Btooom! Manga Quarterly Review 3
Seems it’s American Thanksgiving /and/ Google’s also reduced the damages of their recent change by adding a new ‘display density’ function. But, I LIVE IN CANADA AND THANKSGIVING IS GONE, and I DON’T TRUST GOOGLE ANYMORE AFTER THAT STUPID, STUPID CHANGE IN THE FIRST PLACE!
My face this week:
“So, what are you going to do with that box?”
(After reading [warning: nsfw ads] this comic…)
Once a Mob, Twice a Group, Now a Person: the Background as One Character
LOL I PUBLISHED THIS BEFORE THE POST WAS EVEN FINISHED >///<
(Now I finally understand the reason as to why I save animu on my hard disk since recently: It enables me to grab interesting high-quality screenshots without redownloading the episode! Woohoo!)
For those who are wondering as to my choice of title, this will be an editorial/essay, and as such, it will have an interesting title that sounds like it might mean something important, when in reality it’s merely a title that sounds like it might mean something important, that is not actually interesting at all.
Look, I even add a colon so that it’s twice as long!
2011 Summer Anime
It’s July the 7th!
The seventh day of the seventh month!
Sou, nano ka?
七日 = nanoka.
七日 = seventh day.
Happy Rumia Day.
Ho ho ho, whereas the previous season’s whopping 45 shows required more than 6 hours to complete, I wrote this entire post in merely four hours in the early morning of today – partly by necessity, and partly because there are only 27 episode-by-episode (e.g. with around a dozen episodes) anime airing this summer, and even that happens to be a lot of shows for a summer season. Aren’t there supposed to be more anime during summer?
Anyways, added a new thing because I thought it would be cool – a “Potential” rating. I say potential only because I don’t know what other concise, one-word description to use in place of ‘Mushy’s Preliminary Rating on the Overall Quality of this Show’. Unlike other potentials which will probably stay around the 3-4/5 range, there will be equal amounts of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in my potential ratings. SS stands for second (sequel?) season, which means that I haven’t watched the first/previous season(s), and so cannot say anything about how much I want to watch the show, ? means there’s not enough information for me to meaningfully give a mark, and -1/5 are shows with premises so ridiculous you know they’ll suck.
Maybe next time I should only post about things with more than 3/5.
Happy Okuu Day
(Shinryaku! Ika Musume Specials [Completed] Rewritten)
Hurr, Canucks game at 6 in 6/6. Nice number, eh.
I swear if each Touhou was assigned a number we’d be celebrating some day like every three days. On average, though. Probably going to have one day with 7 celebrations or something, heh.
Anyway, two or something more weeks till school’s over, and then I can finally reorganize/rewrite all those posts and stuff. Until then, another picture by the same artist. His/her art style’s nice.
Obligatory Pre-Birthday Yet Post-Birthday Birthday Post
Oh, guess what?
It’s my Birthday, it seems.
And Hiatus, Again~
And now I’m gone for three weeks.
Lyric s ared dumbbb
Welp, that’s what I named the post, and that’s what it’ll be about.
Don’t ask what I was thinking when I made this.
Anyways, keeping this short and sweet.
[Announcement: Only Rewrote History because… well, check the post time.]
I have a new camera.
“End of Imperishable Night -Half to Midnight-”
Oh mang, a bunch of mangoes have manga and man I’ve got mangoes. In my lunch-brunch-breakfast.
“End of Imperishable Night -New Moon-”
(link on image, NSFW ads)
In an attempt to get my thoughts and ideas organized, I shall continue my (apparently completed :v) Organizational Voyage with a new Series, the “End of Imperishable Night” (永夜返し).
The Imperishable Night should end this September, or in about nine months. I’ll keep the updates coming along pretty quickly for now, but it should settle down once things get… y’know, settled down.
Happy New Years~
it’s rabbit time.
