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Off Topic / Re: Anime!
« Last post by SaelaVe on Today at 12:29:22 AM »
Does anyone else ever feel like this:

I often find when I'm watching anime that the way that the writers are trying to portray a character, and the way that the character actually comes across, are two very different things. 
This was very much the case in The Ancient Magus' Bride.  The series repeats over and over again that Chise is selfish; but at no point in the series does Chise actually behave selfishly.  In fact, she regularly goes out of her way to take care of those around her (even strangers that she's just met) and has a tendency to ignore her own safety and well-being for others' sake.  She comes across as an inherently caring and distinctly non-selfish character, even though she's repeatedly called—and repeatedly calls herself—selfish.
I don't know if it's a translation thing, a cultural thing, or if the writers just don't realize that their characters' actions aren't matching up with who they're telling us the character is supposed to be. :huh:

I think the Chise being selfish thing isn't so much a mistranslation as definitely a cultural thing. Even though it takes place in England, the story is still so very Japanese. Like, the fact that she acts on her own, instead of relying on others, is something that would be selfish from a Japanese standpoint. Behaviour that isn't cooperative is inherently self-serving. Basically.

And I can definitely see it to some degree. She's got a self-destructive streak and doesn't consider that putting herself in danger to help others might actually be damaging to the people she cares about. Nor does she think that maybe the person she wants to save may want to save themself, or that someone else might be better able to do it. It makes her feel good to help, and feel like she has a purpose, but at a considerable cost to those around her. She does what she wants, without thinking of the consequences first (ie: the curse she ended up with; while she saved the dragon, she didn't think that maybe there was another way she could solve the problem, that wouldn't result in martyring herself).

In saying that, she and Elias have a lot of parallels in terms of selfishness, but his is a much, much deeper and more ominous sort due to his disconnect from humanity.

TL;DR: there's a point where selflessness becomes self-serving, and that's kind of where Chise sits.


Yeah I can see that.
I absolutely agree with your statement about selflessness sometimes becoming self-serving.  I suppose to me true selfishness is more malicious in its intent than being unintentionally self-serving.
Chise was immature and impetuous and didn't always think about how her actions affected those around her.  And yeah, that is, in its own way, selfish.  But her intentions were never to deliberately put her needs and desires above others', nor to intentionally ignore their feelings.  She was legitimately trying to help others--even if she didn't always go about it the right way.

But yeah, I guess in that instance it is more of a cultural thing than anything else.
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Off Topic / Re: Anime!
« Last post by Lhianneth on Yesterday at 07:10:11 PM »
Does anyone else ever feel like this:

I often find when I'm watching anime that the way that the writers are trying to portray a character, and the way that the character actually comes across, are two very different things. 
This was very much the case in The Ancient Magus' Bride.  The series repeats over and over again that Chise is selfish; but at no point in the series does Chise actually behave selfishly.  In fact, she regularly goes out of her way to take care of those around her (even strangers that she's just met) and has a tendency to ignore her own safety and well-being for others' sake.  She comes across as an inherently caring and distinctly non-selfish character, even though she's repeatedly called—and repeatedly calls herself—selfish.
I don't know if it's a translation thing, a cultural thing, or if the writers just don't realize that their characters' actions aren't matching up with who they're telling us the character is supposed to be. :huh:

I think the Chise being selfish thing isn't so much a mistranslation as definitely a cultural thing. Even though it takes place in England, the story is still so very Japanese. Like, the fact that she acts on her own, instead of relying on others, is something that would be selfish from a Japanese standpoint. Behaviour that isn't cooperative is inherently self-serving. Basically.

And I can definitely see it to some degree. She's got a self-destructive streak and doesn't consider that putting herself in danger to help others might actually be damaging to the people she cares about. Nor does she think that maybe the person she wants to save may want to save themself, or that someone else might be better able to do it. It makes her feel good to help, and feel like she has a purpose, but at a considerable cost to those around her. She does what she wants, without thinking of the consequences first (ie: the curse she ended up with; while she saved the dragon, she didn't think that maybe there was another way she could solve the problem, that wouldn't result in martyring herself).

In saying that, she and Elias have a lot of parallels in terms of selfishness, but his is a much, much deeper and more ominous sort due to his disconnect from humanity.

TL;DR: there's a point where selflessness becomes self-serving, and that's kind of where Chise sits.
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Off Topic / Re: Anime!
« Last post by SaelaVe on Yesterday at 06:54:35 PM »
Just finished Comic Girls and I loved it. I cried so often from this show. It's just such a pure, funny and lovely show.
I do recommend it, especially if you just really like wholesome slice of life anime.

Oh I will definitely have to try that then.  I love those sorts of series!


I just wrapped up Non Non Biyori, which was adorable!!  Very cute, very funny, great characters.  Definitely recommend!

I also recently watched Natsuyuki Rendezvous, and that was terrible.  I don't recommend that one at all. :P
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Monster Discussion / Re: When did G1 end for you?
« Last post by taffeta on Yesterday at 04:53:58 PM »
The biggest glaring problem for me is that characters like Ghoulia are missing bc she's too scary (or so I've heard).  Spectra is missing but they replaced her with Ari, so I'm not sure why that move was made.

