The rise and fall of Gohan: how did such a great character become so bad?

Note: I don’t hate Gohan, I merely have my opinions. And this is going to be a strongly reworded post (as my original post was way too strong for the net). So haters are not welcome, drama queens stay away and honestly, this is just one of my salty rants on what happened to my favorite character. (Even though it might not seem like it with how angry I come across. (Strong anti-Buu Saga Gohan and onwards, you have been warned.)

Originally written: 4/19/17-edited 4/16/18

This little guy was one of my favorite characters as a kid. I looked up to him, found him to be an inspiration, and loved him so much. But what really happened? How did he get screwed up so badly?

Hoo boy, are we in for a long, long rant on one of my favorite anime and where I think To/ri both won and lost with his characters.

(Again I am not responsible for any butthurt issued by this post. You clicked on this post, therefore you take all responsibility for looking at this.)

This is a topic that has been on my mind for…a while, at least. Ever since I saw Resurrection of F in movie theaters last year, my mind was spinning gears. But one look at that sequel to this series that does not exist was enough to make me think otherwise and spring this controversial analysis out.

So yeah, don’t read if you’re an Adult Gohan fan, because boy, this will not be pleasant for you.

 

As you can bet, I’ve had to hold back a little bit.

I know this is going to be a controversial post. But really, some of them tend to be, because it’s my opinion on a character that I-that other people like. It’s not even a bash/ing one, so much as it is an analysis.

As you all know, I’m a huge DBZ fan. I love the series with a burning passion. I love almost everything about it, yes, even the dubs. I love all the dubs equally. I even have a poster of it hanging up on my wall. (There will be a huge rant coming up about why I love DBZ so much, so you’re getting two posts in one today.)

However, I’m just utterly puzzled by what happened. It was one of my first anime as a kid. Yes, even the Japanese version, I did watch that.

I wasn’t necessarily 100% a fan, though. Unlike most of the fans, I don’t have a strong opinion of either Super or Broly. It’s all good for me except for GT. But we pretend it doesn’t exist.

In the past, some critics have pointed out how certain characters have been left behind in recent years, with the focus going mostly on the Saiyan characters. In many ways, they have made some good points. Like, when was the last time Yamcha did anything, when did he win a fight?

When was Tien last able to complete a fight? In the Cell saga, afterwards he stands around and does nothing. These characters do nothing now, think of Chaozu, the poor guy hasn’t done anything in battle since possibly early DBZ.

After all the SSJs  were introduced, they just stopped being relevant. But what happens when it’s one of the main characters, who was so important to the plot, who starts to suck for no real reason?

I think all of you can tell who this article is going to be about and why.

One of the most important characters in the entire manga: Gohan. That’s right. If you really, really enjoyed where his character headed after the Cell saga, do not read beyond this point, because this article is, frankly, my honest feelings on this character and that I feel Toriyama fucked him up.

Basically, Gohan is the firstborn son of Goku, who we are introduced to in the beginning of D/B/Z, (Gohan, not Goku.) He’s half-human, half-Saiyan so he’s much stronger than a regular Saiyan.

He has powers, but his mom encourages him to be a scholar. Right away, we see an interesting contrast between him and his father, whereas Goku loves fighting, Gohan doesn’t have that same love toward it.

So it’s neat to see this kid be a pacifist while also trying to deal with his Saiyan powers. Then he also has an extreme power. The problem is that this doesn’t come into play very often.

But in the beginning, Gohan was a pretty badass character. He had some pretty great moments. When he was a toddler, he headbutted Raditz in the face and escaped his own prison pod and fought back. Then when he was like three or four, he was fighting Garlic Jr. (non-canon movie).

He goes on to do some pretty amazing things, I mean, Gohan is understandably upset and sad when his father dies. He goes on to become a warrior and is trained by Piccolo.

I mean, it’s understandable to me why he would react the way that he does. His father dies and then he has to be the man of the house when he is just four years old.

And it’s completely understandable to me why his mother would want to keep him away from all that danger. However, her child she has is not just a human, he’s also a Saiyan, which means this kind of thing is natural for him. But of course, I would be terrified, too if some random alien comes and steals away my son and tells me not to worry, because I still would.

At first, Piccolo is really, really cruel to Gohan. But then he grows to care about him, because of Gohan’s kindness. He goes on to show signs of being a tough warrior, surviving out in the wilderness without a problem. The main issue is that as many times as this characterization is brought up, he never delivers when it’s needed.

That’s probably one of the most disappointing things about Gohan’s character, we’re told multiple times throughout the series that he is incredibly strong, he has lots and lots of power. So he fights, and then the Saiyans come. Of course he’s gonna stand there and shake, he’s a freaking kid, so any criticism I levied at him there would be unfair, and he’s also half-human. And he’s also not been exposed to combat until now (something that people forget when comparing him to his dad, lol).

He’s gonna be scared upon seeing these people he’s just gotten to know getting hurt. He’s gonna be freaking out about this, all of these are reasonable reactions, and once again Gohan is only half. Kid Goku was full-blooded.

But realistically speaking, what does he do during this fight? Not much. He mostly just stands by and watches people fight. One could say this is how he learns how to fight, but Piccolo has to chew him out multiple times for not getting involved and at one point, he doesn’t bother attacking Nappa when he’s supposed to, which leads to the dick living and ending yet more of his friends’ lives.

He backs out of it and that winds up with Piccolo taking a blow meant for him and dying. Way to go, Gohan. He mostly just stands by and whimpers. It’s realistic, but as Nappa points out, he’s still a Saiyan. He should still have that instinct to fight inside him, he should still be able to get back up and fight.

So whenever this happens, I have to concede that he’s entirely right. I mean, little Trunks was able to get back up and fight despite being only half-Saiyan, even while he was getting the crap beaten out of him by Androids. Human or not.

It makes you wonder if Chichi even let Gohan get any ounce of training at all as a child. This idea is terrifying to me-as in, she does realize Goku isn’t gonna be around forever, right? Despite her wanting him to be normal, she also needs to realize her kid ain’t normal, so the whole saving the world thing matters a whole hell of a lot more than his education. He can’t go get a job if the world’s destroyed now, can he?

It’s like his training with Piccolo is the only training he’s ever gotten. Think about that. Look at little Vegeta and then compare him with Gohan. Sheer difference in terms of fighting ability. But maybe the whole “fighting for your life” thing makes them stronger? Idk (glances at Future Trunks and Vegeta).

I just wonder if she prevented him from learning /anything/ and this is again, one of the biggest flaws in the series. The first contributing factor to Gohan not being a good fighter is Chichi. She is a loving, well-meaning mother who tends to overprotect him, and the end result is he doesn’t turn out to be a good fighter because of her meddling.

I’ve got nothing against her, I think she’s a great character, I think she doesn’t deserve the hate that she gets, but by god does her overprotection of him make no sense, but because of that, Gohan can’t fight back.

And when he does, it’s only for like five minutes. He does the Masenko, it’s impressive, but once again, he’s reduced to normal, with Krillin having to fight his battles for him. Now, Krillin and Gohan have by far one of my favorite relationships in the series. It’s really adorable, their friendship is.

It’s like we’re watching the series through his perspective in a way. I mean, we were watching the series through Goku’s eyes, now we’re watching it through his son’s eyes. A lot of the story takes place through him while his dad is off training or being dead.

It’s really sweet to see him meeting his dad again and there we see he can detect his dad’s ki changing, a good sign that he is using his abilities. The Goku and Vegeta fight really changes when Gohan exploits the fake moon, turning himself into an Oozaru and owning Vegeta. If only he had this ability more often, nope we’ve gotta destroy it because how dare Gohan have relevance and powers!

His best moments…come and go, honestly. At this point, he’s fought off some aliens who came to destroy their world. His mom should be impressed. Instead, she’s all angry at him for fighting. What the fuck? Lady, your kid saved your ungrateful ass from dying and the first thing you do is get mad at him for fighting!? Also, he saved your husband from dying, too.

He’s a Saiyan. This is what they do. It’s like pulling a superhero aside and telling them, look you’ve gotta stop Superheroing. She gets angry, starts scolding him and this is where he actually stands up to her for once in his life and tells her, that he’s going to fight regardless of what she thinks. We need more of that assertiveness, Gohan.

Look, lady, you realize you live in an advanced society, where your son is gonna be with powerful people like Krillin (at this point in the series, he was powerful) and with Bulma, a long time friend of hers, who she knows would never let Gohan down. He’s got people with him.

If he were a normal five year old, I would say that she is completely right and side with her on this issue. But once again, she refuses to acknowledge that her life is not ordinary and never will be. Her son is not an ordinary person, and as long as she continues to deny this, his development will suffer.

Here she is, being completely controlling and stupid. All her husband wants to do is recover and fight, as a Saiyan. She should be used to that.

