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.



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 …


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.


Episodes 31-2 of Eureka Seven – Humanity, Duty and Obedience


Note: This article is also available at Ideas Without End HERE

Episode 31 of Eureka Seven marked the moment of first contact and with it the beginning of the alien-centric plotline that appears to define the remainder of the series. The true nature of the human antagonists is shown as Dewey orders a preliminary attack on the Coralians knowing it will fail, in order to make his armies look better when they bail out the beleaguered defenders of the town that is targeted. What these revelations serve to do is undermine what has so far been assumed to be the case, and change Eureka’s position within the story. As the apparent emissary of the Coralians, she has remained distant from humanity’s main interaction with them; her relationship with Renton and Holland has emphasised, in its own way, the importance of family and love. Meanwhile, the apparent diametric opposite of the protagonists (in the form of the Federation, Dewey and Anemone) makes its first move against the Coralians with force.


The Alien in Eureka Seven


Note: This article is also available at Ideas Without End HERE

With the second half of episode 31 of Eureka Seven, the real nature of the series’ apparent antagonist is shown. Dewey – who has previously only been seen as a perversely parental equivalent to Holland – and Koda are speaking about the nature of the world and it is framed in similar language to that of William Baxter. The implication is that the planet on which the story is set was colonised by some space-fleet and populated in accordance to a grand plan, but now an indiginous entity – represented by the Coralians as Egan has alluded to in the first half – is fighting back. The identity of the Ageha unit is revealed as well – child soldiers similar to Anemone but apparently without the addiction to drugs and insecurities that she shows. They are consummate soldiers, obedient and amoral.