You Probably Just Hate Women

You probably just hate women and, in this case, have given up being subtle about your homophobia.

If you are one of those unfortunate people who have been following me on twitter and seen my endless venting about it lately, you will have seen that BL discourse is never ending. Since we are at the start of a new season of anime, where a show of this kind in any other genre would be considered prestige anime, and that the Anime Nazi Network that none of you are to mention this post to have, as always, stuck their foot in their mouth due to their awful editorial systems, lets try to make something of this.

The following post is a somewhat dry refutal of one of the more common arguments against the BL genre. It is a refutal that ultimately should apply to 99% of all common arguments against BL as a genre, as these arguments all tend to be the same argument dressed up in slightly different ways.

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Land of the Lustrous is something special

Land of the Lustrous‘s first episode is incredible.

Anime is good right now. There’s countless shows, both airing and in my backlog, that I’m enjoying or hope to enjoy. Really, I have too much on my plate. Yet. With such harsh competition Land of the Lustrous still stands out.

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My Confusion over Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~

Reading Dies irae has been quite the odd experience for me. Not because it does anything particularly groundbreaking and unique with the visual novel medium. Though there are some odd decisions about how it’s structured and how you buy it. But rather because it is a VN that despite having spent 70 hours with, I am still very mixed up over. I feel I would be doing it, and myself, a disservice by calling it a bad VN. Yet so much of my experience of Dies irae has been frustrating, annoying, or disgusting.

It is a story in which one of the most despicable men in modern history is depicted as a cursed ubermensch. Someone who’s evil captivates, destroys and devours everything. Though only due to him being forsaken by a twisted cynical ____. He is an absolute evil, intentionally so. But that evil is also separated from his historical counterpart, whilst being drenched in his mythology; there is no mention of his non-small role in The Holocaust which is something you would expect from a character based on Heydrich.

This is but one example of how Dies irae makes it difficult for me to talk about it in positive terms. I wouldn’t say Dies irae is Nazi apologia for instance, or at least it doesn’t intend to be such. But the very nature of Dies irae‘s fetishization and indulgences with Nazi mythos leaves a bad taste in my mouth. For all of Dies irae’s charm and thrill it is almost always includes at least one line, or theme, that cements my Dies irae experience as being mixed.

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On Netflix’ Death Note Adaptation

When I first heard that Netflix was actually making that American Death Note movie that we’d had rumours about for almost a decade I didn’t think much of it. I assumed that we were getting just another shitty cash-grab movie, another Dragonball Evolution or Ghost in the Shell. Something that’d butcher the original works and ultimately not stand on its own feet either. Too tied down to source material to do its own thing, and too American to get what the source was doing. Hell, I doubt I truly get what Death Note was in Japan. I doubt I ever can.

At any rate, very little could have prepared me for what Netflix’s Death Note really tried to be.

(The following contains spoilers for Death Note, Death Note and Death Note)



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Why using an interview with Totalbiscuit is a terrible idea when addressing harassment in Gaming Cultures UPDATE 17/08

Love him or loathe him it’s undeniable that John Bain, much better-known as TotalBiscuit, is a highly-influential video game personality with a huge and passionate fanbase. – The opening line to a Kotaku UK article that went online today

John Bain is a Youtuber, podcaster, and ‘Man With A Large Audience Within ‘The Gaming Community”. He’s been actively contributing to various gaming communities since 2005, meaning a good third of his life has revolved around games media, content creation (An umbrella term that basically means “makes stuff” often used to separate contemporary medias from traditional ones) and, most relevant to this piece, building and sustaining an audience/community. He currently has about three quarters of a million followers on Twitter and over two million subscribers on Youtube if you care for such metrics.

He’s also an absolute prick.

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Referential Humour and Prisma Illya

I have been toying with the idea of writing a post about Fate for a while now. I’ve been playing the mobage. I watched Unlimited Bladeworks the other month, and before that rewatched Fate/Zero. All three of these works, despite building on each other, are drastically different. They have drastically different goals, and drastically different philosophies towards achieving their goals. However, whilst there is a multitude of ways I could tackle Fate – from it’s portrayal of the sufferings brought about by the restricted world views of Men in Zero, to the promises that Unlimited Bladeworks makes and then fails to keep – lets instead talk about, what I can only imagine to be, the worst Fate series available on Crunchyroll. Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

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Philosophy of Film – Nonexplicit Moral Messages

Today (The 13th of July 2017) I graduated from the University of York with a 2:1 Bachelors degree in Philosophy. In celebration of that I have decided, since Twitter seemed receptive of it, to upload one of the essays I handed in during my time there. What follows is a 4000ish word essay that contrasts the ways Jud Süß (Some pretty vile Nazi propaganda commissioned by Goebbels during the peak of the Nazi film industry) and Fail Safe (A Very Concerned thriller made in Cold War Era US) indulge in certain kinds of rhetoric. Interesting! I hope. At any rate I wouldn’t recommend using this academically, though the sources may be of some interest to you, and I do not mind adding an addendum if I, in my BA philosophy ways have missed something of importance. I have loved my degree, but I don’t necessarily expect it to have not overlooked any potential crap when it comes to weighty subjects like Nazis. Fuck Nazis. Enjoy. 

PS: Sorry the formatting is iffy. Juggling from openoffice to WordPress is a pain =S

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