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4 weeks ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - The Black Market · 0 replies · +5 points

4 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 1 reply · +9 points

You should really do a rewatch, it's actually pretty fun how much of thiss stuff has been foreshadowed.

Some fans have already predicted White Diamond's existence by the point in the show when it wasn't even confirmed that Garnet is a fusion, just from a combination of the four-colored diamond insigna seen everywhere, and from Ronaldo rambling about the Great Diamond Authority (in his first episode) .

But yeah, since then, we have also explicitly seen the four diamonds' outlines in multiple situations.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steins;G... · 1 reply · +4 points

"I can tell that the show tried here, that they wanted to paint this story as something that is tender and admirable. It is sweet at times, but it’s also so jarring because the show also can’t really figure out how to address their own character."

I think this sums up most anime's approach to LGBT people, really.

On one hand, it's often about as ignorant as something from western media would have been several decades ago, just plainly oblivious to queer identities. Same sex crushes are kept as subtext. Open homosexuality is conflated with transgenderism, transvestitism, kinks, and paraphilias.

On the other hand, there is an incomparable lack of cruel or paranoid portrayals intended to shame, and there is at least some form of attempt to portray whatever queerness they manage to semi-accidentally portray, as being welcomed.

I think otaku culture has positive bias towards "weirdos" in a way that also ends up encompassing what we call "queerness", even if they don't draw the distinction between the two.

Much of Steins;Gate is about Akihabara, and about how it's otaku counterculture is pretty much a safe space for maid uniform catgirls like Feyris or lecherous volcels like Daru, who would be shunned by stuffy conservative mainstream Japan. And for what it's worth, it also clearly treating Ruka as being one of the gang, and as being the kind of person (whatever that was intended to be), who is shielded by living in the kind of place where it's OK to be youself, where ultimately even colossal douchbags like Okabe will stand up for you and say that "guy or girl doesn't matter", no one deserves to be treated like garbage.

Which is not a GREAT message, because of course there is still a difference between being gay or trans and being into maid uniforms. But it's also infinitely NICER than much of western straight male geekdom that wallows in it's own "persecution" while beelining to the most right wing position on anyone who isn't exactly like them, oblivious to the irony.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steins;G... · 0 replies · +5 points

There is actually one example of a chuuni character we already all know (and love ?):

Ronaldo Fryman.

His character in Steven Universe is a great example of being written from a western perspective, essentially as a ribbing of the western anime fandom, but also incorporating lots of tropes from chuuni anime characters.

The conspiracy theories (snake people) that are used to blame literally everything on, the self-importance, the walking around in public with a cosplay sword, the explicit daydreaming escapism with an edgy alias name, (Bloodstone), are all making it a pretty close example.

Maybe his character is a bit more caricatured as being literally delusional instead of somewhat self-awarely playing along, but that can be written up to SU as a whole being a more caricatured children's cartoon.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steins;G... · 0 replies · +3 points

Sorry, this is not going to directly answer your question, but there is an obligatory anime scene from a show you are never going to watch, about not understanding chuunibyou that you might want to check out anyways:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHd3xfDzTg8

Mark = Hatoko

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +6 points

I don't know, I kinda like the way he had the same logic as Bismuth for attending a wedding in the nicest thing he owns.

7 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +5 points

I mean, sure, I'm not going to tell you that you should automatically trust the writers the next time when something feels problematic, or that I was vindicated in some sort of a general worldview about always doing so.

I got lucky this time.

But at the same time, still feeling bitter about Bismuth at this point, feels like one of those cliché scenes where two sides have been fighting for so long, that when it is revealed that the original reason for their fighting was a trivial misunderstanding, they still have to keep fighting because they have gathered too many extra grievances since then.

7 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +3 points

Steven even joked about how most new gems try to kill him before they befriend him.

The unfortunate implications of Bismuth's character were never in just how she fought with Steven, (all gems do that), but in how she could be read as a political radical, who challenged Rose's authority and who needs to take a hint from white pacifists. That, like you said, "we wouldn't want to be ~just like Homeworld.~".

7 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 2 replies · +4 points

It wasn't entirely unreasonable *at the time*.

At the time of the episode's airing, I personally instantly enjoyed the episode for what I perceived to be moral complexity, building up to a chink in Rose's pedestral, and a push for Steven to be better than her, and a new character who was obviously set up to be recurring.

I was still slightly worried that the more cynical takes could be right, yes. And I was defensive about it in the way that white nerd boys are defensive when other people say that the stuff that they like is problematic.

But when I say that I have been vindicated, I say that with the most sincere way. I'm joyful, that at least in this case, I ended up being blatantly in the right when I took the more charitable interpretation.

In retrospect, the story just plainly WASN'T about Rose's war tactics being a White Liberal condemnation of punching nazis, if anything it was an early hint that Rose was deeply in the wrong.

7 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 2 replies · +3 points

"Bismuth"'s cynical reading makes no sense in the context of the Rose/Pink revelation and the story of the Corruption song. To see this plot direction as an apology made up afterwards, you would have to see those as retconned additions, which they blatantly weren't.

And even i you did that, the revelation that Rose did shatter Pink Diamond, was already done within the same season as Bismuth, within the same production cycle. In "Bubbled", Garnet just had an emotional monologue about sometimes you do have to shatter a diamond for the Greater Good. So was that just the writers being so biased that they accidentally espoused the morals that they previously intended to clearly condemn a character for?

At that point, you just have a narrative that's gradually more and more loud about how messed up Bismuth's situation was, and blaming the writers for being blind to that, right up until the point when it's impossible to ignore that they agree with you, a which point you just treat it as if it were a sudden pivot or an apology.