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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Russel Wilson and Phillip Rivers Are the Real Deal:

I was pretty harsh on the current starting quarterbacks of the NFL.  I think I neglected the performances of two solid starters who have been around for a long time and proven their worth over these many years.  Both, strangely, from North Carolina State.

Russel Wilson has done wonders with the Seahawks, even winning a Super Bowl.  They're in playoff position this year as well.  I have no doubt he'll be a legend by the end of his career.

Meanwhile Phillip Rivers has been a workhorse over at San Diego.  He continues to accumulate record amounts of yards and touchdowns and maintains an amazing completion percentage across decades of work.  He may not have as many playoff wins to show for it, but that isn't his fault, it's because the rest of the team can't keep up with him.  His touchdown to interception ratio shows a cool hand at work and his loyalty to the same team across his entire career is really touching.

It looks like Supergirl has already ended for the year.  This will be the last week of The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow as well, until well into 2017.  On the bright side, Luke Cage Season 2 was announced, so the Marvel tv franchise is still going strong.  The bowl season is looking really fun, with 12 of 14 SEC teams making it to the post-season.  No doubt the SEC will dominate yet again, and Alabama will win yet another title.

In comparison, the American conference has 7/12 teams.  The ACC has 11/14.  The Big 12 has 6/10.  The Big 10 has 10/14.  Conference USA has 7/13.  Independents have 2/4.  The MAC has 6/12.  The Mountain West has 7/12.  The Pac 12 has 6/12.  And the Sun Belt has 6/11.

The Bowl Challenge Cup is always the most interesting aspect of bowl season.  The SEC won last year with an amazing 9 wins to 2 losses.  Watch it repeat this year as well.

The four teams I predicted would be in the college football playoff were indeed picked.  It wasn't a difficult pick this time.  Wisconsin vs. unbeaten Western Michigan will make for a very interesting Cotton Bowl.

Assassination Classroom S2 has come out subbed in blu-ray, so now's the chance to rewatch this series in its finest form as well.  First Vivid, now Assassination Classroom, what will come out next?

Why did the North Attack Us?:

1861 was decades before the first sizable presence of Jews in America, certainly the presence of Jews with any level of power, wealth, influence, or authority in the country.  Therefore, the convenient catch-all excuse of 'the Jews did it!' does not fly in the case of the Civil War.  This shows that whites, influenced by the universalist principles of Christianity and the secular humanist principles of the enlightenment, are perfectly willing to be just as liberal, to fanatically fight and die for liberalism, as they are in the present day due to the 'evil jewwwwwwwws'.

There were many practical causes of the Civil War -- Republicans wanted to open up more land for settlement in the West and the South was denying important bills like railroad construction and the homesteading act.  They wanted to ship their goods down the Mississippi without paying a toll.  They wanted higher tariffs on imported goods to help out their manufacturing industry.  They wanted a united continent to avoid domestic conflicts in the future.  They wanted to end slavery because it was a low-wage threat to the value of their own labor.  So on and so forth.  But these cold, calculating folks never could have motivated hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers to go charge hopelessly into lines of fire and get mowed down one after the next like at Fredericksburg.  It takes something a little more passionate and serious in a person's soul to die for than 'free transit of corn down the Mississippi!'

No, the reason all those Northerners were willing to invade our lands and meddle with our own folkways is because they were on a moral crusade that would not be denied.  They found slavery abhorrent and would pay any price to put an end to it.  It wasn't even that they wanted to not be responsible for it as co-conspirators by belonging to the same nation and enforcing laws like the fugitive slave act.  If that were the issue the secession of the South was already a sufficient cure to the issue, they could have washed their hands of the institution and been morally pure forever after.  They hated slavery so much that it was not allowed to exist anywhere on Earth, no matter who was doing it.  They would have sailed to the antipodes to stomp out slavery, they were so morally incensed.

And what were they so mad about, that they would rather die than go on viewing for one more second?

1)  Slaveowners raping their women slaves.
2)  The whipping of recalcitrants.
3)  Putting people in chains like they were chattel.
4)  Breaking up nuclear families for the sake of profit.
5)  Denying them an education, especially since as a result they could no longer read the Bible and form a personal relationship with God like proper protestants must.
6)  Robbing enterprising blacks of their opportunity to improve their circumstances and achieve the American Dream by keeping them down or just taking too large a share of their wages.

Most Northerners at this point believed in paint job theory -- that blacks were just white people with an unfortunate splash of black paint over their bodies spilled onto them at birth.  If whites would just educate and edify blacks, give them proper incentives and the support of the Holy Teachings, they would turn out just as polished, productive, noble and virtuous as any white person.  They understood this would be difficult and would take multiple generations after the slaves were freed, because they were starting from such an inferior position, but ultimately blacks were just like us, had souls, were natural born philosophers, and were being cruelly mistreated for no rational reason but simply because it suited the greedy South to be barbaric towards and exploit them in this manner.

