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Playing The Long Game As A Nerd (Freewrite)

 

“You still watching Dragon Ball Z, nigga?  Grow up!”
“Stop acting white! You’re too old to watch cartoons!”
“Go get some pussy and stop playing video games!”

Growing up as a (black) nerd in a backward ass Midwestern city was rough (in the early 2000s). Throughout middle and high school if you had nerdy interests, you were deemed a loser amongst your peers.   Nobody (outside your fellow outcasted nerds) wanted to fuck with you.  You were bullied, teased, and taunted for your nerdy passion.  I too dealt with my fair share of bullshit from normies who didn’t have the balls to step out of their comfort zone; unlike us nerds who didn’t fuck with that fitting in shit.

I still remember how my normie peers would tell me how being a nerd was uncool and that I need to grow up.  They claimed that video games and anime would never get me pussy, popularity, or money.  Of course, they were wrong.  Hell, even with my near grandiose levels of ego, I knew they were wrong. Mainly because  I spent my free-time shit posting and trolling gaming and anime forums communicating with older nerds who went through the same shit I was going through back then.   Many of them had wives, families, money, and status at their jobs.  Some even talked about how they hooked up with an equally nerdy chick or a dude at comic and anime conventions.

I mean shit, I looked up to Bill Gates when I in middle and high school.  Here was a nigga that  was a total nerd in his school days.  Was bullied for being a nerd, spent his weekends working on computers for 40 hours while everyone else was partying and doing stupid, unproductive shit. He played the long game with his brand and within a few decades, he became the richest men in the world.

So much for nerds being losers.

Reading about Bill Gates’s success (as well as the success of older nerds online) made me realize this at a young age:  If I’m going to dedicate my life to being a nerd and building something for myself off it,  then I better play the long game. I just knew deep down that nerd culture was going to be popular.  I just had this gut feeling that nerds and geeks in America will stop being bullied.  That we were going to be trendsetters. Game changers.  The dominant culture in entertainment (The Big Bang Theory doesn’t fuckin’ count).

At the turn of this decade (the 2010s),  my vision was coming true (for the nerd community). Blockbuster superhero movies were the norm.  Video games were treated as a respectful, valued form of entertainment.  Anime (and otaku culture) was accepted.  Anime and video game clubs were poppin’ up in high schools across America.  While nerds were still being bullied, it was happening far less often then decades past.  Kids were free to wear their favorite anime or superhero shirt without fear of being teased or mock.  Conventions were getting mainstream attention.  Being a nerd was now consider cool.

Playing my first long game paid off.

Playing the long game with your passion isn’t easy.  Do not think you won’t face difficulties as a player of the long game.  You are fuckin’ stupid and clueless if you think there no errors or hardships with the long game.  You will have people talk to out of your passion (as they do not see nor understand your vision).   You will get called weird, mad, goofy, insane, whatever your hopeless, average, bottom feeders peers will throw up in your face.  As a player of the long game, you need to block those people out.  Cut them out of your lives even.   Link up with other people who share your passion and understand that success takes years to achieve instead.

How do you play the long game as a nerd?  Simple: Pick something you’re passionate about.  You love vlogging about the latest episodes of mainstream anime?  Good.  Stick with it for a few years. Do you find joy in making others happy when you play video game music on your violin?  Perfect.  Keep it up for years and years on end.  Don’t expect success to come overnight.  If you do, quit right now.  You ain’t cut out for the long game.

To those still bitter about the past and how nerd culture is now popular: Good.  Stay mad.  I need bitter ass suckers like you so I don’t have to worry about fighting other nerds to get that number one spot and dominate and intimidate everyone in the culture one day. Keep being miserable.

For the normies who made fun of nerds and are only on the nerd train cuz it’s popular: Thanks for being suckers!  I look forward to making money and build my brand off yall niggas.

For the rest of us nerds who are taking advantage of this trend: Play hard.  Work hard.  Success is ours for the taking.

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Hating Popular Things Makes You An Intresting Person (Freewrite)

Mark Twain once said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Anyone who does not think Averages: Infinity Wars is a masterpiece superhero film obviously stands opposite to the majority.   Bored at work, I decided to make a shitpost on some Black nerd anime group stating that I do not think Infinity War was a great film (despite the fact I have yet to see it and I wanted to stir up a flame war). The post was merely an excuse to secretly give spoilers of characters dying (as I used a gif of Beerus of Dragon Ball Super erasing Zamasu from existence: a subtle hint to what Thanos did half the universe in the movie).

As expected, Marvel fanboys (who can’t handle the fact people won’t dickride their favorite movies/comics) attacked me. They called me a troll, a hater, insane, whatever insults they could use against during their blind fanboy rage.  I simply laughed: as they didn’t know I never watched the movie (and I was going off spoilers I read online). Manipulative? Yes.  Yes, it was.  Do I care? Nope. Anyways, scrolling through yet another masterpiece troll post of mines I came across a post with the Kirby meme “Hating on popular things doesn’t make you interesting.”

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I love this meme.  Love to make fun of it given how silly it is to think that way.  See, I think people who don’t like things others enjoy are interesting.  They bring something different to the table. A unique taste or flavor so to speak. It gets boring talking to people who share similar interests.  I rather have somebody who’s a bit of an outlier around.  You can’t debate and/or argue with people that share your views – you don’t learn at all from them.

Somebody who has opposite viewpoints, you can learn from them.

By interacting with those who may not share your views, you learn what makes them tick. Somebody may not Pokemon, but they love Digimon.  They might be willing to share their love of Digimon with you to give you an insight of thin passion.  You get invited to go over to their house to watch a few episodes of it and you may even enjoy it.  Dealing with people who are opposite of you is great. Furthermore, you’ll learn skills to handle situations where somebody might have a disagreement with you.

Do you really think you’re an interesting person because you like what’s popular – just like everyone else?  You’re not.  You’re not different.  You’re boring. Bland.  Uninspiring.  Whenever I see a post like “hating on popular things doesn’t make you cool” or whatever, that just tells me this: “I am secretly insecure about the things I enjoy and I can’t’ handle criticism on it because I don’t have confidence towards it.” Confident people don’t let the “hate” get to their head. They just move on with their lives, heads held up high knowing what they enjoy is hot shit.  Nobody can tell them otherwise. So what if people hate things you enjoy?  Stop reacting to the hate and do you.

I believe this world needs that balance of people loving and hating on popular things.

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Don’t Lose Your Head By Letting Victories Get to Your Head (Freewrite)

Matoko Itou of School Days thought he was a player.  He was able to court the alluring yet quiet Kotonoha; a girl many in their school deemed unobtainable (due to her wealth and lack of social skills). The two started dating, although it was one-sided as Matoko only wanted her for sexual reasons. Bored with Kotonoha, Matoko went after her best friend,  Sekai.  Sekai went ahead with his advances despite the fact that her homegirl was dating the man.  One would think that a man would be satisfied with sleeping with two girls (who both happened to be best friends), but this is Matoko Itou.  After screwing around with Sekai multiple times, the kid set his sights on different girls; including Kotonoha’s bullies the mutual friends of Kotonoha, Matoko, and Sekai.

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From left-to-right: Kotonoha, Matoko, and Sekai.

