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Misogny and fantasy: inextricably linked?

Historically authentic sexism in fantasy? Let's unpack that

This is an interesting and thought-provoking article about the role of women in fantasy and about the idea that misogynist fantasy worlds are somehow "historically accurate" and therefore should be taken for granted. Mostly I find it hilarious how people are all for "historical accuracy" when deciding to make their fantasy society horrifically misogynist, but somehow they don't worry about that in any other area of their worldbuilding. Apparently a society with sentient flying firebreathing lizards who collect sexually inexperienced women and bling is more believable and realistic than a society where women are treated like human beings.

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All of y'all who are interested in Megaten and/or the Persona games should check out jokersama's new forum for discussion of Persona 2 (and other Megaten games) at The Allegory of Whatever.

(For the record, I will be getting Innocent Sin at some point this week, whenever I can make it out to GameStop.)

ianto, gurl, you in danger

Finally got around to watching Torchwood: Children of Earth (which I bought on Blu-ray when it first came out, but had never actually seen).

This was inspired by watching the first episode of the new series of Torchwood on Starz, which was surprisingly good (you must remember that the last time I saw the show, it was during season 1, when their idea of exciting drama and action was random bisexual affairs and cyborg women being slathered with barbecue sauce to attract pterodactyls). I’d kept up with what happened in the canon through seasons 2 and CoE, but hadn’t actually watched them.

I’d heard CoE was when the series had gotten legit good, though, so after this I figured I’d give it a try. Holy crap, but it actually was good! As I said to someone, Torchwood is now the kind of show that I would actually recommend to other people unreservedly (as opposed to being all “well, it’s worth watching because it’s often so-bad-it’s-good, but you have to cut it some slack on that ridiculousness because sometimes it really does have good moments!”).

Anyway, my thoughts (only slightly spoilery):

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Bo fo' sho'

So Friday night I went to a Bo Burnham show at the Englert Theatre, which was pretty awesome. For those of you unfamiliar with Bo, he got his start as a YouTube teen musical comedian, sort of like a jailbait Daniel Tosh meets Stephen Lynch. He's now 20, and has had two Comedy Central specials. Anyway, in spite of the fact that, thanks to his offensive humor, he has a gigantic appeal to douchey fratboys and shrieking sororitards (like the aforementioned Tosh), I really like his stuff and figured I'd rec him here.

The video above is his attempt at hip-hop, which is kind of hilarious to me. His music tends to go more like this (musings on love invoking Anne Frank and JFK) or this (lots of dirty math puns).

The lithp of Ivalithe

New Tactics Ogre PSP prologue video! It...appears they have gone the War of the Lions route and indeed introduced the Ivalician lisp. This only really irritates me because it's pretty clear they're removing the whole Goetic demon naming theme (Hierophant "Balbatos" is the first clue there), which I've always thought was kind of awesome. Still, it looks like it will be fun?

(Squeenix has also released the other prologue video, featuring some of the in-game classes, and a video of the first 11 minutes of the game. Looks like it's shaping up to be awesome, weird translation choices aside!)

Also, HAPPY HALLOWEEN for MARIA (and for everyone else):

LPL makes a triumphant return


OMG LOOKS PRETTY AWESOME, though I notice Jun has been mostly removed, aside from a few nods here and there (and one headless shot of him in school uniform). This makes sense, as would not want to spoil people for the CRAZY AWESOME (and awesome crazy).

Anyway, in honor of this upcoming rerelease (for which more art has come out), I feel it's time to resurrect a feature of this blog that has been long absent.

Yes, that's right. It's time for...

Let's Positive Linking: Persona 2 YouTube Edition!
- Durara parody video.
- Trinity Soul parody video. (Why does Baofu have a sunflower for a head?)
- Smooch parody video. SO CUTE.
- Higurashi parody video. Like chocolate and peanut butter.
- Danjo parody video.
- Peke Rush parody video.

Even though I am unfamiliar with most of the source materials to these (aside from Higurashi), I greatly enjoyed them.

