I am on Sword Art Online episode 15 and 16. As Kirito says now
he is a cheater. The villain was disappointingly one of those
evil rich rape faced characters trying to rob the relatively
poor Kirito of his comatose girlfriend because apparently there
aren’t any other women. This is poor writing, it is cheap
because it is a cheap attempt at trying to get us to pity
I wonder if the anime should be called Sword Art Online anymore
as the setting is no longer the eponymous game. I think that
things could get potentially more interesting given that Kirito
is not always stuck in the video game and there isn’t the threat
of death to prop up the stakes.
Kirito’s sister looks a bit too much like Sachi even though I
believe her character design is hot it is almost as if Sachi was
still alive which I do not like.
The return of Yui as a navigation character was not the best
thing but I think I understand that the anime needed some sort
of askman character so that Kirito wasn’t just on his own.
Kirito is stupid and should have tried to hide is powerlevel.
There was no reason that he had to save that blonde elf girl
given that there is no death. Such a flagrant show of power is
just asking for human game masters to come and have a look at
I don’t like how the anime skipped through the fact that Kirito
would have to train again by giving him all his old skills. This
could have been a good occasion to show Kirito suffer from the
start in order to save Asuna just as Asuna sacrificed herself to
The sword fights in SAO were actually pretty boring so I am
looking forward to the magic. It would be interesting if Kirito
dies in game a few times though I doubt that this will happen.
This game looks more like a fantasy setting than a game for
now. I hope that the game doesn’t go too much towards the
fantasy aspect as one good thing about SAO is how it looked like
a game and how the fights even looked like fights in an MMO.
It is good that Kirito lost in the fight with his sister
because it would have been ridiculous if ingame sword skills
could be applied just as well outside the game.
Asuna didn’t look as sick as Kirito did. She looked more like a
sleeping beauty too much so. The nightmares that Kirito had were
kind of cliche.
I like the fact that the new game introduced a gimmick like
flying because I have heard of such things been added to MMORPGs
and games in real life too.
Speaking of real life I have heard of all sorts of fantastic
stories in mmorpgs which could challenge those of sword art
online and yet everytime I have played one of these games they
felt inferior to ordinary rpgs in story, animation, artstyle and
the chief attraction of the other players merely being an
annoyance. The problem is that it is too easy to solo play
mmorpgs (because that is what people have been asking for) but
because of this they have become inferior versions of single
player games which require an internet connection to work.
Not a lot has happened in the last two episodes which is
strange compared to the hurried pace which gave me plenty of
stuff to just mention off in my posts. Hopefully there won’t be
any more time skips. One can hope.
I watched the swort art online abrdged series episode 11 to see
Kabaya’s reason in the abridged version. Honestly it was a lot
worse than I had expected and even worse than the lack of
clarity of Kayaba in the original series. What I found even more
disappointing was how the commenters below the video were
claiming that this was a better version than the original
series. Or even worse how the fact Kirito said that he loved
Asuna means that he did not love Asuna in the original series.
As if such things need to be said. No I am more and more
convinced that the audience, the western audience anyway set out
to hate Kirito because it was fashionable to do so.
The reason that Shinji and Kirito alike are hated in the
western anime community is that they are not powerful enough to
defeat their enemies without any real loss to themselves. It is
bully worship pure and simple for those who form these opinions
and for those below it is just a matter of repeating the same
thoughtless phrases without knowing what they mean in an attempt
to appear thoughtful.
Certainly SAO does not squeeze out most of the substance which
is to be found in the premise but at least it does not meander
around irrelevant nonsense as the .hack series does or for that
matter Serial Experiments Lain which is nothing more than
reactionary nonsense fear mongering about the technology with
all the intelligence and subtlety of a medieval witch doctor.
I feel that SAO gets a lot closer than the rest to the issue of
this decade, maybe even of this era but that is something that
only the future will say, certainly of the now. Just like the
postwar era anime, that is the closer you get to the postwar and
the creators of that generation you will see that it is about
space travel and peace like Space Ballteship Yamato because that
is what the future seemed to promise. What the future seems to
promise now is gaming, video games and virtual worlds. Perhaps
mmorpgs are a thing of the past and less indicative of a
possible future than they used to be when SAO was written and
when it came out. Certainly MMOs like World of Warcraft have
fallen down a steep end into irrelevancy but still development
into gaming and to a much lesser extent virtual reality still
goes on. Space exploration on the other hand seems to be dead.
A large part of this was the scare of the malthusian human
hating population bomb explosion reactionaries who simply
assumed that people would go on breeding like brainless animals
until the earth could not support them and so instead they would
have to go into space. Far from this we are becoming more
efficient less wasteful for that is what the market does. That
is what capitalism does. The problem that we are facing is a
shrinking population. Even Africa the last continent which is
still growing and will continue to eventually will slow down.
To put as extravagantly as the space exploring anime put it I
would have to imagine a world with a lot of automation and
people running economies inside mmorpgs as an alternative way to
compete with one another rather than with the machines. For
example there are plenty of cars faster than Usain Bolt and yet
great numbers of people can admire him even if there are so many
machines faster than him. The same goes for physical strength.
I am like Koestler a short term pessimist. I don’t think that
paradise on earth is achievable in my lifetime because of our
idiotic political class and the people who lead them by voting
their asses in over and over again into the house of commons.
Never the less so long as the market has an inch in, that is
the real will of the people as opposed to whatever they would
like their will to be – as presented in the ballot box, in the
long term perhaps a few millennia we will have paradise on
earth. I would like to believe in progress as slow and as
grueling it is.
True the pathetic left-wing vermin and right wing vermin await
to shame and sneer. The idiotic criticisms of SAO are nothing
but a sign of this. And yet today SAO can exist and it can be
liked by many who have not been corrupted by the misplaced
snobbery, hypocrisy, dishonesty, cynicism, power and bully
worship of the intelligentsia.
I feel that SAO, that virtual reality is a window to how people
may behave if they did not have to worry about earning a living.
Or in other words they would be like Americans in the midwest
before the American civil war. Like Mark Twain’s characters. Or
in other words they would be the opposite of our constipated lfe
hating death loving intellectuals. There is indeed a
intellectual honesty and freedom which is to say selfishness
that our self-flagellating, self-hating, self-righteous
intelligence cannot bear to look at neutrally.
