Once upon a time I was called a hipster and I thought ‘fuck you and everything you stand for!’ because I’m not a hipster. Admittedly, I do that thing where I don’t pay attention to popular things just because, I don’t do it often. At times I feel that things which are popular are kind of shit. When it comes to hating popular stuff or at the very least, disliking things that people are meant to like I think it can be a lifestyle for some but for others it’s just fun and that I respect. It’s not even about negativity, sometimes you just need those people who serve the purpose of opposing and antagonising.
I can’t mention any super personal experiences with these kind of people and the value that they have brought upon my life because of my power to retcon nonsense from my existence however, I can say that being an antagonist is fun (as fuck). Sometime this year or last, not that it matters, I went to a Monday Night Raw show with a friend of mine and when Roman Reigns came out we all started booing him. My friend, being the kind of person who actually understands the things he does turned around and asked me why we were booing him; it makes sense since we’ve had loads of conversations about how Roman Reigns isn’t as bad everybody wants to believe he is but anyway I told him to shut the fuck up and not ruin the moment! In all seriousness, I told him that booing Reigns is fun and we continued to boo him for the rest of the segment.
I used to put on my fake deep cap and wonder what kind of empty existence causes people to hate things (especially pop culture… GASP!) but now that I’ve grown up and realised that I don’t have time for pretending to be deep, I been able to really understand how fun it is to dislike shit at times. Watching people get upset about the fact that you dislike the shit that they like or joining forces with other people who don’t fuck with shit can bring an enjoyment that only comes from seeing the fun in not conforming.
It’s good for me to know that I’m aware I’m going to dislike shit just because. I originally wanted to write something very self-reflective showing how I’d grow as a person and stop being the guy who dislikes shit because it’s funny at times but now I’m thinking about the amount of times that I’ve been called a troll. It’s happened LOADS of time actually, I’m thinking that what I’ve described is along the lines of trolling but whatever, fuck it! I’m not a troll.
I finished watching The Asterisk War a few days ago and I needed time to really take in what I just viewed. I’ve got some shit to say on this one, first being that whoever exposed this series to me needs to DM me on Twitter so that we can have words. Second goes without saying but I should get a reward or compensation and I’ll need to think of a hashtag to make this official. I’m probably being harsh on this series but I’m not going to act like this series is good. I mean on paper it looks interesting enough and I went in with no expectations but I just couldn’t help but wanting more from nearly every aspect of the series. I think I could go on for a bit with this one so I’m just going to write a couple of paragraphs and see where it goes.
The soundtrack was good and I liked the character designs, I want to make sure that it doesn’t seem like I’m going to shit on this show. In all honesty this series hovers around the average zone in terms of quality because it looks as if it tries to play everything safe. I felt like there was just enough of a story to keep me watching but there was nothing that made me think this could be a standout show. I’m trying to think about it now as I write but the show really doesn’t do itself any favours in terms of making any memorable or enjoyable moments, it just goes along. I really have a load of thoughts that I think I’m going to write at the end of this post.
Three paragraphs in… and now I’m about to tell you the plot (or what I understand of it), so basically a meteorite struck the earth and gave humans superpowers, these superpowers interest people so much that the superhumans who are called genestella fight in different tournaments all year round called festas (this series only shows the phoenix festa) and the winners get their wishes granted. In response to the meteorite striking the earth, a group of people whose name I can’t and won’t try to remember take control of the earth as some kind of central government. The main character, a guy named Ayato goes to an academy with the hope of finding his sister who disappeared five years prior and this is probably as good as the explanation is going to get.
The other main characters in the series are called Julis, Saya, Kirin, Claudia, Lester and everyone else’s name will be dropped with some context (hopefully). Back to the plot, this show has 24 episodes and in spite of that, everything seems so rushed. There’s barely any explanation for anything like the origin of the festas, Ayato’s strength, the nature of the ogre lux’s (weapons) that they use and so many other things. It looks like this series just does stuff because… I just watched a bunch of anime tropes get clusterfucked into a ball of complete mediocrity. I know that it’s normal for anime to borrow from other anime but this was just so in your face with it, I really felt like I could say that I’ve seen this before for so many things with this series and it would be an accurate description for this series despite the fact that it’s such a general statement. Most of the episodes that take place before the phoenix festa really didn’t do anything to stamp home any relevance which isn’t a good thing given how many characters they introduced. I think I could say more about the plot but then it might start getting to the point where I nitpick, in all honesty it’s one of those shows that you have to watch for yourself to see how many questions you end up asking.
