This week I am trying to follow my schedule as best I can. Not only this but I’m also trying to write almost all my posts for July and August by the end of June which I am no where close to doing. To do this I’ll need to write several posts a day and while it is possible for me to do I can make no promises. Even if I can’t get all the posts completed I can at least try to at least have a few posts each day.
Anyways something else that I’ve been trying to do is make pixel arts of each of my characters so I can try something new with plotting. This shouldn’t be that hard, but it will take a while as I don’t have many characters fully designed. This will also help me in designing my characters because I’ll know what does and does not work with their designs and it is possible I may come up with new ideas.
I just finished watching Stranger Things which I understand has been out for a while but I just had to not do what everyone else was doing and ignore it when it first came out. I noticed something along with the amazing shot composition and the 80’s horror movie feel it gave off. This has to do with when and where flashbacks are placed and which scenes they can be found in.
One of the first times I noticed this was shortly after Will Byers disappeared and his mother, Joyce Byers was looking for him. This scene starts off with a flashback of Joyce entering his fort out in the woods. If you listen closely to the conversation the two characters have it is clear that Joyce is very understanding of Will’s interests which most people would have seen as weird or stupid at the time and both characters are happy. It is clear that the two have a very good relationship.
Then the flashback cuts back to the present where Joyce enters the fort to find Will not there. This contrast gives a feeling of absence and magnifies the sadness and panic Joyce feels at this moment.
Flashbacks can be used to not only contrast between the past and present for certain characters, but they can also be used to show similarities between different events. This happens in Stranger Things when Jim Hopper is going into the Upside Down Place with Joyce. First he sees himself telling his daughter to breath when she has an asthma attack which he connects to telling Joyce to breathe slowly in the present. Later when the two find Will, Jim sees the strange tube in the boy’s throat and it reminds him of the tube coming out of his daughters throat when she was in the hospital. When Jim does CPR on Will, it reminds him of how the doctors and nurses at the hospital tried to resuscitate his daughter after she flatlined. With the third flashback in this episode the flashback contrasts with the present slightly in the fact that Will survives and Jim’s daughter does not.
These flashbacks add a lot of emotion to scenes which would have only been a little bit creepy. Not only this but these flashbacks also give insights as to the thoughts and pasts of the characters. This show is not one where thoughts are regularly given voice especially with the adult characters and these flashbacks help watchers of the show to better understand these characters.
This is just something I found interesting while watching Stranger Things. This is definitely something I could use in my writing though in a different way as it is used in the show because of the different in mediums. I can’t wait until season two comes so that it can clear up the one loose end of the series.
Kado: The Right Answer is one of the best anime series from this season as well as the smartest. It uses philosophy and scientific theory in an interesting way and presents those watching with subtle philosophical questions related to morality among other things. Yaha-kui zaShunina is a being with floaty hands who came to Earth in a giant cube he calls Kado and he claims he has come from a place called the anisotropic which he claims is outside of the universe. He claims that he is there to help advance humanity and this seems true at first but after the last episode (Nanomis-hein) it is clear that he is different than he seems and has motivations beyond what he has claimed as his sole reason for introducing himself to humankind.
Before Yaha-kui zaShunina exited Kado with the Japanese negotiator Kojiro Shindo and presented the Wam to the world the media was focused on why there was a giant cube that landed on an airstrip and swallowed up/crushed a plane full of people and the Japanese SDF tried to get inside/destroy the giant cube that was obstructing the runway of a major airport. This is because that is the natural response if something like this were to happen in real life. After the anisotropic being presented the Wam to the Japanese government everyone just seemed to trust him and it even looked as though he was trying to make those who didn’t trust him yet to as well.
There have been several protesters shown throughout the series. None of them were protesting the apparent trust their government was giving to a being they knew next to nothing about. The first protesters were protesting about the fact that the Prime Minister of Japan nearly started a war with the United Nations. The second group of protesters was protesting about how there was a giant cube blocking the sun which helped them dry wet clothes, and allowed plants to flourish. While I’m sure that there must be people in this world who were protesting this misplaced trust, they were never shown. This allowed people watching the series to not doubt Yaha-kui zaShunina until Saraka Tsukai asked Shindo to help her make the anisotropic being leave the universe.
Now one of the first questions I asked myself while watching Kado: The Right Answer was what exactly is the anisotropic. That question was answered during last episode. Before I assumed that it was a parallel dimension to Earth similarly to how Narnia exists parallely to our world. I thought this because it made more sense to me, but after this last episode I was proven wrong. The anisotropic is actually in a higher dimension than Earth.
You get the first dimension when you extend a point along a plane forming a line. You get the second dimension when you extend that line in the other direction forming a square. You get the third dimension which is where we are by extending that square in yet another direction forming a cube. You can get the fourth dimension by extending that cube in another direction forming a shape known as a tesseract. You can keep doing this an infinite amount of times. We can only see a part of the dimension directly above us. According to the anime the anisotropic is the thirty-sixth dimension. Another interesting thing I found was the fact that the word anisotropic refers to a directionally dependent property of a material. Another term used outside of the subtitles which I found on MyAnimeList was Novo which is “new” in latin and I think it has something to do with the latin phrase “de Novo” which means from the beginning.
Both those terms have something to do with the world. Anisotropic refers to the fact that people can only see this dimension if they look in a certain direction which they cannot possibly look without help. This is why Yaha-kui zaShunina has to convert himself to the third dimension in the second episode (technically the third) and why all the anisotropic devices he gives to the people take such a long time to make because he has to convert them to the third dimension as well.
