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February 25, 2006

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Chuckles

Wow! Now I am actually surprised that you are just getting around to Cowboy Bebop. I mean, even for people who arent anime afficonados I would have thought that CB would be top on the list. I await your take on its phenomenal soundtrack - the output of someone whose work I have plugged before on this blog: Yoko Kanno. The soundtrack alone gets me: Not to mention the ambience of the animation itself and the solidity of the plot and storyline (in some instances, surpassing that of Samurai X, etc). Kanno is simply a genius and I wish productions like hers were more representative of modern Japanese music than the current crop of dominant JPop stars.
While we are on the topic; the director of Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe has had another solid work out for about 2 years now: Samurai Champloo. This is another seriously solid piece - and one could write reams upon reams of papers on such topics as "Race in the Japanese mind" and "The Japanese response to American occupation" and "Sexual Politics: Japan and the West" and "Is Japanese society frozen in time" and "Japanese anachronisms: Confusing Categories in a postmodern world" and "The Mythical Past of Japanese Imagination" - I say, one could write reams, I tell you, of such papers, simply by watching this series.

Gdr

You ask, "How can any sane adult so erase the distinction between fiction and reality as to invest his or her emotions in a bunch of colored-in lines?"

Am I to take it that you were unmoved by Nausciaa and that you watched it only for the animation technique?

Abiola

"I await your take on its phenomenal soundtrack - the output of someone whose work I have plugged before on this blog: Yoko Kanno."

I can't see that there's more to say other than that I agree she did a fabulous job.

"Shinichiro Watanabe has had another solid work out for about 2 years now: Samurai Champloo"

I've put that on my too-see-list. Mixing jidaigeki anime with hip-hop looks a tough act to pull off well.

"Am I to take it that you were unmoved by Nausciaa and that you watched it only for the animation technique?"

Sure, I was moved by the *story*, but I wasn't so moved as to actually *fall in love* (let alone lust) with Princess Nausicaa or anything ...

Gdr

But how could you possibly be moved by the story? It's just a bunch of line drawings.

Abiola

God, what a troll ... Sure, get a stiffy over your Sailor Moon dolls for all I care.

Gdr

You're welcome to express your disgust for people who fantasize about cartoons, but it's quite disingenuous to pretend that you "just can't figure out what sort of mental pathology would drive someone to such a state".

If you can understand that there might be erotic potential in the paintings of Rubens, or pin-up art, or the airbrushed models in fashion adverts, even if you don't share it yourself, then it surely takes only a little more imagination to understand the attraction of cartoons.

After all, the fantasy that Halle Berry (or whoever) will have sex with you involves no more imagination than the corresponding fantasy about Sailor Moon.

Abiola

"If you can understand that there might be erotic potential in the paintings of Rubens, or pin-up art, or the airbrushed models in fashion adverts, even if you don't share it yourself, then it surely takes only a little more imagination to understand the attraction of cartoons."

The fallacy here is that you imagine that I necessarily see erotic potential in any of those things, when the fact is that I don't. I've never been turned on by a painting or pin-up art, and nothing is more boring than looking at some airbrushed creature in a magazine.

"After all, the fantasy that Halle Berry (or whoever) will have sex with you involves no more imagination than the corresponding fantasy about Sailor Moon."

Another fallacy; at least Halle Berry is an actually existing fellow human with the right anatomical parts to do the deed and who has to sleep with *somebody*.

Gdr

I never suggested you saw any erotic potential in Rubens yourself. (Few do, these days; his nudes are not in the modern taste.) The question is whether it is reasonable to claim that someone who does is mentally ill.

jeet

Have you ever found yourself attracted to a fictional character from a novel or short story, where you don't even have colored-in lines?

Abiola

"Have you ever found yourself attracted to a fictional character from a novel or short story, where you don't even have colored-in lines?"

Sexually attracted? No. What's there to be attracted to?

Randy McDonald

Are you skeptical of fan fiction as a whole or about fan fiction as wish fulfillment?

Abiola

How many atrociously written stories about perfect character A confessing undying love for perfect character B can one possibly stand? The Ron Moores of fan-fiction are exceedingly rare: most people who practice it are simply literary parasites using others' work to illustrate their wet dreams. If fanfiction writers at least had the guts to attempt their own material rather than leaching off someone else's creative efforts, at least I'd respect them for that much, their utter lack of literary talent notwithstanding, but most don't even have the courage or self-respect to wish to attempt something original. Frankly speaking, fanfiction writing is intellectual property theft, and I think rightly so: the last thing the world needs is the encouragement of highly derivative imitations of pre-existing work.

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