its that time of year again
its time for redraws of people being scared at haunted houses
THIS IS THE THE BEST IDEA 8D
We finally watched the Winter Soldier blu-ray tonight, and enjoyed the movie all over again. After watching it and going into the extras, my girlfriend asked me if I wanted to watch the “Captain’s America Battleground” extra. I said no because, as I put it, I could probably write a quick Tumblr essay detailing the same themes they would hit.
Granted, it probably wouldn’t be a good essay, but I could still put it out there.
You could’ve stopped this question six words in, nerd.
Sailor Moon Gundam. Now it’s research.
Hello, is it Anti-Life you’re looking for
Heard on the hit show Apokolips Vice, Thursdays on CBS.
It’s interesting to reach a point in the original Sailor Moon series where Tuxedo Mask is turned to the dark side, for a couple of reasons.
1) It clears up a question I had when I was sometimes seeing random episodes as a kid. I mean, it wasn’t hard to make the connection that the guy who was good sometimes and evil other times was brainwashed, but I was always stuck on the when and how, not the why. So just from a “what was going on” standpoint, it’s nice to know.
2) It makes him into the trophy hostage rather than any of the sailor guardians, which is much more interesting. He’s clearly being held by the dark leader (who is also a queen, not a king or prince) because she’s been pining for him ever since they originally met in their past lives, and it sets up this unusual conflict where Sailor Moon wants Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask back, Metalia wants to keep him so she can both take over the world AND have her crush by her side, and presumably the other bad guys both do and don’t want him to succeed, since they’ve established how much backstabbing and undermining they’ll allow.
It’s not often that the male romantic lead is at the mercy of the enemy and has to be saved by the female protagonist, and it’s a nice change to the formula. For all the small things about Sailor Moon that make me cringe at times, the big themes remain refreshingly feminist.
I almost want to say the expression for Nanako in that piece is too angry, but then I thought about it, and I like the idea that one of the things she got from Yu while he stayed with them was his no-nonsense attitude when shit gets real. As in Nanako is still a sweet, helpful girl even as she’s a teenager, but if anyone-ANYONE-starts shit, Nanako will END IT. Doesn’t matter if it’s standard bullying, a more serious assault, or the Midnight Channel showing up again, don’t fuck with Nanako, her family, or her friends.
UPDATE: To be fair, some of that attitude could come from Dojima-san as well, since he’s a pretty no-nonsense guy when it comes to his police work, and she does look up to him too.
But Think: Older Nanako
I was LITERALLY thinking about what an Older Nanako might look like this morning.
I can’t wait to see what atlus does to you, fluffy megane protagonist (ʘ‿ʘ)
Never let anyone tell you Batman is above petty bullshit.
So I just read a Tumblr post claiming that the treatment of Naoto in Persona 4 is extremely transphobic.
And my response was at first a visceral “NO!” Now I’m tempering it to be “I don’t…think it is?”
SPOILERS FOR PERSONA 4 FOLLOW
The thing is, both Naoto and Kanji, as characters, are fairly mutable. How you see them is at least in part how you want to see them, and I think that’s mostly by design. Maybe Kanji is homosexual. Maybe he’s bisexual. Maybe he just isn’t sure how to make friends, and his shadow played up on the idea that he might be homosexual to freak him out and get the power it wanted. It’s a weird, complicated thing, and I think that’s both intentional (he’s a teenager, he doesn’t have everything figured out yet) and unintentional (it’s not like Japan is the best about homosexual depictions…).
Naoto is even more mutable. She could be a woman in both body and gender. Or she’s a woman in body, but a man in gender. Or she’s a woman in body and gender, but fairly or completely asexual in terms of her interests. In addition, how you see her is in part determined by how you treat her in the game after she joins the party-you do have the choice of whether to pursue her as a romantic partner, or just as a friend.
But to me, Naoto is neither trans nor homosexual. Rather, she is repressed as hell.
The key thing, to me, is that Naoto’s Shadow talks about making her into a man not just in terms of gender, but in terms of age. Part of her hangup is that she thinks she won’t get any respect for her intellect as a woman-and let’s be honest, this is in a Japanese game, set in a modern-day small Japanese town. That concern alone is pretty fucking realistic. But she also feels that even when presenting herself as a boy, she is…well, a boy. Not a man. So opinions that she presents, even presented when she’s passing as male, are disregarded because she’s younger than the people she’s helping.
When she accepts her shadow, to me she’s not accepting the idea that she actually wants to be a man. She’s accepting that she’s frustrated about being disregarded for being too young for detective work, and her fear that even when she’s older, being a woman will keep her from getting the respect that, frankly, she deserves. None of that discounts the idea that her mental gender might be male instead of female, but it also doesn’t reinforce it, either. In short, it could go either way. And without compelling evidence that Naoto reads herself as a man outside of her disguise, I don’t want to assign that to her.
However, that’s where my secondary response of “I don’t think P4 is transphobic?” comes from. Because as someone who is A) solidly heterosexual and B) not transsexual, I know that I do not have the personal experience to go “Oh, yeah, this is trans positive and this is trans negative.” Nor do I have any clear training. So my reading of Naoto as not being trans is not a definitive thing. I might be missing clues that other people would pick up on (the fact that it’s been at least a year since I played the game doesn’t help there either).
For example, even after the party learns that her physical gender is female, Naoto still dresses like she did before, rather than going for more obviously feminine clothing or characteristics. Her voice goes up a little higher, but while noticeable, it’s not a drastic change-more of dropping an affectation around people who she doesn’t have to fool. To me, those don’t seem like big things, but I could be wrong there.
As for some of the things other party members do to Naoto after the reveal-sign her up for a beauty pageant without her permission, try to read her physical measurements-I saw that more as teens being kind of shitty to each other. Like yeah, Yosuke the horndog would do that to all the women he knows, and Teddy the socially incompetent horndog would think it was actually okay to swipe the women’s measurements and find out what they are. Some of that comes from unfortunate behaviors that pop up in Japanese games and anime a lot (the bedroom intruder bit in the inn is probably the worst fucking thing ever, seriously, STOP THAT SHIT), and some of it from teenagers not realizing that a prank can cut deeper than they intended. The more important things they do are find out the truth about Naoto, accept it, and welcome her detective skills onto the team with open arms.
So….I don’t know, in the end. I don’t think Persona 4 is transphobic about Naoto, but your mileage may vary. She’s still my favorite character after Kanji.