I don't need to spoil anything. It's people overreacting to Naho all the damn time. They can't seem to accept that she:
1. Isn't thinking about this in an adult way like they are. Christ, she's 16 and only beginning to come out of her shell and her previous stance of letting others get what they wanted.
2. That she makes mistakes...seriously...given the colossal mistakes/flaws anime characters in general have, the way everyone rants about Naho like they're a resident of Mount Pious is pathetic.
3. How Naho present and future handled the events of Episode 1 and how they affected things long-term. People are ranting about how future Naho should spill out every detail for present Naho. Well...there's two problems. One - if future Naho did do that, present Naho would just be playing it out, knowing what's to come and she never would have to make any decisions for herself. Two - not having to be in those conflicts and finding a way through them would have meant Naho would never have come out of her shell. There is a third point but that is going to appear in the last or second to last episode, so I won't mention it yet.
4. The whole exercise is also to show Naho that she doesn't have to do this alone - she is supposed to be able to rely on and trust her friends. They lost touch in the future Naho time - why wouldn't they want their teen selves to be able to save Kakeru and be able to stick together?
5. People raving that Naho will end their sanity by the time the show is over. You know...for a title that is part-romance that has had ZERO relationship resets, no sexism/chauvanistic males, no submissive females, I don't see why they're being so uppity. Frankly, even if there's some dire stuff involved, this cast is one of the most stable and likeable ever in this genre. What the hell is wrong with people that they still whine every damn episode...
The other thing that irks me is that there seems to be a majority of viewers that want Kakeru to die even in a world where things can be changed. Why...WHY....As a friend of people who have lost some of their closest friends in their early 20s to tragic accidents, I can't believe people want to see Kakeru die so much. When people lose a friend that young, it stays with them - forever. The show has displayed that with the future versions of everyone. The remaining five can't ever be happy again. Content, satisfied overall - yes, but never happy. Some of the most seemingly positive people I know have lost friends young. And they will regularly say how much they miss them and you know the pain never truly goes away. It may not be every day, but it's there too often.
Seeing the vicarious reactions to Kakeru's situations and some of the cold-hearted comments to his situation/impending fate just make me sick. In a nutshell, Kanon is probably the only person I can read the comments of anymore. Guardian Enzo had some decent stuff to say but he stopped - probably because he was getting disgusted by what the majority of people were saying. The rest of them - here and in other places - for the greater part, they're people I would never want to know and wouldn't wish on anyone. Because I can't imagine them being reliable friends in a situation like the one in Orange. I guess this is what humanity has come to.
Sorry for being very quiet lately, but I'm not liking what I'm seeing said in places other than the Round Table. I know myself and my closer friends generally ignore what the masses say. But with how callous/vicarious things are lately, particularly what I've seen said about Orange, I'm getting very tired of anime fans.
Thanks for the very informative take on the 2016 Australian election, and what lead up to it. A shame that this very regressive-sounding status quo party managed to stay in power. I guess the one silver lining here is that being reduced to the barest of majorities might knock some sense into them... but probably not. You're probably right that it'll mean fewer young adults starting families since it simply won't be affordable.
On the anime front, I'm enjoying Orange. You're the third or fourth person I've seen mention Amanchu positively, so I'll probably check that out soon.
Update. Liberals have effectively won the election. Even a chance they may get a 1 seat majority...Three more years of crap internet, health and education being screwed and those not well off getting worse. Getting a house in this country is gradually becoming nigh impossible. I wouldn't be surprised if people intentionally avoid relationships and especially children at this rate. Being able to afford to live is getting too damn hard.
Put it this way. A single storm effectively wiped the net statewide for half a day and left over 100,000 people without power for over 2 days now....Libs privatised the electrical companies and the #1 telecom. Those companies refuse to upgrade the infrastructure and refuse to go to underground/safer versions, saying it's cheaper to repair what already exists rather than make it better and more long-term. That's what we're up against here.
Anime-wise, I have Orange, Amanchu and ReLife, so I can't complain on that front at least.
Tony Abbott, having waiting 8 years to become Prime Minister after somehow not winning the supposedly unlosable 2010 election, gained it in 2013 but after a couple of years some people regretted allowing him in and those who didn't vote for him were utterly furious. Policies on climate change (aka changing nothing), taxing (aka more taxes for lower brackets and less for higher), utter refusal to allow marriage for same sex couples, utter refusal for proper acknowledgement to the Stolen Generation (aka indigenous people taken from their families and put in white families back 40-50 years ago), his utter disregard for women - the list goes on.
So the Liberals decide to cull the rot and put Malcolm Turnbull in charge. With his resultant honeymoon period, Labor and Bill Shorten began to feel their change of clawing back seats from Liberal was done.
Then in the last three months, things go very sour for Turnbull. He was the Minister for Telecommunications before becoming PM. Remember that sub-standard, still copper fiber to the node version of the NBN? THAT. WAS. HIM. And now with floods destroying many boxes this winter along with so much of the country still being on 1MB or less speeds, people are getting very ticked off. Add in his proposals to increase the GST, to cull superannuation - people lost faith in him.
It has to be noted that while Labor clawed back seats, their primary vote is their 2nd lowest ever. Votes for them drifted either to the Greens, or to the NXT party in South Australia aka my state. Liberals went down and lost seats they had never lost before. Regardless of whether even a minority government is a possibility, the Liberals lost 7 seats in the Senate. Labor's share is relatively unchanged. NXT got 3 seats, more independents got some. They called this early election because they couldn't get bills through the Senate. Now they have even less chance of doing so.
It's intriguing territory. Labor had a minority government in 2010 and then did lose a lot of ground in the 2013 election. But they did force Liberal to wait 3 more years longer than they wanted to. Now Liberal is in a worse position that them. To govern without control in either house. Good luck getting what they want done. They won't for the greater part. Another double dissolution election could happen within months as a result.
Overall the Liberals failed. They were supposed to keep Labor in the wilderness and didn't. Labor resurrected themselves and Shorten now has a solid image in the public eye. He knows how to campaign and how to speak to the people. Nick Xenophon and NXT - they're going to have some bargaining power. However, Queensland allowing Pauline Hanson back into the Senate makes me sick, along with a strong majority of the nation.
I noticed the Australian election ended REALLY close. I think they said it's looking like a hung parliament. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the election, and what you think will be happening from here.