puddlebunni, The Contributor
A comic-loving space pirate with pep in their step and a story in mind. Goin' to AIE for Game Arts!
Playing: Valkyria Chronicles I
Reading: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Jamming: Crickets by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Not very good comics: https://peasbelieve.tumblr.com/
Nen! It's the energy of life! You've trained for years and finally it's time for your super awesome Water Divination Hatsu test! Find out your Hatsu and make Sensei proud, kiddo.
For those of you who don't know, Hatsu and Nen and all that are from this great thing called Hunter X Hunter. You don't have to know HXH stuff to play, but just say'n. Also, this is my first story game (not counting that middle finger to WC a while back) and I wanted to make a cool personality test. You may have multiple paths, so feel free to do whatever. I think martial arts look cool. Have fun!
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Recent PostsA Bantastic Thread on 1/13/2018 10:54:12 AM
Ebon is a fancy good looking gentleman with weird hand writing? This is crazy! What are you doing with your mouth, Ebon? Give us a smile! Smile for the crowd!
A Bantastic Thread on 1/12/2018 3:47:16 PM
Saika? The writing prompt person? I thought they were fine. I guess something happened when I was floating off in space. It's kinda sad to hear they ain't cool.
A Bantastic Thread on 1/10/2018 4:43:48 PM
Who is shay? What are you giving her? Really, you silly goose, you ought to at least give something to her, even if she ain't here!
Devilman Was Always Really Freaking Weird, Okay on 1/10/2018 4:31:05 PM
Hello, probably sort of sane person reading this. I have dropped off the Earth because of Many Time Consuming Things, but I managed to crash back in just in time for that anime I really wanted to lay my retinas on, that Devilman Crybaby one.
When I heard Maasaki Yuasa was doing the adaptation of Go Nagai's hellspawn, I thought "Man, he might be one of the only directors to make this not ridiculous". A million beautiful ideas of what it could be like started flashing through my head like an indulgent seizure inducing PowerPoint, and I got seriously hyped! HYPE! HYPE! Now it's here! And I'm looking at it! I've got my bowl of strawberry yogurt and my eyeballs glued to the screen as I just take in all the over-the-top gore and untamed tiddy.
>>>(Heads up, I'm actually a big ol' fan of Maasaki Yuasa's stuff, 'cos it's all so weird and wonderful. He's got bright colors coupled with an unorthodox animation style that gives everything he touches a dash of quirk. If your right brain is the size of the Atlantic Ocean, you might really dig this guy. I highly suggest his emotional and deceptively child-like Kaiba and/or his pretty much perfect adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's Ping Pong.)
So understandably, people are pissed:
"Boobs?" The innocents scream, covering their pure, completely rational faces from the scenes of admittedly mature horror that flash before them with not shame. "Boobs that EAT people? And SEX? AND BLOOD? AND TIDDY BLOOD SEX? AND oh jeez, is that SATAN? This is DISGUSTING! I am extremely angry that this exists and I can't can't fathom why anyone would make Satan a giant, problematic intersex sociopath with a video camera!"
So there's that. Oh, um, Devilman Crybaby is rated MA for a reason, I guess.
So also NOT understandably, people are pissed:
"Devilman Crybaby?" The intellectuals moan, ripping off their 'MIKI IS MAI WAIFU' shirts out of pure rage. "What a piece of garbage! It hardly has any of the original themes of the original Devilman, so there's nothing for me to get off to. Humanity are the REAL devils, and war is EVIL! I can't believe that Yuasa destroyed such a deep, intellectual piece of art more than I can't believe it's not butter!"
Crybaby doesn't have many of the themes of the original Devilman, and a lot of the characters are totally different. It's not a perfect adaptation, I can give them that. But Devilman? A piece of art? I would like to point out, kiddos, that Devilman was always seriously slutty and kind of dumb.
1) AKIRA WAS A HUGE ASSHOLE
What made it really hard for me to grasp the themes of Devilman was the fact the manga asked me to get behind the ideal of a guys who was nothing but a majorly violent dickweed supreme. Seriously, he was supposed to be some kind of pinnacle of hope and humanity, but he's always really set on murdering and getting it on.
