Age ratings concerning manga and anime

*DB realise on lea to post on this blog (bad squirrel)*

With it being Easter, I thought it was time the Dango Bunny made a return. How often I post will depend on finding the time to write about things, but I would like to make it a fairly regular event. Another problem has been finding things to write about although for this post I have found a subject that been causing me confusion for some time now.

My chosen topic for this post, are the age ratings concerning manga and anime as well as the content that seems to escape review when deciding a certificate. Don’t worry this won’t be a rant about what we can see and what we can’t, it is more about things being consistent and that material is checked properly.

To start with I am going to pick on a series that is actually a favourite of mine, but does make me question what those who have to decide these ratings were thinking. The books get an older teen rating and in the U.K., it get’s 12 certificate for season 1 and a 15 certificate for season 2. In a lot of ways the certification is correct as the second season is more fan service heavy than season 1. My problem lies in what the fan service is telling the audience. Spoiler Alert! In one particularly fan service heavy episode, we are treated to many lingering bathing scenes allowing us to have long looks at the female protagonists in the nude. Normally this isn’t too bad, if the ages of the girls are left open to question, in other words you think that the girl or girls in question are of a legal age, but with this episode the story pointedly tells you one of the girls is 15 and another is 14, making them underage. So they have got the audience to ogle underage girls. Now I admit that it isn’t done in a sexual as such but that fact that you end up watching underage nudity is a bit unsettling.

Now I admit that this isn’t the first or only manga or anime to do this. Dance in the Vampire Bund has a great exciting and violent story which gives it a mature/18 certificate but it’s most disconcerting aspect is its lead character. Most vampire stories make the point that vampires are immortal and are trapped at the age at which they become a vampire, in this case our protagonist is ancient but has the body of a little girl. This wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the numerous times that she appears naked or in sexy underwear.

Then you get something like Negiho. Negiho is a spin-off from the Negima series. The difference is that the teacher is an adult and the girls are pre-schoolers. This proves very disconcerting as the girls try to impress their teacher in a bid to win his love. Visually there is nothing to worry the censors but it is just the concept that is worrying. It doesn’t do anything wrong except just constantly gives you an unsettled feeling.

My problem is what is to be done about it all. You see it’s not just anime and manga that has these kinds of issues. Modern TV is having these problems too. With the rise of historical and fantasy TV shows there seems to a greater tolerance of rape. The problem to me seems to be it happened in history so it’s permissible. The books that these shows are based on don’t help as scenes are already in the pages, it’s just where these books appealed to a niche audience, and thanks to shows like Game of Thrones these books are receiving a new popularity with a wider audience.

It may seem like I am on a bit of a downer here but to me that’s not the case, I still enjoy shows like these (except Negiho, which always makes me cringe) and always will but I just had these thoughts that I wanted to get off my chest. I suppose the question I am asking myself is are we getting too tolerant and is that ok? Other people may see these things a completely different way and I have no problem with that as after all it is our differences that make us fun.

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Nintendo switch rant: power off

WHY IS TURNING IT OFF SO CRYPTIC!

O_O I don’t think many people know how to do it.

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Do you know how to get to this screen? 

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This is the only way to turn it off (otherwise it’s in sleep mode using up battery power). 

You know how you normally keep your finger on the power button to do an emergency shutdown, well with this machine you are meant to do that in order to turn it off. HOW ARE YOU MEANT TO GUESS THAT!

O_o Why isn’t this like the 3DS where as soon a you press the power button this menu comes up.

Why doesn’t the little power icon on the switch menu link me to this?

I now own a switch

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This was the last one in the shop.

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I’m keeping it all in the box for easy storage.

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I would like Nintendo switch docks to look more like this:

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No sides means no risk of scratching the screen.

O_O Think of the possibilities!

Love Tyrant first impression

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This is an interesting show to talk about.

I watched it because I read a review saying this was really deplorable and was a contender for worst anime of the year…. o-o turns out my standards for bad are too high.

I can sum up this anime in one word: cheap

The animation is cheap,

The designs look cheap

And writing feels cheap.

This is a budget anime!

I even think that the studio has stolen other character designs that look somewhat similar to the manga just to keep the price down. I would be surprised at all if this anime gets in trouble for plagiarism (it has happened before).

What is the show about: A demon/angle has a death note kiss note. When two people’s names are written in it they have to kiss/marry or they die.

If this was a 15 minute per episode show I might see it working however, with each episode being full length and the amount of insanity they displayed in the first episode…I can see this becoming a train wreck really fast.

*coming back slowly*

^-o Hello out there!

It’s been one month! Wow, time fly’s when you’re trying to pull your head together.

Anime once again is starting to look alluring to me however, I don’t wish to come back yet.

I’m still doing company design work and my desire to force myself to read books in order to improve my consultation is still very important to me.

I’m in a better place in my mind now and I can finally at least consider coming back to this blog.

I’m stopping blogging (don’t know if or when I will be back)

I have been thinking about this for a long time and after being trapped in a dead zone with in my own head I have decided to walk away from anime. Sadly it’s not just anime, i’m also leaving the internet cold turkey.

*A year before I started this blog I had not been on the internet for a year (I can easily do without).*

I need something that can mentally simulate me.

Thanks to all the people who have followed me over the years and I hope you all good fortune in the years to come.

Depressed back 27th

I forgot that when I’m not cleaning in the morning my depression starts to kick in. Maybe in the future I will have to plan a trip away for my remaining days off.

I’m so BORED!

The worst thing about being so down is that nothing that would usually bring you joy will make you happy.  I can’t believe it took me 3 days to realise why I was so down.

T_T I need to find a way to keep my brain busy or bad things enter my head (I need to get them back in there cage).

Played splatoon for the first time.

It was an experience…. though I do have a couple of qualms with it.

Why are under lv 10’s being matched up against lv 50’s?

Why do we only get two battle fields?

Why are lv 7 players playing worse than a lv 1 player?

If I had a microphone I would be shouting at these people: “Don’t all stand in the same place!”

*Good thing this game has no mics*

I got to lv9 really fast thanks to being matched up with some competent teammates (it very much is just luck of the draw). One team was so bad we were struggling to find their paint.

O_o There were games when we were destroyed however, I don’t count them as fare thanks to the games matching us against players who were much more experienced then us and had way better weaponry (lv 30+).

^_^ Hope Splatoon two fix’s the level match up’s when in Wi-Fi mode.

elDLIVE first impression

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I get it now….still think the animation chooses/themes are messy, but I understand why now.

This is about a boy who is forced to join a space police force and has an alien inside him.

This show is a collage of different anime styles…. which unfortunately works more against it the for it. In a manga using the background to express an emotion is normal, when you do it in an anime it just looks strange and out of place. O-T They come sporadically for no reason and then go as fast as they came (like a fart in the wind). Was it meant to be funny?

I did learn while studying this anime that it was made by the same person who wrote “hit man reborn” (that heavy explains the humour).

^_o Far as Teen anime go this is satisfyingly good; the show has way more than enough energy to keep my attention.

I still have no idea what possessed the director to give that woman bouncy breast! however, that’s one problem in a pretty entertaining anime (can easily see how people would be turned off by this).

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walking over your face is an odd way to transition a scene.