This is mostly a place where I catalog jokes and gifs. And by that I mean it's a place where I reblog anime gifs on a horrendously constant basis.
I'm a big fan of animation and whatnot, most recently I've been looking more into anime/manga.
Favorite titles include: Serial Experiments Lain, BECK Mongolian Chop Squad, Midori Days, and Paranoia Agent.
I think nerds do, yeah. A lot of people seem to think that picking out plot holes or logical inconsistencies, usually really small ones that have no impact on the dramatic arc of the narrative, is more fun than involving yourself in the story or the characters and makes you “smarter” than the filmmakers. Witness those “everything wrong with [insert movie]” videos that are nothing but bullshit nitpicks that have all the valuable, insightful critical analysis of a wet bag of dog poop.
Normally the stuff that gets pointed out as a “flaw” or a “mistake” is either a meaningless continuity error or some minor bit of plot convenience that’s required to get the story from point A to point B. In bad movies, these conveniences are so huge that they take you right out of the story and all you can think about is how ridiculous the leap of logic is. In good movies, even noticeable plot holes don’t matter because you’re so wrapped up in the drama/comedy/whatever and you care about the story and the characters enough to just go with it. A lot of people are very resistant to even the idea of the latter, so we wind up with a bunch of pointless, insight-free nitpicking disguised as “film criticism”.
The best film criticism isn’t about “gotcha, now I’m smarter than the screenwriters” posturing - it’s about appreciation, about understanding what the filmmakers were attempting to do and if they were successful in terms of execution. Movies are, by and large, all about how they make you feel, what they make you think about, how the characters build, how the story unfolds. Focusing on “hey, there’s no way that car could’ve made that jump!” or “that computer OS doesn’t operate that way!!” is missing the point. That stuff can be fun to point out in a movie that’s failing on most levels, but if you’re watching something that is genuinely dramatically gripping and the only thing you have to offer in analysis and discussion is a bunch of myopic nitpicking, you’re doing it wrong.
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For the first time in a while, I think I’ve encountered something that I honestly cannot describe. The words to explain it elude me.
Fucking Oyasumi Punpun man. 12 chapters in and I have no fucking clue what this is, but I can’t stop reading it.
I’m a bit sick today so I don’t have the will to write much, however I managed to make it out to grab the latest single by SCREEN mode, which contains the excellent ending to the thoroughly enjoyable Gingitsune. The song is pretty lovely and I’ve been waiting a while for it. The show isn’t as hyped as some of the other series airing this fall, but it’s actually pretty good. I’m really liking it.
That’s about it I guess, please give the song a listen and please give the show a look!