At least in Crybaby, he seems to have some kind of restraint. In the new anime, Akira is told to do things and blindly follows orders, where as OG Akira seems to act with slightly more awareness. He's a horny, murdery screamy man with persistently angry eyebrows and we are asked to understand him. Didn't these kids learn in middle school that excessive eyeliner will turn you into an edgy douchebag?
?2) EVERYONE IS CRAZY
When I read that Go Nagai made it all up as he went, I was not surprised. The dialogue comes off as choppy, vulgar, and mostly out of context. Everyone seems to lack that part of their brain that tells them "Nah, stabbing that guy with a beer bottle out of nowhere is a little unwarranted. I should go home and eat kale chips and watch British Top Gear instead!"
It's actually totally hilarious. I ended up laughing through the whole thing.
Yup, I get that it's supposed to be about the dark, vulgar id of humanity and how war is traaaaaash, but I feel like it can have a little more nuance, ya know? It goes so far out with it's edginess that it's hard to take those messages seriously. People don't act like this in real life, so I feel totally disconnected from anything that's happening.
You can make the argument that comics were all really goofy looking and cheesy back then, and you'd be somewhat right. There was a heck of a lotta weirdness going on in those old things, and their messages were seldom subtle. BUT! Devilman is sill totally ridiculous, even compared to "way-back-when" standards. Ever seen Ashita no Joe? Probably not? I don't blame you, that thing is old. But even for starting up in 1960-freaking-8, it's still a maturely written (though still somewhat trite) piece of gold that is readable even today.
Much like Devilman, Ashita no Joe is (at least for the time) an edgy, kinda dark, bloody violent action story about an unusually punchy teenager with anger problems who fights for his people by becoming unimaginably powerful and ultimately kicks the bucket. The difference between Devilman and Ashita no Joe is the thought that actually went into the writing.
Joe, the main character, is an asshole. He is an emotionally unstable, violent teen who can be admittedly hard to root for. He, like Akira, has scary outbursts and it got to the point where I began to wonder if he was a good person or just completely messed up.
But in the end, Joe became my precious baby boy.
The people around him recognize that he is messed up. Even Joe seems to think so of himself, but he continues to push it off in order to survive. He grew up with no love, no reason, and whilst trying desperately to pull my eyes away from the page (borderline impossible), I thought to myself "this kid is screwed up psychologically. This boy has issues". I meant it not on the writers fault, but because everyone seemed to know it. Joe is a good kid. He's scared, panicky and alone. Seeing him accumulate a family and grow a little brought genuine tears to my eyes. Everyone, although constantly yapping about some cheesy "Tomorrow...There wILL BE HOPE!!" thingy, felt to a certain degree very real.
Devilman's cast and world is composed entirely of unbelievably horny sociopaths who think Douchbag McBigbrows is justified in every action so it was kinda hard to do anything but awkwardly laugh.
3) WTF MIKI
The best/worst/craziest/stupidest part of Devilman was not the over the top gore, not the insane eyebrows, not even the fact that every female demon has huge, hungry tiddies, but main freaking girl, Miki. Miki is a huge psychopath and the fact that she was ever even conceived for any reason is both hilarious and concerning.
At first, it all starts off kind of strange but passable.
In fact, I thought she cool in an out of hand way.
But then Miki brings a knife to school to straight up stab some kids, and that's when I began to wonder if Go Nagai knew what a normal highchool girl is like. Miki is supposed to be a normal highschool girl, but she definately does not come off like one. Then, after getting ready to murder other children, she is saved by Akira, No Longer A Pussy Edition, completely changes personality and asks to carry his bags like a good waifu. AND THEN THIS:
The old "Miki The Hands" turns, without warning, into "Miki The Hands (on me daddy)" and I then had no idea what was going on.
Later, she shows up in Akira's room in a very thin, see through night gown and she gets real suggestive before Akira Bigbrows is a total violent dick towards her and she giggles about it.
