24 July 2014 @ 17:05
Why are people so disappointing?
Could you please, in the future, avoid using unsubtle ad-hominem attacks? I am always second-guessing whether I’m just being paranoid or naive, but I think a lot of your posts fit the criteria this afternoon. Not specifically against me - it’s just a behaviour I would have found distateful against anybody, and the fact I am still shaking out of irrational fear while typing tends to make me think it could have been perceived as such by someone else with social anxiety, too.
I realized months ago that some of the perceptions I had with the XY anime weren’t shared by some people (and that some of my feelings WERE shared by some others). That’s why I am more and more cautious about not tagging those posts in the regular tags (the first 5 tags on a post make it appear in those tags), putting warnings, and using readmores, especially when it is about quick things on the spur of the moment. If you still see that as not enough, feel free to unfollow me to avoid putting yourself in a situation that would upset you (that’s also valid for other followers). There is no need to spam the regular tags in reaction to complain about complainers; that sounds like trying to find like-minded troops to band against one individual. Maybe that’s why I am still shaking about something I rationally know was very small and without significance if I could decide so (at the risk of sounding like a tumblr cliché: anxiety doesn’t work that way).
I am not used to “hating” a character in this anime. I still don’t know if I that’s what I’m feeling right now, although it’s obvious that fearing negative things will only prompt you to see things in a negative light. If we take Serena, I was full of hopes for her at the beginning and I was part of the people who actively defended her before the anime started and up until the moment she joined the group. I am a triple literature major, I have a fair (though of course far from being perfect) understanding of how fictional works can be handled. I found myself feeling slowly colder about Serena for, indeed, double problems: the fact that her personality was flawed in ways not acknowledged by the show (her lack of empathy towards Pokémon, the fact she never apologized, her lack of focus, her lack of personal interests for Pokémon-related fields since X008, her unfriendly behaviour towards Citron and Eureka by prioritizing Satoshi (even though she has her sweet moments with Eureka at the same time)), and the fact that the writing either made her a girly cliché or didn’t try to justify her abilities most of the time (the draw with Millefeui despite her lack of experience, the fact she can be successful at battling without training, and because the fact she can manage to battle doesn’t have any link towards her own interests and focus as a “Pokémon trainer”). On the last points: that’s not new and didn’t only show up in this episode for the first time, indeed (in the same way that Citron being reduced to a comic relief most of the time these days isn’t new), but it’s still disrespectful towards a character, because using them (and telling you “they’re great”) without fleshing them out (nor explaining it). That’s also a problem I have with XY!Satoshi right now, to a much bigger extent, because it was highlighted with Corni.
Apparently, Serena is good at empathizing with Diancie in the movie, quick to battle, able to do Sihorn races. Given that Yayakoma had already evolved, that could be a peek in the “future selves” of character in the regular anime (Citron also seemed quicker to react and physically help). It’s because I think I understand what genuinely caring writing is that I can’t say that I am pleased with XY right now.
Anyway, really: feel free to unfollow if you think that my words could upset you. For conveniency, I don’t follow people and lurk them instead, and I already regretted to have done that today.
Reblogged from vallhala via vallhala.
24 July 2014 @ 13:58
vallhala asked: "It's funny how, when you criticize Serena, you conveniently forget the times she actually ordered Fennekin to use moves, from Ember to Hidden Power and Flamethrower and that she actually attacked Team Rocket in her first focus episode and fought Meowth in the Amaura episode. Yes, way to forget that! I'm also not expecting you to publish this ask because that would beat your ridiculous logic that has Serena being a Mary Sue despite the fact she already ordered Fennekin moves before."
So, first Serena was a Mary Sue for commanding Fennekin to use Flamethrower and now you’re changing your plan and Serena is a Mary Sue because her Fennekin learned Flamethrower and knew Hidden Power all along? Which kinda has nothing to do with what happened in today’s situation? Because your post started with Serena being a Mary Sue for ordering Fennekin to use a move.
So why are you suddenly changing everything?
My post was a quick thing typed under a readmore and untagged, with lazy wording because English is only my third language and because I didn’t feel like making long paragraphs about it, being mostly pissed by what I managed to see of Satoshi’s behaviour (my streaming sucked and I couldn’t hear most of the dialogue but if I’m right: Satoshi was surprisingly unperceptive of Yayakoma’s feelings and never apologized for it, was about himself all along… which could have lead to a great acknowledgement of his mistakes, “Sorry Yayakoma, I should have trusted you” or something. I am waiting for the RAW to check if I missed some important parts in that. I was angry about what I did(n’t) hear from Satoshi. Cue the untagged, under-readmore rant while I was unable to check.)
So, my point was: Serena’s writing is treating her as a Mary Sue. The past wording was a quick shortcut from a non-native, sorry about that. I also confused Hidden Power and Flamethrower in the post above: I wanted to mention Fokko learning Flamethrower, not Hidden Power, sorry about that. So, the accurate formulation would be: “The writing keeps treating Serena as a Mary Sue who doesn’t need to train and is able to battle and being successful at it (even if it’s “only” Team Rocket).”
Reblogged from soveryanon via vallhala.
24 July 2014 @ 02:40
Merchandizing reasons or not, I like how Satoshi’s past was handled in Best Wishes! - from the moment Dent and Iris discovered that Pikachu wouldn’t go inside his monster ball (just before the group was officially created), to the tiny bits and pieces that they discovered later on. Satoshi had apparently talked about Ookido and Hikari off-screen, but Iris and Dent were faaaaar from having heard of all the previous companions (there was, indeed, no reason to?).
Meeting older characters became more and more frequent in Season 2, as Black2&White2 were also more tied to past generations.
And it also involved Satoshi as a trainer with the best recurring character possible - N, who had problems regarding Pokémon-humans relationships, but who was already acknowledging Satoshi as a good human being. Of course, Lizardon’s return was for merchandizing purposes: but it nurtured N’s affection towards Satoshi, something that was making N himself change.
And Dent and Iris were totally conscious that Satoshi had done things before (met people, lived adventures they still didn’t know about).
In Decolora Adventures, the mentions of Satoshi’s past were more present, as Satoshi was returning to his roots (Kanto, Masara Town).
In the end, at least one character from each generation made a cameo and/or was mentionned: Ookido (and to some extent Sakaki) for Gen 1, Ibuki for Gen 2, Mikuri for Gen 3 (although not tied to Hoenn), Shirona and Handsome for Gen 4.
And the last character who made a cameo? Was from Satoshi’s past… but also someone that would push Iris, as she would go visit Ibuki in her special, towards her future.
#best wishes season 2
#best wishes was obviously a rupture but there was that... respect? for whatever happened to satoshi before?
#past events didn't have any influence on satoshi's present (isshu is far away)... but precisely
#satoshi was coming from a region far away
I don't have a tumblr, I swear.