Matoko could have stopped right then and there.  He already slept with multiple girls but he wanted more.  He got more than what he wanted when Sekai winded up becoming pregnant with his child.  Upon knowing he would become a father, Matoko decided to stop his player shit – but it was far too late.  Sekai, anger by the selfish actions of Matoko, murdered him.

Kotonoha then finds Matoko’s body and severed his head.  She then killed Sekai out of jealousy.

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When it comes to victories, many men let the results of their actions get to their head.  They are ignorant of the dangers of that lies ahead of victories.  Error, pitfalls, and downfall lie in wait for foolish people who push past their mark.  You need to learn how to be happy with your results from your victories and check yourself so that you won’t be consumed by the greed of wanting more than you can handle.  It will cost you more than what it is worth.

Yes, Matoko earned the right to be happy and celebrate his success of courting a girl such as Kotonoha.  Yes, it was normal for him to feel great about it. But to pursue other young women when he had Kotonoha was foolish.

Seducing her went to his head. He lost it as a result – figuratively and literally.

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Can’t show gore here so here’s a nice boat. 

‘The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat.

Do not let success go to your head.’
Law 47 of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

(Now, use your head and do NOT watch School Days. It is a dumpster fire of poor production quality and writing)

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Be Careful: There Might Be a Monika in Your Circle

They smilin’ in your face
All the time, they wanna take your place
The Backstabbers

The Backstabbers by The O’Jays (1972 soul song)

Monika of Doki Doki Literature Club is one fake ass bitch.  First off, she tricked everyone with her smile, charming personality, and warm appearance.  She made you think that she’s friendly and cool. Yet, she winds up murdering her friends and kidnapping the main character (MC) out of jealousy.  Rather than celebrating her friends for getting with the MC, she manipulated their personalities and had them killed.  Kinda like how the fake people in our lives act. They see you winning or making moves and rather than to clap for your victories, they be on some passive aggressive shit. They love to talk ill of your achievements. They love to plot against you over what you have (because you have what they don’t).   They run their mouths to others about your flaws and spread rumors to discredit you.  Seems bad, right?

Nope. It gets worse.

Some fake friends you dead!  They wanna see you die! They might even kill you themselves! You don’t even know it.  Just like how Sayori, Natsuki, and Yuri were unaware that their “friend” Monika was planning to kill them, you just might have a friend in your circle who wants you dead.  They want to kill you because they can’t stand the fact you have more than them.  They can’t stand it that you – somebody who wasn’t supposed to be something  –  became something.

How do you know if you might have a Monika in your circle?  Let’s find out.

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Source: https://glamist.deviantart.com/art/Lonely-songbird-DDLC-728241599

In order to detect the Monika, we gotta break down what is and what makes a Monika. In short, a Monika is that friend who’s super jealous, insecure, and angry at everyone winning.  They see everyone gaining success and that makes them bitter. Because of that, they come up with schemes to bring you down.  You ever did something that’s worthy of praise and everyone clapped and celebrate for you it but one of your friends didn’t?  Or they say some slick shit about it without any advice to improve and better yourself?

That’s your Monika.

Monika didn’t celebrate any of her friends for getting close to MC.  In fact, what makes her pathetic is that Monika had the nerve to talk shit about her friends behind their back.  When the MC catches Yuri cutting herself, Monika takes him back to the classroom and the two have a little talk.  Monika mentions that Yuri self-harms as an outlet to express her emotions – in addition to possible sexual reasons. Then,  she wanna ask you if that kinda messed up.

Nah, what’s mess up is that this bitch knows her homegirl cuts herself and ran her mouth about her friend’s private mental health issues to another friend. A  real friend would have been like “Let’s help our homegirl out. Let’s have her talk to a therapist so she can get the help she needs. We need to be there for her and love her regardless of what’s going on in her life.”  A real friend would have confronted their friend about their self-harm habits  – not spread that information to others.

 

 

 

See, you gotta be careful about telling your flaws and issues to some friends.  You may think they care about your issues, but in reality, they don’t.  And they will spread that information to others just to make you look and feel bad. Reflect on a time when you told a “friend” about a situation that was personal and private. You thought you did right in telling that friend such information but they turned around and told others.  And you only found out after a 3rd party informed you of such details (who wasn’t supposed to have that information).

That’s that Monika shit.

This brings me to my final point.  The fake friend – the Monika – will overexaggerate your flaws around others to make you seem like a horrible person.  In DDLC, Monika admitted that she manipulated her friends’ negative traits to extreme levels in hopes that she could trick the MC to fall in love with her instead. Sayori was battling life-long depression.  Rather than helping her homegirl out, Monika drove Sayori to suicide.  Yuri may have been a little passionate about the things she loves. Monika decided to turn Yuri’s passionate personality into that of an aggressive, obsessive love-struck girl. Monika made Natsuki low-ley said some shit about a possible abusive homelife and use it against Natsuki. All of this, just to make her friends looks bad in the MC’s eyes.

 

 

 

In the real world, fake friends will make your negative flaws and traits seem worse than what they already are. If they want to make a villain or somebody that nobody should associate with, they will do it.  Fake people love to use your flaws in order to get ahead in life or reach their goals.  A real friend will say something about your flaws and help you improve on them.  A fake friend stays quiet about your flaws in order to screw you over.

The Monika in your circle will use your flaws against you.

While Monika is a fictional character in a fake world, the dangers of fake, backstabbing friends are real.  They let their insecure nature get to their head: driving them to do horrible things to their “friends”.   They do not praise the success of their friends. Rather, they talk ill about such things. They see your flaws and errors as a chance to bring you down.  They don’t care about improving their own flaws or helping you with yours.  They just want to be on top by any selfish means.

If you have a Monika in your circle cut them off now.

Fake friends: When they done talking to you, they start talking about you.

-Nino Brown (from his audiobook Mackin’ and Stackin’ Vol. 2)

FURTHER TOOL ON DEALING WITH FAKE FRIENDS:

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Higurashi is Back!

When I had first received word of a new Higurashi anime coming out, I was thinking to myself ‘This has to be a troll’.  The Higurashi series is over. There is  no casual anime fan that  fucked with Higurashi since Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kira (if even that)The visual novel side of the fandom is niche as hell.  You ask some norime anime fan they heard of Higurashi and they’re either going to look at you silly or think you’re a sick fuck that gets off to lolis killing each other. Higurashi is not and will never come back.

Or so I thought.

Right before I was going to take a power nap, my YouTube notification alert went off on my phone.  Subconsciously, I grabbed my phone to see what lame video some lame YouTuber has uploaded. As I scrolled down to unveil my shameful clutter of news in my notification bar, I was greeted with something that made my usual pathetic day better:

The haunting cries of the cicadas.  Rika doing her classic “Nippah!” catchphrase.  The yandere Shion in her Angel Mort uniform.  Mion…with a butcher’s knife.  Okay. She’s finally snapped or whatever but she’s back.  Our favorite characters are back…alongside some new characters that I don’t give a shit about.  One of them looks like series creator Ryukishi07. Okay,  it may not be him and I’m probably just being prejudice towards Asians.

 

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I mean, he looks like Ryukishi07.  I swear I don’t think all Asians look alike. I only think that about white people.

 

As I’m watching the trailer I couldn’t help but notice the text in the upper right-hand corner: Last Period.  ‘Did Ryukishi finally tell Studio Deen to fuck off and got with a new animation studio!?’ I thought to myself.  I went ahead to do some research on this “Last Period” and things became clear on why Higurashi was coming back.

