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I'm an 18 year old guy who enjoys a good story presented in a visual medium. Some of you may know me from The Terranort Report, this a side blog for all my opinions on series' that don't belong there. You can simply call me Mod.
CURRENTLY WATCHING: Code Geass
CURRENTLY PLAYING: Crisis Core

My LoK theory

fluffmyb0ner:

Tarlokk is the true “final boss” of the series, he is exactly what Amon and the Equalists hate but he always seems to have the upper hand. I think he’s egging on the Equalists and orchestrating the war in Republic City. Why? For the glory.

It was shown that he could bloodbend from a distance and use it on multiple targets so he could go head on against Amon and a group of equalists and stop them in their tracks, he would call in the metal benders to restrain them and walk out with Amon in his hands as the hero that defeated the Equalists. With the praise of every bender in Republic City and the oppressive laws towards the non-benders that would probably get worse as a “preventive” measure Tarlokk would effectively become the absolute ruler of Republic City.

posted 1 year ago, with 11 notes | Reblog
#Legend of Korra  #Lok  #Korra  #Tarlokk  

An apology

Sorry guys, I’ve had a busy week and had a child unexpectedly thrust in my care for the weekend so I won’t be able to make a post this weekend but I’ll make up for it by getting two posts in the coming week. I’llbe working on a piece about Crisis Core and one about Madoka Magica. So look forward to that.

-Mod

posted 2 years ago, with 2 notes | Reblog

ashford-academy-moved-deactivat whispered,

I would just like to mention how awesome I think you are. You are one of my favorite KH blogs, and now I find this little place and realize you've proceeded to show appreciation towards my favorite anime of all time: Code Geass. AND you're going to do a piece on Madoka Magica? You've just become my new favorite person. :D

Geass is a masterpiece. And yes, a piece on Madoka should be up by saturday. Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad to hear that my gift for babbling about games and anime is appreciated.

Not a man but a Number

So I just finished watching an amazing series called Code Geass, which I highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t seen it. And while there are many recurring themes and much symbolism scattered throughout the series, the thing that has stuck out to me since the very first episode is the prevalence of racism and the discrimination of the Japanese people, called Elevens.

In the world of code Geass, there are three major powers that hold control over basically the entire world, the E.U. (Euro Universe), the Chinese Federation, and the Holy Britanian Empire, in the calendar year of 2010 a.t.b.. Britania invaded Japan because it held the world’s largest share of Sakuradyte, which would be the equivalent of the fossil fuels of our world. Japan fell before they could expend all of their manpower on fighting Britania and thus the resistance movement in area 11 is the largest in the world. 

In the Britanian controlled Area 11 there live both Britanians and Elevens, but the social gap is immense. Britanians live the high life in the cities while the Elevens are forced to live in dilapidated remains of their former cities which are now referred to as ‘Ghettos’. 

Britanian aristocracy is so strong that I can’t help but be reminded of the Indian caste system.  

All men … are NOT created equal! Some are born swifter afoot, some with greater beauty, some are born into poverty and others born sick and feeble. Both in birth and upbringing, in sheer scope of ability every human is inherently different; Yes that is why people discriminate against one another, which is why there is struggle, competition and the unfaltering march of progress. Inequality is not wrong, equality is. What of the E.U. which made equality a right? Rabble politics by a popularity contest. The Chinese Federation with its equal distribution of wealth? A nation of lazy dullards. But not our beloved Britannia, we fight, we compete, evolution is continuous. Britannia alone moves forward, advancing steadily into the future.

This speech by Charles zi Britania, the Emperor is the basis of the mentality that makes the Number system socially acceptable. By being born Britanian you had the fortune of being born into a higher species of man. A Britanian was the ideal human, and it is the duty of a Britanian to spread the glory of their holy empire so that their glory could reach the entire world. The Numbers were merely remnants of a conquered land, an expendable resource to be used by the empire.

To be an Eleven meant you were less than human, you were a Number, the remnants of a conquered territory, kept alive for the sole purpose of being a worker for Britania. It’s a simple dehumanization technique, when you begin to think of a person as anything but a human being it becomes easy to mindlessly commit atrocities against them without feeling any guilt about it, because you’re not doing anything to a person but a ‘Number’, and there are is mathematically an infinite amount of numbers so they can always be replaced. An Eleven was a worker who’s only use was to earn the empire money, and because of that were only given the bare accommodations to survive. When Zero performed the miracle of getting one million Elevens exiled from Japan, the Brianian elite presiding over the event were squabbling over whether to kill them or not, and the only argument against the idea was “We can’t lose that many workers”, the life of a Number is worth nothing until it no longer belongs to Britania, like a child who doesn’t care about a toy but won’t let anyone else play with it.

