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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

ANIME IS SEEEEEXXXX - Anime fans around Malaysia are enraged with this article taken from KOSMOS (dated between 8 and 9 January 2006). Strangely enough, amongst these emotional and devastated young people, I am the only person who is completely pleased with the reporter's daring act. Even scholars from various universities in Malaysia seem to agree with his point of view. Glenmeister's full article of this debacle is posted BELOW.  Posted by Picasa

Can anime be generalized as sex (violent) cartoons? I have only one thing to say in mind. . . YES!!!

Hello, fellow readers! It's been some time since the Flickr segment, which has faced period of long gap and received the most responses so far, even if it includes spams. However, one hot topic seems to interest me and makes me want to write and post it on my blog because, well, it's just that it's become a common phenomenon in Malaysia. And it doesn't mean it's good for all who seek to redefine their own means. I never forget the very sage advice of Lat, Malaysia's finest cartoonist, who was interviewed by TV3 some time ago, "Anime is everywhere in Malaysia these days. But I can only suggest you all that you should try to define your own drawing talents instead of imitate them."

I just realized of the news yesterday when there are some anime fanatics (most of them are inexperienced youths) around the nation who think that sex cartoons shouldn't be generalized as anime. Thanks to an award-winning reporter for the local newspaper KOSMOS! (dated between 8 and 9 January of this year, so it's considered old news but it's still being fiercely debated up to this day), there is no doubt he would be criticized for providing some controversial, inaccurate information about the new generation's most passionate art form. But believe it or not, the Glenmeister thinks, for strange reason, he may be telling the slightest truth, in his own reflection, that anime has ever since adopt new, crazy stuff to reinvent genres. And guess what happens when makers of anime are running out of ideas? They'll turn to the conventional laws defined by master filmmakers before us, pick up the best, seductive elements (mostly sex, violence and twisted religions) to attract more viewers and by any chances, show them whatever these characters do will change the youth's attitude towards life, even if they know the whole settings in the show are completely made up. Hey, that's showbiz. I praise the reporter’s daring article for telling us that anime has since become a symbol of everything’s gone wrong (anime fans, bash me as you will). People, can't you see what’s in front of you?! I myself am horrified to see how anime has evolved into in the last few decades.

Maybe they can't. Local youths (and even old people) are too 'young' and 'surfacey' to understand these rather complicated, layered meanings of not only anime but other nonsensical subjects as well (hey, we're in Malaysia, remember?). Conventional anime makers really know the secret ingredients to success and parts of that include the type of appearances the characters should don, the clothing, the suggestion of skin color, the alluring body poses and shapes, wobbling breasts (very, very common), lots of blood (a thousand times more common), decapitated bodies (lots more than the last few said just now), etc. All done with or even strange enough, without the approval of the story itself. Perhaps the latter makes more sense in later years. I mean, yes, Neon Genesis Evangelion wasn't made to be conventional; it was quite different from what we’d seen at the time and some viewers were horrified to see scenes we were not meant to see (the main reasons why its sponsors were pulled away and the budget slashed). But cults of the show embraced, followed by more and the show itself became culturally significant to Japan. I bet you know the rest of the story in post-Evangelion, don't ya? And every recycled theme eventually bores the heck out of those who want pure originality. But that's not my point. Sexuality and other nuisance are instantly ported straight from Evangelion and other anime classics like Akira and being used for one thing: bling-bling! Remember, filmmakers, for one special movie isn't MEANT TO BE IMITATED FOR CHEAP ASS PURPOSES.

Animators and designers perfected their methods, creating and implementing stimulating essence into hand-drawn pictures and voila, perfect 'sex robots'! Even non-sexual anime can be sexual, depending on how the characters are portrayed and posed. Even little, innocent gals who have no idea of sensuality can be eventually wearing bikinis and tight panties on beaches, usually being posed in posters, cards and merchandises! Viewers like us can sometimes be perverts in a less expected twist! Our minds, once embracing our own thinking and ideology of life, suddenly whirled to that direction, now thinking that being 'anime' is the coolest thing you can ever have, starting with childhood. And it leads to social (and psychical/psychological) problems nowadays, again depending on how far you are being influenced by the shows now showing all over the regions and peninsulas and motherlands. That's right, anime has effective means and methods to catch one’s attention and for us, conventional anime is rated 'G'.

And have some of you ever wondered why most young characters, especially guys, are designed to look like as if they're from the same sex a la woman? And gals have to look as darn attractive as other women as well? Gays and lesbians, rejoice!

