Sorry for the recent radio silence -- I needed a mental health break from the Internet for a bit, and spent a bunch of it reading comics about dudes kissing. I would usually put reviews on the forums but they're down, so I'll blag them instead.
Honestly, the old anime remake I'm gunning for is Kimengumi. It's a cultural touchstone and all (even non-otaku love "Banana no Namida") so it would work as either pure 80s nostalgia or a Banana Fish-style updated classic, and it has roughly equal appeal across gender lines. It'd be nice to have a start-to-finish straight adaptation instead of a mish-mash from 3nen and High School. And obviously I love Dai-chan and Jako. But on top of all that...
I feel like a lot of manga with flawed protagonists either chicken out -- the main girl in Kimi no Todoke is only ugly and scary if you're, like, a divinely beautiful elf or something -- or make their message of acceptance conditional. It's OK because you have a good personality or a useful skill, you might eventually find someone who thinks [trait] is cool, etc. Ultimately, the source of validation is still other people deciding you are valuable.
Meanwhile, Kimengumi's major thesis is that even if you really are unattractive, good for nothing, and honestly kind of a bad person, you should still love yourself and you still deserve to enjoy life. That's important, and while some stories are easier to tell now than they were in 1985, that particular one remains elusive.
I find it amusing how every gay-bi-lesbian/distinguished-functional-disaster grid for BNHA puts Bakugou into the disaster gay slot and not Izuku, even though I would argue he has Bakugou beat on both axes.
The English version of Dr. Stone volume 4 dropped today, and
I really liked this picture, so
I vectorized it. Here's the SVG. Feel free to use it as a Discord emoji or whatever
(If you don't get this joke, do not look it up, because a terrifying shock image is always posted with it, even by supposedly reputable and responsible mainstream outlets. -_-)
I only barely and unwillingly know anything about Naruto but I'm still surprised that the dub quotes that achieved infamy were "believe it" and "ninja info cards" and not the frankly incredible line "Naruto, you have a self-abusive personality. It's called masochism"
© OOSHIMA Yumiko / Media Factory. All rights reserved.
If you'd like to know why I'm so irritated and serious, it's because soon dumbasses will be calling "YU-NO" a "Doki Doki Literature Club" knockoff. It will also be the day I become instant coffee.
Name Post, Part 2: I asked kaijyuu to name the Ace Attorney characters, as we were watching the anime.
- "Mentor lady" [Mia]
- Phoenix Wright
- "Go Dot"
- Mitsurugi Kenji (?!)
I've been thinking a bit about the recent revival of demons and witches as the villains of movies. This post is an attempt to take all of my thoughts on the matter and boil it down into something coherent. And long, although it's broken up a bit with some nice pictures. (I wanted to put in 90s clipart, but I didn't. The sacrifices I make for you guys!)
Content warning: This post contains discussion of the Satanic Panic and Satanic ritual abuse.
© 1996 TAKAHASHI Kazuki / Shueisha & Viz Media. All rights reserved.
I'll play as "The Dragon", Bruce Ryu! He's a kung fu master!
Hey, he looks just like Bruce Lee!
"Oh my god, Jonouchi. You dense motherfucker. You can't just say 'Bruce Lee'. Jesus Christ. You think I'm talking about 'Bruce Ryu' because I want to? You think those little shits over in Shaman King have 'Lee Bailong' of their own volition? Fuck no! Every one of us would be Bruce Lee if we could, even the girls! But Shueisha's legal department is like 'nurble nurble personality rights nurble expensive lawsuits' so we change one kanji or whatever, and even literal children accept that if they want to keep reading Jump every week they shouldn't call too much attention to it. And you come along and the first words out of your mouth are HE LOOKS LIKE BRUCE LEE, because you think you're the first one to notice, I guess. Thanks for ruining everything, Jonouchi. You're dead to me."