BHS Belated Blogress Report: 2019, Week 29 – Summer 2019 Anime

Week 29 – Summer 2019 Anime
Not much else is happening this week, so here’s some recommendations for this season’s new anime.
Granbelm – Part fantasy, part mecha show, part magical girl, part battle royale… and unless I’ve completely misread the subtext, part yuri. (CALM DOWN, NEKO!) Ordinary teenager Mangetsu Kohinata accidentally discovers a hidden world where girls fight each other in mystical robots called ARMANOX, all for the chance to become the world’s strongest mage and control the gigantic castle Granbelm, which seals away all the world’s magic. It’s got stylish action sequences and some pretty kickass art design… I adore how the girls control their mecha with what look like puppet strings. It looks as if this may be able to help me get my magical girl fix while I’m waiting for the Magia Record anime.
Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) – In the year 2063, space travel is easy and accessible enough to become commonplace. A class of high-schoolers plus one grade school student are to take a five-day camping trip to the distant planet McPa… but no sooner do they arrive than a mysterious spherical distortion teleports them into the vacuum of space, thousands of light years from home. Their only means of survival is an old and deserted but functional space ship that orbits an unfamiliar planet. With no other way home and no rescue forthcoming, the kids must all work together, repair the ship, forage for fuel and supplies, and set out on a journey back to Earth. Now, I don’t talk about it often, but I love sci-fi that’s at least partially grounded in reality. I saw Astra compared to Bodacious Space Pirates, another favorite of mine, and that was all I needed to pick it up. Astra has the best story hook of any anime I’ve yet seen this year, and the gorgeous visuals and colorful cast don’t hurt it either. I can’t wait to see how this one develops.
O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) – SEX. Simultaneously the most interesting and most terrifying thing in a teenager’s life. For the girls of a certain high school literature club, sex is many different things: one is flustered over her complicated feelings for a longtime childhood friend, one dismisses the teenage fixation on sex as debauchery and swears to not have anything to do with it, one goes into adult chatrooms for “research”, and one bluntly states her intention to experience “full penetration” at least once before she dies. We get a lot of sex comedy anime, but this is not your usual sex comedy: it’s a frank and hilariously honest look at a group of teenage girls trying to figure out the mysteries of sexuality. And I do mean “hilariously honest”… no punches are pulled here, and there’s none of the usual coy dancing around the subject. It’s refreshing, honestly. Maidens has earned its spot on my watch list with the funniest pilot episode I’ve seen since Kaguya-sama: Love is War earlier this year, particularly with its gloriously awkward final setpiece. If you aren’t squeamish about the subject matter, absolutely check this one out.
Symphogear XV – Naturally. It’s the fifth (and final?) season of the Gurren Lagann of magical girl shows, and that’s not a comparison I make lightly. As before, Hibiki Tachibana and her fellow Wielders battle supernatural threats with suits of high-tech armor powered by song… specifically, kickass rock in a variety of genres. If you haven’t seen the previous seasons of Symphogear, this is not the place to start; fortunately, Crunchyroll now has seasons 1 – 4 subbed in their entirety. For those of you who have seen it, you know what to expect: great music, tons of explosions, ridiculous story escalation, and jaw-dropping, over-the-top fight scenes. Every season of Symphogear ups the ante on the last one, and after the crazy shit that went down in AXZ last season… frankly, I can’t wait to see how wild they go with this one.
That’s about it so far. I’m hearing good things about Fire Force, so I may check that one out, but these four are the ones on my must-watch list for now.
I’m gonna try to work on Shattered Skies and Silent InvenTOYry for the rest of the week. Hopefully I’ll make some progress.
– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 28 – Malaise

