ViZ Media Stops DCTP Translations and Scans of the Manga Detective Conan

24 Jul

So I go on DCTP.ws to get my dosage of Detective Conan to find this:

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ViZ Media sent a notice to DCTP, The Detective Conan Translation Project,  an online message board for Detective Conan fans, telling them to stop scans and translations because apparently Viz owns the “rights” to Detective Conan. DCTP was known as a website that translated the Detective Conan manga, and at one time anime, for English-speakers, since most English-speakers had no manga complement as decent as the Japanese version. DCTP drew in fans from around the world. The team was very dedicated to their job of translating, even though many had other things to do. They were greatly appreciated. The same outrageous thing happened when SOPA and PIPA cracked down on pirating movies and shows on the internet, and so DCTP had to cease their translations of the Detective Conan animes. I was alright with that as longs as I was able to read the manga. And there wasn’t an English anime airing on my t.v. And I certainly don’t want that trash, Case Closed, ever airing on Cartoon Network again. There was never a good English anime complement to the Japanese version. DCTP’s manga scans helped that. But then Viz just had to drop the bomb.

Here’s my thing. Viz Media, if you own the rights, why haven’t you been doing your job of translating the manga at the same pace as the Japanese version? I am sure DCTP wouldn’t have translated the manga had there actually BEEN some mangas for them to read in ENGLISH! DCTP did a better job of releasing the English scans in a timely fashion, nearly matching the timing of the Japanese manga, and they weren’t even getting paid! Viz Media is SLOW and PATHETIC.

I don’t speak Japanese, and I don’t READ Japanese. I appreciated a website that provided a decent, well-translated manga. Viz Media is GARBAGE. They do not know how to make good dubbed material. They translate the mangas they want to translate, and if it doesn’t give them the satisfactory number of sales they want, they will cease translation altogether. That was a perk I will sorely miss from DCTP. They were loyal, hard-working fans that would never stop translating because they enjoyed reading Detective Conan themselves and made a hobby of sharing it with other international fans.

Viz Media never cared about manga and anime fans. All they care about is making money from anime geeks. They hope to make a profit from this. But sadly, they won’t. You know why? Because their translations are 10 years behind JAPAN’S! Over half of the English audience is 10 years ahead of Viz Media in the story. By the time Viz Media chokes up the most up-to-date file, English-speaking fans will more than likely just give up on the series altogether. And by that time, Japan’s version will probably be OVER! DCTP was up-to-date. ViZ Media fails as a company altogether. I understand Viz is a company and has to eat, but they don’t put the same effort behind Detective Conan that DCTP did, and that’s the truth.

Another crappy addition to Viz Media’s version is the SCREWED title, Case Closed. Why couldn’t you have used the ORIGINAL title, Detective Conan, Viz Media? Let’s also add the fact that Ran’s name is RACHEL and Shinichi’s name is JIMMY! Oh, why! Why is my worst nightmare coming true! Most of the cast’s names have been changed to sound more “American”, and it’s horrifying. The Detective Boys are the “Junior Detective League”, Mouri Kogorou is RICHARD MOORE, Ai Haibara is VI GRAYTHORN (WTF?) and Heiji is Harley Hartwell! Oh, just shoot me! Shoot me now!

I might not be buying or reading another Detective Conan manga until File 84 comes out in English. And when will that be? Another FOUR YEARS? This is the most disappointing news I’ve received! And when I do get it, I won’t be reading about Shinichi Kudo. Oh no. I will be reading about Jimmy Kudo! ARGH! The agony! I can’t even cringe my way through that!

I’m also reflecting on all of the Japanese cultural moments that were so eloquently translated by DCTP. Viz Media just loves to take Japanese tradition and culture, and STOMP America all over it! They butcher over half of their mangas to make it more “understandable” for international audiences, and it just usually ends up a pile of train-wreck! They never translate the volume EXACTLY like DCTP did. Viz translates, omits, and re-writes everything! They are likely to change a popular Japanese board game into checkers! WHY! Please tell me this isn’t so! I knew this was coming one day, but I guess I wasn’t as prepared as I thought for this day. I count it as a lost in my manga world.

For people around the world who don’t have to deal with Viz, you are fortunate.

I think this is probably the worst news I’ve heard this month…

No, wait. f(x)’s schedule for this week and next week have been wiped clean. Today is not my day…

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Not Case Closed! Anything but Case Closed! NO!

What is GN’s Least Favorite f(x) album?

