dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
I have started a manga which is raising all my feminist hackles. Doesn’t happen very often,* but there it is.

What is it?

Doubt. Doubt is about a very nerdy, plain girl called Ai, who after one humiliation too many, decides to transform herself. She applies to a different high school and meanwhile through strenuous diet and cosmetics and fashion make-over, becomes super hot. In her new school, she sets her eyes on the most popular guy there, Sho.

Now, in itself, while not a super-exciting concept for a manga, it doesn’t come across as super-offensive, yet, here I am ranting about it. Why?

Because it’s an equivalent of a Bratz movie. It is all about the outside, appearances, blending in.

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dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
I have started a manga which is raising all my feminist hackles. Doesn’t happen very often,* but there it is.

What is it?

Doubt. Doubt is about a very nerdy, plain girl called Ai, who after one humiliation too many, decides to transform herself. She applies to a different high school and meanwhile through strenuous diet and cosmetics and fashion make-over, becomes super hot. In her new school, she sets her eyes on the most popular guy there, Sho.

Now, in itself, while not a super-exciting concept for a manga, it doesn’t come across as super-offensive, yet, here I am ranting about it. Why?

Because it’s an equivalent of a Bratz movie. It is all about the outside, appearances, blending in.

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dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)
I have started a manga which is raising all my feminist hackles. Doesn’t happen very often,* but there it is.

What is it?

Doubt. Doubt is about a very nerdy, plain girl called Ai, who after one humiliation too many, decides to transform herself. She applies to a different high school and meanwhile through strenuous diet and cosmetics and fashion make-over, becomes super hot. In her new school, she sets her eyes on the most popular guy there, Sho.

Now, in itself, while not a super-exciting concept for a manga, it doesn’t come across as super-offensive, yet, here I am ranting about it. Why?

Because it’s an equivalent of a Bratz movie. It is all about the outside, appearances, blending in.

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I went trolling to see people's take on Haou Airen, and while greatly disturbed at the 'this is such an awesome story' and 'omg he got a tattoo branded on his back so romantic' comments (people, he is a RAPIST, ok?), I am dancing with glee as apparently HE DIES AT THE END!!!!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssss!

I don't care if he is her true love or what, just the mere fact that he dies so she can hopefully find a really good shrink and get deprogrammed and be normal is AWESOME.

I hope he dies very very VERY painfully. I might dl just the last volume to enjoy for myself.

ETA: Oh, now I won't have to dl. He gets shot by the guy with whom the heroine stayed with when she ran away (who was actually sweet and awesome. Did I mention that our Prince Charming made the poor guy watch him rape the heroine? No? Well, consider it mentioned). It's a pity he only got shot and not eviscerated.

Awww, widdle little rapist was on his way to church to marry his victim. Am I supposed to be sad about it. AS IF.

YESSSS.

But you know what's really disturbing? All the fanbrats going 'awwww, this is so sad' and 'I want a happy ending' (it IS a happy ending, nitwits) and 'he is too hot to die.' *bashes head*

P.S. Why do the other characters are all 'if she only knew the truth about why he killed what-s-her-name, they could get back to puppies and flowers.' I think the fact that he repeatedly raped her is a bigger obstacle in any relationship!!!

BUT HE DIES HE DIES HE DIES!!!!

yesssssss.

Probably not the reaction the sick-in-the-head mangaka was going for.
dangermousie: (Default)
I went trolling to see people's take on Haou Airen, and while greatly disturbed at the 'this is such an awesome story' and 'omg he got a tattoo branded on his back so romantic' comments (people, he is a RAPIST, ok?), I am dancing with glee as apparently HE DIES AT THE END!!!!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssss!

I don't care if he is her true love or what, just the mere fact that he dies so she can hopefully find a really good shrink and get deprogrammed and be normal is AWESOME.

I hope he dies very very VERY painfully. I might dl just the last volume to enjoy for myself.

ETA: Oh, now I won't have to dl. He gets shot by the guy with whom the heroine stayed with when she ran away (who was actually sweet and awesome. Did I mention that our Prince Charming made the poor guy watch him rape the heroine? No? Well, consider it mentioned). It's a pity he only got shot and not eviscerated.

Awww, widdle little rapist was on his way to church to marry his victim. Am I supposed to be sad about it. AS IF.

YESSSS.

But you know what's really disturbing? All the fanbrats going 'awwww, this is so sad' and 'I want a happy ending' (it IS a happy ending, nitwits) and 'he is too hot to die.' *bashes head*

P.S. Why do the other characters are all 'if she only knew the truth about why he killed what-s-her-name, they could get back to puppies and flowers.' I think the fact that he repeatedly raped her is a bigger obstacle in any relationship!!!

BUT HE DIES HE DIES HE DIES!!!!

yesssssss.

Probably not the reaction the sick-in-the-head mangaka was going for.
dangermousie: (Default)
I went trolling to see people's take on Haou Airen, and while greatly disturbed at the 'this is such an awesome story' and 'omg he got a tattoo branded on his back so romantic' comments (people, he is a RAPIST, ok?), I am dancing with glee as apparently HE DIES AT THE END!!!!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssss!

I don't care if he is her true love or what, just the mere fact that he dies so she can hopefully find a really good shrink and get deprogrammed and be normal is AWESOME.

I hope he dies very very VERY painfully. I might dl just the last volume to enjoy for myself.

ETA: Oh, now I won't have to dl. He gets shot by the guy with whom the heroine stayed with when she ran away (who was actually sweet and awesome. Did I mention that our Prince Charming made the poor guy watch him rape the heroine? No? Well, consider it mentioned). It's a pity he only got shot and not eviscerated.

