Scissors: Photo/Art Blob and “Kawaii” is Healthy

Just photos over the years I want to use or reference maybe.

These are from Japantown and Chinatown in San Francisco from a journalism conference in Feb-March 2013 when I was on my previous college’s student paper as the photo editor. A lot of the shops had “No Photography” signs and I was short on time, so I didn’t get a lot of photos. The ones of Seattle were from the International Club field trip in 2012.

Also stressed out and wanted to look for some “kawaii” items and still focus on the medical side to otaku culture. There are a few studies I have to read through, but here’s the link to one done by the Research Ethics Committee of the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences in Hiroshima University – The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

The Peace Pagoda in San Francisco’s “Nihonmachi”.

 

Some of the buildings and I think one of the street lamps described in “Donald Duk” in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

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Scissors: “Mulan: Rise of a Warrior”, Hollywood on History and What to do about “Weeaboos”

The 2009 Chinese live action “Mulan: Rise of a Warrior”

Poster for the 2009 Chinese film “Mulan: Rise of a Warrior”

I want to watch this movie as I haven’t watched many films about other countries historical heroes and figures that didn’t come from Hollywood. I’d rather see Mulan as the country she came from sees her. And from what I’ve read of the plot, it is way, way better (and makes more sense) than the Disney cartoon (I’m not going to go into the whole kid’s movies vs. historical accuracy and the big shift going on with Disney’s animation studios at this time (they were closing down the one in Florida, which was the one that created “Mulan” and many of Disney’s “experimental” feature length animated films, such as “The Emperor’s New Groove”.  Continue reading →

Scissors: Free Ramen?

Some free Ramen I found, though the location was questionable.

So, I already have plenty of sources and depth on the subject of my project, but I want to add more. I just don’t know if what I want to add is necessary and relevant or I just want to add it because it’s relevant and I like it.

So the question isn’t does or does it not have a place and function if I had all the time in the world to write this, but because I have limited time, I’m at the does this need to be edited out, something else added in, I forgot this or this whole bit needs to be scraped.

Somethings I want to include are LGBTQIA+ in anime, mainly due to the popularity and positive reception of “Yuri on Ice” and it being a potential landmark/gateway in anime when it come to LGBTQIA+ content and addressing emotional health issues, like anxiety, in an accurate, non-stigmatizing light. It also was not based on a light novel or manga as well.

I also want to address interest in Japanese culture outside of the otaku subculture lens through the YouTube channel Abroad in Japan, whose host is a British English as a second langauge or ESL teacher living in Japan (and misses decent cheese). Mostly I really like that this channel crosses over my love of dry British humour (yes the “u” is there on purpose, I couldn’t resist) and Japanese culture in general.

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Scissors: Memoirs, Vocaloids, Daft Punk

While going through the texts and in class the theme of the “American Dream” and picking yourself up by the bootstraps, the self-made, self-reliance mentality common in America, the central focus on the “self”, applies much less to Asian Americans who became successful. There is a much greater focus, followed by actual action, for Asian Americans to seek help within their communities and work together. Generally there is less of a community effort in seeking this and more talk when I look at Western persons who have obtained it, and a lot more bragging. Continue reading →

Scissors: Bladerunner anime and GitS

Observations from live action “Ghost in the Shell”:

Drew heavily from other science fiction films, video games and anime:

A.I Artificial Intelligence, Blade Runner, Appleseed, GATTACA, The Matrix, Cyborg 009, Batman – Nolan series, Independence Day (ID4), I-Robot, Mass Effect, Star Wars, The 5th Element, etc.

The film relied too heavily on previous media that the overall look and feel came across as the film being too insecure in its own identity, showing the general insecurity and fears that Hollywood has over anything that is not “white”, or is “untested” (Hollywood’s over-reliance on already books, comics, video games, franchises, reboots, remakes, sequels, prequels and already established actors, director and production crews in general).

I think that’s why they relied too heavily on other works visually.

I don’t think they’ve realized that what is actually killing the industry is not taking any real risks with original/new content and talent for as long as they have and it has caused things to stagnate. Also ignoring that audiences are “genre weary”, can’t commit to so many “tent pole” dependent franchises each summer and are wary of anything that’s been hyped.

It also “dumbed”, nearly everything down, leaving out important moments from the original anime film (such as the conversation between Motoko and Batou after diving). The symbolism of the lighting, shapes and outright stating the themes of the original film and manga, no attempts to be creative with it. Came across like they just wanted to get the core concepts out of the way, like tokens, and just wanted to cater to the action (which wasn’t engaging either). The whole film felt thrown together and lazy to the point that it was disrespectful.

Wished they’d branched out from the original 1995 movie more and included elements from the anime series, like the spider tanks used by Section 9. I think it would have helped expand on the concept of consciousness (and robots don’t have to be “robotic”). The spider tanks could have added the same element of cute/humor that BB-8 did for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

Spider tank from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime, who are generally very social, happy and caring.

I also think the “Laughing Man” storyline would have been more relevant to today’s more immediate issues with cyber security and privacy, and would have been easier to connect to a larger audience without having to “dumb” anything down and still include GitS core subject matter.

A screenshot of the hacker called “The Laughing Man” from the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime.

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