A Silent Voice A War Of Different Mediums

Silent Voice has been out for a while now and it’s been widely received as a masterpiece with many saying it’s better than Your Name. Unlike with Your Name, Silent Voice was adapted from a manga and whenever any form of print is turned into a film there is that repetitive argument that always pops up over and over again. Which was better the book or the movie or in this case manga.

A general consensus from people was that the film was enjoyable and although they had to cut some character development and a few other moments it stayed mostly true to the source material and many of the fans could not find any major faults in that regard.

Until they discuss the ending of both story’s, where the storm of the argument lies with voices on each side either saying the manga version was better and the other side saying the films version was better. Well I’m here to tell you warring factions that both of you are correct.

Books and Movies are different mediums and what happens in books does not always translate well into film, The Killing Joke was proof of that. So for the sake of the film some parts need to be changed otherwise you end up with dissatisfied patrons who just want to forget what they saw and critics who could potentially ruin you and your mother going on and on how you could have made a masterpiece if you just changed the ending. But that is not to say that the manga ending does not have a satisfying conclusion.

For those who have only seen the film the manga version ends by both Ishida and Nishimiya opening a door to join their old classmates after the coming of age ceremony but not actually showing the reunion.

This ending leaves the reader to imagine what will happen once they open the door. Literary works can reach a satisfying conclusion while also giving us enough to chew on to imagine what has happened. The film structure of Silent Voice demanded a different ending to satisfy the minds of the patrons.

Ishida is walking through a crowd overhearing there conversations with even a few people talking about him he then puts his hands up to his ears blocking out the sound all around, then he looks up.

When the X’s over people’s faces flutter down on the ground. His tears that fall are filled with relief as he can now he can finally forgive himself.

In the book of Crying The Natural and Cultural History Of Tears. There is a sentence that relates perfectly back to his situation.

“Tears began to be granted a certain kind of power, both as a form of entreaty and as testimony to the crier’s honesty and integrity.”

With this powerful emotional climax it sticks in our minds and satisfies us by knowing that he has finally forgiven himself and as the movie had cut large portions of the character development out it makes more sense to end it like this and with the very last scene before we cut to the words we have the two of them standing in a circle of light side by side in a unknown future.

So let me just conclude this by saying each story reached a satisfying end in it’s own medium and that is always fulfilling.

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Review: The High School Life Of A Fudanshi

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Summary

Ryo Sakaguchi is a regular high school boy, just like any other. He turns out to have a deep love for Boys’ Love. He could live on Boys’ Love alone! The High School Life of a Fudanshi is a hilarious slice-of-life comedy about Fudanshi Sakaguchi and his jolly gang.

My Thoughts

The High School Life of a fudanshi is the truest representation of what a fudanshi is. In another anime series called ‘Kiss Him Not Me’ they used the fudanshi as the protagonist and I was hoping to see the true nature of an avid boy’s love fan, but no it devolved into an otome game and did not portray the true nature of a fudanshi at all as it only showed only one aspect, the obsessed fangirl stereotype. The High School Life Of A Fundanshi shows all aspects of the fudanshi experience the good and the bad.

The Main Characters

Ryo is not gay or an effeminate man, he just prefers to ship guys together. With the plot just revolving around what he and his friends getting into some of the most hilarious conversations as well as situations.

Rumi the fangirl who grew around up around the Otaku culture, who befriends Ryo after a small mountain of awkwardness, these two explore the boundless world that is BL together.

Toshiaki the typical guy friend of Ryo’s who isn’t into BL at all. Often mistaken for a girl from behind and questions his friends sexuality more than once. He has a tendency to play the straight man in almost all situations.

I won’t go into the side characters as they are so two dimensional you would take about one second to figure them out, but I will say they are all BL fodder, they are there to put BL into situations and make the series funny that is what they are there for and they do this part well.

The Grand

The episodes are three minutes long so it does not overstay it’s welcome nor does it drag on; it’s quick, it’s direct and the jokes stick the landing even in English and you can marathon this sucker without having to tape your eyes open at the start of the next day. Through out the series we are taken into the wonderful world of a Fudanshi, reading about the insane fangirls who plague fan forums who constantly choke down BL fodder as if it were there last meal, having Ryo meet someone just like him in the real world and forging a connection made entirely out of there perversions. It truly is art-imitating life in this aspect and pure to what is down to earth boys love community.

The Bad

While the art style is very beautiful for such a small production it can be quite lazy in some scenes, with the close ups and the darkened background with no lip movements and only dialogue, I understand the character is talking in his head but they reuse it so much it becomes agitating especially when they use chibi characters with minimal movements or use deconstructed art, when you have such limited time you need to put your best foot forward.

The series is episodic in nature and can get tedious after a while giving you a sense of de ja vu because you thought you clicked on the next episode not replayed it. Also you would think this series would be blaring out a obvious BL play by play situations, but they simply aren’t there or are very watered down. Of course like any anime series there are hints at it much like with the yuri in a girls slice of life show, they tease you with the idea even setting up the scene but it never plays out it’s quite the cock tease, which generally makes me enraged as I hate these fake outs but in defense of the series these are more close bro relationships that barley tread into the homo, the flirting between the guys is shown that of a closeness.

