I wish I could be excited for the first WW image.
But Gal Gadot’s FB post… fuck that pro- Israeli army bullshit. Totally diluted my excitement.
It’s ScarJo all over again. Why do the roles for my favourite comic ladies always get awarded to politically-fail people… sigh.
It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “Black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the Black and [Latin@] and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –
I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.
So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something."
IT’S GRADE SEVEN ALL OVER AGAIN OH GOD
AH, THE DAYS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND. I REMEMBER THEM WELL.
YUP. I REMEMBER THESE DAYS, ALL TOO WELL.
Can someone make a movie, where everything in the movie is serious, but the soundtrack is done by a middle school band? I need it
I HAVE LOST ALL MY SHIT I CAN’T I LKN;G DA;KL GAJDKSFL
BBC - Nature’s Great Events
erasure of Asian people and characters is very deep rooted in American media and goes all the way back to conception—don’t let it persist!
Mizuno-san, you’re awesome!
Much better episode this week, imo
Story-wise particularly, it was quite a vast improvement. The pilot plotline of SM has always been really dull to me, so I expected the first episode to be as underwhelming as it was. Shit doesn’t start until the rest of the girls enter the story, and as I anticipated, it was the interactions between the girls that would kick this story to life.
Witnessing Usagi and Ami’s budding friendship was just the sweetest thing. She may not be my favourite senshi, but Ami’s insecurities have always hit me close to home (in that I suck at making friends and am always so reliant on others to reach out to me), so seeing her getting her confidence boosted and finding friendship just warmed my heart.
And it really exemplifies what makes Usagi a great character. I admit to finding her annoying 50% of the time, but it’s cases like this that cements her as a great heroin. She is just filled with so much LOVE; she cares so much, encourages the best in others, reaches out to them, goes out of her way to bring them happiness, and just has so much love to give. The way she welcomed Ami to her life with open arms was just… <333. Love this girl.
Now technical stuff… I won’t dwell too much, but it needs a bit of acknowledgment.
The animation this episode was quite wonky. Some of those facial proportions did not look good tbqh. However, the lack of ~expressiveness~ is becoming less of an issue for me now. If the story’s good, ignoring my disgruntlement with the animation style is a lot easier.
I could tell I’m really going to miss the original VAs. Ami’s new voice sounded… unremarkable. In the original, Aya Hisakawa’s voice had not only a distinctive tone, but hit such a graceful balance of delicate, yet cheery. Reboot!Ami sounds sweet and soft-spoken, but could use a bit more command. I just know I’ll feel quite compromised once Minako comes in, ‘cause Rica Fukami’s voice-over was honestly one of the most brilliant I’ve ever heard. Hoping for the best though.
What I hate is how things like Big Hero 6 catch you in a dilemma.
The whitewashing is indeed messy as hell. And this time it’s especially disgusting because it was the ainu character they whitewashed; a minority that is virtually invisible in media, where this could’ve served as one of the very few opportunities for their representation on-screen.
But it’s still a predominantly POC cast, so boycotting it won’t be easy because it needs to be proven that PoC movies could make bank. After BH6, Disney’s likely to lay off any Asian narratives for a while. Hell, BH6 is probably the first East Asian-themed box office release since Mulan (from 1998— that’s 16 years). It’s probably going to fill their East Asian franchise quota for the next decade at least.
Disney has a fucked-up conception of diversity is what I’m saying.
And as easy as it is to simply relegate to other media, Disney is way too fucking powerful to ignore. They’re the biggest media conglomerate in the world and what they do will have enormous impact on media patterns. H8 them.