Week 28 – Malaise
I haven’t really felt like myself since a couple days after Drake left. I can blame part of it on the persistent anxiety of my book sales numbers, but much of it is harder to define. It’s a sort listlessness, less depression than a blue funk that I can’t seem to snap out of. Getting Tasakeru published has been occupying my thoughts for most of the last twelve years, and now that it’s done… there’s a big hole left behind. I legit have no idea what to do now. I’m making sales here and there, but not enough to be considered successful. I’ve done nearly everything in my power to get the word out, up to and including braving Twitter and buying ad space on FA. But if the book still doesn’t take off… I’m looking at the failure of my primary plan to get through life. I’ve foregone relationships, job opportunities, and almost my entire social life for the sake of this story; I’m scared that it may not have been worth it. And if it’s not, I don’t really have much else… I’ve never been what anyone would consider popular or charismatic, on the Internet or in real life. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that my YouTube and Twitch exploits aren’t going to make money; doing them for fun is as much as I can hope for. Even if I weren’t disabled, I couldn’t get a “real” job, not with the track record and skill set that I have. I accepted years ago that I’m not going to have a romantic partner, and I definitely don’t want children. I’m rapidly approaching middle age, and I’m still… stuck. I still haven’t made my mark on the world, and I feel like I’m running out of possible ways to do it.
I’ve been getting by trying to make the most of each day, enjoying what pleasures I can as they come, and trying not to worry or think too much about the future. I’m blessed that I can live a comfortable, safe, mostly stable existence here, but… I can’t shake the feeling that my time is slipping away. I’m more conscious than ever that what happiness I have in life is incredibly fragile, and it would be all too easy to have it taken away by random chance. Thoughts like that should send me into fits of panic or depression, but instead I just feel… lost. Adrift, and largely disconnected from a world I don’t understand, a world which seems to get scarier and more inexplicable by the day.
I’m sorry this entry is so melancholy, but that’s just the place I’m in right now. I don’t have much confidence in myself or my creative works at the moment, but I’m trying to plug away at them regardless. Hopefully the FA ad works. I’m also going to spend part of the week out of the house for most of the day, petsitting for one of my usual clients. Maybe the change of pace will brighten my mood a bit.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 27 – Terrifying Realization

Week 27 – Terrifying Realization

After the high of last week’s events came a devastating low. I didn’t honestly expect that Tasakeru would sell gangbusters out of the gate, but… I thought at least it would do better than it has. Everybody keeps telling me not to worry, that sales will pick up as more people find it. Sorry, but telling me “Don’t worry!” has never, ever worked. My stupid brain makes me worry over what socks I should wear, and this is a slightly bigger problem.
After stewing over it for most of the last three days, one of the only options I’ve come up with is one that frightens me to no end: I think need to get more active on social media. I hate Twitter and Facebook as much as any other well-informed guy should, and coupled with my severe social anxiety, stepping further into that abyss makes my stomach churn. However, infinitely worse is the prospect of having Tasakeru go nowhere because I’m too obscure to be noticed. There’s only so often I can flood my accounts with “BUY MY BOOK” into the void before people stop listening, so I need to change it up. The lifestyle I have is not sustainable, so I gotta find some way to make my internet time pay off. I just hope I’m not too old and out-of-touch to learn the ropes.
Anyway. Because I know I’ll be asked about it: yes, I saw the Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie announcement yesterday, and yes, I’m stoked for it. More Sailor Moon is always a good thing. I just hope that Toei will do what it did with the Digimon Tri movies and simulcast these to streaming services… I don’t want to have to wait an extra six months for the BluRays.
Symphogear XV premieres this Saturday, and my body is ready. Thank god Crunchyroll did the decent thing and licensed both it and AXZ at the last minute. Magical Girl Gurren Lagann gives me life. Given what happened last season, I expect the return of Shinshoujin/Shenshoujing/whatever and Hibiki punching God in the face with a fist the size of Canada, but as long as we get the over-the-top fight scenes that the series is lauded for, I’ll be happy. I may have a silly Symphogear video to go up the day of the premiere, but it depends on if I can get a couple tricky visual effects to work.
Also on the docket for this week is preparing for the next Silent InvenTOYry Semi Short, which should come out at the end of the month, and will be covering a certain someone who’s very, very special to me. Shattered Skies Chapter 45 will be worked on if I can spare the energy. Wish me luck.
– BHS
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BHS Belated Blogress Report: 2019, Week 26 – Now On Sale

Week 26 – Now On Sale

I’m a published author.