22 Jul

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I know. Most of you might think that I seem to worship the ground f(x) walks on. From my background, to the heavy load of video sharing I do on random posts, to the large number of articles focused on this K-pop group, my promotion never ends. In fact, it seems like f(x) is a favorite among most critics.

f(x) Pink Tape

f(x) Red Light

But that doesn’t mean I think every album of f(x)’s was top-notch. I have my least favorite. I really don’t worship them as much as most people may think. But I am a fierce promoter of things that I believe deserve attention, and even f(x)’s worst is still pretty good. If you noticed, f(x)’s Electric Shock is not one of the albums that have a review from me…

I loved the concept. The title song was good, although the video was…meh. But the actual EP? Well, let me elaborate.

I got into an interesting discussion with the Assistant Chief Editor of Hellokpop, a popular K-pop news media website. They’d recently given their review on the Red Light album, and to my surprise they found Red light to be f(x)’s weakest album since the Nu Abo EP. Of course, I had to disagree. You know I already did my review on Red Light.

http://www.hellokpop.com/2014/07/20/album-review-fx-red-light/

I stated in my comment to them that in my honest opinion the weakest album/EP from f(x) was Electric Shock.

This may shock many of you. It certainly shocked Hellokpop, to the point they asked for my reasoning for pinning Electric Shock as f(x)’s weakest. I didn’t realize that so many people, including critics, deemed Electric Shock as praiseworthy. I mean, compared to many K-pop albums, it was one of the most experimental albums out at the time, and it had some of the most interesting lyrics. Sure, there wasn’t a boring song on the album. Every song was catchy. They really sounded like Shinee in that era. But in comparison to f(x)’s other work, I have to disagree with most people when they deem Electric Shock as f(x)’s greatest “masterpiece”.

This is actually a review of sorts, only I’m not really giving a rating. This is my reason:

I suppose Red Light has less of an impact on usual k-pop listeners than Pink Tape and Electric Shock.

I knew about them through “Electric Shock” MV, but I really just started examining their work closer five months ago. I’ve observed them carefully. I was never into K-pop until I heard f(x)’s Pink Tape.

Pink Tape had a couple of artistic pieces, such as “Shadow” and “Good-bye Summer”. I felt the sound of “Shadow” cleverly conveyed a “shadow” with the smooth vocals, and the eerie feeling. Even if the listener couldn’t understand the lyrics, the tone conveyed feeling, to the point you could almost picture the “shadow”. It was a true form of art. That level of artistry is most commonly found on Broadway, or in musical movies, like in Disney’s Fantasia.

The Electric Shock EP, in comparison, lacked that kind of artistry or feeling. The sounds didn’t convey the feeling of the lyrics. I couldn’t picture anything solid through the music. It was almost as hollow as any pop album.

“Electric Shock”, the song itself, conveyed the feeling of an “electric shock” running up the body, while the first blush of love occurs, quite well, and one of the most commendable pieces on that EP. The others were left dry.

“Jet” was about being too busy to have a love life. I couldn’t feel that with the melody, tune, or lyrics. Neither spoke to me. As English is my first language, I couldn’t know what that song was about before translating the lyrics because the sound was simply catchy, but didn’t move with the lyrics as if they were “speaking” to the listener. Though it was meant to be a song expressing female independence, I was left feeling that it was a party song, not even picturing a girl turning down a lover. It was electronic, and just like electronics, hollow like a robot.

“Zig-Zag” gets mixed up with “Jet”. The song is about having a complicated love life, but the melody, the instrumental, didn’t convey that. It did convey a “zig-zag”-like feeling, but I never understood that this was a love song.

“Beautiful Stranger” was one of the very few songs that conveyed passion. The song is about two foreigners falling in love, often having cultural and language barriers. Amber, being the natural “rapper” of the song, conveyed passion in that song, as it apparently related to her as a foreign artist. The low tones in the verses conveyed a person trying to reach out, fiercely stating the obstacles, when it gets to the bridge/chorus we can almost picture the person stretching their hands towards the person in an attempt to try to finally reach out and confess the feelings, despite the language barrier. It’s almost like putting lyrics to imagination, making a “scene” out of the song. If we were to do the same with “Jet” or “Zig Zag”, we would end up empty-handed.

“Love/Hate” also failed to feel like a love/hate song, and sounded more like a cheer-chant. The “ups-and-downs” they were supposed to be feeling in the song was lost. I wouldn’t have known what it was about had the title not had love/hate in it, and the chorus didn’t shout it out a hundred times. They didn’t paint a picture of love-hate through the melody or vocals the way “Shadow” did in Pink Tape. What we find, in fact, is that “Zig Zag” and “Love/Hate” are really about the same thing: A love/hate relationship…

“Baby Let’s Try” also did really well in conveying girls being caught up in a romance with someone, and just wanting to run away or “leave” a particular place with that person. It carried that light air with it. I knew it was a love song even before I knew what the lyrics were saying. Though I think it was a generic love song that didn’t make any interesting references, nor did it have any interesting metaphors, it was still expressive.

I always feel music should be expressive. The point of lyrics-to-music, in my opinion, is usually to tell a story. Electric Shock didn’t tell me a story. It really didn’t tell me anything but to dance. If I wanted to just dance, I could hear an instrumental without lyrics. But then again, I keep Opera and Showtunes in my collection of music. I listen to a lot of world music, from Turkish Tarkan to classical Ludwig.

Another reason I felt Electric Shock was f(x)’s weakest was because of the lack of variety. While each sound was experimental, it fell mostly in the average up-beat, pop dance genre. “Jet” was upbeat, but lacking in terms of depth. I could really take or leave that song. It was awkwardly cute, and sounded like it was for children under the age of 12, which I don’t mind, as long as the instrumental conveys the right feeling . “Love/Hate” was typical of Asian pop (I listen to J-pop, C-pop, V-pop, many Asian pop songs). It simply had a catchy chorus, a lot of shouting, zany, but at the heart of the lyrics was a message about fickle love, something that was left unclear by the sound. “Love/Hate” was upbeat like most of the other songs. There wasn’t something for everyone, which I felt Red Light delivered. Mostly only people who like upbeat, dance-pop music would like the Electric Shock EP, but if you preferred ballads, acoustics, piano instrumental, House, Trap, retro, or even a mature, sexy evening song, you couldn’t find it. Electric Shock was a bit repetitive, and I often felt I was hearing the same song over and over again, especially between “Electric Shock”, “Jet”, and “Zig Zag”. The same “electronic” feeling was heard throughout all the songs. The concept killed the variety and emotional artistry, as well as vocal potential.

Even Nu Abo delivered the variety. From “Dear Daddy”, we have a soothing piano ballad. “Nu Abo” was fierce, and catchy. “Mr. Boogie” was sexy and silky. “Me +U” are for people who like more upbeat, bubblegum entertainment. “Surprise Party” was mellow for those who dislike a bunch of head-bangers. Pinocchio and the re-package had variety. With the variety, we at least can see the scope of their talents. I felt their talents were stifled in Electric Shock.

With Red Light, it carried variety and artistry. I’m just going to take “Red Light” for example. The low verses carry a ticking sound, like a bomb is ticking, bringing in an experimental trap feeling. When the bridge occurs, we are told to “stop for a moment and breathe”. Just as the lyrics say it, the song follows suit, so it feels like they are speaking to the listener. Then the chorus erupts into the House genre, just like the revolution they are trying to portray. The lyrics are encouraging us to re-examine our values, symbolizing themselves as activists trying to boldly make a statement to us, trying to make us really see the world beyond the superficial, according to Arirang‘s BTS of f(x)’s “Red Light”. Using Caterpillar, the American diesel-fueled organization, also known as CAT, as symbols, they embark to show us all we take for granted everything under our noses.

“All Night” is a slick sound, good for an older crowd who enjoys smooth 70′s disco numbers (the seniors seem to gravitate to this song), and the song is so sexy, it feels like something seductive is happening “all night”.

“Paper Heart”, the folk, Taylor-Swift-like country song, draws in those fans that love meaningful songs. The light sound is delicate just like a “paper heart”.

“Butterfly” is an example of this too. “Butterfly” sounds light and wistful just like a butterfly floating lazily in the sky.

Even “Boom Bang Boom” begins intensely, expressing the anger that occurs between two girls, when Luna’s bridge comes, she challenges the girl to enter the ring, once the chorus comes, they are fighting. We can feel that and picture it as they sing. So many other examples, but it would be even more long-winded if I continued.

I’m just going to also add the fact that they actually used their vocals in many songs instead of the heavy synchronization present due to technology, like in Electric Shock. The Red Light album draws in all kinds of people of different musical tastes.

The level of artistry is similar to Pocahontas’s “What’s Around the Riverbend”, especially how each sound inconsistently conveys each emotion she sings. It’s like when you hear Tom and Jerry. They don’t speak, but you can hear what’s going on by the song in the background. f(x) translated this to pop music in Pink Tape and Red Light.

Electric Shock failed to do that. It was simply designed to play at people’s parties and BBQs, holding back in depth and substance, chomping down on electronics, which disguised the girls’ vocal potentials, and pumped out dance numbers without stopping to help the listener get the sense of what each song was even about. We have one song that actually expresses something artistic, and that song excludes two of five members. The other song, “Baby Let’s Try” is distinctly different from the others, and is a solid pop song. It’s just not particularly interesting lyric-wise. For a person native to the language, maybe that kind of person could overlook the lack of feeling. If you just want to dance, sure, that kind of person would, too. But if you’re alone in your room, trying to find a meaningful piece to think about and contemplate like you would art in an art museum, Electric Shock would be last on my list. Well, Electric Shock probably has more substance than other K-pop albums I hear, where at least the lyrics are interesting, and the melodies are original and zany. At least in “Love/Hate” the verses move “up and down” as they sing to show the “roller-coaster” like feelings being expressed. But in comparison to other albums, Electric Shock does this the least.

