When Good Fandoms Go Bad

To start this off, I owe everyone an apology. I promise my Le Chevalier D’Eon review is coming. I haven’t forgotten! I just…haven’t…actually finished Le Chevalier D’Eon yet. I have no excuse, and I’m sorry. I’ll do my best to make it a really good review when I do get it done, though. This is also why I haven’t updated in a few months. I’ve felt bad about not having that review around and thus kind of hid out for a while. But some recent news has pulled me out of hiding.

I’m sure by now most of the anime community has heard about the Anime Boston 2010 scandal. In case you haven’t, basically what happened was that some people who were cosplaying Germany and Prussia from Axis Powers Hetalia decided it would be a good idea to sieg heil while posing for a photo. The brouhaha this caused both within and outside of the fandom was far more than anyone involved had imagined, judging by their response to this. At this point, a lot of the fandom would prefer to just stop talking about this and pretend it didn’t happen, but by now most people have heard, and I for one don’t think trying to sweep it under the rug will do any good at this point. In fact, that will probably do even more damage.

The first question is where do I stand on this issue? I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a Hetalia fan by now. I was completely horrified when I saw the post on the Hetalia Livejournal community about this. Most of you probably aren’t aware that I love Germany (the actual, real country) to the point of wanting to live there at least temporarily. Having people doing something like this is in bad taste regardless of the other details, and them being associated with my fandom while doing it made it even worse.

That said, I believe in forgiveness. At least one of the people involved has, in fact, apologized. These people were not Neo Nazis. They were not intending to disrespect. They just got caught up in the atmosphere of the con and did something stupid, which they now regret. At this point, we should accept their apology.

Unfortunately, people who hate Hetalia are now using this incident as ammo against the entire fandom. I know I have or at least have had readers that don’t like Hetalia. Please take this message to heart; we’re not all like this. We don’t all lose our heads at cons and do things like this. The people involved weren’t ignorant racist history revisionist Nazis in the first place, so please stop hurling these insults at the entire fanbase. Don’t start, either. Hetalia fans aren’t immoral people solely for liking a webcomic/anime.

On a more general note, all fandoms get to the point where they have total idiots in them. Hetalia fandom started off refreshing. When I first started reading it, there really weren’t any ship wars or internal fighting. The drama was mostly conflict between fans and non-fans. This isn’t the case anymore. Now we have ship wars, arguments about silly details, fans that are only into the series for slash fodder, etc. Sadly, all fandoms do this to some extent. I’ve seen Haibane Renmei fans with similar behavior, believe it or not. Don’t let the fanbase scare you away from any series. It’s hard, I know. I’ve been avoiding Durarara!! for a while now because of the fujoshi, but I’ve realized that’s silly and now I’m just waiting for a batch torrent.

If you’ve stayed with me this long, you deserve some sort of reward. That was some inane rambling there. This is a pathetic excuse for a reward, but here you go. I’ve gotten myself a formspring account. If you’ve got a question, ask it here.


We’re still here, I swear! Also Nyan Koi ep. 1

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Welcome to Powered by Sugar’s new home, by the way! A friend of mine recommended we do this, so I went with it. I still need to poke Owari/Katie/whatever she ends up calling herself when she signs up here to get a WordPress account, but she’ll be back, too!

So why haven’t we been posting? Well, Owari has the better excuse. She’s in college and has actual responsibilities that come before writing the blog. As for me? I haven’t really finished anything that I could write a good review on, I need to go put batteries in my camera so I can take figure pictures, I’m out of good ideas for rants at the moment, etc. I’ll still be rewatching Nodame…eventually.

But enough lame excuses out of Stringed. Here’s a proper update (kind of) for you all.

So I never really follow the new seasons of anime as they come out for whatever reason. I tried for the spring season, but got overwhelmed. Summer I didn’t even bother. But now it’s fall, my favorite time of year, and I feel energized to try again. I’m being smart about it and picked out 3 series to follow. No more, no less. The series I chose were Armed Librarians, Kimi ni Todoke, and Nyan Koi. I still need to sit down and watch the first episodes of the first two series, but last night I sat down and watched Nyan Koi episode 1, so here’s my thoughts on that so far.

The basic plot is that Junpei, the main character, is a boy that is allergic to cats, but his family loves them to bits. So does his crush, despite her being ain a family of dog people. He, however, just doesn’t get it. One day he kicks a can, which accidentally beheads the statue of Jizou, a cat deity. From this moment onward, Junpei is cursed. He can hear what cats are saying. If Junpei doesn’t do 100 favors for cats, then not only will he hear cats forever, but he will become one himself.

To be perfectly honest, Nyan Koi had me from the description on the fall season chart. I happen to be a cat lover myself with four of my own, so a series centered around cats?  Has major appeal for me. And so far this first episode does not disappoint.

For one thing, the main character, Junpei, is not your usual moe series hero. He actually has a personality from what I can tell. And the main girl, Mizuno, is cute, but not pathetic in the least. I found her dog owner mentality towards cats to be absolutely adorable. I’ve known people like that and it’s funny to watch them interact with cats and teach them the differences between cats and dogs.

My favorite character so far is easily Nyamese, Junpei’s family’s cat, though. She is adorable and her attitude puts me in mind of Garfield. The kittens in the first episode are positively adorable, too. I just wanted to cuddle them and tell them that everything would be okay~.

People, I beg you, don’t just watch the video of the opening song and assume this is just a moe show with nekomimi. This series really has potential, and no nekomimi actually have occurred in the series so far; just in the OP.  Stringed approves of Nyan Koi!

And finally it begins…Eri Sawachika 1/8 PVC figure by Good Smile Company review

Hello, Stringed here. It’s been, what, 2 months since Owari and I created this? Wow, we fail. I never had anything intelligent to update with, since I don’t watch as much anime as I really should, and I think Owari forgot this existed until I reminded her a week or so ago.

But now I’m going to actually use this blog. Can’t speak for Owari, but I want to do something with it. Hence some updates. I made a banner for us. It’s pretty bad, since I’m a Photoshop noob, but oh well. Owari made her own version which we may switch to, if she ever opts to upload it to the page. Also, we have an RSS feed now! Please subscribe? It won’t take too long to do and is easier than checking for updates!

And now onto the actual content for today. I attended Anime Central 2009, which was the most fun I’ve ever had at a con, but I have nothing intelligent to say about it, so I probably won’t post about it, unless someone really wants to hear about it. At Acen, I spent quite a bit of money. $50 of it went to a lovely new figure. That figure is Good Smile Company’s Eri Sawachika (School Rumble). GSC put out this nice 1/8 scale figure in July of 2006. I didn’t realize she was that old when I picked her up.


She looks quite nice, especially for her age. The colors are vivid and the details are quite nice as well.


I really like how the bottom of her shirt flares out as if it were blowing in the wind.


Her hair does the same. It’s also shaded very well.


She also looks nice from the back.



A couple of my favorite shots.

Overall I have absolutely no complaints. I can’t believe she was only $50, and that was after tax. Definitely worth it. She’s not the easiest to find, but if you spot one, I’d certainly pick it up if she holds your interest even a little bit.