It doesn’t really mean anything
I watched Sword Art Online Episode 14. The only question that
was on my mind till now. Kirito asked Kayaba this question and
Kayaba’s answer was that he did not remember. The question of
course is “Why? Why trap a bunch of people in a virtual
The way in which Kirito found out who Kayaba’s ingame
identity is very questionable. So is Kabaya’s adulation of
Kirito as someone who was able to go beyond the rules of his
I was not satisfied so I googled it a few minutes ago.
Apparently a silly reason is given in the youtube abridged
version. If so I might as well watch SAO abridged ep 14 even
though I do not like it because I think people remember it as
the real version. It is the same with the Hellsing Abridged
version but I am more okay with that because overall I agree
with its protrayal especially of the Nazi Major.
In the search results there were some who interpreted his
vague lines about wanting to see that steel castle, wanting to
see a world without limitations but at the same time which
felt real hence the perma-death.
My guess is that Kabaya wanted to create a new world but
after he created it it seemed rather pointless and so to add a
certain level of realism he trapped a bunch of people in it
and introduced death because otherwise there would be no real
risk and without real risk it would only be a fake world no
matter how greater than this one it is in every other aspect.
I understand that much but I wonder at what moment he decided
to trap a bunch of people in there. I don’t know whether he
actually achieved what he wanted in the begging or perhaps he
did and once he had achieved it he wanted more.
Frankly I was kind of bored. I don’t understand how Kabaya
wasn’t bored about of his mind watching this farce which in
the end was more limited than the real world and at the same
time just as limited. I think what sent this point through my
head was watching Kirito and Asuna kiss each other in
despair that they might not see each other. What can be more
ordinary and bound by the laws of normality than this? What
made this scene really jarring was that it came right after
Kabaya’s monologue about how he wanted to create a castle in
the sky and visit it.
I know that Asuna is going to come back to life but I hope
that Sachi does not come back to life. Not because I hate
Sachi, she was rather sweet though it seemed that that
sweetness was rather a result of her realizing that Kirito
could protect her – but the reason for this is that it would
spit right in Kabaya’s motivations (or at least my guess of
The excuse I have seen for Asuna’s undeath is that Kabaya
promised Kirito that he would not let Asuna kill herself
during Kabaya’s battle with Kirito. Indeed this may be why
much is made of Kabaya’s sense of fairness in the wikia page
I think that this would have been a good place to end the
story but then maybe it is better that it did not because
otherwise Asuna’s death would have been the only thing which
entered into people’s minds and nothing about Kabaya’s
Anime has a way of making me interested in its subject
matter. Especially sports anime. For example if I am watching
a netball anime then playing netball is presented as the most
interesting thing ever, if it is about being scientist then
science is presented as the most interesting thing ever, if it
is about playing music in a band then playing music is
presented in the most interesting ever, if it is about playing
tennis then tennis is presented as the most interesting thing
you could be doing right now – and you know be like the
characters you see. The same goes for anime about drawing
manga or writing a novel or whatever. I think that SAO has in
a slight way also induced some interest in me about MMOs about
Virtual reality. Of course I will soon forget this interest
once I watch an anime which glorifies some other thing or
In fact what is most strange to me is that even after all
this time having seen so much anime I can still feel “oh this
would be cool if it were real.” Of course most MMORPGs are
boring just like Tennis, drawing manga, playing netballl,
playing music and oh god researching science is boring. It is
incredible the effect that anime can have on the way I view
things even if only momentarily. For example a green scenery
here in Scotland that I would pay no attention to when I see
it with my own eyes can seem really beautiful when it has been
animated. Part of it is that I know that a certain amount of
effort and dare I say talent (which I do not posses) which
went into drawing that scenery over and over again and
animating it. The real thing, the real scenery is by
comparison to my eyes unglamorous. The people who work on the
land to make it look as it is are as indistinguishable as the
scenery is – if not even more – to my eyes.
I am not impressed by Kirito’s detective nonsense but I want
to see more of SAO. It seems that Kabaya makes no more
apperances until SAO: Alicization and that then it is as a
deux ex machina for Kirito but still I find this to be an
interesting premise and I would enjoy to see characters acting
in it for a bit longer just as I imagine Kabaya did although I
have no interest in creating another virtual world which
really is essentially not different from this. I will try to
keep an eye on Virtual Reality and MMOs though. I subscribed
to an MMO youtube channel called MMOByte which makes videos
about upcoming MMOs. As for virtual reality I have yet to find
any publication worth following with news about Virtual
Reality. Does anyone of you know anywhere to find news about
Here are another 1000 words
Romance in Limbo and Unlimited Deathflags: Sword Art Online
Episode 13 and Please don’t Bully me Nagatoro Chapter 47
There were so many death flags in this episode. This is
because an anime finds it difficult to remain interesting
after the romance has taken off. Sword Art Online is unusual
in that the main couple actually get on with it fairly soon.
A more typical example would be Please Don’t Bully me
Nagatoro which having decided not to go the harem route is
grasping for reasons not to progress the romance between the
main couple because if the two protagonists say that they
liked it each other then there would be nothing left to the
Bully Worship And Victim Worship
The Ladybird version of Jack the giant killer which I read
back when I was a child always left me with a feeling that the
giant was in the right and was wronged and yet for some
implausible reason Jack is shown in a positive light.
Yesterday when I wrote my thoughts on Sword Art Online in the
chat page of an online game called Habitica someone felt it
necessary to say how much they disliked SAO. When I asked them
why the reasons they provided amounted to accusing Kirito of
being a bully who is presented in a positive light. I think
that she was wrong about Kirito being a bully at least given
what I have seen upto episode 13.
Vae Vicitis, the creed that might is right is wrong. But is
weakness right? I think that the problem people have with SAO
is not so much Kirito being a bully who is presented in a
positive light but rather that the weak are often presented as
bullies in a negative light. I think this setup offends modern
Basically vae vicitis but these critics don’t think that
there is a plausible enough reason for him to be strong. This
is fair enough.
