Here we take a look around the sphere and talk about my favorite blog posts. This is not an objective “best-of” list because I obviously do not read all the blogs. Also some posts, even if written by my favorite bloggers, may be about anime or episodes I haven’t seen, or subjects I don’t understand. This is why some posts won’t be listed, outside of plain ignorance on my part.
My ignorance is diminished somewhat, thanks to the effort of bloggers like Owen, usagijen, TheBigN, cuchlann, and most notably Lelangir who I’ve been relying on to send interesting posts in my direction via Twitter, Google Reader, and ani-tations. Here they are, in no specified order:
– posted by lelangir, January 7, 2009, calamitous intents
Always a fascinating subject to me, discussed quite well by lelangir and digiboy. Digiboy provides some good stuff,
21stcenturydigitalboy: Yes, but once you mimic it, is it still GAR? I’d like to think I’ve reached Kamina’s level, but I still find him inspirational. It’s less a goal and more a journey. Like, I’m not trying to reach Kamina, I’m trying to reach where he’s trying to reach. GAR characters haven’t mad it to the top, they are trying to get there. I too am on that journey
The journey being referred to here is documented in this series of posts. Also note very interesting post responses by coburn (The Failure of Gar), which in turn elicited lelangir’s systematizing of GAR as a subjective point of interest. In another way, the post is notable due to the format – not necessarily original, but in terms of how wide-spread it is being carried out by lelangir, and myself. Here are other posts using similar templates: Preemptive ABA 2 Nominations, Maria-sama ga Miteru S4: Drama in Your in Drama, and A Christmas Dialogue. Round-robin blogging is happening elsewhere, but these are the posts I’m familiar with. Is this a mere fad, or will it have legs? For it to persist it’s really up to others and not lelangir.
– posted by Lbrevis, January 6, 2009, Oi, Hayaku!
Lbrevis and I have been independently probing the nature of otaku and its associated behaviors, with her posts On Paying Attention to Creators and Creating an Anime Fan; and my posts Who do you watch anime with?, How Otakore are you?, and Weeaboo vs. Japanese. Here she takes on an otaku-as-celebrity:
So the next day I went to her panel and although I am not easily impressed by celebrities I was nonetheless completely won over because of three things:
1) She did a kickass Bruce Lee impersonation (I love Bruce Lee).
2) She was entertaining and incredibly energetic. Nobody was expecting it to be more than just a Q & A but she even got up and sang “Sorairo Days” for us. Pointing to the heavens included.
3) She’s one of us – an otaku. This is the most important point, let me explain why.
Most singers and voice actors in the anime industry may like anime to some degree but they aren’t obsessed with it. Or if they are, they don’t let it show[…]
[…]Why is this important? It’s just nice to see a celebrity like her be so open with her hobby. It’s nice to know that it’s not an act and that even though she’s made it big, she still understands fans because she is a fan.
There’s a host of awesome videos at the post, including Shotokan’s ‘Sorairo Days’ vid. I’m now a fanboy of a fangirl. It’s not the first time this kind of thing happen.
– posted by Calawain, January 7, 2009, THAT Animeblog
This post explores the question if American otaku should start worrying about their loli hentai collections. I’m rather sympathetic to this very guilty pleasure to be quite honest, so I find this post very interesting. An important disclaimer,
this post can only be considered the ramblings of a law student on this particular case and First Amendment jurisprudence. Don’t be an idiot and take it for actual legal advice.
That said, here is the gist:
Overly Simplified Post-Whorley Table for the Lazy/TL;DR Types
|Actual Children||Obscene||Not Protected|
|Actual Children||Not Obscene||Not Protected|
|Not Actual Children||Obscene||Not Protected|
|Not Actual Children||Not Obscene||Protected|
From this table, punishing otaku for their loli hentai collections is arbitrary and stupid given what is left legal. Read the full post when you have the time.
And there you have it. There were many very good posts in the past 7 days, and these only happen to be the ones that became my favorites. What did I miss?