The breakthrough this week is that I’m reading an academic text in Japanese. I “decode” only one spread per day, but it’s immensely satisfying. Basically I’m covering the early history of yaoi and shota in a unique essay from 1998 by Watanabe Yumiko.
Tonight I had a little anime festival with key titles from the 1980s (I’m amazed at how easy it is to get them – thanks Nyan!), which appeared in the text:
The 1981 anime Rokushin Gattai GodMars was part of the male + male boom and inspired further doujinshi creation.
The same year Shounen Jump started serialising Captain Tsubasa, which led to an explosion of yaoi – but it was also the breakthrough for shota.
The second half of the 1980s saw shota-style mainstream animes like Ganbare! Kickers (1986) and Mister Ajikko (1987).
However, shota as we know the genre today was triggered by the 1988 original children’s gag anime Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru (1988).
I recently watched a video on editing by “This Guy Edits”-Sven and Karen Pearlman. I mean what I said in my comment:
This video is fantastic. After wading through so many guys and dudes saying basically the same thing, this one took it to another level. I will rewatch to let all the points really sink in. I mean, it sort of completely altered what I think film “is”. And what a smooth and listenable conversation. Will check out the book with Karen’s chapter.
I read the “Afterword” to Walter Murch’s amazing book In the Blink of an Eye. Can’t be compared with the book itself (although it is just as long), but nevertheless interesting to learn about the technical history of movie editing.
I read the chapter “Histories” in Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m Not Talking to White People About Race and was very moved by it. It inspired me to (re)watch Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing with S. Such a great film in so many ways.
I thought of taking a digital subscription for Tagesspiegel, since I know they have good coverage of bike related issues in the city, and since I don’t have The Economist anymore. But Tagesspiegel’s standard deal for digital only is 35 euro a month. I think that’s a mistake. They set the price as if the only thing you need is their newspaper, when we consumers want a mix of media, and we can’t pay 35 euro for each of them.
On Friday I biked Critical Mass with S, and yesterday we went to the opening of Contemporary Connections, where my friends R and K exhibited. A surreal experience.
- 1981: Rokushin Gattai GodMars. E1. I usually don’t like mecha and this was no exception.
- 1983: Captain Tsubasa. E1–3. Pretty entertaining, reminded me of Ginga e kickoffu, which I watched some years ago.
- 1986: Ganbare! Kickers. E1. Watched raw. A total rip-off of Captain Tsubasa, don’t see any reason to continue.
- 1987: Mister Ajikko. E1. An amazing food anime! Loved it!
- 1988: Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru. E1. Watched raw, so didn’t get it all but slightly fun, a bit like Ranma ½.
- The Guardian: Home Office failing to erase gay men’s unfair convictions, critics say
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- Berliner Morgenpost: Oberbaumbrücke: So gefährlich sind die neuen Radwege
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- Eddo-Lodge, Reni. 2017. Why I’m Not Talking to White People About Race. “Histories”, pp. 12–43.
- Murch, Walter. 2001. In the Blink of an Eye. Second edition. Originally published in 1992. “Afterword”, pp. 73–146.
- Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee 1989, 120 min)
- Falk30: Contemporary Connections. Opening.
With a backlog of some weeks:
- This Guy Edits:
- 5 Things Film Editors Literally Do – According To Science (with Karen Pearlman) 👊👏⭐️❤️
- Editing a NETFLIX ORIGINAL – A Crash Course
- CASEY NEISTAT UNMASKED: His Editing & Storytelling
- This One Thing Will Make Your Editing Better
- The Science Behind Film Editing (with Karen Pearlman)
- In the Blink of an Eye – Walter Murch’s Editing Theory Tested
- Casey Neistat: MY LiFE iN LA
- Marques Brownlee:
- Shutterstock Tutorials: 9 Cuts Every Video Editor Should Know | Filmmaking Tips
- Film Riot:
- Kauffman Foundersschool: Powerful Presentations: How to Tell Visual Stories
- Nicks Fort: The ART OF STORYTELLING for vlogs & filmmaking
- Alen Palander: How to Become a Better Visual Storyteller
- Peter Lindgren: Camera settings for cinematic video
- Nobel Prize: Announcement of the Nobel Prizes in Literature 2018 and 2019
- Jubilee: Do All Gay Men Think the Same?
- Nathaniel Drew: How I Rediscovered Books (In the Digital Age)
- Steven Fernandez: STEVEN FERNANDEZ THE TRUTH ABOUT ACCUSATIONS AND CASE!!!
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: