May. 21st, 2013

liri: A kitten typing enthusiastically (typing)
So there are a lot of things I like about Tumblr: Ease of putting your thoughts/posts out there (no need to go to a community to self-promote,) ease of posting graphics/art, the ability to draw visual parellels, the wealth of cute kitten photos... but there are also things that don't work so well on Tumblr, and one of those is "I want to talk to an audience of people with no clue about this subject."   If, say, I decide to post about Dangan Ronpa, or Vividred Operation, odds are that most of the people following me will just skim it or overlook it, and the only people interested will be those who are already aware of the subject and don't need the noob's guide. 

Not that anyone's necessarily going to be interested in any of these subjects over here, either, but it feels less silly posting something like that here somehow, rather than putting it on the tag for everyone to read and ignore. 

So the simplest and most straightforward new show I picked up recently:Vividred Operation )

And I would post about Dangan Ronpa here too, but instead I just really want to grump about the discussion I'm having on this post right here, where, frustratingly, any and all attempts at introducing tropes from anime involve either assimilating the trope where it doesn't exactly fit ("Could 'lost in the wilderness' fit into 'going native/primitivism'?") or sanding them down to unrecognizability ("Let's turn 'magical girls' into 'empowerment!'"  God knows what "mechs" would have been made into.)  I mean, if you just want to stick to western-fandom tropes, say so, don't solicit J-fandom input just to reject it all!

I admit, and admitted there, I have a knee-jerk negative reaction to "empowerment."  Any word that gets used for everything from wearing lipstick to educating women in countries where that's not a priority has been reduced to meaninglessness.  More than that, though, if coffee shop AUs, the most boring and Western-fandomy idea I have ever heard of in my life, can be on the trope list, I don't see why magical girls can't.


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