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Conversation Between Triple_R and Last Sinner
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  1. Last Sinner
    2014-08-11 20:39
    Last Sinner
    It was almost inevitably going to improve on the unfortunate incident that was Alfheim Online.

    Fall - yeah, FSN will be the dominant series. But I don't think even it will be able to challenge the sales Love Live S2 racked up. As long as it's loyal to Nasu, I'll be more than content.
  2. Triple_R
    2014-08-11 20:25
    Thanks, lol. SAO II has been a very good watch for the most part.

    Summer 2014 hasn't been a great season for anime, but then Summer seasons usually aren't, from what I can remember. Hopefully things will pick up in the Fall. I'm looking forward to seeing what ufotable does with the F/SN remake.
  3. Last Sinner
    2014-08-11 09:36
    Last Sinner
    Originally Posted by Triple_R View Post
    I'd say the best show of the season so far, at least for my tastes, has been Sword Art Online II largely on the basis of a wonderful new female lead character in Sinon. Still, SAO II being this high for me probably says more about the Summer 2014 season than it does about SAO II.
    Truer words were never spoken.
  4. Last Sinner
    2014-08-10 10:16
    Last Sinner
    I think one thing that is more palatable in some ways compared to Cardcaptor Sakura is the lessened presence/impact of males. The whole glam male thing being plastered over and over from high teens to early 40s gets weary. I still find it hard to process they want the viewer to believe Sakura's father looked like that in his early 40s....then again, it was CLAMP. But still...if a character in their 40s was female, I don't think she'd receive as flattering treatment.

    And yes, one of my closer friends does constantly refer to Nanoha As as magical girls with Gundams, but only that series.

    There is a social pressure that has probably also factored into the Nanoha/Fate pairing never going into fruition openly. Japanese media never seem to grow tired of harassing prominent single women about why they're not married or had a child yet - as if it were a capital crime in their eyes. Pretty shameful of them. Even sadder that, as is the case with many similar social pressures, a significant proportion of women also cry foul of single, career-minded women.

    But on the counterside, think about why women these days are more reluctant to have children. A lot of employers see pregnant women or mothers as a liability that would be outdone by someone without a child. The time-consuming nature of modern life makes it harder to have the time to attend to being a proper parent, as well as time for oneself. Financially, it's quite hard to afford it these days. Security of employment, state of economies, an increasingly narcissistic, hostile and pessimistic species. It's not so easy to be able to enter that role anymore.

    It's not like it's much better lately in Australia, though. When clowns that are somehow elected politicians like Eric Abetz claiming breast cancer is linked to abortion and that vile scheming bastard Christopher Pyne claiming that women will never earn the same amount as men in higher-paying roles, when ironically within Australia, the majority of the people graduating into higher-earning roles are now female. I'm beginning to be very concerned about this state of mind like we're supposed to be living in the 1950s. That mentality within the Diet in Japan has been noted for a long time, but it's re-emerging within Australia - which sickens me.

    It takes a fairly brave author to openly declare that two females will be with each other for the long run and do it in a mature way. I think it's accepted within Western media now too that showing potential gay/lesbian couplings that won't eventuate is to be expected now. I'm not sure if that means that we've progressed that much, though. Creative mediums, West and East, still seem to treat the idea with little respect. Hence why Milk Morinaga knows she can never let Girl Friends be adapted.

    The thing about the rise of the glam male that is irking me is that post-Death Note, the presence of a sociopathic/evil male with women clinging to him is getting too common. Being pretty and the object of erotic fantasy doesn't excuse the things they do. But try telling their hardcore fans that. A friend of mine lost the will to have open discussion after Amnesia fangirls ripped into him.

    Maybe more disturbing is the work of someone like Tohru Ohmi, who has been allowed to publish a plethora of adult women in supernatural contexts doing adult things. Before reading Midnight Secretary, I thought maybe it might have been decent. Then seeing how submissive the women are and how despicable the glam men were, I felt sick. It was fairly high on the off-putting scale. Seeing females around the ages of those of Twilight or Black Bird seemed a bit plausible. But intelligent, career women being mere sex toys after dark? Give me a break...Seriously, does anyone even bother to give a femdom story any plausibility in that medium? There are magazines and the odd author specialising in that now, but yeah....they're not getting pushed...