Having said all that I think what is more revealing is that
when you think about it Kirito’s goodness stinks because he is
Kirito’s character stinks of an health which is disliked
today. I think this whole arc upheld the things which are not
felt to be genuine. In fact are regarded by many intelligent
people on reddit to be things worthy of sniggering towards,
and the denizens of reddit are not alone. Almost every
hollywood film of any intelligence at least since the 60s
regard these things as an illusion painted ontop this or that
The Englishman’s home is his castle. These ridiculous (by
ordinary modern standards) words kept popping into my mind as
Kirito and Asuna went on about wanting to just remain in that
house in the woods away from the battle. I also liked that
Asuna was intelligent enough to realize that their real bodies
were degrading. Actually by this point all their muscles
should have atrophied and they should be unable to walk again
I think another atypical thing about the romance in SAO is
that Kirito and Asuna never stop to think about why it is they
love each other. Whereas in more intelligent writing there is
a tendency of laying bare every sordid motive behind every
beautiful thing. For example the modern writer would have made
it clear that it was all about seeking power in one way or
another in prettier words of course but all the same.
I wonder whether what goes in the main character’s mind is
made clearer in his thoughts in the novel because I didn’t get
many moments in which the main character is acting as a
narrator of his own thoughts in the anime as is typical for
light novel anime.
There was a CGI monster at the end of the episode which was
ugly and disappointing. Thankfully the minatour in the opening
was actually 2D animated. Speaking of the opening I think that
at this point we have finally seen all the characters in the
opening. I haven’t checked how many episodes there are left. I
don’t want to know that because then it is easier to get a
grasp where the story will head.
Nagatoro looks cute. I think that her faces are the only
thing keeping this manga going at this point. I have to say I
am thinking of picking up a serial web novel because the pace
at which new manga chapters are released is incredibly slow.
In fact I think that this is the main reason why manga has
fallen behind even light novels in some quarters of the
Quantity over quality has always been the mantra of animanga
writing. More so light novel writing. And even more so in web
novels. For this reason I want to read a serial web novel.
Writing that has been edited too much tends to look like an
overpolished turd. This may be because people tend to regret
almost everything they have written afterwards so the instinct
is to make everything as dull as possible.
Asuna’s and Kirito’s character designs look good, but
everyone else’s clothes look like some randomly generated mmo
clothes. I think that I am still struck by how much like a
game SAO looks like. It is not just the stat screens and silly
looking recall crystals. I really feel like playing an mmo but
I just cannot find a good one. Everyone seems to have their
opinions on which is good and everyone seems to agree that
mmos have become too easy and therefore worse for it.
Virtual Reality Seems Illusive
When I searched youtube for virtual reality there was only a
small amount of new popular content about it. The most
interesting thing I could find was a video of first person
shooter game made a year ago.
There was also a video of the first floor of SAO being
recreated in VRchat. The problem with VRChat is that well it
is just a chat program. There aren’t any hard coded features
to make it exciting.
And Another Thousand Words
Evangelion vs Sword Art Online: What Does SEELE want? What
does Kabaya want? A Final Solution to The Human Problem.
Asuna and Asuka are one letter apart from each other. They
both have red hair. They are both stronger in character than
their male counterparts but are physically weaker.
Come to think of it Shinji and Kirito both have similar
body-types and faces. And they are both hated by a large
section of the anime community.
Is this a coincidence? Probably yeah.
I am on episode 9 and 10 of SAO and honestly it felt bad a
bit watching episode 10. It reminded me of something I had
refused as silly, improbable and irrational.
Episode 9 was good. Kirito lost a fight and had to face the
consequences for it and was saved by Asuna, something that
those critisize SAO (even in the Kissanime comment sections of
SAO) as the Kirito show do not mention because they cannot see
it in their blind mob hatred.
The villain is an ugly bastard which is cheap writing but at
the least the method which said ugly bastard tried to use to
kill Kirito was semi-intelligent and took into consideration
that Kirito was stronger. That said his motivations for trying
to kill Kirito were paper thin unless there is something from
the novels which explains it.
Another thing which bugged me was that the old the characters
in the higher positions of power looked like stereotypical old
guys although there seems improbable given that this was a
game mainly aimed at young people. Perhaps there may be a
plausible explanation but it is not conveyed through the story
so it is irrelevant.
Evangelion is the darling of many of those who hate SAO. I
wonder why that is? I also love EVA and I wouldn’t let SAO
anywhere near the pedestal I have placed EVA on in my mind.
Now it may sound strange to compare such different anime from
such different genres and times however it makes sense as
anime is like a deep well. In fact it is disappointing how all
the different anime tropes came to be because it no longer
feels like a mystery. After the puzzle has been solved you can
only stare at it so much before it gets boring.
There is a section at the end of the Evangelion tv series
where we see what fans assume to be Shinji’s ideal world where
he is a sort of light novel anime harem protagonist, a bit
like Kirito I guess. Of course outside Shinji’s humanity is
coming to an end.
In both anime the events are set forth by a conspiracy
involving mad scientists. In one case the world comes to an
end and in both a fake world is created. What were the
motivations of these mad scientists?
In Eva, SEELE wanted to create a world with no suffering
through the human complementary project. In SAO, Kabaya wanted
to trap a few thousand people in a game for what reason? It
could be for some stupid edgy voyeuristic reason or for some
awfully practical reason (i.e. to trap someone he hated inside
the game) but perhaps we may get some clue as to what Kabaya
may have wanted by looking at the way those who were trapped
in the game are shown to act.
The people trapped in the game act as they would have acted
outside so it seems rather pointless. The only difference is
that now people expect that the game will come to an end when
they game is cleared – in which case the value of all their
achievements in the game would be more meaningless than ever.
It is possible to experience something similar if one reflects
too much on death and all one’s efforts will be lost in time
like tears in the rain. The only one who is shown to be
intelligent enough to marginally comment on this however is
Kirito. To be fair at least at first there was a constant fear
of death but now it feels more like a mmorpg with permadeath
with its playerbase being a bunch of 14 year old boys. Is this
what Kabaya wanted? I wonder.
“It isn’t all fun and games” Kabaya is supposed to have said
in a magazine interview before the game’s launch. These are
the only words from Kabaya as of now. Actually the only one
who seems to even think of Kabaya and his motivations again is
Kirito. I may be setting myself up for disappointment if
Kabaya’s wish turns out to be some trivial edgy nonsense. It
is just that in anime like this the mad scientist’s case, as
in SEELE’s case or Kayaba’s case is rarely made. All that we
see from 1984 onwards is the insurgency failed or not.
