Round 5 is here! And this time, we’re getting experimental. We decided to do this week’s elimination in true blogging style; by picking subjects that ‘interested’ us. This week there is no random selection, we chose these on purpose because we wanted to. Of course, they were all part of the list and so on. For those saying “This will take years” don’t worry. It’ll only take years if we want it too, and at this stage, we really don’t want that. The pace will pick up soon, just keep following as normal.
Today we took out:
Sankaku Complex it’s minions and of course, Artefact himself.
Radiant Dreamer and his gallery
We made a special feature of Just Moe
As per request we walked all over Winterheim|hdd
We dissected The Scrumptious Anime Blog for all it was worth
And then we concluded our weekly reign of terror with meidocafe.jp
Wow! Look exciting? Well strap yourself in and hold on tight!
In round 5 we began to hit home. We’d reserved ourselves from attacking the people who comment on our blog with the knowledge we’d have to do it somepoint and that time is now. Let it begin.
We’ve met lots of singaporeans who claim to know everything about figures because they take pictures of them and collect them (And in many cases, not knowing anything about the characters of the figures they collect) but when radiant embarassed himself publically by trying to tell us what was what on the figure scene, we just /had/ to take him down a few rungs of the ladder. In fact, we pulled the ladder from him and watched him tumble down and break his legs upon impact. And as long as his body lies there; shaking and twitching, we’ll continue to dance all over it.
We’re not figure experts by any means, but a member of the all-singing all-dancing OEG staff sculpts garage kits as a hobby, and even they disagreed with you, Radiant. That’s gotta hurt, seeing as a large portion of your blog posts seem to revolve around figures.
From what we understood, Radiant is a singaporean ex-pat in Canada. The concept of this is brilliant. Two countries, equally full of shit-talking bloggers combining into one, if more singaporeans did this then we could start getting some centralisation instead of having to sidestep countries across the globe. It’d even make them a much easier target for when the Nation Elimination Game comes around.
What sets Radiant apart from the others is the fact that he has a wife (Apparently) and works as an artist in the video games industry (Apparently). We’ve seen your art, it’s OK. It’s probably better than what most of us could produce, but it’s not stunning and probably accounts for why we’ve never associated Vancouver with Video Games.
There’s a funny interview with Radiant by ‘tomopop’ (Some other place we’ve never heard of). Some of the quotes were great, nothing short of comedic:
Tomopop: “Where do the majority of your figurines come from? Animation, videogames?”
Radiant: “A lot of them are from hentai games that I’ve never even heard of, but I like the figures anyway.”
Right… “Hentai Games”… We actually were making an assumption when we said that Radiant had no idea of the characters he was buying, but as it goes, it wasn’t far removed from the truth at all. In fact we were 100% correct.
“With a modest collection of over 100 anime figurines from tv/film, video games, and Japanese culture, Dan Lam, an artist working in the Vancouver video game industry, has accumulated quite the toy shelf. It all began with a general interest in anime throughout high school, which escalated upon entering college to the point where the title of Otaku became appropriate.”
Uh oh, misuse of the dreaded ‘O’ word. Is 100 really that much? It would fill up one room at best, let alone any others. We wouldn’t call that otaku. He also uses a Mac book, peh. Despite not being Mac users we couldn’t help but think the broad, stereotypical generalisation that all Mac users were the same was an unfair assumption to make, but as a result of the OEG, we’re starting to see more truth in this than ever before. Radiant also sells his figures, because as far as he is concerned, Money > Merchandise.
This concludes it basically, Radiant really is no different from the likes of Danny Choo and Kodomut in that his thirst for taking pictures and blogging comes before the figures themselves, and that is most certainly not otaku at all. We saw some gross misuse of the word on his blog too. He talks about how his ‘wife’ watches anime, yet links straight to blogs such as “Pretty Asian Girls” right on the front page. Which tags itself as “Welcome to Pretty Asian Girls, a flickr weblog featuring pictures of the sexiest girls from Asia.” Some marriage that must be.
Simply stated, Radiant is not otaku and he never will be. He cares too much about his blog, taking photographs and engaging in ridiculous PR events to actually give a damn about his so called interests. I wonder who that reminds us of…
Radiant is a follower of the OEG and despite making comments such as:
“I do follow your ideals of how the anime community has mislabeled themselves as otaku, and that you hope to change that, but something tells me you’re doing it wrong.“
“It’s definitely a wake-up call for everyone.”
Let it be a wake up call for you first. Because you are certainly far from being otaku or even beginning to understand it.
Just be aware that everyone (and I do mean everyone) is waiting for you guys to make a single fatal misstep.
And just what are they going to do if we do happen to ‘Misstep’?
“Keep moving your goal post, and we’ll all just basically lose interest. Then the real failures will be you guys. Don’t let that happen this early in the game.”
Here, Radiant becomes under the illusion that he weilds some kind of power against us. How old are you again? Do you really have a job? We’re starting to heavily doubt you at this point. Surely nobody this childish would ever be in a professional position.