As of this evening, the Amazon page for Tasakeru Book I: Without a Name is up. Congratulations have been pouring in from family and friends. I’m finally here, and I… honestly don’t know what to think. I’m proud, obviously, but I’ve got butterflies something fierce, and I’ve got this sense of… unrealness, like I’m just waiting for somebody to pinch me and wake me up. All the hard work I put into this story has led to this. In a lot of ways, it feels like my life has finally begun.
I promised on Monday that this would be a big week, and as amazing as it sounds, my publication is only part of it. VDrake was here visiting, and I made sure he was there next to me when I hit that submit button. The two of us had a blast at the Weird Al concert, of course. When you go to see Weird Al live, he damn well makes sure it’s an unforgettable experience… I was in the third row, with a perfect view of him, his bandmates, and the 41-piece orchestra that was playing along with him. I laughed, I screamed, I sang along, and I even got splashed when Al threw his water into the audience after the gargling solo in “Smells Like Nirvana”. And, might I add, I got wished luck with my endeavors by the man himself.

So here I am, in my same chair, looking at my same monitor on my same desk in my same room, but everything seems different. Like I said, sort of unreal. I don’t know where we go from here, exactly, but I hope you’ll all stay with me along the way.

– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book I: Without a Name: PUBLISHED
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: On hold
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 60 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 45: On hold

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BHS Placeholder Blogress Report: 2019, Week 26

Like it says, this is a placeholder. This is a big, big week, so the actual Report will be going up on Thursday, when I’ll have a recap of the Weird Al concert and a huge announcement.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 25 – The God of the White and Nerdy

Week 25 – The God of the White and Nerdy
Welp, this is it: the secret that I’ve been keeping from all but a select few for six months now.
In eight days, I’m going to meet Weird Al Yankovic.
No, that’s not a joke. Thanks to the extreme generosity of a close family friend and an unbelievable stroke of good fortune, the likes of which never happens to me, I got a VIP backstage ticket to Weird Al’s “Strings Attached” show here in Virginia. VDrake is getting my original ticket, and he’s coming down here on Sunday. The two of us are going to the concert together to celebrate both of our birthdays.
Believe me, I’ve wanted to yell about this to the Internet at large for months now, but given the circumstances of how I got the VIP ticket in the first place, I thought it best to keep quiet. Anything to avoid unnecessary drama. So, since the concert is next Tuesday, expect a full account in the Blogress Report for Monday, July 1st.
Now, given all this excitement, it’s been understandably hard to concentrate, but I’ve managed to get about halfway through the editing process. I didn’t hit my goal of finishing by the end of last week, sadly, but I’ll try again this week.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: On hold
  • Tasakeru Editing Process: ~45% done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 64 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 45: On hold

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 24 – Editing is Terrifying

Week 24 – Editing is Terrifying

Something that I don’t often discuss about the writing process is the editing. There’s a reason for that: I hate doing it. Going over your work with a fine-toothed comb and asking yourself “Keep it? Change it? Reword it? Cut it?” about every sentence is a laborious and nerve-wracking process, and it doesn’t get any better if you have someone else do it for you… in that case, depending on how nice your editor is, you may see large chunks of your hard work chopped away and thrown out.
VDrake gets the first look at everything I write, and while sure, having your best friend edit your stuff may not be the most objective method of doing it, he works for free and his instincts are usually right on the money. He’s being a huge help in the ongoing Tasakeru editing process, natch. For all you writers out there, I suggest getting a VDrake of your own to assist you.
One more week to go until I can make my announcement about the Big Thing™ that’s happening at the end of the month. I’ve kept it hush-hush for six months now, but it’s almost time. It’ll be worth the wait.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: On hold
  • Tasakeru Editing Process: ~16% done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 64 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: COMPLETE!