Last Period is a smartphone RPG game.  Joy.  Fuckin’ joy. I mean, it’s awesome Higurashi is coming back in animation form.  However, it’s being pimped to sell a fuckin’ RPG. Ryukishi, did something happen?  I know BT’s death fucked your head up and everything but damn man, you broke too? Were those Umineko pachinko games secretly a front by the Yakuza for money and now you got too deep with them?  You owe them some cash?  You good bruh?

Jokes aside, I am happy Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is coming back. It’s one of those series that has a life-long impact on me as an otaku, consumer of art,  a creator, and as a person.  Even if Higurashi is crossing over with a smartphone JRPG series, I’m still going to watch anything Higurashi related.  Expect Kira.  That was a fuckin’ mess.  But really, I hope this collab project is a success because I want more Higurashi.  Hell, that might mean we might get a faithful adaption of Umineko no Naku Koro ni

…you know what, let me not get my hopes up.

 

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Bunny/Pervy Nurse Tanako was the only good thing about Higurashi Kira.

 

Maybe not all weeaboos on the internet aren’t all trolls trying to raise my hopes up. Maybe there is a God who actually loves me and wants me to be happy with my life.
Maybe Studio Deen won’t fuck this up. Regardless, there’s a new Higurashi anime coming out and I’m happy.

 

Sources:
Last Period x Higurashi no Naku Koro ni collab website:
http://lastperiod.happyelements.co.jp/collaboration/higurashi/

Last Period x Higurashi no Naku koro ni animation trailer

 

 

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Post-Con Blues: I Don’t Get It (Litterally and Figuratively)

In my eight years of traveling to conventions and browsing through convention social media pages/groups, there is one ailment that tends to impact many an otaku: Post-Con Blues.  Post-Con Blues is the feeling of depression and sadness at the end of a convention.  Many will have to wait a year or so to see their cosplaying friends and weird ass costumed brethren, dealing with the “normies” of the real world.  I’m going to be real: I do not get this post-con blues thing. It sounds goofy to me.  Ever since my first convention (Anime St. Louis 2010) I never felt this feeling of sadness.  Did it suck that I had to return to the real world after my first convention? Kinda.

 

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A Sayaka cosplayer crying in her hotel room while her Madoka cosplaying friend awkwardly looks on.

 

I say kinda only because I figured years ago if I go back to work, spend and save my money wisely, I could continue and traveling to conventions and write about my experience on them (althrough seven years later after my first convention but whatever, I’m lazy).  Going to conventions weekend after weekend would burn me out and destroy my bank account.  Seeing the same people and cosplays would bore me quick.

Another counter messaurement I have for post-con blues is my hobbies outside of anime.  I love reading books (business, self-help/education, money, etc.) – so I focus my attention on those things.  I kick it with my friends when we’re free. Watching anime helps as well…when I have the time (being an adult working 60 hours a week is brutal).

Something to help keep my mind off cons for a bit.

If I do get upset after a convention, it’s more so I’m leaving a more cultured city and returning to the hellhole that is Saint Louis, lmfao.  I remember being treated with so much love at Atlanta when my  crew went to Anime Weekend Atlanta back in 2014.  People were friendly, polite, helpful, and not on some bullshit back in St. Louis.  I love St. Louis, but we are fucking backwards.  We are too slow to catch trends and by the time we do get trends, it’s too late.  I’m not saying Atlanta is perfect, but when you know your city barely has any culture and you go to a city full of it, it changes your mind about your hometown.

Now, my next statement will be harsh. Cruel even.  But you guys know me – I don’t care for the feelings of others (for the most part).   I personally (again, I) think if you have post-con blues, that simply means you have no life outside of your anime hobbies.  Sorry, but that’s how I feel. If your life revolves around whacky ass Japanese cartoons (and you’re not making money or major moves off it), you live a sad life.  If you use conventions to escape your problems rather than reward yourself for solving them (that you can control mind you), you’re an idiot.

To conclude this short little essay or freewrite or whatever, I don’t’ get post con blues.  Never have and never will.  I feel that I have means to avoid that shit and do better myself, but that’s just me. If you have post con blues, then do something about it rather than whine about it.

Peace.

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Spoilers Don’t Mean S**t!

(Warning: Major spoilers for Fire Emblem 4: Genealogy of the Holy War and Doki Doki Literature Club. I’m not dealin’ with ya weebaboos and ya hurt feelings.)

I can fondly remember when my homeboy (at the time) “spoiled” the fact that Hotaru was Sailor Saturn (Sailor Moon S) in grade school.  I had just finished watching my first episode of Sailor Moon (episode 117: Higher, Stronger! Cheers by Usagi) the previous day and was hooked.  I expressed my love for the Hotaru character and her awesomeness. Unlike Usagi and Chibi-Usa (who had to transform in order to gain their powers), Hotaru didn’t need to transform for her powers.  My dude smiled and said “You know Hotaru is actually a Sailor Scout, right?  She’s Sailor Saturn.  That’s why she has powers. In fact, not only is she a Sailor Saturn, she’s being controlled by somebody else.”

“Ahh!” I replied.  “No wonder she could do those things like blasting a monster across a track field.”  The spoilers about Hotaru’s truth identify didn’t ruin her character for me.  In fact, it made me more excited to watch more Sailor Moon S. I wanted to see Hotaru’s journey as a sickly, lonely girl to the Soldier of Destruction (who ironically, would save the world from destruction).

 

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Same.

 
Spoilers don’t mean shit.  Being spoiled about an event in the media we consume never ruin the emotional experience. In fact, it makes it better.  Some may say “But spoiling something will make you disappointed or change your mind about a character.” Okay, so what? Your views of a character are going to change regardless of you got spoiled on their actions or not. Why try to avoid the inevitable when it’s going to hit you sooner or later?

Let me change your mind about spoilers. I know I can.

 

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Spoilers: Don’t click the first search result for “Aeris Dies” at your job.

 

Spoilers neither ruins nor replace the emotional experience that you’d otherwise witness.  Spoilers are just words. They don’t provide the gut hitting visuals of seeing your favorite character die.  Spoilers don’t give you the sense of anger of seeing a “trustworthy” ally betraying his best friend on screen. “But Ben!  What about twists and surprises!?”  Oh well.  Once you consumed media for nearly 25 years you tend to get bored with surprises and twists.

Recently, I’ve been playing the popular Western visual novel, Doki Doki Literature Club/DDLC (not to be confused with the obscure PC98 visual novel Doki Doki Vacation).  Through my adventures (of playing the game), people were trying (failing) to convince me not to read spoilers.  They told me that it’s better to experience the game blind so I could “truly appreciate” the game for what it is.

 

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DDLC Girls(left-to-right): Knife-Chan the Pervert, Princess of Daddy Issues, Tears of a Clown, and Machiavelli. 

First off, I had to laugh at those who believed I should play DDLC by their standards. Second, telling me to avoid spoilers won’t work – it’ll just make me read them. Through reading spoilers, I discovered that Monika was the true villain of DDLC. Monika was a manipulative, angry, jealous, and lonely girl who wanted someone to love her and grant her freedom (from her digital prison and self-awareness powers).  Did those spoilers impacted and change my views on Monika? Of course, but in turn, it made more interested in her character (given that I enjoy manipulative/Machiavellian-type characters).

