Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live Anime Official Guide Book: Uchida Maaya Wakana interview

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Even for a Japanese person, I think her way of speaking is very indirect and redundant. I rephrased most things so it’s shorter. I grouped some questions as well so if you own the book and check, the question numbering isn’t the same. I just put in numbers so it’s more convenient when reading. There’s also a part I didn’t translate directly. Unless the thing I translate is really long I like doing line by line. I think it’s nicer to read like that compared to just infodumped things in a list. It feels more like you’re reading the book yourself.

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Pretty Rhythm News May 2015 issue

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Hiro and Kouji do the space train totally not Galaxy Express 999 jump together in the 4th route/boys version of the Pretty Rhythm part in the PriPara movie. That pic is from the official site. Maybe I could find horrible quality photos of it on twitter if I searched hard. I don’t wanna though.

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Victory day 70th anniversary

Didn’t watch much TV or Hollande’s speech or commemorations but I guess as always they mostly talked about Glorious URSS and American Freedom ™ and barely talked about how African soldiers and/or Muslims from French colonies also fought during WW2.

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Kaden Shoujo sucks!!!

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There’s a difference with things like Robot Girls Z or Kancolle which actually tries to incorporate the ships’s history to the character and this. The Toaster girl is literally a random schoolgirl carrying toasters. And then there’s the stereo speakers that are just two girls sitting on stereo speakers. Even I could have done the chara design for that game.
Things like Kancolle are lazy cashgrabs to a certain degree anyway, but this is the epitome of cash grabbing laziness. This is an insult to mecha musume and it’s variants. This is everything wrong with Japan right now. It’s disgusting.

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PriPara – 40-43

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I’m not the only one criticizing ANN about how sometimes their translation of interviews are wrong, how they sometimes post completely useless things as news, or how they never post stuff about less popular things like Pretty Rhythm/PriPara. Unless it’s to announce the next season, but even then they don’t even post the details you can easily find on Animate or other sites. Which is why I started doing it myself. But for the record, the editor in chief of ANN Christopher Macdonald is a pretty nice and cool guy.  Back in january, ANN bought back a french anime magazine called Animeland that was dying for a few years now, because ANN editor in chief is friends with Animeland boss among other reasons. And so Christopher McDonald was in France, and he went to Nolife. They made him MC their daily show on Friday like what they always do with their guests. And he was cool. Plus one of his favorite shows is Bubblegum Crisis.

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French Prime minister Valls vows to fight “Racism and antisemitism”

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This was a few days ago. Haven’t wrote about it until now as I was playing SRW Rengoku hen: Crowe gets a new haremette edition and I’m having way too much fun with Tengoku hen, from Tessa taking the empress of the sea title from Lakkage to Nono and Noriko being bros to SUDDENLY IT’S ASAKIM.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you should be able to solve this. If you can’t, well it’s basically the same as what I always say. In France, antisemitism is considered to be a higher form of racism. Valls proved it himself yet again by separating racism and antisemitism in his declaration. The government himself does ethnicity/religion segregation and apartheid and then they say they want to fight it. Some weeks ago during the Auschwitz commemorations, Hollande even said that Shoah is the worst crime against humanity. Comparing crimes and saying stuff like that is stupid, and even if you do, slavery is the worst by far anyway. You’ll be in much bigger trouble if you ever hit a jewish person in the street than any other person. Oh and you’ll also be ultra trouble if you dare to criticize Israel, and be called antisemitic.

I do think there’s forms of racism that should be dealt with in priority. As far as I know, during a job interview your possible future employer will have an easier time telling whether you’re black or not compared to whether you’re gay or not.

Since I used a Fire Emblem pic: If I understood IF correctly, you’re pretty much forced to play the White version first, since the Black version is harder and will make White version feel boring if you play it after. Then, there’s how they put both the cute imouto and the glamorous onee san on the Black route. Who in his sane mind would pick White? Why is Black so much superior?

Nintendo should just remake Fire Emblem 4 & 5 into one game instead of doing IF. They should remove permadeath, make it so you get bonuses if you finish a map without anyone dying. Mix the big maps and multiple castles from 4 with small maps and endurance and catching mechanics from 5 and make it work somehow. Just make two routes once you hit the next generation part, one for Leif with scarce resources etc and one for Seris. It’s literally what they’re doing with IF too. 4/5 even has NTR too so nowadays kids who use the word at the slightest occasion to sound cool will be all over it. Nintendo would swim in even more money. Seems they’re going to swim in money with IF too anyway though seeing the game’s preorders.