Who is Miki? Originally, she was an incredibly violent and crazy vulgar girl who had no problem slapping around the local populace, but now she's a horny, submissive vulgar waifu who is only forward when she wants some of that Devil Dick? I don't know what's going on. Akira Bigbrows pushes her around and she giggles about because she's waifu lol. I can't tell where the bar for sanity is and because of that, I don't know who is supposed to represent good or evil or corruption or tiddies. Don't tell me take this thing seriously when the main girl gets naked for the bath, slaps her own butt and tells it that it's cute. Her butt. She talks to her butt. Why does this exist.
So there is my excessively long winded speech on some big issue that lie in this supposed masterpiece. I mean there were several short stories included in the main story that stuck with me (The boy whose mom let the dog loose on him comes to mind) but none of that could make up for whatever the hell this was supposed to be. Even after all that, I think it's still worth a go. It's exhausting. It's stupid. It's slutty. It's so dumb, it's funny. And the Engrish Dub of that one oddly well animated OVA it definitely worth the brain cells it kills. Want something that's edgy and old fashioned but won't make you want to lobotomize yourself with spoon? Try Ashita no Joe, or Abandon the Old in Tokyo, or MW. They're all cool and thoughtful and delightfully dark takes humanity. still want Devilman? Go watch that Netflix Crybaby one. It's got all the violence and sex of the original, but with some semblance of coherence that makes it actually unironically enjoyable.
I'm really hungry so I'm gonna go get me a sammich.
New Year’s Eve, and/or Resolutions on 1/2/2018 3:11:56 PM
I'm going to continue working diligently at school! Not very glitzy, I know.
My resolution is to become confident and skilled enough to try commissioning my doodles. I'm also working on an animation thingy for fun, as well as a cute game or whatever.
I started off my year by watching the Tintin movie with friends and then promptly countering all the quality entertainment we had just experienced with way more episodes of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show/ Legend of Zelda than any good, sane human being should.
Video Game Censoring: "Abusers Will Get Off To It" on 12/13/2017 12:38:42 PM
Nah, I was just in the fiery moment! If I was gonna talk to anyone opposing about it, I probably wouldn't break out with things like "mega loser pussy jerks". I think I can present a decent, mega-loserless argument when the time calls for it.
Looking at #2, I suddenly thought about Bully. I usually despise games of that sort but I really enjoyed Bully because I got to kiss every boy in school, and Gary was pretty cool, if you didn't think about how he was constantly screwing you over.
Video Game Censoring: "Abusers Will Get Off To It" on 12/12/2017 2:01:59 PM
Cuss cuss cuss cuss. I'm angry. I'm HANGRY. You probably heard about that immensely interesting game coming out whenever, Detroit: Become Human about those android folks shoved into super trying situations, and a bunch of mega loser pussy jerks are trying to censor it. Here's why.
Cuss. Cuss this.
Watching this made want to barf (surprisingly, I've got some iron in my nerves). A deep, dark feeling of dread washed over me. Not just because it's disturbing and scary and ack, but because I went through stuff like that when I was that little girl's age. Cuss. I'm pretty much an adult now, but that stuff still follows me around. I'm curious, so I'm gonna play this game, torture myself a little. These issues are important to me.
So here's what the mega loser pussy jerks say: "Abusers will get offff to this" and "Domestic abuse is not a gaaaame". No, it's not. Just because this content is in a game doesn't mean it is a game. It's not like it's Hatred or anything. Games aren't just for kids. Games aren't games at all anymore this is more like interactive actually so they don't have to be for specifically anyone or do just one thing. Like any other piece of art, video games should be able to tackle rough topics without this kind of buzz.
Dark, Disturbing, and Dirty Dreams? on 12/3/2017 11:05:13 PM
Oooh! Dreams! I try not to have dreams, which is kinda like saying you try not to make lightning strike, as the most you can do is yell up at those darn thunder clouds "HEY, DON'T DO THAT OKAY". My dreams are either short and poignant or very action-adventure-oddly-well-tied together. Either way, they're extremely easy to decipher. My brain doesn't really wanna beat around the bush.