A counter to our 'heroic' reporter's term-calling shot was made later by some supporters of the genre at The Star to calm the fans down, saying things like notable differences between anime and hentai (it means adult anime but for me, that doesn't make any difference. All sorts of sub-genres in anime are overwhelmed by sex and violence these days) and blah blah blah. But then again, there are some inaccurate details as well, no matter how legitimate an article can be. Doraemon may well be a kiddy show (and comic) but there are some SLIGHT PORNOGRAPHIC elements that are peppered throughout some of the strips (we take a look at the female character taking her bath without her and Nobita's permission, of course). Whoever writes that Doraemon is made only for kids, please check out the previous comic volumes for further proof.

Miyazaki's movies, in my opinion, are definitely NOT pornographic, for they are BRILLIANT movies made by BRILLIANT talents (I almost don't call his movies 'anime'. These kinds of movies should deserve another appropriate term to distinguish themselves from typical anime) because they know how to set the chessboard up, and do what all great filmmakers do without making these sensitive elements (like sex and violence, honestly, this whole thing is getting repetitive) TOO OBVIOUS. I say 'OBVIOUS', right? Conventional anime is way too OBVIOUS to spew these things out OBVIOUSLY. But not Miyazaki's. Nor Shinichiro Watanabe's excellent shows (Cowboy Bebop, my all-time fav and Samurai Champloo) that blend one genre with another and provide viewers with inappropriate situations, which in turn only show the characters’s highest qualities. Nor Satoshi Kon's unique use of pseudo-psychological issues as its major theme. People mentioned above only use them only when they are deemed necessary, or that the story itself really demands it to show their TRUE purposes to society, not to turn anime into MINDLESS, SEXUAL AND IMMORAL STIMULATING STAGE PLAY!

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it is US who generalize anime as sex and violence (and other crazy terms) by imitating and recycling the themes once helmed by legendary films and cartoons. We glorify them, we worship them and we embrace them. Remember the time when Disney once make 2D cartoons they are always good at? When sing-a-long movies became famous again during the Renaissance era (1990s), studios turn the genre into a trend and thus, every single release adopting the same stuff not only makes us automatically think that every 2D feature is a 'sing-a-long' movie, but also becomes the main agent of the genre's demise. Also not to forget the fact that whenever we hear the word 'Islam', we often think of the people as terrorists and suicide bombers. This can also happen to anime and it’s beginning to wane very quickly. Don't let it become a permanent fallacy. If anime can’t change its direction in later years, discrimination and condemnation will always be inevitable.

This article also signifies the Glenmeister’s return to his blog since Flickr!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

It's Flickr Time!

Hello, fellow readers!

I just discover something great from animator Ward Jenkins; Flickr is a website that allows you to store and show off your pictures with commentaries and other fun stuff! As for myself, I've created my own 'diary' story called 'Glenibus Upon My Dreams' (some have been posted previously in my blog) so hop on to www.flickr.com, making your own account, show your pics and other stuff! Also, go to people search and type glennybosyboy for the Glenibus! See you on the other side of the dream!

- Glen!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

THE TEENAGE ROBOT FAN COMIC IS COMING! - Oh, yes, fellow readers! The first wave of 'Jenny & The World Robot Competition' will be posted very soon although it's not gonna be shown here! A-Log (the writer of the story) has promised to post whenever possible, so stay tuned as we'll have another update in a few days (or weeks) to come! Posted by Hello

Monday, May 30, 2005

HAPPY HARVEST FESTIVAL! - Or should I say 'Kotobian Tadau Kamaatan' in the another installment of the Teenage Robot fan art collection! Posted by Hello

Monday, May 23, 2005

AN EXCLUSIVE REVIEW OF STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH!

(C) Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox Posted by Hello

I have just watched the final chapter (the third in chronological order) of the popular Star Wars Saga and the verdict? It's PURE SATISFACTION, and I really mean it! Possibly the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back, it features a plethora of goodies not usually felt on the previous five. Also, read the review below as I first step into the cinema to experience the Force for the very last time... (This review is also available on the IMDB website. Go vote for it by logging into this address: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0095638/comments and click on the title!)

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there was once a great 'knight' who stood up from his anonymity, learnt everything he saw and conquered all that were then deemed impossible to reach by many. But like any great legends, he too was scarred by the very bitter past that marred his status as a fighter, forcing him to step down and never to come back. However, his sense of determination and enthusiasm was beginning to mend, and like a little child who begins to learn to pick up a stick, he tries to regain his former self, only to stumble several times along his path to redeem himself. At long last, the struggling 'knight' had achieved his goal to become what he used to be many years ago. If you wonder who this 'knight' is, his name is George Lucas, famed director and creator of the popular sci-fi fantasy epic Star Wars, whose 30-year journey has recently ended with a bang with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. As a treat to fans of the original, they will be delighted that many of the elements that make the original trilogy a classic have returned to this installment to bring a fitting conclusion to one of the most beloved movie sagas in history. That's right, expect the Wookies to make their appearances here, so do the X-Wing/Tie Fighter-like starfighters, Governor Tarkin, the clone troopers that bear their resemblance to stormtroopers, the blockade runner, Darth Vader, the Death Star, etc. Wow.

