Aesthetics from 2015


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Count the anachronisms and win the intangible prize of smug self-esteem:

At about 6 minutes in, the film mentions Viagra, which did not exist in the 1980s.

There. You get your first anachronism for free. The rest are up to you.


Robots and cyborgs in Japanese fiction:




Superman was apparently not so appealing to Japanese people, so their “flying brick” superhero was an android – an entirely artificial robot with the outward appearance of a human boy.


 

Of course, Western fiction had featured Superman, and a major schtick of Superman was that he could stand up to bullets and artillery shells.

I guess in 1963, it was creative enough to imagine a remote-controlled robot doing such things, but that very show — Tetsujin 28-go — apparently had cyborgs later on – i.e. human brains implanted in fully robotic bodies.

Personally, I don’t like controlling things at a remove. I don’t know if the fictional remote control ever got intercepted, but certainly drone vehicles in real life do get intercepted because their communications are usually not locked down well.


From Wikipedia:
Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (義経千本桜), or Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees, is a Japanese play, one of the three most popular and famous in the Kabuki repertoire. …

The title of this violent drama has been re-used as the title of a song about the alienation of modern Japan under Western occupation.

Japanese (日本語歌詞) Romaji (ローマ字)
大胆不敵にハイカラ革命 Daitan-futeki ni haikara kakumei
磊々落々(らいらいらくらく)反戦国家 Rairai-rakuraku hansen kokka
日の丸印の二輪車転がし Hinomaru-jirushi no nirinsha korogashi
悪霊退散 ICBM Akuryou-taisan I C B M

環状線を走り抜けて 東奔西走なんのその Kanjousen o hashirinukete touhon-seisou nan no sono
少年少女戦国無双 浮世の随(まにま)に Shounen shoujo sengoku-musou ukiyo no manima ni

千本桜 夜ニ紛レ 君ノ声モ届カナイヨ Senbonzakura, yoru ni magire, kimi no koe mo todokanai yo
此処は宴 鋼の檻 その断頭台で見下ろして Koko wa utage hagane no ori sono dantoudai de mioroshite

三千世界 常世之闇(とこよのやみ) 嘆ク唄モ聞コエナイヨ Sanzen sekai, tokoyo no yami, nageku uta mo kikoenai yo
青藍(せいらん)の空 遥か彼方 その光線銃で打ち抜いて Seiran no sora haruka kanata sono kousenjuu de buchinuite

百戦錬磨の見た目は将校 Hyakusen-renma no mitame wa shoukou
いったりきたりの花魁(おいらん)道中 Ittari-kitari no oiran douchuu
アイツもコイツも皆で集まれ Aitsu mo koitsu mo minna de atsumare
聖者の行進 わんっ つー さん しっ Seija no koushin wan tsuu san shi

禅定門(ぜんじょうもん)を潜り抜けて 安楽浄土厄払い Zenjoumon o kugurinukete anraku-joudo yakubarai
きっと終幕(さいご)は大団円 拍手の合間に Kitto saigo wa daidan’en hakushu no aima ni

千本桜 夜ニ紛レ 君ノ声モ届カナイヨ Senbonzakura, yoru ni magire, kimi no koe mo todokanai yo
此処は宴 鋼の檻 その断頭台で見下ろして Koko wa utage hagane no ori sono dantoudai de mioroshite

三千世界 常世之闇(とこよのやみ) 嘆ク唄モ聞コエナイヨ Sanzen sekai, tokoyo no yami, nageku uta mo kikoenai yo
希望の丘 遥か彼方 その閃光弾を打ち上げろ Kibou no oka haruka kanata sono senkoudan o buchiagero

環状線を走り抜けて 東奔西走なんのその Kanjousen o hashirinukete touhon-seisou nan no sono
少年少女戦国無双 浮世の随(まにま)に Shounen shoujo sengoku-musou ukiyo no manima ni

千本桜 夜ニ紛レ 君ノ声モ届カナイヨ Senbonzakura, yoru ni magire, kimi no koe mo todokanai yo
此処は宴 鋼の檻 その断頭台を飛び降りて Koko wa utage hagane no ori sono dantoudai o tobiorite

千本桜 夜ニ紛レ 君が歌い僕は踊る Senbonzakura, yoru ni magire, kimi ga utai, boku wa odoru
此処は宴 鋼の檻 さあ光線銃を撃ちまくれ Koko wa utage hagane no ori saa kousenjuu o buchimakure