    Or someone like Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan. A capable woman being in the military? Yeah, I know the acceptance of women in the military isn't something all serving males believe in or some of the general public. But christ, if they're capable, moral and doing their duty, then why the hell can't they? Also critiquired for her looks, the fact she's seemingly near-perfect. Well....don't you think someone - aka Levi and Mikasa - have to be when you've got utterly detestable clowns like Eren and Armin in tow? Especially freaking of the highlights of AVCon was that during ep2 of Attack on Titan, when Mikasa gave Eren an almighty slap, someone gave a mild clap. I gave a bigger clap then about 400 people all clapped together for nearly a minute. Being a female within a shounen title can be a real curse. But at least some people have the brains to not tolerate a douchebag.
  5. Triple_R
    2014-08-10 08:59
    One of Nanoha's main attractions was its delicate, and sometimes perfect, balance of magical girl with mecha. It's first two seasons combined the strengths of both genres while discarding most of the weaknesses, creating something very appealing to many fans of either genre and certainly for people who like both genres. But over time the Nanoha franchise erred a little bit too heavily on the mecha side, and I think that created an opening that was exploited by Madoka Magica, Symphogear, and other more recent magical girl shows.

    Nanoha also suffers a bit from a clear lack of direction, and the sense that the people behind it are just milking it for all its worth. Nanoha/Fate has been teased for too long, meaning that newer (and sometimes less ambiguous) yuri pairings have kind of eclipsed it.

    However, none of this changes how very good those first two seasons were. For a magical girl fan who wants something more mature and serious than PreCure typically is, but maybe not as dark as Madoka is, Nanoha's first two seasons provides the perfect balance there. It's light and endearing, but without feeling fluffy and inconsequential.

    I'm glad you're enjoying it!
  6. Last Sinner
    2014-08-10 07:52
    Last Sinner
    Rewatching Nanoha. Hard to believe this franchise somehow crumbled. Strangely, I think I'm liking it more this time around....and I can't determine why....I have a feeling the direction moe/magical girls has taken since then might have something to do with it. Or maybe I just needed something a bit lighter. It did take me a fair while to feel like watching anime again once AVCon was over.
  7. Last Sinner
    2014-08-07 13:54
    Last Sinner
    So, apparently the FSN airing next season is Unlimited Blade Works. Once again, Heavens Feel misses out. Darn. As long as it's loyal to Nasu, still worth though.

    Interesting thing regarding the reduction in Ghibli's short-term prospects. No one seems to want to even mention or discuss what Goro, Hayao's son, is up to. They had 'supposedly' mended their rift while making On Poppy Hill. Well, a friend of mine alerted me to a subtle change in an upcoming title that may explain everything.

    This was going to be a Ghibli telemovie. It's now a series and somehow moved to Polygon - the home of ghastly CGI.

    Something is up.....Methinks Goro and Hayao haven't patched things up and that Hayao ain't letting his son carry things on. But considering old man Hayao ignored Goro for decades at home and in general, no freaking surprise.
  8. Last Sinner
    2014-07-27 23:22
    Last Sinner
    Redeemed Riven skin's splash art (what that cosplayer was replicating)

    Riven's normal skin's splash art

    I've seen a lot of people do Redeemed Riven in overseas events, but this one really did fit the part compared to them. The amount of work put into the weapon was a real clincher.

    Also - over the last two nights, I've heard a piece of music that is in my top 3 tunes ever. The XX - Intro. Simple yet so damn evocative. Pure indie goodness - no wonder these guys won the Mercury Prize in 2010.
  9. Triple_R
    2014-07-27 17:09
    Thanks a lot for the cosplay pics from AVCon. Those are very good cosplays! I'm particularly impressed with the woman in the very metal and futuristic-looking suit.
  10. Last Sinner
    2014-07-22 01:07
    Last Sinner
    Some of the cosplay winners from AVCon 2014. So glad Riven and Yasuo won 1st place in their category.

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