Mahouka — Tatsuya and his fellow weeds are getting screwed over. But he likes it.
Maybe I should just blog this show. There certainly isn’t a lack of things to say about it. The short version: separate but equal is right, calling people “ni**ers” is okay because black people do it too, and people who want equality support terrorism.
- So, the students who aren’t elite magicians have nothing to complain about since the school rules technically forbid discrimination even if these rules are ignored by everyone in the school. In fact, they don’t have anything specific to complain about! Just some vague idea that they aren’t equal somehow. Even if nobody is equal. Silly liberals. What the author doesn’t seem to realize is that all this reflects is a lack of imagination on his own part. These kids have plenty of things to complain about. Like the fact that school rules explicitly forbid them from serving on the student council? Maybe that would be an obvious starting point?
- Look, all their arguments are silly! They claim they aren’t equal, but the legball club gets the same amount of funding as this one magic club! They’re separate, but equal! Oh my god I can’t believe it’s 2014 and someone is arguing for this.
- Ok, let’s just assume these ingrates have a point. But look, they’re breaking the law! They went into the broadcasting room without permission by stealing the key! THEY MUST BE PUNISHED. But we’re kind and generous, so we won’t get the law involved in this. We’ll just tackle them to the ground and handcuff them as they peacefully leave the room after we agreed to let them go. THEY BROKE THE LAW. Just like Rosa Parks and MLK and Gandhi. We have a system in place to deal with these things, and they aren’t using it. Oh yeah and in case you happened to forget, they only want equality anyway because they’re being duped by Chinese terrorists.
- Note how Tatsuya and the president, in their private conversation, don’t even pretend they’ll listen to the students’ demands. (Well, to be fair, the students don’t have any demands, because the author isn’t creative enough to come up with any. Probably because he would be unable to come up with reasons to refute them.) They don’t even refer to the students as human beings in their private conversation. Only as “opponents” who must be defeated.
- The president is afraid of turning this into an “emotional debate.” Because sometimes the plebes will feel like they’re entitled to things like representation, equal standing and human dignity. But if it’s a logical debate, it’s impossible for her to lose! Because she’s right, and so is the system of discrimination they have in the school! Because there is no discrimination, it’s against the rules! Even if no one actually follows these rules! But the weeds have no reason to complain!
- Look guys. Some weeds also call themselves weeds! It’s not just the blooms’ fault that discrimination exists. Everybody does it. It’s just like how black people call themselves ni**ers. We need to work together to solve these problems. Especially the Weeds. This is “not something that should be resolved by creating new discriminatory practices” (direct quote). This is… dun dun dun… REVERSE DISCRIMINATION!!!!
- I’ve been trying to break down these barriers! Everyone’s a student! We shouldn’t fight among ourselves! *Everyone applauds.* Therefore, once my presidency ends, I will propose legislation to allow Weeds to serve on student council. Wow, the student council president is so generous. Even if discrimination doesn’t exist, and these silly protesters don’t have any specific demands, she has generously moved towards ending discrimination by enacting a specific demand to end discrimination. Nothing to see here folks, move along. It’s not discrimination, it’s distinction!
- Oh yeah, except that the open discussion is just a cover for a terrorist attack. This is why we shouldn’t let those people get involved with politics. It’s not discrimination, just stating a fact.
Nanana — Wow, did not see that coming. The main character is actually pretty interesting and not a worthless sponge as I thought! He’s a misandrist, unable to love, and his dad is the leader of the phantom thieves. What a pleasant surprise! I continue to enjoy the relationship between him and the detective too. She’s actually happy that he’s involved in the phantom thieves so that she can have a rival! And she sees right through everything he does haha. Smart girls are the best.
Mekkaku City Actors — Apparently I have been living under a rock, and these episodes are based on songs. Thanks to Guy for directing me to the song this week’s episode is based on, which is actually quite good. I highly recommend giving it a watch. But now I’m left wondering: what is the point of this show? That song and the accompanying video are infinitely better than this week’s episode. In fact, from having seen the episode first, I think it has actually only served to lower my opinion of the song. The only reason I can imagine to create this episode is just so that Shinbo can jerk his SHAFT some more.
JoJo’s — This continues to be so ridiculous. I love it. It’s a lot harder to take the Stands seriously though than the powers in the previous arcs. Especially the bird one looks dumb.
Hitsugi no Chaika — Oh, the siblings aren’t blood related after all. Great.