After a bold and audacious Westernization revolution,
this is now an open and upright anti-war nation.
As I pedal forward my bicycle marked with the Japanese flag,
evil spirits will disperse from my intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Looping the belt line, I don’t care if I’m constantly on the move.
Boys and girls must be unrivaled during the warring era, in the floating world.
Thousands of cherry trees dissolve into the night. Not even your voice will reach.
This is a banquet inside a steel jail cell. Look down on us from your guillotine.
The whole world is shrouded in hellish darkness. Not even a lamenting song is audible.
With your raygun, shoot out the azure sky and the far distance.
Hundreds of fights will give one the apperance of an officer.
The courtesans are going here and there on a parade for their regular guests.
Everyone, assemble here now.
It’s a march of the saints. One! Two! Three! Four!
To pass through the gate to dhyāna , and achieve nirvana with cleansing,
the closing act must be a happy finale, accompanied by applause from the audience.
Thousands of cherry trees dissolve into the night. Not even your voice will reach.
This is a banquet inside a steel jail cell. Look down on us from your guillotine.
The whole world is shrouded in hellish darkness. Not even a lamenting song is audible.
The hill of hope is in the far distance, so shoot up your flashlight grenade.
Looping the belt line, I don’t care if I’m constantly on the move.
Boys and girls must be unrivaled during the warring era, in the floating world.
Thousands of cherry trees dissolve into the night. Not even your voice will reach.
This is a banquet inside a steel jail cell, so jump off from your guillotine.
Thousands of cherry trees dissolve into the night. You will sing, and I will dance.
This is a banquet inside a steel jail cell, so shoot randomly and ceaselessly with your raygun.


Edit:

My first impression was that the song was expressing alienation due to external violence.

On second thought, the song might be intended as a militaristic anthem for a newly violent Japan, unencumbered by pacifist Constitutions.


Update:
A poster at the link below has offered the following interpretation:

It’s simple dawg. Japan lost the war and took it hard, geisha from an artist turned into a prostitute, Japan became a bitch to the western world. For Japanese people it’s a joke to be pacifists, they are the ancient warmongers and this song is not anti-westernization it’s song of freedom for the Japanese people. Their arrogance and “kill all I don’t care” philosophy. So what Hatsune Miku is singing is the direct provocation to Japanese nation which acts as strengthening for their spirit and their ego. …

It’s not hate the west nor pro-imperialist, it’s just be what you want to be. Think and decide for you self.

http://www.vocaloidotaku.net/index.php?/topic/41285-confused-about-senbonzakuras-meaning/page__st__15


Quote:

Ringo is the author of a bajillion books, including fantasy and military SF. The novels (oh, yes, there is more than one) we’ll be considering are from the PALADIN OF SHADOWS series. These are modern-day action thrillers in which — well, let’s look at GHOST, the first novel in the series. The story begins with our hero, Mike Harmon, a accidentally witnessing the abduction of a college coed. He witnesses it because he just happens to be lurking in the shadows and watching the coeds himself. This is Mike’s recreation. Why? Well:

He knew that at heart, he was a rapist. And that meant he hated rapists more than any “normal” human being. They purely pissed him off. He’d spent his entire sexually adult life fighting the urge to not use his inconsiderable strength to possess and take instead of woo and cajole. He’d fought his demons to a standstill again and again when it would have been so easy to give in. He’d had one truly screwed up bitch get completely naked, with him naked and erect between her legs, and she still couldn’t say “yes.” And he’d just said: “that’s okay” and walked away with an amazing case of blue balls. When men gave in to that dark side, it made him even more angry then listening to leftist bitches scream about “western civilization” and how it was so fucked up.

Ladies and gentlemen, *our hero.*

You think that paragraph alone would make this book awesomely bad, but no. IT GETS MORE SO. Yes, you will be horrified by a lot of this, because Mike Harmon’s adventures are by turns awesomely horrific and horrifically awesome; I freely confess that I cannot stop reading these books, because *I have to see what Ringo does next.* I do, however, have a finely-tuned defense mechanism: whenever something trips my circuit breaker, causing me to cringe away from the page, I utter aloud a cry that resets my noggin. You will probably need it yourself, so I provide it here, as a public service: “OH JOHN RINGO NO.”

GHOST is Ringo’s own admitted Lord King Badfic, his id run wild. By his own account, he was trying to write several books he was actually contracted for, but GHOST kept nudging at him, and finally he just wrote the damn thing to *make it go away* so he could get back to fulfilling his contracts. Ringo locked the spewings of his id away on his hard drive, until he mentioned in passing on an online forum that yeah, he’d written another book, but it was *awful* and would never see the light of day. Naturally, folks were curious, and when Ringo posted a sample, nobody was more surprised than him to find that the response was, more often than not, “Hey, man, I’d buy this.”

