Self-Worth And Understanding In ‘My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness’

les.pngCONTENT WARNING: THIS PIECE TALKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND SEXUALITY. BE MINDFUL IN CASE YOU’RE NOT COMFORTABLE APPROACHING THESE TOPICS. ALSO I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND READING THIS IF YOU CAN, IT HAS A REALLY GOOD QUALITY OFFICIAL RELEASE YOU CAN GET HERE.

Nagata Kabi’s My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness got me. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to put my journey to self-compassion into words, then suddenly this manga did it better than I ever could. This silly messy adult manga about a lesbian woman going to an escort agency was one of the most touching things I’ve ever experienced. Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that. But Nagata Kabi is honest and vulnerable in a way that I wish I could be, and that’s what makes her tale so moving.

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Bristle’s Babbles #9 – ‘Shut Your Brain Off’

NOTE: Old post, sorta rambly. Also, some opinions expressed are different to my perspective as of now.

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard someone recommend or defend a particular work by saying “you’ve gotta shut your brain off and not think about things”. You get works that get described as that in pretty much all art forms, particularly multimedia art forms, but Anime seems to get it more than anything else. Such works include Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Mirai Nikki, Sword Art Online, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Guilty Crown, Valvrave, the list goes on and on. My disagreement lies in the fact that those Anime aren’t all the same as one another. A lot of them have a calculated absurdity to them that you can genuinely appreciate as an intelligent thoughtful person, and it insults a work to say you can only like it by lowering yourself. As for the rest of them the amusement lies partly in bad design considering they take serious overtones, and they shouldn’t be put in the same category as the aforementioned that engage purely in good design. The three from that list that have the most calculated absurdity are Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I haven’t seen Gurren Lagann all the way through so I’ll focus on the latter two.

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