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Gundam 00 - 01 Review

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

This book is very much a centrist book. If the oppressed fight back in any way they are just as bad as the oppressors. The people that deal out justice here are all men and the women more or less do nothing. I'm wondering how fast we are going to kill a woman off for man pain as that usually happens in a Gundam.

 

The author cares more about the weapon stats than any kind of characterization going on.

Reading progress update: I've read 246 out of 254 pages.

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

Of course we have Marina ineffectually clutching at her breast doing nothing.

Women in this book do nothing. It's the men that get to make the grandiose gestures and speeches. Women are supposed to make peace and be quiet and all that while it's the men that are the only ones that get to fight.

Reading progress update: I've read 220 out of 254 pages.

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

As you know being a third part between the oppressor and the oppressed, when the oppressed have to defend themselves, they deserve to die too! And them Lockon is wondering why the solar array is all broken. BECAUSE YOU SHOT THE GOOD GUYS!!!

 

I really hate this idea that "All fighting is bad mmkay" as the Gundams can rebalance the power and prevent the very war they want to stop from breaking out.

 

Then again Gundam has always had this centrist view on things, and Tomino is a horrible misogynist so there's that going on still too. (The women basically do nothing.)

Reading progress update: I've read 165 out of 254 pages.

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

I don't get the appeal of this boring crap. It's men fighting each other and aiming guns at each other while the women clutch their hands at their breast and go "on no, so many people will die." All Gundams are like this. It wants to preach and end to war, but the reason people like it is the fighting.

Reading progress update: I've read 123 out of 254 pages.

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

Also the "little girl" is described as a "young woman" in her character bio. That's a shitty call if I ever heard one.

Also she shot up a station (which is probably the only action she will see before she is showed up by men) because H/Alleluja has anime DID as well as being a Newtype and controlled her to do it.

So now a man has to save the day for a woman's-- excuse me, a little girl's mistake. He also shut off the comms in the middle of a woman talking. Good old making women shut up because they don't want to hear the truth they gotta say.

 

They also say he has "Odd Eye" which is the Japanese term for heterochomia.

Reading progress update: I've read 111 out of 254 pages.

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

"She's only a little girl."

This book as a loli/pedo fetish girl in it that's a "Super Soldier" which means that she's bred for warand doesn't know much about relationship or the outside world.

So the ADULT male audience can fantasize about raping her while "teaching her all about the world/love/men" and all that gross shit they fantasize about.

 

Also her mech is bright purple because LITTLE GIRL. I'm going to guess at some point it will be said how "adult" she is or something.

Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 254 pages.

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

Ah the typical ecchi anime "woman shoves boobs against male" and acts brainless. Where as Saji of course is ONLY thinking about his future, his girlfriend only wants to "play around" and not be serious. Oh silly women, so crazy. Also yes it doesn't say he's her boyfriend in the character descriptions, however it of course is mentioned in hers. Because it only matters how a woman relates to a man.

 

Also of course is the long sermon about how violence breeds violence and oppressed people should fight back because it will only lead to more hate. *yawn* Fuck off with that bullshit.

Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 254 pages.

Gundam 00 Lite Novel 1 - Noboru Kimura

Gotta have a whole two pages about how this unnamed waiter finds this woman fuckable and at what quotient. Men are never described as thus.