The above objections are almost all mythical.  Yes, in limited circumstances, all these things occurred, but it was well beyond the norm in all cases.  The South took better care of their slaves than northerners took of their own workers, they did try their best to save their souls and make them good Christians, they just felt 'a little bit of learning can do a great deal of harm,' and that blacks were not intellectually capable of reading up and interpreting subjects for themselves.  Families were kept together for generations, both slaves and owners, and were treated as one big family who shared the plantation as their home.  Slaves raised their owner's children in an atmosphere of mutual love and trust.  Slaves received 90% of the product of their labor in goods in kind or wages, with the remaining 10% just barely enough to pay off the massive price of the initial investment of purchasing them.  (Back then, a black man was worth $100,000, something they aren't nearly worth anymore.)

Most enterprising blacks that showed they had a good head on their shoulders were allowed to train for more complicated jobs, get an education, earn wages (that were not wholly taken from them), and eventually even purchase their own freedom.  Slaveowners found that these slaves were worth a lot more to them as budding entrepreneurs than just one more farmhand and didn't resent in the least their increased productivity.  No doubt some 'dreamers' were denied and dreams deferred, but there were probably just as many Irish up North who could have done a lot better kept down by Northern indifference.  It's just a silly mote in your neighbor's eye situation.

The reason why the South insisted on slavery remaining in place was not out of a diabolical plan to have ready access to black female flesh (ewww), the tremendous wage-earning power of blacks (most of the South didn't have any slaves and most slave owners still worked hard regardless), an insensible hatred born of pure prejudice and demonic sadism, or whatever the North thought of us.

Originally, the South was so inhospitable to settlement that whenever whites tried to people it, they would just drop dead of various diseases.  Jamestown barely hung on for centuries like this, with only continuous shiploads of new people from abroad keeping the settlement from dying out.  It was during this period that slaves were first 'tried out' as an alternative to white settlement, and it turned out they had an evolved compatibility with the climate and thrived where we failed.  Only blacks could farm the hot, humid, and malarial South, and the only way to get them was through the purchase of slaves.  We actually tried to use indentured servants, Indians, and hardy pioneers for a long time before we first tried out blacks, and none of it worked in the least.  Unlike the North, the land was just too harsh.

Once blacks had converted all the malarial swamps into normal cotton, tobacco, and sugar plantations, whites could move in and settle the area as well, so the land became less harsh over time as the South was terraformed into somewhat livable circumstances.  Even then, it was full of dangers like yellow fever that claimed white people's lives all the time.  Life in the South was by no means easy for Southerners, we were much poorer and much more likely to die than our Northern neighbors who were living the high life in mosquito-free climates.  Even with the aid of genetically superhuman black workers, it was like trying to settle the moon just scrabbling by day to day.  It didn't help that the Apache and Comanche tribes were all located in the South as well.  The Texas Rangers had to be the hardiest men on Earth to face off against these vast empires with just a few good men in between their settlements and the rape, torture, and massacre of all whites in the area.  Not to mention Santa Ana, Mexican bandittos, and slave revolts like in Haiti whose sole intent was the rape and murder of every last living white person.

The South did not have the luxury of freeing the slaves.  They had enough trouble on their plates just living day to day.  They knew that if the slaves were freed, a destructive force would be let loose in society that would bring the whole thing down.  Total civilizational collapse.

Slaves that were simply let loose onto the world with no minders would revert to their violent and barbaric roots, shucking off the veneer of Christianity and loving charity that firm discipline required of them as slaves.  Blacks were 'half devil, half child,' and could not be expected to take care of themselves or treat others as they deserved when left alone.  Even ignoring black nature, their resentment against their owners (completely unmerited and driven to fever pitch by outside agitators, by the way) was such that there was a good chance that blacks, who outnumbered whites in many areas, would seize the opportunity of their freedom to plot vengeance and massacre against their former masters.  It would be like releasing millions of prisoners from Stalingrad and allowing them to rejoin the ranks of your enemy, rearm, and organize a new assault on mother Russia with a declared intent at genocide if they should win.  Who does that?  Who in their right mind says, 'well, gee, it would be mean to keep them prisoners so I guess it can't be helped?'

Black crime, civil war with enraged Haitian-like black vengeance seekers, even this wasn't the biggest issue.  The fact is that Haiti's economy under slavery was the jewel of the west.  It made mega bucks for the owners and at times Britain valued it more than the entirety of the North American continent it made so much in profit.  More settlers actually moved to the Caribbean (and massively more slaves were imported there) than the entire North American continent, there was so much money to be made via the mass manufacturing of cash crops and their sale abroad.  But once the slaves revolted, abandoned all the complex machinery that made sugar refining possible, and returned to subsistence farming, the economy collapsed into the Haiti we know and love today.  The South knew that the same economic disaster would occur were slaves to be freed here as well.  The entire economy of the South was powered by the mass manufacturing of cash crops that were then sold to Britain and others in exchange for higher-end goods.  If the slaves were freed, they wouldn't cooperate in these massive enterprises anymore, the efficiencies of scale and the discipline of hard labor would be abandoned, and they would lose their ability to produce anything but food for themselves or trade for anything else.  The South, one of the richest places on Earth with the highest quality of living, would be thrown back into Medieval Serfdom with the wave of a single hand.  Even the blacks would be poorer and worse off than before.

Indeed, this was exactly what happened.  When the slaves were freed, the southern economy fell into a severe depression.  Freed slaves, now with nowhere to go and no useful job skills, died by the millions.

