AngryOtakuRants
Moving off campus (and won’t have wifi) so I won’t be posting any rants until I come back for school.  Until then I made a list on my tumblr listing a few rants from earlier this year after hunting them down.
Also just got this sailor moon hat from Etsy that is now my favorite hat

Moving off campus (and won’t have wifi) so I won’t be posting any rants until I come back for school.  Until then I made a list on my tumblr listing a few rants from earlier this year after hunting them down.

Also just got this sailor moon hat from Etsy that is now my favorite hat

Otaku Rant: The Cliche of Fangirls

Lately I’ve been getting into Supernatural.

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And after watching a particular few episodes, I found something rather interesting (that being how much they play with the ideas of their fan base being within the show). It was after the episode with the “Supernatural Con” (a parody of Comic Con no doubt), that I realized how strange the divide is among the genders of fans. Sure most fans act extremely similar, but for some reason people get a general image when it comes to fanboys and fangirls.

Fanboys would be something along the lines of either someone dorky who’s into comics or some one who won’t shut up about the newest game consoles.

For some reason that’s what most fanboys are deemed: dorky.

But when it comes to fangirls, they’re either very obsessive and get excited over the smallest of things-

or being called on their bullshit for not knowing what their talking about (hence the fake geek girl meme that I won’t go into detail here).

It’s true that most people do focus on the stranger parts of a fan base, but why is it that fan girls focus on the characters/character development of a show while with fan boys focus has more to do with the logistics of the story?

Just talking to my guy friends about the show “Game of Thrones”, they only talk about the government and power struggles and less about what the characters “feel”. Meanwhile another friend tends to talk about the tragic moments in “The Walking Dead.”

Maybe it has something to do with how fangirls tend to focus on the “emotional stakes” of shows while fanboys focus on the “overall stakes,” but again, this is a generalization. A true fan obsesses over everything).

There are girls out there that argue about the smallest of details in sci-fi, and boys who write obsessive fan fiction about characters. And the glorious part of it all, is that we can poke fun at the extremes because we’ve all gone through phrases of our fandoms (just look at Supernatural)

And if you don’t think so, try thinking back to middle school or early high school when you were into some movie/comic/TV series. (Believe me, those memories will haunt you)

renaki:

I sent my girlfriend a cute hentai story on snapchat.

Seriously wondering how she puts up with me.

How I draw faces

castiel-is-the-fallen-angel:

swordcane:

andlatitude:

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1) circle with lines

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2) face, head, neck

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3) nose

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4) eyes, mouth, eyebrows

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5) haaaiiir

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6) everything else

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thnx 4 help Steph

I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING

Otaku Rant New Anime: Juusen Battle Monsuno

Wondering why I’m talking about this?

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A year or two back, I remember watching advertisement by Nickelodeon about coming out with a brand new original series. It didn’t look like much, and honestly looked pretty standard.  Except one thing caught my eye, and that was how strangely similar it was to Pokemon (and to some extend Digimon).

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(creatures being carried in small containers and fight each other? Who would’ve though?)

One weekend I went through a few episodes, and nothing really stood out to me, despite it going on and on about how amazing the story was. As far as a children’s anime of today. It holds up okay. It certainly doesn’t hold up to the older anime, but for kids today it’s not bad…

But it’s not exactly good either.

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The animation, while good for the fight scenes, is clunky when it comes to the people, who themselves aren’t really that interesting.

No scratch that. It’s not that they’re not interesting. It’s that I’ve seen their characters roles before in other anime, and here it’s really obvious (and it didn’t help that the advertisement only confirmed that thought).

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You got your leader, nerd, tough girl, bad boy, and… quirky character I guess.

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There’s nothing else really to their characters though, which is why the animation could be more… Anime. The reason characters in shows like Pokemon, Digimon, even Yugioh, were so fun and such was because we could see their reactions more clearly (especially misty’s)

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In Monsuno (and in other children’s anime of today for that matter), it needs big reactions. It needs to have more emphasis on how the characters show feeling, not just through dialogue (which by the way,  is mostly exposition in this show). 

