Enjoy this thoughtful piece by R. J. Sheffler, readers: Factors to Consider Before Including Physical Manifestations of God in Fiction The divine is …Reposted: 4 Factors to Consider Before Including Physical Manifestations of God in Fiction
Kentaro Miura, the creator of Berserk, has passed away. Now granted, I’m not into the story. It’s just to dark and freaky for my taste. I’m just picky about darkness in general, probably acts more of a vice at times than I admit.But I still feel respect for the man, from what my friends have told me, especially one who spoke highly of him, his story is as ProfessorGeek on YouTube would call a “Cathartic Motivational” epic.
The main character Guts and his love interest Casca show you that life can be hard and dark but we can’t give into the darkness.Not this is not to say stories like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of The Rings and other epics don’t show this, of course they do, but Beserk, as I understand it, does it on a VERY extreme level, and Guts and Casca, figuratively speaking here, go through the 9 circles of Hell together. Kinda like Joseph and Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, if thats a good comparison, maybe it isn’t, I dunno.
But I think I still owe this man because while *I* may not be into epics like his, there are many epics I do like, which some, in anime and manga in particular, came about because their creators were inspired by Mr. Miura and if it wasn’t for him. They probably would never be inspired and I wouldn’t be able to enjoy those epics and in turn be inspired by them.
Heck, Warhammer 40k inspired my own fictional universe, PUNKS, and I have a friend who is a FERVENT 40k fan while I’m not too into it.
All art, wether it be paintings, sculptures, music, architecture, literature, plays, movies, comics all were influenced by someone. As such, that person has inspired another creator who’s work you enjoy and are even inspired by, even if you don’t like or agree with that artist’s own inspiration.
Modern Corporate Culture likes to have us think we are better than what came before us or even are some kind of correction to what came before us. But in reality that could never be further from the truth.
So I say thank you Kentaro Miura. You may not been my inspiration, but you probably were the inspiration for creators who’s work I enjoyed.
Tolkien’s metaphysics of evil, part 1 Another topic central to the Tolkien’s fiction and St. Thomas’s philosophy of being is the topic of evil. …Tolkien’s metaphysics of evil
I guess is what I consider something of a sequel of my last post “Grimmdark Cops: The OTHER Fiction Police” and its regard to another problem which is the Self-Entitled Fanboy/Fangirl
Now we all know the (Self)Entitled Fan, they think they can demand whatever they want and act nuts when they don’t get it, or at least not 100% what they had in mind. But I dare say they are somewhat better than a Stan, but thats not saying much, because they have at least a sense of autonomy and don’t just accept whatever their given, but most often like Stans they don’t have much thought put into articulating their position or want nor acknowledging the reasons why.
But speaking from my own experience as a former entitled fanboy, I don’t think the result of an entitled fan is simply lack of proper maturity.
Sometimes its rather, or perhaps also, a result of being disappointed and dissatisfied in the past with past favorite stories taking turns that they have seen done before that the individual has grown so tired and frustrated from it.
When they tried to speak their displeasure, they were often mocked, chastised, or softly lectured like a child for being unhappy because of subjective feelings and how nobody would find the stories they would like interesting, almost calling the individual a freak of sorts.
So the individual bit their tongue and continued to search for new stories that had familiar elements that the person liked, would take turns and writing choices that resonated with their taste, only to be disappointed and then lectured for openly expressing their disappointment again, and again, and again.
Finally as a result from this chronic disappointment and lack of empathy from others, and even passive aggressive pressure to change their tastes or be banished dissatisfying zones of sitcoms and kiddie shows, the individual lashes out in rage and frustration making volatile demands and threats as it seems to be the only way it to get anyone to listen to them. Which is exacerbated by apathetic loyal fans who yell and scream back while bombastically flaunting their loyalty and proclaim how they don’t let their own personal feelings get in the way, how the dissent “doesn’t get it”, and proceed to bask in self-congratulatory moral superiority.
Think about that.
“Nobody thinks what it’s like to be the other guy”
Nobody who seems to get their way or just accepts it as a good writing choice never bothers to think what it’s like to be the person let down and frustrated. They don’t try to see where the individual is coming from and always assumes the worst, because it’s easier to make a villain out someone who disagrees with you and look righteous than to be considerate and think before you act towards that person.
“Why don’t they used what they liked and wanted as inspiration for original material then?” You probably ask. Well as the link to my last post along with my previous points made above, there has been a growing subculture that has actively worked to discourage that. Which brings the dissident a sense of powerlessness and despair and prevent the former style and tastes from being challenged, or at the very least contrasted.
And to make it perfectly clear, I am NOT condoning the harassment or death threats of anyone, nothing is worth giving a death threat over.
I’m not saying that it should have went their way, but I am saying is if you have the patience and compassion you should understand where they are coming from rather than just dismiss their problems and acting “Ha-ha-ha! I am more mature, intelligent, and morally superior to you, uncultured subhuman swine!”, if you don’t have that grace, then maybe you should just mind your own business and go about your day
and I’m not saying the writers and companies owe the audiences everything or obligated to always do what the dislikers say.
What I am saying is this; if these dissidents are just simply reaching out to those are also unhappy with the state of story to work out their problems and create new ideas, or just simply venting and complaining, and even making blockable tags on social media to be considerate of people who don’t like hearing it, then the only thing they are guilty of being “entitled” to is their tastes, thoughts and feelings, which they are entitled to.
