Anitwitter Wiki, we hardly knew ye

Late at night, certain users banded together to form an Anitwitter wiki at wikia.  Sadly, the Powers that Be at that commercial site quickly realized the tiny profit potential in catering to 500 of the Internet’s nerdiest (but friendliest), and pulled the plug.

Twitter user @UpskirtSenpai saved a couple images from mid-build that give us an idea of the style in which the site was built:

white text on dark field

 

 

@VKuru1, seen editing the wikia above, had this to say about anitwitter:

“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.” A rule that the internet totally ignores.

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Published in: on July 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM  Leave a Comment  
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A Gentle Reminder

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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

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The unreal world

“I’m going to make out with like 30 chicks tonight.”

– Wes Bergman, Real World: Austin


What is the proper follow-up to America’s Greatest Otaku?  How do you bring a slice of obsessive anime fan life to the public?  If you are the twitter blogosphere, the answer is clearly an Anime-fan-only Real World.

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Gulp! Going where no digitalboy has gone before

digitalboy served notice on the blogosphere yesterday:

I’m probably going to blog Lotte no Omocha here so just be ready for that lol.

Lotte no Omocha, according to Wikipedia and Manga-Updates, is a fantasy story with an unconventional twist:

In the medieval fantasy world of Alfheimr, succubus princess Astrarotte Ygvar, the first princess of the kingdom of Ygvar, has just reached the age of 10. For the coming years of a young succubus’ life, it is necessary for them to have a male harem. In order to maintain their body and preserve their beautiful appearance, they must consume a substance only found on males. This substance is a liquid called “Sauzfryma”, better known as semen. The princess, however, bears a great dislike against men, and only agrees to create a harem if a human male is to join.

(emphasis added.)

Twitter response was swift and sarcastic.

Published in: on March 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM  Comments (5)  
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Absent moral reasoning

CNNGo recently looked for writers.  I happened to look at the call for applicants, and I recall that it was formidable.  “Professionals only,” they insisted, “with years of prior work experience and a strong grounding in the nuances of the local language.”  Lists of specific proficiencies followed.  Perhaps CNN staff were so enamored of their lists that they forgot to check for basic writing ability.

If true, that would go a long way toward explaining this Richard Smart article on a proposed manga censorship policy. Using such wonderfully precise phrases as “needs to be fixed right way up” and “Seem obvious? It should do,” it is a study in how not to write an editorial.

The essence of Smart’s article can be found in a quote he takes from Simon Scott, and his reaction to it:

“Japan’s new law, insofar as it strives to regulate more than just the surface images to look at the overall theme of the story, suggests that the country is moving in a Western direction.”

This is a good thing, particularly with regard to child pornography.

A reader would normally expect further explanation by Smart here, or a justification for the general statement that Japan becoming more like the West is a good thing. But such trifles are beyond Richard Smart – he moves directly on to quoting other sources and describing other things happening, without even a hint of justification for the sweeping statement he has just dropped.

Do you know a bad idea when you see one?

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Louie Louie

ok wow i’m really going to regret all of this aren’t i
vomitchan

Rage filled the blogger formerly known as angelsharkbite, and he vented his spleen on everyone listening.  Apparently, a particularly persistent homophobe undertook a campaign of harassment that reduced the normally sarcastic vomitchan to this irritable state.

Apparently this is not an isolated incident.  Formspring lists a rather detailed genderswap scenario question from five months ago.  Still, one must wonder: who has it in for him?

Published in: on March 7, 2011 at 11:51 PM  Leave a Comment  
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The difference between analysis and aficion

BakaBT submitted a post in which he began on one topic and ended on a tangentially related one.  This behavior is normal for personal blogging, but unacceptable in any sort of academic or professional context.  The ambitious beginning, for those who don’t care to click through, was:

Many people think that anime and cartoons are actually the same thing. I know that every person who will read this will most likely know how to distinguish, but I felt the urge to write this post to prove to all once and for all, that it’s normal to watch anime no matter how old you are.

Which inspired pointed criticism, like this tweet by sasuraiger:

http://bit.ly/ev2Hhc I am actually kind of stunned by how dumb this anime vs cartoons analysis is

and this one, from blubart, in BakaBT’s own comments section:

Your chain of arguments is flawed. Starting with your “thesis” that you want to “prove to all once and for all, that it’s normal to watch anime no matter how old you are . . . ” which you never bring any argument forth to support.

If he'd focused on chains, his audience would be more accepting.

It is, in all fairness, the promise of a deep analysis followed by a very superficial assessment (limited to a couple specific tendencies in artistic styles and character design.)  But where the post itself may fail to enlighten about the essential qualities of anime, the reactions of the readers tell us much about the expectations of people in the anime blogosphere.  It’s not merely passe, whimsical, or silly to promise an analysis and not deliver: it’s a deep failing.

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 7:29 PM  Comments (2)  
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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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Judgement on Otaku

How should we judge other people?

In the past it was generally accepted in Western society that anyone not in your own group was a fair target for generalized criticism. Thus, jokes about blacks, Jews, Poles, Asians, Mexicans, etc. became commonplace – as did jokes about blondes, redheads, Catholics, Italians, and so forth.

Eventually we wised up to the fact that the butts of these jokes were actually people, and it was hurtful, cruel, or just downright counterproductive to continually bludgeon our neighbors with negative stereotypes. This may or may not have been assisted by a healthy dose of political mobilization on their parts, which brings me to the term “political correctness.” It is possible to avoid evoking damaging stereotypes for two different reasons. The first is purely pragmatic – not insulting minorities because the NAACP or the Anti-Defamation League will be after you – while the second is because you genuinely believe it’s not a good thing to judge people on what social identity group they belong to.

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