Man I've been scrolling through my old posts on this site since 2016 and I'm just thinking.
I've heard stories about people being "raised" on sites like 4chan or Tumblr (as in they spent their younger years chatting on those sites) and I've realized....That kinda happened with me and this site.
It just feels like so much has happened to me during my time here. I've gotten into so many discussions. Both fruitful and fruitless, some lasting for only some time and others lasting for multiple days (or even more). I've made so many wonderful friends, some of which I still talk with to this day and others not so much. I used to be extremely active on here during my days in high-school and that's because I never really had friends irl during that time (not that do nowadays with what's going on in the world LOL), I always felt like I was in a completely different world from other kids while there. But here? I felt like I was at home here, like I found people to talk with about this....Niche thing? Idk if I'd call Yuri niche. I haven't checked out the Yuri scene in a while. I guess it isn't so niche now cause Bloom into You was a smash hit right? Though I guess subtext and queer baiting will still be a thing.
And don't even get me started with the discord which my time on has been just as, if not more, hectic. Being on there, just like here, was like flipping a coin. Sometimes I'd have such a fun and wonderful time that my day or even week would be improved.....And other times it'd be a convo that'd completely ruin my day or week.
I guess that's just how the internet in general is like yeah? Hell you could say that's what life in general is like.
Idk what I'm saying anymore. I'm just reflecting on the time I've had on this site....this community. I really have no clue how I'm even perceived by people on here. Am I just some dumb cringey kid who doesn't know what he's talking about? Am I a goofball who's love for Yuri is really cute to see?
2016-2018 me would've especially been interested in knowing the answer but now? I'm am interested sure but like, not really all that much.
I guess I kinda just wanna say thank you to ya'll. Thanks for being the first community that I truly felt like I was apart of. While yes some (keyword: SOME) of the people I've encountered here (and the discord) were some of the worst people I've ever met in my life. I also managed to find some of the best people I've ever met in my life on here. And again this loops back to "That's what life in general is like".
Funnily enough nowadays I don't really read Yuri manga anymore. I get all the Yuri fix I need from HoloEN. But I'll still read a one shot or doujin every now and then and I def (try to) keep up with the images that are uploaded here.
But uh yeah that's enough of my....whatever this is....
I wouldn't exactly say that Vtubers are just like Wrestlers. With wrestling, EVERYTHING that happens in the ring is completely scripted while in Vtuber streams the only act is the backstories that they come up and the voice that they put on (hell with Calli and Ina I don't think they even put on a voice lol). A lot of the things Vtubers say and do on stream is genuine. Like c'mon, you really think Amelia is acting when being toxic in her Apex streams?
Ok I'm just getting in V-tubers (specifically Hololive EN) and so far my favorites are Calli and Gura. Calli cause her songs are bangers and her relationship with Kiara is absolutely adorable. Gura cause I obtained what people call the "forbidden knowledge" and I now I get the same feels that a person gets from reuniting with an old friend after so long when watching her streams.
If there's any criticisms I have towards the show, it's that the commentary can sometimes feel incredibly shallow and perfunctory. It says some important things, but doesn't really talk about them in any detail- we know bullying and molestation and stalking are bad, but the show doesn't do much more than shouting this out at maximum volume with stylish fight scenes in the background. The first two episodes devoted a decent amount of time to their respective suicide victims, but the recent ones have them feel much more like plot devices intended to parallel the trauma of our own heroines and lead them to realizations instead. This gets particularly blatant when you have 2-3 victims per episode, because we don't have any time to delve into the specifics of the case or appreciate the intricacy of the monsters, and it just feels like an excuse to pour in sakuga and cool catchphrases rather than exploring the fate of the victims.
The allegory turns into pure aesthetic, the villains become cartoonish caricatured monsters instead of individuals who exploit vested social systems
I'd argue that the monsters being cartoon caricatures is exactly the point and that it does a good job of providing characterization to each victim. The monsters are personifications of how the victims view their abusers. And it's even better when the victims in the end eventually overcome their trauma and help out in the fight against said monsters (like the girl who was molested pretending to be seductive as a means of letting Momoe get the advantage or the sisters who committed suicide assisting Ai and Rika). It helps in making them feel less like simple damsels in distress and more like actual people. Also if every episode dedicated enough time to meticulously exploring each theme then there wouldn't be any time to explore the main cast lol.
I've been watching A Place Further than the Universe and while I'm usually not a fan of CGDCT shows I am loving this! Shirase, Mari and Hinata are really well written characters with wonderful dynamics all around.