 

Here’s where I still felt the emotional impact of Monika’s cruel deeds despite being “spoiled”.

As Monika brags about killing Natsuki, Yuri, and Sayori, your character is forced to sit across from her in the Literature Club (now the Room of Eternity).  The distorted music, dark orange tint filling the room, and Monika staring at your eye gave me a sense of unease.  I felt anger as Monika casually – yet coldly – discussed how she murdered her friends.  Now, do you see how spoilers don’t replace those emotions?  Again, they don’t give you that visual treat.

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Reading those spoilers didn’t provide me with those emotions – but playing the game did. The spoilers just enhanced my journey, which brings me to my next point.

Around 2005, I started playing Fire Emblem 4: Genealogy of the Holy War.  I “foolishly” spoiled the game’s ultimate plow twist – Arvis murdering the main character, Sigurd. Furthermore, Arvis manipulated the nobles of  Grandbell to wage war against a few nations:  just so he could have the nobles kill each other. Arvis’s schemes prove successful.

 

Rather than being mad at myself (for “ruining” the plot), I became curious about Arvis’s “terrible” deeds and did research.  I discovered the game development notes of Shouzou Kaga (creator of Fire Emblem); gaining information on Arvis (that changed my mind about him). Arvis was angry at the nobles of Grandbell who abused their power – subjecting their citizens to levels of extreme poverty (while the nobles spent their riches on themselves).

Arvis – in his head – thought himself as a liberating hero for the common man.

The spoilers didn’t ruin the plot for me.  In reality, not only did it made me want to play the game, it made me respect Kaga’s complex writing of Arvis’s character.  Kaga’s notes help me understood the tragic (anti) villain archetype of media.  It was the kick that I needed to see the game all the way to the end – to see how the events unfold through Kaga’s craftsmanship.

See how spoilers can work in your favor?

Spoilers do not mean shit. This was a fact that I discovered back in my childhood with Hotaru/Sailor Saturn, one of my favorite characters of all time. Being spoilers on certain characters might change my views on them.  That’s okay: it was going to change either way.  Reading spoilers helped me understand why villains such as Arvis and Monika had to do the things they did – and I still got emotional when I reached their villain reveals in their respected games. The spoilers got me in the head of the creator and made me felt what they felt.  To me, that’s the ultimate sign of respect for a creator: understanding their works.

Spoilers don’t ruin the story.  They enhance it.

 

SOURCES:

Spoiler Alert: Spoilers Make You Enjoy Stories More by Adny Murdock
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/spoiler-alert-spoilers-make-you-enjoy-stories-more

Spoilers Don’t Spoil Anything by Jonah Lehrer:
https://www.wired.com/2011/08/spoilers-dont-spoil-anything/

Spoiler Alert: Spoilers Don’t Ruin Stories by Melissa Dahl
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/body-odd/spoiler-alert-spoilers-dont-ruin-stories-after-all-flna1C6437232

Shouzou Kaga’s Comments/Designer Notes on Fire Emblem 4
https://serenesforest.net/general/designers-notes/holy-war/shouzou-kagas-comments/
https://serenesforest.net/general/designers-notes/holy-war/fire-emblem-treasure/
https://serenesforest.net/general/designers-notes/holy-war/playing-guide/

(Yuki’s notes: Arvis did nothing wrong as he fought for the greater good of the people.  Monika was wrong because she was a selfish simp.)

 

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“Comfort Misha” (Or How Did Ya Not Realize That Misha Was Trying to F**K?)

Katawa Shoujo is an old game.  Great game, but it’s old.  As with most old games, people rarely speak about it as time passes (sans hardcore fans).   The hardcore fans it alive through discussion groups on Facebook. Browsing through the Katawa Shoujo Fan Club Facebook group, I found a fanart/fake screenshot of Misha parodying some shit off Doki Doki Literature Club.  The parody reference the infamous “Comfort Misha” scene with the whole ordeal of one of the Doki Doki girls catching you trying to play another girl’s route.

Reading the comments, people were reflecting on how they did not realize that comforting Misha meant that she was trying to sleep with Hisao. Such a choice they regretted (since it led them to Shizune’s bad ending). I’m not even gonna lie to y’all: I was laughing at how their ignorance and borderline stupidity.

Let’s be real: Misha came up to Hisao’s room late at night – knowing full well that he’s her best friend’s  (Shizune) boyfriend.   That’s already suspicious. Next, no woman is going to come up to a man’s house or dorm or whatever late at night just to “talk”. Why couldn’t Misha wait until the next morning to talk, but whatever.  So, after Misha went up to Hisao’s room, she had the nerve lie up in his bed (while he was in it), get real close to him, kiss him and bury her head in his chest.

Yep.  She just wanted to “talk”.

At this point, you’ll say some shit like “Yeah no, ‘comfort Misha’ means sleep with her”.  I know I was.  I was like “Yea, this bitch trying to get some dick from Hisao”.  There’s no way you couldn’t figure that out. I can understand if  English isn’t your second language and you don’t understand subtle clues in that language.   But for those who can understand English with all of its subtle hints in the language, how did you miss all of this?  Even if you were never been in a friendly relationship with a woman prior to Katawa Shoujo, Misha’s action should have set off some red flags.

You’re pretty clueless. I’m not sorry.

Now, with that said, if you chose “Comfort Misha” as your first choice knowing full well it meant having sex with her, you’re the type of person that cheat on their boyfriend or girlfriend with their best friend.

Just saying.

(Also don’t blame Hisao for stickin his dick in Misha.  You were the one who selected that option.)

Anime Analysis 0

Otaku no Hustle: The Hustling (and Entrepreneur) Side of Otaku no Video

Otaku no Video (lit. “The Geeks’ Video”) is Gainax’s 1991 two episode OVA (original video animation) celebrating otaku culture.  Set between 1982-1999, the anime follows main character Ken Kubo’s journey from an everyman college tennis player, to his transformation into a diehard otaku, aspiring entrepreneur, the CEO of his a multi-million dollar anime figurine/garage kit company, and finally, the president of a successful multi-billion dollar animation company.  Otaku no Video is celebrated throughout the otaku community; due to its overarching theme of otaku pride and positivity. However, there’s one theme of the OVA that isn’t discussed within the community: the hustle of Ken and his journey as an entrepreneur.

Join me as I discuss this underappreciate theme of  Otaku no Video and how it even relates to the real world of entrepreneurship.

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From left-to-right: Misty May, Tanaka, Ken, and Fukuhara.

PART 1
THE HUSTLE

‘While we out here, say the Hustler’s Prayer
If the game shakes me or breaks me
I hope it makes me a better man, take a better stand’
-Biggie Smalls, Sky’s the Limit (1997 hip-hop single)

Towards the end of episode one, Ken (frustrated with his girlfriend dumping him, not being able to find a job, and dealing with the negative stereotypes of  otakus) convinces his friend Tanaka to drop out of college and quit job hunting in order to start up an anime figurine manufacture company: Grand Prix (GP) . The ambitious friends worked and hustle non-stop; creating figurines out of their apartment and promoting the GP brand.  Months later, they were able to buy a property – setting up shop at a storefront and hiring old college friends (to work for them).