If I had to say that there was a sticking point for what was bad about this series, it was the characters themselves. They all failed to be interesting and completely drowned in the presence of Ayato which I’ll get into later. All of the main characters were meant to be strong somewhat but it’s hard to buy into their strength when watching how far they were eclipsed by Ayato. Other than trying to get Ayato’s attention, I really had trouble making out their personalities e.g I know that Julis was meant to be a strong willed character but outside of her talking about her goals I couldn’t see it and everyone else was… well… everyone else.
Ayato was by far the biggest sin of this series when it came to characters. He was perfect, which I’ve learned is awful. He came into the school supremely strong, quickly activated the fan service of this show if you look at the first scene, had an attitude where he couldn’t be bothered by anything and became the guy that everybody decided to over rely on. I don’t get too bothered this stuff but he had no flaws which meant that there was no room for growth as a character, there was no room for tension and it became disrespectfully obvious that Ayato was going to win the phoenix festa. Ayato was bland as a character which isn’t always bad but in his case it was, he was a prime example of the series playing it safe because it meant that the main group of characters could never get into a truly sticky situation as Ayato would always be there to bail them out. There never ever seemed as if there could be tension within the group because in the case that there was Ayato would probably solve the issue. I always wondered what kind of overpowered main character bs that Ayato would pull and when it came to the first fight of the phoenix festa, I just had to wait for the series to outdo itself. I could never really tell if Ayato’s motive was to find his sister or to bone Julis because he did a poor job with both, even the whole thing of him being whipped by Julis made little sense to me, I mean in real life there are guys who play the game that way and will endure nonsense from women as long as they end up doing the dirty but anime doesn’t usually work that way. It just seemed like the show tried to make Ayato cool by taking the best qualities of any imagined character and putting it into one hoping for the best and instead it ended up being a disaster. I get how having the best qualities ever makes you seem more interesting but it puts characters out of touch with the audience because there’s nobody on this earth who could possibly be the way that he is in any sense.
I’m going to be honest, this isn’t anywhere near one of my best posts but thinking and writing about this series makes me tired so I’m just going to put the rest in notes.
From the first episode I got the feeling that it would be better for the world if I finished this show as quickly as possible.
From the first few minutes of episode 2 it was obvious that a lot of girls in this series would take to Ayato.
In episode 2 I learned that Julis isn’t a snitch and even though in that case it didn’t make sense, I respected it!
Ayato’s sister was obviously alive, this wasn’t even shocking.
I used to play these sim date games when I was younger and this show gives me that vibe.
When the people attacking Julis turned out to be puppets made by a guy named Silas (whose name I just learned at that point) I was disappointed.
I was hoping that this series wouldn’t turn into a love story but that would have been better than what I watched.
Some of the camera angles in Ayato’s fight with Kirin didn’t make any sense.
Kirin is 13? The fan service in this show knows no bounds.
I didn’t know what prana was until it got mentioned in episode 7 but when it was mentioned, it was as if I was meant to know what it was.
After blogging for a couple of years, I’ve learned a few things about the blogging community. Most of what I’ve learned comes from the fact that the blogging community (or at least the wordpress community) is full of kind people, I’m sure I pointed this out when I was comparing the wordpress community and the twitter community. My favourite thing about the blogging community is that no matter how much nonsense is spewed in a blog post, there are always people willing to read the post and see the positives in it, giving a possible like and comment along the way. This is the kind of thing that definitely helps to give people confidence in their writing because they know that they can be themselves and they don’t have to write in a way to please others like how you might find on other forms of social media.