The South never recovered.  Certainly, there were parts of the South that simply moved on to the industrial era and started making steel or whatever, but large parts of the South in the 1900's were poorer than the South of 1861.  Certainly black lives had seen no improvement in this entire time, and it had nothing to do with their lack of political power.  (Blacks have plenty of political power in places like Detroit, Selma, etc., today, and their lives are worse than slavery ever was, so that clearly isn't the solution).  It took the invention of air conditioning, FDR's electrification and other anti-poverty programs concentrated in the South, and the availability of non-union cheap labor in the South that attracted Northern manufacturers to set up new camp here as a free trader's paradise to actually turn the region around.  Until then it was like Faulkner said, 'the past isn't dead, it isn't even past.'

We also understood that blacks were fundamentally, biologically inferior to whites and that miscegenation between the two would lead to a degradation of the white race down to the level of blacks, not an uplifting of the blacks to our standard.  We deeply feared this miscegenation being made legal (which was inevitable once blacks were treated as equal, free 'humans' and 'citizens' under the law) at a time when nearly half the South's population was black.  The region of southern belles and beautiful mansions would have reverted back to an African hellhole in just a few generations if the North were to have its way.  Luckily this bullet was dodged by the Ku Klux Klan overthrowing reconstruction with guerilla terrorist resistance, and Jim Crow laws being instituted that kept segregation alive for another century.  During this century, the black population in the South decreased, as a percentage, significantly.  Lots of blacks moved North to seek a land with less prejudice (good riddance!), many just couldn't hack it in a free market, and lots of white immigrants flowed into Southern areas to bolster our numbers.  By the time miscegenation became legal, in 1960, there were enough whites in the South to cushion the blow and keep civilization going.

The South was an insanely tough place to live for whites before slavery, during slavery, and after slavery.  It was like settling the Moon, or the Congo, or Mordor.  The environment was against us, the natives were against us, the Mexicans were against us, our own workers were against us, and our own countrymen were against us and always stirring up trouble and taxing the hell out of us and doing everything else they could to ruin our lives.

Like any moral white person, we certainly didn't relish mistreating or hurting others.  We felt the same pangs of conscience as the abolitionists did about whipping slaves or putting metal collars around their necks and dragging them back south so that they could till our crops again.  But unlike the North, we weren't sitting so pretty that our morals could get in the way of our hard bitten reality.  The only alternative to our way of life was mass death and destruction.  The North never understood us because they never walked a day in our shoes, and just assumed we were doing all of this out of pure sadistic pleasure.  That same picture is drawn of us in the Yankee derived media of today, except for lone, wonderful exposes of the truth that glimmer through in movies like Gone with the Wind and Gods and Generals.

The North benefited from slavery nearly as much as the South did.  First off, they benefited from the tariffs they levied on the South, just straight out taking a large chunk of our revenue every year to spend on themselves.  Second off, the North had a massive industry around buying Southern cotton and turning it into finished goods in textile mills.  Third off, the South used their hard currency gained from selling stuff to Britain to buy stuff made in the North, which the North turned around and used as financial instruments or to buy stuff abroad.  Without the actual product the rest of the world wanted, our cotton, tobacco, sugar, etc, the North wouldn't have had the silver or gold, the reliable currency, to keep their own economy liquid and above water.  Most of the world was completely uninterested in what Northerners had to sell, their manufactures were inferior to Britain's and everything was behind protectionist trade barriers anyway.  If not for the South buying stuff from the North, they would have had to resort to subsistence farming and lived little better than the stone age.

When was the proper time to end slavery?  When it was no long economically useful.  Probably when tractors were invented.

What was the proper way to end slavery?  We should have bought out the slaves as a public, tax-payer funded project, with both the North and South chipping in.  Part of the money would go to refund the white slave owners who made massive investments in slaves at a time when it was a perfectly legal act, so that they wouldn't suddenly be bankrupted from their property randomly being stolen from underneath them.  This massive influx of new capital to replace the old capital of slaves would have gone far to creating new industries in the South that could compete with the North and give us new, high paying jobs to flock to once the plantations were gone.  The other part of the money would be a lump sum paid to blacks to take up a ship back to Africa (a much safer and less crammed journey than when they came here) and build new homes in the still relatively empty continent.  Every black would return to Africa with a fortune that would make them kings in their new land, with the education and training to make a living farming without any problems once they made landfall.  We could even promise them military protection and ethnic cleansing of the natives until they'd put down roots and could fend for themselves.  I assure you all of this would have been cheaper than the death and destruction of the Civil War.

It was sheer hatred that compelled the North to end slavery in blood and fire instead of peacefully and over a negotiating table.  They thought we were morally repugnant and wanted to kill us, to punish us for our sins.  They had no interest in peace and so they brought war.  Against an opponent like that, all reasonable options were cut off and all we could do was defend ourselves to the last man.  As it turned out, that didn't work either and there was really nothing we could do once the religious fervor and moral righteousness of the North had reached its fever pitch.