As such, the dissidents are under little to no obligation to stay silent for the convenience of those who do like the way things are, unless the latter is being insulted or personally attacked by the former. Especially when a tag is created so the loyalists don’t have to look at it.
Because the more you try to muzzle dissidents and discourage others from hearing them out, the more fuel you will add to the fire and make things worse
Telling them to shut up and telling them they are not allowed write anything that challenges them and don’t deserve to be given what they want, for almost a decade
And telling them their not allowed to express and displeasure and keep it all to themselves and not reach out to each other
Then smugly taunting them and rubbing their disappointment in their face
Do you seriously think none that could have any contribution in their emergence?
To mock people who are in anguish and frustration and tell them to shut up is no different than Murray Franklin and the rest of Gotham in the Joker Movie kicking the crap and humiliating Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill man who was going under serious personal strife and stuck with a negligent therapist who could give less a damn about him
I know we all like to think that when people lash out like this we can just put it all on the perpetrator and insist we’ve done nothing wrong and go back to our shenanigans of taunting them and say “lol haha butthurt” and “I’m loyal and righteous, they’re wrong and self-entitled, so I can act as nasty as I want to them because I have the moral high ground!”
Do I have to remind you all what happened to Murray and the rest of Gotham at the end of the Joker Movie?
I NOTE: This rant is inspired by RetroBlasting’s rant on Anti-Repro Star Wars Toy Collectors, forgive me if I sound too much like him. But I can’t help but relate to him on a spiritual level and the issues he addresses sound almost identical to the ones I have encountered.
Since what I estimate the year 2010, the internet has allowed people who are easily seduced by groupthink to cling to one another in small but obnoxiously loud packs that force their way onto others wether by sheer screeching, or underhanded, manipulative, and passive aggressive gaslighting and that has not been any more true than on Tumblr and Wiki Discussion pages and especially in my experience with the story that is RWBY.
You see, besides Social Justice Warriors, there is another group of ideologues on social media thats one head of a malicious Hydra that tramps about various franchise communities. This small but loud and volatile group have been fighting a pointless war against all who dissent in their taste.
Their Goal? Control the forces of creativity to work in their favor and like Modern Corporate Disney, create a giant cultural monopoly. And in this empty pursuit, these authoritarian nutters have been proven themselves to be one of many Obsessive Compulsive Hordes that skulk the internet.
On Tumblr there is one notorious leader of this group can be found in Tumblr who I will call, The-Black-And-White-Beserker, and I apologize to anyone in advance who has this username on any social network as well as the other usernames I will use in this rant. This man has called out SJWs and Fedora atheists, mostly for their alienation, groupthink, authoritarian bullying, oppression narratives, buzzwords, and other nonsense.
But when it came to someone disliking the way RWBY went or didn’t like the works of Gen Urobuchi, this man would throw his self-awareness and rational discourse out the window and resort from the same SJW methods, to the most volatile and rage-filled methods of gaslighting, stalking, and even going so far as to sick his personal army of stormtroopers from reddit on anyone who dares to feel and think differently from Monty Oum, Gen Urobuchi, or any other writers The Besrker worshiped. All while labeling any opinions and arguments he disliked for whatever reason as “BullS**t” as if it was some magic word.
“Alaka BullS**t! And Presto! I magically delegitimized your opinions and feelings!”
Seriously, it was “BullS**t” this and “BullS**t” that but I digress.
Now one mistake I see people make when trying to confront people like Beserker and the Angst Stans as a whole is they make the mistake that these people are nihilistic. They aren’t.
They often have a concept of doing what’s right regardless how much the world fights you on it
They have a concept of virtue and justice and doing the right thing and not being edgy in terms of giving up morality.
Nihilism isn’t the problem.
The problem is they want to force the approach of their appointed prophets such as Gen Urobuchi and Dan Didio onto all of epic storytelling.
To hear this small but loud and obnoxious group spin the yarn, people like Gen Urobuchi were these Noble Martyrs who were fighting against and were oppressed by some kind of Storytelling Establishment that was keeping everyone in some kind of dark age of oppression and ignorance. And now with more works taking cue, Fate: Zero, Madoka Magic’s, Akame Ga Kill, and now RWBY, we can break free from the chains of oppression, and go on this noble revolution to purge the world of the Original Sin of Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, Dragonball, Disney Fairy Tales, and other “BullS**t” stories and rid ourselves of these supposed psychological demons we all seem to be possessed by
Game of Thrones Fans, Walking Dead Fans, Hellsing Fans, Attack on Titan fans, even American Horror Story, Warhammer 40k, and Berserk Fans as far as I know do not have the same incessant organized hatred for anything one shade lighter than Grimmdark that these fanatics have forced onto online communities in the past four years
The aforementioned groups while many not be into those kinds of stories at least choose to not actively hate them and/or respect people of differing tastes and how they use their inspirations and creative minds. They understand everyone has their own style and every story has its place.
When someone brought up how it seems like this subculture is trying to force its way onto future stories, The-Black-and-White-Berserker denied it and said if it was it was because so many stories had happy endings for heroes. Which he arbitrarily decrees all as “pandering” and not one of those kind of stories were ever good.
So basically “It’s not true, and if it was, that would be a good thing. So conform or be stomped into submission.”
But then when someone complained how Dan Didio ruined the Superman Family and trashed the marriage between Selena Kyle and Bruce Wayne, he said that was probably because “Single Batman and Superman sells well” which itself is an ultimately another form of pandering and even then, a considerable number of angry DC fans said they didn’t like it.