Funnily enough looking at Kabaya’s name quote today when most
mmo’s have failed because they have become all fun and games –
they have become too easy. Very often the consequences for
dying and the ease of getting new stuff and the idiotic
inflation just make it impossible for real bonds to form over
these games because they feel nothing more than games –
certainly not world’s of their own anymore.
Habitica: A Real Life RPG
I am on episode 11 and 12 of SAO. That bad feeling that came
to me towards the end of episode ten reduced by 11 as the
following episode affirmed my faith that it was silly and
Ten thousand people is not a lot. I live in a Scottish town
called Perth which is in the middle of nowhere and there are
maybe fifty thousand people living in the vicinity. The number
of people in SAO has decreased from ten to six thousand. I
have heard rumours that the dead will come back to life
through deus ex machina. Truthfully I don’t think that this
would detract much from the story as it never was about the
horrors of war and at any rate war means nothing much more
than a word to its intended audience.
There is some kissing in episode 11/12 of SAO but none of it
comes close to the kiss at the end of episode 10. In fact it
was boring looking at the peace that the characters had
desired being temporarily achieved and put into practice. It
kind of reminds me that pilot from Area 88 (OVA) who abandons
peace and returns to a battle in which he could have most
certainly have died.
I could feel the same in the pacifist spaceship/mecha battle
anime where the characters fight for a peace we the audience
are so bored out of that we need to make up stories about them
killing each other in robots.
Anyway I am playing a game called Habitica RPG which is
basically a stat screen for forming good habits and getting
work done. I wrote this post as part of that. It hasn’t got
enough features for it to be considered an mmorpg but there
are some limited social features such as guilds and parties.
I was unable to find any mmorpg to which I felt I could
dedicate a lot of time and in lieu of that I am “playing” this
And Yet Another Thousand Words
This is my third day writing one thousand words related to
anime. My brain feels emptier and emptier.
Writing is Hard: SAO is Okay For Now And Is Better Than
Recovery of An MMO Junkie
I have reached episode 8 of SAO. I know that Kirito is
overpowered(I had seen the clip on the bridge where Kirito
gets no damage), I know who Asuna is and that there is a short
scene with a loli and a tentacle plant monster. But other than
these things and that there was some convoluted murder plot
somewhere I did not know anything more prior to watching this
anime. What I had heard about it made me decide that I would
watch it later again and again but now what has changed? Well,
I find myself disagreeing with the people who disliked SAO on
some other series so I decided I would see whether they were
wrong about SAO too. It’s a bit like the Twillight saga
movies. I watched them and felt they were okay but then I
forgot about them and started hating them like everyone else
until I realized that I was hating it just because it was
popular to hate it. Of course it is too soon to say whether
SAO is worthy of the hatred it gets. I am only 8 episodes in.
The main reason I hesitated to watch Sword Art Online until
now is because I heard that the villains were all disgusting
bastards with faces like rapist in the act in order to make
the protagonist look like a saint in comparison. A disgusting
and cheap tactic that writers use to paint the protagonist in
a fair light but basically destroys any possibility of their
being an interesting villain. Fortunately I have seen no such
thing up to episode 8 and the victimization of the protagonist
has been minimal and within the limits of plausibility.
The second reason that I was apprehensive about watching SAO
was the time skips. Given what I heard for not at episode 8
it’s not too bad, though I see so much lost potential in not
showing how Kirito got strong, sure we are told that he fought
a lot but because we do not actually see him suffering for it
then that robs the sympathy which the audience may have for
him if it had been shown. What I am asking for is basically a
Dragonball style training arc. Sometimes I didn’t understand
the motivations of the characters but luckily the kissanime
comment section filled in the blanks with bits from the light
novel. There was also at least one case where the translation
made Kirito more an ass than he ought to be.
The animation was smooth and other than an ugly CGI ice
dragon it was better than I had expected though nothing
spectacular. The battle choreography leaves a lot to be
desired though and the constant cuts during battles do not
help but it is nothing atrocious. The reason I expected
something a lot worse than this is that Sword Art Online feels
like it came out forever ago.
The character designs look cute, the clothes in particular
reminded me of final fantasy. The designs for the monsters and
bosses looked on point as what I would image bosses would look
like in mmos.
In terms of pacing Recovery of an MMO Junkey suffers from the
opposite of what SAO suffered from. Whereas SAO suffered from
too much content being crammed into few episodes Recovery of
An MMO just has too little content spread too far apart padded
with pretty visual gimmicks.
The music is okay but other than coffee soda give me pasta
soundtrack and the opening nothing that good as of yet.
The mystery aspects were a bit battlefield. I did not expect
it to turn into The Adventures of Detective Kirito and Dr.
Asuna show for two episodes when so much was packed into
single episodes earlier. The mystery was not that bad as a
mystery but when I think of being stuck in a fantasy-setting
video game I do not think of solving murder mysteries.
An acquaintance of mine recommended the SAO abridged series
on youtube. He told me that the plot was exactly the same as
the actual anime but that it was greatly improved by the
characters not taking themselves so seriously. I tried
watching it but almost immediately I couldn’t stand the
American voices (sorry I live en Angleterre) especially those
of the female characters who just sounded so much older than
the character designs looked.
More importantly Recovery of MMO Junkie pretends too hard to
not be what it is, an empowerment fantasy but because it has a
female protagonist this escapes the notice of our anime
critics who have only been educated to notice and dislike male
empowerment fantasies. The reason for this is probably that
most anime critics are men and so watch and read stuff aimed
Korean Dramas have a more female audience and what one will
notice immediately in them is the smell of money and generally
a wish to live beyond one’s means – which is no more realistic
than the male empowerment in Sword Art Online and to be honest
it stinks more of dishonesty.
This is basically the plot of Recovery of an MMO Junkie: The
main character is a 30 year old hikki neet woman who just
happens to fall in love a well-off businessman through a
multi-player game. If this does not scream self-insert
character or empowerment fantasy then I don’t know what does.
