I had the pleasure of sitting in on Charles Dunbar’s Convergence panel at Otakon Vegas, in which Charles addresses the issues around why other fandoms seem to be taking over anime conventions. Charles’ conclusion is that anime conventions are more welcoming places, that the anime fandom is just more accepting of other fandoms. Then there is the more bleak side of things, the theory that anime fandom is just a secondary or lesser fandom than some of the more prevalent media represented.
The chief cause of the weakening presence of anime at anime conventions is that anime is a medium, not a genre or a single show. So where a group of ten thousand people may not have that many shows in common, three thousand of them have all seen Doctor Who and the other seven thousand has seen the Marvel film adaptations. So the Iron Man cosplayer is going to have more positive attention than the Lupin cosplayer sitting in the corner. Anime is a unique beast in this respect. Single media conventions, like a Star Trek convention, assume that all attendees share at least a common cannon. Even the old school science fiction conventions were dominated by the mass media properties like Star Trek, Battlestar, and the like. With anime there can be almost zero connection between the forty year old fans drinking in a bar discussing the tape trading days and the fourteen year old girls running around in Hatialia cosplay. Read More
Joe Cross’ documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead has been out for a few years now and according to his website, has convinced a large number of people of his crazy scheme. I might almost be close to convinced, but everything he said must be taken with a gran of salt. There is no magic pill to weight loss, there is no simple trick that will instantly change a person's body shape or instantly force someone to follow a healthy lifestyle. What makes it easy for snake oil salesmen is that there is a massive market of people desperate for that magic fix. I'm clearly one of them: I don't like to eat vegetables, I like sweet and fatty foods, and I'm a chronic over eater. If someone was offering a magic way for me to completely change the direction of my eating habits, I'm going to at least listen.
The documentary has two parts; the first one follows Joe on his juice fast and the second follows Phil Staples, an overweight truck driver Joe met on his cross-country trip who later reached out to Joe for help. Both of these examples show the men losing a substantial amount of weight over the course of their 60-day juice fast but there are a few factors to consider when looking at these cases. Both Joe and Phil’s juice fasts happen when neither of them lived a normal life. They didn’t go to work, they didn’t have families to deal with, or people to cook for. They did their juice fast and nothing else. They had plenty of time for exercise and lots of room to avoid influences that may have tempted them to drift from their extreme diets. Read More
I was a little bit down on E3 this year. I’m not sure why, but in the last few months I’ve been in a bit of fatigue around game news and game hype. Even so, I’m excited for a whole lot of games announced at the show because even if I’m sick and tired of how the industry and fans use marketing to manipulate people… I still love games.
I’m being too negative again. I’m going to try and work on this.
Pokemon X and Y
The Pokemon games haven’t gone through a lot of changes since Red and Blue, but the original formula still works as I said during my Pokemon White review a few years ago. This seems to be the biggest change to the series and if they manage to work through some of the more painful UI elements that still pelage the games this will easily be a Home Run. It also includes some Nintendog like functionality, if you’re into that.
The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Having missed the original on Game Cube I’ve always wanted to go back and play Wind Waker. With the graphical update and small game play improvements this is the perfect opportunity to jump into the game. With the other games coming out towards the end of the year this is also releasing around the perfect time to grab a Wii U. Read More