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Naka-Kon: Days 2&3

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Day 2: Saturday
I think I should write small details about the events as they go on during the convention, not at 11 at night on Sunday after the convention is over and memories of what I did are slowly fading thanks to age, alcohol, and other shit.

 

After prepping up, I dragged myself to the convention’s game room.  As a walk there I encounter a few friends who were rather pissed at me (okay, not really pissed but apparently upset).  I had invited them to a room party I was hosting Friday late night/super early Saturday morning.  Nobody whom I invited show up, so I was like “fuck it, I’m going to bed.”

Or so I thought.
Homegirl told me that her and her friends did indeed did show up to my room around 3ish. However, I was knocked the fuck out.  On the realest shit; I thought I was dreaming so I didn’t bother to check on what was going on.

(I’m upset they didn’t wake my black ass up ha ha ha)

Anyway, we decided to walk around the dealer room to window shop because we’re poor adults.  Yay!   Homeboy decides to live stream us for Facebook, give the world a glimpse at what we do at these things.

‘Dammit.  Why don’t I do this live streaming thing for cons?” I asked myself.  Maybe I’m not confident in my voice and speaking.  I’m better at writing my thoughts down and expressing through written word.  Honestly I need to start live streaming my convention adventures.

That’ll be a great idea.  Yes that will.

After a lap around the dealer room, I decided to dip out on my friends and head to the game room.  Holy shit has Naka’s game room went downhill in quality and selection.  There were maybe less than 15 set-ups in this small ass room.  Wow. Great.

In the past, Naka’s game room was like at least three rooms long and had a diverse selection of video games to.  The game room I saw on Saturday was a shell of its’ former self.

The place was lackluster. Naka-Kon, what happened to ya game room?

Normally at a con’s game room, I hit up any Street Fighter set up. SF2-5, EX, SFvX, anything Street Fighter.  I love that series.   To my shock, Street Fighter was nowhere to be seen in the game room.  That’s a red flag.  I do not trust any game room that doesn’t have Street Fighter.

In the absence of Street Fighter 5 I chose to play Blaze Blu: Central Fiction, a game I have little knowledge of . But I love me some animu weeaboo fighting games so BBCF had to do, even if I’m completely free in that game.

 

While waiting for my turn, I wrote  notes of each player and the characters they  were using.  Best study and analysis what character does so I won’t be completely free, right?
Sadly, even with my notes,  I was still getting’ bodied by folks who were light-years ahead of me.  Oh well. That how that shit goes when you barely play a game.

Following my oh-so-great performance in BB:CF (0-5), I left and went back to my hotel in preparation for later plans with friends and room partying.   My room crew was dicking around talking wrestling shit and showing off their toy belts such as the WWE World Tag Team, U.S.  Title, and the World Heavyweight (winged eagle version) Title belts.

 

I want a title belt to have to myself.  Perhaps I should invest in a replica WWF Intercontinental belt.  I should aim to become the Intercontinental Champion of conventions!)

My goofy ass friend lost his autograph ticket dicking around with the belts.  He thought it had slip into another friend’s bag that his championship belt was in.  Tore the room up for this thing until my boy gave up and went to seek if he could get a new ticket.  Found that damn thing in the snow lol.  Dumbass nigga drop it outside lol but hey it happens to the best of us.  I’m not perfect myself.
After that,  I took a power nap.  Gotta be well rested for the parties and pics of cool cosplays…Even though I only did one of those things.  Take a wild guest!

Alright! Made a guess?  If you  that  I only took a power nap and didn’t take pics of cosplayers because of my shyness and some social fears, you’re correct!
For some reason, I lack pictures of cosplayers from my first con of the year.  This could be link to the fact the first con takes me a while for me to warm up.  My confidence to ask for pictures of cosplay isn’t up to what I want compared to say cons later in the year when I have an average of 25-100 pictures a convention.  On the other hand, I think I might suck at reading faces of people and assume they don’t want to have their pic taken or interact with anyone, so I don’t ask for their pics.

This doesn’t help at all when I find people cosplaying from obscure series or characters.

