the GazettE DOGMA Commentary DAWN Translation

   *They seemed really opinionated about this song lol. Questions, comments, and corrections are encouraged. Translating is a huge learning process. 

             Ruki: In 2014 we put on a tour with the theme of redefinition. That’s when we were made aware of things…and that we ought to reform our beliefs. This song’s meaning implicates those strong inner reflections we had. The 13th anniversary live at the Budoukan (March 2015) is where I think we exhibited that so-called change. Intuitively that’s where the pieces piled up.

               Uruha: This one’s another violent song. It starts out completely with a violent progression like, “by the third song this thing’s not going to calm down yet.” Or rather I should say, that indicates our intention. Previously, I didn’t think about where the order of the songs were being placed but this time there’s meaning to the order. In my opinion, hearing nothing but violent songs from the time the curtain rises might be tiring. But instead, I shook off that opposition with the way things flow.

               Aoi: Another song with the image of dogma. Dawn rivals the title track because it’s symbolic but I don’t mind that Dogma ended up becoming the title track. I think I probably agree with that. It’s just that Dawn’s composition has intense character to it.

               Reita: This song has the strongest hook over everything else. All at once the album opens up like a really wide space. Up until now the songs weren’t typical of the GazettE and it’s like, “Can you imagine this hook from the beginning?” The meaning is refreshing.

               Kai: For me, this song on DOGMA holds the things that have been piled up. The song is fundamentally different in comparison because of the higher tempo, or it’s what you would call an upper. It starts out with the image of a heavy thing exerting pressure (this sentence can be interpreted in a few other ways but it’s pretty much the same). It has the feeling of the former self pursuing a kind of darkness.

Faking It 2b Supertease Breakdown/Analysis

Let’s just say that supertease for season 2b just fried my brain and I kind of feel like venting right now. I’ll try not to turn this into a rant and stay objective all throughout, though I might fail. Because, to be fair, I’m a bit scared, still excited, but kind of dejected and annoyed as well. It’s pretty much confirmed that we’ll be getting Kiam all over again - which I anticipated, but not to this extent, to be perfectly honest. Admittedly, Karma is using Liam for a strictly physical relationship this time around and seemed to have developed more self-respect and sense of control over the situation, so the tables seem to have turned, which I like, but it’s also highly hinted that things are looking gloomy for Karmy, romantically speaking. I had a hunch we’d be getting heartbroken, hopeless, lovesick Amy all over again and it seems that I was right. It’s the first time I actually hate to have been proven right on one of my TV show theories.

Question - was I the only one who thought Karma suggested they fake it again for popularity when she said “This is our chance to get back on track?” Turns out Amy is still left reeling in the finale in the metaphorical emotional loop that she mentioned, while everything so far from Karma’s side is Liam-centered, aside from a drunken kiss which might show some subconscious feelings for Amy too. But with this show - you never know. They made the threesome blatant too but it remained unaddressed so I highly doubt the kiss will be the start of any major romantic development. I expected this so it’s pretty much no surprise here.

But I’ll be the first to admit - I was wrong about the amount of Kiam.  Carter is still stubbornly and fervently pushing it, which I can’t understand for the life of me. This is a direct quote from his new interview  “Karma and Liam are still very much in love.”

*colective fandom facepalm*

Okay - rewind. When the hell has that been established? I don’t remember Karma ever saying it back or their relationship progressing that far. As much of a rant as this seems, I promise this isn’t salty Karmy fangirl talk, it’s actually a valid question. Does Carter even remember what he wrote anymore? Because Kiam was never potrayed as this deep relationship that actually blossomed into love at any point.

Do I get the feeling we’ve been baited and will keep being baited? Hell yes. Because Karmy is being pushed in interviews and social media but in actual canon nothing major beside friendship happens outside of scenes that can always be interpreted and turned around in any ship’s favour. It is a shame since the Karmy Army is still the largest fanbase -  I get Carter’s need to tease all ships, but at one point, it’s getting old.

So, basically, to sum up, there are very large chances that the grand finale we’ve all been hoping for will be Amy being officially done with all that crap and turning over a new leaf and finally attempting to move on, while Karma still remains a mystery. Can’t say that won’t be character development on Amy’s part but the chosen delivery seems to fall flat for me. She’s still spinning in circles and hurting but at least she’ll be the one to walk away for once, leaving the door only slightly open for season 3, if the writers chose to go down the romantic path. If they stick to friendship only, they already have that covered.

I know everything in trailers and promos is meant to be misleading and maybe I’m reading too much into things, but I do sense a pattern here on Carter’s part - teasing, teasing and teasing. Oh and drama. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine, all showrunners do it but at one point you have to give the audience something concrete too.