The way that she treats him sometimes come across as smothering at best, as abusive at worst. (Seriously, she SCREAMS when he is a Super Saiyan and shames him for it. What kind of mother does this? Sure, most parents might be a little puzzled at how their kid’s hair changed colors, but to react this way is freaking absurd.)

I mean, I’m not asking for him to be the totally ruthless SSJ2 form all the time. But I am asking for him to become kinda like Future Gohan, a badass nerd. Someone who’s not afraid to fight, and not afraid to be himself.

Like I was saying,  Gohan goes to Namek with Krillin and Bulma. There are quite a few filler scenes here that show his power. Gee, it took us halfway through the series to come to that conclusion!

He puts up a good fight against the Ginyu Force and then winds up with his neck broken. Once again, he is put out of commission, and this happens way too often for it to be a coincidence. However, he shows that he has a good, strong sense of justice like his dad and that he respects all forms of life.

Then Frieza shows up and it’s here where Gohan is at his best.

He watches Piccolo get tortured and Krillin, too, and then he loses it. Then he just screams and fires a bunch of blows at Frieza and fucking owns him. He just goes on to kick him and punch him and do a lot of amazing shit.

He continues for five minutes, then he stops once again. Too bad Frieza has another form, which makes his fighting utterly pointless. Congratulations.

Gohan mostly stands by as Frieza fights his father. He’s the one who tells everyone about Goku being a Super Saiyan now, he occasionally throws an energy blast his way.

I’m sitting here, thinking, you know at that point, if anyone deserved to be fighting in that moment it was either Vegeta or Gohan. And I know, I know, it was a good four-hour long fight we got from the two.

I mean, Gohan got to know all these nice people-they’re dead. Dende? Dead. Krillin was one of his friends? And now he’s dead. Piccolo was injured-should have been more than enough incentive for him to go SSJ.

That would have been interesting to see.

If anyone at all deserved to defeat Frieza, it was V/egeta. That whole fight should have been his victory. Vegeta was the one who was controlled, beaten up on, and used by Frieza, he was the one who carried all those hopes and dreams of his race when he was beaten and worn down to the last ounce of his life.

He watched his home planet get blown up and knew his life was over as he knew it. Goku only knew of the Saiyans as a distant dream. Vegeta lived and breathed that name all the time as he was being used by Frieza. His whole race was destroyed by this same man. If anyone deserved to get redemption now and redeem himself, it was Vegeta.

Goku just lost Bardock. To him, what did he know of it?

Nothing.

The author’s main fault is that everything has to be Goku’s victory or else. This meant far more to Vegeta but sadly he never gets that moment of vengeance he’s wanted for so long.

That was his fight.

Then we move onto the Garlic filler which a lot of people don’t like, but it does show Gohan fighting against his friends and doing a good job of being a badass. They all fight, they all kick ass.

Then the Android saga…do we get to see Frieza fight Gohan? Nah, Trunks takes care of that. It turns out Gohan was powerful in another dimension but he dies anyway.

Gohan winds up, showing his signs of brilliance here, but he’s pushed aside and expected to only work on his studies instead, even as the world is in danger. When he actually does start being a badass, it’s the Ce/ll games.

At first, it appears that Vegeta will be the one who will defeat Cell. But of course, we can’t have that happen. We can’t have anyone upstage Goku. The one thing I love here is how both Vegeta and Trunks get owned, as if saying if you aren’t Goku, you’re fucked.

I do love how Trunks is a badass kid who never takes chances with his enemies.

With Gohan it feels like we saw more of his Saiyan side than his human side. Sure, we know he’s a pacifist and he loves animals. What else? On the whole, he comes across as a neglected character. The Cell games is where his development skyrockets. He trains with his dad and shows signs of promise.

Does he do any more training? Nope, let’s sit back and relax for ten days. Even Vegeta questions why he stopped training. As it turns out, Vegeta is fuckin’ right in that if you don’t train to defeat the fucking enemy, you’re dead.

So then the Cell saga happens and Go/ku quits training, what the fuck did he think would happen? He gets his ass whooped by Cell, who understandably is disappointed in him.

Then Goku winds up sending out his ten-year old son out ot fight one of the most dangerous evils of all time. Wow, that’s as shitty as fighting the Elite Four and then sending out a level five Pokemon as bait. Not only that, he also gives Cell a senz.u bean just because it wouldn’t be a fair fight. Bullshit.

Gohan nearly dies while Goku stands by and watches like a jerk. Piccolo rightfully calls him out on it. Gohan is not a normal human, however, and these kinds of rough battles that Saiyans go through make them hella strong. So by him not going through these fights, it doesn’t make him strong enough to defend the Earth. He doesn’t unlock all the power he has.

It’s only this one point where he becomes someone badass. Which sucks, because the whole fucking series is telling us oh hey, he’s someone amazing. So Gohan’s friends are attacked by Cell jrs. It turns out to make him a badass, you have to torture the people he loves. All right then.

That’s sadistic, but let’s go with it. 16 dies and Gohan becomes this motherfucking badass. For the first time, he’s in touch with his Saiyan side. It’s really great to see someone other than Goku kicking ass and destroying the villains. (Trunks has destroyed too many at this point.)

Then Gohan gets too cocky.

Cell decides to blow up the world and this results in Goku fucking dying. And then this is where the bullshit starts. Goku decides to stay dead, forgetting he has a family that needs him, namely his wife, her unborn kid, and his ten year old kid. He stupidly decides instead of leaving Cell out in space to explode he’ll take him to King Kai’s, instead, getting the protector of this world killed. Nice work, dumbass.

Gohan gets upset but for some reason, he doesn’t fucking snap. I mean, remember how Goku acted after Eighter died? He was just fucking pissed. No, Gohan has to be helped by Goku to defeat Ce/ll. While it is touching, this was the beginning of the horror that would be unleashed.

If you had told me that one day, Saiyans would have to wear glasses, I would tell you to fuck off. If you had told me that one day, one of my favorite characters would forget how to go Super Saiyan and get utterly owned, I would tell you to quit fucking around with me.

All right, let it be said that “retarded” is used in the sense of something extremely stupid, not as in referring to mentally ill people. And also, I am not neurotypical and autistic, so I think I have the right to reclaim this slur in any way I choose, thanks. I don’t believe in PC culture, so I’m sorry if I curse, use the B word, etc, but that’s how I write. Don’t like, don’t read.

And again, if you’re here to cause drama, go elsewhere. The actors need to stay on the stage where they belong. This ain’t their place so they can leave.

So…WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT? What is this fucking bullshit?

When do Saiyans need to wear glasses? When do they stop being badasses?

This is how you destroy an utterly good character and replace him with a piece of trash. This is how you destroy your own writing.

This is where the extremely negative opinions come in. Do not read if you LOVE adult Gohan, or love G/T, or if you love Saiyaman, because I do not love those parts of him.

So, Goku dies. Seven years go by and then the Buu saga, the beginning of the clusterfuck of bullshit that DBZ later becomes, starts. You know what I’m thinking of here, right?

As I’ve said, Gohan has to rely on Daddy to get anywhere. Now, this leaves the role of defending the Earth up to Gohan. So really, what I was expecting to see was to see him taking responsibility as a teenager and becoming a total badass Saiyan. Like, you know, overcoming his grudge with Vegeta, learning to respect him and training with him, because this is the only Saiyan mentor he has left.

Goku is dead, his bro is too young to help, and Future Trunks is back in the future. You’d expect him to train with Vegeta and become more informed so no one has to die like his dad again, so no evil villains will ever be able to walk onto his planet and wreak havoc without him being there to put an end to it.

You know, what’s ironic is…ChiChi stops shaming Gohan for being a Saiyan. She actually trains Goten and teaches him to fight. You’d think she would also allow Gohan to train and fight as well. No. For whatever stupid, fucking reason, this doesn’t happen. Gohan decides to not fucking train.

What the heck?

I get this whole scholar thing is soooo important, but honestly, you’re not living in the world of Naruto, where you can make people instantly agree with you by saying you’re bringing peace. In Dragon Ball, you gotta make people see your side by beating them up. That’s what this world has told you since day 1, yet you refuse to learn.

Redemption doesn’t come about just because you smile and say you forgive them. Yeahhhh…so whatever kind of BS this is, it’s not DBZ, I’ll tell you that. Gohan decides to be a loser. He decides to not freaking train, for whatever stupid reason. Hell, Vegeta points this out to him and he’s like, “I DON’T CARE, IT’S NOT LIKE ANY BAD GUYS ARE GONNA COME INVADE EARTH AGAIN!”

Like…how is this even a realistic reaction? Your father dies, expecting you to not just look after your mom and your bro, but the entire fucking Earth. That is your job. You are the strongest warrior on Earth. What the hell is going on in your head?

Yet you don’t bother to take up that role.

