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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rewrite Renewed:

I had two main objections to the Rewrite anime -- it was too short, and the new 'unified route' did not do justice to the previous game's five separate routes.

The second objection to Rewrite remains.  But the first objection is more or less obviated by the announcement that Rewrite will resume in the winter of 2017, delivering us the moon and terra routes that are the true ending.

Whether it's this new unified route, or the five character routes of the game, it will always end up at Moon, because Moon is literally the alpha and omega of all possible worlds.  So now we have the story back on track, thankfully no more filler will be needed, and the story has enough breathing room to actually deliver its content in full, thanks to the length suddenly doubling from what we previously knew about.

Did Rewrite deserve better?  Sure.  But this is an imperfect world.  Compared to other series that were shafted much more, Rewrite is actually one of the lucky ones.  As such, asking for a Rewrite remake is a little too selfish at this point.  This will have to do as the definitive Rewrite anime.  Now that a sequel season has been promised, it's close enough to the original to be the final word on the matter.

Instead of a Rewrite remake, I think I'll just ask for a sequel season to Love Live Sunshine, which ended on a pretty random note with nothing resolved.

With Rewrite added to the mix, 2017's anime prognosis has improved yet again.  What will they announce next?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Kyoukai no Rinne Season 3 Spring 2017:

This is welcome news.  Kyoukai no Rinne is getting a season 3 in just six months.  Based upon the previous two seasons, this one will no doubt be 25 episodes as well.  Will the manga end in time for the anime to reach the ending?  That seems more doubtful.  Could there be a season 4 then?  That actually seems pretty likely.  If season three is greenlit, why not 4?  Why not 5 or 6?

This series is rapidly becoming one of the longest anime out there.  How far will it rise in my rankings before the end?

In addition, Fate/Kaleid Liner is getting a sequel anime movie, which will cover Shirou's flashback arc.  That will catch us up entirely with the manga, but depending on when it comes out, maybe the manga will have advanced some more, in which case a new season of the tv anime is still possible.  Or maybe they'll make another movie covering the next batch of material too?  Who knows.  The point is Fate/Kaleid Liner has been amazing in its willingness to adapt more and more material.  This is already by far the longest Fate series around and it's still growing.  It's very convenient that this is also my favorite Fate series around.

If silver link really does adapt Kaleid Liner all the way to the end, I might have to improve its rank yet higher, but for now #5 seems pretty fair.  Currently Fate/etc doesn't have a single completed storyline.  Not for the original game (though the Heaven's Feel movie trilogy should fix that), not for Fate/Extra (a single season couldn't possibly cover the entire game(s)), not for Fate/Zero (fate/zero can't be called over until the whole series is done, including Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, since all the series tie into each other), and not for Kaleid Liner (the mangaka hasn't even finished the manga yet).  A shoddy, incomplete construct like that can't compete with the fully polished and completed Clannad and Code Geass currently ranked 3rd and 4th.  Let Fate actually finish something and maybe we can reevaluate.

All in all, 33 top ranking anime series still have plans to come out with additional content.  Plus, Dimension W, Assassination Classroom, Saki Achiga and Wake Up, Girls! have yet to be fully translated, so there's potential for four more great series to receive additional content (as far as we're concerned) in the future as well.  ~20% of currently great anime is going to get even greater somewhere down the road, and that's just the series whose sequels have been announced.  Who knows, maybe even Bleach will get a sequel someday far in the future.  This makes for a very healthy 2017 animescape.

Meanwhile, I bumped up my top movie rankings to top 25 from top 20.  There's enough quality movies out there to merit their inclusion.  X-men squeaked in at 25th when I considered the value of the original cult classic animated tv series in combination with the movies that really sparked the whole superhero genre.  The latest Age of Apocalypse movie was pretty decent, all in all, and there's more movies to come so the franchise will only keep getting stronger over time.

Ender's Game is at 24th.  Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors of all time, and it's mainly due to his Ender's Game series.  The movie featured Harrison Ford and really pulled off the story quite well.  The adaption could have been much, much worse.  When you do even a halfway decent adaption of one of the best books ever written, you should be ranked as one of the best movies ever.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover made a great team in Lethal Weapon, coming in at 23rd.  I liked how serious this series was.  Jet Li was also really cool.

