Do You Think You’re Smarter Than You Really Are?
July 16th, 2017
I believe we’ve all ran into this type of person in the community in some form or another.
You know the one – they always come off like they’re the smartest in the section or forum they’re commenting in, even though it’s clear to everyone else that they’re not even close.
My guess is you’re not that type of person. If you’re reading Clarity then you likely have a growth mindset.
After all, that’s what this series of blogs are all about. We say “Go Further Clearer” around here for a reason – we want you to constantly improve not only as a seasonal watcher by being informed, but as a person as well.
On the other hand, there are those in our community that have a fixed mindset.
People with a fixed mindset believe that they were born with innate attributes, talents, and intelligence … and that’s it.
In their view, they’re stuck with the hand they were dealt. This leads to the avoidance of challenges that might lead to failure, a refusal to try to improve, and in extreme cases, cheating and illegal behavior to compensate.
Research reveals that it’s even worse than that. People with a fixed (or innate) mindset think they’re smarter than they really are, ironically, due to their own avoidance of real challenges.
Sound like anyone you know?
You grow by doing the hard stuff, by constantly learning — not by avoiding new challenges. All it takes to shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset is the realization that nothing about you is truly fixed.
Unfortunately, good luck trying to convince someone with a fixed mindset of that … they think they’re smarter than you:
Go Further Clearer-
Made In Abyss Is Made To Please
Every step Made In Abyss takes in its narrative virtually becomes another vote of confidence to this series being a true treasure. From its elegant storytelling to its environmental worldbuilding, all the way down to Riko and Reg’s charming interactions – this work simply doesn’t stumble.
Even when you ignore its more visceral elements and scripting, Made In Abyss’ inherent intrigue is hard to do the same. The way Kinema Citrus pays attention to detail in and out of production, really makes it tough not to wonder what’s at the bottom of the Abyss. The following blog that we’re bringing you this time does a wonderful job of hitting this series from a unique angle, as opposed to the numerous reviews and write-ups that have been churned out this week alone:
A Mother’s Gift: More on Made in Abyss and post-apocalyptic fiction
Koi to Uso – Is Its Direction Too Predictable?
Our responses to shows aren’t wholly mechanical – we get invested in plot beats, we wonder how things will turn out, we start to care about characters and fear for their success or safety. We look forward to seeing how exactly they overcome their struggles, because even if stories are often predictable, there’s a huge difference between predicting how a story will end and /knowing/ how it will end.
Koi to Uso is really riding that distinction right now for the better as its direction does feel a little predictable given episode two’s fallout. For those who want to see a slightly different review, look no further than the entry below. It’s light on content but it nicely outlines this episode in a very digestible fashion while even providing trivia:
Love and Lies Episode 2 Review: A Small Lie
Classroom of the Elite’s Ceiling Is Higher Than You Think
It’s almost sad how some of the bigger critics in the community have yet to catch on to what CotE has to offer, both in its premiere and in its trajectory. This series might be rough in its production elements, most notably around our core casts’ expressional work – but the character writing is surely there to carry.
Pairing that with a premise that offers a fundamental amount of intrigue and potential gives this LN adapt a serious shot to be a quality watch. The piece we have for you is a quick, time friendly read that doesn’t skimp on showcasing exactly that potential value:
Let’s Talk Classroom of the Elite (ep 1)
Alright, Fine. It’s Time To Discuss Gamers!
We’re going to be honest, your pals at Seasonal Prattle aren’t a fan of this series. Gamers! is a concentrated collection of mediocre at best craft elements mixed with unimaginative writing and fairly tasteless characters. The comedy can be hit or miss, falling prey to being way too predictable (think the build up to Keita rejecting Karen’s invitation at the very end) or just…well too basic (think Karen slipping on a banana peel) to be effective.
However, we recognize where it can be appealing in its premise, and thus would like to present you with content that’s actually supports it. Below you can find a solidly constructed article that, as alluded to, digs into why this series might hook you despite our team’s personal view:
[Review] GAMERS! – episode 1
Surprise! Fate/Apocrypha Is In Good Shape
Did that subhead sound sarcastic to you? I’m hoping it did, because this shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Throughout the various pieces of Fate/Apocrypha content that we came across this week, in addition to our general scan through the community’s forums and comment sections – there still appears to be a pretty vocal crowd out there that feels Fate is being handled terribly from a production sense. Well let’s actually get to the bottom of that. The following blog is smart, neatly written and perfectly positioned to shine light on this topic:
Fate/Apocrypha — Production Notes 1-2
Netsuzou Trap Worth Its Weight?
Despite Netsuzou Trap’s popularity this season, there’s not a whole lot of coverage on this one. Content concerning this yuri short is often short itself when our team encounters it, so we were quite pleased to come across a piece that’s relatively expansive given this show’s length. Get a better take on how Netsuzou Trap held up this week with a blog post that’s fair in its approach and plenty sturdy in ts writing:
Netsuzou Trap Episode 2 Review – “Are Those Two…”
Princess Principal – Promise, Promise & More Promise
Princess Principals initial reception so far is interesting both on the viewer and critic side. Big critics aren’t hesitant to slam it for its inherently silly concoction of spies, magic, ninjas and so forth. However, a lot of viewers have bought into that and once you do, Princess Principal has plenty of tools to work with that only have promise.
Its mix of genre traits are well balanced, served in a dish that on paper would appear disgusting, but that’s actually reasonably tasty when experienced. The writing so far is competent and 3Hz’s production prowess isn’t exactly poor here either:
Princess Principal – 01 (First Look)
Let’s Be Clear On Centaur no Nayami…
In lieu of viewer reception, there appears to be some of the bigger influencers in the community both on the text and video side backing this – which completely perplexes us to no end. Video wise, Glass Reflection’s Tristan Gallant is high on this and on the text side, critics at Crunchyroll seems to have no problem with letting us know how great this work is.
With all due respect, we completely disagree with both of them so far. Centaur no Nayami brings little value beyond the essential trademarks of its genre space to separate itself from the pack. Its cast isn’t particularly endearing or synergistic, the writing is mediocre at its best moments and its attempts at social commentary aren’t ample or notable.
At the time of writing, Centaur no Nayami sits at a pretty low (for MAL’s sake) 6.4ish rating. While we don’t put too much stock into scores at all, it seems like we’re not the only ones dissatisfied with this work. Be that as it may, we want to be fair here with our piece. Often times anime critics can fall in the trap of being too negative or too positive with their critiques, but here we found an article that’s pretty balanced to the series. If you’re on the fence with Centaur, then make sure give this a read:
Centaur no Nayami – 01
Netflix, Amazon Strike, Crunchyroll & More – We’re Breaking Them All Down
Streaming services still remain one of the most important points of discussion for seasonal anime watchers to be concerned with. Unfortunately, much of the content on the topic out there leans too heavy one way or another to really give a realistic grip on these platforms standings in relation to the community. Luckily, a piece has emerged in the later half of this week that’s highly balanced – accurately tackling the situation with elegance and grace:
Streaming Stumbles: How each major anime service can improve
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