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Shiraishi’s rant

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I saw the Shiraishi’s spiel (Lucky☆Star ep.10) first referenced at Omo’s place, but the real thing exceeded my expectations, nay, my very imagination.

The idea is not new. Here’s how it was debated in comments at Pixy’s (while attempting to predict the development of Zero no Tsukaima):

16 Change is in the definition of tsundere, Jonathan. Just thought you might want to know (^_^)

Also, it’s often dangerous to make grand pronouncements based just on part of a series. I should know, I wrote off Lain that way.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 23, 2006 11:35 AM

17 Well I’m reserving judgement, but I’m getting pessimistic.

I would say that ambivalence is the definition of tsundere. That I can see; I’m just not seeing change.

Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at September 23, 2006 01:05 PM

18 Jonathon, with all due respect, Pete is correct that change is part of the definition of a tsundere. Not an opinion or observation, but literally due to the source of the term.

If what you see is ambivalence, then it isn’t a tsundere. If you use that word to refer to ambivalence, you’re using the word incorrectly.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 23, 2006 04:31 PM

Great minds think alike, or what?

Please not again

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Konata, Lucky Star ep.11

Where did I see this before?

Update: Wonderduck explains what the reference actually was for, just in case anyone is retentive enough to care.

Lucky Star, Comiket, AX

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

My resolve not to do episodic posts remains strong. Still, Lucky Star ep.12 was quite topical when discussing the relocation of convetion.

This is, of course, because AX, which opens today, has relocated to a new location this year: Long Beach convention center. I skipped AX for a couple of years and was going to come this year, but it didn’t work out. When I went to order a hotel, it was impossible. Only the Courtyard had a room left — for $350 a night.

Power of perception

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

On February 1, 1991, a Boeing 737 landed on top of a Metroliner holding on runway 24L of LAX, killing 34. A part of the accident was a perception issue. Experiments were done which proved that if a pilot expected to see an airplane where it was that night, he saw it. If he didn’t, he didn’t. The crew of the 737 did not expect the Metroliner, and so flew right into it with open eyes. We see what we expect to see, and not what we actually see.

In ep.10 (or so) of Lucky☆Star, we get to peek into Izumi’s family scrapbook, and this is what I saw:

A day or two later, I was reading an entry at AoMM and saw:

Konata inherited her father’s mole? How do you pass on a mole?

“Looks more like her mother’s mole”, I thought. But before posting a comment, I pulled out a shirt from a closet, to check how it was buttoned, and…

At least my error of perception didn’t kill 34 people.

TNK on Lucky☆Star ep.12

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Mark of That’s Not Kanon writes about ep.12 and it sure is some crazy talk.

Lucky Star’s a good example of exploring relationships in microcosm. Only an episode ago it discussed ideas of being a single woman in Japan, now it goes for another dynamic: A daughter-father relationship. Konata and her father are extremely close, owing to the fact that Kona’s mother passed away. Having only a male parental influence, she’s become tomboyish, to the point that lesbianism, or at least bisexuality is frequently implied due to her father’s own geekish pursuit of young women.

That Soujirou’s interests would somehow make Konata a lesbian is utter nonsense. It is not even possible to argue against Mark’s point, the connection is so bizarre and illogical.

The only way to rationalize such bloggage is in terms of pandering. He’s got linkage from me above, so it’s a win, right? I probably should declare Kamina gay because of his father, red cape and everything. Makes the same amount of sense and is sure to drive hits.

Moving on…

I mean, artist alleys at any given convention produce a lot of business, but there isn’t nearly as big a respect for the work done there as in Japan. Plus because copyright laws are so damned strict and corporations so trigger-happy here, it’s hard to produce any derivative works. Japanese companies tend to understand that provided the work is small-time, a derivative work will only help strengthen their fanbase. On top of that, a large number of manga and anime professionals started in doujinshi and fanart, and respect the next generation’s efforts. I wish that was true here, but we just don’t have that culture yet.

This also is garbage; a persistent myth which just doesn’t want to die. In his book “Free Culture”, Chapter One, Lawrence Lessig writes that he interviewed a number of Japanese publishers, and they made it very clear that they would stamp doujishi out of existence if they only could. Says Lessig:

[…] Perhaps the best account in the end was offered by a friend from a major Japanese law firm. “We don’t have enough lawyers,” [] There “just aren’t enough resources to prosecute cases like this.”