(images link to danbo, NSFW ads)
It’s the 26th o’er at London there, but it’s still gonna be the 25th in Canadia when this post is published.
I’m hopefully sleeping in bed or something equally entertaining currently; for those of us in less welcoming situations, I do hope you’ll lighten up, for it’s that time of year again.
To those who are living in more comfortable scenarios right now, you have no idea how much I >:|
Once again, have very nice Christmases everyone~!
End of Fall TIME
Well, I suppose it isn’t Winter yet (begins on the twenty-somethingth, if I recall correctly), but it definitely is the end of Fall.
I guess here’s when I post when I don’t have time to make a post >_>;;
The end of November also means the end of NaNoWriMo – the novel writing competition/exercise in hardcore masochism, where you write a 50k word novel in 30 days. I tried it last year, failed pretty bad, and wanted to do it this year but TIME GODDAMMIT TIME WHERE IS MY TIME SAKUYA TIME DAMMIT TIME
Anyone else tried it? Apparently it’s quite the trendin’ topic on twitter, but I haven’t checked that for fifteen minutes so it’s probably not trending anymore.
Next, I FINALLY HAVE A MAC A MAC HAHAHAHAHAHA A MAC A MAC A MAC A MAC
The purpose of obtaining a Mac has not, and will never be(en) revealed. I DON’T ACTUALLY HAVE A MAC IN REAL LIFE THOUGH orz
As some of you (yes you, cricket sitting in the second row, third seat to the l-…oh, you’re just a figment of my imagination? Dayum.) may have noticed, we’re (at this point ‘I’ would be a more appropriate pronoun) quite behind on our post-a-day schedule. Five posts missed, in fact. Reflecting back, it really wasn’t a smart idea doing this; now that I’ve done this for so many days in a row, it seems unworthwhile to quit right here, right now. Thus, I will continue TIME GODDAMMIT TIME
WHERE’S MY TIME IT’S GONE TIME GIVE ME BACK MY TIME TIME AND TIME AGAIN MY TIME IT LEAVES ONE MORE TIME OH WHY THIS TIME OF MINE A MIME HAS MORE TIME THAN THINE, I CHIME IN ON A LIME, CLIMBING GRIMY SLIMY DIMES, OH MY RHYMES DON’T RHYME WITH TIME, I’M QUITE SUBLIME LIME SUB LIME SUBMARINE TIME TIME TIME
IS THIS A FILLER I DON’T KNOW TIME TIME TIME
In other news TIME TIME TIME I STILL HAVEN’T DONE ANY OF THE TWO COMPOSITIONS I NEED TO FINISH IN NOVEMBER TIME TIME TIME
WHERE’S MY TIME YOU RHYMING BAGS OF CRIME
DID IT GO TO SCHOOL CAUSE IT’S COOL? WELL WOOL’S COOLER THAN A COOLER CAN OF COOL’S IN A COOLER
I JUST REALIZED I WRITE THESE POSTS EVERY TIME THAT’S IT NEW TAG SEASON CHANGE
GRAAAAAAH BLOCKQUOTES THEY WASTE MY TIME THAT’S WHERE MY TIME GOES BLOCKQUOTES BLOCKQUOTE MY TIME INTO BLOCKQUOTES
THAT’S IT GOODBYE
(Hrmm, I don’t think I’ve ever written a ‘Beginning of Winter’ or something like that post before :V We must love beginnings instead of end TIME TIME TIME)
OH AND YOU GUYS SHOULD READ TIME EVEN THOUGH I DON’T READ THE NEW YORK TIMES
It’s Remembrance Day, or Veteran’s Day if you live in the US.
Let us take some time to remember all those who died because or are currently in a war.
The soldiers, victims, families, leaders, and fallen.
All have given great sacrifices for the benefit for their country, regardless of where they came from.
Let us remember; lest we forget.
No, patchy isn’t stocking
But of course, this’d be just a filler post if I left it at that.