I was expecting that we would see a Gohan be like Peter Parker, you know, a serious badass nerd who can still study and fight and kick total ass while doing so. Spiderman wouldn’t be as fun if he weren’t also a guy who trains a whole hell of a lot.

Same with Danny. It wouldn’t be fun if he just slacked off from ghost fighting and didn’t exchange witty banter.

And he doesn’t even have the special powers Gohan has. He’s just a regular kid. Gohan’s got his work cut out for him. Hell, he should be at SSJ three level by now. No, instead he’s become a nerd only.

What was Tori thinking when he wrote this? It’s completely obvious to me that the author wanted the series to end way earlier than this. I mean, if we’re reading about Gohan as a character, he’d better be the badass hero he’s been built up to be.

But I was wrong, because Gohan is suddenly a cheery, light-hearted idiot who isn’t serious about fighting in the slightest. Instead, studies are all that matter. What the hell kind of shit is this? I mean, while he is interested in studying, that just runs completely contrary to what he said at the end of Bojack Unbound (non-canon) but still this is what he should have stood for.

“I promise Father, I’ll protect the earth in your absence!”

Part of protecting that Earth means training, and that’s what Vegeta kept on trying to tell him. You don’t train, you get weak as shit. Try that shit in the Pokemon games. Try to battle the gym leaders without leveling up your monsters. You’ll get your fucking ass handed to you. The game tells you, you cannot stop. You have got to keep on fighting. Stop, and you’re fucked.

Vegeta was right. By not training, Gohan fucked up the Earth. By not training, Gohan allowed for Buu to come back to life by not being strong enough to defeat any of the two mofos who wanted to do that shit in the first place. By not training, he has pretty much guaranteed that Gt will happen and he will continue to suck as a character.

Basically, Gohan could have made the Buu saga a hell of a lot easier on my nerves than it was. Yes, Gohan going to high school is hilarious. Yes, seeing him live and interact with normal children is comedy gold. No one’s denying that.

But this just feels really out of place with what we’ve been told before. First of all, Gohan is the person that destroyed Cell. Why is he not known as a hero? Why the hell wouldn’t the Z-fighters step up and take the credit for their actions instead of allowing some cowardly shithead to take all the credit, shitting on Goku’s name and on Gohan’s fight while he sat by and did nothing but crap his pants from fear?

Now this inclusion to me is also where his character starts to massively suck, not only because he is being lame, he decides to dumbly reveal himself out in public, and then he has to be a superhero, for whatever moronic reason this filler plot decides to give us, we have to go with it, because reasons.

I don’t fucking know why. I mean, can’t he move fast enough as a Saiyan so regular humans can’t fucking see him? Wasn’t it clearly established that Saiyans move so fast that regular humans cannot see them, as shown in earlier arcs when only the Z-fighters could see Trunks fighting King Cold and Frieza and Bulma was unable to, as shown when Goku could barely be seen by any of the ordinary fighters during the Cell Games because they were moving at superhuman speed!

THIS IS CLEARLY ESTABLISHED. How the hell can he forget something as simple as this? Yet he’s a total dumbass about it. His classmate finds out about him.

Sigh…Videl…who I absolutely cannot stand, makes this arc much worse than it already is with her annoying personality. Her relationship and subsequent “romance” with him is so one-dimensional it feels like it took place in Naruto rather than DBZ.

It squashes both of their characters, in my opinion. It makes Videl go from this badass warrior to this housewife who never does anything ever again. This romance between the two is completely unnecessary. We don’t need Gohan falling in love, or if so, don’t do it in such an unrealistic way that we lose interest. It should have been developed slower. Instead, they “hate each other” and now they like each other!

Bullshit. I came here to see him kick ass and defend the Earth, not parade around in some stupid costume saying stupid shit and acting like the goddamned Ginyu Force who were annoying enough already.

Not run around reducing the act of being a Saiyan to nothing more than a joke. It’s just like, what the hell happened to Gohan? It’s like he was replaced by someone else. Seven years seriously didn’t cause him to have mental trauma over seeing his dad die, or make him less trusting in the public in general after they just completely ignore the fact that /he/ rightfully won that fight and instead, threw his name in the mud for some worthless hack who couldn’t fight a brick wall.

(Yes, I hate Hercule. Slaughter me.)

Three years didn’t dull his senses when Frieza came back to Earth, but suddenly seven years is enough to neuter him completely and make him this ridiculously shallow superhero?

Seriously. 

So then on top of that, we have Gohan get his identity exposed. After this, the competition starts. And no one recognizes him as the boy who won the tournament all those years ago. And no one calls Hercule out for being a self-centered, egotistical jackass who didn’t give a damn that a kid was suffering and instead stole all his glory.

Gohan was more than worthy of earning that respect. Instead, he earns no respect.

Anyway, the tournament starts, he goes Super Saiyan, he goes in a few fights and then that’s it. His dad comes back to Earth and yet he’s not angry at him in the slightest for abandoning his wife and two sons for seven freaking years. Get real.

Even pacifist Gohan has gotta snap and call Daddy out on his shit sometime. So then Gohan discovers he’s some sort of “mystic.” This goes absolutely nowhere as he gets some new stupid outfit and a sword, yet goes on to be utterly owned and absorbed by Buu. Congrats, Gohan.

You were Worfed. You became Yamcha.

The degradation continues at the end of the series, as now Gohan is married to Videl with a child. You would think that would make him twice as determined to continue training. Nope, instead he’s decided to become a full-on moron! He’s decided no more fighting, that’s for idiots. That’s for young people.

Hey, do you see the Kais say we give up cos we’re too old? Do you see King Cold, ole King Cold, the very evil soul, give up on conquering galaxies just cos he’s an old alien? Do you see Dr. Gero quit Dr. Geroing just cuz he’s old? NO.

What the hell is your excuse, man, you’re just in your twenties. Then we see DbGt and Gohan is now a total fucking joke of a character. He now wears glasses…yeah, because Saiyans’ eyesight (which is superior to human’s, by the way) CAN FUCKING RUN OUT!

There’s no conceivable reason other than bullshit for me to believe half-saiyans need glasses when they are aliens with perfect vision, and wouldn’t glasses get in the way?

There’s no reason for him to need glasses.

Why does he need a job when he could’ve inherited all that money from the Cell Games? He could’ve been living off that shit and made Chichi rich.

Why doesn’t he just live with Bulma? Why does he need to work?

Or why isn’t he a teacher, something that’s at least specific to his field of interest?

He and Videl are totally weak shits, which allows them to get easily controlled. Yeahhhhh. .

Then, ROF killed any belief I had in Toriyama’s ability to write Gohan and made my anger reach to the boiling point. Gohan says he doesn’t even know if he can go S/uper Sa/iyan anymore. 

WHAT?

Then Gohan gets knocked out by Frieza without doing anything. How can you get away with doing the Worf effect to one of your most powerful characters? Why would you do this?

Why would you reduce him to a total loser?

Not being a badass is problematic. We were promised he would be a total badass and a strong character. No, instead, last second Goku has to have everything, let’s have Gohan become useless. Instead, Gohan becomes a moron, because the utterly stupid plot now calls for it.

He can’t fight anybody.

Why? I don’t fucking know.

It’s probably because the author couldn’t stand that the hero’s name in the story wasn’t Goku anymore, even though he promised everyone that it was Gohan’s turn in the spotlight. But no, we can’t have anyone besides Goku being the hero.

That might also be the reason why I hate that movie, because Vegeta cannot destroy Frieza without blowing up the world. WHAT. THE. FUCK.

VEGETA DESERVED TO KILL FRIEZA. FRIEZA FUCKED UP HIS LIFE. HOW YOU CAN JUSTIFY HIM FINALLY GETTING REVENGE ONLY TO FUCK HIM OVER IS DISGUSTING.

That was his fight.

Do you have any idea how glad I was to see that fight happen? Part of his motivation was that he was there to fight and destroy Frieza. Yet we never see this happen. Goku has to steal that victory away from him.

For him to not be able to achieve that is beyond bullshit and transcends into downright fatuous territory. I know Gohan is a pacifist, but to have him completely give up on his blood and his lineage?

BULLSHIT.

He has that blood in him he can’t ignore. All Saiyans have the urge to fuckin’ fight in them! I don’t care who you are, even Trunks wasn’t a wimp. He kept on training every single day of his life. I don’t understand why Gohan found it okay to slack off, but it made him into a total wuss, so he can easily be owned by every other DBZ villain.

It sure is a fucking shame, because we were told Gohan was gonna be someone powerful, but no all the upgrades go to Goku. He becomes super powerful. But Gohan does nothing with these awesome powers of his.

Look, if I had superpowers, I’d be doing my best to enjoy that shit, okay? Like what’s wrong with going Super Saiyan? Why would you give that up, dude? Being a Super Saiyan is by far one of the most amazing things ever!

