Okay y’all, I’ve got a new anime recommendation that I can’t stress seriously enough. It comes with mild yet flashy alien invasion, action-packed international negotiations, sci-fi energy sources, a super exhausted flight attendant crew in a hostage situation, and your friendly neighborhood media frenzy! Do you like Steins;Gate? Do you like the weird, inexplicable dating sim vibes? Have you ever wanted to watch the Japanese government shed tears of blood for days on end in a boardroom environment? Can I interest you in an adorable theoretical physicist equipped with an etch-a-sketch?
May I now introduce you to:
1. Your new beautiful alien overlord, now with 100% less emoting and an unwavering dedication to linguistic accuracy, who may or may not also be future-Jesus:
With zero joking, I need to inform you that that his name is Yaha-kui zaShunina. Folks, you don’t get higher quality alien visitors than this.
2. A protagonist that a) doesn’t suck and a) possesses the holy trinity of dry wit, a moral compass, and superior communication skills:
3. KADO the cube*, who, if this was a dating sim, would definitely be the love interest you wanted to date the most:
(*that’s it, it’s just a cube. It’s 2km to each side, it doesn’t get any sexier)
(**those specks in the second pic are batshit crazy media helicopters, see #9 below)
4. The swooning Junior Colleague, if alien overlords aren’t your thing:
5. A flight crew that just doesn’t quit, despite being told they have to work overtime in a multi-dimensional hostage situation for the next 29 fucking days
6. The afore-mentioned etch-a-sketch physicist, who routinely frightens the military officers so bad they call for backup to disagree with her
6. This cutie negotiator, who I’m pretty sure is actually super fucking ambitious beneath that wide-eyed veneer
7. This other cutie that does shit with military-grade weapons, who I hardcore ship with the crazy physicist
8. High-powered negotiations, which was a genre I never knew I needed until now and includes intense debates about the problems of inaccurate language localizations and translation fuck-ups in high-stress situations
9. And finally, the military and the media circus, now with proper representation and cool behind-the-scenes depictions of what security proceduresreally look like during crisis situations
SO GIVE KADO: The Right Answer A TRY, Y’ALL, IT LOOKS KICKASS AND I WANT MORE OF IT ON YOUR DASH AND MINE
One last note: KADO uses a consistent amount of CGI. If you have been traumatized by CGI in the past (see: the dark side of new sailor moon) I urge you to watch the first 2-3 episodes of KADO before writing it off. Why? Because:
1) the plot and story are so cool I kept watching even after being thrown off initially, and
2) it was actually shockingly easy to get used to the difference in animation
This was because there’s a hell of a lot of geometric detailing in this anime, and the CGI, believe it or not, does a great job in animating it. Facial expressions and body language are also way more detailed because they’re able to alter pre-existing models. This also means the animation is consistently high-quality.
So try it out! The first three episodes (plus prequel, which I highly recommend) are onCrunchyroll with minimal ads. Don’t skip it, ‘cause it looks like it’s gonna continue to be insanely good!
live action gintama is so wild like apparently sorachi was supposed to come on set to watch them film but he cancelled bc he got nervous but then the lead actor oguri shun threatened told him that if sorachi isnt gonna come he was gonna sue him for making the character “oguri shunnosuke” in the comics so sorachi came like what the fuck
As I mentioned, I recently read Jon Ronson’s book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” and thought it made some very compelling points on the renaissance of public shaming in the age of social media. I was going to post my highlights, but then I realized I’d highlighted about 30% of the book, so instead:
I wrote down what I thought were some of the key, take-home points the book made, and pulled quotes from the book in no particular order for each of them. It’s still a wall of text, but feel free to wade in if you’re interested.
Again, I strongly recommend giving this book a read.
Public shaming is often motivated by a belief that one is Doing Good
Public shaming is about social conformity
Public shaming can make us LESS aware of viewpoints different that our own
Shame works because we are all afraid
Shaming others can bring out our own brutality
Shame leads to dehumanization and “death of the soul”
Shame leads to violence
Technology has strange warping effects on how public shaming
affects us (and social media shaming can have longer impacts than we
There is evidence that “De-shaming” may have more positive outcomes than shaming
quotes from the book supporting each point under the cut. (bolding mine, quotes by paragraph and in no particular order)