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PostSubject: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:10 pm

it has recently come to my attention of a heavily bashing of one of our beloved animes. it was attacked by the blog "Blogs4Brownback" and the article tells parents that the entire culture of okatus and anime is wrong, and should be stopped, and if not, severely punished for. Read the full article below.


Blogs 4 BrownbackSeptember 28, 2007
Anime Encourages Murder; Updates: More Murders
Filed under: Anime,Art,Family,Internet,Investigation,Media,Perverts,Popular Culture — Psycheout @ 7:15 pm
Tags: Anime, crime, higurashi, Japan, manga, murder, otaku, violence

A Blogs 4 Brownback Investigative Report
What Is Anime?
Many of you are probably aware of Japanese anime (Japanese animation or Japanimation) because of popular kids shows like Pokemon, Speed Racer or Star Blazers. Prior to release in the west, these shows have been cleaned up from their original violent and sexually explicit hentai (perverted) form which most Japanese cartoons seem to take. Fortunately these shows are edited and redubbed without all the violent and sexual content when they are released in the United States.

Make no mistake about it though: unlike in America, in Japan cartoons aren’t just for children. Probably due to the high cost of big budget live-action productions, a number of programs are produced for Japanese adults in the animation format. Often these are shown late at night to keep them away from children, but even the cartoons shown to children are violent, sexual in nature and make numerous references to magic and demons with no mention of G-d or Jesus. That’s because most Asians do not believe in G-d, but rather in primitive religions such as Buddhism or Shintoism (paganism).

NOTE: Be sure to see the list of terms at the end of this article.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When they Cry) and Violence

Recently a couple of gruesome events took place in Japan which require the attention of parents in Japan and the world, including the United States. In usually peaceful Japan, violent acts mimicking an anime have rightly shocked the Japanese public and caused a number of television stations to suspend broadcast of the anime series.

Tokai Television Broadcasting Co. (Tokai TV) has decided to cancel screenings of the anime “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai” because of violent scenes it contains, it has been learned.

The broadcaster made the decision following an incident in which a Kyoto Prefectural Police officer was murdered in an ax attack by his 16-year-old daughter. The anime contains a scene in which a girl is pictured swinging an ax, and after Tokai TV received information about the anime from viewers, it decided to cancel the program.

I had read elsewhere that the girl was an aspiring mangaka (manga, Japanese comic book, artist). So it is pretty simple to conclude that she was heavily into anime and manga. The image on the right comes from the Higurashi manga – it’s quite similar to the crime (click the image to enlarge).

This troubling incident took place last week. It’s still newsworthy however, since it’s not an isolated case. Although another similar incident has occurred since then, it seems the series (24 30-minute episodes) is continuing anyway.


The 12th episode of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai murder mystery anime aired on TV Tama in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture, Sun TV in Hyogo Prefecture, and Chiba TV in Chiba Prefecture on early Tuesday morning, despite the episode’s earlier preempting on two other stations due to an axe murder case – and despite the news reports of a second axe murder attempt.

Here’s how they report the second incident, inspired by this horrible anime series containing gratuitous violence committed by children:

Officials in the Nagano Prefecture city of Tatsuno received an emergency phone call at around 2:05 a.m. Monday morning from a woman who said, “My child wounded my husband.” They found the 44-year-old husband bleeding from his head at the family’s residence. About twenty minutes later, the second oldest son, a 15-year-old third-year junior high student, voluntarily appeared at a nearby police station and reportedly said, “I struck my father with an axe.” Police arrested him for attempted murder.

What is Higurashi?
It seems the anime is based on a Japanese-only murder simulation computer game written by doujin (amateurs) group 07th Expansion and sold to ravenous otakus (obsessed anime geeks and loners) at Comiket (Comic Market, an unauthorized annual gathering of otaku, obsessed anime fans, and amateur artists in Tokyo, Japan). Here’s a brief description of the game:

“The game is about a series of mysterious deaths in a mountain village. A young girl protagonist is suffering trauma from the divorce of her parents. She uses a hatchet to kill her enemies.”

That’s a great message to send, isn’t it? And its fans cite Higurashi (“When They Cry”) as a kewl show about “killer lolis.” Loli refers to lolita, meaning a very young and sexually active girl, inspired by the perverse and notorious novel Lolita written in 1955 by Vladimir Nabakov.

I have discovered through researching this article that there are a number of fans of this disturbing series beyond Japan’s borders. In fact, English speaking fans from all over the world were collectively crying about not being able to get their violence fix when a recent episode didn’t air (due to the axe murder).