And yet none of the reviews I saw anyway point in anyway to
this effect whereas many of the negative reviews condemn Sword
Art Online for the same reason. I wonder how of it is just up
to the fact that it is popular among the herd of independent
writers to level such moralistic criticism against what the
ordinary anime viewer likes. I also think that this is because
it is easier to see the bosoms or lack of bosoms as the case
may be of cute girls whereas it takes some effort to smell the
scent of money and luxury and of bully worship in
entertainment which girls prefer. Writing is hard so I don’t
blame these anime critics of being blinded by their biases and
toeing the line so easily.
I think I am going to play some 2D mmorpgs
Because of SAO I have been looking hard to find an mmo that
suits me. The genre seems to be slowly dying largely due to
the rise of casual gaming and developers seeking to make
everything easier to cater to casual viewers to the point it
may all be automated. Obviously I haven’t played an mmo so I
may be talking out of my rear.
My first requirement is that the mmo should be 2D because I
have not seen a 3D game that does not offend my eyes yet –
doubly so when it comes to mmorpgs (the promotional artwork
for mmorpgs often looks laughably better than the actual
gameplay graphics). Also my computer is slow as I am not a
gamer so I imagine a 2D game would be more suited to it.
Due to my low specs and my intolerance towards computer
generated graphics I tried playing a full a few MUDs (Multi
User Dungeons). I really liked how simple the commands were
but unfortunately they too were plagued by scripting to the
point that the games often seemed to be playing themselves.
Also reading the same text over and over again can get
tedious. Maybe I wasn’t social enough, at any rate given that
I am looking for something similar to Sword Art Online I
should go with some mmorpg which was representative of mmorpgs
around 2003 which seems to be the type of games which
influenced the writing of the sword art online web novel.
Evangelion vs Gunbuster: Who lives if Japan dies?
Japanese nationalism is dumb and pathetic there is no way
around this but so is sophisticated western left-wing
self-flagellation. Honestly I am not sure which is worse but
it seems to me that the former has been artistically more
fertile than the latter. Literally of course they are both
lacking in virility judging by the birth rates but that’s
Gunbuster came out at a time when Japan might have become
numba wan before the lost decades during the boom. Before the
bursting of the property bubble in Japan (during the premises
in the Japanese Imperial gardens in central Tokyo were as
valuable as all real estate in California – to give an idea of
what a bubble it was). This was the age when OVAs which were
anime sold in video cassettes which did not air on TV or go to
the cinema could get a lot of funding which went to create
beautiful and violent hand drawn animations. One of these
animations was Gunbuster. It was the directorial debut of
Hideaki Anno, the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both
Eva and Gunbuster are about robots fighting aliens but they
couldn’t be any more different.
Evangelion came in 1995 on Japanese television. Unlike
Gunbuster it was a TV anime not directly sold to fans and so
were subject to direct censorship by the government and
indirect censorship by advertisers who would provide funds. At
this point the Japanese animation industry, and indeed the
Japanese economy in general was at a low ebb and pessimism
abounded at the failure of the promise of Japan becoming
the world’s economic power. Hideaki Anno and Gainax were not
happy for many reasons among which the fact that there wasn’t
the money to create the kind of series he wanted to create
Gunbuster certainly looks a lot neater than Evangelion but
Eva is popular whereas Gunbuster is known only to few.
The premise of Gunbuster simply goes like this: America not
Japan sneak attacks Hawaii then Japan defeats America and
proceeds to become the number one empire in the warudo. Now in
the twenty first century the Japanese imperial navy sends huge
fleets of spaceships into space but an alien race of giant
insects kill the fleet commandeered by the admiral who happens
to be the father of our cute energetic determined but klutzy
bra-less young Japanese girl protagonist who wants to be like
her sempai so she goes to a highschool where they do physical
exercises in mechs where she gets chosen by the manly
instructor with sunglasses who has a brain-tumour to pilot a
giant super robot mech to exterminate the giant insect like
alien invaders (definitely not American invaders). Oh and by
the way the soviet union is still around in the 21st century
because this anime was made before that house of tanks and
breadlines fell apart. Despite the way I have described it, it
is a beautiful hopeful anime. Though I would rather you didn’t
watch it so I can be one of the few chosen ones who has seen
The only parts which stink are the Japanese nationalist
propaganda in the background (which you can’t read because it
is mostly in Japanese) which looks laughably pathetic to us
now as we know that Japan is not number 1 but number 3 behind
China. But Gunbuster is not just about a hope about Japan but
also a hope about Otaku.
Gunbuster was one of the first shows which pioneered fan
service as we know it and for which we ought to be grateful.
The reason that I say that it is a hope about Otaku however is
not just because of its pioneering of fan service but also
because the otaku grew out of the science fiction community in
Japan. And one of the greatest hopes of the science fiction
community was the conquering of space by mankind (or
peoplekind if you are a virtue-signalling pharisee and
destroyer of the English language). By the nineties this came
to nothing – the next millennium – and this is a very hard
thing to imagine for me as a millennial – was not going to be
the century of rising otaku nor of a rising Japan. The sun had
set on the hopes and dreams of Gunbuster.
And from this seed of disappointment grew the flower of
Evangelion which was to push TV anime and anime in general
into its next stage in that difficult time. Otaku and Japan
remain defeated though – I mean just watch Isekai light novel
anime protagonists like Kirito whose audience wants to die of
truck-kun and be reborn in another world, and the gdp per
capita adjusted for purchasing power parity graph of Japan –
just forget about the fleets of Japanese war-spaceships in
Compare the premise of Evangelion to that of Gunbuster I have
described above: Japan is destroyed and just a pawn of some,
the protagonist is some girly unmanly reluctant, apathetic,
pathetic, sexually frustrated Japanese boy much closer to the
audience (so far removed from the protagonist of Gunbuster
which is what the audience desired). The super robots are not
the works of the greatness of the future mankind but
uncontrollable reverse-engineered ancient creepy but beautiful
biomechanical beings who rather than the Wellsian ode to the
powers of makind’s reason are instead the deepseated
animalistic irrational instincts expoused which control their
behaviour. Where there was steely military determination and
glory now there is only reluctance, civilian fear and shame.
Where there was manly self-sacrifice now there is a labyrinth
of conspiracies. Where there was a will to live now there is a
wish to die only kept at bay by a fear of pain.