But thats the thing with groups like the RWBY Stans, they are the informed majority against the vocal toxic minority, or enlightened few amongst the unwashed masses. It has to be either one of those cases because in their mind, their way always makes everything better and can never be in the wrong and never will be.
Beserker also said any attempt to create any stories in response to stories like RWBY, Madoka Magica, and so on, weather be a fanfic or an original story that uses the works as inspiration, would be “leeching off” that work, especially when that response is done out of distaste.
Like say, somebody didn’t like the way Jaune and Pyrrha or Cloud and Aerith were tragic, so they might use the characters as inspiration and write an epic where characters like them go through Hell together and get a happy ending instead.
To the Beserker, that should not be allowed. But someone like Gen Urobuchi who’s words about happiness being “deceptive” is gospel and thus, has the moral high ground in his actions of making stories being inspired by shows and genres that did things he hated. A justified payback for Walt Disney “sanitizing” fairy tales or some rhetoric like that. But I will get into that later.
According to the Beserker’s law, if you don’t like it, make an original story that NEVER uses the archetypes, ship dynamics, or uses any inspiration of any kind and never challenges their approach.
I’m gonna make this very very clear. When you create art, especially in terms of storytelling, you put it out to be not only critiqued and admired, people may not like some parts of it and use what they did like as inspiration to create something in response.
And they have the absolute right to do that. Since the dawn of storytelling, inspiration had come from all sorts reasons, including disagreement and dislike of a story. Everyone has the right to challenge and contrast ideas and approaches.
Trying to police that is trying to control the forces of Creativity itself, which is intangible, insane, nor should be even attempted.
But we’re talking about a group of people fighting to completely control the forces of creativity and literary thousands of thousands of years of storytelling since cavemen told stories around fires.
All to prevent any more epics that don’t conform to their tastes and perhaps even challenge and disagree with them from being created and stop the possibility of a Renaissance of such stories from happening.
These ideologues think their way is the end-all-be-all of epic storytelling and therefore is exempt from these natural forces of creative thinking. Ergo, the cultural greater good is at stake if aspiring writers don’t genuflect to the ways of their appointed prophets
And keep in mind, the alternative for this group isn’t being forced or obligated to write the opposite. They can take cues and inspirations in writing however the please, and in the same ways as I have mentioned above.
What the Stans are trying to do is control new creative minds to work strictly in their favor or restrict them to Cookie-Cutter MCU films, sitcoms, and kiddie shows while telling them to shut up and be content with that.
They want a world where nobody creates any stories in contrast to theirs, especially out of distaste. They want their approach to epic storytelling, archetypes, tropes, and ship dynamics to be left unchallenged, or at least not in an effective way.
They want couples like Jaune and Pyrrha, and if as I dread, Blake and Sun, Ren and Nora, and Aerith and Cloud in general to suffer the same tragic fate over and over and over again and never have that challenged, contrasted, or disagreed with. Often saying that because they are not the main focus, they have to be ultimately killed off in the end, and their relationship and survival should never made an essential part of an epic.
They want stories to be like the Star Wars Prequel trilogy but with no Original Trilogy, Fate Zero without Unlimited Blade Works.
They want all future epics to be like the Norse Myth Ragnarok, and even then they leave out bits like the Gods being married and have children to take over or how Baldur and his brother Hodr was resurrected at the end. Kinda like how they leave out how Tatsumi and Mine survived in Akame Ga Kill manga and got hitched because it was inconvenient for their propaganda.
They don’t want to worry about sharing the platform with people who disagree with them.
They don’t want to face the unpleasant fact that there’s always going to be people think and feel differently from them and make stories as such.
Nor do they wan’t there to be another demographic of people who disagree with them that is taken just as seriously as they do.
And any works like Fairy Tail, Edens Zero, Sword Art Online cannot be just seen as bad or lousy, they have to be seen as of The Devil and those who like it to be nothing but degenerates and perverts and any reasons they give to be dismissed as lies or insanity.
Also on social media websites like Tumblr dissidents we stay in tags specifically made for vents and negative opinions which the Stans whine at them to do so they don’t have to see their opinions and feelings, they come over there anyway and bark at them for wrong-thinking and wrong-feeling and cause all kinds of trouble, often twisting our vents, complains, feelings, and opinions as attacks against the show runners to justify their attempts to silence us.
To borrow RetroBlasting’s analogy of the Anti-Repro Group in the Star Wars Toy Collecting Community
“It’s the equivalent of living in a town that happens to be next to a Cult’s Commune, and the Cult asks to be left alone to live as they choose, but they keep sending angry proselytizers out into your city streets, to preach their loony beliefs”
They believe they should be able to write and do whatever they want, however they want, and say whatever they want, wherever they want, and doll all of this without suppression, all while simultaneously censoring, restricting and confining everyone else
That way they can go on their iconoclastic revolution without any audience members and aspiring writers who disagree with them fighting back in any capacity, or at least not in a meaningful way.
They know what they are trying to do is ludicrous, unachievable, nor desirable. The forces of imagination are ones they know they cannot stop. But they are Hellbent on fighting it anyway.
I’m sorry, but when your a group of people fighting an ideological war to conquer a force you cannot nor should you completely control, your basically just a group of hooligans who prefer to cause pointless drama to fuel your ego than doing anything constructive in the community.
Now their target is not the corporations or companies as SJW try to. Their target is the fresh blood that have yet to tell their stories and who hustle and bustle about on Social Media Networks. They go pushing these standards onto these newcomers and shame, invalidate, and belittle them when they don’t.