Liberalism today is on the exact same crusade for equality that the Union soldiers were on at the battle of Cold Harbor.  Their intensity hasn't wavered and their hatred of us has never changed.  They openly advocate for our extinction, just like they attempted to do on the battlefield centuries ago.  They've learned nothing from the centuries-long human experiment of 'paintjob theory', which has been so thoroughly debunked by reality that only religion can explain their still-unchanged beliefs.  When a fire burns so hot you charge the stone wall of Fredericksburg four times in a row, you really don't need Jews to say or do anything more.  Liberals, anti-racist whites, have been in our midst from the very beginning and have been out to get us from the very beginning.  The moment their lives became affluent enough that they felt they had the leeway to 'better' others, their noblesse oblige instincts have been firing on all cylinders ever since.  Their altruism, their idealism, whatever you want to call it, they've been on crusade ever since.  If it wasn't freeing the slaves it was freeing the Philippines, or stopping Communism, spreading Democracy to Europe, or converting the middle East to a new dawn of freedom.  Or it was women's suffrage, gay rights, open borders, transgenders, you name it.  They are always on crusade and this stuff was going on centuries before Jews ever lied about anything.  It's like affluence is poison to these people, they lose all sense of purpose in their own lives because it's all too easy, and so instead they seek out purpose by meddling in the lives of others and righting wrongs, slaying dragons all across the world.

In my permapost where I try to explain how the world, which had been progressing for thousands of years, suddenly turned around circa 1930, went insane, and is now avidly trying to cast itself back into the stone age, "What Happened?", I said that idle hands were the devil's work, and most people couldn't handle the work-free transition that machines have made possible in the modern era.  They turned to hedonism to fill the vacuum and, in order to maintain the right to their own bad habits, they had to defend the bad habits of others as well.  So was born the 'coalition of the fringes' that is now the vast majority of the world threatening to swamp the last vestiges of civilization.

There's an interesting addendum to this theory, which says that some people became affluent sooner than others across the world, and thus fell into this moral sickness before the others.  The North was the most affluent place on Earth in the 1800's.  Far richer than the South or any other place on Earth, a Northerner, especially a settler who had been there for a long time, lived in a veritable Eden of plenty.  They lived longer than anyone else, they were taller and ate more meat, no enemies dared war with them from any direction for their entire lifespans, you could have any number of children and give them all enormous plots of easily tillable land.  Every convenience was ready at hand, from the newest inventions, to the newest music, to the newest fashionable clothes, with banks ready to loan anyone money.  If you read the book Little Women, which was set during the Civil War and concerned a middle class family supported by a lone petty pastor, they had richer feasts than people normally have today, huge parties with all the finest dresses, and trips to Europe just for fun.  This was not considered an aberration, but the norm, even for the lower middle class of the North.  This was a family with four children, maintained through the labor of just one man at a rather easy job, who wasn't even there to provide for them at the time because he was busy killing us Southerners instead.

But the North was full of people of such religious intensity, descended from Puritans and Methodists, that they did not succumb to hedonism as a result of their affluence like people do today.  Instead they fell to another temptation, which was 'do-gooding.'  Since there was nothing left to do in their own lives, they went around trying to solve everyone else's problems instead, and asserting their rigid moral code on everyone else, just like they pegged scarlet letter's on adulterers and banned Christmas in the past.  This may have been a fine pastime, if they weren't totally clueless as to other people's circumstances and all their meddling wasn't just producing more harm than good for the people they were ostensibly crusading around for.  But the same arrogance that possessed them to search out demons abroad compelled them not to take into any consideration what their opponents were saying.

It is not unusual for highly educated, productive, rich, seemingly good people to be fervent liberals.  They can't be hand-waved off as just wanting free sex and drugs.  Instead, they're members of the same Puritan class as we saw take up arms in 1861.  They're religious fanatics, who have far too much free time on their hands, are far too wealthy, and find purpose in do-gooding, just like before.  And just like before, they refuse to listen to anyone who tells them they aren't do-gooding at all, but just meddling.  Because if they aren't allowed to do-good, then what is the meaning and purpose of their lives?  What do they have left to do?  They are sick unto death of luxury and want something challenging and hard again to tackle.  The more intelligent, virtuous, and rich they are, the less challenging their lives, the more desperate they are to fill the vacuum.  What could be harder than uplifting all the poor and benighted of the world to first world living standards?  What could be harder than uplifting the Negro?  And so that's what they latch onto.  The most destructive possible policies precisely because they are the most destructive, and thus the most challenging problems left on Earth to tackle.  They welcome the size of the problems they're actively importing into our lives.  They don't have enough troubles in life and want to flood our borders with them, as much trouble as they can possibly handle, because that's what gives them purpose and leads to a life of fulfillment on their part.  Not actually solving problems, which are genetic and thus intractable, but simply fighting against them as long as they live, which is like nirvana to them.