Top Gun received the 22nd slot.  Maverick, Cougar, Goose, Iceman, that's my whole childhood right there.  It was just a slick movie from start to finish.  Good looking planes, good looking guys, good looking girls, what is there not to like?

To honor the Greeks and Romans, the 21st slot goes to Gladiator and 300 (plus its never acknowledged sequel).

The 20th slot goes to the US military, due to their amazing displays of competence and courage in Black Hawk Down and 13 Hours.  Our country doesn't deserve such heroes.

The 19th slot goes to the wild west, represented by Silverado and Tombstone.  And with that, all changes from the previous list are accounted for.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fairy Tail Rewatched:

When Fairy Tail ended this winter I encouraged everybody to rewatch it from the beginning and remember just how great this series has been.  Not one to demand of others what I don't demand of myself, I've been rewatching the show ever since.  I've finally reached the end of this year long project with as expected positive results.

Fairy Tail has its ups and downs like any long series.  The quality is top class at the beginning except for the Tower of Heaven and Oracion Seis arcs.  This is followed by the Edolas arc which is probably the best in the series, more than making up for Oracian's flaws.

Following Edolas is the extremely emotional Tenroujima arc, but flaws in the battle scenes and the inclusion of filler right in the middle of canon episodes drag the quality down a bit.

The Grand Magic Games comes next.  It's certainly the longest arc, and is also arguably the best.  There are so many interesting characters introduced and mysterious swirling factions moving simultaneously in the shadows.  (sort of like Bleach's best arc when they just invaded soul society).  Wendy vs. Cheria is one of the most beautiful artistic accomplishments in all of anime.  Future Lucy's death and afterlife scenes were truly powerful, unlike so many fake outs found elsewhere in the series.

The Tartaros arc felt stretched thin, like too many episodes covered too little actually happening.  However, there are still some fantastic scenes interspersed throughout.  The emergence of the dragons, Minerva's back story, Levi kissing Gajeel, and Wendy, Wendy, Wendy.  Wendy really took the cake during this arc, just like with the Edolas arc, she just made the whole thing shine.

Fairy Tail Zero + Avatar arc beginning, which happened just this winter, is currently the final chapter of the series.  This arc was also stretched too thin with too much filler, but the emotional moments are still potent throughout.  The artists and the seiyuu performed at heroic levels to deliver some of the strongest moments in the series so far.  This may be the best voice acted 13 episodes of any show ever.

It's pretty impressive that Fairy Tail will be near the top anime that aired this year, even with so little material to compete with.  Fairy Tail is near the top of every year it airs in, unlike One Piece or Naruto which sometimes is so bad it just falls off a cliff.  If Fairy Tail's anime resumes and covers the remainder of the manga, I have to believe it will end up being the greatest anime of all time.  It's been so strong for so long, the addition of another 100 episodes or whatever would just be the killing stroke.

Unlike most series, which start strong and then fade away, most of Fairy Tail's best moments have been during the later half.  From the Grand Magic Games onwards, for instance, is a better series than everything up until that point.  This gives me the confidence that the manga will continue to improve all the way until the ending, and not limp to the finish like Bleach did.  I can't wait to see the ending of quite possibly the best story ever told, but I think there's probably years more of material left to cover.  We'll just have to be content with watching the finale of Naruto for now.

 If anyone can beat Fairy Tail, it would be Naruto, but a lot of that depends on whether the scarlet spring gaiden is animated or not.  (Of course, this all presumes Fairy Tail's tv anime will be returning, Naruto beats Fairy Tail decisively as is.)  These two shows are competing neck and neck on both the manga and anime front right now.

Why Should I Care About My Fellow Citizen?:

When Trump supporters argue that America's policy should benefit Americans, they don't give any argument to support this assertion, they seem to think it's just obvious why this should be so.  But who are other Americans to us?  Should we really be supporting them in a biased and discriminatory manner, rather than just wishing for a meritocracy where any individual from anywhere on Earth can thrive?

There's very little support for 'citizenism.'  It's just an accident of fortune who exactly the citizens of the United States currently happen to be.  We are not sorted in any manner that would mean we have any relation to one another.  We just all happen to live here.  America is a geographic area, nothing more, which waves of people from all corners of the world have already flooded into to stake their own claim.