He’s so weak at this point that a robber could kill him with a gun. The fuck happened to him, was he replaced with a clone of some sort? I’m gonna go with this is a fake Gohan and the real one died. There’s no way to me that Chichi would be like Goten can fight but Gohan can’t. Maybe he’s the eldest member of the family and the most capable of protecting them in case anything happens.

I mean, come on? Who does she suspect is gonna protect her? Why does she hold back his growth like this?

So, we can tie Gohan’s ruination as a character to a couple of characters, first off Goku, since his death set off this chain reaction of BS. He doesn’t necessarily need to be 100% like his father. I’m not saying he has to be, I’m saying it’s disappointing to be so invested in a character only for them to do nothing. I’m okay with him studying, but not if it ruins all the other traits he’s gotten up to this point.

I have nothing against Gohan being himself. But whenever he ceases to fight, it just disappoints me. How can he expect to protect his kids when he’s this weak? I mean, how can you be a Saiyan with such a great ability then throw it all away and waste your time in an average job?

Gotta tell you something, but that’s boring.

Ok, before you go around saying I don’t care about his happiness, I do. I’m happy he has a wife and kids. But that shouldn’t get in the way of his being a fighter. It should be an inspiration to him to be a fighter, you know what I mean?

I just know if it were me, I would be motivated to freaking fight to keep my friends and loved ones out of harm’s way. Yet he’s okay with not training and allowing his wife and kid to be totally vulnerable.

But no, he’s a nerd for no real reason.

I don’t know, is it wrong for me to want him to be partly himself and like Future Gohan? A serious badass who can also be a nerd? Because I’d have no problems if that’s how it had played out. But I have every objection to the show writing him out of it and downplaying him, even though it has built him up to be someone great for so long.

It’s great to see him get married, but did we come to see DBZ as a literal soap opera with marriage and kids? Nope. We come here to see them fight and to enjoy their bonds with each other.

That’s what DBZ is about.

DBZ at heart may be about some of their family lives, but most of us just wanna see the characters fight. You know, Goku didn’t become a total idiot just because he got married.

He didn’t become a weakling just because he had a family. What I’m asking is, if he’s just half-Saiyan and they’re more powerful than pure blooded Saiyans, why isn’t he doing anything with these amazing abilities of his? Why doesn’t he open a dojo and teach the humans of the world how to defend themselves?

I mean, I ask you to imagine this. I mean, as bad as the Naruto ending is, at least there are still ninja. It stresses that no matter what world they live in, they might always need to have ninja around. Naruto’s kids are ninja. That makes sense.

Then you know, in Bleach’s ending, Ichigo’s kid is a shinigami and that makes sense. It’s still going in line with the logic of the world.

Somewhat.

The fact that he refused to understand his heritage also proved fatal to his character. I mean, man, it’s your fucking culture.

Quit shrugging it off and acting like it’s nothing when it in fact is so much more than that. That’s the last member of your culture that you should be training with. Vegeta can teach him stuff. It’s a wasted opportunity.

Fans are all like oh don’t hate on Adult Gohan, don’t hate on Buu saga, I’m like, why shouldn’t I call him out for being a pathetic excuse of a character? I should hate on Toriyama for building him up and then wasting his character. Then we have him not giving a shit about doing any of the things he promised he would do. He promised to defend the world. He’s not doing that. He promised to continue his heritage. He’s not doing that, either.

Instead, he’s fucking around, pretending to be human. He just cares about flying around like a superhero. He doesn’t care at all about spending time with his dad’s allies and he acts like it’s been fucking forever since he last saw Piccolo and I’m thinking wtf.

You’re telling me he would honestly hole himself up in his room for years and never bother to drop by and say hi?

What kind of shittery is that?

It’s just like you threw away everything that was good from his character. Maybe because Goten and Trunks reform themselves, maybe because they’re still training, maybe because Chibi is at least a good fighter. Not as good as his future self, but hey he’s holding his own.

Then three, like I said, Chichi. I wouldn’t say she controlled Gohan so much as she just brainwashed him into thinking he didn’t need to learn anything more about his father’s heritage or his past. Instead, he should try to forget he’s an alien.

IF it were me, I’d be eager to learn that shit, man. Seems to me Gohan wants to forget that, but you can’t deny who you are. Goku was pulling the same shit that Gohan was doing. Think of what Raditz could have taught both his relatives if he hadn’t died.

Can you imagine how interesting Gohan would be if he was raised by Raditz and Raditz stuck around to educate both of them about their Saiyan ways?

I mean, hell, Gohan might have been more badass and it would be nice to see Raditz redeem himself. We don’t get that at all. Instead, we get nothing but filler bullshit. Let’s look at Quatre a kid who doesn’t have powers like Gohan. He’s a pacifist but he’s anything but a fucking wimp.

For some reason, Saiyan’s eyes can go bad.

This guy is not the real Gohan. So instead of the “Paul is Dead”, we have the “Gohan is dead” theory, coined by me. Before you go dismissing me as not a true Z fan, let me say that I adore Gohan. I just hate that zilch has been done with his character since the Cell Saga.

Haise out.

(No Hate is welcomed on this post.)

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Removing the Nostalgic Goggles

I saw the recent controversy over Doug Walker and I must say…I’m ashamed.

Doug was one of the guys who inspired me to try my hand at writing reviews, and I initially did it because of him and of TV tropes, who both inspired me with ideas for characters.

Now this whole mess comes out and I’m just shocked, ashamed and tired.

Tired of terrible people being in charge of media.

I’m no longer watching Channel Awesome or Doug Walker. I can’t stand what he’s covered up, and what he should’ve (but didn’t) do.

It’s just…sad to me.

He seemed like such a fun-loving, smart guy.

But I guess that’s to be expected.

Everyone acts a certain way, after all.

Oh, and there is a new review coming out soon-my computer’s been acting funny though, so I’ll try later and see what happens.

 

Bipolar Disorder does not make me dangerous. Your ignorance is dangerous.

Bipolar disorder is a misunderstood, highly stigmatized mood disorder. Often, you find people throwing it around in relation to serial killers, horrible people, criminals, etc. What they don’t realize is behind a bipolar diagnosis is a human being like you or me, and I certainly don’t appreciate being compared to other bipolar people who could be abusive-because bipolar is a spectrum.

Bipolar people are not all one and the same. Just because one of us is a douche does not mean other people are. Why is it some mental illnesses-like schizophrenia, OCD, ASPD, BPD, NPD, etc, are okay to stigmatize and make light of-whereas if you dare make fun of autism, adhd, or even PTSD, you’re human scum, (btw I have autism and adhd, so I’m not neurotypical.)

It’s because humans are hypocrites with double standards. We prefer cute fluffy dogs and cats, but are okay with slaughtering deer and pigs. We like nice, fluffy coats-as long as we don’t have to see the mutilated animals who were skinned alive for them. We like picking and choosing who to feel sympathy for-and who to discriminate against, who to feel pity for and who to shit all over.

Bipolar people have always been easy targets, because of our mood swings, the myths about us and our presence-we’re scary to people, we’re frightening because they don’t know a thing about us. Our presence here is so frightening to some we’ve been told “never to breed because then we might have bipolar children”, we’ve been told that “bipolar people are inherently abusive and ruin relationships”, and that “bipolar” is okay to use as an adjective, regardless of its offensive connotations.

I’m sick and tired of being treated like an “other”, because of my diagnosis. I should have the right to feel all right, regardless of my mood swings. I should have the right to be treated like a bloody human being, regardless of if one person was an asshole to you with the diagnosis or not, it does not mean my illness magically disappears because you wish it to. It still exists, buster.

I can’t make it go away. I am proud of being bipolar.

I am proud of being so creative that I have written tons of poetry and short stories. I am proud of being so positive and upbeat while manic that I’ve made tons of friends. I am proud that I manage to get out of bed in the morning happy and feeling like I’m worthwhile.

I am proud that I manage to get good grades because of the medicine I fucking take to ensure that I’m 100% capable of sustaining myself.

I am proud that I manage to survive all my suicidal thoughts and my depressive mood swings. It’s made me a strong person who’s capable of enduring people’s shit and now I don’t even cry when cutting off toxic people or when confronted with manipulators. I’m capable of standing my own ground and saying what I want.

That scares people. They can feel the innate strength of one who has survived what his mind has thrown at him, time and again. They can feel how powerful an assertive human being who wants to live, and who has fought his own mind and won is a terrifying thing to them. They so want to believe in the myth of the dangerous bipolar human being that when a person comes, acting like a human, it is startling to them.

How could this human be bipolar?

Indeed, how could we be bipolar?

It’s called a “mood disorder” and no, I do not have to stop existing for you to give me some respect. My disorder is a part of me and I will not be stigmatized, talked down to, marginalized or treated like shit for it. I will, however, apologize for any shitty behavior that might occur during my mood swings, because that’s separate.

