Some politics related thoughts…

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Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be politician. I’ve heard that if you can lie then you’re pretty much a politician and just to make sure you understand me, I mean the government type of politician and not the Triple H type (I know you were aware, I just wanted to write that line). I watch House of Cards (which is a very good show by the way) which follows the political career and personal life of Frank Underwood (somebody who could get Donald Trump or any political leader that isn’t Putin out of power) and there’s so much backstabbing as well as other kinds of despicable behaviour. After the Brexit vote, the public found out that Michael Gove sent an email to some of his Conservative buddies about Boris Johnson (who has loads of charisma and I’m not sure how he does it) which completely backfired on him and it made me realise that maybe House of Cards is onto something here.

I have no true political insight to give on this, I’m just curious about the kind of conversations that take place behind the scenes. Who’s bantering Theresa May about the letter F (which is for friendship) falling off the stage, who’s calling who a pillock or whatever kind of insults they use and… I’m start to think that I’m writing like a tabloid journalist.

Over the past week, I’ve been reading about a supposed plot for Boris Johnson to usurp Theresa May as the leader of the Conservative party given that he set out his own Brexit guidelines (correct me if I’m wrong) and that supposedly shows some division within the party. This is part of what makes me have an interest in politics because on my end it’s all hearsay; Boris Johnson wouldn’t speak out against Theresa may even with how easy it is to target her with criticism given how she’s handling Brexit but then again he might just be playing his position properly. I’ve looked into a politics a little and it seems like a bunch of individuals with their own agendas which is probably obvious despite the whole parties running against each other thing and what not and it makes me wonder what each person has to gain.

Is leading a country a bragging right of some sort? Politics is a shit storm (I can’t even take credit for those words, that belongs to Valentino Senpai whose blog you should check out) of completely concealed intentions isn’t it? I can’t really shit on politicians here but there are questions that I want to ask because as I write this, I’m thinking that politicians are mostly concerned about the top spot in their respective parties so do any issues outside of leadership matter? Do they?

Maybe I need to think about politics on a more critical level rather than a conspiracy theorist but somehow I feel that the more I learn, the more I’ll understand where they’re coming from (except the ones who say world leaders are reptiles or some shit like that). Then again maybe I’m just asking too many questions and just like that I’ve realised that I stopped focusing on writing on the wonder of a politician’s day to day life.

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Just gonna sit there and dislike shit because…

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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.

Quick thoughts on The Asterisk War

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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.

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Me wondering if you’re still reading by this point

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.

Other thoughts:

  • 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.
  • Ayato and Kirin’s interactions always give that I need an adult, I am an adult vibe.
  • So the girls in the series want to be petted on the head by Ayato? I don’t know if I have to say what I’m thinking here.
  • Lester is useless.
  • It was hard to be interested in Claudia’s ability when they weren’t really showcased.
  • How many moves does Ayato know?
  • The fight between Ayato and Irene was pointless (there’s someone in the series called Irene), nothing went into the build-up.
  • Ayato and Julis’ relationship is probably the most realistic part about him, sometimes you just wanna hit it for no reason.
  • Ayato unlocking the next level of his power could have been interesting if he wasn’t already stupidly strong.
  • Ayato and Julis vs AR-D and RM-C wasn’t interesting at all, especially considering that Ayato was already out of their league.
  • Why was Julis told about Ayato’s sword taking the ideal form of its wielder and Ayato wasn’t?