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11 hours ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 1 reply · +7 points

You know, it's funny you bring up sexism. While I'm not going to say the comments aren't (though V nyjnlf gubhtug vg jnf zber Uhturf orvat creprcgvir naq xabjvat gung gurl qb yvxr rnpu bgure) one of the things I really like about this episode is the conversation Hughes and Winry have, and the way it ultimately is turned around in the episode. Hughes asserts that generally men don't like to burden others with their feelings, and that's true for some of them, especially Ed and Al. But Winry asserts that she has to be told some things, and that there's stuff that needs to be discussed out loud, and the episode frames her as being 100% correct. She's the one who convinces Al to talk with Ed about these feelings, and at the end Hughes also realizes that she was right. I don't know, really liked that. A lot of narratives seem to encourage the idea that keeping your feelings hidden and not discussing them is okay, but this refutes that.

While I think it could have been set up better, and I get why you don't like it, the stuff with Al always made sense to me. I don't think it's meant to be something the audience believes, but given Al's situation I do honestly get it. He has very few ways to really interact with the world: he doesn't experience touch or smell, he can't sleep, etc. And as of now, he's been in this unfeeling shell of a body for years. I can see pretty easily how his thoughts would spiral out of control in this situation, and it reminds me a lot of what can happen with my own anxiety. A thought gets in my head, and suddenly it's all I can think about, and the more I think about it, the more I convince myself it's true, even if on some level I know it isn't. And often the solution *is* to have someone point out the flaws in logic - again, as Winry did for Al here. So, yeah, it makes sense to me. And it makes sense that it would be resolved fairly quickly once Al was thinking clearly about it. But I do get why some would take issue with it.

6 days ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 2 replies · +7 points

In the third episode we saw what happens with extremism and religion, here we have extremism with science. It's a nice narrative contrast.

But yeah, no one is ever prepared for this episode. I've seen it more than once and it never gets easier.

1 week ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +5 points

The author of the manga is Buddhist herself, so it never felt as though it was negative on religion in general (I'm not at all religious though, so my perspective is definitely coming from a different place). For me, Rose didn't came across as foolish; I felt sorry for her and understood where she was coming from, and why her trauma made her susceptible to Cornello. She's also intentionally set up as a parallel to Ed and Al's situation, so I thought that was interesting. Though I do find the episode off in some ways (minor comparison to the manga, just in terms of Rose herself) orpnhfr gur zbzrag jvgu gur tha arire unccraf va gur znatn. Fur qbrf nfx "jung nz V fhccbfrq gb qb abj?" Ohg fur qbrfa'g guerngra gurz ng gur raq.

As for Ed's words, I also didn't take it as her needing to be completely self-sufficient. Simply that she can't only rely on other people telling her what to do. Ed *can't* tell her what to do, and it's something she does need to discover for herself. He's definitely harsh about it, and considering the previous episode I also think it's fair to say he's projecting a bit.

2 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Galavant... · 0 replies · +6 points

Man, this is reminding me how much I really enjoyed this show. It'd been a while since I had seen it, and now I'm sad about its cancellation all over again.

2 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Galavant... · 0 replies · +7 points

AHHH. I totally forgot you were doing Galavant. I never actually saw the second season, so this is a good reason to catch up. I really liked the first one.

3 weeks ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 1 reply · +3 points

Has he? I thought he'd read most of them so he wouldn't. I love the Animorphs though so it would be a dream come true.

4 weeks ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +9 points

There have been so many long series lately, it'd be nice to get some standalone books. But mostly I just hope Mark enjoys whatever he ends up reading. :)

4 weeks ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +3 points

Just saw it! It was really great. I think I might still slightly prefer the first, but I'll have to see how subsequent rewatches affect this opinion.

5 weeks ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 4 replies · +2 points

I used to love those books, but I've since learned things about Piers Anthony that made me wish I'd never read them. And whooooooooo boy are there some awful messages in those books that I missed when reading these as a far-too-young kid.

If you don't know the Piers Anthony thing, this article goes over a lot of it (TW for pedophilia and lots of sexism/misogyny): https://www.avclub.com/revisiting-the-sad-misogyn...

5 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Yuri On ... · 0 replies · +7 points

First time watcher here! I've been wanting to get into Yuri on Ice since it came out, but just didn't have the time. I'm kind of glad it worked out this way though, so now I can watch along with Mark!

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Aaaand that's it! So far I've only seen the first two episodes, but I like it a lot so far. The animation is wonderful, I really like Yuuri and the other characters so far, and while I've never been a skater or watched it, I've always thought ice skating was really cool, so there's that aspect as well. Looking forward to enjoying this along with all of you!