Example: I wanted to take a pic of a Celice (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War) cosplayer at the con because holy fucking shit!  I have never seen anyone cosplay from the older Fire Emblem games.  Genealogy of the Holy War doesn’t get enough love in the Western FE fanbase.  Seeing a fellow FE4 fan cosplaying Celice made me incredibly happy inside. Sadly, my courage wasn’t on the same level and my fears prevented me to ask for that picture.

Godammit Benjamin.  Godammit. Why are you like this?

 

Fasting forward into the night (because again, my dumbass should have taken notes), party planning time!  I felt like a grown ass man.  Hosting my own room parties rather than going to them.  Becoming the source for a party for fellow drunken socially awkward anime fans!

One thing I am learning about hosting a room party: You will not start out huge.  Even if you’re promoting yourself and your party, you may not get much folks to come through. Hell, you may only host 3-10 people at the time.

That is okay.

I bet you that the biggest party’s hosts and hostsess who have 20-30 people in their room at one time in their hotel suite started out small, with only maybe 3-5 people.  They had to work their ass off networking and building a rep, but they managed to become popular as fuck through hard work and knowing people and having hosting skills.

 

I’m saying this because my homeboys and I were trying to promote our room party to folks, trying to get them to come to no anvil and success.  We don’t have a rep at Naka nor the powerful social network.

Not yet at least but I’m confident we will in due time.  Things take time.  You try to rush this shit and you’ll become discourage and unsuccessful.

A little back story to make this clear:

We were invited to a room party that was lacking liquor.  My Friends and I decided that it would be best to grab our booze as a donation to the party.  People were happy at the idea, including the hostess.  Sadly as we were getting our shit her party was shut down and everyone went their own way.

Homeboy and his crew were seeking people to link up with us and continued the party but no luck.  I had to tell them “Hey, let’s take this lost and go back to our room.  There’s no shame if things are not going the way you want ‘em to.”

Besides, it’s the first con of the year.  There will be more chances to throw room parties and network with other hosts.

Success is a slow but rewarding process. Don’t rush it.  Don’t become discouraged.

 

Day 3: The Final Day

Ahh Day 3.  The most boring, least eventful day of most conventions.  Everyone is hung over, tired, and worrying about if they caught somebody from the random dude or chick they fucked the night before.  Wrap it up folks.

May I say that we need to end Daylight Savings?  Like what’s the point of that crap?  That shit did not do me any favors for the party hosting and sleep.  Bad enough I only get 5-7 hours of sleep at these things compared to my 7-9 hours of sleep on my normal days.  But daylight savings fuck and everyone else up hardcore.

 

Time to clean up and destroy any evidence of partying, which the hotel probably knew we party but didn’t care cuz we clean up after ourselves and kept our noise down to a respectful level.

Seriously, if you are respectful about your partying and don’t be loud, hotels won’t bother you.  Anyway, after we checked out I decided to give the game room one more chance given I promise my friend I would beat his ass in some fighters.

Let us go back to earlier.  Remember when I said I couldn’t find Street Fighter 5 at the game room?  Well, next to Naka’s console game room is the free-to-play arcade room.  I am going to guess that you guys know where this is going.

Street Fighter 5 was in the arcade room, complete with a custom cabinet from Tokyo Attack. Finally!  A way to give in to my Street Fighter 5 addiction and abuse Karin’s magnificent poking and spacing game!

Only one problem: Arcade uses sticks.  I play on a pad. I suck using sticks. Boy this was going to be fun.

 

I must say, despite not playing SFV in about two weeks and being handicapped on a stick, I did pretty well for myself   I managed to pull off a few of Karin’s bread-and-butter combos with the stick.  Then again, I did drop an awful lot of combos with her and did some increadbliy noobish mistakes like fuckin’ jumpin’ into R. Mika’s Yamamoto summon rather than blocking it.

Take the bad with the good.

 

Finally, after 3 hours of Street Fighter 5 and networking with new players, it was time for my friends and I to hit the road back to St. Louis and plan for our next convention trips.  Naka-Kon was incredibilly lackluster this year.  Many of the panels did not appealed to me or my niches and I did play myself by not going to the one panel I found interesting but I was also drunk and dind’t want to make a fool out of myself.

I am planning to come back next year and hopefully have more success compare to last year.

 

 

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Eudial n da Hood

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I’m not saying Toei may had borrowed some ideas from a certain early 90s gangsta movie but I also don’t believe in coincidences.

