Rikka the Pragmatist; Chuunibyou’s Philosophy

Chuunibyou has some bizarre themes; over-imaginative 16 year olds, romance, defense mechanisms, and defense mechanisms. For the most part, the key element of the main casts’ case of Chuunibyou, is regarded blamelessly, almost mockingly, with allusions to the “ethereal horizon” being central to the comic relief. But, as the awkward interjection of a misplaced narrator points out, there is certainly more than meets the eye when it comes to this otherwise innocent affliction. With talk about how we all might have delusions, and how we “cherish” them, you’d be forgiven to find the monologue a little more than odd. And questions start to rise on what exactly would’ve been in Rikka’s best interests, and the merits of having a delusion.

Trust me this is better than the other way around.

Trust me this is better than the other way around.

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Immortality in Sword Art Online

There are many dumb ways to die, but by far the most popular is to call the grim reaper on his hotline for the elderly. Letting time do the trick of diseases, bullets, and cars is usually something most people accept quite readily since the former three are all things that can be prevented of treated. But being born should not be a death sentence, thinks the immortalist, and we should not stand by idly waiting for the pearly gates. “Put him out of a job!” they say of the reaper; through drugs, nano-robotics, and a whole host of other treatments, they hope to finally put death into the unemployment line.

Immortality sounds cool...

Immortality sounds cool…

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Sword Art Online in a Chinese Room, Why Yui is not so Intelligent

In the anime, SAO, Yui, an amnesiac AI construct, is so analogous to a real human girl, that the protagonist mistakes her for being one, and she even forgets initially the fact that she’s a program. With the ability to carry herself in conversation, and traits the very definition of cute, she grows to assume to role of the protagonist’s daughter, and exhibits a personality along with a range of emotions to bolster. You’d be hard pressed to find evidence against Yui’s intelligence inside the anime. In fact, the bonds between the main cast and Yui, is such that it’s almost impossible to think of her as anything less than a fully-functioning human being.

Too cute to be a program.

Too cute to be a program.

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5th Day of Animas Pt. 2 – An (over)Analysis on Cute

Well aren’t you lucky- two debut posts by two debut writers on the same day. As you’ve undoubtedly seen in the earlier post by rylgun, a healthy dose of cuteness goes well with anything, and I mean, anything. Yet, there is something almost magical about “cuteness”; unlike humor or drama where we’re fully aware of the reasons why we are inclined to laugh or cry, the reasons for the “aww” response garnered by cute animals, anime, and a combination of the two, are much harder to pinpoint.

Yui is cute. But why?

Yui is cute. But why?

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