The Setting and Music

As for most anime the setting takes place at a school, big shocker there right, but it is co-ed which I find rather fascinating, in a BL series it’s almost like girls don’t exist, they are used mainly as cannon fodder casting and generally either spewing exposition or being a fake out love interest though we know it isn’t ever going to happen. Here in this series they actually play around with this idea and it’s actually seen as possible more than a few times.

And as for the music Sekai wa Boy Meets Boy, it is the perfect ending song for this anime, it’s quick, it’s catchy and it is memorable and plays off Ryo’s fantasies. There’s not much left to say, the song did its job and did it well.

The Shipping

Rumi and Ryo make the perfect pair of friends because of their love for BL. You don’t hope that they will get together and whenever it’s hinted that it could happen it’s immediately disproven with comical scenes of hostility proving that these people cannot get together.

While many of the side characters are given possible romantic attachments to the guys their flirting with, it goes nowhere, it’s more of a visual fan service to all the BL lovers watching as their imagination can fill in the rest.

The Conclusion

The embarrassment from buying a BL novel while despairing over spending vast amounts of money they part with to get that elusive doujhinshi that they have waiting three years to find.

These are all the emotions real Fudashi have felt for their beloved fandom. This series is perfect for anyone who is a fundashi or is introducing them to BL culture but be warned this series can get a little tedious after a while. I give this series three and a half stars.

How To Sew A French Seam

French seams and parisans have many things in common, there high maintance, complicated, have a tendency to make you cry out in frustration and look absolutely stunning (though I loathe it admit). Anyway today I am going to teach you how to sew one of these annoying little pests.

First you want to have the good sides of the fabric facing outward and the bad sides facing inward, to tell them apart I suggest you mark the bad side of the fabric to tell which side to sew on.

Now because my seam allowance is 1cm I’m going to sew 0.5cm down the side, place the fabric on the edge of the foot, for those with domestics figure out where the .05cm is. Then start sewing and like when you hook up with a guy or girl remember go as slow or as fast as you feel comfortable with because if you rush you can make mistakes and 70% of those times when you rush, an accident occurs and trust me you do not want that.

Once it is sewn get out your scissors (these are mine there kind of big), use whatever pair you feel comfortable with. There’s no shame in using a small pair no matter what anyone else says, the more control you have when doing this the better. You don’t want to get to close to the stitching otherwise the pieces of fabric will all fall apart, now that’s done lets go to the iron.

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Iron both sides and then with the seam allowance iron it to one side. Fold the fabric with the seam right down the middle make sure it’s not over to one side, right down the middle. Then iron it down to make it stay. Don’t over iron otherwise it will create shinny patches.

Back to the sewing machine, now you want it as close to the foot to get 0.5cm this is where the rest of the seam allowance is going, remember control is key without control you’re just like that character on the walking dead, you all know which one I’m talking about.

Open the seam to check that there aren’t any stray threads and then iron the seam open and tada a beautiful french seam. Now I decided to do .5cm on the inside and outside but you guys can go smaller, you can sew .7cm on the inside and a .3cm on the outside and you can go even smaller, I have heard of the legendary .1cm seam it is a fable among sewers but some believe it to be true. I would suggest that you would you use this seam in shear fabrics and any fabric that is weak as french seams are strong.

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Blue Exorcist Season 2 What is going on?

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Finally at long last the new season of Blue Exorcist came out and when I first watched it I was confused, extremely confused because the first season didn’t seem to be following through to the second season from where we left off and instead we are starting off from episode 17 where Amaon attacks the group and Rin shows off his flames which we see in a flashback, honestly if they hadn’t added that flashback scene I would have been continually confused for the rest of the episode of what was happening. With the first episode of season 2 jumping off at this point it makes the first season disheveled and quite confusing if you have only watched the anime because those who have read the manga know that after episode 17 in the first season all the episodes became filler. At the time of the release of season 1 there was only 9 manga’s in the series at that time so they had to assume how they should end the season, so they gave a rather ambiguous ending that was ever so slightly cheerful with twist of adventure and resolved issues between characters.

This ending was ruined by the first episode season two where I found out that we were going off from episode 17 instead of where the anime originally left off, all the development from episode 17 completely evaporated, Yukio is no longer a demon he’s still human, Rin and Yukio still have there walls up to each other which is really sad and now we have to continue with Rin’s friends being weird to him after finding out that he is the son of Satan and we have to re-go over that whole ordeal which is rather annoying.

Although the disappearance of the character growth leaves a disgusting bitter taste that lingers on my tongue this does bring the story back to it’s roots and we can get on track to the original fight with Satan.

Fixing what has gone wrong seems to be the major point of this season and I am honestly excited for this as I hope to get a better resolution between characters with a stronger adhesive. We will have to forgive the first season quite a lot in those terms but as long as you stick to the original manga story line I will be happy and the fans will be happy, for we know what happens when you piss off the fans.

The first episode of season 2 looks great we have a set up of the storyline starting with the impure King and then the cram school going off to Koyto for a training trip I won’t give you anymore details than this as I have no wish to spoil the enjoyment of this episode. Although I found this episode enjoyable but it was also jarring as the flow of how things are set up are out of order I believe we return to a natural flow by episode 2 or 3.