In their mind, you can’t be an entitled fan if you go after a creator who hasn’t written their stories or work for a company yet.
But they don’t screech and shrill like SJWs, their tone is more like a cross between Cutler Beckett in the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy and Victoria Everglot’s parents from Corpse Bride
They have command over composure and articulate language but its often very passive aggressive, sneery, and sanctimonious.
Except The Berserker, when he goes off he sounds more like Pastor Steven Anderson, often speaking how the approaches stories like RWBY and Madoka Magica, and Gurren Lagan for some reason, are so righteous and how all other approaches are evil akin to the nutty pastor spewing his scorn against the Catholics Church, Orthodox Church, mainline Protestant and Jews.
Their massive hypocrisy is something they should be able to see given their condemnations of SJWs, but in their own cause they see it as perfectly acceptable.
Ideologues cannot be reasoned with, even though they claim they can be.
Ideologues never want peace, but always claim their peaceful.
They deal in absolutes and their ideology is the only thing they need in their mind to justify what they do to other people.
The lengths the Beserker and his army of Black Knights will resort to are not just cringeworthy, it’s downright appalling.
One of the things they love to do is to sycophantically point out to other writers but will also leave out parts that disprove their position as 100% right. At best, its out of ignorance, at worst, it’s flat out dishonesty.
For example, this group will arrogantly parade around how in the Lord of The Rings that after the conflict with Sauron, Saruman had scoured the shire. But they leave out the fact that Saurman’s little stunt didn’t last long as Frodo and Co with their experience ended Saruman’s scheme before he got backstabbed by Wormtongue.
They then go how Aragorn died before Arwen, but they leave out the couple had kids and a fulfilling regime before that and Arwen joined him shortly thereafter and they were reunited in the Timeless Halls before the glory of Eru Iluvatar.
They talk about how Frodo had to leave Middle Earth but leave out how Frodo was healed in Valinor(or found peace, I can’t remember) and even when he died, his fate was the same as the royal couple. Brought before the glory of Eru.
The Grimmdark Cops don’t like it when they don’t get the last word, nor do they like a happy afterlife because they don’t like such an idea no matter how detached from religion it is. But I would say this is more a symptom of a heavily secular culture we now live in today than anything else.
Now of course another tragic love story they love to bring up is Areith and Cloud at the hands of their lord and savior of Angst, Sephiroth.
Now I haven’t played the games, but I have a therapist and friends both who have and explained to me why it worked, and I will take their word on that, but I myself am just not into that. I don’t like it when romance is built up to be smashed down.
But one of my friends also pointed out that Cloud found love again in Tifa Lockhart. But the Grimmdark Cops also leave that out because its a blight on their agenda.
The only way they can allow something like that play out in stories such as RWBY if anyone is familiar with it is probably having Blake end up with Sun, Sun get’s killed off, probably by a zombified Adam, and Blake ends up with Yang instead, and even then they probably would have Yang eventually killed off too because its just not enough for them.
They ship LGBT couples but unlike the SJWs its even less sincere
They only support such ships if it gives them an excuse to kill off another that is traditionally straight, but not for some socio-political motive, but rather because its the act of tearing something down thats “traditional” in order for them to do what they nebulously define as “testing the hero’s valor.” Even then, they would also go after that ship and all other LGBT couples because of this obsessive compulsive need to “test” the heroes as well being fueled by a bizarre insecurity of showing the audience “Life’s not all sunshine and rainbows.” which they mean “This feel too right to us, make it tragic.” along with a nebulous claim it’s to show “consequences” no matter how contrived those “consequences” are
A romanic relationship in their eyes are just a means for their crusade, to be sacrificed on their sacrificial altar of ego.
My point is, just because it worked in Final Fantasy 7 doesn’t mean every ship, including ones like Cloud and Areith don’t always have to end up tragic.
Just as some characters may be like Portgas D. Ace from One Piece, but they don’t have to always be killed off like him.
Some characters may be like Ragna The Bloodedge from BlazBlue(if anyone knows it), but they don’t have to always end tragically like him and can choose a better path than he did.
But like I said The Grimmdark Cops do not accept that. They believe the philosophies of their venerated writers are gospel. As such, they believe they have the right to control what everyone else feels, thinks, their tastes, subjective feelings, creative minds, and use of inspiration as well as police everyone’s actions and speech over anything at any time. And they themselves are held accountable to no one
They also resort to dishonest rhetoric when representing the opposing side in order to sway those on the fence, because they can’t handle the idea of some on the fence going to the opposing side, nor can their egos handle the idea that someone while having similar experiences may have chose a different taste to cope, reflect, and move on.
The other side has to be evil, they have to be lying, they have to be ignorant, they have to be mentally ill.
Because this subculture can’t just be right about what they like and dislike, they have to be right about those who don’t share their tastes and preferences. Or else they would have to reflect upon themselves, and the Grimmdark Cops do not like that.
I remember after RWBY V3 there were criminally disingenuous arguments made by stans that those who felt alienated just wanted “Chibi RWBY with regular models” and told them to go watch Chibi RWBY or the MCU and shut up and be content with that.
I have spoken with many RWBY dissidents, and I never heard any of them say even once they wanted it to be lighthearted all the time.
I have seen some RWBY rewrites on FanFiction.Net and they had different ships, different character focus and world building, character deaths. Some I agreed with, some I didn’t, some I shipped, others I did not. Writing choices driven by objective reasons, subjective reasons, and a combo of both.
But whatever they were, they were done with the intent to improve RWBY so it could be the best it can be.