To cut a long story short at the end the entire world ends.
Who lives if Japan dies? If the dream of Japan as the great
economic power which would bind the world in peace has been
shattered. If the hopeful ambitions of early Otaku who created
anime as a place to create greatness has degenerated into
hiding place for those running away from reality then it may
be better if no one lives. There is a very unconvincing
exposition at the end of the end of evangelion but if we go by
“show don’t tell” and ignore what is told by what is shown
then that is the conclusion of evangelion. I have not gone to
any length of Evangelion because you, yes you, should know it.
To put it bluntly the answer Evangelion provides to “Who lives
if Japan dies?” is “no one.” Everyone should just die as our
protagonist almost says. There is some nonsensical exposition
about you can be happy just like turning a tap on or off but
if you take it literally which is to say if you take it
seriously then it is nonsense. Arigatou Gozaimasu.
I have written more than two thousand words does that mean
that tomorrow I can just write nothing? No if I don’t push my
limits like some shounen manga protagonist I will never become
a better writer. Though what I am mostly worried about is that
I will run out of things to say about anime and will just end
up repeating and pretending to know about something in order
to write something different. I should also try to not burn
out. AH how complicated.
I apologize to any Japanese nationalists (Japanese or most
likely otherwise) but rather than mincing my words, sharpening
the blade beforehand seemed like the merciful thing to do.
Yet another 1000 words
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurection sequel movie is
My expectations weren’t that high when going into this movie
but by Code Geass standards it was okay. Turns out we were
right that Lelouch was alive after all. I mean he came back to
life or something but who cares about the details. The reason
which made season 1 of Code Geass fun was watching Lelouch
coming with semi-intelligent plans and unilaterally beating
the other side’s ass. Season two suffered from severe Gundam
Syndrome where that scientist with glasses started introducing
a super robots into a show that was supposed to be real robo.
Basically when one of Robot can destroy hundreds of robots any
semblance of “tactics” or intelligence is gone. Code Geass is
also sometimes unintentionally funny – remember Zero’s plan of
running away by disguising thousands of people as Zero. Well,
in Lupin the third green jacket Lupin does the same thing to
rob a museum and it is all played as a joke. At any rate come
season 2 any attempt at plausibility was abandoned and
characters would hate each other’s guts five minutes later
will sacrifice their lives to protect each other’s lives.
If you don’t raise your standards too high in this movie you
will find some of that nifty enjoyment in Season 1 of Code
Geass. It is nothing special and it just felt like an OVA.
Sadly there weren’t any adverts for Pizza hut and the story
writers had to pull a villain out of their arse nevertheless
it was an okay clever with a geass which could challenge
Lelouch’s geass. The way in which Lelouch found out the other
side’s geass was stupid but the solution which he came up with
to neutralize to put the villain into an eternal “sleep” was
actually clever. I will not beat around the bush too much
basically the villain has the ability to go back 6-8 hours in
time when she dies (like in a video game or like in
Steins;Gate) whereas Lelouch has the ability to enslave anyone
by looking into their eyes. It is not overwhelmingly clever
but it was certainly better than any plan in Code Geass season
Season 2 of Code Geass was ultimately saved by the
ending which now been undone by this movie but in my mind I
can still enjoy that ending by considering that Lelouch’s
sacrifice was meant to be eternal by Lelouch himself and was
only undone by C.C.
I am looking forward to season 3. I am so old now that I feel
it hard to get into anything new and not immediately forget
it. As for this movie I would only advise it for those who are
already fans of code geass. If you were dissapointed by the
Exile movies with no Lelouch and his too clever by half plans
you will certainly enjoy this.
Nanbaka, Princes Tutu and Berserk are not animated enough
My eyes seem to have grown accustomed to a minimum level of
effort in animation. I wasn’t like this – I could watch anime
where there would be endless panning over backgrounds with
fighting sounds in the background during battles to give an
appearance of animation but not anymore. A few months ago I
tried to watch the masterpiece of Berserk 1997 and I just
couldn’t shake off the feeling that I was watching a glorified
powerpoint slideshow during the battles. The same thing
happened a few days ago when I tried to watch Nanbaka on the
youtube crunchyroll account. Nanbaka is a cheap
animation show and now that I have been told what the methods
to save money are used when animating anime I can’t help but
see them. I often wish I had not been told about cgi because
before I had before I had been told about it I did not notice
it. The vehicles in most anime to me now look disgusting
whereas before watching Intial D I did not even notice that
almost all the cars in anime were 3D pigs.
The most striking example of this however came in the form of
my second viewing of Princes Tutu. I had watched the first
episodes in Italian a long time ago and my feeling at the time
of I watching it the first time and until my second viewing
was how beautiful the artwork and animation was. After
watching the rest of the anime many years later after my first
attempt at viewing it however I could see all the still images
which somehow had escaped my attention earlier. To put this
another way I guess you could say that when I was younger I
didn’t differentiate much between artwork and animation – and
somehow viewed the same as one with more attention on the
artwork than on the animation. A think that a lot of
animation for children could be a lot more memorable with
beautiful designs and less animation because I feel that
children concentrate more on the artwork than on the
Even now my bias is towards the artwork and not the sakuga
animation. I don’t care how beautiful something moves if it is
ugly when it is still. Doubly so when it comes to the
character designs. The backgrounds I am fine with as long as
they are realistic. This probably explained why it took so
much time for me to notice the cgi vehicles whereas the cgi
characters even when they are background characters are just
so damn ugly. I wonder what an anime with 2D characters and a
3D backgrounds throughout would look like. The closest thing I
can think of is the monogatari series, well at least some
outside scenes and a few indoors scenes. The fan service
probably helps because with an ugly background the cute girls
stand out even more.
Manga are better than webtoons but web serials are as good
as light novels
Recently a lot of illegal manga reading sites have been
inundated by Chinese and Korean webtoons. I am not going to
explain the differences between manga and webtoons. I am sure
you are perfectly capable of googling that your self. The long
story short is that manga are meant for books and webtoons are
meant for mobile screens. Showing coloured images is cheaper
than printing couloured pages therefore webtoons tend to be
coloured which does not make up for the inferior artwork when
compared to black and white manga. Part of this is that manga
are professionally produced whereas most webtoons are fan
made; Doujinshis are fan made too but rarely serial in the
same way as webtoons and manga so they do not count as an
exception to this rule.
