a world full of anime

Yup so I finally finished with this one… I was confused whether I should shade it as I got motivated for pencil shading as I saw some awesome shading artworks..And then I realised I’m not too good to make it impactful…Then I decided to fill it with black ball 0.7 Lexi 5 pen… So it’s Itachi Uchiha. Pic reference from @itechimemes hope you like it… Suggestions and critics most welcome ….

100 Days of Trump Bonus Edition: Full Metal Alchemist 2003

This is the first of I think five bonus 100 Days of Trump editions, who didn’t quite make it into the final cut but I am posting here,  They will be included in the final write up before I move unto my next project.    So lets talk anime, specifically my favorite anime, Full Metal Alchemist, specifically the vastly superior 2003 version (I will fight you).  Now there are a lot of things i could recommend about FMA 2003, and a lot of things I could tell you about why it fails in various ways but today I want to focus on two specific things the show talks about that relate to 2016, The Iraq War and the whole “Equivalent Exchange” Mantra.

“The pleasure of a dream is that it is a fantasy. If it happens, it was never a dream.” - Old Grandfather

   The first is fairly straightforward, 2003 is very explicitly about the middle eastern conflict (the manga less so) and namely how both sides don’t really view the war as the same thing. In both Ishbal and Lior (Reole) the locals have an existing political/social dynamic at play before Armestris shows up, and in both instances they view the conflict as an internal one, not one that a foreign power should get involved in.  The many groups come together under the most radical factions when a bunch of outsiders start interfering with their local customs, or trying to impose foreign rule on them.  Meanwhile Armistices due to being a fascist state with state controlled media, views the conflict only as a series of events, they don’t pay attention to Lior until it starts to affect them and so they try to handle the situation in a very simple way not taking into account local beliefs and customs.  And when their liberation fails, they become increasingly violent until hey look, genocide. Funny how that works 

 Now if this was the only point the anime made, I wouldn’t bother with a 100 Days of Trump, after all Spec Opts the Line already made that point better.  No what I really want to talk about and what makes FMA 2003 better than the manga to say nothing of brotherhood*, lets talk about the so called “Rationalist Movement” or the “Dark Enlightenment.”

   Now the actual Enlightenment was/is an intellectual tradition that invented among other things, liberalism, and rationalism was a later movement that came out if it instrumental in the creation of modern science, but if you are on the internet and talk about social justice, you likely associate the term rational with the reactionary anti intellectual movement of bigoted morons that makes up youtube, reddit and part of Tumblr, to say nothing of Gamergate. They justify their beliefs by saying that they are just being rational and logical and tend to dismiss any form of progressiveness as some sort of emotional feelings based religion that can be disproven through sheer snark. Which is hilarious because these so called Rationals never do any actual fucking research, they don’t understand any of the subjects that they talk about (for all that they bitch against feminism none of them have read any feminist texts), they don’t actually know the history behind any of their subjects (For example if you want to talk study race relations in the United States, and you don’t understand housing law, then you are just being a fucking idiot who isn’t even trying).

“Nothing’s perfect. The world’s not perfect. But it’s there for us, trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful. ” - Roy Mustang

   And of course, they are fucking in love with pseudo science and conspiracy theories (so rational).  Above all though is this worship of science as some sort of life style, that science has the answers to everything which….no…no it does not.

    How does this relate to FMA?  Well turns out, revering science as a philosophy is almost the state religion in Armestris (the fascist dictatorship where the story is set), much in the same way that the Soviet Union was an atheist state that just swapped the Orthodox Church for Communist Orthodoxy) and the motto of our alchemist hero is “Equivalent Exchange”  In order to achieve anything, something of equal value must be lost.  THis is the personal motto of our main character, basically taking the First Law of Thermodynamics and applying it as a form of morality.  And it feels logical, people make progress based upon how hard they work, if you are willing to give up you will get ahead.  Its also just..objectively not true.  

    The FMA manga just doesn’t really address this, but debunking Equivalent Exchange as a philosophy is pretty much the main point of the 2003 anime, because of course..some people are just born into wealthy.  Some people are born into poverty.  Sometimes infants die within days of life due to an illness and sometimes you are hit by a stray bullet in a gang war, life is not and has never been fair.  But people really really want it to be, the desperately want the world to have an order, a meaning, a sense of internal justice, we want bad things that happen to make sense and to have justice to it.  

 This is called the “Just World Fallacy” and it is something we see a lot with victim blaming (well she was raped because of what she was wearing) to the notion that you can work you’re way out of poverty.   People want to believe the world is fair and just but it…it just isn’t.  It never has been, and it never will be, pretending otherwise is just justifying injustice. 

   And world views that attempt to justify this inevitably just end up rationalize inequality.  We see this in a lot of state imposed religions, we see this in honor cultures across the world, in various philosophies used to justify things like slavery, and we see it with the ever popular trend of trying to make a morality out of science…and this is basically social Darwinism.  No seriously, Equivalent Exchange has about as much bearing to the real world as Social Darwinism does to race, and both are massive misunderstanding of Thermodynamics and Evolution respectively.  Because if you try to think about these notions for like five mins, you realize….this makes no goddamn sense.  Hence why Social Darwinism is utterly debunked by the actual scientific community but it doesn’t stop the youtube community of “race realists” from pretending that this is a scientific reality and the progressives are just trying to fight against the natural order.  Which is always the appeal isn’t it, the natural order of things, never mind that this natural order never seems to have existed and always seems to change with the times.  Of course, most of these same people deny climate change because nothing says rationality like a total lack of ethical consistency.

