書蟲向上流二季(Lutz的出路)看後感

這個系列極度斯文地批評了窮人仔女就算有心有力有才能,向上流是多麼的困難。

Lutz為了發展事業離家出走這一段《愛.回家》式的鬧劇不少西方觀眾看到一頭冒水,而我幾乎看到睡倒,證明亞洲人其實真的很窮。窮父母沒有資源支持有才能的孩子發展,社會也不會有正式的渠道幫孩子「飛上樹」,所以也不習慣明言自己的支持,不然「得個講字」會很尷尬,不亞於問人「你是不是性無能(不能生孩子)」(這兩幕對比做得超好)。窮人父母見慣窮人為求生存不擇手段,也難以相信會有非親生的人對自己孩子好,如果沒有第三者監察,更加難放手給孩子「遠走高飛」,結果「家庭關係」變成孩子的牢籠,反而成為計時炸彈。而西方社會很多人已經忘記了如果沒有運作良好的自由文化、民主和福利制度,大部分的孩子們的命運會有多無聊、國家的人才和經濟會有多大的發展障礙。

上幾集Maine看了孤兒院的狀況於心不忍,為了可以專心看書結果擔起了孤兒院院長一職,雖然能容許這樣的事發生真在很奇幻,但這發展充滿了「北歐精神」(例如荷蘭就有個小兒風車,小朋友努力改變社會的成功例子實體)——這故事雖然框架老套,但意外地意識先進,怪不得成功被動畫化。

我相信原作很能把這個關鍵問題描寫的很深刻,不過以我所知西方觀眾對動畫版好像不大能明白這段劇情的原意……回到「中世紀」,文明向左走向右走的關鍵點,就是對「人類發展的可能性」的「信仰」。不是任何一種宗教本身的教義或者儀式,而是「人」本身對「人」自身所擁有的信仰。

西方國家從中世紀的社會結構走出來最少有幾百年歷史,而亞洲好像走來走去都走不出來這種貧民難翻身的社會面貌(英殖香港曾經成功過,不過回歸中國廿年又走回頭路了;日韓就更悲劇,經濟發展反而強化了封建論)。

這一集明確說明了女主角Maine開始要身邊的人去隱藏自己的去向和出身,證明貧富的芥蒂非常深,社會對「向上流」的個案的忌諱如同性交那樣不能隨便現人眼前。這是非常非常可悲的。<-天生的丹麥魂,無論如何都不覺得這樣的情況很「自然」以及可以接受

基本上第二季這一段的故事說明了世上兩大方向文明的分歧點。大家小時候都曾經尿床不是重點,重點是後來誰學會了搞衛生,誰花了廿年終於把第一種抗生素量產出來,而誰又覺得上廁所很麻煩為什麼不能隨街方便。

p.s. 離題:再說一下「分歧點」的結構。
放手給幾個有天分的小孩去做(1),大家在背後指導然後做出成績來(2),於是大家都相信了原來人只要肯努力,三十歲「一定得」(3),所以覺得自由民主福利是不二選擇(4)。不僅是前面(1)和(2)有沒有發生過(以及有多少頻率),而是會不會因為(1)和(2)而覺得(3),不然就沒有了(4)的決定。<-真正的興趣之一是心理歷史學

題目 : 論文。報告。心得 - 部落格分类 : 學術文藝

tag : 心理歷史學 本好きの下剋上

[anime review] Listeners 1-3

MAPPA is my new BONES.

This time, they have decided to venture into the philosophical relationship of artists and the audience with magnificent artwork to tell the story.

I particularly like the style of this original work. The color plan is gentle and the character designs are natural-looking.

The resulting quality is exhilarating and I am looking forward to a masterpiece.

It takes quite some courage to admit that the devouring dark acts often come from "would-be players". People often cannot control themselves when they want something but cannot get it. Art is a tool which takes much work to complete and is not as useful as it should be if the author just tries to express oneself.

It is exactly when hearts are joined that the true power is drawn but power is always dangerous and it could be so disastrous that it get itself banned after a big slip.

Just as where Echo lived and worked, this work picks up bits and pieces from many famous work on the same topic and recombines it into a retro-feeling story.

I have great expectation of this anime.

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tag : MAPPA

[anime]Plunderer 11-15 review

I have to confess that the story moved too slowly last season so I jumped around before the school arc (11 onwards), which starts to churn out memorable plots and got me sufficiently interested in the story.
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[動畫]白貓(原點篇)1-2

終於等到這套動畫化了。當年一看設定,我就對故事很有期待。可惜沒時間玩。

第一集果然就出了名場面。

魔王繼承者(即係王子)的心智條件是什麼?在一個殘酷的世界裡為王的條件是什麼?

