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June 2015

Worst panel at AnimeNEXT2015 pt. II: The rant continues…

Because I was so bummed out and disappointed with the Japanese vs. American Horror panel, I decided to go ahead and look up just a few facts just to show how easy it could have been to do the research.

Slideshare.net shared two really good points:

“After a while American horror films were beginning to lose their originality, it was around this time that Japanese horror took off.”

“Many Japanese horror films were known for their cleverness and restraint which was much different compared to American horror films at the time which focused more on excessive nudity and high body counts.”

That’s actually really true. The classic American Horror movies, such Freddie, Jason, Scream, Halloween series, all had one thing in common, a lot of white T-Shirt wearing, busty dumb girls getting hacked up. It’s been so over played that you can’t even yell at the T.V., “You dumb idiot, run outside! Not upstairs!” because Scream even made that mainstream! These stories have been done and over played. It’s a similar concept of pop songs; they have the same “why don’t you love  me?” vibe. It’s been done… but it is still popular.

“Japanese horror films rely more on psychological horror which is a staple of early American horror films such as ‘The Haunting’, ‘The Shining’, and ‘Poltergeist’. These films are often cited by Japanese horror directors as their inspiration. Japanese horror films use folklore, ghost stories, and tales of honour and allegiance. Many of these movies deal with the breakdown of reality, family, and the mind dealing mainly with the unexplained.”

Another good point. Revenge and honor are such popular themes in Japanese movies because it is part of their culture. Honoring your family may be the highest priority in families. If you bring shame to the family, get ready to be ripped apart… no pun intended… actually, yes, lots of pun intended. You will get ripped apart. Bring your ‘A’ game.

“Japanese horror focuses on using more silence and empty spaces to create a sensation of impending death and doom. Terror is created by allowing the audience to not know what exactly is going on in these films as people are always scared the most by what they don’t know or understand. The American movie Jaws uses this exact formula as nobody see’s the shark for the first half of the movie therefore creating both suspense and fear.”

My husband and I watched Insidious 3 a few weekends ago and this was on the points he was referring to. Not being able to clearly see what or who is going to attack is what makes your skin crawl. It’s not an obvious shape or sound, the unknown evokes fear. One minute you’re staring at a person cuddled in bed, the next shot is a hazy figure standing in the shadow by the window. When we are thrown into a dark room, we begin to freak out because we don’t know what’s around us. Imagine being tossed into a basement, too dark to see clearly but just light enough to see shadows. The possibilities of… things to kill you become endless, thanks to your imagination.

PublicAsian.com also  brought up a good point.

“The classic Asian horror films focus on psychological horror, invoking the demonic and the supernatural to build suspense throughout the film.”

Psychological horror will really screw with your head. It’s easy to say someone is stalking you, this guy is going to kill you, this girl cut me but go around saying a ghost wrote, “im going to rip your fucking throat out,” on your bathroom mirror with no evidence, be ready to be committed. No one is going to believe you.

Had they gone into depth about the differences and the importance of themes, the panel would have had a better shot of keeping everyone entertained. I could have just googled everything they said and discussed it with friends… after all, that’s what they did!

Worst panel at AnimeNext2015: Japanese Horror vs. American Horror

Last weekend was the annual AnimeNext convention. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a convention held in New Jersey where all the nerds come and meet other nerds. My husband and I were part of this kingdom.

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My husband was Krieger from FX’s show Archer and I was his virtual wife.

Now, before you judge, there are some hot, and I mean, HOT nerds who cosplay.

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I try to be one of them. I had went for the three day deal so I dressed up Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Along with cosplay, they also have panels and because this convention celebrates Manga, Anime, and the Japanese culture, I decided to attend a Japanese Horror vs American Horror panel. Now, I may have gotten the name wrong but holy shit, this was the least professional bunch ever. The panel consisted of three people: the token girl, the guy who should have been in charge since the laptop was in front of him, and the douche who thought he was the cool guy. Let me list the ways they sucked:

1. They read the power points. What do we learn first in school? Never read the power points. They are there just to summarize your most powerful points. Thus, POWER POINT, not, power paragraph. The panel read the entire Power Point and it drove me just to fidget in my seat like a grammar Nazi would if they had been reading a terrible essay… (or my blog :D). I felt as if I was watching a group project presentation from my classmates who waited until the last couple of hours before class to pull their shit together.

2. No energy. I get it was Sunday and it was the last day but c’mon. People came to see you guys teach us something. My husband and I were probably the second group in line and there was a HUGE commotion on the 50+ people line to see them. People were really getting upset that they weren’t going to be able to see them and these guys just lacked sympathy and interest. They spoke softly, lightly, and almost computerized… maybe b/c they were reading off the screen… It was such a shame and, frankly, kind of disrespectful. You have all these people here that wanted to come to this interesting event and you guys weren’t ready, looked like you didn’t care, and basically failed to deliver.

3. Speaking of learning, the crowd had more knowledge than they did. The three amateurs had listed a few American horror movies. They added “Nosferatu”. One knowledgeable gentleman rose his hand and corrected them by letting them know it was German, not American. What did the panel say? Good question, they kinda rambled. They also seemed to only know the mainstream horror movies but not others such as [REC] (this movie actually inspired the remake Quarantine). I know these aren’t American but still, they should have more knowledge about horror movies in general. It seemed like they only prepared themselves for just this event.

