The Anti-Moé Brigade has an empathy problem. They have trouble seeing things from perspectives other than their own, and that causes them to be remarkably callous or hypocritical at times. This can often be seen in their assessments of moé fans, and often becomes a pervasive element in their arguments.
Gaming is kind of in turmoil right now. Between collusion and dishonesty in the gaming press, constant badgering and prodding by the both sides, and the mealy-mouthed haranguing of the anti-gamer crowd, this can certainly be called an upheaval. One of the core issues at work, however, is the attempt by “social justice”-obsessed individuals to […]
I didn’t want to write this. When I revived She’s Lost Control Gaming after it’s almost year-long silence, I wanted it to focus on the games, because I feel like too much time in the gaming media is spent talking about anything but the games. This, however, motivated me to respond. In response to the […]
When talking about otaku and moé, detractors tend to like bringing up terms like “database” and “checklist mentality” to describe the way moé fans consume their media. They see the proliferation of moé as an abandonment of narrative and a reduction of works to a database of traits. Perhaps, however, this “database” is simply a […]
Back in the day, my friends and I had a habit of playing videogames and adapting them to our own stories. Taking the constraints and emergence of a more freeform game and using it to tell a story outside of it was a pasttime that I still, to an extent, indulge in. So, in line […]
So, a few months back, I did one of these kinds of posts for anime. This time around, gaming is in the crosshairs.
I understand that some of my otaku-oriented contemporaries (and anti-otaku-oriented contemporaries) might crucify me for saying this, but despite the ire he gets from both sides of the fandom, not only am I a big fan of Danny Choo, he’s a constant inspiration to me, and that’s why I’m kind of bothered by the amount […]
CNN ran an article pretty recently about the recent ban on the possession of child pornography in Japan, and how the anime and manga industries have managed to escape such a ban, despite the existence of lolicon manga. You can read the article and watch the video they produced here. All in all, however, the […]
This time on OPDAN, I speak with ChuuniJof127, a fellow anime blogger and regular reader, about moe, the moe debate, and related topics. You can listen after the jump.
I’ve commented on anime criticism before and, from that commentary, a reasonable question to ask would be, “If anime criticism is so broken, how come it continues to move forward in its broken state?”