Other mentions - love Lauren and her craziness over trying to figure out Theo, she’s still a lovable cupcake. I liked Reagan and Karma working together. Even though I don’t ship Reamy, I kind of feel bad for the direction the writers seem to be taking for their dynamic. Amy breaks my heart over and over again but I’m glad she’s exploring her sexuality. Romantic Karmy seems to take a backseat again but at least we get some nice friendship moments. Last but not least - fucking Liam Booker. There’s just too much of him. He ruins everything for me to be honest. I like Felix, on the other hand. He could be a slightly better lead. Hell, anyone could be better than Hottie Doucheface at this point.

Bottom line - I have mixed feelings about all of this. Did I have more hope for Karmy and that supposed finale than what the supertease seems to be hinting at? Yes. Am I disappointed? A little. But I will keep watching and hopefully be proven wrong/surprised in a pleasant way. Nothing is what it seems so then again - you never know.

If you have any thoughts/theories about this, I’d love to hear them.

#079 Old Spice Presents: Sponsored Content Cops

PREMISE: Fighting crime doesn’t come easy; it takes sweat, blood, and teamwork–the same kind of dedication that goes into bringing you a great meal at your local TGI Friday’s Casual Dining Restaurant & Bar. When a small town faces deep budget cuts, they turn to sponsors to keep their police department running. The plan is a runaway success and their sponsored content policing leads them to be the most effective police force in the country. The show was the brainchild of two ad executives from the Merkel and Mahoney Creative Agency who refused to let their dream of working in an actual creative field die. It was primarily a vehicle for product placement.

CHARACTERS: Police Chief Nike Basketball is initially resistant to the sponsored content plan, especially when the Miranda rights become twice as long with the addition of a lengthy ad for Toyota Tacomas (S01.E14 – “Right To Remain Luxurious and Safe in Your Driving Experience”). But he quickly comes around when his daughter, Crystal Pepsi, reminds him of his love for forward-thinking, narrative-based, experiential storytelling in social media marketing. It’s a consuming passion that has gotten him into trouble more than once.
        Behr Semi-Gloss Paint is a tough-as-nails beat cop, the best that the West Orange Old Spice PD has. She’s restless and haunted, spending long nights driving her Fruit Roll-Ups Flavor Cruiser around town, searching for a Coke bottle with the name of her father’s murderer on it.

NOTABLE EPISODE: Semi-Gloss and Basketball must recover the key to a Chase bank safe deposit box that contains an eccentric billionaire’s collection of rare Swarovski UX designs. Along the way they explain what UX design is (S01.E04 – “Rolls Royce Presents: Point and Click and Die”).

CATCHPHRASE: "Which prison experience do you prefer?”

TRIVIA: For the first two seasons, the show’s writers were able to convince themselves that the show was a commentary on privatization. The show was cancelled when they realized they were total fucking sellouts, and they all quit en masse.

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Bryan: “This scene is one of my favourites between these two guys, it’s such a-”

Caroline: “You almost want them to kiss.”

Bryan: “It’s very intimate […] There’s an emotional intimacy that happens between [them] that is real.”


Bryan Fuller & Caroline Dhavernas: Hannibal 2x10 “Naka-Choko” Commentary

As an Arab-American myself, I love seeing a fellow Arab-American lead a television series on a major network. However, it bothers me that Rami Malek’s character is given a racially ambiguous background. I think it does a disservice to Malek and the audience to erase his Arabness. With shows like Tyrant, 24, and Homeland where Arabs and Muslims are shown in a negative light dominating the air, it would have been a bold move for The USA Network to change the tide and show a visibly Arab-American in a leading role as the show’s hero (even if he is more of an anti-hero). To keep Malek’s Elliot racially ambiguous, they’re telling the audience, “Yes we will hire an Arab as a lead, but his character’s a hero, he can’t be Arab, or Muslim.” It’s 2015; I think it’s time for a network to show Arabs and Muslims in a better light. We’re not all strapped with dynamite, ready to kill the hero. We can be heroes, too.
—  Amjad talks media representation in his review of the first season of The USA Network’s new summer hit series, Mr. Robot. Read the whole review here.

boo-5 submitted:

After seeing so many fantasy characters/creatures being stripped of originality for the old "sex sells" (which always seems to equate to a super model-esque human with just a strange skin colour slapped on top) I thought I’d talk about The Spiderwick Chronicles amazing Field guide of mythological creatures and characters as a positive example of fantasy designs. Most of the humanoid creatures in this book don’t have armour per se, but outfits and clothing are used for various things such as camouflage, identification and to aid in magic as most of them do not use physical combat.