But I am still a human being, regardless of my mood swings. Treat me with respect, please, and I’ll treat you with all the respect you deserve. Don’t treat me with respect, and, well, I’ll either turn the other cheek or else ignore you and cut all ties with you, because most of the time, I don’t feel like being rude to real people.

All in all, a lot of great people have been bipolar-Carrie Fisher, Marilyn Monroe, Virginia Woolf, so remember just who you’re shitting on when you hate on bipolar people. We have feelings, we’re people, too and we don’t like feeling left out or hated on.

You wouldn’t like being hated on, too, would you? You wouldn’t like being feared for something you couldn’t control. So, until you step in our shoes, gain some empathy and actually treat us with respect, kindly be quiet and keep any rude comments to yourself. We deserve to be here, we deserve to share this Earth with you, and if that infuriates you, please separate yourself from all the other people with mental illness in your life-they’re much better off without you in their lives.

(And no, encounters with one person who was mean does not make said prejudice okay, especially when it leads to more marginalization of the group in question. If I said I hated African-Americans (I don’t), but if I said I did because of one mean guy who beat me up in high school, that would make me an unapologetic racist, right?

Why isn’t all prejudice called out like it should be? If you hate/fear any group of people based on “X was like this…” you’re prejudiced and should rethink your thinking. Period.

I’ve survived what my mind has thrown at me-I’ve survived depressive mood swings, mind collapses, and feeling like I want to die. I’m not going to let you bring me down.

The door is opening and here is bipolar. She and I are one in the same. But I am not ashamed of having her with me. She is part of me.

If you reject her, you reject all of me.

So accept me as I am, thank you.

(The next post will be normal anime reviews like usual, I just needed to blow off steam.)

Honest thoughts on “Ha.ruhi Suzumiya” (Negative Opinion)

Ah, this anime. This anime is so popular, I almost feared making a review on it-but then again, I have to be honest with how I feel-and seeing as I am moving a (mildly tamer) version of my “overrated anime” list here, why not go with my honest thoughts on this show first?

Yes, I’ve read the manga. Yes, I’ve watched two episodes of the anime. I’m not going to watch anymore. I’ve seen enough to cement my opinion into stone about this awful, awful show. So, if you’re a Haruhi super fan, please turn around and walk away from this post, as you’re going to be very, very disappointed as to what you see here.

I’m aware that this anime is considered by many to be a “legend.” I’m aware that it sprang up a cult of “Haruhiism.” I’m aware of its reputation and, as of right now, on MAL, it currently has a 7.9 out of 10 and is #66 on the popular list and #568 on recommended. But, hey, overrated stuff isn’t always great writing, is it?

I mean, Twilight and Percy Jackson are very, very popular-and yet their writing was above average, but in this reviewer’s opinion, nothing too special. (Were I a bit younger, Percy Jackson would’ve felt more substantial to me and more cool. I know because it was something my ten-year old self would’ve loved. But I was in high school when I read it, so I just find it okay. I read through six chapters of Twilight before tossing it aside.)

But, hey, I always try to give things a chance, so several years back, I read through the series at a convention-I read through three volumes of the series. Until I could take it no longer and threw it against the wall and said, “Never again.”

That is, until I realized, holy fuck there’s an anime of it. So, having heard glowing reviews about the anime, I thought, why not check it out? So I did…and once again, my migraine came back, only worse. This anime…its popularity baffles me. What the fuck is so good about it again?

I’ve seen other, more popular franchises with better things to love about them: virtually most, if not all, of the popular anime I saw had likeable characters (aka Ouran, Free, (which to me was bland, but harmless), Attack on Titan, Naruto, Inuyasha, Bleach, etc), virtually none of them made me want to attack something as much as this series did.

For ages, I pondered over why on Earth I couldn’t get into such an interesting concept. I mean, come on, a girl unaware of herself being God, people with supernatural powers, time travelers, I’m a sucker for that shit. My favorite characters are Homura Akemi, Future Trunks, etc. Then, I realized one reason why, and it’s not gonna be a pleasant one.

It’s because of the heroine.

It’s because she is, by far, the second worst main character I’ve ever seen (Louise is way worse.) This character has a few moments of realization about her pure awfulness as a human being, at least-and that’s putting her above Familiar of Zero.

The premise is an ordinary boy goes to high school, meets an extraordinary girl who changes his life forever by dragging him into a club of hers, and they meet extraordinary people who actually pretend to be ordinary. They go looking for mysteries and shit.

Well, first I should start off by saying that I eternally hate slice-of-life anime, except for one exception: A certain Scientific Railgun has me absolutely spellbound lately. Perhaps it’s because I’m “biased”, I don’t “know good anime”, or perhaps it’s because slice of life is boring, uneventful and often uninspired. I get that people like ordinary anime-they want to see more down-to-earth concepts, and frankly, I don’t blame them, anime is pretty weird.

But still, what a decent concept, ruined by poor writing, disturbing characters, and a flat-out gross heroine. Let me start off by talking about the animation; the animation is nice, the opening is nice enough, I suppose, and the designs are decent enough. The best character in this is Nagato, because she doesn’t get involved much. Which, knowing her, it’s because this plot bores her to death.

Ryouko is also an underappreciated heroine, for reasons I will discuss later.

Anyhow, my first problem is…the characters. The first couple minutes are essential to establishing a bond with the audience, to getting me to know these characters.

Code Geass begins with Japan being invaded, Higurashi begins with Keiichi bashing the shit out of Mion and Rena, Elfen Lied has a great gorefest as its beginning, Pandora Hearts shows the hero going down to hell, Madoka opens to show Homura screaming at Madoka-all of these opening scenes seek to grip the viewer and establish themselves as being set in a good show, with a good universe, and an author who cares about their characters.

The opening shot for this show…is a little kid watching a TV screen, while the teenage version of him bitches and moans about how “his heroes aren’t real.” It’s anime, man, you can be a hero if you want. Who cares if you were mad that Santa Claus wasn’t real? Shut the hell up. Already, I want this hero to die.

His name is Kyon, though for now I’ll call him Yawn, because he has the personality of a stump. I get that he’s supposed to be dry, but he’s so dry that it’s pretentious-and he’s unlikable. I’ve liked unlikable asshole protagonists before-like Lelouch, Sasuke, etc, but even they weren’t this boring. He’s just so…so…uninterested in life that it’s boring and drags the viewer down into boredom, too.

Could you have made a more dryasdust character? I don’t know, but even Mato is looking more desirable at this point. So, he’s at school, like usual, and then a girl stands up, shouts something insane about aliens, time travelers, and shit and then sits down.

Surprisingly, he pulls his head out of his ass and stares at her.

This girl is the biggest problem with this show: she’s a huge, huge, Mary Sue.

In my school, if anyone had not only interrupted the teacher, but said something so weird and obnoxious, they would be isolated from the school and made fun of into oblivion. Also, Japan hates rudeness, so surely rude people would be outcasted real fast.

No…?

Instead, people like her? People like this rude, antisocial, disgustingly arrogant brat? The fuck? (Head hits desk, repeatedly, many, many times.)

Also, I will sucker punch the idea of this girl being autistic, because she’s the epitome of how to not behave (aka, use your autism as an excuse to be an asshole towards everyone else.) So, she changes her clothing and her hair. Who gives a shit?

The writers certainly haven’t given me a reason to.

The guys in the school warn him to stay away from her. Arguably, they’re right, as she is the most insane bitch I’ve ever seen. Sadly, the protagonist does not care and talks to her, and then she acts as though it’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to her.

Wow, who knew that acting like a rude bitch towards others would make other people dislike you and not want to talk to you? Like seriously, other people come up to talk to her and she just acts like a rude bitch, completely blowing them off. Why the hell is she so popular again? If I met a girl like this, she’d be punched into next week.

She also asks him to join her club, and he refuses. So she retaliates by dragging him around the school-wait, what, and then proceeds to try to form a club, only to cut to her berating “ordinary people” for having STUPID INTERESTS.

Oh yeah, how dare other people not be interested in you. Maybe if you…*chuckles* acted nice, people wouldn’t be repulsed by your Mary Sue tendencies. I’ll take a nice Mary Sue over a bitch Mary Sue any day, I’ll be honest.

She proceeds to bash their interests, claiming that every club she’s joined has been so boring she’s left them. Well, good riddance, I wouldn’t want to put up with your bullshit, too.

So she comes up with a ridiculously long name that translates to SOS, aka Save Our Story, from bullshit.

She goes to a classroom with one girl in it, reading.

Yuki Nagato ignores everything around her, which is more encouraging in this story.

So, what happens next? Nothing much, aside from more bullshit. Haruhi doesn’t understand that you can’t wear sexual outfits at school and rages against the “man”. She proceeds to continue to harass people-and here comes that side of her that’s so funny-she abducts a girl from her classroom and proceeds to force her to not attend her classes to attend her stupid-as-fuck club.