兩個問題的答案都是同一個:可以超越血統和不幸遭遇的志氣、超越障礙的反射式意志。實力只是成功的手段和工具,而不是條件。

這很老套?換個新的表達方法吧:

「看到願景的人,有義務把它實現到底。」

這句怎麼看都是一塌糊塗的歪理,對於「符合條件」的人來說卻是無能反駁真理。我聽到這句笑容超大,死忍住不要大力拍手以免打擾別人(住香港有時真的是超抑鬱的)。就像看到精彩絕倫的論文或者數學證明那樣。

這就是人的心理的奇特之處,某政權卻總以為所有「宗教」其實都只有兩招,那就是洗腦加上社交控制,然後以為耍好這兩招就可以當自己是桐人那樣「屈機」……殊不知即時邪教化。

不,每個「當紅」的宗教(不是說邪教),都有那麼幾項的效果邏輯雷同的信念,「符合條件」的人只要接觸,就會「一拍即合」,不需要洗腦,亦不需要社交控制。所以調轉頭每個人的某些信念,可以用推理得知,毋需過問。

這名句之前整段的角色描寫的強度超一流(我就不劇透了),我看完整個名場面之後口是微張的,這個實在經典啊。

不知道之後是不是還能維持這樣的劇本水平呢?

題目 : 動畫心得 - 部落格分类 : 漫畫卡通

tag : 科幻

[動畫]虛構推理7-12評論

城平京和後籐圭二的組合對我來說根本就是能把任何正經八百一如數學解題的劇本變成AV程度的刺激性。

從Kiddy Grade年代(那時是還會從電視上看動畫的年紀)就知道後籐圭二非常能貼中本人的「動畫」喜好——用平面設計(如分鏡)去到角色舉手投足如何發揮人設魅力、角色關係的味道如何透過身體語言的交流去顯現出來等等那種Ghibli一直在追求的「演出」的高度。

舉個三分鐘可以看完的例:ED親手操刀,男女主角三點不露,動作和服飾都只是很標準的社交舞規格,沒有華麗的CG效果,僅透過分鏡、剪輯和角色表情和舞姿配合音樂,令成品充滿不令人覺得粗俗但AV度滿點的色氣……

然後城平京根本就是好好的在那裡像考試寫數學算式步驟那樣超長氣地推理,又或者讓角色耍白癡,但就是能夠令推理系劇本表現出像AV片那種性器官直接描寫的裸露感的惡趣味作者——結果看這套看到後半段,我決定要有精力的時候才看,不然我有點怕會馬上風——實在感官刺激性太大了。
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[FGO動畫]絕對魔獸戰線Babylon 17-21(本季完)

這一套因為有大量三維人工智能動畫的電腦繪圖,所以經常被畫面悶到快要睡倒,不過中後期的劇情迫力是有的,所以通常很快就能回神。

基本上最近有打機(戰鬥類)的,對於電腦模擬的三維模組動態都很熟悉,來來去去都那幾種套路,任你細節做得多好,都跑不出那個套路。

這一套的設定算是比較好看的,但因為這種劇本發展的風格我不是第一次看了(同系列動畫化到底第幾套了?),所以有不少劇情都事先猜到,所以沒有了「第一次遇到這種玩法」的驚喜感。如果是十幾歲人生第一次看到這種劇情,應該會是「記你一世」的深刻經驗說。所以不意外我最能代入的角色就是花之魔法師(不知為什麼見到他第一眼就想起了《翼紀傳》的法伊),所以到最後我極度認同他對男主角的評語——可以做到這種程度規模的劇本的主角,都有所謂的「櫻」屬性——是的我第一個接觸的同類角色設定就是CLAMP創作的「櫻」(所以該組屬性和性別無關)。因為自己手頭上其實都有類似規模的企劃然後一直在試,發現能夠「撐」下去的主角屬性基本上跑不出這種「框框」。這也是我後來有了「心理歷史學」的想法的經驗基礎之一。所以,少女系有「櫻」系列(雖然CLAMP說《翼》是少年漫啦,但這角色一開始是典型少女漫的故事主人翁),少年系應該就算這系列是經典了吧。

然後還有一點要讚的:這一套該留白的地方有好好的留白,我覺得做得非常好。尤其是男主角打自己內心的心魔那一幕只有眼神的交流,一切盡在不言中。

是的,一個人越是正面,越是努力的有建設性,心的深處的心魔也就養得越強,然後總有一天要去面對。凡是有一定修為的作者大概都打過這「隻」獸,那種不死的屬性只要見過一次,面目再改變,化灰都認得。你要知道作為一個作者,最容易幹的就是派便當……

