Are You Truly Self Aware?
July 9th, 2017

Let’s face it, some people in the anime community are legitimately cringey.

They fit the weeaboo stereotypes and memes down to the last detail in brutal fashion – almost to perfection in some cases.

But here’s the thing:

                             “Cringe” is on a sliding scale

You don’t have to be the blatant poster boy or girl of a stereotypical weeaboo, but you can still be cringey in aspects  – even if it’s just a little.

So be honest with yourself, are you aware that you might be cringey sometimes?
In a book I recently read, “Insight”, author and organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich presents a series of surveys finding that 95% of people think they’re self-aware, but only 10-15% truly are.

She cites three reasons for this disconnect. First, we naturally have blind spots. We’re wired to operate on autopilot, unaware of how we’re behaving, and why.

There’s also the feel-good effect: we’re happier when we see ourselves in a more positive light.

She calls the last factor the “cult of self,” the idea that we’ve become more self-absorbed as social media has exploded in popularity.

To improve external self-awareness, Eurich suggests finding a “loving critic” among your friends.

Find someone who both wants you to be successful and will tell you the truth, without any sugarcoating. Don’t try to ask all your friends for feedback—that can be overwhelming. Take one friend aside, letting him or her know in advance what you’re looking for.

Some people fear that becoming more self-aware means seeing the ugly truth about yourself. Eurich says the process can be difficult—for instance, she’s never seen someone enjoy getting negative feedback—but it’s okay to feel uncomfortable.

“We have to let ourselves feel those reactions” and take some time to process them, she notes. “It takes courage and energy. But it is absolutely worth the effort, and it helps us be more confident and more in control of our lives.”

You can check out some general signs that show if you lack self awareness to see where you stand below. Hopefully it helps you get just a little bit further ahead as a person before proceeding to this week’s seasonal resources:

7 Signs You’re Not as Self-Aware as You Think

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Seasonal Prattle

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Ballroom e Youkoso Is Already Setting The Bar

Here at Seasonal Prattle, we really enjoyed how confident Ballroom e Youkoso’s writing was for its premiere. Each sequence felt self-assured in its grounded storytelling, less obligated to include gags and cliffhangers, and more fully dedicated to its own tonal style.

Fujita’s insecurities and passions are conveyed best by the meticulously rendered visuals that strike your senses throughout the episode. Even when you’re not watching beautiful dance choreography, the show is doing a fine job communicating sensory detail, humor, and little cues of body language beautifully to paint its cast:

Ballroom e Youkoso – 01

Made In Abyss Deserves Serious Recognition

Made In Abyss was simply impressive across the board, making fine use of its fantasy space and charming characters every opportunity it had. This work is already showing a strong handle of tone – utilizing a rather understated soundtrack to command a sense of adventure or leaning on its whimsical character work to play up light-hearted moments.

All of this isn’t even touching the premise or Kinema Citrus’ job of world building here – both of which are compelling. Out of the content that we’ve sifted through, this blog in particular does a fine job of expressing the pure awe of this series’ start:

Made in Abyss Episode 1
Koi To Uso – Scum’s Wish? Nah more like Nisekoi

Koi To Uso’s premiere was a real mixed bag – receiving praise for its general romantic sentiments and setup along with Liden Films’ shot framing prowess in and around the larger narrative strokes.

However, the series’ narrative flow can be cumbersome at times (think government showing up out of nowhere during the last five minutes) and looks to be shaping up more like Nisekoi as opposed to its popular comparison in Winter’s Kuzu no Honkai. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing has yet to be seen:

Koi to Uso (Love & Lies): Season 1/ Episode 1 “First Love”

How Long Will The Banana Jokes Stay Ripe?

If you’re approaching Aho Girl for thoughtful storytelling, thematic touches or even a sharper sense of craft, then you may want to turn around. However, Aho Girl does offer plenty of comedy that appears to be a little hit and miss with the community upon debut. The piece below is worthwhile to take in as an easy going read, covering the shows highs and lows in a fairly balanced light:

Aho Girl – 01

Reflecting Ahead

The lack of content and buzz around The Reflection is absolutely abysmal, which literally still  surprises me each passing day. Regardless if you turn to YouTube, blogs or check any anime related forum, The Reflection hardly comes up in conversation despite the major names backing it. No worries though, if you need a reason to anticipate this one later this month, than look no further then this quick to the point piece. Go ahead, take a look – it’s rather time friendly:

The First Episode of The Reflection Really Feels Like an American Comic in Motion

Peeking Back At Fate Apocrypha

I think the first episode deserves a second look. No seriously, because a lot of what’s going on with Apocrypha’s first episode is ultimately overshadowed with die-hard fan complaints on the production or the writing in general – making discussing some of its finer details in the community tough.