But this is just my analysis. Many critics give props to things, but that doesn’t always classify it as “art” in my book. Critics so often go on their own tastes, and don’t often consider the tastes of the “collective”. There are many genres out here, and many different ears. If one artist can capture 10 genres within one album, drawing new fans every time, that’s pure genius for me.

I’m sorry this is so long. I was trying to explain my point thoroughly.

So, that’s my spin on Electric Shock, and why it’s my least favorite f(x) album. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. What’s your favorite and least favorite f(x) album, and why? Do you think I have a valid reason for believing Electric Shock to be f(x)’s weakest?

For more f(x):

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Red light Review

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Summer on GN!

Which f(x) member are you? quiz

f(x)’s charm and Venus

f(x)’s Ideal Types by Sun and Mars

f(x) Around the World

f(x) in the USA

f(x) on Olleh: Korea’s most Unique Girl Group

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is f(x) Victoria?

Just how talented is f(x) Amber?

Just how talented is f(x) Krystal?

Just how talented is f(x) Luna?

GN’s Top 10 F(x) songs (so far)

Girls’ Generation vs F(x): Chocolate Love

Why does GN love f(x) so much?

Funny Reaction videos to f(x) “Red Light”

Who is your f(x) bias?

EXTRAS

USA’s Nylon writes about Girls’ Generation’s Jessica and F(x)’s Krystal, Jungsis!

F(x) Amber and Got7 on We Got Married Global! Which man wins Amber’s heart (Natal chart reading)?

F(x) Gets treated unfair by SM? And EXO is treated better?

Make Your Move, SM’s first American movie has songs from F(x) and Girls’ Generation in it!

F(x) Amber, a part of androgynous inspiration!

The Korean Wave

Venus signs and Love Stories, F(x) Amber Liu is mentioned

Music Core, f(x) mentioned

Jackie Liu, Amber Liu’s Sister, Gets Hurt by Fan

f(x)’s Amber in a parody Korean drama for A Song for you!

 A SPECIAL BULLETIN FROM GN:

Remember the families in Gaza and Israel. Too much violence between human brothers. #Gaza on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

 

#Leh

20 Jul

This is my newest summer JAM! Ya’ll can party with me by listening to this new cut by Superwoman and the Humble Poet! She makes some pretty funny Youtube videos, too. So, check her out!

#Leh

Five Songs, Female Empowerment, Two Messages: Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Little Mix, and Fifth Harmony: Which do you think carries the STRONGEST MESSAGE?

18 Jul

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Here comes “Ms. Controversial” here, with another controversial topic…

Wow. Just came across five songs that seem to all represent the same theme: female empowerment. They didn’t all debut at the same time, yet the message they send is equally strong and relevant for today.

From first glance, you might think these songs are “feminist songs”. But that’s not entirely true of all of them.

Lesson #1: There are two ways women represent female empowerment : 1) Through Feminism 2) Through Chauvinism

What’s the difference?

Definition of Feminism: the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men

With Feminism, it brings out the idea that women are EQUAL to men, are capable of the same opportunities, whether they try and succeed, or try and fail. It is the idea that women have the same feelings, wants, desires, and need for freedom that men have. It is the idea that women can take care of themselves much the same way a man could.

It is NOT the idea that women don’t NEED men, that women are BETTER than men, and that women are exclusively different from men in the fact that they’re prettier, stronger, and have their own interests, desires, and feelings. It is not the idea that women have better thought patterns and views of the world. These ideas are more closely associated with female chauvinism.

Definition of Chauvinism: the denigration, disparagement, and patronization of either sex based on the belief that one sex is inferior to the other and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit

Dictionary.com’s definitions

Angry feminists, exasperated with the lack of equality, can often turn into female chauvinists in their life-time. Women suffering from break-ups, rape, or other socially harmful relationships often become female chauvinists. They end up almost HATING men. Many end up feeling women are superior in what they can do, or rather many result to over-emphasizing their importance in a hetero relationship out of frustration because it may seem like the men in their lives don’t “respect” them as equals.

But what we must understand is that female chauvinists and feminists are not the same thing. In fact, the very difference is that feminism benefits MEN. It encourages men to stay home for a change, cook, clean, sew, wear nice clothing, enjoy ponies, and anything else, even if it’s not stereo-typically “male”. Chauvinism, on the other hand, sets out to make the “lesser” gender look bad, weaker, evil, or just useless. It builds up one gender above another, and encourages the “lesser” gender to be more like “it”. It is usually evident which message is which by the opposite gender’s responses…

Most men respond to feminist material as “this is cool and dope”, much like the responses towards Mulan and Hunger Games. Men usually end up respecting the women to some degree rather than feeling resentful. However, the response towards chauvinist material is usually “I hate women, femi-nazis”…etc.

