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Silver and Gold Cracks

weeb

That’s the anonymous review I got today.

For those who don’t know, weeb is short for weeabo. As for what a weebo is, according to the current top definition at Urban Dictionary, it is…

A non japanese person who basically denounces their own culture and calls themselves japanese. They try to learn japanese through the anime they watch and usually end up pronouncing it wrong and looking like a complete idiot.

Have I ever said I’ve ever denounced my culture for the Japanese culture. Problem is, I’ve never announced my personal culture and ethnicity online ever. So, I can’t have denounced my own culture when I’ve never explicitly said I am of any given culture, yet they don’t know if I am or am not of the Japanese culture.

Well, I am American, but that doesn’t mean I’m not of Japanese decent. There is a very rich history of Japanese immigrants in this country, though some of the history is not so good. Many of those of Japanese decent were removed from their homes during WWII whether they were legal citizens or not.

However, there is also this note on the definition.

KEEP IN MIND: that a non-japanese person can like the culture, watch anime, speak the language and RESPECT THE CULTURE, while still keeping in touch with there own. Which keeps them from being a Weeaboo, japanophile, ect.

If I’m not of Japanese decent, I can still enjoy their own culture. Actually, I’ve found learning about other cultures helps a person to become better in touch with their own culture. I’ve not just delved into the Japanese culture, but I’ve learned things about Native American cultures, various European cultures, and Asian cultures.

What bothers me about this one though is, I actually did careful research for the contest piece I wrote. I spent time researching the art technique I was supposed to include, but also the elements the contest wished for me to include. At least one of the characters is also of Japanese decent, if not both for this fanfic. If it is the character’s culture, how can I not delve into it? If it is a required part for the contest, how can I not include it?

If you’re going to call someone a weeb, actually back it up.

This said, I may have misspelled some Japanese words. My doing so is not a sign of disrespect. I’m dyslexic, so even though I do try to get the words spelled right, I may make mistakes. That’s not a reason to call me a weeb though.

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Awaited

You do know the ninja call their planet Earth, right?

So, I’m writing a story where the Voltron: Legendary Defender characters landed on the world of Naruto. I’m thinking the writer was trying to correct me on what they perceive as a mistake.

First, let’s start off with the fact there is a reason we call our planet Earth. At least, that’s what we call the planet in the English language. Other languages use some form of Terra for the name. In Japan, the word is Chikyu. All of these words mean earth, or land. Planets often have their name derived from the people who live there, or the word in a given language which means Earth.

Second, the characters don’t really call their planet Earth, as they don’t speak English but Japanese instead. Sure, in the English version they speak English and they call the planet Earth, but there again, they’re speaking English and not Japanese. In this world, they supposedly had no contact with the western world, so why would they call their planet Earth? Now, I’m not familiar with the words used in the Japanese version, so if Kishimoto used Earth instead of his own language, it’s something I’d chalk up to another one of the things he didn’t think through.

Third, this is an AU where the characters of Naruto aren’t on Earth. However, their culture derives from Earth culture, and they think the planet they originated on is their home planet. I mentioned taking inspiration from Stargate, where people of Earth were relocated, but thought the planet they were on was actually Earth. However, this isn’t a trope which shows up in just Stargate, where the people and culture are displaced like this.

The main point is, this isn’t a mistake on my part. I actually thought it out quite a bit.

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Daily Prompt: Pungent

via Daily Prompt: Pungent

Today I got into a conversation with some fans of the youtubers Phil and Dan, and found myself amused when they claimed that no fandom has stories which are badly written smut that make ones eyes water, and one feel like throwing up, and yet a fandom which is only two years old can’t possibly compare to a fandom which is nineteen and a half years old in regards to the stuff that comes out. However, I’m not sure I really want to talk about the pungent stuff found in the Harry Potter fandom that involves obvious kink. That’s just…

Here instead is a list of things that make me face palm within the Voltron: Legendary Defender fandom.

First, there are a group of writers who think that Shiro/Allura is canon fact despite the fact the two have never shown signs of liking each other in the first season, and the canon pairing for the original series was Keith/Allura. (I’ve read some good stories for S/A, but they also don’t write the pairing as fact either.)

  • I read one story where the writer jumped to the two being married as the begining of their story, but also where Allura was already pregnant with their first child. Nothing really bad happened except to add a brief bit of angst to the series, and everything was sugar coated.
  • I read another story where the writer forced the two to act as a married couple for diplomatic reasons despite not explaining the customs of the aliens upfront to the reader because the aliens wouldn’t accept help from the paladins unless diplomatic measures were taken. Why the paladins of Voltron needed permission to save the day, and then leave as soon as the task was done, I do not know, except the writer kept explaining “this is the customs of the aliens, and their religion, so the paladins have to respect that”. In reality, they just created an excuse to force two characters together. The two also weren’t in love with each other, but lusting after each other, and acting majorly out of character, something the writer claimed would be explained through flashbacks, but in reality, having looked at the reviews on their later chapters – they just can’t be bothered to keep any of the characters in character.

Second, I’ve come across quite a few stories where writers think AU means do whatever you want, not realizing that while the AU genre covers possible alternate universes, it does not cover impossible ones. For example, it is not possible for an alternative universe where alternate universes do not exist to exist. A lot of these seem to also tie into the Galra theory as well.

  • I read a story where they were in a fantasy setting AU, and suddenly Keith was Galra – as if that were canon fact, when there is no hard evidence in the canon material, and = well, the piece read like original fiction.
  • A story where Shiro was a youtuber with black eye shadow. (Please, the fact his eyes have the dark lines around him does not equate him having eye shadow, so while this may be used with a meme, it should not be used as if it were canon fact!)
  • A high school AU where Lance was suddenly wearing different colored nail polish on his nails because he was “so gay” and that’s how the writer wanted to see him, and not because she could back it up with canon fact.
  • A non-AU where the writer attempted to work out the Galra theory, and – well, made a story where his being Galra would not have at all gone unnoticed.
  • Alpha/Omega, where people are only doing the AU to write an mpreg, not because they really want to explore the concept.

As for some good fics, I can’t remember the tiles or names of the author’s off the top of my head, but I have read a good Shiro/Allura where the others are kids in preschool, and Shiro is having to raise Katie, and then another with Keith/Lance where they’re in college, and getting to know each other. One where Lance gets PTSD, and no romance. And some ones that did well with the Galra theory, and various others.