How can this be? Hardly anyone outside of Japan has any reason to learn Japanese. Further investigation revealed an underground distribution network. Read on.

Anime and “Fansubbing”
It turns out that there are a group of criminals, known euphemistically as “fansubbers” who routinely pirate hentai (perverted) and ecchi (adult) anime when it airs in Japan. Computer files containing the captured video, known by insiders as raws, appear on illicit websites immediately after broadcast.

Fansubbers quickly translate the dialogue into English and add subtitles using computer software. They then release this dangerous material, without permission, to the world on numerous clandestine websites which hungry anime fans (including lots of impressionable children) enthusiastically download and watch secretively.

An objectionable show can air in Japan and be available as a fansub (fan subtitled video) within 24 hours! Using “file sharing” (piracy) software such as BitTorrent (or BT), these fansubbed anime episodes can be downloaded in less than an hour. That’s a pretty impressive turnaround.

It can take months for a legitimate American company to clean up and redub offensive raw anime into a form more suitable for western audiences. But anime fans want “pure” and uncut material that would otherwise never be allowed to be viewed outside of the perverted otaku subculture in Japan.

The reason this is important is that children have access to this material and may be collecting it and watching it without their parents’ knowledge. And for good reason. Anime often contains graphic sex, intense violence and rampant perversion involving young pre-teen girls. These cartoons are not suitable for children.

Check your child’s computer for anime and anime terms, TODAY. Your child could become an otaku, a furry and even a murderer if not a sexual deviant. Don’t let it happen to you!

The Otaku (obsessive anime fan) Problem
Otakus are not harmless geeks. Even the Japanese people look down on these losers who are mostly segregated to Akihabara/Akiba, also known as the otaku mecca. A number of otaku in Japan have turned to rape and murder as an outlet for their perversions. Many of these deviants are not able to interact with normal people and often develop obsessive and unnatural desires and interests.

Case in point: Tsutomu Miyazaki, the otaku murderer. He was inspired in part by the Japanese snuff film series Guinea Pig and reenacted some of the repulsive acts depicted in “Flower of Flesh and Blood.”

WARNING: do not follow the Guinea Pig links above unless you have a strong stomach and no sense of empathy.

Conclusion
I hope this information, while not related to politics in general and Sam Brownback in particular, is useful to those of you with children and husbands who may find themselves seduced by anime. It may look cute or like kiddie cartoons, but there is sickness just below the surface. Like internet pornography, Japanese anime can be addictive and destructive.

yeah. i wanted to kill the website too. if you want to read more on it, you can read it in its original format at http://blogs4brownback.wordpress.com/2007/09/28/anime-encourages-murder/
i cant even type my opinion, im so pissed. i hope Oyashiro's Curse gets them and Rena hacks them to pieces! Anime isn't BAD, its just an art form. and just because axe murders took place in japan, you can't automatically blame Higurashi. face it, some people watch different things than others, and some people like japanese anime. but us otakus don't go around bashing the crap out of Resident Evil and Nightmare on Elm Street. its a horror tv show, and its not half as bad as some of the American cartoons and movies parents let their kids watch. God, people. Get your facts straight.

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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:26 pm

TRASH I GOING TO KILL THEM! WAY TO DIE POLITICS!

POLITICS NEEDS TO GET OUT OF OUR BUIZZNESS!

GOD PHUCKING DAMMIT!
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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:42 am

wow just because higurashi is controversial doesnt mean anime is bad everything thats popular has a controversy and of course retarded people are going to imitate it its nothing new
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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:46 am

This reminds me a lot of the banned Pokemon episodes...

However video games are just as influential. Yet, video games, I guess, are just too big of a culture to want get rid of. Also, just one, (or two, I couldn't keep counting, I got lost in this post) incidences like this from one show is enough to get rid of a great culture such as anime. What they are saying is that they would get rid of japanimation, just because a couple of stupid kids doing some stupid things like this, because of one show.

All I pretty much have to say is: wow.

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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:08 am

reminds me of how that one kid died because he imitated Gaara from Naruto. well jeez, some people are just stupid, and you can't blame anime. if you are, then must i point out the Halo Murders? huh? what about that, huh? that boy openly admitted he killed his mom and shot his dad because they confiscated his Halo 3.
where is your superiority now, noobs?
Higurashi, Naruto, Halo, they all have something in common.
STUPID PEOPLE.
That doesnt mean that the whole comunity of Anime Otakus, or video game nerds, ARE A DISEASE.
GOD PEOPLE GET YOUR FRIGGIN FACTS STRAIGHT.

