Grinding mobile game and its September already

Hey all,

If it hasn’t been obvious enough, my blogs been pretty inactive lately. In so far that the only post that I’ve did recently would be 5 Anime like Your Lie In April on another website: The Lost Otaku.

It’s great and all that I’ve joined this collaboration, but my lethargy kicks in and I can’t seem to get rid of my inertia in writing legit blog posts. Feeling unmotivated as hell is one thing, but also lacking inspiration to write is another thing. Perhaps I’ve experienced that acceptance that I should take it at my own pace and write, otherwise forcing myself to write to pander to an audience (or an imagined audience) would be kinda silly.

Where my blog currently stands, I still get a little traffic trickling in. Awkward one to two views on weekdays, seven to nine views on weekends. I’m guessing my blog is getting some hits on google search. 🙂

I just want to share what I’ve been up to lately; honestly, nothing much to be proud of, spending massive amounts of time grinding and farming in a Japanese mobile game Toram Online. It’s not really the newest thing to me, since I loved this game back few years back, just decided to pick it up mid this year, and kachink! I’m hooked~

It’s a sorry state the blog is in, but I’m a little lost in terms of a general direction to head towards. Given my lazy self, I have watched many an anime but not written a single word for them. Kinda contradictory to the blog aim, to give recommendations and commentaries. Writing rants and drabble sorts like this is kind of what I like to do though, it really eases my mind to not have to structure my articles, figure out how to express with “sophisticated” or relatively sophisticated words, and worst of all search for pictures, take screenshots, wonder how to fit the screenshots in my posts… To the extent it takes a few hours for one freaaaking post.

Imouto Sae ga Ireba Ii, my first post on this blog, is a prime example of me writing in the most formal and “professional” sense. Every sentence scrutinised down to its very detail. Not a sentence wasted, not a sentence not having a pulling and straight to the point feel to it, yet coloured well with descriptive words.

Compare to Mayo Chiki, and we see my writing began to slacken, I add in more personal opinion, and a really unpolished article since I simply dumped in the rest of the manga strip in after spending too much time writing the post… and feeling exhausted.

It seems like from now on, I’ll spend more on writing thoughts as they come to mind, and keep images out of my posts for the most bits. In the first place, I don’t exactly have a loyal following so that seems fine. I’ll just stick with something I could write easily and feel accomplished to have written without overexerting myself.

Look out for my next article on Laughter Land.

Best regards,

~Yuu

The Case of the Genre unheard of: Visual Novels

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things might be ranting about something that you are really excited about and really ‘into’, but everyone else seemingly staring at you from afar with deadpan looks and not really understanding what you’re talking about or what you’re all excited about…

Me imagining your reaction when I write posts on Visual Novels that no one knows about

It’s really amazing how much people don’t seem to know about Visual Novels despite how amazingly comedic they are, soothing they are, catching they are, and of course how many hours they are.

Of course, people be asking: What is a Visual Novel?

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It’s June already

Hey guys,

Yuu here. It’s been a few months since my last post in April. Since then, as some of y’all may know, I’ve got an RPG Maker game demo released! Titled Angels, Magic and Dragons, or AMAD in short, AMAD RPG (do you see what I did there >w<).

What happens when angels fall from the skies?

Taking place in a land where dragons have fought before and may fight again, Angels, Magic and Dragons (AMAD) brings you into the world of peaceful town Mikizu. Just when the town is thriving peacefully, what new havoc does a blue-haired stranger seek to wreck? What magic does the blue jem have?

This is the demo version of AMAD. The game is currently in-development. Please give your support by trying out the game and telling us what you liked and disliked!

The release of it is on Itch and RMN, mostly not downloaded, with only 10 and 12 downloads respectively (as of 16/6/19). Well, if you’re interested, go ahead and try it out! I promise it will be really animaty and fluffy and lighthearted and nothing serious. But really short playtime despite the amount of hours I put in. *panda eyes*

In the mean time I’ve also been playing Toram Online. An anime mobile rpg which is quite succesful in Japan too. It is really amazing how well developed this game is, it is an inspiration on the level of the anime New Game! No, I’ve not been paid to promote this but I think I’ll write a thing or two on it soon. Sometime soon. Maybe soon. Maybe later. (@_@)

I’ve also picked up a few anime SEVEN DEADLY SINS (WOO HOO AWESOME!!!), TATE NO YUUSHA (YEAH!!!!), on top of not finishing RIMURU TENSURA. But yeah.

Hope you’re having a good anime life too. ( _^w^_)

~Yuu

Re: The Modern Loli and The Importance of Being Earnest

As someone with a great love for cute stuff, in particular shota, and possibly loli to some extent, seeing the word ‘loli’ in my twitter feed grabbed my attention. What could this possibly be, I wondered, as I read Irina’s post on The Modern Loli and The Importance of Being Earnest.

So it appeared that the term ‘loli’ was up for debate, and since Irina wrote it was meant to be a collab post, I thought to myself, why not write a response post? The discussion appeared to be on whether the term ‘loli’ has a sexualised context to it: does it refer to young girls, be it sexualised or non-sexualised, or does it refer to only sexualised girls?

At first glance, the answer seems apparent that loli applies to young girls, be it sexualised or non-sexualised. Not only are drawn underage girls that are engaging in sexual acts considered loli, as in lolicon R18 manga, but also in all-ages anime context, where we refer to young girls as ‘that token loli heroine’ or the very ancient grandma loli trope.

