State of the World- For Geeks that are struggling

As I write this the world is this crazy brink where everyone is consumed with the idea that they themselves know all the answers in this world. Especially in Fandom, conventions this only gets worse for most people. The lines of who to consider your friends and which you don’t get more hazy. So this article is to help others and myself articulate the problems most people around my age or at any age to tell others know your not alone. Your not the crazy one here its just people have become afraid of admitting they don’t know the answers.

1 Polarizing Nature of the World
Somewhere between the Occupy Movement to GamerGate. Fandom and people in general have been polarized and just got to the point where they will not accept other opinions and viewpoints. This also happens from Social Groups, to conventions to the workplace. It can hard to create balance in our own lives. Whether its overly empathy or being consumed with frustration and anger. From Trump and Brexit to The New Liberal Left to Feminism we like to play the Black and white narrative viewpoint. It can be worrying when you see your friends becoming addicted to this over the top hatred of the other side without understanding each other.

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My advice

I know its frustrating but sometimes we need to stay moderate on issues because if we continue to lead down this path we will become so disconnected and become jaded by our own beliefs,interests and activism.

2. Finding our own place with our own personality
This is a hard one for everyone. A lot of people like to latch on to some sense of identity. “I am Feminist, I’m Poly or Pan whatever as a label to create a sense of community. This is very evident at conventions nowadays where people come to lose themselves for a weekend at a time in a false identity or recreating their high school days of trying to be popular or accepted. As we get older some of us become comfortable becoming different versions of ourselves. Others not so much especially when you yourself have gone through many drastic changes over time to adapt to the Real world. There’s the real you , the you portray to your friends, the one where you try to attract a partner or the business version of yourself.
It can be hard at times to juggle these roles. Measuring confidence and cocky. Balancing the true self with the the identity you want to promote or attract.

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My advice
Its all a experiment really. While you find a balance with some personas such as our workplace persona or our convention persona.

3. Disconnection

As we get older we our social circles begin to smaller and smaller. Some of our friends we made in high school start to change sometimes for the better but other times for the worse. Some can be overly obsessed with interests and regress back to teenagers not . At times we can find it difficult to make new social circles as we get older. You can and most likely go through all sorts of online advice sites trying to help you try to make new friends and social groups. Finding the answers to
this is hard work and mostly frustrating.

My advice
I still struggle with this. Being a geek from 2 separate cultures . I struggle to balance my own personas with a constant feeling of disconnection. I am on the Spectrum and constantly feel like I have hit a brick wall on my own personal development. I have thought a good few times that maybe the things I enjoy are the things holding me back . Anime, videogames,tabletop rpgs,horror movies. In the end though I have figured out one thing.
Life doesn’t matter if you give up any of this.
All you can is struggle to strive forward. Really focus first on things that help you become independent as individual. Employment and personal mental health. Then you can have the funds to fuel your interests and get you out there.

4. Real World

From personal health issues , funds, trying to find employment to finding love
These can weigh you down and create a internal pressure.

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My advice
This is a big one I try to balance my life as best as I can really. I know at times I will project a optimistic objective non-biased viewpoints and listen to both sides of a conversation on many topics some many of you agree with others not so much.
But with the external pressures in the world and my own needs to find new social groups , grow as a adult and as a person and find a partner myself.
I tend to have meltdowns occasionally, Moment of releasing the pressures of the outside world despite how much I change, evolve I know the fears of Statistics especially people like me . Numbers created way before topics of Nationalism, Social Justice became household terms. I know women have to deal with unnecessary standards of beauty, rape culture and dealing with either overzealous friends or pua tactics and men have have to deal with the same things but be constantly have to protect the way we think or act.

The only I can really say  is you are not alone. This writer also feels constantly frustrated with dealing losing chances to make friends or partners because of my disconnect or scumbags puas , or simply overly polarized people to make yourself feel alone.