4. SO unorganized! I would never be one to say, “Hey, Stacey, you called me sassy during work hours today and I think that was highly unprofessional,” but if you signed up for this, this is your job, this is your assignment – be ready! Their PowerPoint was all over the place, they didn’t have their next clip ready, they would be taking about one photo clip but then reference the other. There were awkward pauses that made you cringe and just left you hanging. They clearly did not rehearse this. The douchbag to our right was just sloppy with his leg over the arm rest, dude, you’re not at your bro’s house talking about horror movies, you’re engaging an audience. Thanks for sucking.

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These guys (and the token girl) really ruined what was supposed to be an educational and FUN time. The only thing that was actually fun was the trailers they played off YouTube. To summarize the hour (or however that hell took): grab some buddies, watch some mainstream popular movies (Evil Dead & Insidious), watch the remakes of Japanese remakes (The Ring, The Grudge), and just talk about them. That was it. That is what literally happened. This trio thought they were bad ass and knowledgeable about horror but were shut down once the audience clearly wiped the floor with their shit. You know it’s bad when your audience is teaching you things instead of the opposite.

Why Caitlyn Jenner is important

We have seen her everywhere; she’s on magazines, TV, every social media, and even the news. You can hate her all you want but, clearly, she is here to stay. Caitlyn Jenner is on fire right now but she is also under fire. Nice pun, right? I just made that up on the spot. You’re welcome 😉

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You can bitch all you want about how disgusting she is, she is an abomination, there are more important things to focus on, and all your other complaining, whining shit but I am here to tell you, and try to convince you, why her coming out is important in this generation.

When I was growing up, I didn’t hear too much about bullying. In my opinion, kids these days are too soft but I will still stand for those who are too afraid to speak up. There have been so many suicides and too many kids being tormented because of their sexuality. Whether if they know they are gay or are still struggling, it is still an issue kids have to face with every. single. day. of their lives. Now, picture yourself, my sweet, little followers, picture yourself as a 12 year old boy. You know damn well, if you even stare at another boy’s body in the locker room, you are going to get picked on (or worse). You pretend you are one of the guys but when you are finally home, you can play dress up, look pretty, be comfortable in your own skin. There is a catch, whatever you do, don’t let you parents or siblings find out because if they do, you’re in a mess of a conversation (or worse). Now, knowing the struggles you, as a 12 year old, are faced with, how in the WORLD could this be a choice? There are so many 12 year old boys in this same situation. They are terrified of coming out, confused by what their real inner bodies are telling them. To themselves, they are freaks.

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Bruce Jenner, as we all know, was a handsome, Olympian athlete. He gained more attention when he married Kris Kardashian. He was in the spotlight but not as much as the rest of the Kardashian clan. To have someone like Bruce come out and say, “I am a woman,” this is a hero for some of those kids who, they themselves, are struggling with this inner battle. Finally, someone who has respect from (not all) the public is in the same shoes that 12 year old boy is in. This one kid isn’t so lost anymore. He can read and watch the interviews and articles and relate. If someone who is under the public eye can do this, knowing the scrutiny he is going to receive and the hate, this gives that 12 year old boy courage, knowing if no one understands him, one person will. It is a long shot but it’s worth a shot. When I became EIC of my college newspaper, I started to drown in my insecurities and I couldn’t find anyone to relate. After one terrible afternoon, I went back to my dorm room, stuffed my face with cake, and began watching L.A. Ink. As silly as it may sound, I regained my confidence through this show.. Not many people will admit but everyone models something after a celebrity. Fashion, style, strength, you may hate to admit it but celebrities do impact our lives. It could be in negative ways or positive.

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In Miley’s case… sigh, just no. Stop.

For those who are saying, “There are more important things to worry about than this,” STFU. Of course there are! Animal abuse, ISIS, political nonsense, human trafficking, the economy, racism. Are YOU only stressing and following ONE of those problems? NO! All you are doing is just rolling your eyes and saying, “WHO CARES?!” – Well, the GLBT community does because THIS is a big step for this part of the world. To them, this is what matters: being heard, the fight of acceptance. My husband is in the military and I have a huge love for animals but I even realize how important this particular subject is… and this doesn’t even affect me in any way!

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For you bible freaks… Unless you waited to have any sexual actions with your spouse, never did anal, never cheated, worship regularly, and NEVER JUDGED anyone, then you have absolutely NO RIGHT or grounds to stand on. I cannot stand those people bashing Caitlyn for religious views because they constantly share their beliefs on loving thy neighbor, what is wrong or right. The part you hypocrites are forgetting is that NO ONE CAN JUDGE YOU EXCEPT ONE PERSON and last time I checked, none of you can walk on water. Who are you to judge what a person, you will never meet, you will never have to speak to, or have any impact on ONLY YOUR LIFE, does?! Worry about if your god will accept you into his kingdom knowing how you treated someone. You aren’t helping spreading the good word when you constantly judge others, you are just encouraging other people to hate your religion.

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Unless Caitlyn personally comes at your door and says, “You have to wear men’s/women’s clothing because I say so,” just STFU. She isn’t hurting anyone and if you think she is hurting her family, guess what? You’re not part of her family because if you were, you wouldn’t be complaining. You’d be debating which country to visit next as a vacation. No one should be judging her. If you’re sick of hearing about her, CHANGE THE CHANNEL, SKIP TO THE NEXT STATION, SCROLL PAST IT. The negative comments need to stop. If you hate her that much, then just move on with your day. No one cares what you have to say just like I don’t care about your negative thoughts about my post. Move the fuck on and get over it.

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