I'm not sure if liberals can be saved.  I feel like there must be something genetic to their own behavior, for it to last this long and this unalterably through the centuries.  But presuming they are just mistaken and can be enlightened on how to actually live a good life in the modern era, I would tell them this.  "Personal fulfillment doesn't mean solving all the world's woes through utopian schemes, it's living well and enjoying your life.  The modern era has in no way restricted your opportunity to do this, in fact it has contributed more than any other time.  Between the enriching experiences of anime, manga, video games, books, music, television, sports and movies, it is almost unthinkable that any free time will be left.  There is no vacuum in this experience, it's full of so many great minds thinking so many great things that you get to be in constant communion with, that you'll feel like you're bathing in the light of Wisdom and Providence from dawn to dusk.  Every day you emerge a better person than you were the day before, more full of love for others, with an even more gigantic treasure trove of memories that will bring smiles to your face by the day.  If you really, truly want to be of service to others, then go around telling others how good all this artwork is, so that they'll try it too, or make even more art yourself, and add to the pile that others might enjoy."  I've done both of these things myself, and am thus trying to do good and live a life of purpose and meaning myself, which does not mean spreading freedom to Iraq, but does mean spreading Beauty, Truth and Love to my own soul.

I cannot think of a better way to spend time than I already do.  Obviously, making money and reproducing is important, or everything will fall apart, but in our age of affluence many people can easily reach those goals and are left gaping like fish out of water for more.  The answer to that 'more' is to open your heart to the vicarious experiences of others.  Largely fictional existences.  Care about them, share their journeys, and you'll be a million people by the end.  Great souled.  Your vessel will be so full it'll be leaking from every edge, and there will still be more worthwhile stuff to try and stuff into it.

It is not uplifting blacks, transgenders, or muslims, a fool's crusade with a 0% probability of success.  It's just uplifting yourself.

Many Jews who are constantly crusading for the betterment of others are not doing so as Jews.  In fact I think this is true of most Jews.  They are doing it as liberals, for the same reasons as the liberals do it, with the exact same religious fervor and mindset as their high class liberal neighbors.  They are indistinguishable from each other.  Jews are also affluent and in search of purpose in their lives because their life is way too easy, even richer than white Northerners are, and so they inevitably fall into the same temptations and pitfalls as their Yankee brethren have and end up doing the exact same things.  They've even been influenced by the do-gooder enlightenment narrative that was originally written by us, not them, and so we have no one but ourselves to blame.

Some portion of Jews simply hate us, and out of resentment born from being a Jew and thus the 'other,' act with full knowledge and malice towards their host populations.  And of course, even when they are impelled by these motives, they cloak themselves in the slimy disguise of 'do-gooders' because they know they have a higher chance of success by doing so, and that they can never be caught when camouflaged by so many legitimate comrades keeping their numbers hidden.  But this wouldn't even be a real problem if the original group of do-gooders were purified.  They would have no one to hide behind, and no rhetoric to hide behind, without all these fellow travelers, and then their malice would be exposed and rejected by any right thinking person.  So going after malicious Jews is pointless.  They'll just say 'we're just do-gooder liberals.'  And then you're right back to confronting and defeating liberalism.  So you may as well just confront liberalism from the beginning.  They're the vast majority of our opponents, and even the vast majority of our Jewish opponents.  The only way out is through liberalism.

Nanoha Vivid BD Subbed:

The ever reliable fansubber Ron has released subbed Vivid blu-ray just days after the blu-ray raws came out in Japan.  Fantastic job.  It took years for the original blu-ray to just come out, but once it came out, America sure did its part by getting the fansubbed version out in a week.  As a result, the wait for this show's blu-rays is actually shorter than many others still are.  Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls, for instance, still has no subbed blu-ray release.  Nor does Sailor Moon Crystal.

Now's your chance to rewatch Vivid in its highest quality, most definitive form.  (And yes, lots of minor edits were made.)  I actually gave up on the bd ever being released and watched Vivid just a few months ago, so I'll wait a bit before rewatching them in blu-ray again, but for those who were patient enough to wait for the bd, this is the right time, and for those foolish enough to have never watched the show this is certainly the time to jump in.

Wake Up, Girls! Movie 3: Beyond the Bottom subtitled:

It took a year, but WUG is finally translated in full.  Nyaatorrents now has the appropriate subtitle and raw files necessary to complete this wonderful journey.  I already watched the movie raw due to my impatience so viewing it today counts as my second time.  No need for another rewatch after this!

WUG is the 2nd best idol show in terms of pure song and dance performances, only Love Live! has them beat, and the third movie continues that great tradition with their closing credits performance.  But the movie also had a lot of heart and characterization in it, as Nanami finally chooses the group over her potential solo career in a heart rending, perfectly executed scene.

Together with the previous Seishun no kage movie translation, WUG was the 27th best anime of 2016, even though the series was actually completed in Japan in 2015.  I'm just glad we finally got to join in on the fun.

What else will come out before the year is over?  Akatsuki no Yona's Zeno ova?  Dimension W's ova?  It feels like this year is so blessed that nothing would surprise me anymore.  To get this movie after I already announced 2016 the best year ever is like putting a chocolate covered cherry on top.

Just as refreshing, www.Working is getting better by the episode and I'm really warming up to the characters I used to hate.  Naruto is also back from filler.  The plot seems a little suspect, but by God the art and animation are amazing.  They're clearly trying their best to keep their fans lingering around for at least a little longer.  The #1 anime of all time is back and going strong as we head into the new year.

