Whose Vision of Beauty

… should we accept?

I get a lot of enjoyment from absorbing Japanese entertainment media: manga, animation, light novels. To the extent that I wish I knew how to read Japanese because then I could access even more works directly rather than requiring a translated form.

There’s not much of beauty left in the devastated ruins of the Obamanation. Great sadness and suffering, but no beautiful byproduct.

Code Geass and its R2 sequel is a masterpiece of Sunrise, an animation studio. It’s due to the simple correlation that in Code Geass, the entire world is corrupt, in one form or another, and here you have the main character being given a divine power to change things. Similar to Obama, who thinks he was given divine power to transform and beat America into the shape he preferred.

The Geass is an absolute override in a human’s free will, allowing the user to command anything of the human and they would then act willingly as if that command was their own decision. As you go along the series, you see the effects, positive and negative, comedic and tragic, of the results of that particular Geass being used in a bid for personal crusade and world justice.

It isn’t until the end, you see, that you figure out whether the main character is a real megalomaniac or a leader protecting his people. Of course, with Obama, I knew he was a megalomaniac from Day 1 of his election. But that takes all the fun out of things. Not to mention the fact that he is in power in my country.

Clannad, a visual novel by Key, tells the story of 5 young women and their relationship to the main character. Like many Japanese original works, there’s an intense focus on school life (a sort of glamorization of Japanese social rituals combined with how Americans view college life) and the concept of “kawaii”. Sort of like how people feel when they see a koala bear or how kittens look and feel. Kawaii. It’s a lethal weapon in high enough doses, believe you me.

Clannad, like many Japanese visual novels, is intensely interactive in the sense that it immerses you in the role. You usually see events from the viewpoint of the main character and thus you sympathize with the main character’s thoughts. You may not wish to do things the same way he ends up doing things, but the emotions you feel are very closely synced with his. At least, the best moments are when synchronization is achieved. There are a lot of fun stories, great humor moments with a boke buddy, as well as what you almost never see from Leftist Hollywood propaganda: actual artistic originality.

Shakespeare wrote comedies and tragedies. Clannad is a combination of many various themes, acted out through the interactive user interface. Hollywood now a days can’t come up with original material. If you haven’t notice, often their best works, if you can call it that, are purely derivative: copies of others. They can’t come up with original stories because their hearts are empty. They replaced their personal hopes and dreams with the dead platform of the Democrat party. It doesn’t really make for great loves, great hatreds, or great happiness.

Often we are bombarded with emotionally abusive language and entertainment because the Left in this nation has obtained a monopoly on such entertainment mediums. We are only just starting to break out. In Japan, however, much of their entertainment original source came from individuals and not Leftist infiltrated institutions. That meant for Japanese works, there was still the availability of unique individual perspectives. In America, Hollywood has had a stranglehold on individual talent. If you don’t toe the line, you get blacklisted. How’s that for motivation to be original and innovative? But what this ends up doing for people in the US is that we never get much emotionally intensive works of drama that we can relate to, in a modern sense. But when I looked at Japanese entertainment, much of the values Americans would say is American, you can find them shining brightly in the Japanese sky.

To explain this phenomenon a bit, you should know that a lot of Japanese light novels (basically dialogues like old Greek/Roman philosophical dialogues) and manga are written and produced by entirely one person. This makes the industry a sort of freehold, where your individual talent decides how well you do, not how much money you have or what big names you have backing you. Instead of trading on favors and names, you trade on your ability to draw in the Japanese audience of something something million people, young and old. Now, when large organizations get in things, the same thing happens in Japan that happens here. They screw things up, usually. The original author’s vision becomes muddied and compromised, replaced with this corporate idea of what works. In the US, much of our stuff has been replaced by what a Leftist Utopian thinks is beautiful and good.

Obviously that’s not really going to agree with many of us. What the Left finds beautiful and sublime, we do not. What we find beautiful and sublime, they find ugly and worthless. What we find brave and courageous, they call cowardly and idiotic. What they think is brave and courageous, we call psychopathic, sociopathic, and narcissistic.

In Clannad for example, the idea of family is paramount. Many of the story arcs had me in tears from a combination of sadness, pride, hope, and joy. It’s an aspect of mine that I feel particularly strong emotions from seeing noble sacrifices, such as Leyte Gulf. In part, it is due to empathy. Once you place yourself in their shoes, you can see how hard they tried to make it work. You feel how sad it would be if they failed. You hope that they won’t fail. Yet in the end, you are alive now, a beneficiary of their actions, but they are long gone.

Girls cry at sad and joyful romances. Others cry over whatever it is they feel strongly connected to. Nobility and sacrifice, tragedy and hope, are what I find of supreme importance. In entertainment as it is true of real life. True nobility, true liberty, true liberals, true security, those things are not common place in human affairs. That is why we should value them when we see em.

And it is why our common enemies, whether they wear the face of an Obama or some other incarnation years from now, will fight to destroy the only things that can uplift human existence beyond the utter soul rotting death and destruction that humans normally squat in.

Such a thing is truly unforgivable.

P.S. What is sublime and what is beautiful has slightly different meanings. The sublime necessarily combines great pain with the good, thus also incorporating beauty. The beautiful does not necessarily require pain, though it does require exemplifiers of what is good and wholesome in human affairs.

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