The Otakusphere: Taking a turn for the meta, Dragonball Z and some darn cold fish

Have you ever had a week where it feels like you failed at life? Yeah. Me too. I’m not sure quite how to deal with it, so I’m drinking an Elysian Bifrost, which is a pretty good winter ale, and I took a tour around the Otakusphere.

I didn’t get very far before I found a plethora of really good posts. So I failed to even go back the entire week that I normally go.

Anyway, I think we’re going to start this off with an English translation of Cruel Angels Thesis.

Irina spent some time talking about her relationship with blogging. Yes, I realize I’m sharing Irina’s post and anyone who is reading this post has already read it, but I think it’s worth sharing. I’ve been on both sides of this dichotomy. Once I was sad when my blog didn’t break 100 views with a new post. Now I’m excited when I get a few dozen.

I’ve been pondering doing one of these types of posts, but I don’t know how to keep it from being, “Woe is me. No one likes me.” So I keep away from it.

It's amazing how much one picture can portray

This one is coming in hot at the end of the week. Tcrow of Crow’s World of Anime shared a really important message: Don’t be taken in by someone giving you something for nothing.

In my day job, I hear a lot about scams, and pretty much everyone in law enforcement says, “If it sounds wrong, you should take a minute and talk to some experts to get advice.”

I know that Crow is going to share this post, but I also want to share Elisabeth’s excellent feature about how disability is viewed in Japan and in anime. I was doing some research on this subject the other day in regards to the Special Olympics. I attended their state games the other day, and, man, I was impressed by the talent and commitment of the people playing.

Those were some good athletes out there.

I like Jirayan’s post about stupid male protagonists in fighting manga aimed at boys. He links it to Akira Toriyama and the creation of Goku. I don’t really know enough about the evolution of fighting anime to know how much of it holds water, but it does make me wonder about the outliers like Yu Yu Hakusho and Saiyuki.

I am sharing Al’s review because A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow is a great title. It’s not really a title for me, but I’m all for supporting more voices in the creative world.

6 thoughts on “The Otakusphere: Taking a turn for the meta, Dragonball Z and some darn cold fish

    1. No problem. Thank you for introducing me to a great title. I don’t know if it’s for me, but I love that title.

  1. Thanks for sharing my post! I was surprised (alarmed!) at how far that particular problem had spread.

    Thanks for the other links, too. I hadn’t seen that YouTube video — very cool!

    1. I always think it’s alarming how easy it is just to get someone’s data. I talked to local police once about someone who had their home computer hacked remotely. That was spooky.

    1. The ironic thing is that I wrote this post and then I was reading Inskidee’s blog and he wrote something that became a seed for exactly the post that I was thinking about.

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