Speaking of strange coincidences, Sailor Mars’s image song, “Fire Soul Love” sounds like a certain Janet Jackson song.

Sailor Venus’s theme song in the god awful (but ambitious) Sailor Moon fighting game is a complete rip off of Banarama’s “Venus”.  They were not even slick with that.

Goddammit Toei.  First Dragon Ball Z Kai and now Sailor Moon.

Sigh…

 

 

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Sailor Moon S – Why I Love It (Freewrite)

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Toei’s Sailor Moon: Civil War

Sailor Moon S holds a special place in my heart.  I do not know if it because of the characters, the sci-fi elements of the villains, the story, the art style, or the music.  There was just something about those things  that drew me into the series.  I just deeply love S.

As a kid, I thought Sailor Moon was a show marketed for young girls. I doubted that it was for guys but hey, I was 11 at the time.  My mind changed once I gave the show a shot.   Man, I not only was I proven wrong, I was blown away.

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This scene also got me into Sailor Moon as a kid but that’s best saved for another post.

The first thing I noticed about S was the sci-fi aesthetics of the Death Busters.  I did not expect an element seen in more male oriented cartoons and shows in Shoujo anime.   I loved that Professor Tomoe used science and technology to combat against the Sailor Scouts’ magical powers. Hell I still love it to this day.  Science vs. Magic is a very common ass theme in fictional but when done right, it’s great.  And S did it greatly.

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Another thing I drew me into S was the depressing theme of the destruction of the world.  That was a play out of left field for younger me.  Shows I have watched prior dealt with villains wanting to simply take over the world.  There weren’t any talk about awakening an evil Messiah wiping out all humanity or killing a 12 year old girl because she was assumed to be that evil Messiah.

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Totally not a spoiler.  Trust me: I’m a dolphin.

Finally, what made S great was the the amazing soundtrack.  Honestly this is best reversed for a more in-depth analysis post but whatever (pus, I need to freewrtie for a bit lol).  This is completely biased because I am a violinist, but holy shit the orchestra and violin tracks were perfect.    Like forreal the orchestra tracks they used for the Mistress 9/Pharaoh 90 battles made me felt like I was watching an animated movie than just a simple series.

I cannot simply forget the awesomeness  that is that of the Outer Senshi theme

Or the utterly depressing piano/violin duet of Hotaru’s theme: (“Hotaru’s Sorrow ” is a fuckin’ fitting title for that girl’s theme.  Her life was incredibly fucked up)

So yea, these are just short, rather shallow reasons why I love Sailor Moon S and how it got me into the series as a whole.   I may go more in depth with these things in the near future but for right now, I just needed to clear my thoughts (and have something for the 25th Anniversary week ha ha ha)

 

 

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Conceptual Learning vs. Procedural Learning: How We Learn

My boy Mr. Y’s post on learning about the big picture rather than focusing on details.

Check it out if you’re into education or general teaching.

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What are these two modes of learning? Hell, what are these concepts? Whether you know it or not, you practice a little bit of both and each of them have their strengths and weakness. However, the latter is taught and applied a little too much in our everyday life that we forget to see the forest for the tress.

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Can’t see the forest for the trees. . .

That’s a familiar idiom isn’t it? It means that if you obsess on the details, you miss the big picture. This idiom is also a very useful way of remembering what the two modes of learning are. I will be referring to this idiom frequently throughout the the article. I will start however by tackling the trees; procedural learning.

The Two Kinds of Learning 

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In Response to Digibro’s “Cabal”

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In Response to Digibro’s “Cabal”

Digibro recently released a video called “On the Need for a Cabal of Anime Gurus”. I think we can (and should) push the word “cabal” aside for now, since the connotations of that word are (or should be) problematic for critics and I don’t think it’s really what Digibro is envisioning. If you haven’t watched the video and are interested in reading this post or discussing this topic, you should go watch it. Anyway, instead of a cabal, I read this video as Digi wanting a mass elevation of the baseline of anime-related knowledge and context. The video implies that this knowledge can be promoted by—and this context should be in relation to—a group of anime YouTubers and bloggers. To use his own words, these creators are all “having different conversations that should be together.”

