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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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!


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