Diamond no Ace Act II and …Slam Dunk – What am I smoking?

This Koshien is Sawamura’s last chance to plat at Koshien with Miyuki and who’s blocking the mound? Furuya, obviously. Act II started off by praising Furuya more than ever and getting more and more time by that assh*ole coach, who loves his own personal wunderkind so much. Just great. Even though Sawamura worked so hard and achieved so much, Furuya is praised to heavens for every little thing and is the king of the mound. After only 4 chapters Act II is already pissing me off more than Act I was for a pretty long time actually.

I guess what’s pissing me off so much is that instead of making progress, we’re actually going backwards right now. You don’t always need the Pince of Tennis- like genius who stands above them all, not at all. You also don’t need the likable rookie that you see in Baby Steps, who slowys clibs his way up and makes tons of friends with all kinds of other players – inclusing those who’re better than him and he learns from them. He doesn’t really has an archrival like Sawamura does, so it’s less… “charged up” in general, I guess.

However, there is a manga with a somewhat similar setup and the genius archrival who rules them all and it’s done amazingly well. I admit I’m very biased, because frankly speaking, Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue is my faorite “classic” sports manga and I admit Takehiko Inoue is my favorite Mangaka, but Slam Dunk is incredibly well written. And guess what? It’s not even nearly as frustrating as Ace of Diamond is.

The reason is rather simple. Sakuragi, the main character, has never played basketball before, he’s a rookie and way too full of himself. Rukawa deserves all the praise he gets and Sakuragi does not. However, as he grows stronger, Sakurai’s talent and achievements are met with appropriate praise by his team-mates and his coach. Obviosuly, Rukawa still has his fanclub and is the ace and everything, but Sakuragi grows into a well deserved and valuable member of the team. The entire team grows and the manga makes a much bigger effort to develop Sakuragi as a character, compared to much time is spent showing Rukawa in the spotlight.

As for Sawamura, he’s very likable from the start and you know he has a huge potential as a pitcher, combien that with his wish to become the ace of the team, a very realistic dream, you root very strongly for him from the start. Even more so after his first encounter with Miyuki. Sakuragi on the other hand is so laughably bad, his jealously against Rukawa is absurd, because he’s no match for him at all. You root for him, but he’s not a good character and on the field, he literally has nothing to prove himself with. He earns every single ounce of respect by hard word and this is met with appropriate acknowledgement by the other characters and the reader.

Diamond no Ace is already 400+ chapters long, by now, Sawamura should have moved up, but instead re recenly seems to drift farther away than ever. This is very hard to stomach teasing. Sawamura needs the number of the ace during this tournament, because this is Miyukis last tournament. We’re running out of time.

Still, Diamond of Ace is a great sportsmanga and I still celebrate every single time Miyuki walks through a panel (I love that devil), but after 400+ chapters, I really want Sawamura to come visiably closer to his dream.

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Feel “Free!” to watch this anime, guy?

d357bd5802baab5bdb2239e8f52a01ce1366984951_fullEver since the announcement that the infamous “Swimming Anime”-TV spot would be adapted into an anime TV-series called “Free!”, anime fans have literally gone nuts. In case you’re thinking about crazy fangirls right now, no, I’m not even talking about those, I’m talking about the much larger part of the anime fanbase: the guys. It may sound incredibly ironic to any female anime fan, when guys begin to complain about too much fanservice, because an anime appears that’s not shounen-ai/yaoi and is clearly nothing else but eyecandy and fanservice directed towards women, when the exact same thing happens for guys on a regular basis with at least a handfull of new shows every 3 month.

Guys have a problem. I mean, really, not just because of this one anime called “Free!”, it’s just that you can see their problem here, too. What’s the problem you might ask? Well, it’s simply their manliness. I really don’t know why, but lately it seems I’ve been seeing more and more people on the internet desperately trying to be manly and not to be seen as girly or gay. Just how many times have I read: “Man, I love the stuff you do, no homo.” in the comment section of youtube videos the past few month? It’s still beyond my understanding why being gay neccessarily equals with not being manly. Some of the most well-known stereotypes of gay people are some of the manliest pictures I’ve ever seen.

Guys, especially teenage guys, seem to have this big problem that they want to be a man and even nerds seem to feel the same way, if they feel the need to bash on an anime that is not even intended for them, just because it’s finally some bland fanservice female fans have been waiting for since forever. Generally speaking: in the minds of those guys, it’s perfectly alright to sexualize women and reduce them to walking fansivice, but it’s “gay” and the “downfall of anime”, if the same is being done with men.

Now, I know this is a matter of society and the way guys are bought up, that they want to be manly and all and we all know that and that’s why we tolerate your stupid 3-sized-too-big caps and your 5-sizes-to-big trousers and your Ey-yo-Man-Bro stuff you’re doing, because you think it looks cool and manly, when it’s actually nothing else but a laughting matter for people beyond 20 years of age. Girls aren’t any better. Hot Pants don’t look good on a 13-year-old who tries to look like a 20-year-old, even though she has no curves and has the face of a child with somce make-up splashed into it. It’s just that guys make more noise, especially, when they’re the majority of a group – anime-fans in this case. We femals fans have (more or less) qietly accepted that most anime-fans are guys and therefore more anime are being produced with the intention to please guys. Even in anime and manga without the infamous “Ecchi”-label, there are fanserice characters or characters with fanservice elements running around like the most natural thing ever, because it really is normal. Fullmetal Alchemist: Lust | Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Yoko | One Piece: the entire female cast with very few exceptions – you get the idea. We just accept it, or don’t read/watch it. Of course, you always have people with no life who have to complain, the problem is, when those people are suddenly the majority the fandom, because the world is going to end thanks to an anime called “Free!”.

