A Gentle Reminder


Here at The Moritheil Review, our policy is to only comment and inform on public drama. Occasionally it happens that buyer’s remorse sinks in, and people who at first wanted to go public later want their personal drama removed.  While we are under absolutely no obligation to do so for matters already public (and the tweets are typically linked, to demonstrate that TMR has faithfully represented their substance), the purpose of TMR is not to cause people anguish.

If you are undergoing some drama and would like to avoid being featured in TMR or indeed any twitter/drama aggregator or gossip site, we highly recommend you switch your preferences to Protected Posting.  In general, tweeting or blogging something publicly will be taken as indicating that you want as many people in the world as possible to see your words, as that is the explicit purpose of non-private tweets/blog posts.

Thank you for reading, and please continue to enjoy The Moritheil Review – bringing you the dorama™.

Published in: on March 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM  Comments (1)  
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Return to form: luneru vs dogrunes

It’s been a while since TMR reported any twitter dorama, so a post on it might well be called a return to form.  Commentary after the text dump.


Hat tip to @moronsister, and trigger warning: language.

 I watched someone spiral into madness on twitter last night. Pretty entertaining and yet horrifying and embarrassing. More con than pro


Of Privilege and Meta-privilege

People talk a lot about privilege.  But is the ability to talk about privilege – that awareness, coupled with being in a societal position where one can get away with discussing privilege – itself a meta-level privilege?

Reddit exploded recently with comments about Shit Reddit Says (SRS), a subreddit that calls out redditors for making insensitive, normative statements.  Their usual M.O. is to flood the comment with extremely vituperative replies calling the poster hateful filth, or “cis scum.”  For those singled out after making careless remarks, the experience can be disorienting and bewildering.

Their defense for the whole, sawcasm discrimination don’t real thing is that without institutionalized discrimination you can’t have oppression. Which is fine, I understand that cracker is never ever going to have the same sting as the n word or whatever.


The issue, of course, becomes “what is institutionalized?”  For those whose daily source of talk about non-business matters is a board on the Internet, or say, reddit, having an organized group of people jump on them to ruin their day can feel awfully like society is against them, even if it’s a trick of the light possible only in such a microcosm.  And yes, certainly, that won’t change the fact that if we have to pick one person to have sympathy for in this whole mess, it won’t be the person sitting in a 4 bedroom house with a platinum card.

But who says we can only pick one person to feel sorry for?

Just because you aren’t as bad as something else doesn’t mean you’re good. Hating any entire group based on superficial characteristics is wrong, fundamentally. Hate the system that gives them the privilege, hate those that use the privilege against you or refuse to acknowledge it, but don’t hate everyone.

I’d go a step further, actually, and say don’t hate those who use privilege or can’t see it: use their blindness.  Hate isn’t productive, and while productivity may seem to be a concept forced upon us by industrialization, it is useful to everyone.  I don’t hate the physically deficient, those incapable of performing tasks the rest of us take for granted. Why would I? Those kids have it rough.  I don’t hate the mentally deficient, those incapable of grasping the lessons schooling seeks to impart on us.  Why would I? They are stuck in a world they can’t understand, and offend us without realizing what they do.

Similarly, I don’t hate the morally deficient, those incapable of understanding that what they do is immoral.  Again . . . why would I? You can only ask someone, in all reasonableness, to go along with things when they see the reason for those things.  Otherwise you are simply resorting to force.

not to mention, using another person’s life as a weapon to punish someone for behavior you disapprove of is a pretty big dick move.


Privilege discussions can veer into negativity and inescapability.  Rather than focus on what you don’t have that others do, sometimes – for the sake of your own sanity and ability to get things done – it is important on what you do have that others don’t. I’m not saying anything about the nature of class warfare or privilege denial.  I’m only asking – what do you get out of spending time on it?  I’ve seen some brilliant people fall to despair and inaction due to obsessing over the map rather than crossing the map. And if you believe that you are oppressed, and allow it to cripple you – doesn’t your awareness become their tool? Aren’t they then using it to further your oppression?

“Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it” said people in first world nations


Published in: on September 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Aniblog Tourney: Chicago Style

In light of the recent discovery that 5camp’s Aniblog Tourney had put dozens of active polls up weeks ahead of the actual contests, leading to possible vote fraud, SCCSAV organizer vuc had this to say:

That’s the Chicago way.

concept by Shiwasu no Okina

Perhaps no statement better underscores the potential for corruption, miscalculation, and misrule inherent in the Aniblog Tourney’s systems – systems that Tournament official mefloraine acknowledges will take quite some time to reset by hand. Amid jokes about “voting early and often,” other bloggers raised more fundamental questions of validity: is the entire tournament just a big “circle jerk” in a closed population?


