Yeah, if saw guy had been left out I think it would have been tighter.
I completely agree that there was already evidence of brainwashing going on, so I am totally okay with it being used, I just think the way DR3 did it was sloppy and detracted from the lore.
Maybe if it hadn’t been instantaneous and we got some scenes of the 77th Class trying to resist it or something I would’ve been more okay with it, but even in that post-anime interview, Kodaka’s attitude seemed to be “yeah, Junko just brainwashed ‘em and that’s that” which seems a little anticlimactic and not in an intentional, haha Modernism way.
I really like the idea of peddling a cure and duping people through their own desperate desires, because like I said, that happens ALL the time in real life and I think fiction teaching the audience how to recognize when they’re being played is a good thing.
With the Despair Novel in particular, I personally like the sort of King in Yellow-type vibe it gives off. The first chapter of DRT3 compares its creation with that of Victor Frankenstein–it’s an unexpected complication to an ambitious (and in Kibougamine’s case, well-meaning) plan where humanity reaches too far beyond its limits. I like the parallel that runs with the Kamukura Project and how it highlights that the school has lost sight of what the founding principles presumably were (and why I can’t see Naegi reopening the school in Kibou-hen as anything other than history repeating itself).
If you aren’t a fan of brainwashing in general I can see why it would bother you in either case, but for me there’s a huge difference between “mysterious, powerful object of nebulous origin revealed to be a product of man’s hubris” and “this one guy made this OP thing.”
So I guess it’s a matter of scale–I am fine with the Kamukura Project because it’s years of intensive work by many people at the top of their fields. The Shinsekai Program uses talents from at least 3 students. Monaka utilized the robo dev depatment of her family’s conglomerate. Junko steals and tweaks these huge, cooperative projects but isn’t making them by herself from scratch (even the original killing game might very well have been lifted from the Committee’s past Duel Noir system, and it required the help of at least two other people to pull off).
Ok but what if Ransom doesn’t really want to be a doctor. His family and culture put a lot of pressure on their kids to be doctors and get prestigious jobs, and he wanted his parents to be proud of him so he went into pre-med.
What if he was having a post-game panic attack over molecular biology when a scout from the Maple Leafs asked him if he had a minute to talk. And the thought of just not going to med school, of just ending his education in two months and not having to study for a test ever again, made him feel so relieved he found Holster afterwards and cried for five minutes.
“I don’t ever want to stop playing hockey,” he says to Holster, who… honestly, was kind of looking forward to not having morning practice for the first time since he was four.
What if Justin Oluransi made his parents the loudest, proudest cheering section in Toronto, screaming with love for their son the NHL player.
The Lie Ren tag has been full of doom and gloom, so have some fluffy Ren headcanons
Ren very rarely laughs, but Nora claims that when he does, he is unable to even chuckle a little bit without snorting. (Ren venomously denies this… even though it is totally true.)
Ren has been known to fall asleep in the most inconvenient of places, Including but not limited to:
Leaning up against the front of another student’s locker when
they needed to retrieve their weapon for training. (It was Jaune’s.)
Face down in a library book that two other teams were waiting to use to take notes.
up in Team JNPR’s shower long enough to successfully use all of the hot
water when Jaune, Nora, and Pyrrha all still needed showers as well.
up against Team JNPR’s dorm room door making it impossible for anyone
to either enter OR leave without waking him, unless of course they
wanted to use the window.
Nora once dared him to use his semblance on Dr. Oobleck “just to see what will happen if he chills out for a bit”. He did it. They both have been forbidden of speaking of the incident under penalty of being “transferred to Atlas Academy”.
Ren has a very dry and cryptic sense of humor sometimes. He once deadpanned to all of Team SSSN that he had killed a man with his bare hands. They still haven’t figured out if he was joking, and are all too scared to ask.
Ren is one of the best marksman in all of Beacon Academy, able to successfully snipe someone in the eye with a rubber band from across the cafeteria. Cardin still has not figured out who shot the rubber band.
Since he is a good bit shorter than the other guys at Beacon, and subsequently weighs a good bit less, Ren was once picked up and launched at an Ursa by Yang. It was actually a very effective fighting technique, and they both are more than willing to do it again if the opportunity arises. Ruby and Jaune nicknamed this attack the “Flying Sunflower”.
For the Beacon yearbook superlatives, Ren was voted “Best Hair” in the male student category, just barely beating Fox Alistair for the title. Neither boy could care any less, but all of their teammates, especially Nora and Coco, thought it was hysterical.
And lastly, students at Beacon have been known to get completely lost in Ren’s eyes when talking to him, to the point of missing most of the conversation. Ren is used to this. It happens enough to where he expects it from certain people. What Ren was not expecting was for it to happen with Jaune “lady killer” Arc. As soon as Jaune realized what he was doing, he awkwardly walked away, spending the next two weeks in deep self analysis questioning everything he thought he knew about his sexuality. Things were rather tense in the JNPR dorm during this time for reasons neither girl understood. No one speaks of it.
Before I start this post I want to make it clear that this is not an attack on anyone. I truly value and adore each person I’ve had the privilege of interacting with in the fic side of the Hamilton fandom and I’m really not trying to start drama. I don’t want to fight with anyone. None of this is meant as a direct personal criticism of any ONE person in particular, it’s just some thoughts I’ve been having about the fandom as a whole and some personal feelings about my work, etc. I truly love this fandom and the people I’ve met here, but I’ve been in too many other fandoms and seen them get torn apart by this sort of thing. I don’t want that for this fandom, which is the only reason I’m even saying anything.
back to my poster making roots. a little info on dead ringer:
the universe they live in (as in the events, little traits (frank’s eyes) and how and why everything happened) I personally completely made up-so this is a world of my own! it loosely follows the canon lore. it doesn’t exist in the same world as a lot of other awesome artists on here, it’s its own separate thang. i do hope you’ll enjoy watching this story unravel.