Wait, what? You expect me to like this girl, after she just threatened, abducted and…also…gropes another girl? You know what, fuck it, Haruhi’s gonna die. *Grabs the largest, shiniest butcher knife and advances.*

But you know what, I wasn’t the only one with that brilliant idea. Ryouko, the best girl of the show, decides that she can’t have a Mary Sue on the show and decides to slay the dumb girl. Haha!

So she continually harasses this girl and no one gives a damn.

It’s around here where the plot continually gets dumber and dumber.

Yuki shows up to fight Ryouko to “save” the world…and she talks and explains things…while Kyon just endlessly laughs, annoyingly throughout the entire thing. Way to kill yet another character’s likeability.

Poor Ryouko dies before accomplishing her goal.

It’s then that the most idiotic plot ever is revealed: not only is Haruhi a god, she’s too much of a dumbass to figure it out, and she can never, ever be disobeyed or else she’ll blow up the world from boredom. That’s right, essentially Haruhi is a fucking perfect God Mode Sue who can never stop having the characters wank to, ignore or overlook her bullshit, or else she’ll kill everything in existence.

You’re kidding, right? I wish the series were.

But from then on, no one gives a shit what sort of disgusting things Haruhi does. She gropes and sexually harasses Mikuru, no one cares, not even Yawn, who supposedly loves this girl. Haha, nice of a sexual harasser.

Can she please die? Please.

It’s then that another stupid thing happens.

She wants a computer. But instead of going and buying a computer, the über dumbass decides to just steal a computer. She actually tries to pull it out of the ground and the guys rightly chew her out for being a fucking psychopath with no morals.

Speaking of no morals, these guys are pretty innocuous, and you can’t just steal a school computer or try to damage it, it’s called vandalism. Pretty serious stuff.

Well, how dare they defy Haruhi. She decides to frame the guy for assault by pushing Mikuru in his way and making his hand accidentally touch her chest and then snapping a picture.

This…this repulsive act actually works. All of the witnesses there (who could clearly see that Haruhi did something very morally wrong and did nothing) kept silent? It’s hilarious as fuck to ruin a person’s life over false allegations? The fuck.

Then Itsuki is introduced, but he was boring as fuck, too, disappointingly enough. He’s just the shrugging emoji, and there’s not much more to him. The story meanders and meanders through boring scene after boring scene.

I actually threw my book against the wall in disgust at what I’d just seen.

H-Had a h-heroine of a series just framed a guy for rape? All over a fucking computer? N-No, no way. I must be seeing things.

Hahahahaaahahaahaha.

Unfortunately, that was the truth.

Apparently, Yawn “falls for” a rude, narcissistic bitch like her and they start a relationship. Oh, and Mikuru is okay with being mol-fuck off, author. How dare you paint such a gross depiction of abuse. How dare you. Haruhi should be in jail for being a rapist.

There’s nothing funny about rape.

Up until that point, this was just a typical obnoxious Mary Sue story with bashing of other characters. But then it just got bad. So I noped the fuck out, hoping other people hated this series, too, and boy…I only found one or two people who did.

Story: 0/1000 What story? It’s just the entire story flipping the viewer off and letting Haruhi be a horrible person without any real consequences. (Even Seinfeld had consequences. Remember when George pretended he was handicapped, and then his boss turned his back on him in disgust when he saw him walking upright, and then when two old people proceeded to chase him and beat the shit out of him for being an ableist asshole?)

Even comedies have characters get what’s coming to them. Otherwise, it’s just pandering, like Family Guy. I can’t stand characters that get no consequences for their actions. It disgusts me.

This “story” inspires disgust and nausea in me. But mostly, it’s boring. I’d have more fun watching a Hallmark movie.

Plot: 1.5/10

What plot? Again, this plot would’ve been better if it were a fanfic. It literally goes nowhere and focuses too much on fanservice.

Animation/Music-10/10

Side characters: 10/10. Aka, people who don’t appear for too long.

Yuki: 5/10. high enough score.

Itsuki: 2/10. Boring.

Yawn: Infinitely boring protagonist. I’ll take anyone over him.

Mikuru: 4/10. A bit of character depth to her, but not enough to save her from being dragged down with the story.

Haruhi: infinity.

Sins: Over 1000. Broke the sin counter.

Punishment: Haruhi in hell. Being whipped by Louise.

This is the second worst show I’ve ever seen. None of the characters are likable (a requirement if you’re making a sitcom, because even TBBT characters are likable to some extent.), the plot goes nowhere, and the jokes are lame and rely on exploitation of female characters, tired, lame, and should be put out of its misery.

I’ll review A certain Scientific Railgun when I finish it. For now, look forward to part 2 of Dumbledore defense. And I don’t want hate for my opinion. I’ve softened on this show, but it’s still not one of my favorites. In fact, it’s just forgettable. Except for Haruhi, she’s unforgettably annoying.

Also, making them actually terrifying aliens, time travelers, etc and turning the whole thing into a horror would’ve made it ten thousand times better.

Other suggestions: Watch anything else. Watch Elfen Lied, Watch Higurashi. Anything is better. More slice of life horror, please. It makes it more entertaining and fun than mind-numbingly tiresome.

Anyway, any time I see Haruhi, I resist the urge to scream, but now you know how I feel about it, and probably I’ll have some hate launched at me about how I’m not a true anime fan, but please leave that elitism where it belongs: in the toilet. I tried watching it and I didn’t like it.

 

Was Donna Lass a Ted Bundy victim?

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As we all know, Ted Bundy was a very enigmatic serial killer who radiated a lot of personality and charm. We well know his body count was into the 30s-though he admitted to only 26 or 27.

But, as I’ve said before, there’s plenty of evidence, in my opinion, that he started killing way before then. I said previously that I thought Bundy was a good suspect (or perhaps THE ideal suspect for the Santa Rosa hitchhiker killings)…because the killing spree matches his motives, his weapons, thrown with incredible strength into embankments, no clothing, and raped, or even strangled.

Some of the most intriguing evidence, however, tied me once again, back to the convoluted mess of the Zodiac case. Some, like George Hodel, actually seem like potential suspects, only to fall apart when you examine it closer (though I do believe he committed the murders of Short and the other women, Hodel exaggerated a little bit on the part of his dad being Zodiac: his father was too old to commit those crimes.) Kane seems probable but with brain damage, how much harm could he actually commit?

Allen doesn’t seem likely, and in the end, my eyes are always on Bruce Davis or Kane because both seem the most likely. I always suspected Manson and Zodiac were connected, anyway, the kooky beliefs Zodiac held seemed to tie in with Manson, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Manson had ordered more crimes beforehand.

But the case I want to examine is an odd one that doesn’t really fit in well with all the other Zodiac cases: that is of a nurse named Donna Ann Lass, who was working in Lake Tahoe in 1970.

Notably, her case doesn’t share much in common with Zodiac, except for a Christmas card sent to the detectives by “Zodiac”.

Now, Zodiac targeted only lone couples, not single women.

He did not make his victims disappear, he left them for dead. In that case, he’s more like a mass shooter than an actual serial killer, because most serial killers hide the bodies.

Zodiac’s crimes were just impulsive and randomly chosen.

Lass’s disappearance, however, speaks of the work of an intelligent, charming individual. One, who perhaps, assumed that he could get away with the murder of one of his very first victim (potentially his third, after those poor, sweet girls back in New Jersey a year previously.)

I’m talking about Ted Bundy here as a potential suspect in Donna Ann Lass’s disappearance. Now, before you go springing the “but he wasn’t in California” crap, I’ll tell you that yes, he was familiar with Cali, attended Stanford (I’m 99.9% certain he killed Arlis Perry), and admitted to killing at least one woman in California.

Now Bundy admitted to forgetting names and by this time, maybe he’d forgotten her name. However, there was another Donna among his victims, one by the name of Donna Gail Manson. She was not related to Charles Manson.

Donna was a pretty 25-year old nurse, born on November 3rd, 1944, coincidentally in the same month as her purported killer. At 5’4, she was a pretty blond with blue eyes and a very pretty woman. She would have presumably attracted a lot of male admirers.

One of these was purportedly Lawrence Kane, who worked with her and knew her well. He is also considered a suspect in her murder, though for this case, we will presume he is not involved and look at Ted as a potential suspect instead.

On September 6th, 1970, Lass was working in the Sahara Hotel Casino as an RN in the First Aid Station, for the last day of her life-though she couldn’t have possibly known that. Her final entry was at 1:50 AM.

Morning came and her coworkers noticed that her car was found parked near her apartment in Nevada, and she was not seen leaving the casino, leaving them puzzled.