Awww, widdle little rapist was on his way to church to marry his victim. Am I supposed to be sad about it. AS IF.

YESSSS.

But you know what's really disturbing? All the fanbrats going 'awwww, this is so sad' and 'I want a happy ending' (it IS a happy ending, nitwits) and 'he is too hot to die.' *bashes head*

P.S. Why do the other characters are all 'if she only knew the truth about why he killed what-s-her-name, they could get back to puppies and flowers.' I think the fact that he repeatedly raped her is a bigger obstacle in any relationship!!!

BUT HE DIES HE DIES HE DIES!!!!

yesssssss.

Probably not the reaction the sick-in-the-head mangaka was going for.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have finally found a manga that just makes me sick:

Haou Airen.

UGH.

After reading Sensual Phrase I was curious what else the mangaka of that one had done. Browsing around, I came across Haou Airen. I have read some of it and now I want to throw up.

OK, this is totally my fault. I read that Sensual Phrase is by far the tamest and most mainstream thing the mangaka had done. I had read that Haou Airen has some really wrong stuf in it (as in forced sex). "Ehhh" thought I. I enjoyed SP. And as to sex through reluctance, I guess it depends on the situation in manga and the gradation of that or roleplaying or whatever. I could maybe deal with it.

I AM SICK NOW.

OK.

Seriously. UMMM. The premise of 'hero repeatedly likes heroine until she likes it?'

I AM SICK.

OK, fine, I have no problem with buying that the hero would do it. He is a gang leader in Hong Kong, and I don't think they are nice people. But for me to accept him as a romantic lead??????? For me to be supposed to root for the couple??????? I am sorry the whole 'OMG, she now hates me because I killed someone in front of her eyes, so I'll keep her by me by repeatedly raping her and training her to like it, as opposed to you know, talking to her, and explainin that I saved her life by that murder' is really NOT WORKING. Except for wanting me to stab you in the face, rapist. For that, it's working perfectly.

JESUS.

THE HELL????

The mangaka is a woman, too. I know men and women have rape fantasies and as long as they don't act out on them, I don't care. But looking at it makes me SICK.

I want that hero DEAD so badly.

The drawing style is gorgeous but it's just so incredibly emotionally ugly it makes me want to poke my eyes out.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have finally found a manga that just makes me sick:

Haou Airen.

UGH.

After reading Sensual Phrase I was curious what else the mangaka of that one had done. Browsing around, I came across Haou Airen. I have read some of it and now I want to throw up.

OK, this is totally my fault. I read that Sensual Phrase is by far the tamest and most mainstream thing the mangaka had done. I had read that Haou Airen has some really wrong stuf in it (as in forced sex). "Ehhh" thought I. I enjoyed SP. And as to sex through reluctance, I guess it depends on the situation in manga and the gradation of that or roleplaying or whatever. I could maybe deal with it.

I AM SICK NOW.

OK.

Seriously. UMMM. The premise of 'hero repeatedly likes heroine until she likes it?'

I AM SICK.

OK, fine, I have no problem with buying that the hero would do it. He is a gang leader in Hong Kong, and I don't think they are nice people. But for me to accept him as a romantic lead??????? For me to be supposed to root for the couple??????? I am sorry the whole 'OMG, she now hates me because I killed someone in front of her eyes, so I'll keep her by me by repeatedly raping her and training her to like it, as opposed to you know, talking to her, and explainin that I saved her life by that murder' is really NOT WORKING. Except for wanting me to stab you in the face, rapist. For that, it's working perfectly.

JESUS.

THE HELL????

The mangaka is a woman, too. I know men and women have rape fantasies and as long as they don't act out on them, I don't care. But looking at it makes me SICK.

I want that hero DEAD so badly.

The drawing style is gorgeous but it's just so incredibly emotionally ugly it makes me want to poke my eyes out.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have finally found a manga that just makes me sick:

Haou Airen.

UGH.

After reading Sensual Phrase I was curious what else the mangaka of that one had done. Browsing around, I came across Haou Airen. I have read some of it and now I want to throw up.

OK, this is totally my fault. I read that Sensual Phrase is by far the tamest and most mainstream thing the mangaka had done. I had read that Haou Airen has some really wrong stuf in it (as in forced sex). "Ehhh" thought I. I enjoyed SP. And as to sex through reluctance, I guess it depends on the situation in manga and the gradation of that or roleplaying or whatever. I could maybe deal with it.

I AM SICK NOW.

OK.

Seriously. UMMM. The premise of 'hero repeatedly likes heroine until she likes it?'

I AM SICK.

OK, fine, I have no problem with buying that the hero would do it. He is a gang leader in Hong Kong, and I don't think they are nice people. But for me to accept him as a romantic lead??????? For me to be supposed to root for the couple??????? I am sorry the whole 'OMG, she now hates me because I killed someone in front of her eyes, so I'll keep her by me by repeatedly raping her and training her to like it, as opposed to you know, talking to her, and explainin that I saved her life by that murder' is really NOT WORKING. Except for wanting me to stab you in the face, rapist. For that, it's working perfectly.

JESUS.

THE HELL????

The mangaka is a woman, too. I know men and women have rape fantasies and as long as they don't act out on them, I don't care. But looking at it makes me SICK.

I want that hero DEAD so badly.

The drawing style is gorgeous but it's just so incredibly emotionally ugly it makes me want to poke my eyes out.

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