Would you like a do over – Re:Life

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to redo your life or even just certain parts of it . I know myself I certainly do. What I missed out especially in my teenage to early 20s . Things we miss due to what we thought was the best decision or out of fear of failure.

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Sometimes life is all about second chances especially in cases like this anime.

Re:life is based on a web comic of the same name created by Yayoiso.

The story revolves around a 27 young man who has recently  made unemployed after quitting his  claiming that it’s because it “does not fit his highest potential”. As a result of this action, he finds it difficult to gain a full-time job at another company and instead he works as a part-timer at a mini market. One day, a mysterious man named Ryo offers him a new employment prospect but first he needs to become a tester for ReLife: a scientific experiment to make him look like he’s 17 again and attend high school for one year. After the year ends they will forget about anything he said or did .

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There he will be put to the test to see if he help others around him using the experience he’s learned over the years to make sure others don’t repeat the same mistakes that he made.

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This series really spoke levels to me. The way the series deals with serious topics from pressure to have sex to bullying. All topics are dealt with in a mature fashion that you rarely see shows deal with the issues this way. The humor is on point and doesn’t distract you from the concept of the show. The biggest thing about the show was the twist of why characters are involved with the program.

Overall I give this series 5/5 youth pills

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (And you thought there is never a girl online?

Back in early 2000’s you always hear stories of guys falling in love with people in MMOs during the heyday of World of Warcraft. As friends we have always made jokes of these stories that the female avatar was always played by a stereotypical overweight troll who agreed to go out to get some rare items or just for lol.

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This is what I originally thought this series was going to be about . But this series based on the light novel of the same name written by Shibai Kineko that was released in the Spring this year is about a young teenager Hideki Nishimura who not only finds out his team online are real life girls but are also classmates from his school.

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Sounds very Haremeque so far but Hideki has become disillusioned about his life after asking a female player in the game only to discover that the player was a guy.

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I think all of us can identify going on a first date or talking with a potential interest only to discover they weren’t what you were expecting.

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The series is broken down to 2 arcs . The first is the introduction arc where the players meet up in person and the founding of their school gaming club and the Romance arc where Hideki comes to grips with falling in love with character’s wife who in the real world is delusional female fellow student with severe anxiety problems.

High points of the show : Animation is light and bubbly which makes the show an enjoyable watch with plenty of humorous moments.

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Low points : The goal of the show was to help the love interest realize she isn’t married but nothing is resolved here besides the main character falling for her. I wished that she was able see reality for what is was . The main character asked her out , or spoke from the heart it had no emotional effect on her because she already believed they were together.

Final Thoughts : Lacks any emotional impact but still enjoyable 5/10 Boobies

 

Are we living in a Cyberpunk anime future?

Currently there is less than 2 weeks until the U.S presidential election in a new time where we are dealing with a new kind of war which is being fought on all fronts. The war of echo chambers.

Most of us as anime fans and geeks will associate ourselves with similar and like-minded individuals but as we get older times have changed conventions have changed and we have changed.

Conventions have created new discussions on cosplaying , immersion of genres and how they create commentary but we learn to forget this more playing on commentary on the country of origins culture and not the one we live.

These anime suggestions tell us something about our society now even before their time

Eden of the East.

Set in 2010 a series of missile attacks are launched on Japan with no casualties. The incident referred to as Careless Monday . Our main character wakes up in Washington DC naked with no memory and phone equipped with 8.2 million yen.

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Why this show relates to now?

The true meaning behind this show is the level of political games played now a day at the time of its creation was during the events and birth of wikileaks. And whether you believe the information they leak now a days back then it did create a conversation about how we perceive news and process information especially about sabotage, government deals with money .

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Ghost in a Shell

Created in 1995 and set in an alternative future reality of 2029 centers around a group of highly trained cyborgs and 1 unaltered human who are tasked security task force who get wrapped up in a plot with a living urban legend of the mysterious puppet master a hacker that takes over cyborg’s minds.

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Why this matters today?