A Number could gain humanity through the Honorary Britanian system, like Suzaku Kururugi did, but it was little more than an empty title. By being an honorary Britanian a Number could live in the city and have a low ranking position in society, but the discrimination was still intense, because behind the title they were still just a Number. In a Britanian occupied country a native could either throw away their pride and heritage to live a semi-standard life or they could hold on to their selves but lose their humanity, becoming nothing but an expendable tool for the empire.

While it is true that all men are not born equal, they should all be afforded the same opportunities regardless of race, creed, or any other matter that does not directly affect their performance.

The most powerful moment in anime

Before anyone gets up in arms I’m going to flat out say this is solely my opinion, and in addition to this I will also say that I probably don’t watch as much anime as I should, but none of that changes my feelings about the following scene and how powerful it is to me.

I’m of course talking about the scene in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood when Edward Elric encounters his brother, Alphonse’s, body in between the portals of truth.

After accidentally being swallowed by gluttony everyone’s plans have a huge wedge driven in them. The Elric brothers of course because they can’t their bodies back if Ed is lost inside the oblivion of Gluttony, Father and the homonculi because one of their sacrifices has been lost to the oblivion of Gluttony and there’s supposedly no way to get him back. But the genius of Edward Elric is not one to ever be underestimated, he used his vast knowledge of alchemy and what he learned about the portal of truth to figure out a way to transmute Ling, Envy, and himself out of there. And it worked.

But in that moment, none of that mattered, mildly surprised by the two portals that appeared in front of him, Ed was then thrown completely for a loop when he saw none other than the withering body of his younger brother.

All of their hard work, everything they had sacrificed for the last few years had led up to this, Ed had a broken arm and a couple of fractured ribs but in that moment it didn’t matter, this was it, his chance to bring back his little brother Alphonse. So he ran to him and begged and pleaded for him to come back with him only to have his hopes crushed as the portal to the real world opened and began to pull him in, and Alphonse’s body telling him that he could only return with his own soul. In that moment you could see Ed’s heart break, it was written all over his face. He was consumed with confusion and frustration, he doesn’t know what to do with himself, he’s reaching out to Alphonse as the door closes on him. 

Al closes his eyes and remains looking at the door, possibly relieved to see his brother, but then, something happened that no one expected.

Ed broke free of the grip of the hands of Truth and literally punched open the door to deliver his brother one last message! Let’s just think about this for a moment. Ed is seriously injured and has had a crushing emotional blow delivered to him, but in spite of all that the sheer force of his determination and dedication to his brother compels him to defy the gods themselves and push himself out of the grasp of Truth to reassure him that he’s coming back. With the bond that the Elrics have it goes without saying that Ed would find a way to reunite his brother’s body and soul, but him actually going back out the door and saying it is what makes it so powerful. Ed wants to assure his brother, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that nothing will stop him from coming back for him. The bond that these to boys have is unlike anything I have ever seen.

Al is shocked by what’s going on in front of him, but who could blame him, who would have thought that Ed would have forced his way through the door, even if it was only for a few seconds. He holds a straight face for a moment but then, in a heartwarming twist of events he gives his brother a soft smile as the door close son him for the final time as if to say “I know you will, Brother.”

This right here is a moment that can only be pulled off in anime because in this medium you can see Ed struggle and writhe to break free of the hands of Truth to deliver the message to his brother. You see how he uses his whole body in a desperate attempt to be with him for a final moment and you can hear the desperation and determination of his voice as he delivers the mother of all promises. The incredible atmosphere of this scene combined with the most perfect timing of the most perfect end credit music leaves the viewer grabbing their screen begging for more. I am glad I did not watch this series as it was being released because I would not have been able to bear the week long wait only to find a recap episode awaiting me then having to wait another week for the story to progress once again. And let me just talk about the animation for a moment, if there ever were a need for anime to go 3D this would be it. This is a single panel brought to life, and the simplicity of it is astounding.

You can almost feel Ed pointing to Al delivering his vow, and the fire in his eye pierces through the screen and into your soul. And then there’s the doors, slowly closing in and sadly bringing this moment to a close. This was about a second long, but you could feel the eternity it felt like for the Elric brothers.

Every time I watch this scene I have a plethora of feelings just flood and wash over me. There is no better subtitle for this series than “Brotherhood”, because the love between these two is the most powerful force in existence. They would do anything for each other, and even when physically separated, when their wills are combined they are unstoppable.