On Captain Marvel, Politics in Art, Unrealistic Expectations, and Layered Criticisms

Ohohoho. It’s going to be hard to avoid hot takes about Captain Marvel for a while, huh? I’m so sorry for adding to the realm of Captain Marvel think-pieces, I really am. Really, nothing I write about this movie is going to break any new ground. Everyone’s already been out here shouting their thoughts from the rooftops, and just about every political take under the sun has been covered by now. Still, I’m selfish and want to spew my thoughts on it anyways, so here I am, a-spewing.

Some spoilers to follow.

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“Doing the Thing” is pretty hard to do (but you’ll get there, bud)

Have you ever watched an interview where someone asks an actor/artist/writer/creator/whatever what their advice for other aspiring whatevers is, and their response is: “Just Do the Thing!”

This is not very good advice. Obviously, there were some extra steps that made that whoever whatever they are. It seems almost insulting to hear their success reduced to such a simple statement. It sounds like, “it’s easy, I did it, so just get off your lazy ass and Do, dummy!”

Yeah, I get the idea behind the advice –  don’t be afraid to fail, the first step is the most important step, everyone has to start somewhere, don’t let fear hold you back, blah blah blah. But starting is very, very hard.

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9 Underrated Female Characters – Anime Edition! [Tag]

If I had more free time (and maybe a bigger brain), I would write multiple giant essays about women in anime. Female characters in anime can be such a mixed bag – compared to other media, anime has more female main characters, but those characters are also more likely to be ridiculously titty-licious. Of course, showing female sexuality onscreen isn’t always a bad thing, but it is problematic if she only exists to be gawked at, lacks any real personality, or gets trapped in a harem plotline where they’re reduced to nothing more than “potential girlfriend #3.”

At the same time, there are also some insanely great female characters who subvert those aforementioned expectations. I could write a whole series of blog posts on that but…well, like I said – no time, small brain.

LUCKILY THOUGH! Moyatori tagged me in this 9 underrated female characters tag many moons ago, thus giving me the perfect chance to attempt to gather my thoughts on anime ladies. She brings up some really excellent characters in her post – I was super excited to see she had Ilena from Claymore listed – so make sure you check it out.


Rules

  • Please PINGBACK to me at Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities. Or just Kate. And PINGBACK TO A SPECIFIC POST OF MINE. I won’t see the post otherwise, and I’d like to see it.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, Webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.
  • Have fun!

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So You Said You Were Coming Back From A Hiatus And Then You Didn’t Post Anything: An Autobiography

Heh heh. Remember when I made a big old post about how I was determined to start writing and posting more often, and then I didn’t make a post for a month? Woopsies daisies! I tend to do that a lot, huh. Well, in my defense, it’s been a bit of a messy month. Let me get on my knees and beg for forgiveness explain.

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Welcome (Back) To Hell Zone!

Hi! I’m back, potentially, hopefully, possibly, maybe. It’s been a rough few months. Have I mentioned that in every single blog post I’ve made in the past few months? Probably.

Stuff has just been sucking. I haven’t really felt motivated to do…anything. The depression is here in full force, and even though I’ve wanted to write and wanted draw or study or do literally anything, I just haven’t been able to. There’s been some severe executive dysfunction lately. Like, I’ll get home from work and I won’t even have the energy to dedicate to watching anime or playing a video game. I just flip through things on my phone for hours until I fall asleep.

sailor moon sleep

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[A Very Belated] Anime One Liners Tag!

HELLO, I’M BLOGGING AGAIN! Here is an Anime One Liners meme I was tagged in by the magnificent Yomu like…a month ago.

I might be late, but that doesn’t mean Yomu ain’t great!  Seriously, if you haven’t read any of Yomu’s “Review Reviews,” you’re really missing out. They’re so good at reviewing, they even review things they’ve never even seen!


Da Rules

  • Accept and thank your challenger(s) by linking back to their post.
  • Make a post of one-sentence summaries / roasts of at least five anime.
  • No spoilers!
  • Link back to The Awkward Book Blogger so she can see your post.
  • Challenge as many or as little people as you want!
  • Have fun.

Honestly, I’m being SNEAKY by making this post my “””comeback””” because it means I can tag other people and FORCE YOU TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY RETURN!!! Mwahahahaha!!! Anyways. The tag meme.

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