Sometimes, I look back through a couple of my blog posts and when it comes down to it I’ve definitely wrote some of that good bs. I have to wonder what people think at times when they’re reading my posts, don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful that my posts even receive views but sometimes I do wonder if people look at the title of the post and are wary. I can’t make too many assumptions about the people in the blogging community but I have nothing negative to say, I wouldn’t call blogging anti-social media but it’s probably the best way to describe it just based on the fact that the things I see when blogging aren’t like what I see on social media. If I read a post with lots of comments, the comments usually show support, respond to the points made in the post or have constructive criticism whereas on other social media, if there’s a post that gains a lot of attention it’s likely to be negative (I’m even guilty of saying some mean things… usually to racists though).
I’ve never been worried about writing a post on here, not that I’ve ever been worried about writing a post on other social media, just look at my twitter feed. The thing about other social media is that there can be the feeling of being a little on edge because it’s very pc and if you write something that could allow people to jump to conclusions based on something that you haven’t implied or said that you’ll find that a lot of people load up their internet confidence and come at you. I can get away with saying a lot of things on here, I don’t have to pretend to sound smart and write some well-articulated nonsense, I reckon that if I did then it would be noticed anyway.
I just have to appreciate that the people here will read through bs. I don’t know where the tolerance of the blogging community ends and I’m not trying to find out, considering how much shitness I see online, it can be hard to believe that wordpress powers so much of the internet. If a time ever does come where I have something to say about the wordpress community in particular, it means that Donald Trump is a great president.
Politics is a headache! I’m not saying anything new here but I still feel like I have to say it. I decided recently that I’m going to try and get into politics because it seems important (I’m not educated on this subject). I paid some attention to the EU referendum as well as the general election but I think I had to pay attention to those because the whole future of Britain was at stake and what not. I think it’s fair to say that if I’m going to get fucked over then it’s my responsibility to make that it’s happening as softly as possible. My knowledge of politics is way too limited and the other day I asked myself why I don’t know as much about politics as I do about certain dark arts (but that’s for another day). That’s worrying for someone of my age, even if my vote doesn’t do much, I should still know about the rules that the country I live in sets right?
I read my first piece of political news in a while and I saw that Donald Trump wanted to ban terrorists from using the internet. We’ve come a long way from David Cameron doing beastiality, I don’t think I’m politically inclined enough to comment on this in depth but this did give me a couple of thoughts. I thought that if this was basically politics then it means that politics is easy and I shouldn’t have tricked myself into thinking that, I mean politics probably isn’t hard to understand, I think I’m right in calling it a headache. Back to what Trump said, I don’t know how political banning the net is but Trump is president so it must be related; I’d be surprised if banning the internet worked to be honest, the internet looks hard enough to stop itself and I’ve heard LOADS about the dark web, which is basically the true internet. The dark web isn’t easy to track for many reasons and the kind of stuff that happens to be on the dark web is practically terrorist shit. In fact a friend of mine told me that he found a blog dedicated to terrorism here on WordPress (gasp!) and when he told them, they told him to mind his own business (maybe not like that but they weren’t bothered).
Trump wanting to ban the internet is something that isn’t hard to grasp, no political terms or any of that stuff involved and it’s funny because he said it on twitter. Websites can ban certain things like child porn, murder and other disturbing things but it all seems like piracy to me in the sense that you can’t keep it down. If a permanent solution for banning terrorism on the internet is found, I’m not going to act like it’s coming any time soon.
If all things were like Trump wanting to ban the internet then this stuff would be easy as… I can’t think of anything. The point is that all things aren’t like that, I read an article about the brexit negotiations and immediately saw that Britain is fucked (which everybody probably knows). The only way I could describe the difference in understanding both articles is to say that it’s like completing a game on easy and playing the sequel on very hard. Britain looks like it’s going to lose out on plenty of jobs (I wonder if this relates to uber losing its London licence) and Theresa May is willing to have Britain pay the EU £18bn to be subject to the same rules that the country voted to opt out of whilst having no power to decide how the EU moves forward, which is meant to be completely offset by Britain wanting to stay in the single market. Personally, I’m wondering why Theresa May didn’t turn around to the public and say “yeah, fuck brexit” but I can’t shake my head at anyone who voted leave because we’re all in this shit together. I can’t say much on this but I’ll say this, realising that I’m really fucked once 2019 comes around is not the way that I wanted to start my journey into politics.
