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Focal Point – Acting Out Anime

When tragedy strikes, most people will try to find a scapegoat; it’s human nature to point a finger and blame someone or something, rather than chalk it up to chance or luck (even saying it’s “fate” or “God’s will” is giving a reason for why misfortune occurs). But when other people with specific agendas (i.e. politicians, and sometimes a lawyer) shift the focus of blame to a particular entity YOU like or are a fan of, then problems arise.

Movies, video games, and anime have been targeted as the reasons for school shootings, the corruption of youth, and even public massacres, like the recent one in Akihabara, and when such atrocities happen, many FANS who enjoy the unjustly accused medium of entertainment rise up in its defense, crying out, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. There’s no evidence that watching something violent will make you violent! Don’t take away our entertainment, because some idiot who likes the same things we do did something stupid and tragic.”

What I have a problem with is that these FANS only care about losing their precious entertainment, instead of examining and acknowledging the individual behind the tragedy and the actions needed to be done in order to maintain a smoothly running and orderly society.

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June 18, 2008 at 8:24 pm Comments (113)

Random Musings – DEATH NOTE: R and Miscellaneous Notes

  • NTV aired a three hour special of DEATH NOTE today that covered pretty much the entire L arc with some added material. It started out with a scene of a Shinigami approaching Ryuk wanting to know about the human world because he’s gotten tired of the Shinigami world. Ryuk proceeds to tell him about a man who tried to change the world and become god, and this sets up the recap through the first arc. Most of it was stuff we’ve already seen in the original series (they even included the potato chip scene), but there were some additional scenes too, (highlight to read) including L meeting Light in a theater, everyone visiting L’s grave, Light declaring his victory over L’s grave (after everyone else leaves), and bloody shots of the deaths of members of the Yotsuba group. The episode ends with Ryuk looking at how Light’s name is written in his Death Note and commenting on how Light wasn’t a god back then.
    If you’re a big fan of the anime, you might consider watching it, but for the most part, I didn’t think this was worth it if you’ve already seen the entire series.
  • There was no episode of Yamada Tarou Monogatari aired today because of a track and field event. Episode 09 airs next Friday.
  • Several people have asked me for the Shana II commercial, so here’s the download: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Mirror 3.
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    August 31, 2007 at 7:04 pm Comments (28)

    DEATH NOTE – 37 (END)

    Forty seconds pass, but much to Mikami and Light’s shock, no one dies.

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    June 26, 2007 at 6:02 pm Comments (209)

    DEATH NOTE – 36

    The news of Takada’s death causes many television stations to immediately start to compete with each other to replace her as Kira’s spokesperson.

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    June 19, 2007 at 6:49 pm Comments (98)

    DEATH NOTE – 35

    The days pass quickly and Takada soon gets a confirmation message from Mikami, so she relays it to Light like he had told her to, indicating to Light that Mikami found out he’s being followed.

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    June 12, 2007 at 8:43 pm Comments (30)

    DEATH NOTE – 34

    With this new revelation on Mikami, Near decides that they need to get close to him, but he is also aware that the existence of a Shinigami with Mikami poses a problem if they want to follow him.

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    June 5, 2007 at 7:10 pm Comments (22)

    DEATH NOTE – 33

    With all the pieces in place, N decides to head to Japan, though he asks his commander Lester to go with him because he’s never ridden a plane alone before.

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    May 29, 2007 at 8:54 pm Comments (33)

    DEATH NOTE – 32

    Mikami Teru was a boy with a strong sense of justice who could tell the difference between good and bad.

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    May 22, 2007 at 10:42 pm Comments (36)

    DEATH NOTE – 31

    With Misa watching the television broadcast intently with her Shinigami eyes, Light urges Near to escape from the building that is under attack by an angry mob.

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    May 15, 2007 at 8:27 pm Comments (45)

    DEATH NOTE – 30

    Based on what’s happened so far, Near suspects that Kira and the Japanese investigation are working together and that Kira is actually the second L.

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    May 8, 2007 at 9:14 pm Comments (25)

    DEATH NOTE – 29

    Shidoh pays Ryuk a visit because he wants his Death Note returned, but Ryuk doesn’t know where it is and suggests that Shidoh look for it himself.

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    May 1, 2007 at 8:11 pm Comments (34)

    DEATH NOTE – 28

    Since Near proposes that they cooperate in the investigation of the kidnappings, Light tells him that Sayu was kidnapped and is being held ransom for the notebook.

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    April 24, 2007 at 4:50 pm Comments (24)

    DEATH NOTE – 27

    Mello is quite shocked to learn that L is dead, but Near hardly shows any emotion to the news.

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    April 17, 2007 at 8:18 pm Comments (38)

    DEATH NOTE – 26

    Investigating L’s computer, Light finds that L had kept a file on everything in the Kira investigation.

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    April 10, 2007 at 7:35 pm Comments (28)

    DEATH NOTE – 25

    After instructing Misa to continue the criminal killings for him, Light returns to the investigation where L is questioning Rem about the Death Note and about the Shinigami eating apples.

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    April 3, 2007 at 3:47 pm Comments (83)

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