Some other awesome videos that are non-Persona related:
- Full Metal Alchemist meets Final Fantasy VI.
- Ouran meets Final Fantasy VI...
- ...and Final Fantasy VII.
- "Sometimes, I'm a SOLDIER. Sometimes, I'm a mental patient. But my true identity is...CLOUD FLASH!"



Seriously, I have waited for a remake of this game (which presumably will get a US translation this time around) for a decade, no lie. It is my favorite videogame of all time. I've often said that I wanted a remake/rerelease of this game and Tactics Ogre, and now they're both coming up.

Now here's hoping for a similar release of Eternal Punishment!

Edit: Also, have one of the most hilarious summing-ups of grad school I've ever seen.
Well, I'm in the swing of things with calligraphy once again, and in need of some extra practice, so...if any of y'all would like to receive something small that's hand-calligraphed and wax-sealed in the mail, comment here (they're being screened, so you can leave your address if I don't already have it) and let me know!

If you have any particular text that's only a few lines long, feel free to let me know and I'll calligraph it for you! As I'm currently in a blackletter class, it will probably be done in Bâtarde, a bastard (hence the name) cross of Textura (a formal bookhand) and Gothic cursive (an informal hand). I can also do Textura if you want it (though my Textura is not the greatest), and we'll be doing Gothic cursive in a few weeks if you want to wait, so those are also options if you'd like a particular look.

(I'm posting this to DW too for those at both sites.)

Oct. 10th, 2010

(crossposted from Dreamwidth)

Okay, so I'm finally getting around to writing about my recent interest in Natsuhiko Kyogoku. Charmian and jokersama were raving about his book The Summer of the Ubume, first in the Kyogokudo series, so I picked it up from my university library and gave it a try. Unsurprisingly, given the recommenders, it turned out to be pretty awesome (and pretty disturbing).

The novel is set in post-WW2 Japan and is narrated by freelance journalist Tatsumi Sekiguchi. When he hears an urban legend about a woman whose husband has disappeared, and who has apparently been pregnant for almost two years, he goes to talk about it with his friend Akihiko Chuzenji, the atheist exorcist-slash-used bookstore owner - alias "Kyogokudo," the name of his store. This is just the beginning, and when the pregnant woman's sister visits a private eye who happens to know both Sekiguchi and Kyogokudo, Sekiguchi finds himself being drawn into the case and realizing he has ties to the case in his own past. As the plot thickens - Is the husband missing or dead? Why have babies been disappearing? And why does a psychic keep seeing frog-headed babies? - it's up to Kyogokudo to bring the dirty details to light before anyone else gets hurt or killed.

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One warning: Kyogoku likes long philosophical discussion, especially from the mouth of Kyogokudo (who, as per the name, is clearly an author avatar of sorts, but is more like Rohan Kishibe or Ariadne Oliver than your typical Mary Sue). So just be aware that every once in a while you get a long infodump, but at least it's an interesting one. Honestly, I got caught up in it enough that it was only afterwards that I realized, "hey, that dialogue scene went on for 50+ pages, wow!" So as infodump scenes go, they're pretty good, especially if you're at all into Japanese mythology or philosophy in general.

(Don't worry, though, there's plenty of bizarre shit in there to keep you reading through the infodumps...and plenty of action, even before the climactic WTFSPLOSION scene.)

If this sounds interesting, give the novel a try! You can get it on Amazon here, and once you finish that you can check out the anime based on the sequel, Mouryou no Hako!

(Sadly, when jokersama e-mailed Vertical to ask about Mouryou, they replied that they will probably not be translating it due to its length - over 1000 pages in Japanese - but they have said that they may publish later books in the series that are shorter. Still, the adaptation is quite faithful from what I hear from Charmian, who is currently reading it in Japanese, so you'll get that patented Kyogoku weirdness in spades.)

what I don't even


...this post is brought to you by necrophilia, cannibalism, sodomy, and lulz, all of which were had in the season premiere.


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