Over the years I have lost all interest in the output of Hollywood. The last two somewhat recent movies I enjoyed were Edge of Tomorrow and Battle Angel Alita. Perhaps it is no coincidence that they are both adaptations of Japanese source material. Japan is indeed where I get my entertainment from nowadays. A big problem with Western output is the seemingly constant need to berate or educate the viewer. We learn that whites are racists from movies like Hidden Figures or Suburbicon, or that men are inferior to women in travesties like the Ghostbusters remake, Captain Marvel, or the recent Star Wars movies. A particularly grating example is a retelling of the battle of the sexes — that’s also the title of that movie — between some aged tennis star and a young contender. I watch that stuff when I’m on a long-distance flight, too tired to read or write, but not tired enough to sleep.
In contrast to Hollywood drivel that I use as a substitute for barbiturate, I actively seek out Japanese animes and mangas. I am still quite selective. I prefer manga, but I reflexively discard anything that does not at least pique my curiosity at the end of the first installment and does not get me sufficiently invested in the story by the end of the fifth episode, at the latest. What I find so incredibly refreshing is that they often treat the conditio humana with great irreverence. Yup, they make fun of women, too. In Western media, women can do no wrong, while men are responsible for all evils, despite being complete idiots. Consistency clearly is a tool of the patriarchy because the narration just does not add up.
A very nice example is Ashita Dorobou. The story is pretty out there and I won’t spoil anything. However, one part of the story is about the male protagonist meeting his college sweetheart again after ten years and not recognizing her because she has turned ugly. Here is what she used to look like:
This is her ten years later:
What’s even better is that the old Ashita lacks all self-awareness, as the following panels illustrate. She thinks that she has only gotten more beautiful with age.
The fact that women age, and often rather unfavorably, is one of those forbidden truths that the mainstream desperately tries to keep from you. That the wall exists is slowly sinking into the collective male conscience, however. Yet, mainstream media still vigorously pushes a narrative according to which 40 and 50 year
Then there is the issue of female sex drive and promiscuity. While it is true that men have a higher sex drive than women, it is not the case that only men want it. Every woman you fuck is the last in a line of a good 10,000 generations of women who all liked cock. In Western media, only men are horndogs. On the other hand, in the artistic output of the Japanese master race, we find works
My most recent discovery is B Gata H Kei. It is about a high school girl whose goal it is to fuck 100 guys. Yes, you read that correctly! In that show, all the boys want it, and all the girls want it, too. The main protagonist, a slut-to-be called Yamada, wants it a bit more than most girls, though. She is obsessed with the thought of having sex. However, she is shy. The guys are shy, too, so there is hardly anything happening.
A relatively common motive in Japanese manga and anime is female rivalries. In real life, women viciously compete against each other based on their looks. This is nothing that finds any reflection in Hollywood movies. Yet, the Japanese remind us that women are insecure about their boob size and that they sometimes spitefully mock other women for being flat-chested. They may also want to steal another girl’s boyfriend or date some guy just so that her supposed bestie can’t. You should hear how women talk in real life about other women behind their back. Based on that I would say that the Japanese do get it right. (Men also get made fun of plenty in B Gata H Kei, by the way. Yamada, for instance, practices in front of the mirror what to say to a guy after
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