Anyway, speaking of racism, I went to the movies last Wednesday, to see this movie called Dear White People.  It’s been out in the US for a while now but it only got released in France recently. Usually I only go watch anime movies at the cinema. Went to see it because it features the guy from Everybody Hates Chris, one of the few american shows I watched recently. Well, I say recently, but it’s more like 5+ years ago. Anyway. How the movie deals with racism in the United States isn’t too bad, but it’s also supposed to be a comedy, except I didn’t find a single joke funny. I did almost burst out laughing in the cinema when the university’s white principal says that there’s no racism in USA, considering how many black guys are getting killed by the police these days.

One thing that shocked me about the movie was the insane amount of swearing. I didn’t know even students of prestigious universities were like that in America. They do the kind of sex jokes I used to hear in middle school. Like replacing a friend’s voice mail with “I suck things” etc. It’s pitiful. This may sound ironic coming from someone who think USA is the number one terrorist state in the world (Israel being close behind) but I honestly thought America was better than that.

Oh and Valls also said the french government will do it’s best to fight “cyber racism” and ethnicity/religion hate on the internet. I’m still waiting for Elad Ratson to be summoned by a judge.

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“Cross Ange is actually feminist”

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I said this to someone the other day while talking about the show, and apparently a lot of fans of the show say this.
In short, it tells the muh pure waifu group of otakus to stop being stupid and stop treating women as objects. But I have to say it’s only one of the many reasons I liked the show. There’s ton of other qualities like the excellent character development (except Salia and Chris). And I wish they actually went all the way with it and dealt with how Japan treats women as a whole instead of just limiting themselves to otaku.

Like France, it may be that I’m biased about Japan because I know a bit more about it compared to other countries, but I think Japan is one of those countries who treat women the worst, at work for example. One of the reasons I’m into ReLIFE this much these days and telling everyone to read it is because it (lightly) deals with that. Though at least Japan isn’t like most western countries like France, who not only treat their women like crap at work, but are hypocritical and like to criticize others about it. Well maybe I’m a bit exaggerating. France isn’t that bad regarding that. Unless you’re a veiled woman. Actually you won’t even find work anyway, so technically one can’t be treated badly at work.

There’s also something you see this all the time here: people, especially women, come to France and say stuff like they’ve “emancipated” from “strict islamic rule” or whatever, calling themselves specialists and writing books about it, and getting a lot of subventions to do it. In truth a lot of them do that just so they’ll get asylum easily and just wanted to chill in France. Meanwhile if someone wants to write about the truth, they’ll leave them alone, or obstruct them. Reminds me of how some weeks ago, an imam guy who was invited on a French news channel told the journalist woman interviewing him that “France is one of the countries that follows islamic law the most”, which is true. And she panicked and said stuff like “do you realize what you’re saying?” And the guy put her in her place, saying she reacts like that because she only believe what others says, instead of digging deeper herself, and doesn’t know what islamic law is actually about.

Slightly related: For years now, I often watch Arirang TV, to laugh at the new form of comedy called K-Pop boys bands’ MVs. Sometimes their choreography or clothes are so ridiculous I’m sure they do it on purpose. Then I feel sad and pity for them thinking of how much they’re exploited by SM entertainment and the like. Anyway. The channel also broadcast tons of documentaries about Japan’s barbarities during WW2 like comfort women and how the current Japanese government doesn’t want to apologize for it or even admit it. Apparently most school textbooks in Japan don’t mention it. I wonder if a Japanese person with Getter Guts will make an anime about this someday. Though I guess it’ll only be through a kickstarter or something as big companies won’t allow it. There’s probably a manga about it already if one looks hard enough.

Anyway Cross Ange is great and you should watch it. You should watch it yourself instead of listening to people who say it’s just random fanservice or misogynistic. It isn’t any more misogynistic than the majority of anime these days anyway. Makes me think of how I recently noticed what most people probably already know: When a Japanese game company calls a female character “the heroine” in interviews, it’s literally a nice way of saying she’s here just for the main character’s lust. Anyway.

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