Anywho, what do you guys think about Halloween? If I were to write out my thoughts, it’d be too long and boring for anyone to read, so as far as I see it, there are about five distinct ‘layers’ of thinking about Halloween:
The first layer of people who think Halloween’s just fun;
The second layer of (cynical) people, who think Halloween’s completely pointless and strayed off its original purpose in the past;
The third layer of people, who think Halloween /should/ have changed in the future because of different cultural changes and shifting concerns;
The fourth layer of people who will argue that culture in itself is pointless;
And finally, the fifth layer of people who think that culture (and in extension, cultural events) create many economical, political, and social benefits.
Here, you’ll notice that the layers alternate between pro-Halloween and anti-Halloween; but they’re actually pro-Halloween, anti-pro-Halloween, anti-anti-pro-Halloween, etc. anti-anti-pro-Halloween doesn’t mean pro-Halloween; their ideologies are completely different. Thus, one layer of people will probably argue with all the other layers of people.
I definitely belong to the third layer of people; culture definitely isn’t pointless, and shouldn’t be kept just for benefits. Traditions typically aren’t beneficial, especially old, useless ones (take off your hat when you’re in a building!), but they add more of a historical texture to the current setting, so that we won’t forget what happened before. That seems contradictory; I’m saying that Halloween should change, but that we shouldn’t forget the original purpose of it?
Well, read that sentence again.
Finally, I typically don’t celebrate Halloween very much, so I’m opposed to thinking Halloween’s there just for fun; many other cultures have dropped it, even though it’d be logical to keep it for all the free candy.
So, tell me your thoughts? There’s not gonna be a post in this blog for a long while now…
“…Kaguya. Your computer’s dead.”
Yeah, this post has little to do with the title, as really, my head is quite intact (and the bleeding has stopped!! ;).
Anyways, recently (on Sunday), both our (my family) 10-year old already-broken-down-like-fifty-times computer broke down (it’s stuck in an infinite recursive cycle of startups now), and our 2-year old really-new how-could-this-break computer broke down – right after I hit ‘Publish’ on the Kaminomi post. Phew.
Anywho, that means I’m using an even crappier computer to type on now, have none of my data (however – everything I have is saved onto dropbox, just too lazy to unpack), none of my passwords (unless I extract them, which takes half an hour which was what I did to get onto WordPress), and really, none of anything.
So, you won’t be seeing any posts from me for a while, nor any forum posts (not that I’ve went on any forums recently), comments (not that I went to google reader recently), and tweets (…well, I suppose I have tweeted recently).
Also, the stupidly stupid thing was that right as I got my password for Chess.com, I timed out on one of my games. I clicked on the game, it even SAID ‘<1 minute left', I clicked 'Submit Move', and then…
OOPS. THIS GAME HAS ALREADY ENDED.
ALL MY LOST GAMES (with the exception of one) IN THAT TOURNAMENT WERE LOST BECAUSE I RAN OUT OF TIME BECAUSE THE BUS WAS TOO FUCKING SLOW WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY HWY HWY WHY HWY YWH HYW HIGHWAY
(that also means all I'm gonna do for the next little while is read manga (can't watch anime though, because stupidly slow d/l speeds, and can't compose either because of no software). Oh, all my school data is sorta gone too. OH WELL)
Noam Chomsky: The Justice of the Powerful Heroes
After recently watching half a season of tl;dw (DenYuuDen/the Legend of the Legendary Heroes), in which Ryner assassinates several dozen soldiers to rescue one kid with an Alpha Stigma, because those soldiers were terrorizing the kid just because he had the Alpha Stigma. This can be considered an act of terrorism (killing so many people to save one), or an act of heroism (saving that one, wrongly accused kid).
In a school assignment parallel to the timeline of my watching tl;dw (my life is an anime~!), the English teacher assigned us to read about Noam Chomsky, in which he degrades American society, counter-terrorism, and propaganda in the media.