Leftists see America as a land of opportunity where the poor and oppressed can come to and seek a better life through our generous assistance, which we owe to them for being so much wealthier and luckier than they are.

Libertarians see America as a land of opportunity where the ambitious and capable of the planet can reach their full potential, all of whom are far preferable to their fellow citizen losers who couldn't find their way out of a jelly doughnut.

Why should we care about Joe down the street instead of Ahmed who wants to move here and start a business?  Or invent the next particle accelerator?  Or cure cancer?  Or whatever Ahmed wants to do?

Why are we getting in the way of their pursuit of happiness?  Who the hell do we think we are to get between someone offering a job and someone who wants to work at a job, improving the circumstances of both consenting parties?

Liberals and Libertarians disagree on the shape and form immigration should take, and how the government and immigrants should interact, but they both agree on open borders.  As such they have a 2/3 majority on this issue and nationalists who want closed borders are in the minority.  In a sane world, there would be three countries -- a liberal country where all the worst off people on Earth come to seek refuge and charity -- a libertarian country where all the smartest and most driven individuals from around the planet can pursue their dreams unfettered by the force and fraud that keeps them down where they currently reside -- and a nationalist country where we actually love each other because we're one people in body and mind, and we wish to preserve this homogeneity because we're all stronger and better off for our bonds of shared loyalty and compatibility, rooted in our common ancestors and passed down to our common descendants, so it doesn't matter what the rest of the world would like to do by moving in alongside us.

I feel nothing for America, or other Americans, as matters stand.  The fact that they'd be willing to elect Hillary Clinton, a known rapist-enabler and accomplice to mass murder, a serial killer who has ordered the deaths of dozens, even hundreds or thousands of people deemed a hindrance to her endless quest for more wealth, status and power, is all I need to know about my 'fellow citizens' I'm supposed to care about so much.

Even if Trump pulls this out against all the odds and wins the election in November, the very fact that Hillary could even get close is infinitely damning as to the virtue of America's citizenry.  She shouldn't even receive 1% of the vote.  Hillary may well be the most evil person living in the world right now, and at least 49% of Americans if not more want to crown her queen.  We are well and truly through the looking glass and past all redemption.  Even Roman emperors can't upstage the sheer list of crimes Hillary has pulled off over her endless lifespan, and they were forced onto the citizenry at spear point.  We could have voted for anyone in America to be president, but we still chose Hillary.  What's our excuse?

I wish God would simply open a hole in the ground on November 9th and send everyone who voted for Hillary directly to Hell, cleansing this country of all its evil in a single day.  This is the clearest test between good and evil the world has ever seen.  There is simply no excuse, none, none whatsoever, to have voted for Hillary.

But that isn't even the half of it.  Why should I care about my 'fellow citizens' when most of them are fresh arrivals off a boat, with no ties of common blood or culture, no shared ideology or ideals, who are just here to make money by hook or by crook?  What on Earth do we have in common anymore?  We don't even speak the same language.

Why should I care about fellow citizens who are largely divorced, cheating on their spouses, spreading STD's, taking drugs, are obese, smokers, alcoholics, violent criminals or otherwise despicable people I'd never want to spend five seconds around?

Why should I care about fellow citizens who shame and ostracize and insult great men like Watson or Shockley just for telling the truth, while sainting utter scumbags like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown?

Why should I care about liars who live their whole lives in fantasy worlds with no relation to any of the facts put right before their noses?

I don't give a damn about the negative consequences of immigration to my 'fellow citizens.'  Actually I'm praying for all these negative consequences to come true, because they all deserve it for opening the floodgates of immigration in the first place.

The only reason I'm opposed to immigrants flooding into America is that eventually those negative consequences would spill over into my own personal life (no one can escape four billion Africans), and secondarily because if the American economy crashes many good works of art and science which are currently progressing would crash down with it.  World of Warcraft, Magic the Gathering, Disney's movies, Intel's chip advances, Space X's rockets, continuous agricultural improvements in yield per acre, the cures to various diseases, our amazing athletes' performances, all sorts of good things America can be proud of in the modern era would all disappear.