Which brings me to my views on these five songs by Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Little Mix, and Fifth Harmony. All five songs represent female empowerment. But tell me, which ones represent feminism and which ones represent chauvinism?

Destiny’s Child-Independent Women

This song is how many years old? 14 years old! And yet, the message is still strong and clear. Destiny’s Child has always been known for their strong “female empowering” messages. In fact, they created a trend of it, and it just followed Beyonce into the next chapter of her career.

This song focuses on a woman buying everything for herself and working hard for what she gets. It encourages women to contribute 50/50 in a relationship. It even warns women about the sacrifices you have to make in order to be independent by stating that independence is not easy, but emphasizes how women still should strive to rely on themselves, even if the road is difficult. And even though the beginning of the song creates the picture that women don’t need men, it focuses on creating a relationship that is fair and equal, working hard for what you want, and even treating your man to a “watch” every once in a while for a change, though they are reminding the man to appreciate it. I say this song is for Feminists.

Beyonce-Who Run the World (Girls)

Beyonce continues the Destiny’s Child tradition of female “empowerment” in this next song “Who Run the World (Girls)”. Only this time, the language is stronger, the beat is more intense, and the feeling is even more powerful than any she ever created with Destiny’s Child. You can’t ignore the point with this song. It is very controversial in it’s direction.

From the introduction, “We run this Motha”, to the bridge line, “You’ll do anything for me”, it is apparent that this song is showing the world just how powerful women are. This song emphasizes how women can use their power to easily strip a man of his. The “persuasion” a woman has (that apparently, a man doesn’t have) can melt a man’s hate for a woman, even if women come “at his neck”. This song presents the idea that, in fact, men can only admire the strength of women as they bare the children (something a man is incapable of doing), and STILL get back to doing “business”, just like men. Basically, women can have children AND work, while men can only handle ONE of the two.

Gentlemen, doesn’t this song make you a bit uneasy as you listen to it? It’s almost as if someone is trying to threaten you, take something from you, and make you feel weak or powerless. You know what that uneasy, insecure feeling is? Intimidation. This song feels like it is for Chauvinists.

Christina Aguilera-I Hate Boys

Christina Aguilera carefully saved this song for her album Bionic, and quietly slipped it in the music industry without a music video. With a catchy chorus hook, anyone would ignore the hidden message…unless of course, you got wind of Youtube and lyric videos. Her other song, “Vanity”, off of the same album, carries the same tone…

The song carries some strong controversial words: “I hate boys, but boys love me” alone states that Christina hates boys, but they just can’t seem to get enough of her. She says she’s just a “tad” bitter towards men in this song. She states that men are only good for “fruit” and not “bananas”. The chorus repeatedly says she thinks boys “suck” and that her “friends agree”. She expresses how happy women would be if men weren’t around, and how boys are so immature, they rarely turn into men, but then again, they are “dogs”. “Inflated Egos”, “Little Dicks”, “Spit-em-Out”, the insults hardly end. She even states that we should “pack them up and ship them out”. WOW. The tones give a slap to the male face. I wonder how many men think she’s so hot now…Probably plenty of men do.

This song feels like it’s for Chauvinists.

Little Mix-Salute

Little Mix’s “Salute” has a sick drop and pumping beat with a message that encourages women to stand together in numbers. This song is a chant that can get any woman’s day started.

While the song flows nicely, simply encouraging women to do their best, not really mentioning men at all, aside from the one chauvinist line “we don’t need no man”, which can be taken in any way, this song repetitively encourages women to be like strong, fearsome warriors. It states that women are more than pretty faces, which women are. The song could’ve been categorized in the feminist category if…

…the video wasn’t so derogatory. Having men on leashes? Snapping their harnesses like whips? Let’s reverse roles and put women in those leashes. Oh, what an outcry it would bring! The video is in the chauvinistic category. While the song itself is neutral, the video can and does distort the message. We, the viewers, are left unclear.

This song carries both messages.

Fifth Harmony-Bo$$

Fifth Harmony’s name-dropping song is one of the popular songs of the summer. Their hit adds to the “female empowerment” trend that’s taking over music and movies, one mission at a time.