To be fair, this series has actually been pretty competent so far – with A-1 pictures doing a reasonable job in and out of the more action heavy sequences given the material. So take a second to put the hate away and give this fun little read some attention:

Three Fun Easter Eggs in Fate/Apocrypha’s First Episode

Tsurezure Children Is A Quietly Charming Short

It’s a shame there’s such little conversation surrounding this one in the community. Tsurezure Children’s start was genuinely charming, providing enough quirks to its palette of relationships to get a viewer invested and swinging with its easygoing mood to the very last credit. The piece below does a fine job elaborating on that, wasting little time to highlight the romantic short’s strengths:

First Impressions – Tsurezure Children

Sure The Food Is Pretty, But Isekai Shokudou’s Writing…

Not so much. It’s hard for us  to point to any given element that Isekai Shokudou did even remotely well in its opening twenty minutes.

Everything from its writing to its use of fantasy space just felt so passable, like Silver Link was purely going through the motions rather than providing any solid reason to care or invest. During our trek to assemble this issue of Clarity, we found a piece that competently demonstrates just how sluggish this series can feel. I guess we’re not alone on this one:

Restaurant to Another World – episode 1


Netflix Is Holding Me Back From My Favorite Shows, Help!

I’m sure you can tell by the subhead alone that this next and last piece isn’t on a particular seasonal anime, but it’s still pretty important for seasonal watchers to know nonetheless. Netflix is holding arguably the two biggest new series behind a release schedule that isn’t exactly friendly to weekly watchers – which the following write up does well explaining. Let this article deliver you all the details in easy, straightforward fashion. No mess, No overly long videos to get to the point:

Why Doesn’t Netflix Simulcast?

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4 thoughts to “Clarity: Choice Resources Of The Season (July 2 – July 8)

  • Izanaginookami

    As much as a successful (marketing or in terms of profit in the long term) choice was the one to release full series instead of really simulcasting Anime, I have to say: screw you Netflix. Sure, for those that aren’t hardcore fans it might be better to watch it fully, but after 5 months? Sometimes not even fully (LWA was divided into 2 parts right?)? Well, thank you for saving fansub groups then, and if you even (rightfully as it’s piracy, but what can you expect from such service?) take down those, I will have no choice but to learn Japanese for real.

    By the way, I’m totally self-aware of my weeaboo-ness, just like with my chuunibyou. Oh, and naturally, thanks for sharing the posts!

    • Prattle

      Agreed. I get why Netflix is making the choice (and how having more anime in general on Netflix is good for exposure and growth of this hobby), but I’m right there with you. As someone who likes to watch seasonal anime weekly, it really sucks. Learning Japanese to get around this isn’t that bad of an idea lol.

      Izanagi is a chuuni? I didn’t know. I’m glad you’re aware of it though and own it 🙂

    • sonicsenryaku

      That’s a huge misconception that those who arent hardcore anime fans are okay with not watching anime weekly. See, people tend to underestimate the large group of fans who actually like to binge watch their anime rather than watching them weekly. Some people dont care about being a part of the weekly conversation. If they have something relevant to say about a show, they will either join the conversation later (even if it has died down) or just speak about it with a group of friends. I get why netflix does things the way they do. But in all honesty, i think that a more amicable solution would be to open up some of the anime they grab (they dont have to do it with all of them) to the possibility of being simulcasted. This way, fans dont think that every anime that gets grabbed by netflix is going to be under arrested development for half a year or some shit. Anywho, my main point was that you dont have to be a hardcore fan to desire watching anything on a weekly basis. And the idea that netflix’s model of doing things is actually hurting the anime community is a false one. Sure, i dont like them grabbing really amazing series’ and keeping it on lockdown for god knows how long, but they certainly arent hurting the growth of the community or the industry in the way some people are making it out to be.

      • Prattle

        I like the solution that you suggest here of Netflix opening up a bit to the possibility of simulcasting for at least some of the titles that they’ll be taking over. Unfortunately the way they handle business makes that unlikely – but it would be nice to see happen nonetheless.


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