Masquerade and the Nameless Women – Review

Masquerade and the Nameless Women - Eiji Mikage

Summary: Serial Killer Higano is the misogynistic author self-insert who wants to punish women for “Justice!” All other characters don’t really matter as he’s enough to ruin whatever good story that was going on. Also Mikage probably read ‘Lolita’ and though that little girls are seducers (not what Lolita’s author intended). Also incest and rape. Basically totally gross. This book fails at everything. If you take it apart, none of the characters even need to be here. Yuri Uguisu doesn’t need to be here as Yamaji could be Higano’s foil. Yamaji and Higano doesn’t need to be here as the main plot works just fine without these dudes mucking it up. Higano is just there to be the smug perfect dude character that people would never call a ‘Mary Sue’ because male. Just let Yuri do the same thing and you’d have all the males screeching “Mary Sue!” Noi-tan can just be removed entirely. She adds nothing to the story at all and her existence is jarring to the messed up narrative. I have no idea why the Broauthor put her in there. Yet all of these characters are together to make a story all about how a dude fucked up his misogynistic fantasy. Yuri could be the sole character for this and we could have written Higano out of it completely and it would have been a great read. She doesn’t even get justice for her dead sister. We only know that Higano killed her. That’s it. The book doesn’t fill anything else out about her. The main plot with Reina Myoko is actually really awesome as the twist in the end is “YEAH AWESOME! SHE DID IT!” and Yuri could have figured it out in the end and still let her get away. But you see. A male cannot leave a “bad woman” to live and must have his self insert character punish women who “get away.” A serial killer that kills for “JUSTICE!” as he punishes women for doing things he doesn’t like. This is the twist on a twist that the book has. This is Higano’s character. A serial killer that murders bad women for ‘justice’. But only beautiful women you see. He doesn’t want any of those ugly women of course dear male reader. He has a literal murder basement and his assistant that may or may not know what he’s doing. A woman that is complicit in the death of other women. Yuri is infantalized throughout the book by Yamaji calling her “Princess” and sexually harassing all the women but her. But you see dear reader, author thinks women want to be sexually harassed by men. I really have no idea why Yuri exists as any other character could have done what she did. The only reason I can see why she exists is that we needed a ‘barely legal’ woman, with a dead sister, that the male readers could wank off to. She also provides a woman for Higano to threaten with death in his creepy “Your hand is beautiful!” serial killer way. In the end she is correct that Higano is the killer, but nothing comes of it. In the end she’s right, but she’s not triumphant. That is only reserved for men. THAT being said, it would have been better if Yamaji and Higano was removed and she was the only one solving the Reina case as the case itself was a nice twist of a mystery. Yamaji exists only to serve as a body for the gross male readers to insert themselves into. The older, sexist character that thinks of grown women that have gone through police training as “princess”. He’s also the one that does the police legwork that Yuri could have done. A useless character. Noi-tan. One of those girl hate characters that haaates people getting close to her maaaaan. She offers nothing that any other couldn’t have done. She’s just jarring to even have her. This book seems like some sort of real-life fanfiction from the author. Children that can “fall in love” with their parent and murder their other parent. (We have a dead mother here). Higano is the serial killer that doesn’t derive pleasure from kill, yet he does it any way. For you see, he punishes beautiful women for the ills they have caused to society. But you see, in the end Reina pulls one over on Higano, however she is still dead. That’s it. The book is over. Nothing was gained here. There is no conclusion to Yuri’s story as it relates to Higano despite that being her reason for being on the case. Yamaji fades off. That’s it. This whole mystery is just to serve as a minor ripple in a man’s plot against women. A woman dies just for that. The way the author describes Reina as just “beautiful” and really gives her no personality. She exists to die in an overcomplicated plot to throw this douchebag off. The plot that could have been better if Higano wasn’t even in the equation.

Star Darlings (1-3) - Review

Star Darlings Collection Volume 1: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld; Libby and the Class Election; Leona's Unlucky Mission - Shana Muldoon Zappa, Ahmet Zappa

Overall this is a pretty good series for girls. It has a overarcing plot going on in the back ground and the world is this sci-fi futuristic world so yay sci-fi for girls.

The bad of it is that we have the mean girl via Vivica who is only there to cause trouble and be mean with no real reason as to why.

That being said Scarlet is snubbed by everyone for being a bit abrasive which ends the book of her knowing what's going on but Leona not giving her time to explain. It's a weak way to set up future conflicts due to misunderstandings.

 

Fucking up kids 101

Star Darlings Collection Volume 1: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld; Libby and the Class Election; Leona's Unlucky Mission - Shana Muldoon Zappa, Ahmet Zappa

Wishing for money is considered "greedy" yet Disney the one that publishes this series is always greedy for money.