One of the first cyber punk anime and manga of the time and one of the first anime films to become financial success. This has influenced a lot of our culture from James Cameron films to the Matrix. Even further into the series which was created in the early 2000s we have talked and theorized on the concepts of Gender roles we play or even the concepts of what defines a soul.

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Akira

Considered one of the greatest anime films of all time. Centres between a conflict rogue bikers and society and how one punk bikers gets wrapped up in science experimentation, psychic battles and an ever growing war between ideologies.

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Why it matters today?

Fanatical worship, anti government riots, and groups of crazy religious groups. Remove the science fiction and psychic elements and a lot of what is happening in this world.

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Pyscho Pass Seasons 1 and 2

While many consider this to be a knock off of the Film Minority Report this cyber punk series deals with many topics of stuff we deal with today.

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Plot

Set in a world where members of society are judged by a computer system called sibil on whether their personality and mentality of committing a crime. Akane is a new inspector who joins a team of enforcers who investigate crimes relating to the sibil system called Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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Why it matters today?

While the first season deals on the philosphical topics on whether it is right to judge people by society as a whole. A topic like this wasn’t major at the time but now in a world where idealogies judge others not by lawa they break. Goodwin’s law has no longer a internet rule but society since every one morales are judged by your friends and family . Everyone called Hitler to the point the lines of what is good behavior and bad behavior has been made moot.

The second and often looked as the worst season deals with a more personal concept. How much can one person take before you change.

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In today’s society we judge with whether what we do is truly the right way to do things. In your 20s and 30s we juggle with building a career , student debt, and getting used to our own personalities. What one social group and even your work colleauges may consider normal behaviour other groups may redeem as extreme or odd. In your late 20’s particularlly even though you have become more comfotable with yourself you may not feel comfortable or know where we are going. Saving up to travel to Conventions / Events abroad or planning to travel to go to a far off location as a way to find some inner peace or just your personality is right to find a partner? These are things that may drive you crazy at times especially when every sounds like they are drinking the kool aid a little too often . People change and so have you but its your mission to moderate yourself on not being stuck in a echo chamber of negative opinions or choices . We are all of our bad choices and decisions but we are also every potential of a good future for us all . The world has always had horrible people and events in it . Both commited by men and women. We can only change our actions and try to help the people around us.

 

 

SAO vs .hack//Sign Which did it better?

Sword Art Online was a massive hit . Making fans of both guys and girls . But as the genre of Main character getting stuck in a MMO gets more popular a lot of people tend to forget the original series that started it all off. Today we shall compare 2 shows to see which one did it better.

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Kirito is a hikimori obsessed with games. One day he purchases the latest immersive MMO . When the users logged in a grand announcement was made they will not be able to log off as they now trapped inside the game and if you die here you will die in Real Life.

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Art style

Very Modern Anime using a lot of action scenes to keep viewers excited throughout the show.

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Story.

While it keeps you watching up until episode 14 in the first season afterwards it jumps the shark . I can’t say without ruining it the sudden change takes a very creepy turn involving his sister and a villain that likes sniffing hair.

Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura who has worked on countless anime, video games and films does a fantastic job of captivating its audience and because of this helped it become one of the new powerhouse shows at the time.

Character Development

Kirito was a Hikimori then he wasn’t in the game. He was recluse until he wasn’t and throughout the whole series every girl wants to jump on his bone.

 

Overall

Good Action Series with some comedy but without a few things that make it special it wouldn’t become that big of a hit.

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Set in a futuristic 2005 Tsukasa a young boy who gets trapped within the MMO called the World. He doesn’t mention a lot of his irl life and people are suspicious of a user who never logs out and has massive destructive power.

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Art style

Using a lot of water coloring gives this series a surreal look that one forgets that they are in a game. They also use a lot symbolic imagery for dream sequences which really adds to the mystery of the show.

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Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura once again is there anything that she can’t do giving this series a fantastic and eerie soundtrack.