So long as there exist competent people working hard in America on good things that benefit the world, I don't want to see America perish in flames.  Not because Americans don't deserve the hellfire of mass immigration, but because these products might benefit genuinely virtuous and deserving people scattered here and there across the planet in the present and down the road deep into the future.

Someday, some culture, some nation, will be worthy to inherit the gifts of immortality, AI enhancements, free energy, space flight, virtual reality, free food, 3d printed housing, etc, etc.  So long as America is still contributing to these fields, whatever their personal faults may be, they are contributing to that deserving community, that true nation, that Vinland which has yet to be founded.  It would be helpful if these contributors were protected until they're wrung dry and we've benefited all we can from them.  America is the most productive place on Earth in terms of scientific progress, so blowing it up just to stick it to its current inhabitants is a little too short sighted.  Who knows, if our political efforts delay the mass immigration doomsday by even a single year, that year purchased by our patience and endurance now could be the critical year of extra funding and research scientists needed to complete their masterworks.

But it's not them I wish to protect, but solely and only the products of their minds and bodies.  There are a great many people capable of producing 'goods and services' of value, but there are very few people who are of any value themselves.  They are not worth anything, but their labor still is, and it's solely and only their labor I'm concerned about losing in the future.  In a country crippled by black dysfunction, Chinese/Mexican corruption, and Islamic terrorism, all leavened by Jewish lies and feminist self-centeredness, you can kiss fusion power or space colonies goodbye.  It will just be like South Africa where the power goes out, or Charlotte where they're currently rioting, or the streets of New York where bombs are going off, or Angelina Jolie divorcing Brad Pitt and screwing over her freakish brood of six adopted kids who never asked to be in this ridiculous family in the first place, or Mexico where the drug lords give marching orders to the mayors.  With society buffeted by so many ill winds, not even the tallest ivory tower can hope to escape the tearing apart of the fabric of society.

There won't be any money left for R&D.  There won't be any money left for frivolous entertainments.  There won't even be enough food to go around anymore (Re: Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Mao's China, North Korea).  I'd rather all the evil doers escape their just desserts and live totally clueless lives than see the engines of progress shut down and the forges of the future grow cold.

Even after Hillary is elected and the whole nation is dyed with the blackest evil imaginable, sanctioning the literal bride of Satan, I will keep wishing it well.  I don't want this country to collapse, the economy to collapse, any buildings or tunnels or bridges to collapse, or anything to collapse.  I'd gladly trade every evil doer in the present having a long and happy life if it means good people in the future will enjoy the same.

But make no mistake, I am not a citizen of America.  Americans disgust me.  I have no wish to be associated with them or categorized alongside them in any manner.  I'm a citizen of Vinland, just biding my time until we are allowed to separate from all the filth and renew civilization from the bedrock of truth to the trunk of fellowship to the full flowering of beauty.

If nationalists have no reason to prize their fellow nationals (and how could they, after this election?), liberals have no concern for their fellow nationals (and why should they, when they're already better off than 99% of the people living abroad?), and libertarians have no interest in their fellow nationals (collectives are imaginary and arbitrary, as deserving of reverence as snake or cow gods who were worshiped in the days of yore; only individuals, sovereign rational autonomous entities, have any corporeal and therefore moral meaning), who exactly does patriotism, nationalism, or citizenism appeal to?

Nationalism certainly makes sense, but not with these nationals.  That would just be a joke.  Who loves the company of cockroaches?  Anyone proposing America be nationalist should just be laughed out of the room.  Though again, anyone who is willing to restrict mass immigration and thus postpone the day of America's destruction, should be embraced for that policy alone, regardless of the soundness of how they arrived to their conclusion.  From a practical standpoint.  Not from a principled one.  And that is why Trump's antiquated view that we can somehow make America great again by sticking up for the little guy, as absurd as it is at this late date and hour, is still the best hope humanity has for a bright future.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Harmonia:

In just two days, Harmonia, Key's latest work, will release on steam (with an English translation) for a mere $9.99.

This is truly amazing considering that just recently Key wouldn't even allow people to import their games from Japan.  Now we're getting a simultaneous release, pre-translated, for both Key's American and Japanese fans.