I think the reasons for removing those characters are even sadder than that. DX Ghoulia was widely criticized by soccer moms... They interpreted her as a negative stereotype about “smart girls”—awkward, bad posture, speech impediment, “ugly”... Yeah, she moans and has bad posture... she’s a ZOMBIE. DUH. (Maybe those moms will feel better about Disney Channel’s new singing, dancing “Zombies”, lol.)

As for Spectra, she was criticized for being a gossip, and thus setting a bad example for all the little angels of the world.

Wow, remember the stuff The Misfits used to get up to on Jem and the Holograms? I seem to recall them sabotaging the brakes on Jem’s car and almost sending her off a cliff, once. XD And yet no one demanded the Misfits dolls be changed or removed from production. We sure live in a more policed/censored world these days. :P

Yeah the Misfits did awful stuff but they were also clearly the villains. But Spectra is ostensibly supposed to be a good guy so she can't have any bad habits. Moanica does some awful stuff and it's ok since she's the villain.


Ok, so going to try and disentangle this.

Firstly, G1 ended for me when Ghoulia vanished.

Secondly, as a person with autism, I loved ghoulia and identified with her hugely as a character. Not least because she defies stereotypes by being an intelligent zombie. And I deal with misconceptions about what I can and cannot do and what autism is every day pretty much, so having a smart zombie who saves the world but who communicates in HER way, not in the expected norm way was amazing.

And on the Jem thing. The Misfits were withdrawn from Jem and replaced with the Stingers in part due to complaints about their violence from the same demographic, also their outfits, in particular fishnets on Stormer. So nothing changes.

Finally, on that same subject - the biggest villain in Jem is actually Jem herself, but because she's the good guy, she gets away with a lot of things that are morally questionable (steals, lies, cheats, tries to kill Pizzazz at least twice, to name but a few). The Misfits did bad stuff but were cast as bad guys - ultimately they are the more sympathetic characters because they're flawed and messed up. And they also have limits. A lot of the things that get blamed on them are actually done by Eric/Zipper or Eric/Techrat, whereas a lot of the negative Hologram acts are done by Jem or Jerrica directly.

Jem flew under the moral radar because she was the popular girl star character. Gossip, however, was associated in Jem with the Misfits stealing Kimber's diary. So Spectra being a gossip kind of jars with the 'good girl' image.

But if you;re going to replace Spectra, maybe replace her with a completely new character, not one that looks suspiciously like Spectra revamped with a new name...?
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Off Topic / Re: Anime!
« Last post by Claire85 on Yesterday at 04:15:49 PM »
All of my shows from this season are starting to end. It's sad!

Just finished Comic Girls and I loved it. I cried so often from this show. It's just such a pure, funny and lovely show.
I do recommend it, especially if you just really like wholesome slice of life anime.

Also finished Food Wars! I can't wait until the next season so they can continue/finish off this huge arc.


Annnnd Free!: Dive to the Future (aka Season 3) starts July 13th and I'm so pumped! I love those boys.
If you want to watch Free!, I really recommend watching the movie Free: Take Your Marks before season 3 starts.
But also need to watch the prequel movie too.. I personally like how, for lack of better phrasing, extensive the lore is; but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

My list would be: Season 1, Season 2, Prequel Movie, Recent Movie, and then Season 3.

Finally found a website that had it. If you wanna know, I'll PM you it as it's not a website like Crunchyroll and I don't really enjoy supporting it.
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Monster Discussion / Re: What's the last MH thing you bought? 3
« Last post by rayedelsol on Yesterday at 04:14:02 PM »
Just bought the Gore-geous Accessories Honey Swamp on Amazon and way over-paid for a MIB Toralei on eBay.... but I had to have her!!!
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Monster Discussion / Re: Save Monster High Petition - please sign & share
« Last post by rayedelsol on Yesterday at 04:11:33 PM »
At this point I'd just be happy for a release of the last dolls that got Amazon listings.

DITTO! I want those so bad!
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Draculaura's Darkroom / Re: A Doll A Day Challenge 2018
« Last post by neon_jellyfish on Yesterday at 01:41:41 PM »
Day 175



Happy Fairy Day! Also happy Neon Has Cold And Won't Be Taking Any Pretty Pics Until It Goes Away, Only  Ugly Snapshots Day!
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Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« Last post by Wuvmykitties on Yesterday at 01:30:44 PM »
I found one of the FLCL (Fooly Cooly) dolls on ebay...Samejima Mamimi.  She has the coolest anime eyes!
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Off Topic / Re: What non-MH purchase did you recently make? 2.0
« Last post by respositob on Yesterday at 12:29:34 PM »
Went to the Disney store and to see if they still had the older version Classic dolls that come with companions. Turns out they only had a few of them, I think it was Pocahontas, Mulan, and Belle, possibly Aurora and Ariel, I'm not a hundred percent sure. Anyway, I took home a Pocahontas and a Belle. Now just to find a place to display them... :hmm:
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