Fifth Harmony swings between feminist and chauvinist. The song exposes the fact that most people confuse feminism with chauvinism, and it shows how that confusion influences what women expect from the world. The song encourages women to be strong and hard-working, like “Michelle Obama” and “Oprah”, to get paid, and to be confident, which all support feminism. However, the song contradicts it’s air when they ask to be treated like a “lady”, which is not getting the same equal treatment as men (because men can vary in the way they treat each other, and as Susan B. Anthony said to the “bulls” breaking up her organized movement, “Beat me and throw me in jail like you would a man!’), when it says they “run this house”, and when they say they “ain’t thirsty for no bae”, which is different for men. Most men feel like they need girlfriends, and often sing songs about trying to get the girl of their dreams. In fact, name one man who doesn’t have a woman in his video. Lightly, it creates an exclusive difference between men and women, creating a light image that women are slightly better than men in the way they think, which serves to their advantage. When they state that they “run the house”, they paint the picture that the home is not run by two equal partners, but one dominating the other, the dominating partner being the woman.

I’m sorry, it makes it difficult to know what girls want when they demand to get treated like a traditional “lady”, but also expect to be treated equally by men. Do you observe how men treat each other? Can we really have the best of both worlds?

So, tell me what you think. Which song carries the strongest message? A message you won’t ever forget? Can you tell the difference?

Read My Frozen Examination Below if You’re Interested:

Is frozen a feminist movie?

f(x)’s Amber and BtoB’s Sungjae Star in a New Korean “drama”, Directed by Super Junior’s Kangin (A Song for You)

16 Jul

:P Not my fault you clicked!

f(x)’s Amber, BtoB’s Sungjae, and Super Junior’s Kangin made a “parody” skit mimicking a K-drama for the introduction of Global Request: A Song For You, where they act as two lovers…only Amber is the guy and Sungjae is the girl!

 

Tropes VS Women in Video Games by Feministfrequency

15 Jul

Now, I’m not the first to jump on the “feminist” bandwagon, because I know how people feel about them. It’s not that I’m against feminism, but so many women have destroyed the meaning by using it to their advantage, that the moment I support one little thing, I will get the strong hand of “hate” by males and the “wagging finger” by women who are “comfortable with the way things are”.

Women who are female chauvinists, and practically sexist, often hide behind the title “feminist”, but the idea of feminism isn’t exactly bad in itself. It simply is the belief that women can be equal to men. And I believe this to be true.

So, when I watched the video above, I felt this woman had some pretty interesting points to make.

She was focusing on the fact that every female character, particularly animal female, in video games is defined with a “pink bow” or something “pink”. While many people strongly disagree, judging by the number of “thumbs down” clicked, I think she makes some points. I often feel that when there is a huge number of male main characters in a video game, the female is simply defined by what she wears, usually a pink bow or something else pink, while all the males have various characteristic, and are more defined by their interesting personalities.

I also find this to be the case in games where the majority of girls are the main characters. Usually, the female characters have lovely clothes, and the male characters get whatever’s left over in the bargain bin…

However, the point is that women are too defined by their clothing. They are too separated by what they look like, and not how they act. They don’t have various facial expressions or personalities. Particularly in games geared toward children.

In Tekken and Street Fighter, we see an array of female characters, of various personalities and attire. But in cartoons and video games for children, we still see that animal with the pink bow.

As a child who played Crash Bandicoot like a drug, and watched hours of Spongebob, I can honestly say that the female character that existed seemed to love pink an awful lot. And as a female, I never identified with the female character. I always identified with a male character…

Then again, most children today play games that are Rated M. So, who cares what’s in these childish games, right?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Tekken 7

13 Jul

TEKKEN 7: That’s ALL I have to say…*FAINT* And this is supposed to be the FINAL BATTLE. I can’t. I can’t go.

There was an announcement a while ago stating that there would be no more Tekken games made…

TekkenxStreetfighter was supposed to come out, too…So what’s happened with that?

I just knew Namco wasn’t going to stay away long. Tekken is coming back. IGN gave a little teaser today, coming from Evo 2014, and the news is spreading like WILDFIRE. I can’t wait.

I honestly can’t wrap my mind around the fact that this is the FINAL battle. In fact, I don’t believe it. Call me delusional. I don’t.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you are thinking! I’m speechless. I just had to share the news.

World Cup Finals TODAY! Germany Vs Argentina

13 Jul

Even though I’m saddened that Brazil didn’t win, :( I’m still excited about the champion match! Watch today!

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/2014-fifa-world-cup-watch-final-germany-argentina/story?id=24539040

f(x) Comeback “Red Light” Review

12 Jul

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It is f(x) summer on my blog in honor of f(x)’s latest comeback, Red Light! WOO HOO! So y’all know I had to buy this album, and y’all know I had to do my review!

Back in March, I did a review for Pink Tape. You can check that out, too, if you want to.

f(x) has been my K-pop obsession lately. There’s just something about them that strikes me as original among all the other artists.