最後就是相信沒有什麼人看到Uruk的毀滅能夠亳不動容——金閃閃(對不起這個花名真的太入腦)以及其再世好友最後的戰鬥還有愐懷到最後只是一種襯托。

神話時代的終結就是神人大戰然後人類放棄神代文明自力更生下去。這是基本的「走向」。那種人類有什麼事都求神、有什麼不幸都賴神,然後王就成為神的代理,管理地上所有資產的幼兒級文明,從之畢業才是一件好事。

因為這種設定之下,一個文明越繁盛,人們內心的黑暗只會越厲害。你擁有得越多,你越害怕失去,結果神就成為了越來越大的恐懼來源;王因為隨國家富庶而擁有更多,在平民眼中越來越接近神的級數,對神的恐懼多少就會因而實體化,開始會下意識覺得還是回歸虛無才能得到安祥。這不是誰的心魔而是所有智能生命體都會有這樣的想法,所以「打不死」。唯有像男主角這樣的性格的人,才能有幸見到這種怪獸,能面對並超越過去。以我理解,丹麥教育在幼稚園就用故事教小朋友明白這一種思路,所以他們的國家用幾百年就走出了別人幾千年都走不出來的路;而亞洲地區的普及教育是不會教這種哲學思維的,也所以才生出了這樣的「經典故事」(雖然原作是遊戲劇本啦),也因此本文只有中文版。

p.s. 所以像我這種幼稚園就自行想通了這個「自主性的重要」的道理的傢伙,根本就是天生的丹麥人OTL

題目 : 動畫心得 - 部落格分类 : 漫畫卡通

tag : 科幻

[anime review]Magic Highschool Deviant OVA

The title has suggested a more poetic image than the story did managed to present.

As usual, this series does not really want to get into the characters' psychological states. The relevant expressions are reduced to the minimum to enable a smooth flow for the plot.

Fighting scenes are not very enjoyable since the audience usually has a good idea of how the characters fight and this show is a Sci-Fi rather than fantasy one like Soul Eater so they tried hard to make the fights look reasonably real, which means boring.

Despite all these shortcomings, fans should be able to understand how the Shiba siblings must have felt towards the unfortunate girls who're losing their personalities due to unethical magic operations. The pain of forfeiting a core part of yourself in return for the chance to thrive in the society is one of the main setups of this series that is well liked by some and hated by the others.

魔法高中劣等生》是經典的「惡評如潮」的作品,被笑稱「魔劣」——男主角因為魔法能力異常而被「魔改」(小誤)導致表情有如Hello Kitty(簡而言之啦),但其他威能開超大所以作品有大量鏡頭給男主角耍帥,因而給某些有心傷的觀眾留下非常惡劣的印象。

不過作為讀障我對這個系列的(尤其男主角)設定是深有共鳴就是了。所以當我想要單純的娛樂的時候,比起那邊吵鬧的《某電磁炮》系列(已放棄追看多時),我私下更喜歡這一套。

像這套OVA就更是簡單直接的主角群發現有孩子被抓去做不人道實驗,變成恐佈分子(原職科學家)的工具,就很有默契地自發去救人。男主角要上太空處理掉下來的麻煩東西,就叫兩個女主角一個送他上去一個接他下來,清爽地完成任務完場。

比起現在那場兩個大國公開爭論一隻蹂躝經濟秩序癱瘓醫療效率、在全球橫掃的新病毒該叫什麼名稱的口水戰,然後看看丹麥這個「小國」在那邊很高速地處一大堆問題,其鄰居德國則努力地不斷檢測給全世界做出「真正的數據」。

啊,你明不明白哪邊比較沒那麼眼冤?

p.s. 又是中文版和英文版根本是兩篇不同的文……其實這大概已經是雙重人格的範疇了吧?不過這也如實反映了我看過的不同語系的影評有很大的質差,導致同一個人同一時期換個語文寫,成品根本不同路向。

題目 : 動畫心得 - 部落格分类 : 漫畫卡通

tag : 魔法高中劣等生

[anime review] F/GO ADF Babylonia 1-17

It was not interesting at all for the first half of the show, and I actually dropped it twice, but the plot grows more and more intense and finally it is now reaching the climax in the coming episode (18).

There are quite some unforgettable psychological plot twists, although the likes of me who had been writing stories for years could easily guess what will be next for the obvious hints given.

CGs were used in a lot of the fighting scenes and the asthetics is often well taken care of which is a point of merit for this series.

CloverWorks is the wonderful production unit behind Franxx, and it stemmed from A-1, which had produced asthetically amazingly pleasing 3-D motions since VividRed Operation 7 years ago.

The protagonist is an amazingly positive and perceptive guy which would have succeeded in a lot of scenarios and I can fully understand why the game had been inspiring to so many people that it was made into an anime.