The movie opens with an incredible space battle over Coruscant (possibly the best I've ever seen so far), followed by series of unexpected fighting sequences and last-minute decisive actions which help build up the anticipation of Sith's overall theme. And if you think these jaw-dropping sequences aren't enough, George has provided some of his greatest tricks yet to be seen. As the Clone Wars reach its zenith, the Jedi Council senses a far greater threat that originates from the core of the Republic but is unable to determine who the real culprit is. Anakin's relationship with Palpatine has become much closer as the Supreme Chancellor tells many of the Sith's unique qualities to his about-to-be apprentice. This further complicates the Council's worsened matters. Elsewhere, Padme begins to get worried about his beloved Anakin who seems to be troubled by the pressure of the Council itself (he is furious when he is not granted the rank of Master) and the political and corrupted principals of the Senate. These dilemmas eventually lead to a climatic showdown filled with emotional depths, unexpected concussions and terrible consequences so powerful, thought-provoking and satisfying that many fans will definitely change their perspective on the original trilogy (no wonder George twitches some details in the original trilogy DVD set) as well as the first two. And it tends to get better as we move along...

Like the previous five, George once again proves his SFX mastery to create compelling worlds and creatures (which in fact look far more realistic this time around), thanks to the talented artists at ILM. Also, the classic John William score remains the significant highlights of Sith with similar tracks from Episodes I, II and IV. Aside from good storyline (we know that already), expect additional improvements including better script, characterizations and acting (thank goodness!). Hayden Christensen, whose portrayal of whining Anakin in Episode II horrifies some fans, finally gets his role right as he manages to express his hatred towards anything that stands in his way. Kudos to Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Natalie Portman (Padme) who seem to feel comfortable with their characters as well. And let's not forget the truly delicious Ian McDiarmid as Darth Sidious/Palpatine (you'll never see anything like that before!). Truthfully, this movie will forever be remembered for its switching montages between Padme and Anakin at the end sequences; in fact, they are really the central pieces of the entire movie, whose inevitable destinies separate them on a sad and melancholic note, making way for a new revelation for Episode IV: A New Hope (thanks to its creative smooth editing). Of course, Revenge of the Sith still suffers from the limitations of the prequel trilogy that plagues the first two but the flow of the movie is so compelling and energetic you will tend to forgive and forget its shortcomings.

Due to its political resemblance to the events of 9/11, many viewers wonder if George intends to relate it to the Bush Administration (in which he eventually declines, countering with the fact that democracy usually turns into dictatorship for the sake of power and history tends to repeat itself all over again). Funnily enough, Ronald Reagan once adopted the name Star Wars for promises of peace, so I guess it's a fair exchange.

To sum it up, like Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi, George has finally redeemed himself from the critical mistakes he made in the previous two episodes, producing a true masterpiece that is so worthy it eclipses everything the previous Star Wars movies have provided so far (sorry, Sith, The Empire Strikes Back still remains unmatched). Now that the saga is complete, we all leave the cinema with wide smiles all over our faces. I'm sure George will be pleased by the end results.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

THIS IS THE WEEK OF STAR WARS! - Star Wars fans, rejoice! Revenge of the Sith is about to storm the cinemas this week as people from around the world are preparing for the greatest celebration that has lasted for many years since the release of the original Star Wars movie 28 years ago. This will also be a powerful moment when we all finally bid farewell to George Lucas's popular epic saga for the last time (that excludes the upcoming Star Wars projects). And for those who have been with Star Wars since childhood, the time has come for us to finally 'grow up' and ascend to an unknown future! Be sure to check out Glen's review of one of the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back! Oh, and while you are watching it, remember that the Force will always be with you!  Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

JENNY FAN COMIC! - A few days ago, one guy, who calls himself A-Log had approached me via e-mail, saying that he's very impressed with the drawings I've made exclusively for The Teenage Roblog. Also, he wonders if I could be of any help because he has completed his own fanfic based on the same show after rubbing his head for 3, 4 years, something like that. So, it's up for me to create a one-year comic strips (the volumes are massive) so stay tuned for more when I've done anything good! Posted by Hello