I’ve been in the mood for shady/mystery/pyschological manga type things lately, and this picture totally fits with that. Done by some Thai chick who is basically amazing and is doing her own comic book (as far as I could tell), Inkblot by asuka111 exemplifies that mix of the morbidly beautiful.
I’ve been doing a lot of fashion/clothing posts lately, figured it was a change of pace.
So I totally understand that Ball-Jointed Dolls (BJDs) are one of those niche hobbies where people buy one and take lots of photos of it, dressing it up in various outfits. Kinda like Barbies for grownups, although I gotta say these look hella more stylish than the dolls of my younger years. Dolltown is a Korean manufacturer who apparently does a lot of business with the US because their site is shoddily translated into English, but the photos are gorgeous, if slightly leaning towards child porn. Yeah I won’t lie, the whole 5 and 7 year old body forms photographed naked in alluring poses seem to be about more than just “getting an idea of what the product looks like,” and the oldest body type is only 15 years old (pictured above). But there is something ethereal and really beautiful in what they are making: delicate hands, wonderfully wrought joints, those limpid eyes and graceful curve of the neck. Even the boys—with the right wig and paired with a girl body form, they look just like girls. Leave it to the Asians to make boys all girly-pretty eh?
Of course, you gotta pay for what you get. The 15 year old girl body form starts at $510, the Estella girl face (pictured above) goes for $140, and once you add in the “makeup” and whatever other shenanigans you’re looking at upwards of $750. Expectedly, clothes are kinda expensive. To top it off, Dolltown ain’t even the biggest or most expensive player in the game, but I’m too lazy to get sucked into that whole black hole. Still, it’s always nice to appreciate the beauty in what others have. :)
I can’t help but think that all of the line work and coloring she did on this piece would have been much more easily accomplished with Illustrator. Can’t believe this was done in PS. *awe*
Sooo …. this is pretty annoying. A few months ago on my old blog I posted about the absolutely atrociously funny casting choices for the Dragonball Z movie, which were wrong on SO MANY LEVELS, not the least of which was the fact that most of them weren’t Asian (dude, Dragonball is as Asian as it gets). But really, I wasn’t worried, because they had Emmy Rossum (ugh ugh UGH) in one of the lead roles, and Jamie Chung (sorry, but girl cannot act) in some other cutesy throwaway role (an attempt, I’m sure, to assuage the inevitable attacks of racism) … pretty much the rest of the cast was white. Seriously. With James Marsters (of Buffy fame) as Lord Piccolo, another hilarious casting choice. But I digress.
I wasn’t worried because even though the casting was racist up the wazoo, I was pretty sure the movie as a whole would suck ass, so really, there wouldn’t be any sort of positive reinforcement from lots of revenue or something. Well as it turned out I was right because I didn’t even remember seeing any commercials for this movie, and I belatedly looked it up to realize that yep, it didn’t do well.
I am hoping that the same thing will happen for Avatar: The Last Airbender, because the casting calls are ridiculous. The main character and his sister are some unknown kids who look pretty damn light-haired in their pictures, and the main villain was originally going to be Jesse McCartney. (WTF) Well they changed that and now it’s Dev Patel (of course he’s the evil dark-skinned bad guy, despite being a Chinese-looking dude in the animated show), but seriously, correct me if I’m wrong—isn’t this a show that’s based primarily off of East Asian and Inuit cultures?? I heard that East Asians and those with East Asian heritage constitute something like 20%+ of the world population. Surely some of these people speak English AND have reasonable acting ability.
The reason why I’m so worried is because this fandom’s following is, I suspect, a lot more forgiving than Dragonball Z’s. Considering how long DBZ went and how hardcore the fans are, I KNEW it was gonna die (seriously? Emmy? ahahahaha) but Avatar fans are like, you know, kids (and some adults as well). They’re less sensitive and newer to the whole racism bit. But maybe I’m just overreacting. I mean, Night Shamalayan is the director.
Still, there are some much better written articles on the subject, which I think bring up some very valid points: Gene Luen Yang and Lowbright. The most damning argument, I think, is this (taken from the latter):
Or let me draw a closer parallel—imagine if someone had made a “fantasy” movie in which the entire world was built around African culture. Everyone is wearing ancient African clothes, African hats, eating traditional African food, writing in an African language, living in African homes, all encompassed in an African landscape…
…but everyone is white.
How offensive, insulting, and disrespectful would that be toward Africans and African Americans? How much more offensive would it be if only the heroes were white and all the villians and background characters were African American? (I wince in fear thinking about “The Last Airbender” suffering from the latter dynamic—which it probably will.)
Well, it looks like part two of that is already coming true. Sigh.
So I’m watching this new (or old, it came out in 2007) anime called Red Garden, because I saw an episode on Taiwan TV in the original Japanese, and figured out which anime it was from the character names. (Sometimes, I swear to god, I have better listening comprehension in Japanese than Chinese.) It sounded good—elements of supernatural/horror/thriller but with a stylized sheen that I’ve come to associate with Gonzo art.
I’m about 16 episodes in now, and with half of it behind me I can say: it’s merely OK. This is actually kind of sad, because I think it could be so much better than it is. The art is great. The storyline, now that it’s picked up its pace (some of those early “character development” episodes don’t crawl by fast enough) is actually pretty good too. In general I like the main characters with the exception of Rose; if anything, I take Claire’s stance on the matter: “Stop trying to be cute.” OMFG SHE IS SO ANNOYING SHE ACTS LIKE A LITTLE KID ALL THE TIME AND HAS NO BALLS.
The other thing that I sort of find hilariously annoying is the characters’ tendency to break into song during emotional moments. This would be the “musical-inspired” part of the anime, and let me tell you, it is WEIRD. And also kind of secretly hilarious. Not to mention, whoever is voicing Herve doesn’t know how to sing.
Less than 10 episodes left, and I’m really excited about some of the other character arcs. That whole thing with Rachel-Luke-Nick is pretty tasty (well OK, Amanda should probably be in there too) and I really really really really like Claire so anything she does is great. Stay tuned …