+ One of my favorite dreams had this sad man in a space suit standing on the moon. He said, "Finally, I'm on the moon!" and then this fish swims up to him and tells him he's at the bottom of the ocean actually. The guy sits down and cries. Samir, my high school class president was there also.
+ So I'm in a ridiculously glittery obnoxious purple dress and snow boots and I'm running (oddly well for being in a dress and snow boots) from these crazy evil spy guys. Total James Bond car chase scene, minus the cars. So just...A chase scene. I end up at a French cafe where everyone is eating those really cute petite palmiers and they're all a part of my 7th grade science class. Samir is there also. I ask him, "Where's the key?" and he responds after a thoughtful second, staring me dead in the eyes: "Malika, the key is not here." I buy a jelly crossaint with a key in it. The dream ends with me hiding in an antique shop that also has a McDonald's play place in it, a dirty evil spy right around the corner.
+ I had a few dreams where I feel like I'm going through my week. Then, suddenly, as most incoherent dream things do, I'm trying to stop something. Lot's of screaming, I dunno. My arm hurts and I'm thrown into a closet. I scream like a maniac as someone I like is murdered with a chair on the other side. I can't see anything but it's always a chair.
+ I work in a Korean Tupperware store with several Korean boys and we all speak Korean. I can't actually understand whats going on whats being said, but from what it seems, it was a sort of wacky Korean drama love triangle thingy, set in mall shop that sells exclusively Tupperware. We all seemed irritated at each other but I'm pretty sure we were all secretly in love.
+ First person dream time! Very gray scale! I stalk people through concrete parking lots and choke them to death with my own hands. Funny thing is that it feels like I'm the one being choked. Could this be physical empathy? I didn't seem to learn much.
+ Recently, I had this dream involving lot of my coworkers. I'm cleaning this haunted house with my manager and I see these highly accurate busts of these comic book characters with their full names engraved in silver and interestingly enough, their my characters for a super confidential comic book I'm working on that still has a week to be released to the public! Whoaaaaa! I get this phone call from this guy with a dark breathy voice who says my full name and asks me to meet him. Like any logical, functioning human being, I blindly decide to meet him for coffee. He kinda looks like ProdZ voicing who ever he is guy. From then on out, we start dating but not really. He buys me cool video games and I giggle like a Japanese school girl and we live a picturesque questionably sugar daddy/sugar baby/wholesome highschool couple dream experience until he asks me to help him kill a guy. Like, he starts asking for strange things but he really insists I kill this guy and i'm like "No waym jose!" so I run away, full on anime girl. He goes after me. Very anime. Into the street we go. I think he's got a knife. For some reason, I have a metal nail bat and we're both giggle, swinging full circle around each other, trying to fling the other into traffic. Rainbows and funshine, i swear. Finally, I knock that darn knife outta his hand and I go, full swing - I was ready to splat his brains out, truly - when a taxi cap comes zooming by way to fast an a stereotypical Kevin Hart-esque comedy show black guy jumps out (without even waiting for the taxi to stop), yelling "OMIGOD, IS THAT SMACK BAT?" I don't know what smack bat is. "YOU DONNO WHAT SMACK BAT IIIIS?" He screams. "I'M THE REGIONAL SMACK BAT CHAMP!" He then grab the bat, smashes it to the ground it flings up up up and away, outta sight, wonder ball style, higher than the Empire State building which we situated next to despite being in Seattle. Everyone applauds. Samir might've been in the background.
+ I had many dreams that all ended with me bursting into a GameStop and receiving every awesome GBA game in existence...FOR FREE! I'm very greedy for games, honestly. I was always disappointed to wake up.
Old site members on 12/3/2017 10:29:06 PM
I might have laughed a little when I read the "video game athlete" and "video games are sports" part only to see that it's followed by a "he's having health problems" part.
Famous Bad Touch People Thread on 11/22/2017 1:10:00 PM
Jeez, that really sucks. I hope it's not true.