Monster girls, disabilities and inclusion in “Demi-chan wa Kataritai”

Every once in a while, the world of anime and manga receive new twists that thanks to some popular work, became viral and explode in a myriad of new series that often seem of a clonical nature.

Monster Girls is one of this cases, apparently trying to satisfy a fetish spot on the market, many authors have tried recently this new “genre”.

But the interesting thing about this is not just how some try to make fresh harem material by adding characters with distinct physicalities that give them personality and originality in a cliché crowded world. Even if I have to praise that (originality not clichés or commercial works), the thing I want to talk about is how they create a great opportunity to talk about minority groups discriminated, especially disabilities.

This shows presents us with characters that, for fictional reasons, have different physiologies, which makes their lives more difficult on a human society constructed for other kinds of bodies. This concept is something relatable to people with disabilities and makes an excellent excuse to attend to this topic.

In this post, I want to talk about a certain series, “Demi-chan wa kataritai, and how it accomplishes to present some ideas about this in a great way.

(No spoilers, more or less, since it’s comedy I don’t think I ruin anything here)

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In this corner of the world: A heartbreaking loss story

Media usually portrays war as just the battlefield where the action takes place. War movies are usually about the “good soldiers” who kill all the “bad ones”. Be it Nazis or terrorists, the stories usually take a plain stand on its message and just wants to show us an action scene of “good vs evil”. And not only in the mainstream ones, even in anime,  where we usually don’t see real historical conflicts, we are more accustomed to magical wars where the hero wins with the power of friendship…

But sometimes some works take a stand and show us more sides of this, and one very important that doesn’t have much representation as it should, are civilians lives.

“This war of mine”, “Grave of the Fireflies” or “Barefoot Gen” presents us with different visions of this, where we see what people need to suffer through this conflicts, and this time we have another production of the same kind, but with different style and elements that needed its representation.

“In this corner of the world” shows us a unique way of storytelling that is both heartbreaking and exceptionally realistic, it will transports us to 1940’s Hiroshima, and pierces deeply in your heart and skull, to make you think, and feel.

Note: Mild spoilers towards the end of the article (3rd part), I highly recommend you to watch the movie (now in theaters) and come again to read this 🙂

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K-ON! relationships through creative struggle

Let’s practice.

This is a common statement during the first season of K-ON!, also used in the second (but not so many times).

K-ON! is not a show about music, but a show about the girls who play it, finding their place through it and cementing their friendship with their instruments, sometimes, as an activity to hang out, more than as the real purpose of those tools, play music.

Since this happens, and the main activity of the K-ON club is taken as secondary, as a means to an end without a real meaning other than an excuse, a lot of people may take as a fact that those songs aren’t relevant, but I would like to differ. The show doesn’t talk directly about music, okay, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t touch that topic in other ways.

And one of those ways, I would like to think at least, is a creative struggle.

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I went to b’Ars VFX 2017 and it was awesome

If you are working in the animation or game industry (or studying to become one), you may have experienced (or will) events where highly skilled professionals assistants go to explain their work. Or maybe you just like to know about this fascinating work and the people who make it.

This June, a week ago, in Barcelona (Spain) was celebrated the b’Ars VFX 2017, an event with many distinguished professionals that talk of a lot of interesting stuff. I’m an animation student, and I love these events, so I went (sadly, I could make it only for one day, Friday 9), and now I’ll tell you what I saw.

Photos and video recording were prohibited, so I’m sorry but I can’t give you more than what the event officially posts online.

So let’s go in chronological order through all the conferences:

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Nihilism is fun and you should play it. The browser game, I mean.

As the title says, Nihilism is fun. And I don’t mean the whole philosophical concept that your life doesn’t matter, but a game I found on the internet.

The Game is a simple arcade game, with squares and arrows as the only characters. You just need to move the mouse and nothing else, and it’s all based on a mechanic of avoiding things and using an “auto shoot” to kill enemies.

It’s like a half an hour game with quick “endure 30 seconds” levels (like 10 of them).

Also, the game is supposed to have some deep meaning, but It’s too hidden or I am too stupid to get what exactly wants to say. I guess, following the name, it doesn’t matter.

It’s nothing out of this world, I know. You probably have tons of other paid games larger and better done, but for some random browser game I found, it’s surprisingly fun and smart. And it’s probably a good basis for a larger full game. That’s why I think it’s worth sharing and worth the (short) time.

If you like quick and fun arcade games, check it out HERE, also go thank the developer, Steven Harmon for the fun time at @StevenJHarmon1.

New Nintendo 2DS and successor time

A few days ago, against all expectations, Nintendo released a new version of the 3DS family, the  New Nintendo 2DS XL.

 

It’s true that we all knew that 3DS has some life left, new Pikmin, Kirby and fire emblem among others will give us some new experiences to experience on the console, but the system itself is something that gives the feeling of having arrived at its peak of units sold, where almost all its public already have gotten one or another model.

So why this? Why taking all the words left on the bucket to make another 3DS? (Ironically, without 3D). Well, a couple of things come to my mind.

First, for the “late bloomers” or however you wanna name them. There is always people who didn’t buy the system in its time, and want to enjoy it with the full catalog of games already completed to pick. We’ve seen the Wii mini and the game boy micro, why not this?

Second, a possible elderly life. Nintendo was talking not so along about having a 3ds successor. They want something to introduce kids and reluctant people to their games, thus, with a cheaper option, this can be accomplished. But Switch has just hit the market, and launching another big product when its main event is doing so well is a bit dangerous. So maybe giving 3ds more life is a better option, for now, after all, it’s still doing great in selling software and its enormous library has no rival in handheld consoles.

Maybe this two things, maybe neither. The only thing I know is that this console looks great, and is probably the final version of 3ds, minus the lack of 3ds, it has all the things that make good the machine in a pretty shape. And if you don’t have already a 3ds, I would highly recommend it.

Finally, Cloack & Dagger are here (well, shown)

After an eternity announced, we get to see Marvel’s new series “Clack and Dagger” with namesake heroes.

They aren’t very popular, but maybe you can recall them from Civil War (the comic), where Cloak performed the legendary teleportation of the rebels that allowed one of the greatest and more important fights on the media.

This series will be the third original series after Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD, and although the second is getting better, my only hope is for this to raise the bar a bit, and not commit the same mistakes, both in special effects and in the script.

Only time will tell, as this series won’t see the light until 2018, where we will see how this duo of light and darkness make out.