Posted by: panzer magier | November 8, 2016

The Day America Was Grabbed by the Pussy

Today will be marked on the calendar of history as the day that Donald Trump grabbed America by the pussy.

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One small step (backward) for man, one huge pussy for Trump

This is the reason why we can’t have nice things.

Posted by: panzer magier | July 28, 2016

Unlimited Blade Works: Elegy of an Unsung Hero [Part 1]

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When I came across Fate/Stay Night 10 years ago (yes it’s been that long), the show was cool, Archer was cool, UBW was cool, and I had no fucking idea what I just watched, but it was cool, and I was content with just that. Now that I am a little older and (arguably) wiser, I want to rewind life a little and clear up one of the biggest mindfucks in the NASUverse: the engrish chant of UBW.

I wanted to cover all versions of UBW in this post, then I realized that this post is getting too.fucking.long. So it is going to be a trilogy, because you can never go wrong with a trilogy, except maybe when part 2 and/or 3 of said trilogy never get released… See part 1 below!

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Posted by: panzer magier | March 23, 2014

How Many Power Ups Does It Take to Write a Story?

There was a time when I thought that I could shoot Kamehameha out of my hand if I tried hard enough. I would cup my hands together and concentrate my focus into the palm of my hand. Instead, gas came out of my other end. It was not quite the Kamehameha I had envisioned, but I guess I did succeed in shooting something out of somewhere.

It did not take me too long to realize that I cannot actually shoot Kamehameha (or any other beams of pure energy) out of my hand, but I still loved my hot-blooded action series. The characters, in the face of crushing odds and superior foes, stood firm and drew out 120% of their strengths out of themselves through will, perseverance, and crappy sorcery. I could not shoot Kamehameha, but I still looked up to these two-dimensional heroes by avidly pursuing their adventures.

One day, a formidable foe bore fruit in my mind; people refer to this abomination as “common sense”. My world changed, and I begin to see things differently in a way that is not induced by mushroom poisoning. In my new sight, one of the very first questions that crossed my mind was: what exactly are they all fighting for all this time?

I could swear I have seen this Maverick somewhere before…

I am sure that comic authors have a proper storyboard in their mind when they begin to draw a new story. However, at some point, most of these authors loose sight of the end, and instead become engrossed in the means. After all, what is an accomplishment without trial? Thus, the shounen genre gave birth to a template. Under this template, characters are forced to forever grow stronger in the face of progressively stronger enemies.

These enemies are too strong. Gotta get stronger.

->     New enemies just showed up. Gotta get stronger.

->     New boss appeared. Gotta get stronger.

->    Final boss takes the stage. Gotta get stronger.

->    Hidden boss comes out of nowhere. Gotta get stronger.

->    Ultimate boss actually existed. Gotta get stronger.

->    Author appeared in his own comic. Gotta get stronger.

->    I’ve been putting weight on recently. Gotta get stronger.

俺たちの戦いはこれからだ(笑)

When the process of obtaining strength becomes the main focus of the story, you effectively have no story. Your characters will be bound in an infinite quest of growing stronger, and the only thing that can actually free them from their curse is the popularity poll. At the same time, the moral message of your story will also become incredibly simple and platonic: when you are in trouble, just get stronger. Sure, there is all that stuff about friendship, trust, and bonds too, but you have to get stronger first before any of that stuff actually amount to anything.

Is this really the message we want to be sending to our posterity? Get stronger first, work out the consequences later? I would like to think that life has more to offer than that, but perhaps this kind of “common sense” is too early for the intended audience of shounen comic, and the rest of the world probably does not care either. Just as I have moved on from this genre, perhaps the rest of the world will too, at some point. Well, I am sure that shounen genre will still be around as long as the Big 3 of WSJ keeps going, which probably means forever.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go get stronger.

Posted by: panzer magier | February 7, 2014

In the Latest Episode of Tokyo Ravens

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I am not actually blogging this show. I just wanted a place to vent my mindfuck. Here we go~

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Posted by: panzer magier | October 3, 2013

When Search Engine Optimization Goes Horribly Wrong

when SEO goes horribly wrong┌(┌^o^)┐ホモォ。。。

Posted by: panzer magier | May 6, 2012

Blogging, the Digital Time Capsule

when a pun goes wrong

For a change of pace, I decided to re-visit this forsaken blog. Much to my surprise, my total views have risen to over 5000. I remember it was only 1000 a year ago. All the while, I have not updated a thing for about 20 months. Obviously, google has been working way too hard.

However, no matter how many times I do it, looking back at what I wrote in the past is always a weird sensation. The screen shots, the topics, the bad jokes… every little detail is a moment frozen in time, and a little bit of myself left alongside with it. My past self is as much a part of the me today as anything else, but at the same time, I am no longer the person that I was yesterday. Reading at my own posts makes me realise that, for better or for worse, I have changed. No… perhaps it would be better to say that I am still changing.

Looking back, I cannot say for certain whether I have grown or not. Perhaps this is a signal for change. A great change. But one thing for sure: time may not wait for anyone, but a blog certainly does; my digital footstep will be frozen in time, waiting for someone to come across it again. At least, until wordpress’s server goes down.

In a few years, I will likely look back again on this post. At that point, I will be able to smile at my beliefs, frown at my naivety, and laugh at my view count.

Posted by: panzer magier | September 21, 2010

To Dear Kevin

俺はゲームやアニメのように生きたい , 文句があるなら言え

そうか、K1の気分を味わいたいか。それじゃ、優しくとどめを刺してあげるから、一遍死んで見る? やるなら、おまけに、あなたの固い妄念(しんねん)を5分ほど語り続けてあげよう。いい話じゃないか。さぁ、どうする?

On a side note, if you see this Kevin, please land your ass on msn at some convenient time in the near future.

Posted by: panzer magier | July 18, 2010

Shiki 01+02

no way, that can’t be part of your hair…. right??

I finally gotten around to watch all the major titles this season (minus Nurarihyon and Barasa 2 because I’m sure I won’t blog it), and I basically came down to Highschool of the Dead and Shiki. As you can tell from the title of this post, I ended up going with Shiki. The reason is because the biggest focus of HotD is bouncing tits character reaction and interaction to their plight, which doesn’t come off very well in writing. Plus, I’m sure the hidden plot is nothing Biohazard can’t explain, so there’s not much left to analyse. All the other shows are eliminated for similar reasons.

Before I move on though, I do recommend giving HotD a try. It’s completely over-the-top, but when the world is filled with flesh-eating living-dead, a bit of ridiculous-ness sounds just about right. Now, if they would just cut back on the fanservice, I might actually take the show seriously for once…

Before I noticed, episode 2 came out… guess I’ll sum both eps into one post.

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