You may not agree with the points or arguments, you really don’t have to at all. But you can at least see the other side’s arguments are more nuanced and thought out and they aren’t the cowardly, backward, and uncultured subhuman scumbags they are made out to be.
But that would require honestly representing the opposing side, and the Stans do not like such honesty.
They do not like making fair comparisons either, always harkening to RWBY, Madoka Magica, or Akame Ga Kill and Fate: Zero as a litmus test if an epic is good or not
Then they label anything not like that with words like “Sunshine and Rainbows”, “Bulls**t Happy Ending”, “Sugar-plumb fairies” or “Detrimental” akin to how an SJW calls a story they don’t like “Racist”, “Sexist”, “Homophobic”, or “Problematic” or a militant atheist calling religion “Bronze Age myth” or “Sky Daddy” its all the same rhetoric, make the opposing side sound immoral and stupid, and make your own side sound righteous and smart.
This brings me back to The-Black-And-White-Beserker.
When a dissent brought up his own tragic experience and what he turned to in terms of entertainment to pick up the pieces rather than RWBY or Madoka Magica.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
And Soul Eater
Now a considerate person would probably think
“Hmmm, this person brought up stories that while most of them had happy endings, also had a good amount of drama. So this person isn’t against darkness but just rather also have a good amount of happiness and just is picky about certain outcomes. So he’s not a coward, just thinks and feels differently than I do.”
The Berserker on the other hand, straight up bit the dissent’s head off. He accused the poster of presenting such stories as 100% lighthearted and used that to accuse him of lying of his experience. And even then, acknowledging why that person likes Harry Potter and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, he acted like one of those reasons, surviving romantic couples, was a bad thing.
This group often belittles someone telling them to not judge a story on their subjective feelings and even then that their subjective feelings are wrong
“You shouldn’t use your subjective feelings in judging a story, and even then, how dare your subjective feelings not align with ours.”
The Grimmdark Police always say their fine with criticism of stories like RWBY if its “valid” and “objective”, but even when someone does try to be objective in their critiques, no matter how hard they try, it always ends up not being enough for the stans, and the dissident is demonized anyway and once gain get shamed restlessly with accusations of threatening the show runners.
They are also quick to eat their own the nanosecond one of their crusaders begins to question or dislike anything about their sacred golden calves.
Such was the case of a former Grimmdark Cop who I will call Ms.Fluff
Ms.Fluff used to be a good friend of The Berserker, but over time, she began to grow quite ill of RWBY but seemed to be too scared to say anything. She felt Black Sun was thrown out for Bumbleby, she thought the Fair Game tease was shallow, and she didn’t like Pyrrha’s death. But she kept smiling and nodding as she dreaded of being punished.
She finally couldn’t take it anymore. She posted a vent post and the Berserker turned on her instantly and humiliated her in a post for all of his minions to see. She didn’t care, but it shows how quick they are to betray their own kind when they step out of line.
This group that complains about SJWs making everyone afraid to speak their mind do the same exact thing all while saying how nobody finds other ways interesting anymore.
Everyone else contributes to this problem, but they can never consider the possibility that they are part of that problem. Because like I said in my last post, their way will never be wrong in their eyes.
But probably the most horrendous incident involving this horde involves the Berserker and a DeviantART user who I will call Christopher Robin
A few weeks after RWBY Volume 3, Christopher decided to speak his mind on DeviantART in a journal. In this journal, Christopher made a thorough disclaimer that he was just his opinion and he was speaking it as clearly as such.
The-Black-And-White-Beserker saw this journal and decided to go after Christopher. He harassed the man for an entire week demanding that Christopher take down his journal entry or else he would “drag him to Hell for all to see” and Christopher refused and began begging Berserker to leave him alone.
Oh, but that’s not the best part.
Berserker then put a link to the journal on a RWBY Reddit Page and began riling up his minions, he said that people like Christopher Robin were in “Dangerous Mindsets” and “Twisting reality to Justify their feelings”
He made it sound like Christopher Robin was justifying school shootings or something. All because he said he did not like the character deaths and dark turn of the show.
Then he told them to “think about what he said, not what I said, now GO!”
So he basically stoked the fires of righteous indignation in his stormtroopers and sent them to raise unholy Hell.
The attacks were so bad that Christopher told Berserker he was actually considering suicide, Beserker’s response?
“Stay away from him, he’s not right in the head” and “I didn’t even try to be mean to him”
Berserker harassed someone over an opinion, launched an entire harassment campaign against him, pushed him into near suicide, and then showed no remorse, blamed the victim, and only apologized when he was called out.
Do I HAVE to tell you how messed up that is? PLEASE tell me I don’t.
This group always plays themselves and the beloved writers as the victims and demands apologies and condemnations from others, but as for their own deplorable and sanctimonious behavior? There will always be and excuse or and exception.
SJW Hypocrisy is a bad joke, theirs is an art form. They complain about them supporting groups like AntiFa while they themselves turn a blind eye to the actions of their own ilk to achieve their own aims. All to fight an unwinnable war to completely control creativity itself.
They clearly believe religiously venerating writers is more important than treating others with empathy and civility or minding their own business
And worst of all, they do all of this while complaining about SJW methods and how they polarize and divide audiences and writers
They are okay with their actions have done to people in a pointless fight that they cannot nor should they win, because there is no castle to plunder.
Their movement has its own brand of Censorship, Buzzwords, Oppression Narrative, Thought Policing, Groupthink, and Control, no matter how they attempt to spin it.