I predict no change in the CFP rankings.  Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington are in.  The playoff committee got a pretty easy pitch this time around, so I don't expect much drama behind this clear-cut decision.  Congratulations to South Alabama and Louisiana Lafayette reaching bowl eligibility as well.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Really Done This Time:

The gaiden side story's final chapter came out translated, so this manga is now officially over.  I don't feel like the gaiden added much to the original, but it wasn't terrible either.  The nice part is we get to see something genuinely ending for once, in an industry where popular works never end.  For instance, even Rurouni Kenshin is restarting in 2017.

Hayate no Gotoku may be ending this December.  Odds are Hata Kenjirou won't be able to tie up all the loose ends nearly that quickly though.  Bleach ended, but it was a total trainwreck because it was cancelled, it didn't actually get to tell its full story.

Angel Beats:  Heaven's Door ended, but it hasn't been translated, so it's no use to us in the USA.  The same is true of Bokukoku no Brynhildr and Squid Girl.  On top of that, Angel Beats is getting a new manga anyway, so it's not even done in Japan.

Akame ga Kill! may be ending this December, but its prequel isn't over so the franchise as a whole is still going strong -- and it will be quite a while before the prequel is fully translated even when it does finish in Japan.

When you add it all up, it turns out the only other manga that ended in 2016 and was translated in full was Assassination Classroom, but it's unnecessary to read that manga because the anime adapts it fully.  Of course, the same is true of Boku Dake, aside from the gaiden, which means of all things the only useful manga that came out this entire year is this very Boku Dake gaiden.  Assassination Classroom isn't even over, so long as the Q spinoff continues, so again we're left with Boku Dake as the only manga series that reached an actual conclusion as far as the USA is concerned in all of 2016.

It's possible a good manga premiered in 2016, but it's too early to know about it even if that has happened.  Manga takes many years just to get rolling and reach noticeable levels of popularity.  As things stand right now, no good manga premiered in 2016, and only one really ended.  That's manga for you, a dangerous habit that's even less reliable than anime in the end.

Meanwhile, as mentioned in passing last post, I finished Hataraku Maou-sama! volume 12 and  Idol Mahou Shoujo Chiru Chiru Michiru.  Another long term project finally put to rest.  Next up, alongside Majikoi S of course, is Osananajimi wa Daitouryou's Fandisk.  This visual novel franchise is my tenth favorite so I'm glad I'm finally finding the time to enjoy it.

Even if I received nothing else in life, if I just got to read/watch/play through to the ending of all my favorite series, I would be content.  That's fulfilling enough right there.  I don't even need any new series to be created ever again.  I just want to see the conclusion, the translated conclusion, of everything I've fallen in love with over all the years.  There's already enough stuff floating out there to spend a lifetime on, what needs to be focused on now is the discipline to actually finish what people have started.  For instance, we're on Final Fantasy XV right now.  How many more really need to be made?  How many Da Capo games do they intend on making by the end?  We're already at 30 or something!  As nice as another 'middle extension' may be, a thrilling conclusion to the storyline, that has the answers to all the original questions, is worth a lot more.  Before we're bogged down in endless filler, can't we just have all the most brilliant and sweetest moments laid out before us?  I think long time fans deserve that, before they die of old age.

Berserk has been going on for 30 years, One Piece for 20, and so on.  Star Wars will soon be reaching its 50th anniversary.  When is enough enough?  You'd have to be a lucky fan to see the whole story of this franchise.

Artists need to decide what message they are trying to get across with their work of art, convey it, and close the tome once and for all.  Like J.R.R. Tolkein did with Lord of the Rings.  There's a proper ending to every beginning, and no story is worth more than mush until it reaches that proper ending.  It's time to turn the page, and focus on the ending, not more excitement, more developments, more money and more entertainment.  Fans have devotedly followed these authors for decades, and they deserve to reach the peace of mind that is the resolution of all these sagas before they die.  People love these characters oftentimes more than anyone else in real life, and have formed lasting bonds with them and their worlds that have spanned decades, longer than most any marriages.  It's time to start thinking of them, instead of how things can be stretched out and embellished any further.

It's also time for google translate to perfect its AI translation program, so that properly finished works like PapaKiki can be read outside of Japan.  Or Solzenitsyn's Red Wheel series.  Or any of the other classics that lay rotting in dusty attics around the world that most of the world has never gotten a chance at yet.  They announced their breakthrough months ago, and then radio silence.  Let's get a move on Google, not everyone lives forever.  There are fans of PapaKiki dying every day who will now never get a chance to see the ending.  Every day.  Just like the author suddenly died at age 43, fans are also dying left and right.  Every one of them was passionately praying for a chance to read books 4-18 before that moment, and then bam, heart attack, cancer, car accident, murder.  That's a tragedy that can never be undone.  Dying once you've resolved everything in your mind and resigned all worldly ties?  No big deal.  Dying before the ending of PapaKiki?  That's a big deal.  We all deserve better than that hellish scenario.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016, Best Year Ever:

With Trump winning the presidency, the year is essentially over, no matter what happens from here onwards.  This was the last piece of the puzzle, the last block in the tetris game, and now that we know where it's fallen it's possible to look back on a year that defies all expectations.