Her concerned boss received a phone call from an unidentified male, stating that Donna would not be appearing at work, for a “family emergency” had arisen. After investigating, the boss found that no such thing existed. Perhaps the male voice had a slight “British accent” to it, although the idea of the suspect using a phone like this was a bit out of character for him, though perhaps he was bold and cocky early on.

Lass was never seen alive again, and despite police efforts, was never located. To this day, she is listed as a missing person.

Now here is where things get interesting.

You see, Ted Bundy had been stopped in Lake Tahoe, about a week previously, for a “bad license plate” and received a ticket. Normally, Bundy stayed for a week at least in certain areas, prowling about for victims.

It is only natural to assume that Bundy would’ve looked around for any women he could potentially ensnare, and it is around this time that he was still embittered and angry over his first girlfriend leaving him.

Although I am not quite sure of the circumstances, I can easily envision, in my mind, an image of the killer lurking outside the doors of the Sahara, waiting. Here is my take on the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy:

He lurked outside, watching her through the windows. She was beautiful, and she would be his by the time the night was over. He watched her get up, and he hid, making sure he could not be seen. Night time was his preferred time, after all. He checked his watch, watching for her to leave. He saw her get up and go to walk out. Now was the time to act! Getting up, his arm in a sling, he moved toward the door and tried to get in, as she walked out, falling purposefully on the ground. 

“Are you all right?” She exclaimed, concerned. 

“I’m fine, just not used to this damned cast.” He said gruffly, getting back up. “You’re beautiful, Miss…?”

She laughed, before stating her name, and he gave his as simply, “Ted,” before offering to accompany her to her car, since it was “dangerous for women like herself to be out so late.” Laughing, she accepted and Ted accompanied Donna outside, before he immediately grabbed an unknown weapon, but presumably a tree branch or a heavy object, and whacked her over the head with it, knocking her unconscious and he dragged her into his car and drove away, leaving everyone completely bewildered. 

No doubt, she awoke later and begged to know what was happening, but he silenced her with more blows to the head, and later bound her with handcuffs before raping and strangling her. 

No doubt, Ted Bundy placed that call, smugly knowing they wouldn’t buy it. But they’d never find her, he thought smugly as he cut the corpse into pieces and buried her 10-15 feet deep, before placing rocks on over the grave. He’d chosen the woods like usual. They would never find her. He took her head as a trophy, before eventually discarding of it.

One of his first triumphant kills that hadn’t been found, his ego only grew.

A year later, perhaps, he’d strike again, killing a Washington University Student by stabbing her to death, and attacking another woman in Burlington, his birthplace, in July of that year, bludgeoning, strangling and finally raping her.

Two years later, he’d attempt more kidnappings and perhaps, commit the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders, before lying low for a bit and then striking in Oregon in 1973, and then again in 1974, as his name became well-known.

The only inconsistency is in the phone call, as Bundy never did that before. But perhaps he was drunk, as he often was when committing a murder, and just bragged into the receiver, knowing they’d never track him. He’d be out of Lake Tahoe by the time they found anything.

He secretly wondered if they’d compare him to the Zodiac. He was so much better than that one. He’d make sure his kills were never found.

Yes, he would truly make his name known.

If it were not for Carol DaRonch, Ted would have never been caught.

This is a theoretical post. There is very little evidence physically to link her to Bundy, however he fits the circumstances-and only Bundy could make women disappear and never be found again.

All of Zodiac’s victims were found. Lass has not, and neither have other Bundy victims, if she truly is one of his victims. But then again, she was young, vulnerable and pretty-his key targets.

We may never know, but I pray that her remains are found one day and that the sick fuck who took her life that day 48 years ago, Ted or not Ted, is caught and put in jail where he belongs.

 

Anime review: “The Familiar of Zero”: the worst thing I’ve seen in a long time

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an anime so bad that I almost rage quit on it the whole way through.

Some anime are good anime with their occasional hiccups from time to time, but manage to win you back with their great characters, amazing storytelling…and great plots…Familiar of Zero has neither of the three above.

In fact, I’m amazed this little stinker of a show managed to get as many fans as it did, being so awful and all. It’s below average for a harem-I’ve seen great harem series with good subplots who made up for the harem plot-“Tenchi Muyo”, “Higurashi,” “Ouran”.

Honestly, on the surface, Familiar of Zero sounds amazing: the idea of a boy being trapped in another world sounds amazing, gripping, and the idea of a new world’s mythos being introduced is something I love-I’m an ardent Harry Potter fan and love how Rowling manages to balance out the Muggle and Magical world wonderfully and believably.

Mrs. Rowling never tried to sugarcoat the way her world worked.

I never knew watching this that I’d be watching one of the worst anime abominations I’d ever seen. I watched all 4 seasons, in case you’re thinking I chickened out halfway. No, I’m committed to sit through hell on Earth because it’s part of my job as a reviewer-to be fair and objective, you have to see an entire tv series or anime.

And I did.

The technical aspects of Familiar of Zero are spectacular.

The acting is decent, the music is generic but passable and nice, the openings and endings are really great and a few side characters and the mythos show signs of being thought about before being written off to the side.

Unfortunately, that’s all the good that I can really accredit this piece of shit show with. The rest, it fucked up horribly on.

Season 1 was watchable, Season 2 was more interesting, Season 3 really fucked itself over with unnecessary harem garbage and butchering every character I liked and turning them into unnecessary love interests and season 4 had the most forced, implausible conclusion I’ve ever seen.

The series centers around a young boy named Saito who is summoned by a failure of a magician, Louise Francoise De La Blanc De La Valiere, to be her familiar. He is forced to serve her and become her servant and be treated like shit for all eternity. And he’s 100% fine with this after a while and falls in love with her, because Stockholm Syndrome is now a good thing.

This series has many problematic elements, however the worst is the misogyny. I’ve never seen a show with worse misogyny in anime-the girls are introduced from the boobs up, their boobs are constantly in people’s faces, the girls are nothing more than objects for the guys to spy on and fawn over-and the girls are eventually all reduced to catfighting over a single guy-cheating on each other, being bitches and just being evil to each other.

It’s so disgusting that I shudder to mention it. First of all, the heroine is taunted about her lack of boob size…why is this a thing? Second, numerous girls fight over the same guy, and there’s invariably a scene where he’s obsessed with their breasts.

Also, what’s hilarious is the show’s failure to live up to its own morals. Three times, it says marrying someone older than you is bad (if brainwashed), that war and genocide are bad, and that it’s bad for an older man to abuse the crap out of a young servant.

Yet it hilariously subverts that as time goes on.

All the females become puppets for the male character to ogle over.

Also, there’s a fair bit of misandry here, classifying all men as raging perverts and ignoring said male’s abuse by the female lead is twisted, fucked up and plain disgusting. Also, there are several near rape scenes by the females forcing themselves on the males (and one instance of a female ATTEMPTING to date-rape her boyfriend because he won’t look at her. She never apologizes and is never sorry for doing it. When Louise gets drugged she only reluctantly helps her.)

Also, what else is bad?

This show fucking romanticizes pedophilia. It rolls around in it happily. From a teenage girl having a creepy-ass relationship with her TEACHER to a creepy arranged marriage with an older man-Familiar of Zero delights in sexualizing young girls as sex objects early on. What’s worse is it pretends to be disgusted by it, only to continually do the same shit again and again, by having Louise wear horrible cat outfits…but the worst part is the creepy as fuck Fairy Inn, where a known pedophile, er Siesta’s uncle works in sexualizing young girls and letting them get hit on by perverts because “this is the best thing for them”-gross and morally repulsive is not enough to describe how sickening this fucker is.

Worst of all, this is treated as comedy by the protagonists. It’s so funny to watch young girls be essentially tricked into being prostitutes for bored older men and considering all the recent scandals, the author should’ve known better than to sexualize girls like this.

IT gets worse, Colbert orders Siesta to strip to distract older men and she agrees.

There’s creepy incest when Louise dresses up like her older sister and thinksshe looks more attractive that way. Also, Siesta’s uncle the pedo is horribly homophobic and transphobic with his fake breasts, effeminate way of talking and acting. Great, we need minorities getting shat on, too.

Also, a racist character is instantly forgiven for trying to torture and kill an innocent elf who was just minding her own business. That’s right, racism is okay if someone apologizes for being genocidal. Wait, why were they mad at that guy for torching villages again? Oh yeah, Colbert gets away with being a murderous fucker and fakes his death, completely rendering his apology and redemption arc very, very invalid and disgustingly disingenuous toward the readers.

Don’t ever play this game of “this character is dead oh no they weren’t” with readers. It’s shitty af.

Characters die but no one cares (at least I didn’t, the plot and story is that fucking bad.)

It’s at its best when it’s tackling fantasy instead of resorting to tired old stupid harem comedy.

Next that’s problematic is that this series openly endorses slavery and master slave dynamics. This series shows Saito on a leash, called a fucking dog by Louise and whipped by him all the time-to the point where it’s fucking comedy. That’s right, slavery is now hilarious, thanks to Familiar of Zero.