And I guess you could argue that this show is for younger teens/ middle schoolers so there’s no need for the cartoony reactions, but even shows like Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist make way for it’s crazy moments in order to show how developed these characters are.

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I think the only times I felt invested in the characters were twice. Once during a flashback of a character’s mom exploding, (which sounds really  bad out of context actually), And the bond between the main character and his parents, specifically with the mom.

It’s not a bad series (I got a few laughs out of the more clever jokes), but this does show how much new anime relies on certain fans. Either hardcore fans for anime like Attack on Titan who want drama and a new spin on things, or a fresh, new audience who have not seen these anime tropes before.

And speaking of fans. Rant tomorrow on… Fan girls…

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I did say I would rant all week… *dissatisfied sigh*

Otaku Rant Old(-ish) Anime: Pokemon

Ah yes, pokemon. Everyone knows about it one way or another.

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But it’s a little weird to talk about how good or bad the series was on account of it still showing today. So I’ll just talk a little bit about why it works so well, despite it being the same episodes over and over again.

And for the longest time, I never saw it as a show that had a formula, which is weird because almost every children’s cartoon has one, especially the older ones. Just look at sailor moon.

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The key to it though, was how those shows were able to hide the gimmick with originality. For one thing, the story was based on an existing game, meaning it already had fans but could also gain more by basically advertising the game

(which is essentially what children’s anime in general is about. Advertising. Just look at Bakugan and Monsuno, which I’ll get to in a little bit)

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But back to Pokemon, almost all the older episodes had some sort of point to them (meaning something was always happening). A gym battle, catching a new pokemon, releasing a pokemon, etc. The filler episodes didn’t feel like filler episodes because of how new the show was back in the day. No one knew what the world of pokemon was like. And the only way to find out about it was to watch the show.

(it also didn’t hurt that the pokemon were either ridiculously cute or badass)

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… Unfortunately, that was also it’s downside.

As soon as pokemon started to get a bigger following, it became more obvious about how similar all the games and such are. And the pokemon in the show wasn’t enough to hold up, especially since more kids were buying the game and beating them faster and faster. (Hell, my kid brother was able to beat Black version in five days after getting it)

The show was able to mix it up though since it switched regions, as well as travel partners for Ash (but really? Start out with one pokemon over and over?)

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I didn’t dare watch past the hoenn region arc, because it looked waaaay to similar to the old premise (and every time I did, I found I was right). The Black and White arc faired better since the game itself was more serious. (I remember the trailer for the second game better then the actually anime)

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The show has managed to revamp its look because of Pokemon:Origins. It also seems like they put more backstory to the main character (finally), though I’ll have to look into that one.

 As far as old anime goes, it was definitely one of the top because of the world it created and originality, despite how repetitive it was.

Children’s anime today however… We’ll find out in a few minutes.

collegehumor:

If Miyazaki Films Were Like Other Anime

HIS ARTISTIC MERIT IS OVER 9000!!!

Little Groot dancing

Otaku Rant Old Anime: Samurai Champloo

While short, this was a pretty good series,

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And, unknowingly, I’m talking about a series that was made by the director of Cowboy Bebop (go figure). Speaking of which, the length of both anime, and old, mature anime, tends to be short. Usually never going more then what the story needs. The only exception I could think of would be Inuyasha, but that was more for teens.

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But I’m getting a head of myself.

Samurai Champloo is much like Cowboy Bebop, in the sense that it had separate episode stories that stood on their own but also had an overall story to help keep it together. There was also the old openings that I meant to talk about in the other rant. Unlike anime now, or even children’s anime, old anime was more about using certain art styles and music to convey the mood.

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There also tends to be a limited amount of characters when it comes to old anime as well. Here there are only three main characters, and only a handful of reoccurring characters. It also doesn’t need a lot of characters either, since the mains work off each other with how different they are (specifically Mugen and Jin)

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Fuu is also fun to watch (especially in the eating contest episode), wanting to be on par with them despite not having as much experience.

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Overall, old anime for adults is good in quality, because that’s where the focus is, not necessarily quantity. (which nowadays is often a strange mixture, especially when fillers are used).

…Unfortunately, there are some duds in anime, and most of which are the ones directed to children. Tomorrow we’ll start with

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