I have to say, syn, you strike me as rather picky. Does a lesbian character have to be flawless in order to be a "positive portrayal" to you? It's been a long time since I watched Blue Drop, but I don't recall the aliens in that show being particularly depraved. And certainly the two main female characters in the show weren't depraved, and isn't that what should matter the most?
Yeah, I've seen Blue Drop. Most of the lesbian characters are depraved rapist aliens... so uh, not sure that's a good positive example.
I did manage to finish watching Shin Sekai Yori, though. The story was interesting, especially underneath all the pseudo-religious philosophical handwringing nonsense. I think had the author ditched most of the hipster crap it probably would have read/watched a lot better.
I still stand by my original opinion, though--the author of the original novel (and the screenwriters for the anime itself) seem to use homosexuality as an allegory for childhood, immaturity and childishness, to be discarded upon becoming an adult.
That's... not very positive. In fact, it's more reinforcing the current Japanese cultural view of homosexuality. "It's a phase" or "it's playing at love" or "it's practice for adult (heteronormative) relationships."
I swear, sometimes I may bash on America really badly, but when I realize things like this, I think to myself that I really don't have it too bad here. At least crazy right-wing nutjobs waving their "God Hates Fags" signs are easy to ignore.
I think it's fine that there are non-anime fans here. I just don't think that the forum should embrace format bloat in order to have manga, video games, light novels, and music treated exactly the same as anime is here.
I can't think of many good anime-centric forums, whereas I'm sure there must be countless video game and manga forums on the net. So I'd rather not lose that with Anime Suki.
Amusing that you mentioned in the reorganization thread that the forum is for anime.
I haven't posted in an anime thread in ages. I keep coming back to this place because it's exceptionally well moderated and poo-flinging is kept to a minimum. The only other forum I know of that's as well-moderated is xda-developers, which has a very specific practical mission (smartphone hacking) so it's not useful for me to just bullshit about whatever.
I know I'm probably part of the problem but whatever.
I have seen that, but I have never actually read through it. I should at some point, though I must admit it's a bit hard for me to reconcile something as lighthearted as romance in Madoka... side-effect of the series being so incredibly dark, I suppose?