Monday, September 19, 2011

We've Moved!

One Pixel Jump, and the OPJ Podcast, can now be found at New posts will no longer be appearing here. I'm not going to delete the blog so that it doesn't get picked up by spammers, but please visit the new site for new posts.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blog Recovery

Well, well, I think there might be a lack of posts that I've made over the past year or so. I've been talking to Blogger support, but they haven't given me anything substantial to work with as to why all the posts are gone now. For the time being, here are all the podcasts. If you're following through iTunes, you'll have to compensate because I'm not making a ton of posts.

The Disney Draft
Invisible Dinosaur Forest
Aluminum Isn't Green, El Fuerte!
It's Also a Really Awesome Metaphor For Lesbian Sex
The M.Bison are Coming! Man the Sonic Boom Guns!
Boomer Flakes! They're Horrible!
Jack, So Crazy with Your Murder and Erections
There Aren't Boobs On This
Yeah, They're Real Pervy
That Alarm Ain't Gonna Talk Shit to Me
We Need to Stop Talking About Penises!
Ethnicity Land
The Boredom Algorithm
Delicious Ice Cream Cannibalism
Look, It's Dildo Man!
An Insult to Castlevania 64
The Only Thing That Spices This Relationship Up Is the Insest
Rape Rape Rape
There's Nowhere to Get a Big Gulp in the Post Apocalypse
I'll Become a Several Story Tall Robot that Punches People
The Sword That Cleaves Ev- TROMBE!
Look! Pikachu is Evolving into... a Horrible Mass of Tumors...
By Our Powers Combined, We Can Eat Dinner!
Sir, I Don't Remember Us Ever Building a Submarine with a Smiley Face on It
Time Vasectomy
Does It Get All Naked First
Post-Traumatic Dong Disorder
Kicking a Robot in Half
I'm Pregnant... With PAIN!
Cotton Sexism
Bunny Has Your Vagina
My College Scholarship Won't Work if I'm Dead
Oh No! I Accidentally Crushed the Donut Factory!
He Was a Rainbow Dinosaur... Butterfly
I Just Decided to Become a Psychic
This is the Second Coming of Hats!
Who Else Wants to Teach Me How to Read?!
And the Worst Part is the Smell!
Oh No! We've Awakened the GAMMO!
Love Octohedron Between Cousins and a Panda
Giant Tiger God Maternity Ward
And That Robot Based on Dung Beetles
I Love You (stab)

And that's all the podcasts except the little one person ones I did as filler. I'll work on getting the text articles I did from time to time next. I just wanted to get the podcasts up as soon as possible. So that's part of the recovery, HOWEVER.

This has happened. I don't know how, I don't know if the posts were deleted because we violated the TOS unknowingly, I haven't gotten a notification about that, or if we were hacked since this account is linked to one of my Gmail ones. I now have all the podcasts in a backed up file, and I'll get the text ones next. I'm thinking about moving the blog to another site to prevent this from happening again. I'll get back to you with that and some new podcasts as soon as I've confirmed with DoubleGomez.

Test post


Friday, August 19, 2011

Time for questions!

As of ten minutes before this post was made I decided to add a little gadget down at the bottom of the blog. That's right, now you can ask me any question you feel like. Since OPJM leads the blog I will be the one answering all questions, so just keep that in mind. So put on your masks, grab a suit, and start wearing hats because it's Question time.
"I've got a question. Are you ready?"

Monday, July 4, 2011

Intermission: Hell Girl

So we're still having technical difficulties. It's looking like we won't be able to podcast until this coming weekend. Due to the delay, we'll be doing another double header podcast session, and this time, I'll make two separate posts so iTunes doesn't weird it up.

In the meantime, let's talk about depth. It's no secret that I don't think anime is as smart as it and fandom tends to think it is. I think it works better when anime works with its craziness that turns things awesome. The best way to describe it is that I really like G Gundam but think that all the other Gundam series, save one exception, are boring and muddled in poor writing. From time to time, though, there are shows that actually manage to pull off deeper ideas without me looking at the screen and laughing at the attempt. Sometimes this is on purpose, usually when Shinichiro Watanabe is involved, and sometimes it's on accident, like with Hell Girl.

I mentioned on the last podcast that when trying to find a terrible show to watch, we watched an episode of Hell Girl, and it was a surprisingly positive experience. For those unaware, the premise of the show is that people have problems, and if you have enough hatred and desire for revenge, there's a website where you can enter someone's name and magic people will show up and take the person to Hell for revenge. In exchange, you will also be taken to Hell once you die and have a mark on your body to serve as a reminder. It's an interesting concept, and works rather well when the show is focusing on the people who are driven to the depths of despair so much so that they're willing to give up their eternal soul just to escape. The beginning of the show does go out of its way to make the villains so overly evil that it's easy to want them to suffer, but it works because it slowly pulls back and starts having less clear morality. You begin to think about how maybe sending people into the pit, no matter how evil you may perceive them to be, may not be as clear cut as it seems.

The reason this intelligence is accidental is because the writers made the mistake of giving the supernatural Ai Enma, the titular Hell Girl, the story focus and a backstory. This takes it away from the more interesting victims and users of the Hell Correspondence so we can have magic laser beam fights and ghosts. They try to tie the "revenge is wrong" theme to her personal revenge story, but I think the show works better when the Hell Correspondence has no humanity to and is more of an evil influence. In a story arc that is introduced way too soon for its own good, a reporter starts tracking the revenge deals through his magic daughter and trying to stop people from damning each other. When he interfaces with the users to show them that revenge will leave them feeling ultimately empty, the show does a good job of contrasting his ideals with their desperation. When the two are caught in a sanitarium with the vengeful spirit of a little girl's doll that tries to kill them with her power over plants only for Ai and her entourage to save them for... reasons. It only very tangentially fits in with the theme of revenge and doesn't make sense since the Hell Correspondence saves a person they actually want to get rid of for interfering in their business. It's like the writers needed a break, so they just decided to have a magic ghost fight. Then they did it again with some psychic weirdo.

I think the real problem with this show is that it doesn't have enough good ideas. This show would work better if it's a bit more compact, maybe thirteen episodes rather than twenty-six. The reporter trying to stop people story comes in very soon, so he ends up not accomplishing anything for a while before any significant developments happen. It's too bad because it's a good idea that's just not executed as well as it deserves. Giving Ai Enma a backstory where she's a transformed human soul of vengeance extends the show with a bad idea. It gives her humanity, and the story works better when she's just an inhuman device through which character psychology is analyzed, sort of like Silent Hill. They even screw this up with the art. Ai is described as being beautiful despite her appearance being very creepy due to her lack of emotion and giant eyes as though she lost her real eyes upon death, so someone gave her some decorated baseballs as replacements.

Largely, Hell Girl is a positive experience. The conflicts of the show do a good job pulling you in and presenting the moral quandry without completely bashing your head in with it. It's just too bad that it has less to work with that it thinks it does. It's like the Dynasty Warriors of anime. It's cool and a bit fun at first, but after a while, you just want to get it over with.