I felt sick to my stomach every time I watched the series and him getting treated like a slave.

Shouldn’t you be depicting such behavior as wrong?

Apparently, not in Familiar of Zero’s world.

Also, this series is okay with domestic abuse and openly endorses Louise and Saito’s abusive relationship as being true love, despite Louise whipping, beating, starving, neglecting, verbally abusing and yelling at Saito for anything and everything. The rest of the cast sees this as being fucking funny, thank you very much. But I saw it as being morally disturbing and only made me wish even harder that Louise would fucking be roasted on a spit and die.

With so much problematic shit, it’s amazing this show got 4 seasons, it should’ve been cancelled right away. Oh and I nearly forgot about the time the middle-aged cook tried to assault Saito and he backed away in time. Pedophilia is wrong.

Saito deserves better than this hellhole of a life.

Also the characters…Siesta became a bitch as soon as she fell in love with Saito, Henrietta cheated on her best friend with her bf, Tabitha became wildly ooc falling in love with Saito and butchered her character…and Tiffania exists as sex material for her boobs. That’s it. That’s all they exist for.

Even Kirke engages in a creepy-ass pedophilic relationship with her teacher.

Saito is sympathetic but perverted and loses his appeal as the series continues.

But Louise is a disgusting slimeball the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Imagine if Grimer and Muk combined with filthy, stinky garbage and rotten vomit and combine that with a narcissist’s genes and thus you’ve got the worst anime character in the history of mankind, ever. I’ll take table fucker Nina Einstein over this bitch any day.

Louise is horrible, truly a pink spore, she is disgustingly abusive, repulsive, self-centered, laothsome, stuck up, priggish, a bitch, and evrrything else in the dictionary for ugly, loathsome and disgusting. I’ve never hated a character more than this revolting character.

Her bullying and strict parents do not excuse her being an abusive bitch.

I know the author is dead but he could’ve written this story much better, without endorsing such harmful content.

Animation: 10/10.

Music: 10/10

Acting: 7/10

Plot: 3.4/10 (second season), 2.3/10 (1st season), -550 out of 1000 (3rd season), 1.4/10 (4th season…)

Characters: 3/10 for side characters, and for main characters, -4000 out of 10,000 for Louise, and -1000 out of 1000 for Saito.

Relationship developments: One of the worst, most disgusting forced relationships in the history of anime. Kirisuna was better and that’s not saying a lot but at least SAO had enjoyable moments to it in its blandness. I’ll take a bland series over a badly written one any day. The light novels are much better than the shitty ass anime.

Overall: 0 out of 10.

Truly the worst I’ve ever seen.

I endured suffering enough by this anime.

 

The time that social media stopped being “social” and became “antisocial” media

Let’s face it, the internet has changed us as people.

The Internet has also changed with time, growing from a tiny, insular version of itself in the 90s that could barely function and handled only the bare necessities of news, of people building their own little websites and socializing-but there were also chatrooms, people openly socializing with each other, and people forming bonds and connections.

Nowhere were people openly anti-social, people delighted in the idea of connecting with new people (strangers from another country, why the hell not!) and exchanged phone numbers and chatted on chatrooms. Of course, there came the paranoia about online predators-but the one thing I remember hearing people say is that, though there could be online drama and trolls and such, people didn’t feel ignored. People felt enlivened through the Internet.

Time went by and the Internet became bigger and bigger and people could now communicate through inventions like Skype, Discord and Twitter, along with Facebook. Now we can communicate in seconds with other people. Surely, that would inspire people to be more open and socialize, no?

Unfortunately, the Internet has grown colder and nastier over the years, due to cyberbullies, trolling, cyberstalkers, hackers, and other such unpleasant fellows taking over and using the anonymity of the Internet to do as they please, and whittle away at people’s trust in the person behind the screen.

I can recall over the past couple years how much frostier social media has become, and I don’t blame people at all because of the plethora of nasty people online, because of the fake news, because of the politics. But there used to be a time where I could find a platform that wasn’t filled with all that. Those times have changed.

I returned back to a platform that offers anonymity (Topix) hoping to find my old forum buddies, only to find that the entire website has been overrun with spammers, cyberbullies, trolls and insults back and forth. There were no more pleasant people and now people outside the US cannot take part in the forums. Anon was still enabled, but the lack of enforcement of the rules begs the question of why has it gotten this way?

I joined Tumblr a couple years back and every person I met was kind and willing to go out of their way to help someone, and interesting to talk to. I had so much fun and people were so much fun. I never felt alone at all on the website.

Then things changed. Suddenly, fandom politics became all encompassing and important. Suddenly, cliques were forming and people were kicking others out of communities, accusing them of being “problematic” in various ways for what fiction they liked. Suddenly, mob hunts were being formed to hunt down people who’d committed various crimes. Truth was few and far between. As a result, people became less friendly and stuck to themselves. I found myself encountering people rejecting me at every turn, nice people suddenly turning on me and ghosting me without explanation.

I was suddenly told off for being too open about myself and I remember thinking what happened to when people cared about other people online?

I realized-people do not care anymore about other people online. It is all about themselves, because they are tired of the Internet-the Internet has embittered us, to the point where we lose manners, common decency and just assume every person is out to get us.

On Deviantart, people used to leave a “thank you” when you favorited their artwork and encouraged you to comment. Not anymore, I favorited stuff and got no comment in response. I’ve started seeing the “only mutuals” can commission people for art popping up. The website seems colder and frostier but at least people still chat with each other.

Facebook, too, seems colder, with users constantly arguing with each other.

Twitter is full of bitterness left and right.

Tumblr has undoubtedly become the worst, with people resorting to ghosting, blocking and being passive-aggressive in sneaky, subtle ways (by referring to people who’ve “offended” them in vague terms, or vagueblogging as it’s called), by doing so they can “get rid” of people who’ve been annoying to them.

People don’t care anymore because no one insists they should care. People have a “laissez faire” attitude to negativity online. When complaining about the negativity and hatred fans were showing towards others enjoying their ships or a series they didn’t like, I was told I “shouldn’t let it get to me” and that I cared “too much”. People ignore other people being cyberbullied, or cyberstalked, because they can. They forget there’s another person behind the screen, and they just don’t care.

No one insists they should tell people how they feel before ditching them as a friend anymore because vagueblogging and ghosting are much easier and more popular to do than being a true friend and explaining themselves. No one thanks anyone anymore for anything, they just take and take and take.

Even on Youtube, people will bitch and moan at a youtuber for how his “voice” sounds, rip and tear each other apart over politics, and the positive people are told to shut up or “kys” (short for kill yourself.) It’s become all too easy to not care anymore.

As a person who has particularly high functioning autism, this stresses me out, particularly because I cannot read when someone is giving passive aggressive hints to me-and now I am experiencing cruelty of the nth degree-the worst thing possible: silence.

I crave companionship-I and many others-we’ve expected the Internet to replace humans and companionship. But when people do not reply to me, or ignore me-a part of me feels hollow and empty.

When did we become this way?

When was it okay to just ignore other people and shut them out of things? What happened to the optimistic, kind Internet? People happened. Sooner or later, people started getting tired of their freedoms online and decided it was okay to attack people because they’re just behind a screen.

To all those who say “I shouldn’t care”, say that to the next child who decides to commit suicide from being cyberbullied. Say that to the LGBTQIA teen who is experiencing cyber harassment online. Say that to the woman who’s receiving threats of rape and harassment from men, thanks to her pointing out critiques in a video game. No, we should care.

Caring is part of being human. The Internet is composed of humans. It’s about time we remember that, and about time we realize things like cyberbullying, ghosting, trolling, etc, have no place in our world and strive to be better human beings and talk to one another, explain ourselves. For being afraid of being human is by far the worst sin of all.

Not caring is disgusting-we need to eradicate that attitude of indifference as soon as possible. Yes, you need to start caring about what your words could do to someone else online. Yes, you need to be more inclusive of other people and stop shutting them out the second they do something wrong. Yes, you need to be aware of the vulnerabilities people with disabilities face before accusing them of being terrible people.

You need to shed your apathy for some empathy. Empathy is a very, very important thing.

I’m not saying you should believe every person with a sob story online. But I am saying that no one, and absolutely no one, should feel left out, hurt or ignored online, and that people should try to be there for them, help them feel better, instead of shunning people who act different.

Apathy kills.

It’s time we re-examine that apathetic way we turn our backs on people online and decide to change for the better and start developing some goddamned compassion. You need to care about others, you need to treat them with respect. The saddest part is, often adults are the ones cyberbullying those younger than them, or harassing them.

Let’s end the exclusion, the cyberbullying. Let’s not let anyone feel left out online.

We’re supposed to be “Communities” of people, right?