Indeed.

UPDATE: Mark replied with a significant teatrise, but again failed to explain how this nurture mechanism works, exactly. So, Konata shares eroge with her dad. And then what happens? Should I be concerned about my daughter as well? After all, she keeps my Vandread… complete with Jura and Barnette.

I think Mark addressed the legal action issue well. Certainly, if firms were sufficiently determined, in America they could have gone against the convention organizers for the contributory infringement. But perhaps Japanese laws have a useful loophole. Based on Prof. Lessig’s testimonial, and on periodic action against unusually successful doujin outfits I remain unconvinced about any kind of gentlemen’s agreement existing here. They appear to be ready to mow flowers sticking above the lawn.

Minoru Shiraishi, the renaissance man

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

It seems obvious to me that Shiraishi’s phenomenon was engineered on purpose, because the script is written ahead of time. Sure, I understand that he appeared in drag to the first recording session. But by that time everything was already decided. The misterious “creators” have seen through him at auditions and knew what material they had to work with.

One day I would like to read a tell-it-all article about the genesis of Shiraishi the phenomenon.

UPDATE: Kurogane: “I think we should call it Shiraishi☆Star now.”

UPDATE 2007/10/25: “Shiraishi” and “Minoru Shiraishi” are top search queries on this site with a good lead.

AoMM on L*S 14

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Jason writes:

Yukata seems kinda redundant as we already have a young beyond her years character as well as an useless moe character, but if she’s here to provide an even younger moe mode as well as the sickly moe mode, I dunno.

It seemed clear to me that Yutaka made a responsible onee-san out of the “young beyond her years” Konata, so a significant rebalancing has happened. Also, we may expect ruminations about the misspent youth now.

The issue with Miyuki is a grave one. For a number of reasons, her potential did not translate into a first rate performance. Yutaka may do it over, only better. Since she is under one roof with Konata, she owns a significant head start. I expect Miyuki to fade, like Chihiro displaced by Kagura.

One way or the other, it’s not a redundancy, but rather a kick-start and do-over.

Coronets

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Is there anything better than the choco coronet, the signature of Lucky☆Star?

Of course there is!

It’s a cream coronet.

These particular examples come from a Russian ethnic food store at Clement near 31st Ave. in San Francisco.

UPDATE 2008/09/10: Lupus is not happy.

Lucky Star, continues

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

I don’t know why I still follow it, I just do. It has its awesome moments. It also has its not so awesome moments (and so AoMM called this episode “weak”), but let’s accentuate the positive, shall we?

All I know about dodgeball, I learned from Azrael (the link also has an explanation for Fruits Basket). Seems fairly dangerous.

I used to play that game, but in a place far away and long time ago, so it wasn’t institutionalized. In Lucky Star, they even have formalized positions for players, like in soccer.

What is “smart”?

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Miyuki was my early favourite in Lucky Star (but only in Lucky Star; she never reached the status of all-time favourite (yes, I am one of those people (and the favourite’s identity must remain a secret))). So, naturally, I took a note when she was taken as an example of “smart” [link, link]. Au contrarie, I thought that Miyuki possessed a large store of trivia, but was not generally “smart”, unless we define “smart” as “smarter than Konata”. Even then it’s a big question, because the application of oneself plays such a big role.

As an aside, I wish to note that I reject the notion of “multiply intelligence”. That codeword was invented to raise self-esteem of dumb people. No, the value of g and the curve are real. What I do instead is to give Konata the benefit of the doubt. She might have some g, misused and underdeveloped.

Another funny thing Miyuki brought about was a notion that Miyuki is “smart enough to be a doctor”. This is unintentionally funny, because the dumb doctor terrorists in Britain this year made lots and lots of people to come out of woodwork with stories of dumb doctors. I do not remember where I saw it, but one guy commented how in his university medical students pulled the dumbest pranks, and also had a rock band called “Perry Stalsis and his Abdo Men” (Google was no help in locating the comment, alas).

With all that said, I think Miyuki could make it as an engineer at least at some level, and Kagami could probably have a nice career going, maybe not at Von Braun or Kelly Johnson level, but somewhere out there. To be the next Burt Rutan, a girl, in addition to being smart, has to be a much bigger asshole than Kagamin. She is still fundamentally too nice.