On Fun After 6 Years

There haven’t been many posts by me recently. The main reason for that comes down to the whole idea of having fun. If I’m not having fun with whatever I’m watching it will definitely come through like that on the post. I will be perfectly honest in saying that I’m not having very much fun recently. This particular blog, like almost all of the things I am involved with in my everyday life has always been a solo project. I think all of that has really started to take a toll on me recently. Work hasn’t been fun1 and everything else has sort of felt like work. I keep telling myself “just get to the end of November and everything will be fine,” but will it?

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The Problem of Meh

inobato02aI’ve run into a little problem with the current slate of shows and I can only really briefly describe it in this one sentence: Despite the crop of shows this season being considered to be solid by the vast majority of people I talk to, I cannot bring myself to say anything other than “meh” about this season. I’m well aware that it is early days yet, but having casually dismissed the most popular and well-received of this season’s shows has only led to yet another bout of questioning exactly where I am in terms of the medium.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #13: Vividred Operation

vo02aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The thirteenth and final anime on this list was Vividred Operation, which aired in the winter of 2013. I had previously watched the first and sixth episodes of this anime before in the course of dropping it twice. I watched the show over a period of a week, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #12: Meganebu!

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #11: Mawaru Penguindrum

mpd03aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The eleventh anime on this list was Mawaru Penguindrum, which aired in the summer of 2011. I had previously watched the only the last episode back in a strange period for this blog. I watched the show over a period of a few days, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #10: Natsume Yuujinchou

By request, this week’s post will feature GIFs

Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The tenth anime on this list was Natsume Yuujinchou, which aired in the summer of 2008. I had previously watched the first episode during last year’s random show watch. I marathoned the first season of the show, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #8: Chihayafuru

Chihayfuru25aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The eighth show on this list was Chihayafuru, a show that aired in the fall of 2011 and I dropped after viewing all of one episode of the series. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #7: Black Bullet

bbullet13aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The seventh show on this list was Black Bullet a show that began airing this past spring and that I had never attempted to watch because I thought I would drop it. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #5: Nurarihyon no Mago

nnm14aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The fifth show on this list was Nurarihyon no Mago (or given the terribad licensed title of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan…really?!) a show that aired in the summer of 2010 and dropped after viewing all of one episode of the series. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #3: The Severing Crime Edge

crimeedge05aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The third show on this list was The Severing Crime Edge a show that aired in the spring of 2013, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #2: Paradise Kiss

parakiss03aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. Second on this list was Paradise Kiss a show that aired in the fall of 2005 on Noitamina, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #1: Simoun

simoun26aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. First up is Simoun, a series that aired back in the spring and summer of 2006, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Summer Anime Season Preview That Embraces Nihilism

This guy also saw the Summer anime lineup.

I’m about finished with all of the spring shows and I can’t help but feel I’m witnessing the slow death of the medium. Maybe I’m just getting to familiar with shows doing the same stuff over and over again. Then I finally got around to glancing at the shows that will be airing in the summer. I now believe there is no intrinsic value in the modern world.

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No Game No Life and the Social Contract

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In watching recent episodes of No Game No Life, I’ve come to understand a component of the series as a different sort of thought exercise than I imagined it could possibly present going in. In my mind, the series has become a much bigger social commentary than one would expect about a pair of NEET siblings who happen to be unstoppable at any sort of game. At the center is one basic question: how much should the social contract that holds society together be valued?

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Pointless Debate #41: The Joy of Quitting: When It’s Time to Cut Your Losses and Move On

 

Actual animation in anime is overrated

Actual animation in anime is overrated

Back in January with the sole purpose of expressing just how much I did not like the first episode of Space Dandy, I thought it would be funny if I could go through the entire calendar year with that being the only show I dropped. That was a terrible idea, and as one who tends to lack perspective on most things I needed a reminder. Fortunately, Freakonomics Radio chose to re-broadcast their episode on quitting. Which reminded me of how I made this terrible mistake to begin with. I got caught up in trying to make a dumb point about a show I didn’t like.

The name of this post (minus the Pointless Debate portion obviously) was derived from an idea for a panel I had for conventions. Now, the whole idea of me standing in front of a bunch of people telling them to not watch something in the middle of a commercial event devoted to people who watch it seemed rather absurd. Also, knowing how Baka-Raptor’s attempt at stand-up comedy at the closest thing to a local convention for me went, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. So instead, you get a blog post with a sample of some things I would have hypothetically said in front of the 3 people who went to my panel so they could use a room to eat on a Sunday afternoon before the organizers pulled the plug on me for spreading propaganda.