And they all have this hallucination that they are the heroic underdogs of this story. Just like the SJWs.
The Lord doth say “You shall know them by their fruits” and their fruits are bitter and rotten.
They disregard other people’s experiences as lies or insanity if they don’t end up liking what these groups like and instead liking what these groups don’t.
They are quick to tell others that they don’t matter, and how pathetic, sad, and mentally ill they are if they disagree with them.
And they’ve become so drunk off their elitism, they have failed to see that they do not have the moral high ground in their actions.
They have decreed the likes of Gen Urobuchi, Dan Didio, the late Monty Oum as the collective Big Brother whose way is the law of the land, and themselves their police force, and they believe all audience members and aspiring storytellers are obligated to be obedient to their will, and that they can dictate the destinies of characters, stories, and ships yet to be created.
These writers aren’t, they aren’t, we aren’t, and they don’t
During the 80s and 90s the New Hollywood Renaissance had began reaching to its height with family films, notably revolving around science fiction, families, and either aliens or robots. The most well known of these kinds of films were ET and the Short Circuit Duology. But one under-appreciated film that combines both ideas in a story takes place in New York in a run-down apartment/diner, a group of its occupants, a sinister corporation and its leg breaking toadies, and a tiny family of saucer robots who fix things and eat electricity
This is the movie *batteries not included directed by Matthew Robins, this film was his debut as a screenwriter
Taking place in East Village in New York, the owner of the apartment/diner complex, Frank Riley(played by Hume Cronyn) struggles to keep the place from being torn down by property developers whose manager Lacey(played by Michael Greene) has hired a gang a thugs led by Carlos(played by Michael Carmine) to harass and loot the place to pressure the owner and his wife Faye(played by Hume’s wife Jessica Tandy) who unfortunately suffers dementia reliving the past. Also part of the apartment is a pregnant single mother Marisa Esteval(played by Elizabeth Peña), a struggling artist Mason Baylor(played by Dennis Boutsikaris) and quiet former boxing champion Harry Noble(played by Frank McRae). After Carlos tears up the diner and chases Franks friends out and the police are unable to act without Frank risking retribution, Frank quietly begs for someone to come and help them or face the possibility of him and Faye retreating to a retirement home.
The old couple are very sympathetic, especially Frank. He actually reminds me so much of my late grandfather on my Mother’s side. Frustrated and rightfully so with the despicable behavior of young people and the callous nature of those in charge while trying to make the best with his wife’s condition. As someone who has a grandmother on his father’s side suffering from mental deterioration, this hit me deep. Faye while suffering natural mental illness, she manages to retain cognitive thought to some degree, and her sympathy and never-ending compassion for her husband, the other occupants, and the Fix-Its. By being stuck in the past, she seems to produce some timeless wisdom that isn’t seen in this day and age.
Later that night, that plea Frank made was answered
Two small saucer-bots, who are later dubbed “The Fix-Its” fly into the home and the feminine one, exhausted and low on energy, plugs herself into the kitchen to recharge. Afterwards, they find one of the broken frames from the diner and fix it and find and fix the diner as well. Faye wakes up and is greeted by them, and she allows them to make a nest in the shack on the top of the building, which Frank and the others meet the morning after.
Mr. and Mrs. Fix-it are very cute, they seem to have a somewhat animal-like behavior, something I would compare to birds. They speak through whirring servers and bizarre sounds of beeps and various pitches of what sound like power-drills and buzzsaws
Later on its revealed that Mrs. Fix-It is “pregnant” as she is having cravings. So the folks of the apartment start feeding her all sorts of metal objects and a steady flow of electricity which results in her birthing three “baby” robots. Jetsom, Flotsom, and Wheems, the last seemingly stillborn, only to be resuscitated by Harry using parts of his TV set. The robot family helps fix the apartment and in turn the occupants provide them shelter and babysit the little ones which is provided by Mason, Marisa, and Harry.
The children are even cuter than their parents, and like they’re parents they have behavior akin to birds, chicks to be specific. They don’t do too much like their parents, but they don’t need to. The babies, Wheems to be precise, have a role to play later on. As Carlos damages the father and scares away the children and burns the apartment down, the former seemly drives the family away when they are reunited, but later revealed that Wheems returns to try to fix the apartment by himself, only to be joined by his family who were actually getting help as they return with an entire fleet of their kind to rebuild the ruins. The Development company concedes defeat and merely builds around the apartment
Now the plot, there isn’t much but it mostly revolves around the humans. It’s revealed later in the story that Faye and Frank’s son had died in a car crash some time ago and Frank had some very rough words with their son before. Faye seems to mistake Carlos for his son, but it’s never clear if this denial is deliberate or not, but I assume it partially to cling on to what cognitive function she has left and even by the end of the film we don’t know if there’s some resolution.
But I can’t help but feel the real issue I have with this story is Mason as his personality is rather inconsistent when interacting with the Fix-Its. At one point he is completely flabbergasted by their ability to reproduce, then he’s quick to dismiss a tragic stillbirth from the same little robots, and soon enough he’s the babysitter of the little tykes. I just cannot help but feel Mason’s character development wasn’t thought out in terms of chronological order. Meanwhile his love story with Marisa and his search of artistic inspiration while not bad in concept, doesn’t show too much in development, it just goes along a bit too quickly.