Any work by Key is enough said.  This company has never made a bad game.  They are the best storytellers, composers, and artists in the world and their products always reflect that.

This is Key's 15th anniversary product.  It's been a long journey since Kanon, Air, Clannad, Planetarian, Little Busters and Rewrite.  Jun Maeda has a faulty heart and will likely die soon.  Itaru Hinoue, the illustrator and character designer for virtually all of Key's games up until now, is quitting the company to pursue more wide ranging artistic goals with this as her final masterpiece.

Without either of these luminaries, Key will be a very different company moving forward.  It may never produce a good game again.  But at the very least we know Harmonia will still be great.  This may be the punctuation mark of the company's life, but it's going to be a very strong punctuation mark.

The heroine is voiced by the inimitable Kaori Mizuhashi so we know the quality of the voice acting will be as high as the illustrator's.

Meanwhile, Utawarerumono 3 comes out in Japan today, the conclusion to a decades long project by Leaf, the company that Key spun off from.  If Key didn't exist, Leaf would be talked about as the high lord of visual novels, and a lot of it has to do with how good Utawarerumono is.  Like Harmonia, this is a can't miss story.  Unlike Harmonia, there's no English translation.  Unlike the 2nd game in the franchise, there's no announcement of an anime adaption for Utawarerumono 3 either.  If you wanted to know the dramatic conclusion to a decades long series in the making, 2/3 of which already has a fantastic animated and subtitled adaptation, well guess what, too bad.  You're an American, so the joke's on you.  All the previous content was just to lure you in to caring about a cliffhanger whose resolution you will never know.

And a few days later, Da Capo III With You will come out in Japan, likewise eternally out of our grasp, likewise the continuation (perhaps the conclusion?) of a decades long continuously told story of epic grandeur and scope.  Da Capo I and II was just translated and animated to make sure you squirmed all the more when Da Capo III was released to complete radio silence.  You live in America?  No ending for you.

When you compare Key's treatment of Harmonia with these two other games, you realize just how blessed we are.  Thank goodness Key has changed its mind and tries to include overseas fans, unlike Leaf and Circus, because they were the most important company from the beginning.  At the very least, this means the best of the best visual novels will always have an (eventual) English translation.  If we were stuck on a desert island and could only choose one VN company to be translated, it would have been Key, so it's somewhat of a relief that reality turned out to be exactly in accordance with our wishes.

While on the topic of visual novels, Dracu Riot should be fully translated soon.  This is a classic English fans have been salivating over for a long time now, but the wait is nearly over.  If you have plenty of other VN to read, though, it may be best to hold off even on the fully translated patch, since the translators have promised a more thoroughly edited product some time in the far future.  My best advice is to download the patch the moment it comes out just to have the finished product in case nothing new is released, but wait to actually read it until the final product is actually finished.  That way the situation is win/win no matter how eventualities play out.

New Game's anime isn't truly over.  A bonus episode is planned for the blu-ray release.  But even after that episode, I don't intend to add New Game back onto my wishlist.  There's not enough manga content, as of yet, to justify a second season.  This is a good stopping point for now.  What a satisfying ride it's been.  For a short, lighthearted series, this was as close to perfect as a show can get.

Summer Olympic documentary films are very precious treasures for those who weren't old enough to see these past spectacles live.  Also, for anyone whose memories are fading, it's a great way to jog them again.  Youtube has a great playlist of these documentaries that everyone should watch:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVtTC9Hmwp8&list=PLleSr2gl3K23gdAePziwXAKVBHcG8MwCc

However, the documentary for the Munich games has to be reached through other means, the one on the playlist is just the opening ceremony, a waste of everyone's time.  The Beijing documentary can not be found through any means, you can't even buy it anywhere.  The London 2012 documentary (titled 'First') isn't available on youtube, but is purchasable from Amazon, so I'll at least be able to stopgap this hole in the playlist's programming.  There doesn't seem to be any documentary of the 1984 games in L.A. so all you get is a few teaser highlights. If you're really dedicated you can just watch the individual sports events one after the other, which are available at youtube, though.  In the case of the women's gymnastics portion, I did exactly that.

