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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. 

My Rarewomen assignment matched me with[archiveofourown.org profile] Measured, and we matched on Madoka Magica.  She asked for a happy moment with Kyoko and Sayaka, and I was down with that, completely, but her request included a series I'd never heard of called Vividred Operation; from the way she worded her request, it was still running.  Curious, I checked it out.

This is the single most fanservicey anime I have ever seen in my life, and I have a pretty high tolerance for this sort of thing.  A magical-girl series aimed squarely at the creepy adult male otaku demographic, it features fourteen-year-old girls who turn into magical girls through the power of friendship, and "dock" with each other to create a more powerful combined form.  It was also surprisingly appealing despite all the schoolgirl-crotch.  The characters were likable (I'm especially fond of Himawari, the socially maladroit, fashion-averse nerd) the transformation sequences were slick and high-tech -- they looked like something from the Iron Man movies, in between the underwear shots -- and the show didn't take itself too seriously.  In one of my favorite nods to the genre, they handled the ironclad requirement for a cute magical-girl mascot by transferring the protagonist's grandfather's brain to a stuffed toy.

It's not going to be for everyone - I really cannot emphasize enough how fixated this show is on crotches - but if you have a high tolerance for fanservice it's a cute, yuri-tastic show.

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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