Speaking of Marisa, the biological father of her children happens to be a musician who’s part of something I would call a modern caravan, but sadly her story in regards of her pregnancy or her quasi-deadbeat boyfriend even gets less attention than Mason and Mr. and Mrs. Riley
Carols seems like a stereotypical hooligan, but it seems more like he’s a desperate man trying to get his own decent lifestyle as he lives in the Ghettos of New York, unfortunately they only explore this once with his interaction with Faye but once again the audience seems to be left guessing on what exactly his deal is, but we at least see he has regrets as he desperately tries to save Faye from the fire that engulfs the complex.
The whole film seems enjoyable in terms of the major overarching plot and the moments with the Fix-It family, but sadly the subplots seem to me a bit sub-par. I believe the reason this is due to the overarching plot taking up too much space for the sub-plots to have the proper pacing they need.
The Fix-It family was designed by Star Wars designer Ralph Mcquarrie and The legendary Industrial Light and Magic
The Music composed by James Horner
Would I recommend this film, yes. I really do love this movie in regards to overarching plot and the adorable robots, but I would request that you don’t put too much thought into the sub-plots. For me at least they don’t seem to do get much developed and left either resolved too quickly, or left with a rather nebulous conclusion.
I give *batteries not included Seven Comedy Masks out of Ten
“Thou art Ventix, The Lord of the wind, lawman, sheriff, and great sentinel. You shall be the patron saint of lawmen, frontiersmen, and peacekeepers as you command the winds to be calm winds or strong tempests whenever they need be. You’re sense of justice shall help establish boundaries and your gusts of wind shall uproot the lawless and chaotic and soft breezes shall maintain the lawful. Mortals shall seek order amongst the chaos and your winds shall bring them to it”– Omnibus
With eyes like a sunset and hair of grey and with the appearance of a sheriff in colors of tan, burgundy, and sagebrush, Ventix is the Loremaster of Air, One of the Six Cherubim, husband of Silva, embodiment of the world Range and wind which stirs to bring chaos and calms to bring order.
No-Nonsense, Sober, and honorable, Ventix uses the wind to calm chaos in mortal worlds whenever he can and stirs tempests to where evil, mostly organized crime, takes root. He often spends his time in Avalon high upon the Grey Canyons in his domain to observe the worlds below and write laws in his great books. He then gives it to his Inspiri to copy and use to teach mortals law as well record just law and bring them back to their master. Whenever the Deo Electi are in mental dismay and lack clarity, Ventix acts as the lawman of their thoughts and through the aid of the Creati bring peace and law to their minds and senses.
As state, how Ventix brings order and peace of mind depends on which world and its nature.
In his own realm Range, he can operate through gentle breezes or great gusts of wind
With Solarax in Decotropolis he works through the gentle warmth of a fireplace or smells of stands, cafes, and restaurants
With Fulgrom in the realm of Quartz he works through soft rumbles of thunder
With Umbarias in the realm Nokenpad he works through the soft sounds of the night
With Aquitas in the realm of Exepitia he works through the calming sounds of the ocean tides
With his wife Silvine in the realm of Fauna he works through the gentle sounds of the birds
Make no mistake, despite his gentle and silent nature, Ventix does act when it comes to it often working through one of the Deo Electi who is chosen to wield a portion of his power, lending them the power to command great and terrible wind storms to blow away the wicked
In the realm of the Range, he is known as The Wondering Windy Lawman for when the foul and cruel act upon their greedy and barbaric ways among lawful and good towns, he will at times appear as a wandering mysterious traveler clothed in burgundy and brown upon a grey horse, brining with him strong gusts of wind to intimidate and warn these lawbreakers they are not welcome
While seeming serious and grim, his wife Silvine seems to break his sober disposition and melt into her hands
Animals that he’s associated with are Eagles, Coyotes, and Buffalo
I based him on Stribog of Slavic myth but also Clint Eastwood and Nathaniel “Natty” Bumppo aka Hawkeye of The Last of The Mohicans and the legends of Wyatt Earp
“Thou art Aquitas, The Holy Navigator, Lady of the Seas, Charter, and Pilgrim. You shall be The Patron Saint of Pilgrims, Adventurers, Travel, Expeditions, and Wisdom. You shall fill the great cavities of these worlds with the waters of your fountains and you shall grant safe travels to the Deo Electi. Wherever water flows, you shall be present. In the water, mortals will look and reflect upon themselves and gain wisdom Whatever filth taints my flocks, you shall wash them away.” – Omnibus
With hair and eyes like seafoam and clothed with turquoise, white, and bronze, Aquitas The Loremistress of Water is one of the Six Cherubim and Wife of Fulgrom and embodiment of the world Expeditia and the element of water which washes, nourishes, and reflects.
Wise, soft-spoken, and collective, Aquitas maps out each lore-world and brings them to her Inspiri which in turn use to teach mortals the art of charting, map making, and navigation. She also observes the personal plights of the Deo Electi and helping them reflect and find resolve. As she records the experience of the Deo Electi of each respective realm, her inspiri relay it and bring it to mortal spiritual guides of other worlds. Also through the fountains of her room, Aquitas also subtly points the Deo Electi in the right direction during their journeys and provide sage passage in spite of harsh weather or obstacles in her path. On her own, she can use water to direct weather be seas, rivers, lakes, or other bodies of water and liquid based navigation such as liquid compasses. She requires aid with the other Creati in Order to guide the Deo Electi with other elements
With her husband Fulgrom she can guide them with where lightning strikes
With Umbarias she can guide them with the stars of the night
With Solarax she can guide them with where the sun casts the shadows
With Silvine she guides with where moss and vines grow
With Ventix she guides by where the wind blows
In the world of Expeditia she is known as The Mother of Tides and it is said that she appears in the reflections of the seas when mortal souls are looking back on their past actions or lost at sea, often helping them finding resolve or leading them back home or their desired destination.