Their business massively grew and they start to scale; buying up more property to open new shops. The public and media take notice of their brand; with Ken and Tanaka’s brand appearing on TV, newspapers, and magazines.  Grand Prix grew into a power player within their industry – dominating the competition.

Finally, after a year of relentless growth, Grand Prix transformed from a small business to behemoth of a corporation.

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In the real world, a company coming up from a small business to a major corporation within a year is a mere fantasy.  However, the reality of business growth can be rooted in taking risks. Quitting a secured job and/or dropping out of college to one’s entrepreneur journey is risky.  Successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg know this well. They had to drop out of college in order to grow their business massively. Daymond John (founder of the urban clothing line FUBU and Shark Tank judge) quit his job at Red Lobster to focus on his brand (although he did wait until FUBU became a profitable business before quitting). The greatest of entrepreneurs had to surrender something in order to build their brand – just like what Ken and Tanaka did.

The otaku duo where met with overwhelming success in a span of a year.  Yet, like with many entrepreneurs, failure was waiting nearby.

 

PART 2
FAILURE AND COMEBACK

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‘Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is the part of the process of success.’
-Robert Kiyosaki

The impressive growth of the GP Company meant that Ken was able to expand the business overseas.  In order to increase capital, Ken (now a multi-millionaire), set his sights on China (in order to build a warehouse for mass production). Taking out a loan with a bank, Ken travels to China and buys land for the warehouse; overseeing the production of it. Back in Japan, the figurine industry starts to crash – putting Grand Prix at risk of going under. With the company in financial trouble and the morale of his employees fading, Ken at is in danger of losing his title as president of GP.

The downfall of the Ken begins.

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Fuck bankers. 

After the success of the warehouse in China, Ken is called to an emergency meeting at Grand Prix.  The meeting is a front to fire him as president – with the entire company in favor of it – including his best friend Tanaka. Ken is forced to work as a regular employee at one of Grand Prix’s underperforming location and he begins to lose hope in himself. Later, during an event at a Grand Prix store, Ken encounters Tanaka (who too was fired from the company on false embezzlement charges) and confronts him (about Ken’s firing). Tanaka begs for his forgiveness: explaining to Ken that he was manipulated by the bankers to vote against him.

Ken forgives Tanaka as he realized they were both screwed over (by the same people). Putting his anger aside, Ken asks Tanaka if he wants to start over again.  Tanaka agrees and the two join forces once again to build a new brand – separate from Grand Prix.  Together, Ken and Tanaka start up a Japanese Adult Video (JAV) business with cosplay porn as their specialty.

…Nah I’m just fucking around they open up their own animation studio.

Tanaka and Ken begin work on creating their new company: “Giant X”. Tanaka suggests that they create homemade anime marketed towards otaku to sell through mail orders (as well as selling merchandise at events for extra income). Tanaka recruits Fukuhara: a former employee of Grand Prix as an animator.  Together, the three start production on an original anime: Misty MayMisty May is a hit with the otaku market; putting Ken and Tanaka back in the national spotlight.  Giant X – like Grand Prix before – dominated its market and industry without resistance. Ken, with the success of his new company, buys back Grand Prix and becomes a juggernaut of a businessman. Later on, Ken opens the world’s first otaku driven amusement park: An amusement park for otakus by otakus.

Finally, at the end of the OVA, Ken is the richest man in Japan and one of the world’s wealthiest CEOs.

‘Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back.’
‘If you’re a real winner you know how to bounce back!’
-Big Sean, Bounce Back (2016 hip-hop single)

Ken was able to bounce back from failure – like many entrepreneurs have done.   In business and in hustling, you’ll have your fair share of failures, mishaps, disappointments, what have you.  It’s all a part of the entrepreneur’s journey.  In order to become a successful entrepreneur, you must bounce back from failure and never give up. Richard Brandon, the founder of Virgin, has seven well-known failures. But he still works as an entrepreneur to this day. Walt Disney, one of the world’s most influential animator and businessman, was fired from his first cartoonist job.  His boss told him that he’ll never find success because he lacked imagination and his ideas were terrible.  Today, the Disney Company is worth over 92 billion dollars.

Failure doesn’t always mean the end.

Otaku no Video is a wonderful OVA on otaku pride.  It has inspired many fans around the world to love their nerdiness.  Gainax shows the world that otaku can break the stereotype that nerds are hopeless losers that won’t amount to anything in life.  However, what should be celebrated about this OVA is Ken’s grind from a young college kid to a rookie entrepreneur, to a successful businessman who failed but bounces back against all odds.  Although Ken ’s wild story and the man himself is fictional, we can learn from and relate to him.

We dealt with failures, setbacks, doubters, and disappointment, only to come back from all of them and shine brightly.  Our vision may seem wild and outlandish to some, but to us, they can come true – but only if we work our ass off for it.

We should be like Ken Kubo; staying focused on our goals regardless of what failure may come and embrace the hope of an unseen world far away.

‘I won’t let anyone block me!
I’ll go my own way!’
‘My goal is the world!’
‘I’ll be the greatest man’!
-Lyrics from Fight! Otaking! (Otaku no Video’s OP theme)

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70cm Sqaure Windows Should have Been Dragon Ball Super’s Final ED (Drunken Rant)

(Warning: Terrible grammar and spelling.  I was drunk off three shots of Jim Beam and drank like two 32 oz. cans of cheap Miller beer. You’ve been warned.  Originally written on March 2nd, 2018.)

Assuming that there won’t be a final ED for Super’s finale, ONEPIXCEL’s Lagrima as the final ED is a poor choice.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad song for what it is (and the women performing the song are pretty cute).  I find myself bobbing my head in sync with the beat of the song even. Still,  it’s doesn’t carry the emotional weight of 70cm Square Window.  Why do I think it carries more weight than Lagrima?  Well, hear me out.

Once we get past Adult Goku riding on the Flying Nimbus (or the Kinto’un for you fucking Japanese sub purist weeaboos), there’s a shot of Kid Goku alone starting far into the distance.  Following that, the ending animation transition to  Kid Goku’s running animation cycle featuring the OG Dragon Ball characters in the background (Bulma, Pura, Oolong, Yamcha, Krillin, Tien, Muten Roshi, and Goku’s late beloved grandpa, Gohan).  Next, Goku grows into his current self, riding back on the Flying Nimbus while images of the Team Universe 7 crew scroll along.  Finally, that shit ends with Goku running next to images of Beerus, the Zeno Kings, Grand Preist, Hit, and Jiren – the important characters of DB Super.

The animation of 70cm Square Window shows Goku’s growth from classic Dragon Ball, Z, and Super (sorry DBGT stans ya don’t get shit).  Goku went form a curious, humble country boy traveling the world for stronger people to fight and train with,  to a man who could destroy an entire universe with ease.  Just imagine, you finish watching the final episode of Super, this song plays, and you watch Goku’s progression within this ED.  You watch this man improve and better himself – becoming this unstoppable warrior. Imagine that shit man.  How the fuck can Lagrima could ever compare?

