Expansion in anime

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?

Link to the video here

Statements and shirts

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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.

The elderly

You know what, sometimes I envy elderly people (ONLY SOMETIMES). Whenever I’m working and I see old people, they’re always happy (unless there are delays) and I wonder what makes them happy. Maybe it’s because they don’t have to work anymore and they have a special kind of oyster card that allows them to travel across London for free (If you’ve read this and don’t know what an oyster card is then I’ll let Wikipedia explain). It could also and more believably be that they’ve seen what life has to offer and at the point in life they’re at, all that’s left is to enjoy it (like how we’re ALL supposed to). Seriously, I don’t see a group of people appreciate the small things in life like the elderly do, whenever I save a couple of newspapers for them, they’re always so grateful because they don’t have to walk any further. I tend to deal with people in their 30s and 40s and I may not have told you about them so I’ll give it to you straight! They’re also nice people… There are a considerable of arseholes/pricks/cunts/unpleasant people (take your pick) amongst them though.

I say this but I never want to be old. I like my energy, even if it comes with the stress of stupid questions that most likely won’t bother me in a couple of years’ time. I do still wonder if the happiness is a result of growing up, or if it’s to do with the period that the elderly people I see grew up in. I know that with my generation, technology has made everything easier and the way that we go about things, we are entitled (I’m not even lying, I knew a guy who acted like he deserved the highest level of respect just for existing). I sometimes like things spoon-fed to me and I can put down activities if I don’t get instant gratification.

Generally speaking, elderly people seem to be nicer (even though, I’ve heard different) and more willing to talk. They don’t seem like they’ve got anywhere to go so when I say good morning or smile at them, I don’t get the British smile of awkwardness.

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Even Americans do it

I always thought that old people were miserable about things not being how they used to and what not but clearly, I watch too much TV. It might really be that the older we get, the more content we get with how things are (I’ll have to let you know in 10 years or something) and because of that elderly people know what and what not to be bothered about. I also have another theory which is that they’re shmoking DAT dank and don’t give a fuck anymore.

Lying…

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Me learning life lessons

Sometimes I’ve truly got to accept and engage the bad guy in me to engage the good guy in me, you know what I mean? I’m sure we’ve all been in that grey area morally (if you accept that’s a thing). We humans are straightforward creatures or at least we’d like to think that we’re straightforward but I’m not too sure that’s the case. It’s time for me to post about questionable things that I’ve learned at work and this time, I want to talk about the value of lying.

My job has taught to know better than being truthful at all times because people see that as ‘bad customer service’ (I’m not lying, I’ve experienced someone calling my customer service bad for telling the truth and I’ve had someone call me useless for it). You know the saying ‘you can’t handle the truth!’ It’s really true; people don’t like it when you tell them the truth to whatever question they might have because it doesn’t fall in line with what they want to hear. I work under (but not for) National Rail (if I haven’t already mentioned this) which means that I deal with passengers who are prone to the most bull of shit and not only that, it happens regularly (weekly, without fail). I come across loads of questions such as ‘why are the trains delayed?’, ‘how long is the train going to take to get here?’, ‘what’s wrong with the trains? Your company is terrible’ (even though it’s NOT my company, I don’t work for them) and a strong fan favourite question ‘WHY ARE THE TRAINS DELAYED!?’

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Me when I get questions

In all honesty I don’t know why people come up to me asking these questions, some of them border on stupid but I’m not allowed to say that the questions I get are stupid outside of the internet. I’m not the oracle, I don’t know the answers to the questions, the train will get to the station when it does because that’s how delays work. I don’t get told anything anyway so I find out about delays when passengers do… JUST LIKE MOST WORKERS AT THE STATION, except the manager and supervisor. Personally, I don’t understand why passengers ask because it doesn’t do much for them finding out why the train is delayed. They can always tell their manager why they’re late but they’re still going to get blasted for it (because employers have no souls) but other than that it’s a pretty useless thing to do because they’re not going to vent to the members of the train crew (since that’s what I’m there for), knowing the reason for the delay won’t make the train speed up and it’s not improving anyone’s quality of life either.

I’ve gone off topic because I’m ranting a little. What I’m saying here is that when I am genuine, everyone gets pissed off. It usually ends up in the passenger making some comment about the company that I don’t work for as if I’m meant to challenge them to a fight for talking about the company that I’m not attached to. You can get a lot of stress just for suggesting an alternative route, in my case many passengers have seen through my bullshit and they know that I have the power to communicate with trains and tracks because I’m ALWAYS sending out the specific instruction “be delayed.” Sometimes my resolve as a customer service guy is really tested because people want to ask follow ups that mean nothing (man, I’ve got stories about people doing bullshit to make me annoyed at work).

Situations like this are why I’ve learned to lie more, it actually keeps everybody happy! I don’t only lie about delays on trains, I lie about how I feel so it seems like I’m sympathising. Whenever I tell people nonsense, they can’t differentiate because national rail offers such a wide variety of it, and people will always think it’s genuine for some reason. Telling lies has usually resulted in me receiving less stress on the job and people thinking that I’ve gone through the same shit when in reality, the time that I finish work means that all the delays are sorted. Let me tell you what lying has earned me, a cheeky conversation with one of the most valued prizes in the industry which is a customer admitting that it’s not my fault, another prize which is a thank you and the best prize of all, peace of mind.

Let’s be clear here, I’m not telling anyone who reads this to lie often because that’s too much effort (and it’s wrong). In fact if this post influences you, even a little to lie on the job, I take no responsibility because we all know that what you’ve read is me telling how I ignore customer service because I care about myself more. I know that from reading this, you won’t actually take this on board but I’m taking no chances.