Aquitas often serves as the voice of reason and restraint during his mad fits of inventing and conceptualizing, helping him relax with her kisses and loving embrace.
The animals she is associated with are Seagulls, Squid, and Orcas
Her inspiration comes mostly from Scheherazade along with Amphitrite and Naburoo from Legend of Zelda
While I work on conceptualizing my overarching multiverse and stories, I would like to introduce another universe in the making, the indie industry has been rising up and introducing new worlds of superheroes. From Timothy Lim with his USA Super-Bunny Black Hops and his satirical heroine Kamen America, so I decided to conceptualize my own world of superheroes, which will begin at the end of the Victorian Era, and rise upward thereafter
This is The V.I.G.I.L-Verse
Inspired by the DC Animated Universe I grew up with, Batman The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited combined with Tokusatsu and works of Shotarou Ishnomori
For those who do not know. Shotarou Ishnomori was a manga artist and an assistant to Osamu Tezuka in the mid 1950s and had created countless of works such as Cyborg 009, Inazuman, The Skull Man, and even created Kamen Rider and Himitsu Sentai Goranger which would be adapted in the 1970s respectively as the first of the Kamen Rider Series and Super Sentai Series which the latter we would adapt as Power Rangers starting from from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, and Metal Hero Series which we would also adapt some of its shows into Big Bad Beetleborgs and VR Troopers. His stories I have enjoyed in my life and I still think its criminal how underappreciated he is outside of the world of manga, anime, and a considerable amount of modern mythology is owed to this man. But that is a story for another post for another day.
Now Tokusatsu is a genre of Japanese film and television, the word literary means “Special Effects” and technically can be applied to almost any show or film that uses them. But technically, it falls into the lines of what Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Metal Hero would be, all three belonging to Toei, but there have been other companies who competed against them and at least one still does to this day, Tsubraya with its Ultraman Series.
But the main motifs of Toku shows is there would be a hero that transforms, or in some cases summons the hero, and usually, with a device, an evil organization that had a “Great Leader”, an elite, a monster of the week, an army of grunts, and incredible theme songs, most of it I say was started or at least perfected by Shotaro.
The VIGIL verse follows just that, setting in an alternate Earth to our own, and starting off in the UK at the near end of the Victorian Era, New York and Mexico during the Gilded Age, and Japan in the Meiji Era with a history of Tokusatsu-esque heroes.
A sinister secret society working to supplant humanity with a race of monsters, lead by the mysterious “High-Leader” this organization is known as Verum. With it’s branches in each respected country, kidnapping the vulnerable of society and recruiting those willing, sacrificing them to a mysterious heathen god they simply call “The Secret God” who in turn gives them the souls of those sacrificed to be turned into “Monster-Men”
Which brings us to our seven heroes will be the seeds of a legacy that will come to fruition through their children, grandchild, and their allies. These heroes being of an owl, a rabbit, a fox, a spider, golem, and a pumpkin.
Anslem Godwin – The Owlman – A Kajin created by Verum’s western branch, The Circle of Stolas. In his past life, he was an orphan taken it by the cult only to be sacrificed and reborn as an adult monster.
Ichabod Crane – The Headless Hosreman – A former school teacher who fell to the curse of Sleepy Hollow and became an American dullahan but through battling with his personal demons, has learned to wield its power for good
Aina Natsuki – The Jade Rabbit – A Gyokuto, A Moon Rabbit Youkai, skilled in medicine, and a mallet, who leaves her home in order to pursuit the mysterious forces laying waste to her village and spreading pestilence throughout Japan
Miyako Momoka – The Pink Fox – A Kitsune and close friend of Aina who accompanies her in her crusade as well as flirting with men who she finds attractive, mostly out of unresolved feelings of loneliness.
Berko Chidubem – The Yellow Spider – A spidermorph who lives in a village in Ghana as a Tailor but his peaceful life comes to an end when villages are terrorized by monsters of unholy origins
Adam Stein – A Golem created by Joseph The Wandering Jew who worked in Israel with his creator as a traveling Merchant until the city of Israel is haunted by creatures of Mesopotamian mythology
After they deal with their own threats, they are each invited by agents of an organization that deals with with satanic and occult threats, and had been in an underground war with Verum for the soul of the world.
The Order of St. Cyprian which is run by an eccentric cardinal of the Holy See
The five serve the order and join the fight that stretches to the 1980s which they have made ties to other heroes in other countries.
From there, in an alternate 1990s, new heroes will spring up all over the globe, and the children and grandchild of the original five will bring them together in an international organization that will serve to combat threats of humanity
What I hope to create is in this superhero universe is something that DC and has lost thanks to he-who-shall-not-be-named and the movement pushed by the “True Art is Angsty” crowd who I personally believe have too much influence along with other “subversive” movements, but that is for another day.
This will be a superhero universe that will have what the youth need and want. Heroes with happy personal lives, that have happy marriages and families that are legacy characters who live those things as well, Aspirational Heroes, everything that the once iconic universe of two letters were.
Enough with the angst
Enough with the subverting
Enough with this insecure and arrogant need to be dark to fuel fabricated feelings superiority and a nebulous and narcissistic idea of “maturity” or the infamous and irritating buzzword, or “Buzz-saying” “That’s life, crap happens”
I am not certain if I should make this a website of its own or simply tag the difference. I will consort with my peers to come to a decision.