Discord Announcement

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I just want to take a little time out of my day to let you know then I’ve gotten with the times. You can now find an official Discord server for the animeverse at https://discord.gg/cC4YWQa

Here you can hang out and talk to other fans, rant about what’s new and hot, or request a review. Whatever you fancy feel free to join us

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My Thoughts on the Darling in the Franxx Situation

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Hello ladies and gentlemen as much as I wanted my next release to be a review I find myself appalled  by the actions of what I am sure is a minority  among the larger anime community.  I fear keeping silent on the issue of toxicity in the anime fandom will only lead a greater disconnect between fans and creators as well as the fans themselves. Overall the lack of discourse and the propensity for  rash actions  among this minority could very well destroy the good will and positive influence true members of the fandom engender. So I’ve decided to write a  brief public service announcement to ask readers to help curb this disturbing trend.

What Caused This:

For those who are unaware, the fandom has recently com under fire for the scandal surrounding Studio Trigger’ s smash hit Mech series Darling in the Franxx and  its fandom sending death threats to the anime’s staff. Unfortunately, this includes series creator Hiroyasu Kobayashi and Producer Nishigori Atsushi as well as th seiyus Haruka Tomatsu (Zero Two) and Kana Ichinose (Ichigo). To my knowledge, the controversy began  with the airing of episode 15 wherein the main character Hiro chooses between Ichigo and Zero Two as a love interest. Unhappy with the show’s “forced” decision and the release of a sketch depicting female characters in beach-wear a few fans felt it apprpriate to threaten the cast openly. I was in the middle of a review  when tis hit and I was so put off by it I had to scrap a post about the series in order to recover my composure due to how violated I felt knowing that fans could be so uncouth.

My Take

It breaks my heart to have to pen this as I am reminded of the Haruhi Suzumya saiyu wherein fans were rabid over rumors regarding seiyu Aya Hirano’s supposed promiscuity believing that they were owed her love in some fashion. While the situation is different in the present fans still feel they are owed something for engaging in fandom. In the case of Darling in the Franxx it happens to be the acknowledgment of certain ships or pairings (Hiro X Zero Two and Hiro X Ichigo. ) When the latter was not cannonized the fanbase was divided and the traditional flame wars began. While the acts of shipping characters and engaging in impassioned flame wars are as old as modern fandom  itself some have apparently lost the civility needed to properly discuss things without devolving into  into hatful jabs and death threats.

The main issue here is this minority went beyond the posturing and empty threats and decided to heartlessly attack the staff behind the anime. Very few people know the struggle of creation especially  with big budget project like anime. The people mentioned above are highly skilled artists and businessmen who work hard  to put out quality products. By threatening these people the  minority of enraged fans are only weakening the link between fans and creators and such rash action only serves to scar the fandoms reputation.

I conclude this message by asking readers to help restore civil discourse in our community. We cannor allow a few rabid fans to earn us disdain. The anime fandom is a multicultured and tight-knit community capable of doing great things. Lets call to those people who found such harshness right and help them assess the damage they caused. Together we can reforge the links of communication between fans and creators and serve as a beacon to other fandoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Year on WordPress

 

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Well folks, it has officially been three years since I joined WordPress. It has been a crazy ride guys and I’ve enjoyed every minut of it.  I’ve met some fantastivc people thus far and posted some great content. But, best of all, I have some really cool falllowers that make this small blog worth it. I guess what I’m trying to say is thank you for a great year.

Not-so-Casual Fridays: Net Neutrality

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Usually I use this post to give you guys a glimpse at my life and wind down from a particularly hard week. unfortunately this week I find no solace in that and I find myself breaking the self-imposed taboo on political content on this blog. But, I assure you that the issue I fight for is of the gravest of import to warrant the break in character. I speak of course of Net Neutrality

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the cornerstone of an open internet in the United States. Under federal law, at least for the moment, the average person cannot be told which sites to visit nor are we hounded by advertisements where ever we go. Furthermore, under its protection as a Title II utility we are allowed to view whatever we wish regardless of our Internet Service Provider (ISP) or package. Thus, we are granted the freedom to stream or otherwise exchange information as we see fit. Indeed the very freedom of information itself is what I’m fighting for.