At this point, if you ask me about politics then I’ll just waffle and change the subject and I don’t think I can be blamed. The Daily Show lied, politics isn’t all about making fun of Trump! I can’t even remember the amount of jargon that I didn’t understand when reading that article but I guess I didn’t need it to find out that the EU is going to have fun bending Britain over. It’s scary how much of this stuff hits closer to home than I acknowledge and here I was thinking that not being awesome enough was my biggest life problem. The thoughts of what I could find out are completely filling my head and I can feel my future tears coming. This is going to be a long journey.
Whilst I was watching Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, I did some research into the franchise and found out about the OVA called Ghost in the Shell: Arise. I won’t lie, I had to ask myself if I really wanted to watch this series but the inner anime fan in me will always win these kind of debates so I went ahead and watched it. Before watching the series, I thought that Arise was part of the SAC series, not realising that it was set in an alternate reality (I was going to write Arise was a standalone but I would have felt cheesy saying that). Before I forget, Ghost in the Shell: Arise follows the story of the major as she along with her specialised unit combat the firestarter virus and those who are spreading it (that’s all I’m giving here).
I’m happy to say that all the thoughts I had about this series were completely wrong. GITS:SAC put me on edge because I’ve come to accept that I’m someone who likes his action and a story that doesn’t pause. If I had to recommend a GITS series for someone to watch it would be Arise without doubt, it has its philosophy but I don’t think this series is as heavy on the philosophy as SAC although it does have more action and it’s enjoyable as well. It’s not hard to tell that I had more of an interest in this series, seeing more intense action and the major having a personality which I think suited the need for action in this series (which I’ll get to later). At times when I watched SAC, I felt like I was going through the motions but this series made me ask why there were only 5 episodes and a movie, I could have easily watched another 5 to 10 episodes or however much Production I.G would have been willing to produce. There were points in the series that left questions in my head but that was more to do with the movie, other than that this wasn’t hard to follow, it didn’t get convoluted and that had me looking at this series like crack cocaine (or at least in comparison to SAC).
I can’t say that I kept up with everything when it came to the plot but I feel that’s more to with the watching pattern I had when viewing this and I guess I shouldn’t give that too much attention. Despite the OVAs being straight forward, it annoyed me that the last two were inconclusive even if it was a smart way to get people to watch the movie if they wanted to see a conclusion to the story. The thing is that when it got to the movie, I’m pretty sure that new things were mentioned (maybe the fact that I took my time watching this is why I feel like some intricate details might be lost in the matrix) such as a new world which was never even seen; I even became confused at the point of the firestarter virus, the final goal seemed to be explained but I couldn’t tell if this was something that was thought out from the beginning or just added as the story went along. Once again, it could just be my fault for watching irregularly and possibly forgetting some details so the things I’m saying might not be valid. There wasn’t any change between episodes which contributed to the series and ones that didn’t which benefitted the series because the story progressed more smoothly than SAC and the best part is that every episode managed to have its own story that still added to the story; the fact that the episodes were so smooth in terms of story is what made it more confusing that the OVA was inconclusive.
I liked this version of the major, this major had emotions. That’s a big thing for me because when it comes to anime, I really get annoyed by characters that don’t get rattled by any situation because I feel that it has such a negative effect on character depth. Stoics are ok at times but if a character is extremely talented then it just makes for an unnecessary attribute. In SAC, I don’t think I was very invested in any of the characters but in Arise the main group had some life in them, it didn’t bother me much in SAC but it’s nice to see that this was something that changed. In 5 episodes, I don’t expect loads of character development for any character so seeing the show delve into the major was fine with me. Just mentioning that she had relationships with others prior to the series and seeing her somewhat clash with Aramaki because she wanted a group that worked independently of section 9 created more interest and had me wondering what position the major was going to be in by the end of the series. I’m not going to lie, when watching this series I did compare it to SAC at times and that might have made me overlook a few things such as the antagonists although to be fair most antagonists were around for one episode.