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The Ballad of Post-Apocalyptic Tatsuya Part 5 (A Mahouka Tale)

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The show’s on fire and there’s no director at the wheel
and the characters are all muddied with a thousand lonely expositions
and a dark wind blows

The government is corrupt
and the audience is on so many drugs
with the television on and the curtains drawn

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We’re trapped in the belly of this horrible plot machine
and the machine is bleeding to death

The sun has fallen down
and the writers are all leering
and the character flags are all dead at the top of their poles

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It went like this:

The plot lines tumbled in on themselves
mothers clutching babies picked through the plot rubble
and pulled out their hair

The story was beautiful on fire
all twisted character development stretching upwards
everything washed in a thin orange haze

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I said: “Kiss me Virgin Imouto Waifu, you’re beautiful -
these are truly the last days”

I grabbed your 1:6 scale hand and we fell into it
like a daydream or a hangover

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We woke up one afternoon and fell a little further down -
for sure it’s the death of plot

I open up my wallet
and it’s full of air

The Story of Tatsuya Marx Part 4 (A Mahouka Tale)

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[The following is the preamble to the well-known Mahouka historical document The Course 2 Student Manifesto. Further excerpts will be released in the coming weeks as this defined an ideology that shaped the nature of politics between magicians and non-magic users for over a century after it was first published.]

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The Story of Jesus Tatsuya Part 3 (A Mahouka Tale)

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It’s time for a bit of Easter filler. So here are some famous lines from the Book of Plot that comprises the universe of The Story of Jesus Tatsuya. There will be more to enjoy next week.

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Tatsuya said to Mari, “I am the resurrection and the life. You who believes in me, believe in Jesus Tatsuya who also believes in you.”

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Praise be to the Plot and Imouto of our Lord Jesus Tatsuya! In her great mercy she has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Tatsuya from the story.

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Now if we died with Tatsuya, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Tatsuya was raised from the plot, he cannot die; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died in the backstory, he died to once for all his emotions; but the life he lives, he lives to Imouto. In the same way, count yourselves dead to filler but alive to the Great Virgin Imouto in Jesus Tatsuya.

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For Fans so loved the world that he gave his one and only Protagonist, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal plot armor.

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If you confess with your mouth that Tatsuya is Protagonist and believe in your heart that Imouto raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

The Story of Jesus Tatsuya Part 2 (A Mahouka Tale)

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Now the Blooms gathered their forces for war and assembled at the front gate of the school. They pitched camp in front of the senpais, between Mari and Mayumi. Imouto and the Weeds assembled and camped in near the wallsand drew up their battle line to meet the Blooms. The Blooms occupied one exit and the Weeds another, with the valley between them.

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A champion named Hanzou, who was from Parts Unknown, came out of the Bloom camp. His height was slightly above average for a person his age.He had a bronze helmet of hair on his head and wore a coat of white faux-leather weighing five thousand grams; on his legs he wore white pants, and a dumb emblem on his shoulder. 

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Hanzou stood and shouted to the ranks of Weeddom, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Bloom, and are you not the servants of Imouto’s Onii-san? Choose a man and have him come down to me.If he is able to fight and defeat me, we will let him serve on the Disciplinary Committee; but if I overcome him and defeat him, you will stay our subjects and serve us.”Then the Bloom said, “This day I defy the armies of Jesus Tatsuya! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Bloom’s words, Imouto and all the Weeds were dismayed and terrified.

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For one whole day the Bloom came forward and took his stand.

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Early in the morning Jesus Tatsuya left the flock in the care of his Virgin Imouto, loaded up his CADs and set out. He reached the site of battle as the Student Council was going out to the battle positions, shouting out the lengthy rules of battle. Hanzou and the director were drawing up their vision of how the battle would not pan out. Jesus Tatsuya left his things on the nearby Table, tightened his tie and asked prepared to wreck Hanzou. 

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Then Imouto stood and blushed at Onii-sama in her own special wayJesus Tatsuya tightened the grip on his CAD and stood around, because he was awesome.

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Meanwhile, the Bloom, with his CADin front of him, kept coming closer to Jesus Tatsuya in his mind. He looked Jesus Tatsuya over and saw that he was little more than an Onii-san, glowing with no emotions and handsome, and he despised him.He said to Jesus Tatsuya, “Am I a civilian, that you come at me with your weak skills?” And the Bloom cursed Jesus Tatsuya.“Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your ass to the kouhaisand the wild weeds!”

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Jesus Tatsuya said to the Bloom, “You come against me with words and more words, but I come against you in the name of the Virgin Imouto, the Goddess of the armies of Brocon female leads, whom you have defied.This day the Plotwill deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and beat your ass. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Bloom army to the kouhais and the wild weeds, and the whole world will know that there is a Great Virgin Imouto in this school.

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As the Bloom moved closer to attack him, Jesus Tatsuya ran quickly behind him.Reaching into his metaphorical bag of ninja skills and knocking him out like a stone.

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So Jesus Tatsuya triumphed over the Bloom with speedand elite ninja skills; without a weapon in his hand he struck down the Bloom and killed his purpose in the rest of the story.