It's telling kids that wanting money is "greedy" yet they are supposed to admire people that hoard it.

The example given is wishing for money to BUY A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR SCHOOL! Of course the good responses are doing fundraisers for the school. If only businesses paid their taxes and the city didn't sqander it.

Money is what keep people surviving in this capitalist hellscape. It's not greedy to wish for money unless you already have piles of it.

Pride and Prejudice - Review

Pride and Prejudice (Manga Illustrated Classics) - Jane Austen, Shiei

Overall this book is boring. There's really nothing that happens except taking strolls, playing cards and having balls/parties. Of course there's talking, lots of talking.

That being said there's a lot here that modern romance and YA novels can learn here.

First of all Elizabeth (the MC) never doubts her beauty and it's Darcy making a snide remark about her that makes Lizzy hate Mr. Darcy.

Also here we have the male falling into basic "insta-love" after he sees Lizzy a few times. Her on the other hand is of course hating him as he is NOT making himself a good person.

Lizzy also is one to speak her mind and tell him off as well as his mother. She's not a shrinking violet that most female main characters are. She doesn't let people treat her as a doormat. Another thing to be taken from this book.

 

Now another thing is that after Lizzy reject Darcy';s marriage proposal, he doesn't keep harassing her to get a yes, that most books do. Nor does he do ONE good thing in saving her life that she suddenly likes him for. He actually works to build her trust back up.

Where he told Mr. Bingley to give up on Jane, he rectifies this by telling him the found truth. He helps Lydia out when she runs off with Wickman to "save her honour". He also discharges some of Wickmans debt so Lydia can live better. (They don't as both of them pretty much waste all thier money frivolously). It's also only after these things that Lizzy starts to like and then love Mr. Darcy. So a good half of the book she hates him.

Most of the love interests are assholes and remain assholes and we are supposed to love them for this.

Finally Lizzy gets to tell Darcy's mom off after she insults her and her family. Most modern MCs just roll over and take it. This also doesn't affect the way Mr. Darcy views Lizzy in any negative way.

 

The parts which should be left behind are of course the whole "women as property" and the "marriage for status". Also it says that Lizzy is "poor" but she has a few servants so we know she isn't that poor. Just a poor noble. Also there's talk about hos women are a certain way and of course Lydia running of with a man "ruins her" as if she was some object to be used. Also the fact that Lydia is 16 and Wickman is 25 is pretty gross.

Also there's no real plot to speak of other than talking and talking and more talking. The only point of this talking is to get the girls married. There's no real big thing. You can call this book a slice of life in that regard.

 

Overall there's a lot modern books can get from this book, but leave the past garbage in the past.

Reading progress update: I've read 454 out of 616 pages.

Pride and Prejudice (Manga Illustrated Classics) - Jane Austen, Shiei

Ah yes the good old "a woman is ruined if a man rapes her." Something that is carried forward even today.

Reading progress update: I've read 410 out of 616 pages.

Pride and Prejudice (Manga Illustrated Classics) - Jane Austen, Shiei

The part of the book where Austen is trying to prove to us how GOOD Darcy is when we know he's pretty shit. All the while humiliating Elizabeth that she's "so wrong" about him.

Reading progress update: I've read 365 out of 616 pages.

Pride and Prejudice (Manga Illustrated Classics) - Jane Austen, Shiei

Was it really necessary for Lizzy to be humiliated? I ope she still hates him. Yeah she was wrong, but he was a complete asshole about it and didn't clarify things beforehand.

Reading progress update: I've read 318 out of 616 pages.

Pride and Prejudice (Manga Illustrated Classics) - Jane Austen, Shiei

I like the fact that Lizzy has a backbone and when Darcy is all "Marry me" she tears him to shreds. It's something you don't see in modern romance. The MC usually goes limp noodle or the love interest shuts her up with a kiss and she does nothing about it.

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