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 23 – Ten Years

Week 23 – Ten Years

At last I got a chapter out, and thank heaven for that. Thank you to all my readers for being patient with me during my crises and off periods, your continuing support is part of what keeps me coming back. From here on, I’m going to try to keep to a more regular update schedule, providing things stay relatively stable. That includes publishing my Blogress Reports to Patreon, as a way to keep those who donate their money updated.
This month marks ten years since I opened tasakeru.com… ten years of my great experiment. I’ll be honest, I wish it had been more successful than it is, but I’m proud of the work I’ve done on it and the progress I’ve made in the series during that time.
That being said, though, I think it’s high time to move past the website and start looking to the future. I’ll be making some major changes to the site over the next few weeks leading up to the anniversary, as a way of motivating myself to do what I need to do. You may not see an update on Twilight’s Dreaming until next month at the earliest, but trust me when I say that the wait will be for the better. Taking this new plunge is… terrifying, to be quite honest, but I feel like I’ll regret it if I let the opportunity slip by. Wish me luck.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: On hold
  • TasakeruPatreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 61 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: COMPLETE!

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BHS Belated Blogress Report: 2019, Week 22 – That’s Better

Week 22 – That’s Better
Hey, look at that, three more pages! Not bad. Sorry this one is late, I couldn’t focus at all last night. To be fair, I haven’t been focusing well for the past two months, but knock on wood, that might be changing. I still want to try to get this chapter done before Saturday if I can, though I might end up shunting the second half of what I had planned to Chapter 45.
Starting this week on my Twitch channel is a playthrough of one of my favorite games of all time, Skies of Arcadia. I’ll be playing the “director’s cut” Legends version for the Gamecube, which fixes some of the issues the original had and adds a bunch of content. I played the hell out of both the original SoA on my Dreamcast and Legends on my Gamecube back in the day, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be able to share this game with you. SoA is one of those titles where it’s downright criminal that more people haven’t played it, so if I can get more people interested in it, so much the better. Plus that, after the grimness of the Bioshock series in my last playthrough, SoA‘s colorful optimism is the perfect follow-up. I’ll see you all Wednesday night, so please watch, follow, subscribe, DONATE, and do the things!

  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • TasakeruPatreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 51 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 7.5 pages done

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 21 – Affiliated

Week 21 – Affiliated
I hesitate to say it, given what’s been happening when I let my guard down, but maybe I’m starting to turn things around. The biggest news of my week was finally hitting Twitch Affiliate on Wednesday. NeoChandler put it aptly when he said this was “the universe throwing you a bone”. Now that I’m part of the program, I feel like I can take my streams a little easier. Speaking of which, effective this week, I’m changing my schedule to stream Wednesday and Thursday nights, rather than Mondays and Wednesdays. There are multiple reasons for this which I don’t really want to go into, but little else should change.
My new goal is to get Shattered Skies Chapter 44 out by the end of the month. It’s just a matter of motivation at this point.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 51 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 4.5 pages done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 20 – It Never Fails