Another factor which is against webtoons is that a large
section of webtoon are girls which means that there is a bias
towards more static scenes as opposed to the moving battle
scenes in comics aimed at boys in Japan. American comics aimed
at boys are kind of static too but that is more because of how
full of text they are American comics may be considered more
like illustrated novels than its more visually inclined
offshoots in Japan, Korea and China. There is a small
malaysian and south east asian webtoon industry but they are
not worth mentioning in any detail yet.
Perhaps another reason that manga is superior to korean
webtoons is that the limitations of paper in size and colour
have made their artwork shine to make up for the limitations
of it’s medium? Or maybe mobile phone screens are just too
limited in horizontal size and too unlimited in scrolling
vertical size? Maybe but another reason which I do not like to
acknowledge but which is probably true is that Japanese manga
have a lot of more editorial oversight to the extent that
editors of manga magazines can have total creative control of
a manga creator whereas there tends to be less editorial
oversight in webtoons so webtoon creators can push out
imperfect products so long as they get paid for pushing out
something on time to websites like webtoon.com.
Basically what it comes down to I think that the webtoon
“industry” is as fast if not faster than manga but isn’t as
cut-throat as manga. A webtoon creator could slowly publish an
ugly comic that no one reads so long as he can squeeze out the
time for it.
I would say that this is the difference between print and
online with print being superior in quality and online
superior in quantity but there is an exception to this rule.
That is in web serial novels. The average popular light novel
is not much better than the average popular web serial novel.
This is even made stranger by the fact that a lot of light
novels have been adapted from web novels. And the web novels
on which these light novels are based are not much worse than
the light novels made by adapting them – so editors have a
minimal effect. Then to make things more complicated there are
the web only Chinese web novels which are pay to read. You
basically have to buy tokens or if you are an english speaker
just head over to novelupdates and read the english fan
I must admit that these Chinese web novels are not exactly my
cup of tea. I prefer the Japanese light novels nevertheless
millions of people read these Chinese novels so there must be
something goof about them.
Finally I think that the survey’s that Japanese Manga
magazines ask their readers to send back are an essential
quality control missing in webtoons. Sure when it comes to
webtoons you can count how many views each webtoon gets more
accurately however those who bother to answer back manga
magazine must actually care about them more than a casual
viewer. The bar to entry to vote through a survey is higher
than the bar to entry by voting by simply viewing a webtoon –
this means that the vote of a survey counts more than merely
being a viewer. In political terms, I guess you could call
survey’s a limited franchise like the American electoral
college leading to more high quality results than
non-discriminatory popular vote where everyone gets to vote.
Obviously it isn’t exactly the same thing but I think you get
I was able to squeeze another thousand words out of my brain
tangentially related to anime once again. I won’t be able to
keep up with this for much longer but I will give it the old
Another thousand words
Another post in my attempt to write a thousand word a day in
order to improve my writing.
Please don’t Bully me Nagatoro
I caught up with this manga which used to be popular on 4chan
a few months ago. I can see why it is not popular anymore. I
can see why it is no longer that popular for the same reason
Watamote and Oregairu ceased to be popular(pun intended on
watamote’s title). Basically what made them popular was the
relatability of the protagonist as a socially inept loser and
the struggles to avoid being in this situation. However once
protagonist ceases to be a loser, and there are signs of this
in Chap.46(the latest chapter) of Nagatoro, and instead slowly
becomes an ordinary harem protagonist or just plain ordinary
then they cease to be interesting protagonists. Basically
there ceases to be any conflict so there is no longer any
struggle upwards. A similar thing also happens in Ranma 1/2
which starts off great but then plateaus and repeats itself in
so many ways to the end where it has outlived its characters
and just feels fake.
Should I watch Hunter X Hunter?
I feel like Hunter X Hunter is one of those Shounen manga
based anime series that I would have enjoyed when I was young.
It also seems to be miles away from the usual otaku ligtht
novel based based anime rom coms that I prefer. The thing is
that Shounen anime of this kind cannot have certain ecchi and
romance elements. Perhaps I should check it out to get out of
my bubble of ecchi rom coms and serious and violent old anime
like Evangelion. It has so many episodes though so I feel I
would rather watch yet another twelve episode anime instead…
Still I feel that Hunter X Hunter is one of those anime that
one should have watched… though I have seen people with
questionable taste recommend Hunter X Hunter (you know the
kind of people who have maybe watched Death Note and Dragon
Ball), nevertheless I have seen others make. Having said all
that my biggest gripe however is the seeming lack of cute
girls in this anime which me repels me from it – you know all
those those tropes from Rumiko Takahashi, I love them and I
feel they will be missing from this anime. I will still watch
it though perhaps even now that I have been burnt out of light
novel anime after watching The Asterisk War season 1. Light
novel anme is the best when it keeps away from magical system
mumbo jumbo. But I want to watch something that will
immediately get on with it and I am not sure Hunter X Hunter
is that anime… I will watch it.. at some point.
I wonder what happened to the code geass sequel movie. It was
not immediately available on illegal anime websites so nobody
talks about it.
Attack On Titan Used to be good
I have stopped reading the manga. It feels like anything
could happen and the characters are just a bunch of rag dolls
the author throws around in every direction. After every body
started getting their own titan it became absurd. I am
listening to some sound tracks which reminded me of how good
it was. The way in which every little bit of soil was regained
through an incredible a great expenditure of blood, sweat and
treasure was what made Attack On Titan great. When the humans
within the walls and all this conspiratorial nonsense was out
of sight it was great. I am listening to “Counterattack
Humanity” from the attack on titan soundtrack and I advise you
to do so too to remember those feelings before attack on titan
bit off more than it can chew. Sure now Attack On Titan covers
more themes and has a more defined lore but it is all the
worse for it because it only serves the themes through
allegories which do not explain anything. Go listen back to
lyrics of the opening to the first season back when Eren could
not turn to a titan at will it was that feeling of humanity
fighting back amid desperation rather than the stupid confused
mess that tries to be an allegory for the second world war,
for Japan as this island full of fucking snowflakes who are
almost Jews. This is all stupid and unimportant compared to
the first season.