So his publisher put it out, and the books are now doing pretty well for them. I’m sure this is a pleasant surprise if you’re Ringo or his publisher, but it’s also got to be a little embarrassing; he’s committed the literary equivalent of charging money for folks to watch him roll naked in a pile of dead and smelly fish. And then being begged for encores. As of this writing, I have only the first three books in the series, because dammit, I will buy crap, but I refuse to buy crap in hardcover. That’s *expensive.* I mean, I could be spending that money on *guns.*

To resume: Mike hitches a ride on the back of the van that kidnaps the coed. Mike, you see, is a former Navy SEAL, call sign “Ghost.” “Fifteen years in the teams had left him with degenerative damage in half the major joints in his body and a back that was compacted enough for a fifty-year-old,” but like most action heroes (see: Stephen Hunter’s Earl Swagger and his son Bob Lee, both of whom I love) Mike’s old injuries don’t enjoin him from going strong in the actual action scenes; they’re more atmospheric than anything else. It turns out that terrorists are kidnapping young women as part of a Diabolical Plan (“Let us rape them to the Glory of Allah!”). Mike’s plan to go for help — alas, he left his cell phone charging at home — goes toes up when he is spotted by a sentry and has to kill the man in self-defense. If he leaves to get help, the sentry will be found, and the bad guys will pull up stakes. You knew it was coming: former SEAL, outnumbered and outgunned, against a swarm of dastardly Arab terrorists. He rescues the coed, name of Ashley, but refuses to tell her who he is — he’s killed a bunch of people, and he’s worried about legal repercussions.

“I really want to know who you are.”

“Well,” he said, grinning, “if you ever see me again, for the first time, be overwhelmed by a wave of lust and need to give me a blowjob right then and there, even if it’s in public, okay?”

“Sure,” Ashley said, shaking her head. “Men. Maybe not in public, but we’ll talk, okay? This has…”

“Don’t let this put you off of men, God damnit,” Mike said, firmly. “I didn’t risk my fucking life to have you go lesbo. All men aren’t these filth. And if you decide they are, you’re spitting on what *I* did . Because the *good* guys want to get laid, too. Understand?”

THE WHOLE BOOK IS LIKE THIS.

http://hradzka.livejournal.com/194753.html


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A Russian cosplayer has perfectly depicted the “Palmtop Tiger” character.

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Source:

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/11/13/korean-netizens-go-nuts-for-russian-cosplay-cutie


You have probably seen Yurisa’s cosplay:

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But did you know that she likes to go to the range and fire .357 revolvers?

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Yeah, I know that the USA is having riots right now.

Yeah, I know that there are all kinds of corruption scandals I should be writing about.

Instead of writing a serious blog, I’m making Touhou references illustrated by Korean cosplayers.

In case you didn’t catch the Touhou reference in the title:

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Feminists often complain – and rightly so – that too many female sex symbols are anorexic.

Most Caucasian women are not of slim build. Most Caucasian women need good role models who look good even when well-fed.

When they watch fiction, Caucasian women need to see strong, independent women with strong, independent buttocks.

For the first few seasons, I had hoped that Game of Thrones was going to show realistically-plump women who were neither anorexics nor landwhales. I have long since stopped watching, but I will call out one six-foot-three actress who gained 14 pounds of muscle in order to play a semi-realistic swordswoman.

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I’m referring, of course, to Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie.

 

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I am definitely attracted to slim, waif-like women. However, very few Caucasian women have the genes to be waif-like. Every race should play to its strengths. If the Caucasians can muster up more tall, well-muscled actresses, there’s no need for them to starve themselves so that they can look waif-like.

Not every actress needs to be six-foot-three; women, as well as men, can strive to be “swole at any height.” Michelle Jenneke, for example, is less than five-foot-eight, but she still manages to eat well and develop her muscles.

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Bonald has recently complained that men don’t really want stories about warrior women. I, for one, disagree. I want lots of stories about women who eat well and aren’t anorexic. If they are warriors too, I can accept that. Before my readers object that there are no female warriors in real life – we have Ronda Rousey, who is certainly more athletic than I am. Plus, she has an Olympic medal in judo – that ought to count for something. I bet Ronda Rousey could pass USA special forces military school, but I also bet that she gets paid a lot more money to win Olympic medals and make movies.

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If we just want enough women warriors to provide us with movie stars, I think we can find enough. We can take high-value women of the sort that currently populate our Olympic teams, and give them movie contracts. We probably can’t get 100,000 such women, to fill out a brigade of Amazonian soldiers, but we can get a few dozen athletes every couple of years.

Female athletes who master combat sports will definitely attract husbands. Tove Monni was a karate champion, and she married Linus Torvalds and had three children with him. Girls should feel safe devoting themselves to martial arts – there will be plenty of boys who are willing to marry female martial artists.


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