Here’s one of the female Elves from the book. For a start the art by Tony DeTerlizzi is lovely and very detailed, and even the Elves, the typical visions of beauty are not over sexualised, as shown below:

The outfits often creatively reflect the trees and flowers various fairies and elves represent too, and again, not in a overly sexualised way.

Some are also have over exaggerated features in a more interesting way, like the trolls as pictured below. The book also adds commentary on their outfits, which gives the reader more insight to the habitats that various of them live in, such as on this page- ‘Here, she has used the pelts from her meals as protection against the bitter, chilly environment’.

Without the whole “sex sells” aspect the designs can also be a bit more adventurous and otherworldly too, like the Caribbean mermaids with stinging tentacles for hair and toxic barbs.

All in all, this book showcases the more interesting ways you can portray fantasy creatures/women without resorting to “sex sells”. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to see a more interesting twist on the mythological and fantasy genre!

Thank you for this wonderful submission.  It really does showcase how creative and fun designs for female characters can get if you drop the requirement of “must be sexy” (or even “must be pretty).

This is also really well juxtaposed in the artist’s online gallery, particularly the games section where you can see the creative designs and ideas behind monster… provided they don’t have to be identifiable as a human-like woman.

While certain demographics keep insisting that it is critic blogs that murder creative freedom, in truth - it’s the demand to adhere to worn out tropes because of myths about sex sells and people can’t like a female character unless she looks like a Barbie doll.

- wincenworks

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I love how in this scene Yu is literally ready to follow Yosuke anywhere

Meanwhile the others are like “Bruh. No way. You’re on your own on this one.”

HEY GUYS! Due to some shuffle ups in Nick’s schedule, you won’t be seeing new Harvey Beaks premieres for a while. In the meantime, my board partner Chris and I started The Harvey Beaks Unofficial Commentary Podcast (http://harveybeakscommentary.tumblr.com/). The podcast works like a commentary if you sync it up with the episodes. Get it? So far we’ve done two:

Episode 1: “The Sleepover’s Over”

Episode 2: “NightClub Night”

In the episodes we talk about behind the scenes stuff like writing, the storyboarding process, and working from an outline on a board-driven show. New episodes post on Fridays. And If you like Harvey Beaks, maybe, I don’t know, tell Nickelodeon or something

Asami’s name, and my feeble attempt to explain it =D

Okay so I’ve gotten a few messages from Korrasami shippers (I assume, lol) asking if I could maybe elaborate a bit on Asami’s name, and why it’s not a good idea to shorten it to “Sami”… 

It’s a bit difficult, but I’ll try my best.  =D

Before the want poster came out in B3, we all assumed that Asami’s name is:

佐  藤  麻    美

Sa to  Asa  Mi

Asa = hemp, Mi = beautiful/beauty

Sato = common Japanese last name

Asami = common Japanese female first name

But everything changed when the B3 want poster attacked…

As you can see there, her name is listed as 佐藤麻尾, which makes absolutely no sense.

Why?  Because:

1) 尾 = tail (no parents in their right mind would name their daughter this)

2)  While 麻尾 is a legitimate surname, it’s read as Asa-o, not as Asa-mi.  尾 can’t be read as “mi” in any way - it doesn’t matter if you apply the on-reading or the kun-reading.  It’s either “bi” or “o”.

So… why is the name incorrect on the poster?

Nobody really knows - but here’s my guess and feeble attempt of an explanation: =D

It could certainly be an in-joke.

The “mi” in Asami is pronounced “mei” in Chinese.  The character shown on this poster is “wei” in Chinese.  They certainly sound awfully similar.  

麻美 (Asami) is pronounced Ma-Mei in Chinese

麻尾 (the one shown in the poster, Asao) is pronounced Ma-Wei in Chinese

Again, they sound awfully similar. 

So… either it’s an in-joke, or it’s a screw-up by the clueless Earth Kingdom people who had no idea how to write Asami’s name correctly, so they settled for something they thought was right phonetically.  In other words, they were just assigning characters to the names as they see (hear) fit, going by the phonetics randomly. 

Going back to the original question, why is it a bad idea to shorten Asami to Sami?

Because we know that “Asa” is one character, 麻.  Even though the second character on the poster is most likely wrong, the first character is confirmed to be correct. 

Since there’s no hiragana or katakana in this universe, there is no way to write Asami as three characters, so it really makes no sense to break up “Asa”.