Fuck, let’s check the  best lyrics of the song:

‘I was always thinking of you
The reality that squeezes my heart
I was always longing to see you
And I’ll continue to forge ahead with that memory…”

Let’s imagine that none of the universe or any warrior that died will be brought back (they will cuz it’s Dragon Ball Super and Super is fuckin predictable as fuck) after the Tournament.   Do you know how those lines could fit well with say 18 remembering her brother or Vegeta remembering Cabba and the Saiyans of Universe 7 and how they will have to continue on living without them?  I want you to imagine 18’s and Vegeta’s sadness as those lyrics play.

Wouldn’t that shit be perfect?

Real shit tho, I’m drunk as hell and none of this will lever happen cuz Toei Animation don’t get deep with Dragon Ball like that.   Hope you enjoyed this durenk rant I will do more in the future when I have nothing better to do on a Friday night or something.

Afterword:
Alcohol doesn’t make you a better writer.  It only makes you an alcoholic writer and increases your alcohol dependency.

 

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Dear Nerds: The Past is the Past – Get Over High School.

From my last article, I stated how nerd culture has reached popularity that rivals mainstream culture.  Years ago, anything nerdy was deemed pathetic – activities that only people with no lives enjoy. Today, it’s going through a renaissance. Superhero/comic movies are now major blockbusters. Video games are treated as a serious art form. Anime is no longer viewed as a joke  (for the most part).  Yet, despite those achievements, there are bitter nerds angry with the newfound popularity (of nerd culture). They’re upset at the past (as they were bullied for being nerds, weren’t accepted, etc.) They continue to cry about whatever happened to them in high school.  Can I say something?  If you’re this type of nerd, you need to get the fuck over it.

High school is over.  Nobody (but you) gives a shit.

The past is the past; let that shit go. You need to stop being mad at your peers from high school just because they rejected you (for being a nerd). The popular preppy girl who wouldn’t dare date you because you played Pokemon? She’s now fat, have five unruly children from three baby daddies, and she’s working at a dead end job. She’s hopeless.  The asshole who called you lame because you wanted to study rather than hitting up the weekend party?  I bet you he ain’t doing shit with his life today.  He’s strung out on drugs and begging people for money on the streets.

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You, my friend?  You’re doing well (I hope).  You’re working on your goals, dreams, making money, and life-changing moves for the better. There’s a special somebody in your life that appreciate your nerdiness.  You changed your wardrobe and rocking the fresher clothes of the season; clothes your bullies never imagine you wearing years after high school.

You changed, just like trends and the people who may have made fun of you.

 

Here’s what you need to understand.  The bullies and assholes that made fun of you could’ve changed after high school.  They could have realized that they were horrible to you and others.  Perhaps one day they reflected on their hurtful actions of the past, realized what they have done, and made the effort to never repeat that shit again. Teenagers are pricks.  They should know better, but it takes a while for people to grow and self-improve for the future.

People need to change for the future.

 

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Peter Parker and Flash Thompon; Peter’s former bully.

 

Let’s talk about the future.   We’re living in the golden age (of nerd pop culture).  Superhero movies are bringing studios hundreds of millions of dollars (the good ones of course).  Adults are playing on their 3DS in the open without normies talking shit about them.  Otaku are expressing their love for the anime medium without fear of ridicule.  You can talk about the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super or My Hero Academia with your coworkers.  Cosplay is getting the respect it deserves.  Everything nerdy is slowly becoming accepted and not made as a joke to belittle the people that love it! I can bet money that in a few years, people will no longer be mocked or bullied for liking anime, video games, comics, etc.  It’ll be too deep within the mainstream for anyone to go out their way to bully people over those things.   So what if there are some norimes who think that shit is lame?  Fuck them! Let them be stuck the past with that old mindset.

We’re moving towards the future.

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Your Nerd Hobbies Didn’t Get You Rejected: It Was You

You gotta love bitter nerds.  Ever since the emergence of nerd culture in mainstream culture, pathetic, dusty nerds have come out with their sob stories on women rejecting them (for being nerdy).    You may have come across such stores like “Anime was the reason why women never like me” or “Now that comic books are popular ya wanna join the hype train but ya weren’t down with me back in high school!” If these sob stories describe your experience with women, then you need to hear the truth.  You weren’t rejected because you like anime or video games.  You got rejected because of you and you alone. Blaming your nerd hobbies only mean that you don’t have the courage to admit that you suck.

Let me explain why – because you losers need a wakeup call.

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I know it’s hard to admit fault (for your rejection), but hear me out.  The rejections happened because of your flaws.  You’re a boring ass person lacking charisma.  The girl you wanted like men who can wow her with their confidence and social skills – which you clearly lacked.  Who wants a relationship with a man whose personality is that of the mundane Yuki Nagato off The Melancholy Haruhi Suzumiya combined with the unbearable stoic Obi-Wan from Star Wars Episode 1.

 

 

Next, your horrid appearance landed you that denial. You fucking stink. You smell like pure unwashed swamp ass. The last time you took a bath or put on deodorant was when Half-Life 3 came out.  Your crusty dry lips are begging you to apply Carmex on them.  You’re out here sporting disastrous, greasy unkempt hair. That doesn’t make you look cute. It makes you look like the three-way fusion of Post Malone, Digibro, and Mick Foley/Mankind.  And that’s pretty nasty my man (no disrespect to the greats Digibro and Mick Foley).  And your fashion sense boy!  Did you really think rockin’ a fedora, a button down Dragon Ball Z shirt, and New Balance shoes was gonna get you some women?

How dense are you?

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Enough your shit tier looks.  Let’s talk your blame game.  That shit’s weak. Yes, people are shallow and won’t date you over hobbies.  That’s okay.  I doubt you would date a normie girl with normie interests. With that said,  wasting your life playing video games, jackin’ off to ero anime, and reading slice-of-life manga all day long as hobbies are turn-offs to some. Honestly, that’s boring. Nobody wants to hang around with a boring person like you.  Find other things to enjoy, like watching live-action television, going out to the movies, reading things that aren’t manga.

Liking nerdy interests alone doesn’t make you special: It makes you uninteresting.

Gotta love bitter nerds.  I mean, really.  You can’t help but laugh at them for blaming their hobbies and others for their shortcomings.   Are you amazed at how they can’t see their own faults and improve on them? Because I am. Look, if you are a nerd who does these things, you need to work on yourself and stop playing the blame game.  Take a shower.  Have confidence in yourself.  Go update your fashion game.  Indulge in cool shit other than nerdy shit.

Just stop crying.

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Anime Fans: You Need To Travel!

Recently, I bought my first plane tickets; booking a flight from St. Louis (my hometown) to Los Angeles, California (for the convention Anime Expo).  The purchase marks major progress for not only the Yuki The Snowman brand, but for my personal growth too.  In my years of traveling, I’ve met strangers who turned into friends, visited unexplored places which became my favorite spots to hit up, and unknown cities which became my home away from home.  Of course, I visited anime conventions in these different cities (that I grew to love). All of these experiences I earned thanks to traveling.

Trust me, you want these experiences. Let me explain why you should travel as an anime fan.

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You’re away from your hometown. You don’t have to deal with the same ol’ people from it.  You know; the mindless normies who make fun of you for liking anime. Traveling gives you the chance to explore a major, prosperous city; filled with innumerable cultured people who just get you and your passion. This is especially true if you’re into the arts – like anime, film, theater, music, etc. Your pathetic hometown isn’t filled with cultured people who appreciate the arts.  You need to go where your interests are appreciated and respected.

I know there’s a small voice in your head telling you to leave.  Don’t deny that voice.