An immediate thought would be to hyperlink the content…

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Was Zamasu Right (Barely Edited Freewrite)

[Please note: This was a free write that was writte during the middle of the night.  As such, there are some grammar and spelling issues.  You have been warned]

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With Lord Zeno’s plan of erasing Universes with low morality such as Universe 7 and 9, I wonder if Zamasu on to something.   I mean, Zamasu was pissed that the gods weren’t doing their jobs taking care of the shitty mortals so he took matters into his own hands.

Granted, he wasn’t allowed to do that as a Kaioshin (God of Creation) but he felt that he needed to, for the sake of justice.

It is weird though.  If Zeno wanted to take out those universes then Zamasu could had just chill and let Zeno do the dirty work.  Both had the same idea.   Take out the horrible universes with the horrible mortals.

Granted I mean Zamasu would had die as he would had gotten wipe out along with Universe 7 but  Zamasu being erased would kept the rest of the universes safe.

Hell, Zamasu may have been one of the factors of Zeno wanting to erase Universe 7.  That nigga was pretty crazy, wanting to wipe out all humanity because of a few bad mortals.  Hell, Universe 9 has a scum bag Kaioshin as well.

 

 

But maybe Zamasu was right.  Maybe he was on to something.

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OMFG!!! SUPER SAIYAN 4 GOKU RETURNS TO DRAGON BALL SUPER!!!

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Super Saiyan 4 Goku in Dragon Ball Super (2017)

Super Saiyan 4 Goku will be making a return to Dragon Ball Super on the March 3rd episode of Dragon Ball Super as Goku taps into his SSJ4 state from Dragon Ball GT against Universe 9’s Crusher Bergamo.  Confirmed by Akira Toriyama and Toei Animation in JUMP magazine.

Fans will be pleased of the return of the popular SSJ4 state after nearly 20 years of the transformation not being seen on Dragon Ball tevelvisison media.

I’m going to be honest with you guys: Obvious bullshit clickbait was obvious.   Please do not believe these misleading clickbait articles, websites (coughcoughBlastingNewscoughcough), YouTubers in the Dragon Ball (and anime) communities.

Misleading clickbaiters like to prey on your love of your favorite series and characters.  These folks use that to their advantage to generate traffic, thus gaining money from lies.

If the author or YouTuber doesn’t have credible or official sources, they’re most likely being dishonest.

However, this is not to say mistakes do not happen.

There are innocent content creators who mean well and do not know they’re spreading lies and misinformation.  Educate them to help them improve their content with trustworthy sources.

Clickbait isn’t inherently evil.  Clickbait images and titles are useful as long as you’re truthful about the subject matter in relation to the image and title in your video or post.

Just don’t fuckin’ lie about your shit.

FURTHER READING (as in legit DBZ news not bullshit BlastingNews or double4anime trash.  These niggas don’t bullshit.)

http://www.kanzenshuu.com/

The largest Dragon Ball fan community website.  Well known for trustworthy and offical Dragon Ball news, articles, interview translations, and reading material.

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Dragon Ball YouTuber.  Consider as one of the most trustworthy Dragon Ball YouTubers for his in-depth reviews, analysis, and Dragon Ball news.

 

 

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Playing Favorites: Character Relation

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Shadow Kanji (Persona 4 – 2008)

 

 

Question:  Have you ever wonder why a certain character is your favorite?  The answer can be as simple as you think they’re cool and awesome or  deep such as you have a relatable personal connection to that character.

I believe everyone has that one (or more) character that they can relate to.  You probably relate to the character because of similar personality traits.

We like to see ourselves in characters we favor most.  We appreciate these characters because they remind us of ourselves.  This is how I am with my favorites. I love my favorites because I see myself in them.

Kanji Tatsumi from the 2008 video game Persona 4 is somebody I love.  I can relate to his issues.

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Kanji  has a complex with his identity as a man.  He enjoys sewing, knitting, and cute things.

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Generally speaking, those hobbies are stereotyped as feminine and thus, he has a complex about his masculinity and sexuality.

Years prior to Persona 4, Kanji was bullied for his hobbies.  He was taunted with homophobic slurs and other forms of name calling by his classmates.  This fucked him up mentality.

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Young Kanji (Persona 4 manga – 2012)

 

Kanji develops a tough guy facade to combat (and mask) his insecuirties. He bleaches his hair blonde, starts weight lifting, pierces his ears, and wear attire to reflect his “manliness”.