Who is f(x)? Take a detour and click me!

f(x) Pink Tape Review

Why f(x) of all K-pop groups?

This is all really exciting for me because this is my first comeback where I witness the whole f(x) “comeback scene”. After all, I’ve only been a fan of f(x) since February, so I was really excited to hear what f(x) had…

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The Illuminati: What is It?

12 Jul

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Lately, it seems like the Illuminati is thrown around more often than it has ever been.

It seems like every music video I watch on Youtube, here comes conspiracy theorists preaching that certain videos carry signs of the “Illuminati”. So I decided to do more research on the subject because I’m not only exasperated, but officially curious. Who is this “secret organization”? What do they stand for? What is the history behind the Illuminati? And what does that word mean?

I’m dropping the big “controversy” bomb by talking about this. But I feel it’s worth the risk.

The Illuminati is always said to consist of people who are “siding with the Devil”. Most people associate it with the “Anti-Christ”. It also is rumored to consist of people who believe in “anarchy”, or the end of government as we know it. Many people place famous singers, actors, and politicians in this category. Symbols, such as the “All-Seeing Eye”, the “Egyptian Pyramids”, and others, seem to be icons of the Illuminati.

What Does ‘Illuminati’ Mean?

Illuminati means “Enlightened”. These people were said to bring to the table some of the most “radical” ideas in history. They believed themselves to be “Enlightened”, and believed themselves to have a more humanistic view of the world.

What are Some Modern Theories Surrounding the ‘Illuminati’?

Here are some modern conspiracy theories according to Wikipedia:

There is no evidence that the original Bavarian Illuminati society survived its suppression in 1785.[1] However, writers such as Mark Dice,[13] David IckeTexe Marrs, Jüri Lina and Morgan Gricar have argued that the Bavarian Illuminati have survived, possibly to this day.

Many modern conspiracy theories propose that world events are being controlled and manipulated by a secret society calling itself the Illuminati.[14][15] Conspiracy theorists have claimed that many notable people were or are members of the Illuminati. Presidents of the United States are a common target for such claims.[16][17]

Other theorists contend that a variety of historical events were orchestrated by the Illuminati, from the Battle of Waterloo, the French Revolution and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to an alleged communist plot to hasten the New World Order by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry.[18][19]

Some conspiracy theorists claim that the Illuminati observe Satanic rituals.

I started my research with the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and worked my way from there.

The History of the Illuminati

The history of the Illuminati surprised me.

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The Illuminati movement was founded on May 1, 1776 in IngolstadtUpper Bavaria as the Order of the Illuminati, and had an initial membership of five.[2] The founder was the Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt (d. 1830),[3] who was the first lay professor of canon law at theUniversity of Ingolstadt.[1] The Order was made up of freethinkers as an offshoot of the Enlightenment and seems to have been modelled on the Freemasons.[4] Illuminati members took a vow of secrecy and pledged obedience to their superiors. Members were divided into three main classes, each with several degrees, and many Illuminati chapters drew membership from existing Masonic lodges.

The goals of the Illuminati were to eliminate superstition, prejudice and the domination of government, philosophy and science by the Roman Catholic Church, to reduce oppressive state abuses of power, and to support the education of women and encourage their treatment as intellectual equals.[1] Weishaupt’s original plan was for the Order to be named the “Perfectibilists”.[2] The group has also been called the Bavarian Illuminati and its ideology “Illuminism”.

Many influential intellectuals and progressive politicians counted themselves as members, including Ferdinand of Brunswick and the diplomat Xavier von Zwack, who was the Order’s second-in-command.[5] The Order had branches in most European countries and reportedly had around 2,000 members over a span of ten years.[1] It attracted literary men such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe andJohann Gottfried Herder and the reigning dukes of Gotha and Weimar.

In 1777, Karl Theodor became ruler of Bavaria. He was a proponent of Enlightened Despotism and his government banned all secret societies including the Illuminati. Internal rupture and panic over succession preceded the society’s downfall.[1] A government edict dated March 2, 1785 “seems to have been deathblow to the Illuminati in Bavaria”. Weishaupt had fled and documents and internal correspondence, seized in 1786 and 1787, were subsequently published by the government in 1787.[6] Von Zwack’s home was searched and much of the group’s literature was disclosed.

 

My Thoughts

Well, I feel like I learned some real things about the “Illuminati”. After reading what the ORIGINAL Illuminati is all about, I can honestly say…I DON’T SEE ANYTHING WRONG HERE.

To me, it feels like religion, who hushed the Illuminati, are the ones who should be watched.

I’m sure the Catholic Church in the past would’ve loved to pin the the “Anti-Christ” on the Illuminati, scarring their name, to hide what THEY themselves were really doing: hanging people they suspected of witchery, abusing nations of different backgrounds, and treating women as inferiors.

