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Conversation Between Archon_Wing and Guardian Enzo
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  1. Guardian Enzo
    2014-10-29 19:31
    Guardian Enzo
    Thanks for the thought. Honestly, I despair as much for anime fandom of late as for anime itself (and I think Anno Hideki's commentary about the state of the medium is pretty much accurate). And I suppose there's no coincidence in that - we get the anime we deserve...
  2. Archon_Wing
    2014-10-29 16:29
    I'm not in agreement with you on many things as of late, but I have to say people are simply not arguing with you properly on Shigatsu. Indeed it seems like people are often reading critical posts to see red, and that's all that is there. Though that's definitely not the only series, of course that's yet many more topics.

    Indeed, I don't see why something being typical for the medium or genre somehow makes it okay and we should put up with it. I mean, obviously we see many instances of sexism, racism, and homophobia throughout pop culture but it doesn't mean it's okay. I mean all mediums also have people dying a lot-- it's still not a good idea to just have people die wantonly (oh, sorry, Tomino) It's not even a matter of agreeing or disagreeing-- it's arguably a red herring.

    On the other hand, since I was never around for old school noitamina, this is going to be an interesting experience. You know, before stuff like Guilty Crown got put there.

    I also see that you think pretty highly of Gundam Build Fighters; got started on that recently, and have to admit that's surprising.

    Cya later, good sir. And don't take everything I post to heart.
  3. Guardian Enzo
    2014-06-27 02:40
    Guardian Enzo
    Nothing else comes close.
  4. Archon_Wing
    2014-06-27 01:00
    HxH is truly a wonder to behold. Can't believe that thing keeps outdoing itself, lol.
  5. Archon_Wing
    2014-02-02 20:21
    Well, that's fair enough. A lot of people will toss out the Golden Mean fallacy and decide that the solution must be in between. But I guess if you're insistent that there can't be a compromise and subtle criticism just feeds onto the problem, then it just won't work.

    But yea the numerous effects are pretty destructive. Like the head shaving incident. I can't really say I'd really attempt to compromise with nonsense like "cultural relativism" or crap like that either.
  6. Guardian Enzo
    2014-02-01 21:20
    Guardian Enzo
    Well... I don't profess to be neutral on this. I think idol culture is awful - awful for women, awful for men, awful for anime, music... Awful for Japan. And that's just the "respectable" side (which still has a sizeable underworld component). The really seedy stuff never makes it onto the news.

    WUG is interesting, but ultimately it's caught in a trap from which there's no escape. it can't be an out and out condemnation of idol culture - that would never be allowed. And by trying to subtly criticize while also glorifying it, IMO it makes the problem worse, not better. Arguably more so than those idol shows that are unapologetically doing nothing more than advertising idol corporations, because some might come to believe the rosy picture WUG paints is realistic.
  7. Archon_Wing
    2014-02-01 15:07
    I saw your commentary about idol culture on Triple R's wall, and I fell into a depressed daze.

    It does make me feel that this seems somewhat related to this whole "purity" sterilized shit we see in a number of anime relationships.

    I'm mostly referring to this from you:
    All of that, of course, is not even to consider the impact this has culturally - fostering an image for girls that's totally unrealistic and, for me, undesirable. Would you want your daughter growing up thinking becoming an idol was the highest aspiration she should shoot for? I'd rather she think about being a doctor or an astronaut, myself. All the worst aspects of gender politics in Japanese society are exacerbated by idol culture. And it happens to be toxic for anime and music, too, if you want to talk about the superficial level.
    And then I can pick a random anime and look at the aspirations of the female characters and well... yikes.

    In any case, this "Wake up Girls!" anime does seem to sound interesting.
  8. Guardian Enzo
    2012-06-12 02:36
    Guardian Enzo
    I would say Chihayafuru, Sakamichi and Tsuritama in no special order. And the next tier (also in no special order) E7 AO, Ano Natsu, Natsume Shi, MGX, Jormungand and Uchuu Kyoudai.
  9. Archon_Wing
    2012-06-12 02:33
    Ah, yes "dignified suffering" characters tend to have a special place in my heart. Also, cafe girl has a name.

    What are your top anime for 2012 thus far?
  10. Guardian Enzo
    2012-06-03 03:26
    Guardian Enzo
    Don't get me wrong, I liked Hiromi very much - her dignified suffering really appealed to me, especially the way she bore what Shin's mother did to her. But I didn't love the show for Hiromi - Hiromi was one of the many reasons I loved the show. I happened to think Shin was a great male lead, and I had no problem either with Noe or the café girl - they were both fine, just wrong for Shin romantically.

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