But no summer Olympics history is complete without the original 1896 games.  Without television or movies having been invented yet to cover this monumental moment in history, a miniseries remake was created to relive the memories instead.  This fantastic tv show, 'The First Olympics,' is also available at Amazon for the low price of, again, $9.99.

I've finished volume 9 of Unlimited Fafnir.  Just three volumes to go and I'm all caught up.

I'm 3/4 of the way through my Symphonia portion of my Tales music listening project.  What a long haul this has been.

I'm a few episodes away from my complete Fairy Tail rewatching project's completion.  This has been quite the long haul project as well.  It's only part of my overall project, however, which is to watch every series I label great at least twice.  If I can watch something twice, I figure anyone else can at least be bothered to watch it once.  In this way, I'll only ever recommend the shows I absolutely love.  Once my rewatch of Fairy Tail is over, the fact that it hasn't resumed yet's loneliness is really going to sink in.  On the bright side, Fairy Tail's latest oav (#7) has finally received a decent translation, so now's definitely the time to download and watch that.

One of the series on my anime wishlist is a sequel to Nanoha Vivid.  Rumors abound that this wish will come true sometime in 2017.  If so, I'll gladly remove my current wish for something else, like more New Game.  Recent additions to my anime wishlist include remakes of the Slow Step and Mujaki no Rakuen oav series, which are woefully insufficient to bring out the full charm of the manga source works.  With them in the mix, every manga series in my manga rankings which doesn't already have a sufficient anime adaption is properly on my anime wishlist demanding a proper adaption.  It's the least I can do for a group of manga series I insist are the best of all time.

If visual novels, light novels, anime, video game music, Olympic documentaries, World of Warcraft:  Legion, and college football are not enough, X-Men Apocalypse and Captain America:  Civil War are now available for HD viewing.  Jus' sayin'. . .

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

There is no Limit:

For the sacred principle of fairness, neither liberals nor libertarians will ever bend on the issue of muslim terrorism, black crime, homosexual pedophilia, etc, etc.

Muslims could kill ten million people tomorrow, liberals would still say 'we just need to stop offending them' and libertarians will say 'they're not all like that.'

No amount of evidence can ever contradict a principle.  The principle of liberals is that until any designated group has as high quality living standards as white males in developed countries they must be given every allowance and indulgence out of pity, because inequality just isn't fair and therefore a thumb must be put in the balance until it all comes out even again.

Meanwhile, the principle of libertarians is that everyone must be judged as an atomized individual and no conclusions can be drawn about person y, no matter how similar they are to person x, regardless of what person x just did.  I wouldn't be surprised if libertarians said that every grain of rice should be judged individually and we mustn't generalize about the taste of a bowl of rice.

You could flip a coin a thousand times and it could come up heads a thousand times, and libertarians would insist there's still a 50% chance the next muslim won't be a terrorist and it could always come up tails next time.

These people cannot be reasoned with because they are operating on a completely different programming language.  This stuff is hardwired.  You could say they're iredeemable.

The answer is to separate.  Libertarians should be given a libertarian country where they can judge each other as individuals.  Liberals should be given a liberal country where everyone's life prospects are exactly equal.  And realists should be given a realist country where we're allowed to draw conclusions from the obvious reality in front of us, use pattern recognition to our advantage, and generalize from our understanding of human nature down to the particulars of what must be done to mold a functioning society.

Those of us who care about common sense and doing what's clearly in our best interests cannot do so while outnumbered by lala land denizens who just want to abide by their principles no matter the cost.  Just as our differences are irreconcilable with them, their differences are irreconcilable with each other, so America needs at least three countries just to get started.

Rather than pointing out that deporting all Muslims from America and refusing to let any more immigrate into America would have prevented the last two terror attacks against Americans that happened over the past week, we should call for secession and the right to set policy for ourselves, because no amount of evidence will ever change their minds about what values they hold most dear.  They'd rather die from terror attacks than discriminate against Muslims, so just let them.  My only objection is that they insist on us participating in their moral farces alongside them.  Can't we all just go our separate ways?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Half as Good as Heaven:

The modern era is very frustrating because there's plenty of promise but very little follow through.

Half the series in my good manga rankings are either still being written and thus not finished, or haven't been translated into English so are effectively not finished for peons like us.  That means we're missing about half the potential greatness manga has produced all-time.

