privileged white man protecting what he does have. The guy who thinks of himself as “normal” and speaking up for all the “normal” people like him, the guy who’s fighting to defend his “way of life” from the different and strange. I’m afraid of masculinity, and privilege, of the male sense of “honor” they combine to create, and the incredible reservoir of madness that “honor” can unleash when it’s threatened. Of how incredibly petty the offense can be and how insanely disproportionate the retaliation can be. Of people who’d threaten to shoot up a school in defense of the honor of guys who like violent video games with hot girls in them and refuse to be criticized for it. Of people who will throw rocks at a woman on stage to defend the honor of “real” rock music. Of a man whose honor, his entitlement, his sense of what he is due is so besmirched because he can’t hook up with girls as a “perfect gentlemen” that he will go on a shooting spree.