Week 20 – It Never Fails

WARNING: THIS IS A VENT
Yup. That two-thirds of a page and two extra Twitch followers are the sum total of the progress I’ve made this week.
No sooner do I let my emotional guard down, no sooner do I start thinking that maybe I can relax and start to hate my life a little less, than another trainwreck hits me… another crisis or crises that spring up out of nowhere and drag me right back down. You could almost set a clock by it, it’s that consistent.
This weekend, it was my monitor. The HDTV I’ve used for the past three years, affectionately known as “ZA BEASTO”, burned out on Saturday. This left me with only my emergency backup monitor, which is wholly inadequate for streaming purposes. And since I’m a stone’s throw away from Affiliate, I absolutely cannot afford to take a week or more off now. So I had to shell out for a new monitor, which set me back by an enormous amount… I’m happy for the upgrade, but much less happy about going into debt. I’ve signed up for a new service called loots.com which is supposed to help streamers get paid, so since YouTube will probably never reinstate me and it’ll be a while until I can get anything out of Twitch, this is my best option. Begging for donations is another avenue, but it’s one I’d like to avoid if possible. I may be currently trapped in an endless, godforsaken nightmare loop of anger, self-loathing, anxiety, and depression (not necessarily in that order, or mutually exclusive from one another), but for some reason I still have my pride. Or I like to think I do.
I also discovered that our dog has developed another potentially horrifying health problem, as if we didn’t have enough of those already. I’d elaborate, but due to various circumstances, I’m not exactly sure what’s going on myself. I’ve been assured that she’ll be okay… but part of me knows it’s only a matter of time until the next disaster, and the next, and the next, until it’s something that can’t be fixed. If it’s not my dog, it’s my mother. If it’s not my mother, it’s my best friend. If it’s not my best friend, it’s me. Because that’s what always happens.
Right now, considering all that I have hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles, about the cruelest thing I can think of is being treated like my worries and anxieties don’t matter. It’s almost sadistic to tell me that I’m responsible for what goes on in my head, because quite frankly if I had any measure of control over my brain I would have exercised it long before this point. I would love to be more stable. I’d jump at the chance to live like a “normal” person, to have a regular nine-to-five job and maybe a romantic relationship to worry over. “Real world problems”, some people would call them… the notion seems almost attractive to me. But that’s not who I am. I’m permanently stuck with a mind that constantly teeters on the edge of breaking completely. That’s my “real world”, that’s my reality.
But hey. I guess it doesn’t matter, because I’ve been told repeatedly that my problems aren’t high priority enough.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 44 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 1 page done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 19 – Slight Improvement

Week 19 – Slight Improvement
Thank you for all the kind words of support after last week’s Report. I can’t honestly say that things are much better on my end, but there’s been a very slight improvement. My mother will be having surgery for her bad shoulder soon, so I’ll pass on any and all well-wishes to her.
My goal for this week is to make some progress, any progress, on Shattered Skies Chapter 44. Other than that, I don’t really have a lot to say.
At least April 2019 is behind me for good. Good riddance.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 42 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done

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BHS Belated Blogress Report: 2019, Week 18 – Apologies

Week 18 – Apologies
  • All projects on hold
This won’t be pleasant to hear, but I have to be honest: I haven’t written a word all month. Not one damn thing on Tasakeru or Shattered Skies or anything else. I haven’t filmed anything of the replacement episode of Silent InvenTOYry either. April 2019 has been a creative dead zone.
I feel awful about this, especially since yet again my Patrons will be paying for another month of no progress. But frankly, I feel awful about a lot of things these days.
The short version is, both my parents and my dog are elderly. They’ve all been having health problems over the past month or two, particularly my mother. Every time some new one manifests, my chest goes tight and I wonder if this might be it, the moment when everything falls apart and the downward spiral begins. I can’t enjoy the escape I get through my creative efforts, because as I said: those aren’t happening right now. I’d take a break from it all, but I’d feel guilty about that too. I can’t even lose myself in my favorite fiction for long, because past experience has proven time and again that life loves kicking my teeth in the moment I begin to relax. My anxiety is probably unfounded, but that’s the wonderful thing about chronic anxiety: it doesn’t care whether what you’re afraid of is plausible or even possible. The doubt and fear and second-guessing never entirely goes away, no matter how much I want it to.
I’m not the most mentally stable person in the best of times, and this past month has been the antithesis of “stable”. So while I’d love to have some updates on Tasakeru, Shattered Skies, and SI for you, or even share my thoughts on Avengers: Endgame, right now there’s nothing in my head but fear, weariness, and the usual horrific guilt and self-loathing. My sole comfort is that there isn’t much of April 2019 left… if I can survive a few more hours with what’s left of my sanity intact, I can see my therapist tomorrow and work on making May an improvement.
– BHS
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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 17 – Under Pressure