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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:44 am

I think these guys are a bit over the top, they also bash on the DS, saying how DS stands for Devil Screen, or saying how it's only a tool for child predators and molesters. That site is complete BS...

Here's the article if anyone's interested: http://blogs4brownback.wordpress.com/2007/10/12/early-christmas-alert-nintendo-ds/

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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:31 pm

Update 4: Another popular game that coincided with a dramatic rise in the use of illicit drugs such as “acid” and “extasy” (by design) was Pac Man. The player’s character, “Pac” races around a carnival funhouse maze gobbling psychedelics. In the corners of the maze are “power pills” which pack a punch. The enemy ghosts, including Clyde, “trip out” when Pac downs a super pill, allowing Pac to eat his enemies alive.

An interesting side note is that the game was originally going to be called “Puck Man,” but knowing how foul the youth of the day were, they changed the “Puck” to “Pac.” You see, by etching away part of the “P” in “Puck,” vandals could easily spell out a profane word. The youth of the day, as in this day, loved curse words almost as much as drugs. “Pac” is probably a reference to foul-mouthed rap artist “Tu-Pac.” (Translated it means “you pack” as in packing heat.) Pac Man is not played much today. Not enough kicks.

oh, that'll piss grimmy off thoroughly. once you mess with "Tu-Pac" someone dies. and since im saying the same apartment as her for the next two days, ima go hide in a corner.
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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:56 am

dont blame the show balme the retards. nnoitra
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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:22 am

Hm. I just got a hold on this post today, and it leaves me thinking.
I play World of Warcraft; the premise behind the game is indiscriminate death to the "bad guy" for rewards and esteem. There are a number of raunchy references, and the people don't help: I could truthfully say that I know people who take the aforementioned "perversions" seriously; and not even those from anime. So, I can say firsthand that these things DO have influence on their watchers. What I fail to understand is the bias. It's so blatant, that it OBVIOUSLY pertains to a certain audience, and leaves an outside viewer with half a mind thinking: "Oh my, these people are a bunch of Bible-beating zealots that find anything not part of their credence to be 'devilry', and seem to think that everybody not in their group is weak-minded and easily-influenced."
I give them a few points, and I'll list them later; first, I have a few counterpoints.
1. You are providing a MASS LABEL. Consider it this: you take a large piece of Scotch tape, stick it over the entirety of an issue AND everything else that falls under similar context, and IMMEDIATELY group them all with the original issue's qualities, usually the bad ones, in order to maximize the statistic (unreasonably, I might add). You see this a LOT. I.E., "Muslims are all a bunch of radicals who wish death upon America and hate freedom." While that is a very extreme example, it is cited amongst the ignorant, ergo, people who use mass labels ARE ignorant, for the most part. Did you see what I did there? Mass label, yet again.
2. Bias, bias, and a spot of extra bias on the side, please; scrambled, 'lest people actually realize that we're using it for the effectiveness of our argument and not the flat facts.
Now, "but even the cartoons shown to children are violent, sexual in nature and make numerous references to magic and demons with no mention of G-d or Jesus.That’s because most Asians do not believe in G-d, but rather in primitive religions such as Buddhism or Shintoism (paganism)." This shows a BLATANT sense of superiority towards a demographic and as such, MORE BIAS towards it. I'll give them the fact that quite a few Asians are traditionalist, but you have to look at context, and the perspective of the ARTIST (Yes, I consider it a literary and visual art.). Many anime are made in Japan, a country that has an 86-94/100 population of Buddhists and Shintos, and that fact makes a difference, quite keenly. Will a story be written for a target demographic without appealing to that demographic? If many anime were to replace their Japanese cultural distinctions with those of, say, Christianity, it would be like alienating the vast majority of an audience --- in other words, poor business. Not to mention, from a viewer's perspective outside of Japan, it really IS intriguing; stories of God and the works of Jesus Christ are, and have been, told in the majority of the world, and will continue to be told. But broaden your mind a bit; watching various anime over the last few years has, actually, brought me to respect Japanese culture and take an interest in other cultures and religions as well. The writers of the article were obviously targeting their own demographic as well, which is good propaganda, so who can blame them? However, the article was written in a fashion that buries many predispositions and stigmas into an otherwise uneducated viewer, an act which I consider to be an abuse of popularity. Perhaps if the article were willing to give a neutral, factual report on the genre, I would consider it credible, hm? Many of its issues are valid, yes, but I must say one thing before I move on: leave your personal feelings out of the print; people don't need their information processed through the highlighting and propagation of your particular agenda. In the writer's opinion, respect is to be earned in the media by a fair, neutral display of factual information, backed up by statistics and points from both sides of an argument.

