Doing 2017 right everyone! Happy first Mer-Monday! below are some things to start you out right!
Deviant Artist daekazu drew this mermaid on his deviant art, and I think she’s just great! So that was 2016’s MerMonday’s everyone. I mentioned video game characters with transformations such as Shantae, kit bashed custom MLP mermaids, Tuna fish selling mermaids, the Demi Lovato mermaid fan art controversy, my run in with a mermaid/cosplayer at DeltaH convention, the rule 63 mermaid Flounder fan art that Kitty Hawk made for me, some of Zoe Crockett’s mermaid art, and even tasted some mermaid related beer with some friends.. not to mention some of the other mermaid related posts from this year.
All and all, this has been a great year for mermaids. As far as movies go, Hail Cesar! and The Nice Guys both had mermaid performers in it, and the video game Shantae: Half Genie Hero has a mermaid transformation while both Xbox One/PS4 re-releases of Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off The Record have a mermaid performer in them… that’s not too shabby when most years the % of mermaids in video games is 0%, right? RIGHT?
So see, 2016 isn’t quite that bad… right? Happy Mer Mondays everyone!
Shout out to Tiffany Bliss‘ channel who has a cool channel on how to customize toys. Below are a couple of mermaid related ones, and bonus points because it’s MLP related too! This makes up for not posting anything mer related yesterday during this Mermaid week, right?
Deviant Artist Pronon1990 has done two pictures of not just a mermaid Android 18, but a lesbian one at that. Scandalous. Guess Krillin and humanoids in general were not enough for this killer cyborg.
I have been watching a lot of Dragon Ball Super, and now that new episodes will be coming to Crunchy Roll, I could watch it there legally now. Awesome! I recently bought an awesome figure from Dragon Ball a few months back and got it on Thursday. Here’s an unboxing of it down below!
Unboxing: Megahouse Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Ball Gals: Bulma PVC Figure (Bunny Girl Version)
A few days ago, Tokyo Comic-Con canceled it’s ban on crossdressing. Awesome, but now they will be issuing different colored badges depending on what your ‘true’ gender. Hah hah hah, and the controversy gets… worse? *sigh*
In August it was revealed that Viz is going to re-release the OVA’s and 2 movies of Ranma 1/2 in 2017, so yeah… I’ve already seen these, but hey… that’s pretty cool. Will they release the OVA from Rumeric Theater that happened 7 or more years ago though? Probably not, so watch the one for Ranma, Urusei Yatsura, InuYasha, and surprisingly not Maison Ikoku on… I want to say Youtube? Here is a video they made about Rumeric Theater that is awesome.
Besides watching some Sailor Moon S via Crunchy Roll, I haven’t been watching a lot of anime, hence the lack of Saturday Morning Anime on my blog. Sorry. What’s some good anime that I should watch?
You heard it hear first! NetSenshi Productions will never cover any content from Tokyo Comic-Con. Weird, when I never have, I know, but the reason is because they now have a ban on men dressing as women at their convention.
Characters who crossdress is a rampant trope in Japanese media, if not society. While crossplay is huge among women in Japan, and isn’t being banned at this show, men dressing up as women has. Let’s set aside gender nonconformity, people who are trans, etc. for a moment, and remind ourselves of some Japanese content that makes this ban really weird.
Where does Bridget from Guilty Gear come into play? A male character dressed in women’s clothing but in all reality is still a male character? Not Japan enough? Okay.
Power Rangers… err… Super Sentai… err… Tokusatsu in general, uses a lot of male stunt doubles for their shows. If you have one of them as a guest, and they are in their ranger uniforms, then guess what? You hypocritically have a guest advertising the very same lifestyle that you are directly objecting, all because you are afraid of there being ‘too many’ guys dressed as women. Awesome.
What about fans of JRock, or Japanese Rock music to those who are unfamiliar with the term. All of a sudden, fans can’t dress up as their favorite crossdresser from Dir En Grey and strut their stuff? Everyone knows that Shinya is a man, but now NUH UH, not happening. Guess they will have to use some extreme vetting on both actors and musicians for the foreseeable future. Well, as long as there is nothing else that promotes a lifestyle that the people running the convention apparently hates… oh wait… this is Japan.
Anime and Manga. I know that my references are really dated here. My main point though, hopefully, wont be lost.
So males cannot dress up as male characters who dress up as women, which really isn’t even crossplay but just normal cosplay. Awesome.
Anthropologists even have problems distinguishing between Asian skeletons. Under all of the wigs, makeup, masks, and frills… how are they really going to be able to enforce this? Westerners, wanting to ironically see Stan Lee, a WWII veteran in Japan, sure. That’s easier… but unless they are willing to role the dice and pull out people who might legitimately be women who look a little man-ish and thus make international headlines, I can’t really see this as enforceable on a large scale.
Recently, a fan drew former Disney Star Demi Lovato as a mermaid, and told people it was cool to share the image around. She eventually responded by saying that the picture was pretty but that he hadn’t drawn her. What she meant was that the image was a thinner version of her and her boobs were wrong, etc.
The internet turned this into a whole outrage/kerfuffle, as the internet does. Here is the original exchange between Vlad and Lovato:
Lovato apparently has body issues, which makes sense considering she is a you7ng woman who first gained fame by working with Disney. The idea that she was basically drawn with a more sexualized body can be considered offensive.
Artistically, I’m reminded of a panel I attended at a convention from Amelie Belcher, where she described one of her drawings of Benedict Cumberbatch as a characture, despite the fact that it looked realistically a lot like him. I’d argue that that is kind of what is going on here, and while some would be flattered about it, this particular celebrity was not and we need to move on.
Below is the Mundane Matt video where he goes on about this situation. It’s where I first learned about the situation, and is deffinately worth a watch. Happy MerMonday everyone!