December 4, 2008

Awards 2008: Love/Hate

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Love/Hate Award: Code Geass R2.

The general impression of Code Geass R2 seems to be a negative one. It definitely has its shortcomings, to be sure: unnecessary and uninteresting story arcs, excessive nonsensical spontaneity, and so forth. Yet, it manages to accomplish what every work of art seeks to do - create some sort of intense intellectual/emotional reaction or change in the viewer. Whether they loved or hated the show, pretty much everyone had a strong feeling about it one way or the other.

That, I believe, is the mark of a successful work. Most people continued watching R2 even after the absurd SAYAKOPTER AND ORENJI-KUN shenanigans began. Had R2 simply been “meh, boring,” this likely would not have been the case. If nothing else, this means a success from Sunrise’s perspective: people continuing to watch the show for any reason means people continue to see the advertisements. In any case, I’ll absolutely take bouts of FABULOUS, QUALITY, and Sunrise-isms over, say, sleep-inducing glad girls in gondolas.

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  1. Yet, it manages to accomplish what every work of art seeks to do - create some sort of intense intellectual/emotional reaction or change in the viewer.

    If by “intellectual” you meant “idiotic” or “retarded” then yes, I have to agree, since memetic faggotry seemed to flood posts everywhere for the most part.

    Fabulous picture. I approve of the LOYALTY OTP.

    Comment by Owen S — December 4, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

  2. If by “intellectual” you meant “idiotic” or “retarded” then yes, I have to agree, since memetic faggotry seemed to flood posts everywhere for the most part.

    NO, IT WAS A TRAINWRECK

    Comment by Moogy — December 4, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  3. Moogy: This archived /a/ thread is amazing.

    Comment by Owen S — December 4, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  4. @ Owen_S

    LOL. I agree. I think the memetic hate faggotry drives otherwise sane people to extreme lengths to defend it. I remember reading and backing Kaioshin (as a lurker for the most part, I was still very unsure of myself then) going overboard with the apologetics. At some point I felt it was highly improbable to discuss this show intelligently. There’s just so much crap involved. Maybe in another year’s time when the memes have lost their freshness/relevance sober discussion can begin about this show.

    But if we are talking about awards this year, and I rule out giving out any to R2 for the reasons I stated, would I be fair for doing so?

    Comment by ghostlightning — December 5, 2008 @ 10:31 am

  5. ghostlightning: Definitely. It’s just like how literature can never truly be recognised when it’s published–the authors and any surrounding controversy have to be long dead and gone before rational evaluation can really begin.

    Comment by Owen S — December 5, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  6. I will not stand for this :[

    R2 fucking sucked. TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK TRAINWRECK

    And I don’t want to hear you say anything, Owen.

    Comment by IcyStorm — December 5, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  7. I’m just glad it’s over, that’s about it. lol

    Comment by Ryan A — December 5, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

  8. Ummm… you know what I am going to say:

    ARIA FTW.

    Comment by AOforever1 — December 5, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  9. IcyStorm: Anything.

    Comment by Owen S — December 7, 2008 @ 2:09 am

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