Comments on Raymond H's Why Perfect Blue is Terrifying: An Addendum

It's been one year since Super Eyepatch Wolf released Why Perfect Blue is Terrifying. So what better time for Raymond to start some shit by quibbling with one of his analytical idols?

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Arthur B at 11:16 on 2018-05-14
Interesting article. I would take issue "It is only when the service delves into the realm of sexual desire, as the business of idolatry which Mima is a part of does, that a narrative of horror could truly work" though. It's true that sexual desire is a lightning rod for all sorts of intense feelings, and so frequently celebrity stalker types and similar will cite it as a motivation, but people are complex and there's billions of them out there - including people unwell enough to develop unhealthy fixations on anything.

I would say that the larger any particular person's fanbase grows, the more likely it is that that fanbase will include someone with an excessive obsession - perhaps you hit that point faster in highly sexually-charged fields, perhaps not. I've been listening over the last couple weeks to The Last Podcast On the Left's fascinating exploration of the life of Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon, and the stuff that motivated him was a) far wilder than the simplistic version of the story that gets propagated and b) not particularly sexual in nature.

As far as the avatar thing goes, you remind me that I really need to get around to posting my Videodrome review.
Raymond H at 13:14 on 2018-05-14
That is...a very good point actually. I suppose what motivated this addendum/quibble was the fact that in his video, Wolf specifically cites sexually-charged stalker incidents (such as Perfect Blue and Ricardo Lopez), before proposing his thesis that that kind of thing could happen to any possible type of mini-celebrity, regardless of whatever type of service their audience derives from them. I hadn't actually considered Chapman, but now that you mention it that does raise a further complexity I overlooked. Egads! We've entered triple quibble territory(try saying that fast three times)!
By the way, would you mind at all if I posted this to Wolf's reddit, to see if it elicits a response from anyone?
And you remind me that I still haven't watched The Brood, despite it being on my play-instant queue for several months.
Arthur B at 15:30 on 2018-05-14
We've never been fussy about where people post links, if only because we've never really believed you can control who links to your stuff anyway. :)

You should watch The Brood.
Raymond H at 23:21 on 2018-05-14
Alright then. Thanks!
I know, I know! I keep meaning to, but I rarely have sit-down time for full-length movies these days.
Ichneumon at 03:35 on 2018-05-18
A good op-ed here, although I would have liked if you'd brought up the folie à deux aspect and how it ties into the way a culture of ownership over women's bodies and identities can create a fractured self-image and persona.
Ichneumon at 03:46 on 2018-05-18
Unrelatedly, I have written some paltry sum of anime criticism myself (mostly babbling about the later instalments of the Monogatari franchise for THEM) and certainly have watched far more analyses of Japanese cartoons than is likely healthy, so seeing someone discussing the subject on Ferretbrain is quite intriguing. Fare thee well, friend. :3
Raymond H at 00:36 on 2018-05-21
Oh, thank you. "blush"
Unfortunately I'm afraid I couldn't have met your request, as I'd never even heard the term folie à deux until I read your comment. You bring up a good point though, which is somewhat addressed in more detail in another Wolf video here (it doesn't quite go into the gendered aspect of things, but it does address shared delusions).
Um...who do you mean by THEM? Like, giant mutant ants? The Illuminati? Your parents? Joking aside though, I think I like my current routine (can I even call it that when I've only posted 3 articles?) of odd-numbered articles being anime-related, and even-numbered articles being something else, since I do like other things besides just anime. So hopefully you will see many more anime things here. Thank you very much for your kind words. :)
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