Obvious connections were set up – and thus, I present to you, an anime editorial – Noam Chomsky: The Justice of the Powerful Heroes.
“Those who stand at the top determine what’s wrong and what’s right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But of course it will! Whoever wins this war becomes Justice!!!”
-Donquixote Doflamingo, One Piece
Though One Piece may be, Doflamingo’s statement is not at all quixotic, reflecting much of history’s and present-day political situations.
Without straying from the unrealities of One Piece, let us think about two differing viewpoints.
Imagine that you are a pirate. The corrupt World Government, composed of narcissists such as Axe Hand Morgan has been completely overthrown during the Battle of Marineford. People are free to wander the seas, to do what they please; to just enjoy life. Gone are the slave-trading programmes of old, gone are the elitist Nobels, gone are the presence of Noble prizes, gone are my stupid spelling mistakes. The world is free to do whatever they want, the characters are happy, etc.
If you can’t imagine a world like that, then try harder because I suck at adjectifying.
Alright. Now imagine again, that you are a commoner. Those evil pirates, sea-thieves who steal all our precious gold and money have all died away, and finally, an organized government is in control of the world. Public health care and education are provided, and more jobs are being created than ever. The economy is booming after an era of collapse.
In both ways, you can see that the end result (as long as you are on the right side) is ‘favourable’ and ‘justified’.
In this essay/editorial, I’d like to convince everyone about one, simple opinion (fact).
Justice is relative.
“High ideas were besmirched by cruelty and greed, enterprise and endurance by a blind and narrow self righeousness, and the Holy War itself was nothing more than a long act of intolerance in the name of God, which is a sin against the Holy Ghost.”
Sir Steven Runciman, The History of the Crusades
Now, let us journey back to the past (or is it the future?) from such fanciful surroundings and become acquainted with some of the more… realistic examples of this “duality of justice” – the Crusades.
– Anything controversial is controversial.
This point seems quite obvious, just as 1 + 2 = 1 + 2, or even 1 = 1. Regardless, what I mean is that anything that can be debated, anything that has sides, anything that you can have an opinion on (everything) – is relative to the opinion of the individual.
Here’s an allusion to my second idea about individualized opinions.
Anywho, there are two obvious opinions here – that the Crusades was a ‘justified’ thing to do, and that it was ‘unjustified’. Both have sides. However, as a Christian residing in the circumstances of the Crusades, one can be fairly certain of what you will support; as will it be with a Muslim of the same settings.
Because there are two separate opinions, and both of them are ‘justified’, how will you actually determine which one actually is ‘justice’?
In direct (and perhaps, a bit too anticipated) opposition to Runciman’s speech about ‘intolerance’, Pope Gregory VII has argued (over ten centuries ago) that it was ‘justified violence’.
But just how was it justified?
“I speak in the name of the entire German people when I assure the world that we all share the honest wish to eliminate the enmity that brings far more costs than any possible benefits… It would be a wonderful thing for all of humanity if both peoples would renounce force against each other forever. The German people are ready to make such a pledge.”
Adolf Hitler, October 1933
Since this essay is more about the present than the past, shall we begin the long walk forward? A definite controversial topic currently are the actions of Nazi Germany during World War II.
– The winning side determines the winning argument.
As Doflamingo has put (rather bluntly, if I may say so myself) out, whoever wins automatically becomes justice. Right now, by most (if not already all) of the populace, World War II was a terrible thing, forced by evil, racist, dictators who wanted nothing but to kill and corrupt.
However, was that all just ‘justified violence’?
Approximately 5.5 million German soldiers were killed – just about equal to the people who died in the Holocaust. More than 3.2 million German civilians were killed – and not part of the Holocaust, which means that most of them were killed by Allied soldiers.
That’s still 3,200,000 innocent people killed. Is that still alright?
Taking World War II is a rather extreme example, as more than 25 million other civilians were killed as well, so yes, I suppose it was justified.
