Worlds of Light

  • I can certainly see that. I think perhaps what I like so much about them is the happy endings. They show that in the end good triumphs even when things look very terrible indeed for awhile, which is very comforting when one lives in Telluria

  • Mei replied to the topic Scary Kinnies in the forum Group logo of Worlds of LightWorlds of Light 4 months, 1 week ago

    Rayati!
    Without passing judgement on any maid and her media preferences, I must confess that I prefer to avoid scary kinnies of late. I used to absolutely love them, but I’m starting to find them quite horrific and am unable to finish even short clips of them.
    My concern, personally, is the desensitization that I believe comes with viewing such…[Read more]

  • Sushuri replied to the topic Scary Kinnies in the forum Group logo of Worlds of LightWorlds of Light 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    `I can’t say I’ve watched any modern scary things, and that is because I always suspect that they will be bad-natured. Of course, not having watched them I am not in a position to say whether that is true or not, but that is my suspicion.

    My criterion is very simple. I am sure some people would say simple-minded. Is it good? Is it on the side of…[Read more]

  • I’ve always loved Quirrie and Trentish radio shows (especially the mystery stories and scary ones) and I’ve recently been watching the Inner Sanctum Mystery movie series and it made me think about how gentle and racinated even scary things can be. They nearly always have happy endings and a reminder that even when things sometimes get quite scary…[Read more]

  • I have just seen the first episode of Mahou Tsukai Precure. It seems in some ways radically different from previous Precures, with one of the main characters being a magic-user (mahou tsukai). She is dressed as a cute version of a witch, though she is not a “witch” in the traditional Western sense. There isn’t really a good translation of what she…[Read more]

  • Oh how interesting. I wondered how they would manage that episode. I do not really know what you are talking about with CGI, but there is a lot I do not know.

    I did not know that they changed the music every few episodes. In Precure, they usually change the ending song at around the second half of the series, and sometimes do a second verse of…[Read more]

  • The divergence continues!

    I just finished the Osaka Smile episode and its counterpart Glitter Force episode. Smile was, of course, adorable and lovely. I loved how Yayoi-chan made it a mission to rescue the Princesses (two Brunettes and a Blonde!). And how she and Miyuki-chan ended up the ones who needed rescuing at the end. Of course, our…[Read more]

  • Wagamama etymologically means “the self as it is, unchanged”. 我が waga=self, I まま mama = as it is, unchanged. So I think the original implication is the self in all its self-ness unchanged by any higher effort or aspiration.

    This self-as-it is, wagamama, I think may be in many cases precisely the “self” that one is supposed to “stand up for” in W…[Read more]

  • It’s so interesting that you mention the lack of conflict in a West Tellurian sense. I have long thought that West Tellurian-style conflict is too much, too harsh. But in that mindset, I could not see how a proper story could be told without it, even though I wished it weren’t present.

    I did find Usagi-chan to be very wagamama– I had to look…[Read more]

  • It really is a blessing, and is quite interesting. I have been watching the old Sailor Moon anime…in Japanese without subtitles. I would have to say that comparing Sailor Moon with the episode I saw of Glitter Force, for racinating purposes, I would think that Glitter Force (to the extent that I have seen it) is better…even Westernized and in…[Read more]

  • It is a blessing.I have seen Western fan-writings about Precure complaining that a “fault” of the show is that there is no real conflict between the protagonists and that any conflict that arises turns out to be a misunderstanding.

    This is of course natural. Surely all beings of goodwill should, in the nature of things, be in harmony, and where…[Read more]

  • Yes I think that is true. Even series like My Little Pony which really try to be good somehow seem to have the taint of West Tellurian cynicism around them, don’t they? I think there was a thread on that here at one time.

    Sailor Moon had a lot of bickering which really isn’t the way Japanese people normally behave, probably influenced by Western…[Read more]

  • I do agree. An interesting thing is that many girls were influenced for good I believe by Sailor Moon (other anime too, but Sailor Moon was probably the one that introduced people to the others and had the most influence itself).

    I would think that compared to Sailor Moon, Smile Precure (and probably Glitter Force too as compared to the…[Read more]

  • I agree, Sushuri-chei, the Asian Expo is a good way of explaining away all the historic and cultural things in the episode. Thank you for helping me to look at it from a more charitable point of view.

    And I also agree with both of you that there is nothing wrong with Glitter Force as it is. I will still enthusiastically recommend it to my…[Read more]

  • Yes, that was my impression of Glitter Force from the one episode that I watched. There was nothing essentially wrong with it, and indeed, compared to almost anything else that I am aware of that is available in the West, it is quite good. It only really suffers in comparison to the honmono no Smile Precure. Demo shou ga nai, ne.

    Watching both…[Read more]

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