The highlight of every year is its anime, and 2016 was no different.  My anime rankings keep track of what great anime series release what amount of content every year, going all the way back to the very first year a great anime was released, SDF Macross in 1982, and 2016 is no different:

2016 Year in Anime Reviewed:

2016 isn't entirely through, but for the sake of consistency and completion it's important that this year be documented in the chronology as well.  How do this year's shows stack up against each other so far, and what are they?

1.  Dragon Ball Super (universe tournament arc + Goku Black arc) + Dragon Ball Recut
2.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
3.  Love Live! Sunshine
4.  Hibike Euphonium S2
5.  Fairy Tail Zero + Fairy Tail Avatar arc beginning + ova
6.  Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 3rei    
7.  Brave Witches
8.  Girls und Panzer movie + ova
9.  Gate (2nd half)
10.  Kyoukai no Rinne S2  
11.  Sailor Moon Crystal III Death Busters-hen
12.  Macross Delta
13.  Utawarerumono S2 (2nd half)
14.  New Game
15.  Naruto - Itachi Shinden + Kaguya arc + Sasuke arc + Bolt movie + ova
16.  Tales of Zestiria the X (1st cour)
17.  Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
18.  Vivid Strike
19.  Rewrite (1st cour)
20.  Schwarzesmarken
21.  Shuumatsu no Izetta
22.  Kuromukuro
23.  Planetarian
24.  Princess Pretty Cure ending and movie + DX movie + Mahoutskai Precure 
25.  Boku dake ga Inai Machi
26.  Dimension W
27.  Assassination Classroom S2
28.  One Piece (dressrosa arc concluded + Zou arc begins)
29.  Koyomimonogatari + Kizumonogatari movie 1
30.  Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no kage (finally translated) 
31.  Berserk (2016) 
32.  Girlish Number
33.  Locodol ova 3
34.  Durarara x2 Ketsu + Ten Special + Ketsu special
35.  WWW.Working!! 
36.  'To Love-ru Darkness 2nd' ovas
37.  Code Geass Akito ova 5 (end) 
38.  Tamayura Graduation Photo ova 3  (finally translated) + ova 4
39.  Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls ova
40.  Non Non Biyori oav 
41.  Saki Biyori ova (finally translated)
42.  Sore ga Seiyuu ova
43.  Tari Tari ova (finally translated)

We're off to a good start for 2016.  Three stubbornly untranslated oav's have been translated.  Dragon Ball Super is no longer filler while Dragon Ball recut salvages the original Dragon Ball series from its filler hell.  Eleven new great series have already joined my pantheon.  2016 is a better year than 2015 was -- but then what else is new on that front?

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This year featured a lot of endings to long running series.  Proper endings that went all the way to the ending.  Naruto stands out above all the others, after so long it seems like a dream that we finally, finally reached the finish line.  (of the main, original storyline, at least.)

Other shows with nice endings include One Piece's Dressrosa Arc, which has been going for years, Princess Pretty Cure, Assassination Classroom, Durarara, Code Geass, Tamayura, Macross, and (soon) Hibike! Euphonium.

So eleven new series debuted in 2016 and nine long running series reached their proper finish.  Both of those numbers denote a very healthy industry.  And with 1 month left to go, there's even more to look forward to before the final tally is in.

Many series that came out this year didn't qualify as great shows but were good (watchable all the way through), so while we're looking back on the year as a whole I may as well include their titles as well:

When Marnie Was There 
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Musaigen no Phantom World 
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 
Glass to Hana to Kowasu Sekai 
Anthem of the Heart 
Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
High School Fleet
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

So that's ten more anime franchises that enriched our lives.  However little a contribution, they still did their part to make things a little brighter, and are thus deserving of remembrance and gratitude.  This just covers the new anime that came out this year, however.  I also (re)watched a lot of old anime this year as well, which had just as positive an impact as the stuff currently coming out.

Starting early this year, after the tv anime ended (for now), I rewatched all of Fairy Tail that had come out, including all the oavs and movies.  The project took all the way to November, but I got it done.  I enjoyed it all the way and even took a lot of pictures, creating my Beautiful Fairy Girls permapost in order to host them all.  This used to be my favorite anime of all time, and rewatching the series as it stands now didn't hurt my opinion of it, but the manga starts to be written very poorly after this point and as a result the anime's ceiling of potential has come down.  Instead we're stuck with Fairy Tail's anime at #6, much like the manga which is ranked #7.  Fairy Tail has always been a show with ups and downs, just like One Piece, Naruto, or Bleach.  But it's worth watching all the way through, even a third time in my case, because the ups are really up there among the best art ever made.

I completed my One Piece rewatch project, including all the way until the conclusion of the Dressrosa arc, so I watched that portion not once but twice this year alone.

I rewatched Fate/Kaleid Liner 2wei Herz.

I rewatched Gate.

I rewatched Maria-sama ga Miteru.

I rewatched season 1 of Galaxy Angel in glorious blu-ray.

I rewatched Majikoi to go along with my reading of the visual novel.

I rewatched Shirobako.

I rewatched Cowboy Bebop.

I rewatched Kin-iro Mosaic.

I rewatched Unlimited Fafnir.

I rewatched Little Busters.

I rewatched Flame of Recca.

I rewatched School Days.

I rewatched Joukamachi no Dandelion.

I rewatched Durarara Shou and Ten.