Bad Drama

There isn’t really any “good” drama on the Internet, but we generally think of dorama as being petty, inconsequential, and motivated by irrelevant differences of opinion. Occasionally, however, we see drama of the truly destructive and heart-wrenching kind.

Though it may sound cliched, honestly, life almost invariably gets better. That’s the point of something being an all-time low, after all: it doesn’t get worse. If you or someone you know are feeling suicidal, please seek help.

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Dorama Marches On

When the cat’s away, the mice will play – and when moritheil’s at Otakon, Twitter heats up with dorama!  Did you think that the Summer Season wouldn’t have anything to follow?  Who the hell do you think we are?

Crusader of THAT Anime Blog posts:

I am lazy, but you are both lazy and a sellout…how many moons has it been since you last posted on your own?

Undaunted, Extrange fires back:

@thatblog 1 week. :3


Published in: on July 20, 2009 at 3:24 AM  Comments (1)  
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Loneliness abounds on Twitter, and with it, improbable pairings. So powerful was shinn87’s earlier suggestion of moe daughters that it struck a chord with many throughout the blogosphere, causing them to muse on love.

“So ronery,” wrote lelangir.  And indeed it seemed that many were looking for love.  Icystorm pondered,


Ghostlightning chimed in:

A note for everyone: @icystorm faps to fruit

WAH sought an alternative:

I should go to the Imouto Cafe and ask for a happy end

Mightyatom decided to board this bandwagon as well:



The Rape of the Lock

Of late, Twitter has started to kick it old-school. The topic? Locked tweets.  From hinano to thaliarchus, CrimsonRaven to lelangir, it has become fashionable to place limits on who views one’s tweeting.

The Peer now spreads the glittering Forfex wide,
T’ inclose the Lock; now joins it, to divide.
Ev’n then, before the fatal Engine clos’d,
A wretched Sylph too fondly interpos’d;
Fate urged the Sheers, and cut the Sylph in twain,
(But Airy Substance soon unites again)
The meeting Points the sacred Hair dissever
From the fair Head, for ever and for ever!


Twitterpocalypse Now

Super Sentai ABC Leader Owen_S was forced into action again recently.  “Agents of the Fail Whale have begun moving,” he explained.  “Tweets have been disappearing.  We, the ABC, must act in order to protect the peace and justice of this world.”

The Bleach Ranger!

Pressed for a lengthier explanation, he offered this: “As anime bloggers, we are accustomed to reporting on a story.  But in fact, as you read a story, you become a part of the story.  This is our story, our fight against the Nothingness!”

Do not panic,” said fellow aniblogger Omisyth.  “You will die.  I am with you in your fight for justice, though.”

Owen was unmoved by pleas for moderation. “Onward!” he cried.  “To Hell’s Gate!”

Spring Season Twitter Preview

The Spring season of Twitter promises to bring new and exciting character developments.

I’ll be watching the following shows:

Benu – The revered sensei of blogging is caught in a sudden scandal when a stranger appears claiming to be his long-lost manservant.  What is the grudge that this man from Benu’s past bears, and what secret does this stranger hold?

Owen_S – When a girl from the past calls upon Owen, he is caught between his IRC, blog, and real world personalities. How will he act? What will he do? Will the real face of Owen finally be revealed?

WildArmsHeeroWAH has moved to Japan this season, as its protagonist takes his burning Japanophilia to the next level. He faces all-new challenges in the form of crammed trains, mysterious women from imageboards wanting to meet in person, and danmaku shops threatening to deplete his funds. Ganbatte!

DancingQueen_DQ – What will happen after the unthinkable happens? Our heroine finds herself in the unheard-of position of not having male suitors, after her magical seifuku’s powers mysteriously fade. Will she undertake a perilous quest to reignite her moe aura, or will she decide that her days of fighting for love and justice are over? Find out in this brand-new season of Magical Sailor Dancing Queen!

Zaitcev – Like Tsubasa River Chronicle, this show is best thought of as a sampling of and commentary upon other shows. Author alternately praises and damns – sometimes within the same sentence – leaving viewers guessing as to what will happen next.

What dorama will you be watching?

Published in: on April 4, 2009 at 5:36 AM  Comments (10)  
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