It’s a bullshit front to hide his unresolved issues.

Kanji would eventually accept himself. He gains confidence  embracing his “feminine” hobbies and learn to be open with his passion (it’s a story best saved for a more in-depth analysis post in the future).

Kanji’s struggle with his identity and self-acceptance was a reminder of my teen years.  My enjoyment of  nerdy hobbies such as video games and anime resulted in  being bullied and called an “oreo” (black on the outside, white on the inside) and being accused of “acting white”.

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An “Oreo” or whatever.  Stupid ass term.

 

Shit was goofy and baseless but it impacted me mentality growing up.

I knew I was black.   I knew I wasn’t trying to be white.  However, being fuck with and bullied for my hobbies by my black peers fucked my head up.

I developed a fear of expressing my nerdiness openly. I was afraid that people would judge me for being black and nerdy. Didn’t help that I  had  low self esteem pile on as well.

It took going to college to get over this fear.  In college, I found other black peers who openly enjoy nerdy things and being conformable with both their racial and nerd identity.

I was inspired to do the same.  To say fuck the judgement niggas and do me. To embrace myself.  I became my true self and felt accepted.

Today, I am not only just confident in myself but also I am happy.  Happy that I finally could be me and be understood without fear. Happy that I was able to accept who I am.
Kanji’s issues with his identity and accepting who he was reminded me of my younger days: A young kid dealing with his own issues with it and coming to terms with  loving myself.

It was a struggle of self-conscious issues and fear of rejection but I learned to overcome those fears.

When it comes to relating to an anime character I would say  Hotaru Tomoe from Pretty Solider Sailor Moon is one of my top choice.

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Hotaru Tomoe (Sailor Moon Infinity – 1994)

 

I’m a huge fanboy of the Hotaru/Saturn character. While it is dope that she can blow up a planet or even a  galaxy with her powers, my love for the character comes from finding parallels in her core personality in Sailor Moon Super (SMS) and me growing up.

Hotaru in SMS  is introduced as a shy, quiet, socially awkward, bullied and weird girl who doesn’t have any friends (prior to meeting Chibi-Usa and the Inner Sailor Scouts).   She keeps to herself and doesn’t  interact with othrrs due to her  fears of being shun, bullied and teased by others.
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Hotaru’s fears resulted from being mocked and rejected by her peers because of her general weirdness (her healing powers and random, but violent, mood swings from being possessed by Mistress 9) so it’s understanding why she did not open up to anyone before befriending Chibi-Usa.

Hotaru first encountered Chibi-Usa,who had hurt herself chasing her hat. Seeing her hurt, Hotaru offer to heal  Chibi-Usa’s wound.

Chibi-Usa was amazed by her power. Hotaru was surprised that Chibi-Usa didn’t freak out or thought of her as weird or creepy as others thought of her powers in the past.

 

(Granted Chibi-Usa IS a superpowered time traveling princess like Future Trunks from Dragon Ball Z. Healing factor ain’t shit to her but I am getting off topic).

The two became best friends from that day forth.  Hotaru didn’t dwell on how different she was from her new friend because she was just happy to be accepted for who she was. She was able to open up to somebody.

 

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Growing up, I was bullied a lot for my weirdness and awkward nature. I’m also rather  shy and quiet (expect when I am drunk. I am not quiet nor shy when drunk).

It takes a while for me to open up to people due to my own fears from the past (the fear isn’t as bad as it used to be in my youth). If I do open up to somebody its because I vavule that person deeply and I feel like they will accept me.

I get overwhelm with joy each time I can connect with somebody despite how different I feel about myself.  It is a great feeling to be accept despite what fears may hold me back.

To conclude,  I believe everyone has at least one  character they love because of one or many similar triat.  Being able to connect with a character is a wonderful feeling because you see yourself in him or her.

I was able to see myself in Kanji from Persona 4 and Hotaru from Sailor Moon S because I shared similar traits those characters had.  They became some of my favorite characters in their respected medium because of the parallels I had with their personality.

 

(I am never fucking editing on a phone ever again)

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Budget Doesn’t Mean Quality (freewrite)

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The infamous Goku vs. Beerus fight scene from Dragon Ball Super Ep. 5 (2015)

Anime fans heard this before: “This anime had a lot of budget so that’s why it looks good”.

