The Lunar New Year: (5) On nouveau bloggers
You guys may have noticed that Iâ€™m way ahead of schedule. Itâ€™s true, I am. But Iâ€™d rather fulfill it faster than not fulfill it at all. Maybe Iâ€™ll get some bonus points, I donâ€™t know. As long as my mind can think of different topics to write about, however, why should I stop? (This post is lengthier than the rest of my Lunar New Year posts. I hoped to delve deeper into what I wanted to talk about. I hope I was successful.)
Since I have totally no idea what to place here, have some fun at badly designed pictures.
The sphere of anime blogging has been rapidly rising these past few years and this is because of more efficient and user-friendly development of technology particularly with blogging software like WordPress and others. Itâ€™s not difficult to set-up any blogging software compared to a few years ago, where people had to know HTML by book. Even then, their blogs werenâ€™t half as good as the blogs of today. I knew it was happening, but I never was vis-Ã -vis this saturation until a few days ago.
That was time when I â€˜metâ€™ itsubun online. She appeared on #animeblogger, and since I know the channelâ€™s regular inhabitants (as I am one myself), I detected fresh blood. Of course, like in any proper social situation, real or virtual, we started with small talk until she gave the link to her blog in the channel. Back then, her only post (other than her introductory one) was about Hang, a manga by Hiroki Endo. In fact, it remained to be her only post (other than her introduction) on anime or manga, because she was taken away by the legendary trap overlord. She is now situated at THAT anime blog, and has become another reason to visit it.
Here’s another one
She loves Hiroki Endo and his works. I have read of Endo in the past but our chat regarding him reminded me that I needed to revisit the man. I did, and here is the post.
I talked to Vincent Demeriat (previously known as thenightsshadow in my last post) yesterday regarding his introductory post to character music, and Iâ€™ve also written on the music that could be found in anime. I believe it was a simple and concise post, not aimed to dissect at length but simply to prove a point that its presence is important in any medium. It was at this point I realized that the sphere of anime blogging was truly on its way to blog saturation. People were talking about this blog saturation at length nearly two years ago, but back then I really did not feel that the blog-sphere was filled to the brim. Those who wrote editorials were still relatively few: the past year brought about an explosion of different types of blogs.
I now clearly see this occurrence, however. There are more and more new blogs cropping up, and this makes me distraught. Alongside this solicitude, though, is a hope: the new voices popping up attempt to offer alternative (if not totally novel) observations and also write uniquely. This can be proven by guys as varied as lelangir and Baka-Raptor.
Iâ€™m not praising these guys just for the heck of it, but Iâ€™ll start with Baka-Raptor first, as I donâ€™t really have much to say regarding him. I simply believe he is gifted with a sense of humor which transcends race, place, or creed. I always end up laughing when I read his posts; he was the one who also pointed out that I related everything to Joyce. I donâ€™t, honestly, just that every time I think of this I think of him. Itâ€™s sad that heâ€™s (Baka-Raptor, not Joyce) just being exposed to the blog sphere after two years of being under the radar. See, the RSS feed is a very important tool in being seen.
Yes, that is a logo turned 90 degrees.
Let me now proceed with lelangir. I have never heard of him before he replied to the third entry of my Lunar New Year, and I also just realized that he was, alongside itsubun, a nouveau blogger. What was striking about him is his new approach to the analysis of Honey and Clover. It has been analyzed and over-analyzed through its three-year existence. Like a classic, however, the series remains to withstand timeâ€™s passage. It is testament to the seriesâ€™s greatness that another conduit for analysis has been created by a new voice.
The post I shall be analyzing (call it a meta-analysis) is lelangirâ€™s post regarding the opposition of identity as praxis and identity as product. [Update: although he has written a new post while I was still writing this up, I focused on this post of his because I love Honey and Clover more than I do School Rumble, and I appreciate more the new direction he utilizes to analyze Takemoto.] He utilizes the lens of psychology and sociology to dissect the characterization of Takemoto, and I am in approbation with his post. However, I shall try to add insight in the philosophical vein as Iâ€™m still fond exploring more hermeneutic avenues, especially in series like Honey and Clover.
This is George W. Bush at a playing of their national anthem
I assume that in this statement
a new identity would be born every .000000000001 seconds (and the order of magnitude is infinite.)
he means that a new identity is born in every infinitesimal interval. This reflects Heraclitusâ€™s philosophy as refected in Platoâ€™s Cratylus. Plato says:
Heraclitus says that everything moves on and nothing is at rest; and, comparing existing things to the flow of the river, he says that you could not step into the same river twice.
With regard to lelangirâ€™s idea of identityâ€™s plurality, he uses a quote from the text he refers to:
This is the Other that belongs inside one. This is the Other that one can only know form the place from which one stands. This is the self as it is inscribed within the gaze of the Other.
In no way is this original. The author merely restates what Levinas and Marcel have taught and discovered in their lives as philosophers. Marcel wrote that there is no self without others; Levinas started this self-Other tension, and he developed the idea of the Other also. The gaze of the Other in the discovery of the self is a Levinasian construct, I believe.
Although identity is indeed created by a historical and environmental determinism, I agree with lelangir (pardon me if youâ€™re a she) that it is by no means a final product: it is always and forever in a state of flux, and the only time this stops is in the state of death. Heidegger called humans as â€˜Sein-zum-tode,â€™ or beings unto death.
P.S. Extrange wants you to vote for him in Best Manga Blog. Right. Silly me forgot to put why – frankly, I voted for him because he recommends manga very well and he writes in such a lively way that one would want to read the manga he recommends. He’s read tons of manga, and he’s very knowledgeable. (No, Extrange didn’t pay me, haha.)