Mechanical Anime Reviews Podcast Episode 5: We Need to discuss how we talk about creators

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the Mechanical Anime Reviews podcast. It’s episode 5 and I am honestly stunned by the fact that I am still doing this. I still don’t know what I am doing, but I may know a little more on how to approach each podcast episode in the future.

Anyway, this episode was inspired by the death of one of the greatest mangaka ever, Kentaro Muira of Berserk fame. So in that way, it’s a very special episode. It’s also a short one compared to all the other short episodes that I podcast about anyway. Anyway, this episode discusses how we need another approach on how we talk about different creators and the content create. There needs to be a separation between the people who are flawed yet have fantastic talent vs the works they can create which can last forever. Watch or listen to this podcast episode to know more. You see how to do that below.

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  1. It can be very easy to forget that creators are just *people* like the rest of. As you said, some are good, some are assholes that use their platform and fame for shady things/opinions, and there’s a lot in between. For me, a person’s character and ethics can definitely influence how I perceive their work. I feel it can be extremely difficult to disassociate work from creator because there’s always something of the creator left in the work, whether subtle or more emphasised. Miura was a good person who genuinely wanted to help and inspire others. He wanted people to see the ugliness of the world but also recognise that it doesn’t have to consume them. At the end of the day, they hve the strength within them to fight the ugliness and build their own paths. That resonated with so many people out there and that brilliant empathy of sorts makes it easy to forget he was just another dude, probably fighting his own battles and just trying to live like the rest of us. I loved this podcast because it does highlight how we as people should perceive creators as people more than some subliminal thing to be worshipped. Respect and adored sure, but placed above being just another human, not so much.

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    1. Thanks so much for listening. I have read your comment multiple times and I don’t know how to respond because I don’t know Berserk that and what it means to other people which is why I didn’t talk about it specifically on here because I didn’t know that fact but that sounds fantastic and I can see why so many people were attached to him and his work.

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      1. I’ve mostly seen this via interviews he’s done and tons of people I’ve talked to about his work and what it mean to them. Especially around his passing, there’s a chat group I’m on and everyone took turns describing the personal influence his work had on them. It was quite emotional.

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    1. Thanks so much for listening. It took a bit of work and thought for it to all make sense. I’ve only rewritten my notes like five times over before even speaking so it was ok at least. Glad you liked it :).

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