OK that went longer than I thought… hopefully it was coherent enough. =D

the-midnight-doe submittted:

Wanted to take a break from all the sexist designs I keep seeing by showing an actual good one. This is the villain of Shovel Knight, and wow is it refreshing to see a female villain that isn't all cleavage and panties. She’s still beautiful, her outfit is still awesome, and you can still get the idea that she’s a seductress without her showing any skin at all. We really need to stop this trend that all female villains are seductresses (and boy doesn’t that say a lot that a woman being “confident in her sexuality”, as anti-feminists like to argue, means that she’s actually evil) and start making women that are actually interesting and have well thought out designs instead of the silly and lazy metal bikinis. 

While this does very arguably play into the Evil is Sexy trope I feel it’s worth pointing out that if you have a world full of people in their armor a little shapeliness goes a long way.  You don’t need windows and holework to show off every allowable inch of skin - the message can be conveyed quite clearly with full covering dress.

- wincenworks

If only more character designers took queues from creative and successful predecessors (like Maleficent, in this case) instead of blindly following the “sex sells” myth… We would, at the very least, see more than just characters and costumes made according to a “creativechecklist.

Still, this particular one could be a bit less obvious about its inspiration.

~Ozzie

kimikowilkins asked:

So women in comics are basically obligated to be drawn in impossibly sexy poses regardless of context. Even if she is getting beaten by a loved one or her body is disintegrating, she has to be drawn with a dead face and a boobs-and-butt pose. I know women should be insulted by this, but what about the men? This style choice is saying that in order to keep a man's attention, you have to sacrifice good sequential art by constantly sexualizing the female characters. What do you think?

Yup, that’s basically how it seems in some of the art here.  And also what the “Sexualized in defeat” tag is for.  A lot of the stuff going on in this blog often are because the artists (or editors or whoever) are prioritizing sexiness, so the twists and strange poses are to show breasts or butt in that scene.  And it’s not always the artist’s choice.  I’ve had professional artists write me that they were told by higher ups to make their art sexier, or to change a pose to show the butt or breasts (which is why we get some of the art that looks like it is 2 different poses combined into one that we do)

And yeah, there are many hetero male commenters on this blog who also express feeling insulted that they’re thought of as being driven purely by lust of women and assumed that they’d prefer that over a different construction of the scene or pose or character design.

(Note: the OP sent in another ask correcting “women should be insulted” to women “should feel insulted”, the typo due to nerves, so just adding that to reflect what they actually meant to say)

MGDMT - Always Contextualize

Maybe someday all of my dreams will come true and we can have Duke Nukem Forever Extreme Slapfight Beach Volleyball Edition full of equally objectified jiggling bikini girls and rippling Venice Beach musclemen. Until then, I’m not gonna hold it against anyone if they aren’t particularly sold on the idea of Capture the Babe.

An old little Manly Guys Doing Manly Things comic (by coelasquid) commenting how much the perspective changes if you put a scantily clad guy in a place of a scantily clad woman in your entertainment.

This is why we do Sexy Male Armor Fridays, people. Cause otherwise dudebros aren’t willing to say “Yeah, I can see people complaining about this.”

~Ozzie

DOGMA Commentary Translation

*The first bit of this was really tough to translate so please correct me if I get something wrong. Anyway enjoy! 

               Ruki: Here is where GazettE’s current state of affairs is able to be placed. And so with this song, it’s an attitude that’s penetrating ourselves. The title song most of all strongly lends to that self-reflection. At the same time, we were able to include an antithesis to its origin.

               Uruha: The way we decided on the album concept…We imagined wanting to tour around with an outlook of the world included. That image is embraced in this song. In other words, from now the origin of the flow of time is also present. (I DON’T EVEN KNOW GUYS) To say we aren’t afraid of misunderstanding, that it’s hard to wish for that extent, this song is probably easy to understand. More or less, the theme of dogma is a thing that opposes. Frankly that’s what I think this song is.

Aoi: Dogma is dogma. I can’t express it another way. From the time I first heard the original melody, I thought this title was really well suited for the song. The word “dogma” emerged. We talked about the meaning of the word and it was a touching time where the heaviest image was this song. Without the life of this song, the album would have a totally different feel to it. Its existence is essential.

Reita: Dogma goes from zero to 100 at the same time. So I think this song is the title tune. When we put all the songs together, Dogma is what really came to life. At the same time the song has a spirit that is important to everything.

Kai: From the start, as a matter of course, it’s like standing at the door before your eyes.  Something that’s very profound, but something that doesn’t open up easily on its own. There’s a powerful image of the door opening as the sound rises. Naturally the door won’t open unless we experience the sensation of using our hands to push it. Fundamentally, you have to wish and have conviction. It’s not enough to try and complete something going the long way around. (Really tough sentence to translate but I think that’s the point) It’s here with opposition, we are unceasingly facing right in front of the door…I think the power of our heavy experiences will open the door for us.

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