On that ending note, I come to what I must try to accurately describe in order to represent THEIR side of the argument fairly.
1. Influence on younger audiences: This is a tough one, even with my personal inhibitions set aside. It is proven that exposure to a certain impulse or piece of content will affect a developing mind; the pattern, which I can assume varies based upon raising and other influences (i.e. parental involvement, personality, culture, and of course, the anime in question), does have a chance to sometimes produce an influence that, I will concede, leads to more violent, sexual, introverted, or any number of other tendencies or traits. As a car wreck cannot occur without cars, I actually CANNOT assume that a violent anime is the only thing that has a chance to breed a violent tendency. For instance:
An anime involves a peaceful, happy family in a suburban neighborhood; life is relatively average: middle-class, nuclear-style family, etc. One of the parents in the family is deceitful, and commits adultery. This causes the family much trauma, as the reasonably naive children and wife/husband are shocked and hurt to find out about the act. At this point, the hypothetical storyline can take any path, but I've singled out two for both sides of the argument.
A1. At this point, the children and the family split, furthering the conflict of the story. Now, (considering a fairly average, young viewer as well) I can assume that the viewer will be either influenced in one of two ways, although MANY more are possible:
The viewer will find a virtue in pitying one party, possibly furthering a tendency that could be beneficial, such as kindness or loyalty, OR:
the viewer may find the solution in an action of retribution, violence, or some harmful tendency, and reinforce such a virtue.
Not the best example, but using fairly standard definitions of "good" and "bad", it's what may occur by my opinion. Note that this is an opinion, merely demonstrating a possibility of something shifting either way from a single scenario, and thusly illustrating the point that violent tendencies can be reached even without blatantly violent content. This was the main point I could give the writer of the original article, as many others are debatable in their own right.

For example, the pirating, "fansubbing", and redistribution of anime in other countries.
It sometimes provides "unscrubbed" content, not to mention it is a factor that does not help the legitimate companies that subtitle and distribute anime...But, it also serves as publicity for more official releases, spreads the influence of the show, and does provide more options for viewers.
As said earlier, many of the issues in the article are minor, or related to the topics above.

This post is subject to editing, I might add, as its writer is currently very tired, and desires rest at the time. Thanks for reading.

Edit:
That's it. I'm done. I've read through a few other articles by this blog, and frankly, I'm at the point where my opinion of them sinks so low as to say they are the anathemas of the principles of open-mindedness and reason. (http://blogs4brownback.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/the-war-on-christianity-goes-on-and-on-and-on/) Take a look at this, read a few, and think it over. They act with an agenda. What good are they for the expense of neutrality and legitimate media practices? No, they cater to their own little group; all I can say from this point is that I pity the person that stumbles across their words without any sort of prior warning. Any points they hit upon are found bluntly, and with little acute thought, and I hope for the sake of my dying belief in credibility that a group of ignorants like this never surfaces again...Wishful thinking, though, eh?
Cooper, out.


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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:31 am

Those people are just trying to get kids to have boring lives so they will be come politic people
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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:20 pm

Anime shouldnt be blamed, it's fiction. The stupid kids who do this bull need to learn, there are laws that are infored on us and if you don't a obey them you go to jail. Maby ( so it doesnt happen again) anime like that, before the showing of it, should say " Don't try this at home kids, adults, ech. and if you do you are the stupidest people to have any meaning at all." But seriusly, they cant blame all anime, like Hamtaro has killings in it, thats just BS! And I'm am really pi$$ed!
I hate their guts. We cosplay and act like them, but we don't go around killing people like the people we cosplay as though. For the love of god, those people need to shut the he// up! Jeese!
DX - Rexel, and in hope anime ( our life) doesn't get ruend be that BS
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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:32 am

Im officially gonna faaly injure the writer of this thingeh. First they bash Higurashi, Then they bash 2-pac >:( Im gonna hurt someone.
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PostSubject: Re: Popular Politics Blog Bashes Higurashi   Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:59 am

Grimmjow wrote:
Im officially gonna faaly injure the writer of this thingeh. First they bash Higurashi, Then they bash 2-pac >:( Im gonna hurt someone.

They would bash on anything that they thought were "evil".

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