This guy is not very powerful himself but he can make powerful allies out of "big bad guys" would have scared most people away. He could see through the reasons why bad people are bad and take them back to his side.

I could very well see why a lot of people from around the world have come to appreciate such "fantasy" stories and treasure them at their hearts. It has done what perhaps the Bible had intended to inspire without going through all those formalities and brainwashing. You can't just tell people to repent upon their sins and think this would actually work. You have to walk with them and let them admit the light the lies underneath the darkness of the heart.

《絕對魔獸戰線》一開始真的很悶,我掉番了兩次,但後來看到評價就回心轉意忍下去了。去到最近幾集果然就精彩了,而且令我深深體會日本人如何精於把別人的「發想」改造並融入自己的一套,而且做得效果更出色、成品形式更精緻。

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[anime review]In/Spectre 2-5 review

Kyo has managed to strike my pleasure lines again.

This is exactly one of those settings I would have liked to play with if I am a fiction writer who writes for money. If, according to Japanese mythology, people's desire give arise to spiritual existence, then there is nothing more powerful than things like wikia, which people have faith in and unifies a huge population's image on a single topic.

Yup, that is logical deduction so everyone with a certain level of intelligence will have the same conclusion. But everyone will make a different story out of this idea.

It is fun to see how Kyo decided to sprinkle this kind of anti-fantasy plot with love scrambles that poke fun of the 'usual' light novel settings.

Oh yeah the innocent audience fell right into it, criticizing "how come the two did it like that" with replies from others that "it is common in other light novels actually".

Nope Kyo did it purposefully so you all know how wrong this kind of relationship actually is.

Guys who grew up with those kinds of unrealistic light novels tend to get a totally wrong idea on how to start a fruitful relationship with a normal girl.

Kyo is very wise in pointing out that intelligent girls often choose 'monsters' to be their partners because they are not scare of the 'gross' or 'unusual' stuffs that happen on their partner. However scientifically speaking there will be like only 1-2% girls who are like that so guys please try to hide your gross and unusual traits when courting or just go for the intelligent ones and be prepared to be "used".

This is exactly why I like Kyo. He is a kind author who can spin cruel plots into educational and enlightening (even funny at points) ones. He deserves credits for his hard work and his fame is well earned.

If you ask me to describe his style, I would undoubtedly say that he has the "Danish style" that I love dearly.

題目 : 動畫心得 - 部落格分类 : 漫畫卡通

tag : 城平京 虛構推理

[anime review]Babylon 7-12(End)

Wow this must be a very confusing show to most of the audience. There were just too many ideological and philosophical questions stuffed into one episode (episode 11) that anyone who hasn't been trained in philosophy would have lost the logic behind the quick explosive flow towards the end of the show.

Twin Engine is really brave in taking up such a challenging plot. Ai Magase, the female mastermind responsible for the explosive developments, is undeniably an artificial creation by the author to fast-forward the plot line.

It is very common for people to use the excuse "in search of the better" or something along the line to give a reason to life. However, there are two main problems behind this which undermine the justification of striving to live fully (or whatever this is called).

1. So, when will be good enough? If you set the goal too far away, then this will no longer be a valid "rule" from an individual's practical point of view.

2. So what comes after "being good enough"? Can we just die?

The only logical answer after this search is mentioned in the anime: "our sense of goodness is a concept of being able to continue". So it is quite obvious that when it comes to "should we approve of suicide", the whole logic breaks down.

This is because human beings are innately fragile, and the well being of one is more. It is really hard to keep a society in good shape with too much unhappy people, but since we all understand that dying is not what we want, as a responsible leader, you can only promise "I die with you if I have to approve of your death".

The truth dawns on the thinker Wood that as a leader you will need to let go of some of the people and he was stupid enough to go kill himself upon this truth since he is "just stupid".

Zen took the responsibility of sending him off since it would really be a bad example for a lot of the civilians around the world if he just let Alex did what logic demands him to do. To protect his family he had no choice but to end his own life too, instead of shooting Ai down.

Evil exists in places where people are not able to fight and win against evil thoughts. People are never puppets who do whatever they are told to. This is why human beings are endowed with a will to win through evolution.

This fiction adopts an inspiring way to present philosophical ideas. It is sad that the anime has not done a nice job in carrying the audience through the intellectually challenging lines. Those who have been taught or have learnt the lesson elsewhere would have no difficulty in seeing through what the story has tried to pull off, however.

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tag : Babylon 科幻 心理歷史學

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人類有很多不同的屬性,有一兩種偏離正常(就當是十分之一吧)是很平常的。假設人有5種互相沒有關係的屬性,五個數值都是「正常」的機會只有一半左右。
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2009年5月29日至今出入境總數:
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