With further thought, Irina makes a distintion between the eroticised and sexualised. A young girl can be drawn to look provocative and designed to be sexually appealing without being drawn to participate in sexual activities. Could the term ‘loli’ apply to young underage girls who are not drawn in a manner designed to appeal to your sexual senses? Could drawn underage girls that do not tickle your sexual instincts and are only drawn to be innocently reading a book minus panty shots, minus sexy curves, could that be considered loli?

This brings us back to the history of the word ‘loli’ and how it came to be. The word ‘loli’ came from Japanese, ロり, which supposingly came from the book Lolita depicting a relationship between an underage girl and a guy, if I recall correctly. Loli came to be profitable in Japan, when producers capitalised upon the erotism and cuteness of young underage girls, producing many Japanese products from anime to visual novels to manga of loli heroines. While the majority were likely R18 material, it soon influenced mainstream otaku media, such that the anime we see today sports a loli heroine, despite being completely all-ages. Often times, these anime resort to panty-shots or bath scenes to tickle our senses and appeal to our “loli-sense”.

It is crucial to note that central to the meaning of loli lies erotism and cuteness. Loli succeeded because of the cuteness of young girls being reappropriated in a way that was sexually appealing and erotic. In other words, they sexualised drawn young girls and achieved loliness. (or holiness? x3)

In Japan, most likely if you were to refer to a young elementary school girl as a ‘loli’, you’ll get awkward stares. They would rather refer to them as Joshi Shogakusei. Do they call drawn anime girls at elemntary school age Joshi Shogakusei as well? Or are they more likely to call them Loli?

We have now affirmed that the term ‘loli’ can be used on sexualised girls, as the whole existence of the genre ‘loli’ arose from the sexualisation of cute underage girls. Even today, companies continue to dole out visual novels full of loli characters with their sex scenes and all, manga with loli characters having sex, and anime with loli showing their panties accidentally. Who’s to say that loli does not apply to sexualised underage girls?

To say that loli does not apply to non-sexualised underage girls is assuming a false dichotomy. Simply because loli applies to sexualised underage girls does not mean that loli cannot apply to non-sexualised underage girls. As the term spread beyond lolicons who enjoy drawn R18 material, the general anime public have by and large understood the meaning of loli to be a young girl and used it as well. The explosion of pixiv art of drawn underage girls appealing not to sexyness but to cuteness, points in the direction of a new age of moe. No longer is loli only used to appeal to sexual desire, it has also reinvented itself to mean cuteness and moe to the general anime population. In that case, the argument that loli cannot mean non-sexualised underage girls is moot, since loli may not necessarily sexualise, but preserve and reinforce this very innocence and cuteness of young underage girls.

It is a simlar concept to looking at babies. Babies have neotenous features that appeals to mothers as cute. This evoluntionary feature ensures babies receive protection and care from not just mothers but also adult males in the population. Loli is a similar case, in which the appeal of young underage girls is in the neotenous features, and anime underlines this fact very well. Through drawing wider foreheads, bigger eyes, and displaying cute baby-like behaviour in young underage girls in anime, they are able to make a similar appeal to you. Whether you are drawn in by that and react sexually depends on how far you have ventured in your sexual deviance, but if they are not drawn with provocative design, by far and large there is simply no attraction towards such drawn girls. And these, are still referred to as loli.

I deny that it is a case that the anime community wants to cover up the ugliness of the presence of the group of lolicons masturbating to drawn young underage girls in the corner; instead it is the use of the word loli that has became mainstream. The word ‘loli’ has evolved on its own from its original meaning as used by manga and game companies, and now has taken up a new meaning in the mainstream anime community: and that is moe.

Let me know your thoughts below!

Peace, Yuu

Boruto, not Boring

It’s really amazing how different Boruto has been feeling compared to Naruto. The focus seems to have shifted away from simple Shounen fightings to more soft, story-like theme in Boruto, where there is a moral of the story almost every few episodes. Action-wise, a little lacking so far for the first ten episodes or so. It’s nostalgic to see children of the ninjas that you watched mature in the earlier series though.

P.S.: I dropped Naruto halfway through cause it felt too draggy with all the flashbacks and overdramaticisation towards the end. But picking up Boruto again feels great.

Fresh Look, New Concept, Another Beginning

Accepting the fact that it is unlikely that my blog will ever be profitable, or popular for that matter, has helped a lot. Unlike many other anime bloggers in this realm (: , I certainly do not write as beautifully or have the time nor motivation to do in depth research. Neither am I as knowledgable on this topic of anime or film or literature or whatever and nor do I keep up to date with anime news.

Nevertheless, I have outlined a new objective for my blog; instead of pressuring myself to churn out content that I think would attract readers, it may be better to revert to producing content that makes me happy. ^W^)  And to post whenever I feel like it instead of regularly.

My new aims as written in About:

  1. Keep track of watched anime and related cultural products
  2. Rate them to the best of my ability
  3. Provide recommendations to people new to Japanese Animation
  4. Provide trivia on the Japanese language in anime

Which helps clear up my mind a lot and curbs my desire to write “Top 10 Blah Blah Blah Anime” posts simply to attract readers. A.k.a. Clickbait.

I just hope people find the Japanese language part valuable.