If anything, the “Illuminati” was speaking out against the INJUSTICE of the church and government, no different from Martin Luther or Martin Luther King, Jr. If anything, the Illuminati was more “Christ-like” than the Church of old! Just as the Bible tells us to “honor women as your own flesh”, the Illuminati sought to make that happen. The Bible says to treat your neighbor with love. This would also include people of other nations, as we are all “neighbors” on this Earth. The Illuminati promoted that. Are these the “radical” ideas mankind fears today?

The “Old Church” was more concerned about pushing it’s own agenda, and famous for claiming that anyone who defied the church was acting against God, even if the practices of that church were not fair, right, or Biblical.

The government also hates the Illuminati too because the Illuminati questioned the ‘abuse of power’ that’s common with those in authority.

Isn’t this why the Reformation took place? To question the church? So wouldn’t everyone who supports a SECT other than Catholicism be supporters of the Illuminati? Wouldn’t anyone who speaks against political injustice also be supporting the Illuminati?

Perhaps the government and religions want us to hate the Illuminati because it threatens their right to rule and do whatever they want to do with people…So, maybe they are spreading propaganda linking the Illuminati to ’666′ and the “Anti-Christ”. I’m not saying they are for sure, but how do we really know they aren’t?

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During the interwar period of the 20th century, fascist propagandists, such as British revisionist historian Nesta Helen Webster and American socialite Edith Starr Miller, not only popularized the myth of an Illuminati conspiracy but claimed that it was a subversive secret society which serves the Jewish elites that supposedly propped up both finance capitalism and Soviet communism in order to divide and rule the world. American evangelist Gerald Burton Winrod and other conspiracy theorists within the fundamentalist Christian movement in the United States—which emerged in the 1910s as a backlash against the principles of Enlightenment secular humanismmodernism, and liberalism—became the main channel of dissemination of Illuminati conspiracy theories in the U.S. Right-wing populists, such as members of the John Birch Society, subsequently began speculating that some collegiate fraternities (Skull and Bones), gentlemen’s clubs (Bohemian Club) and think tanks (Council on Foreign RelationsTrilateral Commission) of theAmerican upper class are front organizations of the Illuminati, which they accuse of plotting to create a New World Order through a one-world government.

Anti-Semitic messages starting spreading in the past, linking the Illuminati with the elite Jews in the World War era. They claimed Jews wanted to take over the world. They claimed “Jews” were part of this “secret society”. But how would this link to the “Anti-Christ’, when Christ himself was a Jew? To add, during the World Wars, we found Jews to be nothing but victims to hate crimes.

Theorists even linked “liberal causes” to the Illuminati, claiming that “left-wing” populists wanted to create a “New Order”, with the world under one-world government. Why is this so threatening? Why are they stamping out the idea? I think it’s because the government is afraid of losing power.

It seems like the government and religion are bent on stamping out TRUE EQUALITY.

From what I’m reading, the following things support the Illuminati:

*Feminism, true equality between men and women

*Civil Rights Movement, the idea that all people are equal to each other

*Campaigns that support Democracy, having the people decide who they want as their ruler

*The separation of Church and state

*Freedom to decide religion

The society’s goals were to oppose superstitionprejudice, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power, and to support women’s education and gender equality. The Illuminati—along with other secret societies—were outlawed by the Bavarian ruler, Charles Theodore, with the encouragement of the Roman Catholic Church, and were permanently disbanded in 1785.[1] In the several years following, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed that they had regrouped and were responsible for the French Revolution.

In subsequent use, “Illuminati” refers to various organisations which claim or are purported to have links to the original Bavarian Illuminati or similar secret societies, though these links are unsubstantiated. They are often alleged to conspire to control world affairs, bymasterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish aNew World Order. Central to some of the most widely known and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, movies, television shows, comics, video games and music videos.

Now, I don’t know if there’s a new organization on the rise claiming to be the “Illuminati”, but the original ideas of the Illuminati don’t sound that bad. In fact, it should be embraced more.

Perhaps the new “Illuminati” is pushing a new agenda, but they are making the founders look bad.

If the Illuminati is pushing these ideas in movies, music, and other entertainment, it isn’t any worse than crooked religions and government officials pushing their agendas on entertainment outlets, which just promotes the oppression of people. People have questioned the Church for years. I’m not going to say everyone goes by the Bible, but the people who claim to be Biblical sometimes show themselves to be major contradictions, and DO need to be exposed, especially if that religion is trying to control the nation.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Do you think the Illuminati is bad?

Again, I’m lost. What is so bad about the Illuminati? I don’t get it, I don’t understand it. Someone tell me why. Where are people getting this information that the Illuminati is corrupt?

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