People like to say this goofy shit: “The anime ran out of budget towards the end, that’s why it looks bad.”

The myth of budget influencing anime quality  is bullshit.   The human mind and creativity is not limited to money. Cash doesn’t give you better or worse valve in production.

Budget is used for hiring manpower, directors, and producers. A higher budget brings in the top leading and seasoned forces of the anime industry. That’s it.  Budget does not determine quality.

So if budget doesn’t influence the quality of an anime then what does make or break it?

The answer: Time and talent.

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Anime: One Punch Man. Highly praised for its quality animation (2015)

Time can be an enemy or an ally of a production company.  Say Toei Animation (a large animation company) only has four weeks and a less manpower to complete an episode of Dragon Ball Super (DBS)  before the air date.  Now compared that to  One Piece (OP) having a month and more manpower to complete an episode.

Dragon Ball Super is going to have garbage quality due to the lack of time and manpower.  One Piece will look  better because there was more time and people to work on that episode.

Talent varies from person to person.  A more talented mother fucker will bring in more quality for the show.  A lesser talent brings down the quality of the show.  In short: High talent + more time = Better production.  Low talent + less time = garbage quality.

We can compare the quality of an anime series to a restaurant.

A quality meal at a restaurant is dependent on the skills of the cook and how much time they have to make your food.  If you go to Taco Bell, you’re going to have less quality in food production because it’s fast food. That worker being paid $7.50/hr or $15/hr to make your fake ass tacos won’t make a difference.  They’re limited to time.  Remember that less time means less quality.

Besides, that shit  is garbage to your body regardless.

A real Mexican restaurant will  valve higher quality in food production because they can afford to have extra time high talent (plus the food is better overall). The workers know what they’re doing and have the skills to back it up.

Anime production works like that.  Honestly, it’s stupid to think cash will have an impact on the the show.  Animators are underpaid in Japan.  It’s for real goofy to think that a show will become great or terrible because of the misconception that cash makes you better at your craft.  Your mind, your time, and your dedication means quality.

Budget having an effect on quality is bullshit.  You can give everyone on the production team a six-figure salary.  That doesn’t mean you’ll get a better product.  Time and talent dictates value.   More time and better talents gives us quality. Cash does rule everything around us yes but cash doesn’t improve skillsets or talent.

 

 

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Thanks, Son Goku! (Barely Edited Freewrite)

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Goddammit Goku…

Imagine this: Your homeboy gets you caught up in his bullshit.  You had no involvement to his actions prior but this doesn’t mean anything.  Your careless ass friend managed to drag you into their mess. If you do not get involved, the  dire consequences will impact not only him but you as well.  And it ain’t gonna be pretty.

In the recent episode 78 of Dragon Ball Super, Goku is that careless friend.  Goku manged to drag his associates, friends, and family into his bullshit.  Goku defiantly went against Beerus’ prior warning to not to remind Lord Zeno (Zen-Oh-Sama) of the Tournament of Power.
The Tournament of Power (a.k.a the Omni King All Universe Survival Tournament)  the all universe tournament hosted by Lord Zeno, king of all.  There are no rewards in this tournament sans your universe not being wiped out of existence if you’re declared victor in addition to using the Super Dragon Balls. There’s at least that.  Yay!

So, because Goku wants to fight so badly he endangered not only endanger his friends, family, and planet, this man put the existence of his universe at risk of being wiped out.

Goku, for the very first time in his life, has to take responsibility for his actions. Beerus had to threaten him  to do it of course.  Thank god for you Beerus.  Thank god for you.

Goku enlists his son Gohan and friend, Majin Buu to fight in this tournament and explains If they lose, goodbye to their  universe existence. Mr. Satan tags along but he ain’t doing shit. They ain’t too please about Goku getting them all caught up.

They ain’t the only ones you know.  You already know word got  spread quick about this tournament.  You already know you got niggas from all 12 universes who want to come after Goku.  They have to fight  not just for surivivial, but for their existence because Goku needed a good challenge.

Nigga you need your ass beat.