   And this is important to understand, Science isn’t a world view, or a religion, or a philosophy or a morality, science is just a method of observation, nothing more, nothing less.  It is a methodology for trying to understanding factors around us.  You can’t form a morality based on the laws of thermodynamics because what applies to energy isn’t relevant to like…larger society.  Science isn’t a world view, how can it be, we still know so little about how the world works.  People who says ‘Science determines social standing” are almost universally people who want to protect their power and are trying to justify why they have so much while others have so little.  

This is to say nothing of the whole heat death of the universe thing.  


“But nothing’s ever perfect, haven’t you realized that yet? Earth turns on a tilted axis, just doing the best it can.” - Van Hohenheim

*I really don’t get why people like brotherhood, I understand the manga, the manga is good, just not as good as the anime in my view.  But Brotherhood is just the manga story being told in a crappy way, it doesn’t add anything new or distinct to the story and its form of storytelling losses any of the subtly and nuance of the manga, there just isn’t anything in it to find valuable.  Absolutely terrible directing and some of the worse lighting I’ve seen in anime and that is saying a lot.  Manga fans who say it is better than 2003 I can understand and respect, but Brotherhood?  Really?

anonymous asked:

#remove kannas nose 2017 how dare she breathe that's illegal in my anime world i own full copyright to all anime characters because i said so ur not allowed to use ur own beautiful art style thats illegal and you drawing fictional characters and minding your own business is an absolute felony how dare you make pure and vibrant art that looks really beautiful and stuff smh 😤😤😤

shit ur right

The World needs a Faust Anime. Seriously. I want to have one full of Henphisto bff action, epic new interpretation of the characters and Mephy finally having a girlfriend. And I want Thales and Anaxagoras to be the gay pairing and Helena to be the powerful bad ass woman. Oh and we need witch hunters and vampires because they are cool. 

Video / Trailer whatever made by me

Ryota Sakamoto as Henry Faust

Mephisto Pheles as Mephistopheles

Himiko as Magaret

Cana from Fairy Tail as Marthe

Erza Scarlet as Helena 

And Yukio Okumura as Wagner

mischievousmarionette  asked:

As someone who has no clue about Pet Shop Of Horrors, please tell me about it.

MY TIME HAS COME (I actually wrote an essay on this series for-fuckin-ever ago, but let’s revisit!)

PetShop of Horrors is a ten volume manga series originally created in the 90s by Matsuri Akino. The general premise goes like this: in San Francisco’s Chinatown, there is a shop that is said to grant the hopes and dreams of its customers. The proprietor, Count D, sells pets of every stripe imaginable, from house cats to creatures of legend, though many report that his pets look more human than animal. Buying a pet means simply signing a contract: obey the small list of rules, or the shop cannot be held responsible for what happens next (and it opens with a Gremlins reference, so they know what they’re about). 

Much of the manga is episodic, centering around tales of human frailty as drawn out by the customer/pet relationship, and range from tragic and gruesome to strange and very nearly triumphant. There is also an ongoing story concerning one detective Leon Orcot (the most glorious picture of a capital-A American in a manga), who followed a recent trail of mysterious deaths all the way back to the Shop’s door. Leon is convinced the Count is at the heart of a drug ring and slave trade, but never can find any evidence that will stick; and as time goes on he finds himself coming over for tea whether there’s a case or not, and grudgingly tagging along on the Count’s mysterious errands. 

The tone can switch between psychological v. gore focused horror or even comedy based on the pet involved, and the art is absolutely gorgeous - there’s the requisite 90s broad shoulders and fashion, but the detail work is sumptuous and the blood is used sparingly enough to feel both artistic and effective when it’s brought out. Meanwhile, the relationship between Leon and D is a lovely, delicate thing to see in evolution, as D realizes perhaps there’s at least one human he doesn’t (always) want to see dead and Leon’s staunch pro-human views soften into something more thoughtful in spite of himself.

The manga is tragically out of print in the States (and I’d imagine elsewhere too, given that it’s a good 20 years old in Japan now), so it’s a free for all in terms of getting hold of it (the official translation is also….eh, dodgy? in some parts, leaving out a couple side stories and creating a few minor plot holes). My copies are from the original run, because PSOH was Very Important to 13 year old Vrai, so I’m afraid I’m not much help in tracking it down.  

There was a four episode OVA that’s perfectly watchable, though a bit too 90s-dark in the visuals and whose choice of stories relies pretty much entirely on the goriest entries in the series. The (utterly 90s and pretty dodgy) dub is currently on Youtube, though if you want the sub you’ll need familiarity with Spanish or Portuguese, I’m afraid.

But if you’re at all interested, the manga is WELL WORTH tracking down. If only so that I can have more people pining along with me for a full anime adaptation. 

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Did you know that we at ELEVEN ARTS had an exclusive interview with Masakazu Morita, the voice of Yukari Mishakuji in K MISSING KINGS at this year’s Anime Expo? Take a look at some of the questions we had for him, as well as all the other fun at the World Premiere!