I hate hypes, because hypes bring crazy fangirls and fanboys. Don’t misunderstand me, they’re everywhere nonetheless, but a hype brings many of them together and that’s when it’s getting annoying. The only thing that is more annoing, are people who’re constantly complaining, especially when they come in clusters. Many, many people just seem to feel the absolute need to tell the world that they hate a certain thing, even though they could very easily avoid it. Why add “no homo” behind every single sentence, that might eventually sound you like something, just to prevent people from thinking you’re gay? Why complain in the comment section of every single article about the recently born Royal Baby Prince George about how unncessecary the article is, when you can just not read it.

I admit, I sometimes really don’t know why I’m watching or reading certain stuff, maybe just because I want to get over with it, but usually I do it, because I want to give it a chance and end up disappointed. Maybe many people who’ve watched “Free!” are feeling the same, even though it’s beyond my understanding why you could not get the right idea about this anime based on very single picture, or video, or advertisement or sypnosis that’s been on the internet since the announcement.  It’s just… the complaining has been done to death, it’s enough at one point. Even the Twilight-bashing is boring by now and those books are seriously bad, I mean really bad, they’re a shame for literature in general, but even so, at some point, all the comlaining is too much and for a short anime such as “Free!” the point where there have been too many complains has been reached before the anime even started and it won’t stop.

Guys won’t turn gay by watching this anime, this anime is not homosexual to begin with and it’s made for females, so if you can’t stand to watch overly dramatic undressing shots and man in speedos for about 80% of the screentime without whining about it every 2 days, can’t you just

I’m deeply sorry that my, more or less, reasonable post has to end with a silly gif, but I’m so annoyed about all those semi-manly-oh-so-cool guys who can do nothing but hackle after a pair of D-Cup boobs and complain about that one anime that has been produced for us to have our fun watching half naked guys. Is it really so hard to watch your moe-blob-crap while ignoring our fanservice-anime, just because you’re the majority of fans? Apparently, it is. Now, feel good, because you made me write a rage post about your stupidity.

The Legend of Makorra – Episode 6 through the eyes of the Shippers

Recently I’ve been addicted to the Makorra-tag on tumblr and I’f liek to talk about the 3 big shipping-moments in episode. Or at least what some of the makorra-shippers seem to see as the 3 big shipping-moments of the episode. You see, episode 6 is nowhere near as much of a shipping-episode as episode 5 was, so it takes some creativity to see real ship-tease there. From what I’ve read, there are 3 scenes the shipping-community focusses on:

  1. Mako protects Korra in the ring, they both fall, but Korra rescues Mako and throws him back into the ring
  2. Mako says “Take care!” when Korra goes after Amon
  3. Mako hugging Korra first, aber she’s back from her little fun trip after Amon and tells her he’s gald that she’s safe.

So… fist of all, the second point is pretty much rediculous. I mean, yeah, it shows he cares about her, but it’s not as if we didn’t know before. They’re teammates, friends and he told her last episode that he likes her, so of course he cares for her. I don’t really see why anyone would need to go crazy over this. This doesn’t even have to be meant in a romantic way, he could have also just said it from friend to friend. I’m all in for Makorra, but this goes a bit too far. I know that Korra has been shipped with pretty much every male (or female…) she looked at, but just because it’s Mako who tells her to take her, doesn’t mean it has to be taken as ship-tease.

About the hug, ok, this… I can somewhat understand, but it’s also something that doesn’t have to be taken as an indication for Mako’s love. He could’ve just run a bit faster than Bolin? Gotten back up faster than Bolin? Bolin hugged Mako and Korra as well… oh wait, I’m pretty sure the Borra-shippers are going crazy over this szene as well… Ok, my point is: hugging might be physical contact, but it’s completely common between friends and doesn’t have to show the persons in question as (potential) lovers. And of course Mako is glad that she’s safe, they’re friends. Isn’t he allowed to be worried about her as a friend? Well, duh, of course not, because he told her that he likes her. Ehm… sure, yeah, whatever you say.

The rescue during the match is something completely different, because his attempt to save Korra was downright stupid. He’s an amazing pro-bender and should have known that the best solution would’ve been to sit back and let Korra get kicked off of the platform and safely survive the round. Instead, Mako jumped between Korra and the attacks, got both of them knocked down, what would have resulted into their loss, if Korra wasn’t strong as a bear. And Korra? Yeah, lifting herself up and surviving the round on her own would’ve been the best choice and much easier than lifting Mako up, but come on, she’s head over heels for Mako, I’m not even going to talk about this. So, to sum it up, both Mako and Korra acted absolutely stupid and I have no other explanation to their dumb behavior in the ring (Mako tries to protect the Avatar… THE AVATAR!) than romantic feelings that got in their way of thinking like a professional. This was, from my point of view, the only real ship-tease in this episode.