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Father and Daughter – Souichi and Hotaru Tomoe

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Prior to Sailor Moon S, a laboratory explosion would claim the lives of Souichi Tomoe’s family.  Lamenting his daughter Hotaru’s death, Souichi is approached Geramatoid of the Tau Nebula. Geramatoid presents him an offer: Restoration of Hotaru’s life in exchanged for Souichi’s freewill and servitude.

Souichi accepts, not caring about  his own life.  Upon Souichi’s agreement Germtoid takes him as a vessell; controlling his body, will, and life. Unknown to Souichi , Hotaru would become a vessel to Mistress 9; the Messiah of Silence.

After the incident Hotaru and Souichi continued their lives “normally” and grew close, despite acting as pawns for the aliens. With Hotaru’s character arc introduction, we are given a solid example of their bond. In episode 112, Hotaru and Chibi-Usa are warmly greeted by Souichi at Hotaru’s house. Hotaru cheerfully introduce her Chibi-Usa to her father, who is glad to see Hotaru made a friend (for once in her pitiful life). Hotaru is affectionate towards her father, expressed in tone and body language.

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Later, the relationship cemented at the arc’s climax.   Souichi (liberated from Germtoid’s control) confronts Mistress 9 (fully controlling Hotaru’s body). He falls to his knees, clutching the unrecognizable woman and begins begging for forgiveness, guilt ridden for allowing her to become possessed and indirectly ruining her life.

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Irritated, she responds with calling Tomoe a “useless filthy shell of Geramtoid” and strangling him with her hair. Enraged, Hotaru (whom was inside Mistress 9) overpower the Daimon, forcing her to release her father.

Mistress 9 would struggle with Hotaru to regain control of the child’s body but to no avail.  Hotaru’s drive to save her father would lead to the awakening the spirit of Sailor Saturn residing in her.  Mistress 9 was instantly killed as the power of Saturn’s awakening was too much for her.

 

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Soon after awakening, Hotaru, as Sailor Saturn, proceeds to destroy Pharaoh 90 (leader of the Daimons, summoned earlier by Mistress 9) saving the world at the cost of her life.  However,  with her powers of rebirth, Hotaru was reincarnated as a baby.  Souichi (recovering from his injuries and amnesia) reunited with Hotaru, beginning a new life free from the Daimons.

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This is heartwarming and sweet and I’m happy for these two. They went through some shit. They earned their happiness. And then Setsuna kidnaps I mean borrows Hotaru for her powers. Yea. Borrowin’. That’s what they’re callin’ it these days.

 

At the end, it’s funny to think about the roundabout results Souichi noble act of sacrifice. The man gave up his own will and body to save his daughter’s life.  Hotaru saved her father and “sacrificed” herself to save the world.

To quote a certain rapper: ‘Have you ever loved someone so much, you’d give an arm for? Not the expression, no, literally give an arm for?

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I think he gave more than just an arm for Hotaru.

(If we were to dig deeper into their relationship there’s actually a second side of Hotaru and Souichi’s, relationship although not as direct.  After Hotaru’s introduction in the series, there are a few scenes of Hotaru and Souichi [under the influences of Mistress 9 and Germatoid] interacting with one another and discussing plans for Mistress 9’s awakening and the destruction of Earth.)

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While the anime portrayed Souichi as a caring, warm, and selfish father, his original manga counterpart was a deranged monster. (Okay, maybe monster is a bit too strong of a word.  Bastard seems right).

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Professor Tomoe from Sailor Moon Crystal (2016)

Professor Tomoe was a self-centered madman whom perceived his daughter’s near fatal injuries and the invasion of the Daimons as gifts from the heavens.  His grand ambitions and selfish drive would lead to Hotaru living a horrible life.

An infamous figure in the science community, Professor Tomoe was blacklisted due to his unethical research and experiments.  After being blacklisted Tomoe sold his findings, using the money he earned to buy property for a research lab and founded the Infinity Academy to continued his work.  Flip and hustle my dude.  Flip and hustle.

Similar to the original anime, his wife was killed and Hotaru was severely injured in a lab fire.  Tomoe saved Hotaru’s, using a combination of genetic technology and replacing  her damaged limbs with cybernetics implants.

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During a follow-up operation, lighting struck his lab, opening a dimension gateway (it’s a comic book, roll with it).  Master Pharaoh 90 emerged  from the gateway with an offer: he would give Souichi everlasting power and knowledge  in exchanged for his allegiance.  Although bewilder and hesitate at first Souichi accepts, seeing this chance encounter as a breakthrough for his research.