Novo refers to the story which he tells Shindo during this past episode. If this story is correct in the world of the anime it means that the anisotropic has been there since the beginning, way before even Earth.
This is what I found out when researching the theoretical science and the language used in Kado: The Right Answer. I just found it so interesting. I would love to go into some of the philosophical aspects of the series but if I do I know I’ll end up going places I do not want to go on this blog. The writers as well as the translators at CrunchyRoll of this series did their research when writing the series/translating the subtitles. I can’t wait to see what happens during tomorrow’s episode after what happened last episode. I just know it will still be one of the best anime’s of the season.
In this series about 90% of the population of Earth has some form of special power known as a quirk. A quirk can literally be anything and throughout the series there are both highly creative quirks such as being able to eject tape out of your arms to less creative quirks such as power over fire and ice. In this world heroes are people who protect civilians from villains because there will always be people who use their power for evil, as well as from natural disasters and other forms of physical harm. People who take heroism as their profession are known as Pro Heroes.
However Pro Heroes are not just superpowered police officers. That is how it should be because then everyone can get along and the only thing that matters is helping people out and maybe gaining a tiny bit of power by rising up in the ranks, But instead there is a hero ranking system and Pro Heroes are treated the same way as famous pop singers and athletes. The fact that there even is a number one hero in this world is extremely flawed.
Also not everyone can become a Pro Hero because of the vast variety of quirks in this world. The people with quirks more suited to combat and taking criminals down are the most likely to become Pro Heroes, while everyone else can only dream. From some dialogue in the first episode of season 1 it is clear that heroes look down on ordinary police officers, but wouldn’t it make more sense if police officers and Pro Heroes were a part of the same force. I know that the police officers in the series do help the heroes, but I feel like all the heroes do for the police officers is get in the way of investigations and ignore common criminals in order to go after the less common quirked criminals.
Now I feel like this is going to need to change in the future of this world. I think that’s what Deku’s story is all about. He is in school to become a Pro Hero not for money or fame or to fulfill some other selfish desire, but rather to help people with a smile on his face just like his biggest role model, All Might. He wants to become the number one hero simply because he wants to get better, but he is also helping those around him to become better people.
Last episode when Deku helps Todoroki come to terms with the full extent of his power and overcome some things that happened in his past, he didn’t do it to become the best. He gave up winning the tournament to do this plus he was severely injured before the match was forcefully ended. I believe the world is going to change because of Deku in some way, I just hope that this change fixes some of the problems of the Pro Hero system.
Disclaimer: May contain some ranting
I feel that comics and graphic novels should be available in school libraries in the same way as traditionally printed books are. A book is a book no matter how it is presented on the inside. By shaming kids who read such books you may turn them off of the prospect of reading and in this day and age where most people find sitting down and reading a good book too boring that is not something you want to do.
Reading different books can introduce kids to different viewpoints, beliefs, and ideas which will make them more open-minded, and considerate of others. Does it matter if the books they read happen to contain pictures instead of descriptions? No. It doesn’t because a graphic novel can introduce kids to the same things as a traditionally printed novel can.
I grew up mainly reading traditionally printed novels such as those written by Cornelia Funke and Christopher Paolini. The first graphic novel I ever read was the first volume of Bone by Jeff Smith. I read that series until the last graphic novel in the series was published and then I read the two spin off graphic novels. A few years later I was introduced to manga and I enjoyed reading those stories as well.
So yeah, comics and graphic novels have influenced my development as a writer as much as any of the other books I read. I book is a book. They all have characters, settings, and themes. They all show us things that we would not see without reading that book. The only difference is that graphics novels and comics have pictures while other novels do not.
The book review I was going to write today is going to be delayed because I wasn’t able to finish the book in time. I don’t know when I’ll end up posting it. I’ll try to complete the book for next Monday’s review by Thursday. I may end up dropping the weekly book review posts in June to make it easier on me.
I am still going to try to complete one story this week and I have decided that it will be the story I mentioned last week because I have recently come up for a great idea for that particular story. On the side I will be participating in writing blog challenges involving picture prompts. I have already entered a few and I have found that they help me get hyped up for working on larger projects. They are also fun.
I have been thinking about whether or not to use a pseudonym for my future publication submissions just because of some of my future plans. This is mainly because of the things I tend to write about have very little to do with my chosen area of study. I don’t want these two of my plans for the future to clash in any way. But if I end up using a pseudonym what name would I use? I don’t know but it would have to be something with some meaning for me because I don’t want to go on the random name generator on behindthename dot com to find a good name. I guess that I’ll just need to think about this for while longer, though I do have to decide before my next publication submission.
A couple of weeks ago I made a list on my phone of all of my ongoing projects. The list is rather long containing several short stories and a total of four novel-length ideas. I have been putting off all these projects since high school and now I finally want to complete some of them. This means that I have to find places where I can submit my work and I need to start writing on a more regular basis.
I have subscribed to some writing newsletters that will give me a list of anthologies, journals, and magazines that are looking for submissions. I don’t know if any of my stories will be accepted by anything, but I need to at least try. But in order for my work to be accepted into a publication I need to actually write.
I have decided that starting next week I will focus on completing one story a week throughout May and June. This week I will be working on my subtle blog overhaul by scheduling posts, creating banners, and editing menus and pages. I don’t know which story I’ll end up completing next week but right now I am leaning towards finishing a story I am currently calling “The Silent City”. This is a darker story, but with what I have already written I should be able to complete it quickly.