I don’t think I had any ill feeling towards GITS and if I did then I definitely took it out on SAC, this series isn’t perfect but it’s the best series that I’ve watched this year. In this moment, I’m still trying to think of any purely negative things to say but I don’t think that there’s anything to say at the moment (I’ll probably have to rewatch this a couple of times). Watching a 50 plus minute episode of Arise felt shorter than watching a 20 plus minute episode of SAC which was probably because in terms of what I look for in anime, I felt like I saw more of that in Arise. I also want to say that the drawings and animation were excellent, with every anime that I watch it makes me understand why those who partake in the drugs watch anime alongside it. I don’t see people talking about Arise that they talk about SAC, maybe because I’m not looking hard enough. They’re both very different series but it doesn’t mean that Arise can’t get shown some love.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Ghost in the Shell franchise but the truth is that if I saw another series then I’d see know harm in watching it. Usually when I don’t expect much from anything it always turns out to be good.
I Preferred the look of the characters in this series, it took a while to grow on me but it looked better than SAC
Batou wasn’t shown enough respect in this series, having his eyes consistently hacked and being knocked out by the major with one punch.
The two guys at the warehouse in episode one looked like they arrived late from an akatsuki meeting
The major had a love interest, an actual love interest! (SAC major needs to take some notes)
If you’re looking for a point to this post, there isn’t one.
Life is crazy, some may argue that’s the beauty of life but for me, I’ll tell you straight life is crazy. I haven’t been through it all and I’m saying it, sometimes I feel like I can take on the world and other days I feel like shit and when I get through it, life can’t even drop some tickets to a UEFA Champions League game. Do I have to rob someone at gunpoint or something?
My thoughts on life when I don’t get what I want after a long day of being a great guy.
I wanted to write something inspirational at first but as I wrote this on my phone at work, too many people came up to me asking questions and before I knew it, I’d typed in platform 4 on my phone. At that point I knew that this post was lost in the matrix. Sometimes I do wonder about negative thoughts, are they worse than positive because as humans we have a lot of pride? If I’m not speaking for all humans, I’m speaking for myself because when I have negative thoughts I just let them fester internally and I find that I can’t say anything to people about them, as if I’m meant to do everything by myself and it’s a sign of weakness if I take help yet when I have positive thoughts, they come and go. They both really have as much power as I let them and whilst I know it, I can’t grasp it. No matter how many TEDx talks or positive blog posts I read, I know that for the situation to change, it’s something that I have to acknowledge.
Back to life being crazy, a lot of this post was written at work so I’d like you to know that there were a lot of delays that have made me semi-hate people because the delays were my fault as they always are. I know I’ve wrote about delays happening but I was thinking about how many different ways someone’s day can be ruined before they get into work. I feel like life trolls, imagine being late to work because someone else was late to work, or because control was sending traffic signals to the train and took too long to operate one signal, or because there was a power failure, stink bomb or something else stupid. I’m come to a conclusion that life is a troll and I must have learned a lot because everybody that I know thinks that I’m a troll (even though, that’s not true… I don’t even know what trolling is, I just know what a troll is. You know what? Don’t question this).
There is a lot with life being crazy, I can think of many examples. I think the weirdest one for me is that weird warm feeling in the stomach. It always comes for me when I feel oddly confident, it’s a feeling where I know that I will conquer life (not in a villainous way). The feeling doesn’t stay for more than an hour in my day though and I feel like a feeling like that is important for my (and everyone in general’s) mindset. It’s the kind of feeling that can push someone into following their dreams or just doing something that they were scared to do. Thinking about it, I wonder how some people are full of confidence and how others aren’t. Too many questions and not enough time for me to even try and act like I’m making a point.
When it comes to things like the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas and all the other imaginary heroes that we’ve come to believe in at one point or another, is there actually any point in telling children about them? I mean there’s money but that’s not really got anything to do with parents so what exactly is the point?