Pleased, Pharaoh 90 gives Tomoe Daimon eggs for implantation of human hosts.  The professor receives one for himself and another containing Mistress 9.  The Mistress 9 egg needed a suitable host for her powers to grow.  Souichi knew the “right’ person.

Tomoe implants the egg inside  Hotaru who was still recovery.   Her body degrades to a frail state resulting from the unnatural combination of cybernetics implants, genetic technology, and finally, becoming the unwilling vessel of Mistress 9.  Culminating from the selfish ambition of her father, her health plummeted ranging from seizures, shortness of breath, and blackouts.

While Souichi and Hotaru were close in the anime, their manga counterpart was distant and cold.  In chapter 2 of the arc Kaori (Tomoe’s assistant) notices Hotaru having a health fit.
Kaori offers to help Hotaru until she recovers.

 

 

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It’s shocking to see Kaori concerned about Hotaru compared to how she emotionally tormented the girl in the original anime.

Despite being offered help, Hotaru pretty much tells the woman to fuck off, stating that she can take care of herself.  Tomoe intervenes, asking Hotaru not to be rude to his assistant as Kaori helped the family ever since the death of her mother.

Hotaru proceeds to go off on her dad. She doesn’t hold back in telling him that he’s only infatuated with the woman, who just happens to be his private tutor.   As Hotaru storms to her room she tells Kaori that “she ought to learn her place”.

 

 

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Hotaru isn’t quite subtle with her disapproval

Souichi checks up on Hotaru once things cooled.  As she is being comfort by her dad she remarks on how inhumanly cold his hands are.

I believe this is the best to describe their relationship: Cold.  The two were distance and cold.  Souichi was invested in his research, always in his lab. This left Hotaru lonely with little interaction with her father.  Souichi only saw Hotaru as a project, more concerned Mistress 9’s growth than his own daughter.

Later in the future, Mistress 9 awoken (transformed after consuming Chibi-Usa’s Silver Crystal). Souichi was excited to see her in full.    He expressed concerns that  initial  fusion attempts with Hotaru’s body failed, nearly prevented her awakening.   Hotaru (observing the discussion in her spirit form) wasn’t pleased that her father did this to her.

Her suffering and ostracized life was caused by her own father.  Her father whom only saw her as a science experiment.

 

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Fuck you bruh. Fuck you.

Souichi would meet his demise in Act 35 of the manga.  Soon after transforming into Daimon Germatoid, Tomoe was instantly killed by Super Sailor Moon’s “Rainbow Moon Heart Attack”.  (Dude was talking all that good shit but he didn’t even last three pages.)

As she watched her father die, Hotaru reflects how he did everything for her ever since her mother’s death.  However, she states that her father died on the day he sold himself to Pharaoh 90.  The man who died was not her father.

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It’s strange how opposite their relationship were comparing the anime to the original manga.  Souichi wanted to do anything to save Hotaru even if it meant becoming a servant to Germatoid and the Pharaoh 90. While he was noble for doing so it did spite him as Hotaru would also become a servant to Mistress 9.  Souichi had enormous remorse for allowing Hotaru to be possessed despite he knew it wasn’t his fault.

Unfortunately his manga counterpart did not share that guilt.  He felt prideful about his actions, thinking of Hotaru as just a project and not his daughter.  Yea, he did saved her life (how he did at may not been totally legal, performing surgery his  kid in his secret lab) but what good was that if he took advantage of her suffering?

Goddammit manga Souichi.  Just…goddammit.

 

Afterthoughts:
While most (hardcore) fans are aware that Hotaru and her father’s interactions are vastly different in the manga/Crystal and original 90s anime, there are some who may had only grew up watching or experienced the original anime.  It is because of watching the original anime alone that they were unaware that Souichi was a horrible person in original manga thus his cruel nature in Sailor Moon Crystal.

Their surprise is understanding as Souichi was a good person who was thrown into a horrible situation in Toei Animation’s portrayal of his character in the original series compared to Naoko Takeuchi’s Professor Tomoe in Crystal and the manga.  Their shock pretty much inspired me to write about both versions lol (YouTube comments can do that to you)

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