The ratio is even worse for anime, at ~40%, for shows that both have an ending and are being properly adapted all the way to said ending.  If anime consisted solely of finished stories that were animated from beginning to end, the world would be twice as good a place as it is today.

Out of the 33 light novel authors' works worthy of note in Japan, around 13 have been properly translated, for a ratio of again ~40%.

The visual novel ratio is so atrocious it's not even worth talking about.

On the other hand, pretty much every good video game made in Japan is playable in the USA, so maybe these two categories cancel each other out, getting us back to the ever-present 50% ratio we've had so far.

6/20 = 30% of quality American movie franchises are still under construction.  Many other movie franchises should have received sequels but never got any.  So let's call this another 50/50 scenario.

100% of quality American tv franchises are still under construction or shouldn't have ended where they did.  That's a pretty impressive statistic right there.  Perhaps Gilmore Girls Season 8 will provide a satisfactory conclusion to at least one of the ten shows.  But for now, at least, there's nothing we can really point to and say with satisfaction 'job well done.'

If you say the top five tv shows in America, sports seasons that finish and then reset in an eternal cycle, are effectively 'finished programming,' that still only gets you to a 50% ratio of finished works.  The same dogged ratio we've been dealing with concerning all these other artistic mediums.

If we can make the first half of all these shows, it's clearly within human power to make the 2nd half, but somehow that never happens.  Instead we're left with a series of broken promises and disappointments that means we were almost better off never having been exposed to the franchises in the first place.  If every good series that started had a proper ending, I don't care about famine, war, pestilence or death, this terrestrial firmament would be indistinguishable from heaven.  As it is I often wonder if we're already residing in hell.

For one thing, if we just had the ending of every great work of art, there would be a lifetime's worth of quality entertainment available for everyone on Earth.  Instead we're clearly short of the necessary material, which leads to too much downtime before we die.  We just need that extra little kick to get over the hump.  Sort of like that Dickens novel, 'income 20 lbs, expenses 21 lbs, hell.'  'income 20 lbs, expenses 19 lbs, heaven.'  Entertainment that can occupy 30 years, lifetime 80 years, hell.  Entertainment that can occupy 60 years, lifetime 80 years, heaven.  This could be called the most important ratio on Earth.

For another, no mystery novel can be considered good if you pose a tricky riddle.  Unless you can actually provide a satisfactory solution there's no payoff to the setup whatsoever.  We have a lot of entertainment that has become masterful at posing interesting questions with interesting decisions that have to be made, but virtually none of them can actually deliver the answer we've all been waiting for.  I'm looking at you, G.R.R. Martin.  All stories are essentially mystery stories, and the mystery is 'who are we, where did we come from, where are we going?'  All stories are attempting to answer this question from one perspective or another.  If all of them promise to answer this question, getting us super excited about the story, but then disappear and retreat into oblivion at the critical juncture, have we really benefited from their efforts in the least?

Socrates said that an unexamined life isn't worth living.  Stories are humans' avenue towards examining their lives in a thorough and introspective manner.  It really drills down to the core of our most precious perspectives and philosophies on life.  Even Jesus taught all of his teachings through parables.  If stories fail to 'examine' things until the end, we're just as blind as all those folks in Plato's cave.  We haven't progressed even a single step.  We absolutely must have the second half of this ratio if we are to benefit from the 'examined life' Socrates was talking about.  Finish all the good stories on Earth, and we would have all the characters, plots and settings necessary to solve the mysteries of human nature, God's divine purpose, good and evil, every question humanity has ever asked.  Leave them all half-done and all we have is a half-baked world no one can make any sense out of and a sense of dissatisfaction like a meal at a high class restaurant that doesn't even pretend to try to fill you up.  Was this really all life was ever about?  Was this all there was?  People will be muttering at their deathbeds, that if they had just gotten to read the rest of PapaKiki, everything would have gone so much differently in their lives.  The key to everything is just over the horizon.

We're halfway to heaven, which is enlightenment, which is a sense of inner peace.  How can we be at peace when every damn story in the world is in the middle of a cliffhanger?  Maybe they should write a story to try and answer that metaphysical question too. . .