Due to poor time management skills… [probably not very SFW]

I had planned a huge thousand-word post on sodomy.

And I spent too much time reading Ferguson-riot discussions.


Due to my poor time management decisions, I will not be posting my long-awaited anti-sodomy diatribe today.

However, I did find some not-very-safe-for-work stuff… if you’re at work, just wait until you get home, it’s not that amazing. It will still be here for at least a week before I delete it.



So when people ask you, “Why does the world need anime? What value is there to a Chinese cartoon about children with eyes as big as basketballs?”

Without anime, the cosplayer shown above would never have assembled the costume shown above.

Anime makes the world a better place, at least with regard to cosplay. It’s entirely possible that anime is a net negative, like heroin abuse, because it causes otherwise serious Japanese men to tolerate their government. Without anime, Japanese frustration would boil up to Yukio Mishima levels.


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10 Responses to Due to poor time management skills… [probably not very SFW]

  1. rjamesd9 says:

    Can’t complain about the costume.
    Is this in any way related to people feeling sexually harassed at comic-cons?

    • I haven’t been to an anime convention in years, so I don’t know anything about them any more.

      If anything, these pictures relate to my doubts about whether I should blog about anime, or even watch anime.

  2. Brian K says:

    The hat looks like Death from Soul Eater, though the rest of the costume doesn’t match up. Must be from something else. I think anime is worthwhile for more than just slutty cosplay girls. As you’ve noted before, despite it’s penchant for Action Girl Bullshit™, anime is refreshingly anti-PC. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Japanese men have responded to feminism with their own version of MGTOW, the grass eaters.

    While many animes are only entertaining in a bread and circus kind of way, which you seem to hint at in your post, better animes can inspire and delight in ways Western fiction rarely achieves or even aspires to these days. Some animes are masterworks of philosophy. If you haven’t yet watched Steins;Gate, give it a go. It’s mindbending science fiction, with serious emotional resonance to boot.

    • Steins;Gate was a pretty good sci-fi story; near the end I was disappointed because the writing went from literary to video-game-ish.

      The romantic relationships did not really please me much, but the characters were good enough to make me root for them until the end.

      Apparently Robotics; Notes was in the same series. I liked that one considerably more.

      • Brian K says:

        I haven’t quite finished Steins;Gate, yet. I don’t normally go for time travel/alternate universe stuff, and I didn’t initially like the characters, but it won me over. I don’t normally go for anime where a high tech concept like time machines or mechas are the main focus, though I can deal with a high tech setting (Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Space Dandy, etc). I did like Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy, both of which seem to use transhumanist concepts to explore mundane humanity.

        I’ll admit that my anime tastes are often low brow. I love Black Lagoon, and if you ask why, I’ll just point to hot chicks duel-wielding Beretta 92fs. I enjoyed Hellsing, though the concept of Dracula fighting Nazi vampires for queen and country could have been done with a lot more depth instead of just focussing on coolness. Alucard’s protagonist-centered morality is also troublesome. I’m currently watching Naruto, One Piece, and Fairy Tail, so apparently I’m a guy entertained by pirates, demon-possessed teenage ninjas, and magical flying cats. I never thought I would write that sentence before getting into anime. Maybe it would have been better if I had never heard the name Goku way back when.

        • I never got into Black Lagoon. Hellsing kept leading me on, and finally I decided that despite its fine qualities, I had many criticisms of it.

          I watched hundreds of episodes of Fairy Tail until I recently decided that Juvia and Gray were always going to frustrate my desire for character development and plot advancement. I dropped if after the 28th episode of the second version – i.e. shortly after the “magical Olympics/Eclipse 2” arc.

          • Brian K says:

            I didn’t start Fairy Tail from the beginning. I have funimation channel on my cable package, and they’ve been showing the 3rd version, I believe. Currently Natsu is taking the S-class wizard exam. I can see this being a series that never fully satisfies, much like Bleach.

            I believe I’ve read some of your criticisms of Hellsing on your other blog. No arguments here. I grew up on ’80’s vampire fiction like Fright Night, The Lost Boys, and Near Dark, and I still have a soft spot for the genre. Hellsing is in many ways an insult to vampire lore and fiction. Vampires are not soul-stealing eldritch abominations who imprison their victims’ souls as familiars for eternity. I found the concept of Seras feeding on her love interest’s soul to gain super-vampire powers deeply troubling, to say the least. The Japanese seem to have a bizarre take on vampirism, from Hellsing, to Trinity Blood, to Blood+/Blood-c, to Jojo’s Bizaare Adventure. I couldn’t even get through Vampire Knight, though that seemed aimed at the Twilight set. I remember Shiki being a good one, and I have no complaints about Vampire Hunter D.

            • Well, vampire phenomena started out as a fascinating set of reported paranormal phenomena. That would be weird enough to warrant my interest.

              All the literary accretions on top of those purported phenomena are just an extra bonus. As usual, art is more conventional than life, because artists want audiences and life is just life.

  3. Brian K says:

    Vampires of lore were usually reported as either zombie-like animated corpses, or spectral life-force sucking beings, with some ability to solidify. Google up etheric revenants if you want to read up on the latter. There’s a chaos magician with a blog who has written a bunch of posts about “real” vampires and werewolves being etheric phenomena. I believe his blog is called monsters and magick, or something similar.

  4. Brian K says:

    monstersandmagic.wordpress.com is the site I mentioned in my previous post. I suspect you’d find it informative.

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