“Otaku choose to stay indoors” hmmm… now that I think about it, I haven’t left my house in quite a number of days, since I sit in front of this computer all day, and play video games, and watch anime…
I should go out… and buy some video games.
Aha, so you don’t have a job. Either that or you’re lying about the above. Which one is it going to be? And don’t worry, as we said above, you’re far from Otaku.
Radiant nominated many in his early comments, and his generally upbeat comments degenerated into telling us what to do. So what changed? Did your wife leave you? You nominate others on the list without caring if they wanted to or not. Regardless of whether or not we would have ruined them anyway, it isn’t exactly the nicest way to treat your friends now is it? It just goes to show what a childish, sad, little man you are. We’ll be sure to inform all those who you nominated exactly why we tore their blog apart and the person responsible for asking for them.
So there we go, just by simply observing Radiant’s blog, we made some shocking discoveries and tore him limb from limb. Just how much of his life is genuine? We can see he takes pictures of his figures, but how do we know about the rest? Even Danny Choo takes enough pictures for us to know just about everything regarding his life, but Radiant doesn’t seem to have that. We honestly doubt a large part of his reported life and as far as we’re concerned, he has lost all credibility.
Radiant Dreamer by Radiant – ELIMINATED
Boo-hoo. We know, you didn’t care about us anyway, we’re failures and this blog will fall etc. etc. We’ve heard it all before, so we’re pulling a Seinime and saying it all before you do. Excellent, now we don’t have to put up with your crying.
In fact, Radiant will probably get his blogging buddies to set up a small movement against us or something and try and upstage us. We’ll keep you posted on the details of that, because it’s sure to be a barrel of laughs.
We didn’t want to pick on websites anymore. We did it with ANN and it just seemed pointless when we couldn’t personally single out people and have some fun. The same applies to SC, although upon closer inspection, we weren’t dealing with a website, we were dealing with a whole retarded community.
We are of course referring to 4chan, the derivitive of a derivitive from where SC’s retarded audience seems to originate from. If anything, 4chan cleared up a lot for us in terms of why we kept seeing the same kinds of phrases all across the blogosphere. We thought 2ch and 2chan could be stupid at times, we never realised how much worse it could be elsewhere.
We didn’t look at 4chan in detail, we went into the anime board and all we could find was just banter by SC readers. For those that don’t know of it, we can only describe it as many people talking, lying and generally trying to one-up their peers as if they were the experts of a certain subject.
The community of 4chan and SC is so retarded that any blog using language from either one is just going to be flat out eliminated and probably not even featured to begin with. You lost as soon as you came into contact with a keyboard.
Artefact is the real star of the show as far as SC is concerned, as one of our twitter followers was keen to point out “Artefag believes his blog is a ~news site~ and will rage if you refer to it as anything but.” there’s even a fun IRC quote where he kicks and bans a user for saying otherwise. The truth must hurt a lot.
<@Artefact> We are a "news site" and don't you forget it < hyourou> it's a blog no matter what you say. -!- mode/#sankakucomplex [+b *!*@nekomimi.land] by Artefact -!- hyourou was kicked from #sankakucomplex by Artefact [hyourou] <@Artefact> I'm serious <@Artefact> "news site" <@Artefact> Like Slashdot
The process of SC is simple, copy content from Itainews and (if not done so already) turn said content into sensationalist rubbish. As a news website, SC is just hilarious. As far as we’re concerned, flat out lying isn’t really what we’d call news. We’d call that “flat-out lying”.
Danny Choo also (laughably) uses itai news as a source sometimes. Is it just the blind leading the blind here?
Speaking of which, because of some kind of petty arguement, DC refused to link to SC after Artefact lied a little too hard, which instead of gaining views as intended, it instead lost Artefact a large amount of audience. “Epic fail”. There, we said it.
Let’s face it, Artefact x Danny Choo was never going to work; Artefact was too stubborn, too racist, sexist and too obsessed with seeing his name in lights that Danny Choo simply felt threatened and angry that there was potentially a bigger player in the blogosphere.
But where does that leave us? Well, it’s clear to everybody that there is no way Artefact is otaku, and his users even less so. So I suppose you could say we’re doing this “for the lulz” (See where we’re going with this?).
Basically Artefact wanted to create an anime news site. Fair enough, but just how could he make it different from the other news sites? Well, Artefact was clever, Artefact used brain! Yes, Artefact seems to have mimicked many real newspapers in that his headlines are so controversially shocking that you just have to have a look, even if it’s just to write an angry response.
We call this trolling, and we would have thought that a community so obsessed with trolling would know better than to respond to the sensationalist bullshit that appears on the front page. We showed you a picture of Artefact above (Thanks again Danny!) and we can’t help but notice that he is gremlin-like not only in his appearance but in his feeble efforts to desperately scratch and squirm around the internet to dig up something that might get some attention.