 

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Get and AND travel the world they mean.

Traveling provides you with new experiences – experiences you’ll never have in your small town. In 2016, I traveled to Atlanta, GA. for the world-renowned Dragon Con.  Dragon Con is an American multimedia convention where over 80,000 from across the globe invade the entire downtown Atlanta: celebrating nerd culture for five days.

 

On Saturday of Dragon Con, there’s a massive parade for the convention that wraps around the downtown ATL area. This parade is full of cosplayers showcasing their talents and sci-fi themed floats.   Did I mention that throughout the event, Dragon Con has over thousands of non-stop programming that doesn’t end until the afternoon of Labor Day?

Oh, and it’s an open container party convention for you alcoholics and party nerds (like myself).

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My backward ass hometown doesn’t have cool shit like that.  We got conventions, but their main programming end between 7pm-1am (depending on the convention).  We have no parades celebrating nerd culture (because the local rednecks and ignorant Republicans here think the arts shouldn’t be celebrated). The thought of a convention being hosted in downtown St. Louis with over 80,000 nerds is viewed as a joke out here.   There’s only one convention that allows open container and partying (Archon, ya know I love ya).  If you try to throw a party at our other conventions, security and the police will shut your ass down.

I bet your small town has those issues as well. Even if it does have anime and sci-fi conventions, there are only about 500-1000 people who attend it.  Maybe 1500 – and the numbers are made from the same nerds you see in your community.  Your con’s guest list is made up of the same 10 voice acting and industry guests each and every year.  If you go out of town to a major city that hosts a massive convention, chances are, you’ll see over 30 industry guests. For conventions like Anime Weekend Atlanta and Anime Central, you may even get to see a voice actor from Japan.

Do you get why you should travel as an anime fan?

Traveling allows you to meet new people and gain new networks.  Let’s say you’re an aspiring vlogger, blogger,  social media starlet, whatever.  Your hometown will never support you because they see you every day. They don’t wanna support a person who they believe they will never get anywhere (despite how hard you grind to produce content), or if that person is making more moves (then the average person in their town).

Here’s where traveling to new cities come to play (for your craft).  As stated above, new faces in new cities mean new networks for you and your brand.  Let’s pretend you’re at Anime Expo, and this is your first time vlogging at such an event.  You’re interviewing a marvelous Beatrice (Umineko no Naku Koro ni) cosplayer who spent all of 2017 professionally designing and building her frilly dress and pipe (which is fully functioning).  You guys plan to kick it after you two get done with your business because you’re both huge Umineko fans and wanna talk more about the series and she finds you as a cool person (and also wants to smoke you out using her pipe).

Not only did you got a cool cosplay interview for your vlog, you now made a new friend off a love for an obscure visual novel.  I’m doubtful the ignorant bums of your small town have no clue what’s a visual novel is.  Hell, they’re probably too stupid to read a normal novel.

 

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Beatrice from Umineko

 

Additionally, it’s smart to meet new friend globally for growth.  Furthermore, you need to drop your (loser) friends. Friends who don’t appreciate and understand why you’re so passionate about the things you love aren’t worth having around.   What is worth it is having around are people who get you. You like people who like you; who vibes are just like yours. That’s why you must travel.

 ‘If you’re not feeling it, find new friends.’
-Gary Vee (from his video SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE)

Traveling allows you to grow.  It’s an outlet for a person to see new places and obtain experiences that their small town will never provide.  Exploring the world brings you to new faces that will support you and even befriend you. You need to get out of your hometown and grow.

This is an enormous world. Don’t be content with being in your pathetic tiny town forever.

 

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Goku Black Didn’t Kill Jiren’s Friends and Family, You Idiots

Boy, the Dragon Ball community never ceases to amaze me with their stupidity. With the revelation of Jiren’s backstory in episode 127 of Super, fans are speculating who could have murdered Jiren’s family and friends.  One utterly idiotic theory floating about is that Goku Black was behind the slaughter of Jiren’s loved ones. Yea.  Goku Black.

Can I explain how stupid that sounds?

First, let me outline how this theory got started.  It’s real stupid but check it.  Niggas legit think Goku Black is behind the murders because of how the animators used a similar technique to hide the killer’s identity as they did with Goku Back’s. That’s it.  Nothing else to logically suggests that their theory is correct.

If Goku Black was the killer, Jiren wouldn’t be alive. Why?  Because Goku Black hates all mortals. He deems mortals as evil. He wants them all dead.  Jiren is a mortal. Goku Black would have killed him.  Furthermore, why would Toei Animation hide Goku Black’s identity if we already know who he is? That doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever.

Back in Dragon Ball Z, Trunks was explaining to Goku about the upcoming Android threat.  During this, there was a scene where we see two figures whom we could not make out their physical appearance; similar to how we couldn’t figure out Goku Black’s identity.  It was to add tension to Trunk’s story and the upcoming storylines.

This isn’t exclusive to Dragon Ball either.  In many visual media (video games, comic books, anime, etc.), villains’ identity is concealed by shadows and lighting so the audience won’t know who they are until the climactic moment of their reveal.

 

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The face of the crazy ass science dude in Sailor Moon covered in shadow.

 

Let me keep going so I can break down this stupid ass theory.

Goku Black is just Zamasu in Goku’s body.  Because of that, Jiren would have tried to take out Goku from the start of the Tournament of Power for revenge.  Jiren would have believed that Goku was Goku Black. Then, he would have attempted to do anything within his power to beat the shit out of him and possibly kill him.  Jiren had no interest in Goku when Goku tried to fight him at the start of the Tournament.  If there were any interests towards Goku, it’d be related to the fact that Jiren believes that Goku is Goku Black – which he doesn’t – because it’s fucking impossible.

To close out my rant, you are utterly fucking stupid if you believe the theory that Goku Black was the murderer. You ate paste as a kid and you probably the same nigga who thought Goten was Goku Black.  I’m not sorry for calling you fucking stupid.

Have a blessed day that our Lord has made.

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Toppo: Pride Trooper of Destruction

As the Tournament of Power reaches its conclusion, I am constantly reminded of Dragon Ball Super’s 7th ending theme: An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil.  Towards the end of it, there’s a line that goes “Justice and evil both carry the same gun”.  I couldn’t help but think about the song when Toppo tells Frieza that “Justice…is worthless now” during their battle and Toppo’s resolve (to become a God of Destruction and forego his morals).  The theme of justice is played with Toppo throughout the Universe Survival Arc. Toppo is a proud warrior of justice; leading his Pride Troopers to battle after battle in the name of all that is righteous.

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From analyzing Toppo’s personality, he holds justice, morals, and honor with the utmost respect.  He fights fairs: preferring honest play over cheap tactics.  This is shown when Toppo snapped on Android 17 for attacking the Kamikaze Fireball (during their transformation).   He questioned the motives of the Tournament, The Grand Priest, and Zeno-Sama.  Toppo doesn’t feel right about fighting in a tournament designed to wipe out multiple universes; a tournament in which countless lives will end upon each universe’s erasure.

Toppo and his Pride Troopers initially entered the tournament to punish those who they deemed “evil”.  While survival was ideal, targeting evil doers were their prime goal. However in episode 104 of Super, Toppo started to change his mind.  With seven of his men gone and his universe at risk of deletion, Toppo decides that the Pride Troopers must kill their ideologies of justice and ethics in order to live.