The FCC MUST be Stopped

This motion is being imposed by the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of Ajit V. Pai.  While this is normally the proper governmental body to regulate and oversee the internet I seriously doubt the legitimacy  of Pais claim that rolling back Net Neutrality would lead to a faster, safer internet for small businesses and consumers.  In fact, Mr. Pai  did a pathetic job of defending this regulatory shift on  a recent episode of PBS’s News Hour  the transcrpt of which can be read here .

 

  • William Brangham:

    One of the issues here is whether or not we treat broadband like a utility. And if it’s treated like a utility, the requirement is that you as the provider are not allowed to put your finger on the scale and slow one person down or speed somebody else up.

    And I just want to pose a hypothetical to you.

 

Ajit Pai:

Sure.

 

William Brangham:

Let’s just say Comcast created a new TV series, and it just so happened that that competed with a Netflix series very similarly.

If these rules go away, how is there not an incredible incentive for Comcast to slow Netflix down coming into my house and make their video, the Comcast video, very robust?

 

Ajit Pai:

So, under that hypothetical, one of the things that’s important to remember is that it is a hypothetical.

And we don’t see evidence of that happening in the marketplace on a widespread level.

 

Reading that, I Immediately got a sense of how evasive Pai was in answering hypothetical questions like the one above. This outright evasion of a well thought out question  points to some motive of which we are unaware.  In my opinion, he is selling this snake oil  to the people thinking his policy can be sugar-coated. He’s a man making a pitch and it is clearly one even his own commissioners will not buy.  This is best exemplified by commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in her open letter to the LA Times that urged us to ““Tell them they can’t take away internet openness without a fight.” She is apparently one of many opposing Pai from within.

“There is something not right about a few unelected FCC officials making such vast determinations about the future of the internet. I’m not alone in thinking this.”

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel via Huffpost

Even exiting the FCC and looking over the businesses in direct opposition to the current policy it is obvious that the elimination of Net Neutrality would only serve their interests. Comcast, AT&T, and Verizion are all large telecommunications corporations who stand to gain by plugging their services over what would be a “slower competitor for reasons I will mention later. Remember that these companies, Comcast, suffer from horrid customer service and are currently taking large subscriber bases (See below).  Yet Pai’s FCC would have the aforementioned companies essentially help regulate.and control this new internet. I am no economist to be sure but it seems that this roll back is a product of the same collusion, price control, and monopolization Title II was meant to defend against.

Change in Cable Subscriptions (November 2017)

Companies Change in Cable Subscribers
Altice USA -37,000
AT&T -351,000*
Charter -90,000
Comcast -34,000
Verizon -15,000

Statistics provided by Fortune Magazine

What this Loss Would Mean:

Imagine if you will you’re visiting a website here in the US. It could be mine or any other, but instead of a hompage your met with’ We’re sorry, but you require our All-access to view this site.’ If we allow the Net Neutrality roll-back to take place messages like that will becom commonplace. In addition yheir will likely be speed-throttling  and slowdon for many sites we love such as Google, Youtube, and even WordPress itself.  It would generally lead us down the path to a slower, more limited browsing experience that may well hinder consumer use and the growth of small bussiness sites as a whole.It would, in a sence, bind the internet in the same red tape as any other medium of communication.

What YOU Can Do:

I advise anyone who wants to fight fo Net Neutrality to visit advocacy websites such as  change.org or https://www.battleforthenet.com and lets let representatives know. how you feek We have until December 14th to save this great freedom we share. If you are not a Us citizen, I implore you to share and blog this oist in the hopes of reaching others. I thank you for your help and your time.  Have a good Friday.

Site Layout Change

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I know it has been a great while since I posted but things have been hectic of late.  As you might have noticed, the site has gon through a facelift of sorts. This is to update the look and feel to something a little more modern. In addition, I hope to make the site easier to read for those with visual impairments. I’m genuinely interested in what you guys think of this change and would wecome criticism in the comments

Casual Friday: Trying for My Master’s Degree

Hi guys, I have been rather sparse in my posts lately so I want to come clean with you guys and explain myself.  I am currently attempting to resume my educational pursuits by returning to my alma-mater  to acquire my Master’s of Communication Arts.  Unfortunatly, this requires some pre-testing for which I must study.  As I have wanted to post more I find myself in need of the extra study time.  I hope you can understand and I will definitely do more after I’m accepted.