The last time that I was with my niece, I realised that children have so much imagination. Think about how many times you’ve been around a child who’s told you about their imaginary friends or personified their toys whilst you’ve sat there trying to play Assassin’s Creed thinking ‘you’re chatting shit bro’, there are also the imaginary friends that we all had when we were younger. What I’m getting at here is that children make up friends all the time and grow out of that phase with no pain at all. When it comes to Father Christmas and all the other guys it must be awkward to let your child know that he doesn’t exist and it’s worse to leave it, imagine if your child entered secondary school still believing in that guy.
The year I found out Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and everything else I believed in wasn’t real was heart breaking. Personally, I don’t think children need to go through that kind of heart break in life (even if it does build character) and it doesn’t help that it’s promoted on television. Part of me wanted to believe that it’s a lesson to children that life isn’t what you think it is but that’s such a fucked up thing to teach someone so young. It just makes more sense to me not to tell children that stuff. I wonder if people make this kind of argument for religion (or KFC really selling fresh chicken) but let me not get too far from the point. All parents know what they’re doing (I hope) and they’ll know the right way to deal with this situation when it comes to it but for me, if were talking the about the fat dude who ONLY comes around a Christmas or a rabbit with a basket and eggs OR anyone else, I think it’s easier to skip all of it.
A while back, I watched a video on shonen anime and it brought up an interesting point. The person presenting the video said that the biggest problem of shonen anime is expansion and when I think about it, I can see where he’s coming from. When the story of a shonen anime progresses, the arcs tend to introduce more characters in an attempt to make the stakes bigger and the person felt that, that’s not necessary if that’s what the story is trying to achieve. His argument was the personalising stories are what makes the stakes bigger because we can invest more in the story emotionally.
Do you agree with this? I see where he’s coming from but expansion has never been a gripe for me in anime. I’ve always thought that a big point of concern in shonen anime is crappy character development and continued over reliance on the main character. I feel that if there is going to be a large cast of characters then they need to be remotely useful, we need a reason to care about people who aren’t the main character. In a story the characters could kill God then go on to fight Ultra God in pure madness mode and I wouldn’t have a problem with it as long as the motivation for all the characters is relevant and enough has been done to establish a connection with the audience (or myself in this case) because I know that I’ll eat it up and ask for more like Oliver Twist.
Like I said, I can see why people would have a problem with expansion. Look at Dragon Ball, you just have to ask how much further they could possibly go. The point of expansion is a good one to make and I never really considered it, what would you say on this topic?
People will put anything on shirt won’t they? I’m not an expert on fashion and I’m not an expert on statements either, but I still got some shit to say on this (which you probably guessed from clicking on this post). On social media, I see people making all kinds of statements and some people taking the chance to put these statements on t-shirts and other than for monetary gain, I don’t get why people do it. I guess it’s ok if you’re saying something stupid like ‘gimme doughnuts’ but what about when you put a social statement on a t-shirt? Is it really helping to promote the statement or is it just a way for pockets to get lined?
A while back, I saw somebody modelling a shirt which said ‘fuck racism’ and I fully agree with it, fuck racism, fuck racist people, I don’t think I can say my explicit thoughts at this point in time but fuck all kinds of racism and if you support it then please know that you’re a cunt. Back to the post, I feel like putting that sentiment on a shirt adds no value to the battle against racism. If you put something on a shirt, it may show how you feel but the minute that you start selling it, it has to be asked if you feel really strongly about the issue. If a child goes missing and you put it on a shirt to promote that the child is missing, would you sell it? I highly doubt it, no parent wants to milk their child’s misfortune (well there may be two who’ve been profiting off the death of their child for over 10 years but that’s me speculating).
I’m just saying that putting a statement on a shirt and selling it, devalues the meaning of said statement in my eyes. I might even go as far to say that just putting it on a shirt even if you don’t intend to sell it still devalues the statement. Other than potential promo, I don’t really know how it benefits a cause and given the power of social media and word of mouth it seems like there are more effective ways of promotion. I honestly feel like in a situation like this, the person with the most to gain is the person who puts the statement on the shirt which doesn’t sit well with me. Personally, I don’t think that statements which reflect feelings towards society should be used for fashion, it seems like satire to me.