Hong Kong Will Not Be Free And You Know It
Unless some freak political accident occurs I don’t see any
change for the better in Hong Kong. Hong Kong will fully
become a vassal state of the Chinese Communist party. Perhaps
there is some hope if the current economic slowdown in China
worsens to an extent that Hong Kong could return to have more
leverage on the Chinese economy but I doubt. The clock is
ticking in HK for the count down to the end of the agreement
with Britain. Perhaps if then a weakened China may see some
use in leaving Hong Kong relatively free then it may remain
free. I haven’t seen many old or middle aged people at the
protests in Hong Kong which means that they are probably more
okay with Peking than the young – this is not good because it
implies that the current anti communist party movement is a
youth movement and youth movements have a tendency of coming
to nothing without support from other parts of society.
Do You Remember Haruhi Suzumiya?
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya became popular and lost its
popularity. When I watched the anime and the movie I felt
bored. Nevertheless I felt its themes to be very relate-able.
And even though escapist the only way for an anime not to be
escapist is to deal with the subjects of here and now rather
than escape into the past, into the future or into fantasy.
This is what I like about Otaku-pleasing anime, it gets to the
heart of things without getting absorbed in its purity like
Ghibli movies and most non-otaku and anti-intellectual
entertainment. At any rate despite how boring it was I feel
very sympathetic to MHS.
It seems that I have written a thousand words of something.
A thousand words
I have decided to write a thousand words everyday to improve
my writing skills. The problem is that I haven’t haven’t
anything in mind to write much about.
Orwell’s war diaries etc…
I ahve been reading a bunch of essays, letters and notes by
Orwell lately. He was definitely leftwing. God damnit this is
supposed to be an anime blog but there isn’t much anime that I
have watched that I can say much about.
Owari no seraph
Owari no seraph was okay and not too gay like Free! The
relationship between the two male leads is kind of cute. The
anime had really bad animation but not astoundingly bad like
Berserk 2016 just a bunch of CGI vehicles. I have already
written about this anime elsewhere so I will just copy and
paste it here at a later time. The plot ceases to make sense
in the manga with too many conspiracies and mystery boxes just
messing up the story.
Github is biased so I am leaving it. I am back on twitter
Github has definitely chosen a side in politics and so has
microsoft too. It is not my side so I will be censored there
if I get any attention. WordPress.com is biased too. I
remember about how a lot of blogs were banned because of a
certain conspiracy which was inconvenient to a certain
political side. I shall say no more than that.
I have also decided to get back on twitter because there are
more reasons to than not to. The way not to get banned is to
clearly present one’s case with through an example without
using stock phrases which are taken to mean different things
to different people. Don’t gaslight and show don’t tell.
There is no point in running into a corner and huddling
together to become an easier target. This is why I am
returning to twitter. I have noticed that the user interface
of twitter has considerably gotten worse than the last time I
was there. As for github the only reason I was using it was
for the github pages because I wanted to create a website that
was not platform dependent and not full of ads like here on
wordpress.com may become livejournal
I have been noticing on similarweb.com that the amount of
views that wordpress.com gets has reduced and basically
plateaued at around 500 million views. I have also noticed
that there aren’t as many free wordpress.com blogs on
google/duckduckgo results as there used to. I wonder whether
this has got something to do with
I read an interesting blog post which I am not bothered to
find it. Basically it argued that the reason that the anime
community has died is because of twitter and the other
facebook derived websites like reddit. In particular it argued
that the old anime community on wordpress.com has moved to
twitter and today I came across a post discussing an hashtag
used by a few anime bloggers to write their thoughts about an
anime while they watched this. I wonder whether this is really
a bad thing, in a way twitter is just complementing the
missing features of wordpress.com as a note-taking and
discussion forum (blog comments always feel tacked on).
I am intending to check out the anime blogging community on
twitter more closely to see if I can get to see whether I am
No, it is not youtube’s fault that anime blogging has become
The article I mentioned above was also dissing anime
youtubers, saying that anyone child could just speak to a
microphone. He also added that youtubers are misinforming its
viewers to an extent the anime blogging community did not at
its height. Interestingly today I listened to Digibro, an
anime youtubers say that anime blogs are written by children
who can’t speak to a microphone about anime bloggers. He also
added that no one reads anime blogs anymore though he
apparently does. I think that Digibro is right and that
bloggers and writers are merely jealous that youtubers have
stolen their thunder.
I think there is a lot of content that anime blogs can do
more justice to than anime youtubers if for no other reason
then because starting a free blog like this is a much lower
barrier than making a youtube video – otherwise many of these
bloggers would be the youtubers who they envy for their
In particular I think anime bloggers should abandon the
episode reviews and instead to straight anime reviews or other
editorials. In a way the criticism that anyone can just talk
into a microphone about the anime they like is true but
because of this youtubers have a tendency of telling you what
a story is about without meandering too much – on the flipside
because it is easy to talk a lot of youtubers take a very long
time unwittingly repeating the same points whereas in writing
it is easier to spot.
Finally I think anime bloggers should use more subheadings in
their posts because they have to understand that the truth is
that most people first skim through their posts and then if
they spot something of interest to them then they might check
out the rest of the article (especially if they are so
inclined to make a reply). Subheadings make it easier to skim
through an article so use them.
I understand that anime is a visual medium but one picture in
enough to give an idea to the viewers what an anime looks like
and any more should be there for a reason not just because
there needs to be a picture. If they wanted to see pictures of
a show then they would just google it – don’t make them scroll
through and wait till images load.
Blogger on mobile?
Google owned blogger.com seems to be testing out a mobile
friendly layout to the backend for the bloggers. It is
surprising that bloggers is still online – unless it is some
sentimentality by google then I think that they must be making
some money from a few blogger blogs with ads. I imagine these
blogs are not in English which is why we don’t come across
them. I imagine these users come from poorer countries where
people cannot afford web hosting but they might be able to
afford a domain.
If the blogger blogs were connected like here on
wordpress.com through the reader then I would be using
blogger.com instead of wordpress. Instead of that failure that
was google plus that is what google should have done. At any
rate I hope that blogger keeps on existing. Actually even if
was not connected like on wordpresss.com if only blogger could
be self-hosted then I would have used it.