There’s no place for justice and heroism in a war of survival.

Towards the end of the tournament, Toppo is struggling against Andoird 17.  After analyzing 17’s combat style (and discovering 17 has infinite energy), Toppo decides to end his battle with 17 with one blow.  However, he fails and is forced into a beam struggle with the Universe 7 warrior.    During the struggle, Frieza attacks Toppo from behind.  Frieza taunts Toppo while blasting him with Death Beams. Bored with Toppo, Frieza attempts to blast Toppo off the battlefield; enveloping him with overwhelming energy.

Despite the struggle, Toppo survives but is heavily wounded.

Frieza taunts Toppo once more.  He mocks the man, calling him trash.  He then points out how shameful it must be for Toppo to have his prized uniform of justice in shreds.  It’s here where Toppo snaps.  Coldly, Toppo replies that justice is worthless.  After seeing his men fall and the destruction of six universes before him, Toppo comes to a resolution.  Justice is worthless.  It has no use on the battlefield.  Justice doesn’t translate to survival.

In order to survive,  Toppo gives up on justice.  This same man who praised it with pride now sees it as a waste. A liability even.  Toppo decides to ascend to godhood: A God of Destruction.  Destruction – like war – is neutral.  It doesn’t care about silly ideas like good or evil, justice or injustice.  All it cares for is annihilation and death.

What good are both justice and playing hero if both things never ensure survival?

‘There’s only one difference between heroes and madmen: It’s whether they win or lose.’

-Lambdadelta, Umineko no Naku Koro ni

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Citrus

Question: Have you ever wanted to smoke an entire carton of cigarettes after experiencing a horrific event?   Smoking isn’t your thing?  Okay, how about drinking an entire bottle of Everclear with shots of 100 proof Vodka so you won’t ever recall those horrible flashbacks? Well, boys and girls, that’s my experience with Passione’s controversial anime Citrus.

 

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Yuzu and Mei. By the way, they’re stepsisters.

 

What is Citrus?  Well, Citrus is a high school anime yuri drama starring Yuzu Aihara: A gyaru who’s about to transfer to a new school. She plans on getting a boyfriend at her new school whatever the fuck gyaru do when they go to a new school, I dunno.  On the day of her transfer, Yuzu starts to prepare for her new adventure.  She crafts up a plan to get herself a boyfriend and make new friends.

You know, always start the day with goals and an action plan.

She gets to the new school, right?  The anime makes us play “Guess who’s the main character!” with the shot of her in the middle of her peers who are all wearing conservative clothing opposite to her liberal gyaru clothes.  The student body is in shock at this bold, new girl.  That nerve of that Yuzu girl being different and not conforming to their rules!   Out of the crowd, some nerdy girl comes up to Yuzu and tells her she’s setting a terrible example for the student body.  She demands her to remove her makeup and surrender her phone.  Yuzu – not backing down – refuses and gets in nerd girl’s face.  They start to argue for a bit until the reveal of the secondary main character: Mei – the student council president.

 

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Good luck on finding the main character!

 

Mei, being the good student council president that she is, intervenes; stopping the fight from escalating worse.  Such a magnificent role model Mei is…except for the part where she hugs Yuzu and starts to grope her ass and slide her fingers along her back;  Just to take her phone away.

Alright.  So our model class president is a low-key potential rapist.  Great.

 

The story shifts to Yuzu in the bathroom washing her makeup off and wandering about what kinda of shampoo Mei uses.  Despite the fact that Mei was on some creep shit with her, Yuzu is in love with her mango scented shampoo. We’re then introduced to Yuzu’s new homeroom teacher: Amamiya.  Yuzu starts crushing on him on sight: plotting ways to create the next Japan teacher-student relationship scandal by getting in his pants.

Pretty sure Sting and The Police had a song about this.

 

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Van Halen also had a song about this sorta thing.

 

After class, Yuzu thinks about getting Amaiya’s information so he can hook up with him (and use it for blackmail material when the relationship eventually fails).  She rushes outside with ecstatic flare to hunt down her crush.  Her hunt for her sensei is short.  She finds Amamiya…making out with Mei – the same Mei who is the school president mind you. She watches for a few seconds until Mei breaks off the kiss and make eye contact with Yuzu. Yuzu runs off like she just stole from her weed plug while Amamiya smoothly walks away like he ain’t did anything wrong.

Yep.  Just like that Sting song.

 

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JUST LIKE THAT OLD MAN IN THAT BOOK BY NABOKOV!!!

 

Yuzu decides that she had enough for one day and runs home. There, she receives some news about her new family.  First, her new step-father up and left their family to see the world (and by see the world, he probably regrets his marriage and is going to fuck around with different women behind his new family back).  That’s cool I guess. Second, her new father has a daughter before he met Yuzu’s mom.  This means that Yuzu has a little sister.  At last, Yuzu won’t be a lonely only child!

Oh and her new little step sister is Mei.

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You can feel the tension between the two when Mei arrivals, especially around dinner time when Mei treats her sister with death glares.  Her mom seems to like her new daughter so that’s great.   Fast forward to later into the night.  Yuzu attempts to connect with her new little sister, but to no anvil.  She tries to bond with her, but Mei ignores her.  Upset,  Yuzu starts to play dirty for her attention.  She brings up how she caught Mei making out with their teacher (and how much of a thrill it must had been for her).

Yuzu starts to taunt her sister about the kiss (just like any other caring big sister). She starts by Asking her if being caught in the act makes it hotter, was it her first kiss, and that she thought kisses were about feelings. Mei silently walks over to her sister…and forcibly kisses her full on the mouth while pinning her against her futon.

 

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Top 10 Haunting  Pictures Taken Moments Before Disaster

 

…I didn’t sign up this.  I didn’t sign up for any of this.  I thought this was just going to be a simple lovely-dovely warm-hearted yuri anime. Instead, I got incest, anime R. Kelly making out with teenagers, and more incest.  Also Mei totally sexually assault Yuzu.  I would be cool with the yuri if Yuzu was curious about the same sex and wanted to explore her feelings towards Mei if consent was involved (and if Mei wasn’t her step-sister). Especially given she never had any luck with guys and wanted to see if it because she is gay deep down or some shit.

From anime discussion groups I’m on, others seem to agree from watching he show’s second episode following the first.  I haven’t’ caught the second episode, but I heard and read that Mei does worse things to her sister that warrants sexual assault charges.   Not that I plan on seeing the rest of the series of anything.  I completely lost any interest in it.

I tend to read some spoilers before watching a show so I won’t be shock or taken surprise when something happen, but I didn’t for this one (because I was being lazy).  If I would had known that Mei and Yuzu were two step-sisters, I would had been cool not watching this show.

It’s a shame because the animation and art isn’t bad.  It’s not God tier by any means, but it’s pleasant to watch.  I love the soft, manga-style still art for the ED, the usage of 3D for some the shots inside of the school, and character design.  I haven’t spot any off-model shots or animation errros, but I admit I wasn’t paying that much close detail.

To conclude, if incestuous sisters exploring their lesbian feelings is your thing and you like that drama, then you should check it out. For the rest of us (myself included), this is a skip.

Hope you find this summary and review useful!  I’ll catch you in the next one.

 

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