An Update on My Progress

This is an update for those wondering why it’s taking so long for me to churn out the next post. For the record, I’ve been using what free time I have to work on the Things that Rocked, Things that Sucked of the next Naruto arc on my list, and boy is it taking me a while to write despite the arc being shorter than the multiple arcs that were focused mostly on Sasuke. It’s going to be a real doozy too given that after writing quite a bit, I’m still not even done with the first draft. Only now do I realize just how much there is to talk about there.

Here’s a bit of something to chew on while I try to finally finish the review: my suggestions for minor changes to The Force Awakens that would have made it so Rey’s growth felt less controversial. First of all, make her less invincible. In other words, don’t be afraid to have her fail and land herself in serious peril despite her best efforts. For example, while she did escape from her shackles near the end, she manages to avoid getting captured just fine without the aid of her friends. Maybe make it so that despite doing fine for a while, she eventually finds herself cornered, only to be saved by her friends. This would better highlight the importance of teamwork among the good guys (to contrast with how individual villains don’t seem to like each other all that much), as well as to emphasize that her friends were willing to come all that way to save her (in contrast to the family that abandoned her), in turn shifting her further away from her loner tendencies.

Second, instead of letting Rey develop the ability to apply the Force in different ways over the course of the movie, instead, as with the original Star Wars, focus instead on one skill that is mastered by the climax. In the original, it’s Luke applying what Obi-Wan taught him when he was practicing with the lightsaber in order to pinpoint the thermal exhaust port and guide the proton torpedoes to it. Instead of a mind trick then, perhaps have Rey escape her bonds using telekinesis. It could even be hinted at by having her unconsciously moving objects when under high levels of stress, which could in turn be used to indicate both her potential as well as emphasizing whatever emotional issues she has that could lead to the Dark Side (and in turn working well to foreshadow the risks of her hostile state of mind during the final parts of the confrontation at the end of the movie). Going back to telekinesis, this skill would become more prominent each time she used it during the movie. This would then come to a head when she overpowered Kylo’s own telekinesis to nab the lightsaber.

And that’s not even getting into making it so that her fighting style is far dirtier and more pragmatic than what we got in the movie. You’d think someone who had to fend for herself against a hostile planet would understand the value of not fighting fair. That would have been a cool way to differentiate her from Luke and Anakin while also showing similarities over which she could bond with Han “Shot First” Solo. It certainly would have been one way to show her gaining an advantage over Kylo Ren during their duel, if she just kept fighting dirty to make up for her lack of experience with a lightsaber.

How the hell does my mind expend so much brainpower on this crap?

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The Blog is Not Dead Yet

Just to let anyone reading this know, I’m still maintaining the blog. I’ve just been pretty busy with real life lately and haven’t had much energy to spare for writing. There is some good news though.

It won’t be long until I finally manage to finish off the TTR/TTS post for the Year of Sasuke. I decided to consolidate the various arcs that make up this period of the manga due to their common factors and how the ‘Year of Sasuke’ as a subject is fairly solidified in the minds of those who followed Naruto at one point or another. Hopefully, I’ll be pleased enough with what I write to publish the post sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of TTR/TTS, I’ve also begun work in earnest on a review of Season 2 of One Last God: Kubera now that the comic is on break until 2017. As always, there will be spoilers in the review, so if you do want to know whether I’d recommend the series, I will say yes, but with the caveats of needing to accept the often slow pacing and relative lack of action, among other things.

As for the rest of the Naruto reviews, fear not, for once I get past Pain’s invasion of Konoha, the reviews should be a lot easier for me to do as a result of not needing to write as much new material (not that I won’t make an effort so that readers find it worth their time to come here and not simply look at my old blog posts on Naruto Forums. Hopefully you’ll enjoy my continued descent into madness that was my experience making sense of a manga that gave me fewer and fewer reasons to enjoy reading it.

Until then, thank you to those who for some inexplicable reason think anything I have to say is worth even a moment of their time, and hopefully the next post will be up soon.

An Apology

Due to my schedule getting a little more hectic as a result of recent developments in real life, I’ll have to take more time reworking the posts critiquing the post-Part I arcs of Naruto. Until they are of a quality that I think are worthy of being published on this site, I’ll have to hold them back a bit and try to compensate with other posts.

As usual, I’ll try to post on weekends, with at least one post per weekend just to give anyone who gives this blog the time of day something to look at for a few minutes.