I rewatched Tamayura: Graduation Photo.

I rewatched Code Geass Akito.

I rewatched Assassination Classroom Season 1.

I rewatched Koyomimonogatari and Owarimonogatari.

I rewatched Hai to Gensou no Grimgar.

I rewatched Boku Dake ga Inai Machi.

I rewatched Evangelion.

I rewatched Record of Lodoss War.

I rewatched Nanoha Vivid.

I rewatched Sore ga Seiyuu.

I finished my rewatch of all the seasons of Pretty Cure and all of their movies, creating a perfect comparative Pretty Cure rankings guide, where every episode of every season went head to head with each other for the positions of last to first while doing so.

Now that Naruto's main storyline is over, I've begun rewatching it from the beginning as well.

I probably rewatched a lot of other shows but just forgot about having done so, but this will have to do for now.  The point is all of these shows I rewatched still made me very happy, just like the new shows did.  They're all part of my grand scheme to rewatch at least once every great anime I've ever ranked, to prove that my love for these shows was no flash in the pan but an enduring permanent true state of being.

For video games, I played a ton of WoW.  Warlords of Draenor version and Legion version.  I also played through the story mode of Naruto Shippuuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.  I'm currently playing Final Fantasy XV, a game that's been ten years in the making.  It was well worth the wait.  I played Tales of Zestiria to completion before the anime came out as well.

For books, I read Baka to Test 12.5. I read Zero no Tsukaima volume 19.  I read No Game No Life volumes 4-6.  I read volumes 3-4 of Hai to Gensou no Grimgar.  I read all of Spice and Wolf not covered by the anime.  I read all of Unlimited Fafnir not covered by the anime.  I read all of Hataraku Maou-sama! that's been translated that's not covered by the anime.  I read up to volume 8 of Baccano from where the anime ended.  I read SAO Progressive 1-3 and regular 16-17 (what's been translated at least).  I read Index New Testament.  I'm fully caught up on the Xanth series, including the just published Isis Orb.  I read Shikamaru's Story and Sakura's Story from the Naruto light novels.  I read some 12 Kingdoms short stories.

For movies of note, I watched Guardians of the Galaxy, 13 Hours, FF XV Kingsglaive + Brotherhood, Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-men: Apocalypse and Ant-Man.

I started my massive project to listen to all my Tales of video game music best of collection 100 times, which I'm still plodding forward with.  (Currently on Tales of Vesperia.)

I played thousands of games of Magic using over 60 of my own uniquely designed decks.

I finished the Hoshizora no Memoria visual novel.  I finished the Yuuki Yuuna visual novel.  I finished the original Majikoi visual novel, and made good progress on the sequel, Majikoi S.  I finished the Harmonia visual novel.  I finished the Imouto Paradise visual novel.  I finished the Koichoco visual novel.  I finished the Leisure of Grisaia.  I finished Clannad Side Stories.  I finished Idol Mahou Shoujo Chiru Chiru Michiru.

Two important manga ended this year, Bleach and Akame ga Kill! (the last chapter comes out this December).  Bleach ended the wrong way, with a million loose ends.  Akame ga Kill! ended the right way, with no loose ends.  As a result their manga rankings basically flipped, with Akame at #6 and Bleach at #12.  Still, that's two extraordinarily good manga finally coming to an end in the same year, which is something you just don't see very often.  I love these stories and neither will be forgotten. Freezing Zero and Freezing Pair Love Stories have been fully translated, with only Freezing still ongoing, a great milestone for the #8 manga of all time.  Many other manga series continued as normal and were read with great satisfaction as normal.

I already covered sports in a previous post.

For other US television, I watched Arrow seasons 4-5, The Flash seasons 2-3, Legends of Tomorrow seasons 1-2, Supergirl seasons 1-2, Daredevil Season 2, X-men the Animated Series, and Game of Thrones season 6.

That's a hell of a lot of accomplishments, and the year isn't even over yet.  I can sit back and reflect to myself that this was a year well spent.  It wasn't just my choice of President that was proven superior this year, but my entire way of life, which rewarded me enormously from start to finish.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Winter 2017 Anime Preview:

It's basically December, which means we're just one month away from the new anime season.  What is there to look forward to this time around, in the bright new dawn of 2017?

Immortal Shows:

One Piece
Pretty Cure
Dragon Ball

Sequels to known good works:

Rewrite 2nd Season
Konosuba 2
Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd cour

Series that are at least worth checking out:

Demi-chan wa Kataritai
Gabriel Dropout
Granblue Fantasy the Animation
Hand Shakers
Kemono Friends
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon
Kuzu no Honkai
Little Witch Academia
Masamune-kun no Revenge
Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
Piace:  Watashi no Italian
Schoolgirl Strikers
Urara Meirochou
Youjou Senki
One Room

If even one new show works out that will be as large a viewing schedule as the current fall lineup.  Then again, all nine shows currently airing are great anime, whereas Konosuba and Chaos;Child are only good anime, so we could easily see a large dip in overall quality from this fall to next winter.  That's okay, 2016 was an exceptionally good year in anime, we shouldn't be expecting 2017 to match it.  So long as 2017 provides something of worth each season, it will have done enough to keep the industry rolling.