However, what if you were in Germany during the war?
You’d be bombed almost daily by foreign soldiers without hope of escape. Wouldn’t you feel hate towards them? If Germany won the war, wouldn’t you think the Allies would get disgraced for their cruel mistreating of right and honest citizens?
“Waging war to eliminate war? You’re contradicting yourself!”
Kiefer Knolles (in reply to Refal Edia), the Legend of the Legendary Heroes
Let’s take another example from this war – the nuclear bombs. If they didn’t drop it, hundreds of thousands of civilians would have survived. If they didn’t drop it, possibly millions of military and civilians would perish in the forthcoming land-based assault as well. But we won’t know. For all we know, Japan might have surrendered before the first US troop set foot on the land.
– Other paths are unknown.
We don’t know that we’ve actually ‘saved’ lives. Maybe, if the Axis won, world peace would’ve been reached and there wouldn’t have been any more war, ever. Maybe, if the Holocaust hadn’t happened, some guy (who had been killed) might release a worldwide epidemic comparable or greater than that of the Black Death.
Thing is, we don’t know.
Thusly, we can’t /say/ that this was the lesser of two evils. We can generalize and say that this is /probably/ the lesser of two evils, but we will never know.
Which means, whether or not something really is ‘justified’ is impossible to determine – we can’t see whether it’s better or worse, because we only have one path to take.
I could steer this in the topic of fate being predetermined, but that’d be straying way off my intended path; let’s continue with…
“We can’t quite decide if the world is growing worse, or if the reporters are just working harder.”
the Houghton Line, November 1965
…media. Ever since the beginnings of logical thought and information processing, people needed some way to relay information outwards; generally towards the general (no pun intended) audience.
– The media distorts the winning argument.
Distorts sounds like a much more negative word than creates, doesn’t it?
Anywho, whilst the powerful rulers may create an argument, the media distorts it to as to make it more presentable for the populace. While the information may be “people accidentally eat poisonous Russian mushrooms and five people die shortly thereafter”, the media may choose to present it as “Russian mushroom kills five people”, causing subconscious sublimal messages evaluating that the mushrooms were poisoned by Russians, intentionally to kill people.
Everything can be opinionated. This essay is strongly opinionated, though I try my best to keep it neutral (that’s impossible though, unless it’s a report). Can you tell it’s opinionated? If you can, you’re smart. If you can’t; don’t worry, more than 5 billion other people can’t either (can’t say the same for the other billion).
After the winning argument is presented in a much more biased format, the populace can be coerced to agree with its terms as being righteous. After anything goes through the media, an intended result is almost always produced.
Anyways, let’s review: Everything has an argument. However, other paths are unknown, so the argument is always biased. The winning side creates the argument for the winning side, and the media further distorts it for the people.
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
Lord Henry, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Now, what’s actual morality? Let’s take this into a completely different analogy – manners. Aren’t they defined by humanity?
– Morality is defined by humanity.
Manners are something that all people are expected to have. Being polite, etc. However, even in contemporary society, it varies from country to country. Whereas a burp in Western society would have negative connotations, in China, it can be considered a sign of a good meal.
Are not manners and morality almost synonyms? Moral consequences of one society and another are completely different; showcasing that in all terms, morality is not strictly defined by anyone.
Because it does vary, it means that the morality is determined by the individual, the group, the collective society – by humanity.
Humanity determines morality; something immoral today might as well become common practice in the world of tomorrow.
“…of the people, by the people, for the people…”
Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address
Now, do you see? The information is now highly opinionated and densely riddled with bias. It’s impossible for the population to resist its justifiable urges. Morality is already being determined by humanity, so if all of humanity devours this bias…
– People determine justice.
After people have been fed a highly biased entry from the general media (Russian mushroom murderers!), they can be led to determine what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. From the entry, they can say that the Russian mushrooms are ‘wrong’, and with further distortion, that the Russians are ‘wrong’ and ‘immoral’.