Character Development

What makes this series unique is the reasons people give for why they joined the World . Whether it’s for stress relief , escapism or being able to do things they couldn’t in the real world which gives a character some real development as the story progresses . The age of the people through story also vary from adult to young child. Romances also seem slow built up but seem natural on how people connect.

Overall

Great series and while it is missing the traditional action scenes for a fantasy genre it makes up for with a great mystery and suspense on what is really behind the scenes in this MMO

 

Let’s Repeat – Re:Zero

Subaru Natsuki is suddenly summoned to another world after walking out of a convenience store . With no sign of who summoned him, he soon befriends a silver-haired half-elf girl. When he and the girl are mysteriously killed, Subaru awakens and discovers that he has acquired the ability “Return by Death”, enabling to go back to a previous point before his death took place.

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Based on the light novel series by Tappei Nagatsuki and created by studio White Fox a relatively new studio who previously worked on Devil is a Part Timer and Is the Order a Rabbit?

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Taking the very simple and clichéd premise of transporting someone to another world scenario and running with the game mechanics into story and environment seem like a very tired premise takes a little deeper meaning.

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Through out the show Subaru repeats sections of his path as he dies and tries to overcome the same mistakes the next time.

Later in the series when situations go a lot more complex . This ability becomes a burden. Knowing your mistakes and decisions has led to someones death or has destroyed lives. Subaru desperately  tries to save his friends and villagers from countless deathless which leads to a near madness at one part.

Now the reason why I haven’t explained much of the characters is backstories and introductions to characters constantly change as scenarios change when he repeats his path through death.

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While the story has great approach on dealing with trauma . It does have some major issues with character development. The main female protagonist is introduced early in the show but is barely shown throughout the series as we see backstories for pretty much every other character it gets hard to support the main couple.

Overall the series is still a Fantastic watch from beginning to end and plays with simple RPG mechanics to keep gamers satisfied until the very end.

Fans of dot hack SAO and Btoom will definitely enjoy this series

Are you Triggered? – Space Patrol Luluco

Luluco is a average normal thirteen-year-old girl who lives in the solar system frontier space colonization zone Ogikubo. All she wants to do is live a normal average high school life with her friends and family. But one day her father who works in the Alien Immigration force gets accidentally frozen and she is roped into helping enforce the law and justice within her school.maxresdefault

The reason why I keep repeating normal and average in this review is because she always repeats that she isn’t special she is normal. But this series is anything but your every day anime series.

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Using very over the top characters and jaw dropping animation are some of the things that makes this show worth watching. Made by Studio Trigger this show plays omage to all the great works that this new studio has made before . From Inferno Cop to Magical Girl Academia. This show has everything to keep you entertained with references to whole episodes dedicated showing how much love and support that the makers of the their shows had for them .

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With shows like Sword Art Online and Dragonball Super now a days following a very specific formulae in order to get their audience.

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This show does nothing like it . It’s bombastic energy that en scopes the raw feeling we get as fans. When we watch a great show for the first time. Or go on a dance floor at a convention dancing to some of our favorite openings.

Fans of Kill la Kill, Inferno Cop and Kiznaizer will really enjoy this show you will be Triggered ?

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One Hit Wonder or One hit KO – One Punch Man Review

One Punch Man is a anime developed by Madhouse based on the ongoing online comic of the same name.

The story is set a alternative world where our main character Saitama live in Z-City a city that is constantly under attack from numerous villains and natural disasters and many heroes with amazing abilities to combat them.

Saitama is easily the strongest character of the show. Flipping the role of the typical shonnen jump route. He is already bored with being a hero. As every obstacle he overcomes with no effort at all.

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Genos is disciple and partner register the Hero Association in the hopes to gain recognition for their efforts. Which is only challenged by various heroes who laugh off Saitama as weak and useless.

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For ages after its release the popularity was huge mostly due to common basis that everyone at one point in time used to be a Shonnen fan. I was hesitant not because of the popularity but due its premise. I’ve been in the trenches for way to long and have seen all the parodies for the Shonnen genre that it was almost cliched.