Week 17 – Under Pressure
Bad week. Stressful week. Unproductive week. I’ve gotten absolutely jack done. Frankly, it feels like this entire godforsaken month has been one long, sustained anxiety attack.
I’m in an unenviable position here: I’m under large amounts of pressure, both from external sources and self-imposed, and that causes me anxiety. Most of the things I do to relieve anxiety (play games, watch anime, sleep) only cause more anxiety in the long run, as my brain is hard-wired to scream “YOU’RE NOT BEING PRODUCTIVE ENOUGH” at me on a regular basis, regardless of how much I do or don’t get done.
At least I’ve finally found something to stream on Twitch that’s drawing an audience. Warframe may be a drain on my time, but it’s a fun drain on my time, and both streaming sessions I’ve had with it so far have been highly successful. I’m within striking distance of becoming a Twitch Affiliate at last, so perhaps this streaming thing will pay some dividends after all.
And hey, Endgame is this week. Seeing Thanos get his giant purple ass kicked should lighten my mood.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 42 followers
  • Book II Appendix: On hold
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: On hold
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: On hold

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BHS Blogress Report: 2019, Week 16 – I Just Want to Enjoy the Damned Movie

Week 16 – I Just Want to Enjoy the Damn Movie
Still fighting off the last of my illness, so I haven’t been able to do much, but the next item on my list is Shattered Skies Chapter 44. It’s closer to being done than anything else at the moment.
The first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode IX came out this weekend, along with the reveal of its title: The Rise of Skywalker. I’m excited to see how this thing ends, but my excitement is dampened considerably by the re-ignition of Star Wars Discourse, because even a year and a half later, a small but very loud and intensely irritating group of people (“fans” seems to be giving them too much credit) are still bitching about The Last Jedi. It’s not enough that they hate the movie, it’s not enough that they harass the people who made the movie, they have to turn it into a goddamn dog whistle in an attempt to get everybody else to hate it too.
Now, it’s not like I have much of an emotional stake in whether Star Wars is good or not. I didn’t grow up on the movies like many other people my age did… I watched them and I loved them, sure, but I always wanted to serve aboard the Enterprise as a kid, not be a Jedi Knight. Star Wars has never been a religious experience to me. I went to the midnight premieres of both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi because they were momentous cultural events, not because my fandom demanded it… I’ll do the same for The Rise of Skywalker in December, if I possibly can. I’m not trying to be hipster-y or put on airs of ironic detachment, I’m just setting the stage.
Quite frankly, I just want to enjoy the damn movie. I don’t care about “respecting the franchise” or “staying true to Lucas’s vision”. I don’t care if the new trilogy has plot inconsistencies from movie to movie, or if it clashes with the EU material, old or new. My measure of what makes a good Star Wars movie is how well it absorbs me in the moment… if it can present a coherent story and let me escape reality for two hours, it’s done its job. Star Wars is many things: a landmark in the history of film, a cultural juggernaut, a cornerstone of many peoples’ childhoods. Star Wars is not about creating art, and it hasn’t been since the 80s, if not even before that. It’s a franchise that for the vast majority of its life span has existed primarily to sell toys and to entertain children and teenagers, in that order. This is not news, people. George Lucas is not some holy, shining beacon of artistic integrity, he never has been. If you’re upset about Disney trying to make money off the franchise’s fans, it’s time to face reality: Lucas did the same thing for 30 years, just on a smaller and marginally less corporate scale.
When Rise of Skywalker comes out, I expect to be entertained. I expect lightsaber fights, space battles, fantastic John Williams music, pseudo-profound philosophy, and a few good gags and one-liners. If it’s anything more than that, if it manages to have a meaningful message or two, that’s fantastic! Good for the cast and crew, they’ve worked hard for most of a decade on what has to have been a tremendously stressful series of projects. I’ll be a bit disappointed if the daring, innovative stuff from The Last Jedi gets retconned due to the aforementioned loud and irritating people, but Disney is primarily in the business of pleasing crowds, not challenging the masses. That’s par for the course for them.
 
TFA got made and I enjoyed it. TLJ got made and I enjoyed it. Both films did their jobs. All I can ask of TRoS is that it does the same; if it does, I’ll be satisfied. If you want to scream your lungs out at me for that… well, please don’t do it here. I’m not interested in discourse, I just want to watch the silly space fantasy and be happy for a while.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 9: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 34 followers
  • Book II Appendix: On hold
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: 0.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: On hold
  • Uravity Falls Chapter 3: On hold

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