Here’s where Noam Chomsky comes in. Read his books; he’s a self-defined militant Anti-Zionist strongly opposed to the United States and ‘counter-terrorism’ in Israel against the Palestinians.
Now, from his point of view, the United States are really the terrorists; killing thousands of innocent people just to kill one target, with no media consequences, whereas if that happened in the United States (9/11), even the repercussions would incite fear.
From our point of view, the Palestinians are the terrorists, with us (the US, even though I’m Canadian) being the innocent civilians caught in the cross-fire.
This obviously shows that the people determine what is right or wrong.
I conclude this essay here. Hopefully, all of my points have been fully, or at least extensively elaborated upon to deliver an accurate conclusion on the subject.
Needless to say, this has not been extensively researched, as time constraints would limit upon me. However, if public opinion desires, I will expand on this topic in many different directions in the future.
As a final summary: Everything has a side. The winning side will seem more ‘justified’, as the winning side will distort their won to be more biased, and seem more ‘right’. However, at the end, ‘justice’ is merely something determined by humanity, so if the winning side has more people convinced that their side is ‘right’, their side, as Doflamingo conjectured, becomes, justice.
– Justice is relative.
No, not that kind of sick.
And not that kind of sick either.
I’m sick enough to feel horrible but not sick enough to go to school – the worst type of sick.
Thus, I leave you with some late links posts just ’cause it’s fast and easy.
^ HEY GUIZ STOP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES THEY MAKE YA MURDERERS AND AND AND DELINQUENTS AND AND STUFF AND AND THEY’RE LIKE KILLING SOCIETY AND AND WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE CAUSE OF THEM KKKK?!?!?!??!111
^ Though I suppose posting only several at a time helps decrease the amount :V
^ ZUN should really name UNL something already :V
Mushy’s On Vacation Post Seven
EDIT: As of something like 7 hours before this post is/was/will be published, I have returned home. YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH. It’s also ta last scheduled post, so… YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH. Below is still ta unedited, raw lol-make-7-posts-on-Friday version :P
From danbooru (NSFW ads) – I did not draw this (how could I?!)
Ta final on vacation post, or so I hope.
If this post-time is correct, in approximately 3 or so hours I’ll be awake and headed ta school. I’m also probably back from wherever I went, which means I’ll have some three-four-odd days of forums/Google “1000+ new articles” Reader ta go through, but…
well, I’d say ‘but at least ta vacation was fun!’ but it /probably/ wasn’t. So, I’ll say ‘at least I got 16 hours of sleep a day!’ or something like that. :V If I get less sleep than usual then this vacation sucks.
*getting confused by writing past tense on future events because this’ll be published in ta future, but currently writing in ta past*
Anyways, I’ll be going ta school.
AN ENTIRELY NEW SCHOOL FULL OF EVIL VAMPIRES AND DEMONS AND CENTIPEDES. AND CHALK-THROWING TEACHERS. BUT NO ASTHMATIC LIBRARIANS ;_;
Thankfully, houraiguy’s coming with me so I have
a meatshield er cannon fodder because TA BEST DEFENCE IS A PERFECT OFFENCE. AND CHALK CAN’T PIERCE THROUGH HUMAN MEATSHIELDS. Or cannon fodder.
In other (somewhat link-like, cause ya know I can’t just write a post without any links) news, Duke Nukem is ACTUALLY BEING DEVELOPED. Having started development a whopping THIRTEEN years ago (FOUR years longer than Inception has!), it’s been recently announced that it’s continuing again. Thousands of articles are exploding over ta net right now, so I can’t really just link to one; instead, I’ll link ta none (but this comic) and tell ya guys just ta search for ‘Duke Nukem Forever’.
After all this hype and wait, it better not disappoint.
So, with that, I’m back; and hopefully, I’ll manage ta wade through ta 20-odd post drafts we have stored currently and actually, finally, do something.