But one of the shows greatest strengths is tackling the topic of depression and resentment.

Saitama is bored due to his own power but its dealing with depression and boredom of moving forward is something quite unique. We all struggle with the daily routine whether if its about looking for work, keeping our employment or just living its how we deal with it that really matter and working towards a goal.

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Resentment plays a equally strong theme throughout the series. Every Hero and member of the public hates him. Blaming him for either taking credit or being a fake . This reflects a lot what everyone deals with . Whenever we achieve good things in our life whether its a job , a love life or simply gotten healthier . Misery love company and  hates competition.

But Saitama never lets it get to him because that was never the reason why he became the hero he simply became one because he was bored while he searched for employment.

But as season 2 rumours have spread over the summer it remains to be seen . Can One Punch man continue with the same pace and jokes as the first season did or literally be a one punch hit?

Well either way its something that people should be watching for . 3/5 Mosquitoes

 

 

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I challenge you to a Game – When the Seagulls cry (Umineko)

When does a series bring you to a point where you start to question the concept of perception? Umineko is mystery horror series made by Studio based on the popular game series created by Ryukishi07 . If you think those names rings a bells yes this is same crowd that made the Higurashi series and game to people.

This story takes place in 1986 where the Ushiromiya family gather together where the head of the family Kizno who is on his deathbed wants to discuss who will be the rightful heir of the family and who will take the inheritance . When a storm hits the island and people start dying . The main character Battler who is the grandson of the heir is challenged to solve the riddle of the island while trying to prove that all these murders are caused by a human and not by a witch.

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Going through numerous possibilities and scenarios this series will keep your mind sharp taking on different theories and philosophical concepts from Raven’s paradox to Schrödinger’s cat. In what appears to be a giant game of Cat and Mouse between the the witch Beatrice and Battler on whether magic can actually exist itself.

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It was a fantastic series that unlike some other series based on game franchises keeps the spirit of the game. Using a mixture of mystery and gore horror to create a suspense which I haven’t seen in anime in quiet awhile.

Positives include a great story with a unique story and plenty of gore to capture any Corpse party fans.

Negatives is it watches like a game which anyone who isn’t coming from this background of playing Phoenix Wright to Daganropna will find it a little difficult to follow the storylines

 

 

Michiko & Hatchin- Anime Review

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Michiko and Hatchin is a 2013 anime directed by Sayo Yamamoto who has previously directed Lupin the Third: the Woman Fujiko Mine and produced by Shinchiro Watanabe most famous for Cowboy Bebop.

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Set in the fictitious country of Diamandra, the criminal master mind  Michiko has escaped from prison to rescue her apparent daughter Hana (who she nicknamed Hatchin) in the process saving her from her foster family’s physical and mental abuse. Michiko is rude, in your face and all about surviving by her street knowledge. Hana on the other had is very mature and wants to live by doing the right thing. Even though they are nothing alike they set on a trip across the country to find Hana real father who Michiko hasn’t seen since before she was sent to prison.

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What is at first a very simple story turns out to be a deep and character depth filled series . The environment captures the country of Brazil perfectly from the landscape and cityscape to the inner conflict between the upper class people of  Portuguese and the working class of African decent.

Another great thing about the show is the music capturing the true beauty of the Brazilian culture which was composed by the The 2+’s a Brazilian band from Rio.

Both voice casting choices for Japanese and English Dub were perfect choices for the parts  Hatchin was voiced by Suzuka Ohgo whose most noticeable role was from Memoirs of a Geisha and Michiko being voiced by Yoko Maki who is also famous in her own right staring in Battle Royale 2 and The Grudge. The Funimation dub choices were Monica Rial as Mitchiko and Hana as Jad Saxton.

If you are going to show an anime to people as an introduction . This wouldn’t be my pick because this goes beyond any anime I have seen to date. Sheer perfection