The Economic Liability of the Middle Class in One Punch Man

One thing that comes immediately to mind when you think of One Punch Man is economic pressure and governmental oversight. I risk boring the reader even sharing my thoughts on the topic, given how obvious it is, but hopefully there’s still a little room to deal with how Saitama’s adventures illustrate a growing problem in first-world economic liability.

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Super Fanicom Super Fanzine issue 1! Joy!

Super Fanicom has a fanzine now! Holy crap!

I was trying to think of a hot summer jam to get this party started, but realized there’s nothing better for the occasion than the Gatchaman CROWDS OP:

Now let that run while you party with us. Imagine balloons or swimming pools filled with champaigne and lonely people — whatever gets your party brain to throbbing.

Here’s the whole story. Back in 2013 Cuchlann had the opportunity to work on old, early 20th century fanzines (sf/f stuff). It was fascinating because they’re basically exactly the same as what we’re doing here online. Between blog posts and comment threads, all the content was there, duplicated in letters pages and articles and editorials. Pontifus, meanwhile, was considering ways to write online without, you know, writing online — that is, without the baggage that blog posts have. These two threads of thought came together delightfully. Gatchaman CROWDS was a natural subject for the first issue of the fanzine, since it’s about digital distribution methods anyway, and both your heroic editors felt it would make for really good essays, bigger than a blog post, shorter than a book. And it did!

The title is, of course, the Super Fanicom Super Fanzine. What else would we call it?

Our first contributors are:

Raymond Webster / R042, writes “‘Checks and Balances’ — Gatchaman CROWDS, Privatisation and Solutionism”

Emily Rand / AJtheFourth, who at publication (of this post) has as her most recent piece more about Gatchaman. We knew she was a great choice! She writes on “Who Put the Gatchaman in Gatchaman CROWDS?” 

Greg Conley / Cuchlann writes “Cyberpunk Crowds — a Contextual History.”

Here are versions of the zine in several file formats:

Kindle-friendly .mobi

Nook-friendly .epub

A pdf for the rest of us.

We hope you enjoy it!

Free: Glorious People’s Summer

I’m not sure if you’re watching Free: Endless Summer, the latest barrage in the endless fight against the malevolent bourgeoisie, but you absolutely need to be if you aren’t. It would be irresponsible of you to be watching anything else … anything suspiciously capitalist … anything about the privatization of music and entertainment perhaps …

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On One’s Perception of Change — in Weebs

So this piece is a little different than my norm, and therefore I worry that it’s painfully self-indulgent and masturbatory. That being said, if nothing else it could act as a kind of primary source document for some of the things contained in it? That’s a question mark because I have no idea. Anyway, my point is, I want to talk about what I’ve noticed about the anime fan zeitgeist in my time within it.

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Hyouka’s hidden revolutionary ethics

Have you ever wondered why Hyouka’s plot is in distinct pieces, often not even connecting one to another? Have you wondered about the significance of Ibara (who, on the surface, is entirely pointless?), or why Chitanda is rich? The story could function without Chitanda’s family money, after all. Hyouka’s mystery, its hidden sign and significance, are obvious when you begin to actually pay attention.

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New games, old stories: the mythic element in video game series

Well, today is Memorial Day in America. If you’re not from America, what that means is A: it’s the ritual opening of the summer season, as compared to the astronomical/meteorological beginning next month. B: people are cooking out everywhere. C: it’s the holiday for recalling the actions and sacrifices of soldiers – it was originally the day of celebration for the treaty that ended one of the World Wars, I think the first one. Many families use it as their family reunion date, and do more or less military-themed stuff as they prefer. Why does this matter? Well, other than my assumption that many of you will actually see this tomorrow (Tuesday), I also thought it would be the best opportunity/excuse I had to finally write about something I’ve been thinking of – game series and their critics. That’s vague. Let’s say, games like Mario and Zelda and their critics. That’s, uh, a little better.

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