It’s sad really, SC is probably on it’s last legs, and Artefact knows that no amount of pageviews will ever conquer the fact that it could collapse at any time. We’re certain that some readers are thinking “Well, the same applies to you”, but we beg to differ. Remember when we said that we were the tractor and you were the lambs? Well it still stands, you can run faster than us, you can duck and dodge us, but in the end we keep going and going until you can’t run any further, and that’s when the blood spills. We feel sorry for Artefact in that his news site has nothing more to offer than any other blog. In fact, even reading Danny Choo at least makes us angry. We’re eliminating SC on similar grounds to ANN, the stupidity is just an added bonus.
Sankaku Complex by Artefact – Eliminated
Easy enough considering it was such a big target on the list. Don’t worry, we’ll draw out the others to something much longer and more entertaining.
Just Moe is a strange choice, and probably seen as a small-timer considering some of the names we’ve featured this week. But we featured it with good reason.
First of all, just look at it. The moment you label your blog as ‘Moe’ is somewhat disconcerting. Seeing as most interpretations seem to be wrong anyway. If you’re looking at the homepage right now, there really are no prizes for guessing what page we homed in on right away.
Well, we were indeed shocked. tflops’s interpretation of otaku may not have been written by himself, but it showed a level of understanding at least. There were some points that made us go “Hmmm” but in general we couldn’t help but appreciate the level of understanding that radiated from the essay.
This is a very short entry, we’ll simply be watching Just Moe all the way until round 2 when we’ll be able to make a real decision.
Just Moe by tflops – APPROVED
Winterheim was featured as a result of nominating himself after we gave him the choice. His reasoning? He wanted to get it over and done with quickly. A fair claim, but could this just be another example of how masochistic the blogosphere can be?
Either way, Winterheim was one of those who blogged about us. Staying very neutral, we found it difficult to try and make any kind of retort towards it. However, it impressed us greatly that Winterheim went as far to correct previous misuses of the word. This is the kind of intuition we like to see.
We have to admit Winterheim, if you hadn’t changed that, we would of failed you. As much of an avid figure/anime/tokusatsu fan you may be, we wouldn’t call you Otaku by any stretch of the imagination. The sheer amount of time and effort spent on your blog is truely shocking, we’ve never seen such an amount of blogging related tools on either side of your blog. Truely someone who likes to stay in contact, we wouldn’t hesitate to label Winterheim as a blogging otaku. You may be ranked in a similar place to Danny Choo with this title, but you’ve given him a real run for his money.
Congratulations Winterheim, you passed this time as a result of your cultural awareness and you’ve gone through to the second part, in which we shall see just how otaku you are. You’ll be up against some real fanatics who slipped through the net, so now is the time to start getting down to some serious fandom. See you shortly.
Winterheim|hdd by Winterheim – APPROVED
That wasn’t so painful now was it?
What can we say about this place, well. When we first saw it we liked it a lot. The continual food-related themes running throughout were a nice touch, especially when it came to the rating system. We’ve seen so many idiotic fangirls now we were really glad to see some that actually had some common sense and could construct a decent blog about anime.
Unfortunately it seems that whoever is running the place has a real problem with PR. The blog is a pisspan of childish, immature name-calling and pathetic arguments. It was a place with potentially a lot of class and a friendliness, but instead it’s a mess.
We’d love to go on but what can we say, the framework is good but the authors are terrible, it’s as simple as that. Throw them out and replace them with people who can actually write. They did a peice on how they wanted the OEG to end, we think it was supposed to generate humour but we really didn’t understand it at all. Then it went on to to talk about sperm. What?
We rate the Scrumptious Anime Blog a 1.5: Nothing short of fodder. We also saw some misuse of the word otaku too, which we almost overlooked the first few times around.
The Scrumptious Anime Blog by Usagijen – ELIMINATED
Finally we’re onto a blog heavily questioned to us by our readers…
They say you cannot kill what is already dead, but we beg to differ.
Melonpan is a dutch fellow who used to run meidocafe.jp. While we never saw it (we don’t google this shit) we saw his room on figure.fm and we weren’t impressed. Melonpan gained fame from wondering around whichever dull scandanavian country he came from with a Nia body pillow. This of course made him an ‘Otaku Superstar’ of sorts. In reality, Melonpan pulled an awful attention seeking publicity stunt in order to get acceptance from his peers, there was no otaku in him to begin with.
As his credibility began to fade away, Melonpan decided to pull another attention seeking publicity stunt by ‘destroying’ his merchandise in a Dadaist frenzy and claiming to have quit the scene. We were impressed by this extreme show of passion, but later disappointed when we heard that it was all a cry for attention and mental help.
Nowadays meidocafe.jp doesn’t exist, leaving someone of more worth to take the domain name. Word on the street is that Melonpan was having a child and couldn’t blog anymore, which means he had a girlfriend right from the word go and was betraying us all. Good riddance.
Meidocafe.jp by Melonpan – ELIMINATED
So there we go, Round 5 was action packed episode. With Radiant being torn apart and beaten by Winterheim and tflops, and us digging up Melonpan from beyond the grave to lay down some pain. We’ll update the list tomorrow, it’s getting too late to do it now.