Reikan is the author of Magical Phenomena light novel series, Vtuber, and an advocate for mental health, queer liberation, anti-fascism, and social ecology
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Buckle up

Believe it or not, we are creating history everyday! In an age of pandemic and ongoing isolation, we are adapting in ways unthinkable ages ago. Pundits have pontificated what Renaissance of the Arts and Humanities will blossom during these unprecedented times. Perhaps we will find the likes of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Pieter Bruegel or Edvard Munch?


This is an issue that ought to build solidarity, not division and apathy.

Piracy. It’s a crime.
Piracy. It’s a crime.

Disclaimer: This short essay is not going to be discussing the details of production, the morality of piracy, nor is this a call out to anybody in particular. This essay is a discussion about culture and reassessing our approach to the discourse in general.

One of the things that have been bothering me for a while about the anime community has been the discussion about piracy. The discussions that we have time and time again do not really seem to go anywhere. It is not the impasses themselves that bother me, but the mentality that we have towards it. Older anime fans have a mentality to this that reflect an appreciation of how we consume much differently than we have in the past. I am apart of this group myself and distinctly remember a time when my parents recorded programs and bought VHS tapes for my brother and me to watch our favorite shows on. I remember the only way that I could read manga was through my local public libraries. Some older anime fans do not appreciate this as much, of course, but generally speaking, if you were an anime fan in the 80s, 90s, and even early 2000s, watching anime definitely had its inconveniences. One of the inconveniences was price. To collect VHS collections, DVDs, and now Blu-Rays, all of this would set you back a week’s worth of groceries just to get a few episodes per purchase. There used to be an inside joke that we had in the fandom that: “Anime: crack is cheaper”. …


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On Thursday, August 1st, 2019, I had announced I have the full intention of leaving Facebook and all of their services for good. Facebook had broken the last straw for me. I will be unpublishing both pages, closing down Clubtaku, and deactivating my account on September 1st, 2019.

Why was this the last straw?

Let’s rewind to the 2018 US Midterms back in November. I discovered through personal investigation that my data had been sold multiple times by Google, Microsoft and Facebook. My family is conservative and Catholic. Abortion is a top issue for them. I discovered why Planned Parenthood has came to my door to inquire my voting intentions and information (basic canvassing effort). This is standard ”Get Out The Vote” strategy. I know I had pulled my information from the Democratic Party back in 2016 quite thoroughly. I have never discussed Planned Parenthood online nor have I ever visited their website. Tracing my data back after requesting my data, I discovered that Microsoft and Google had given my data to a firm who then distributed my data to many sources from firms that share data with telemarketers to the DNC. I am willing to assume and claim that these two corporations had sold my data despite me editing my privacy settings as thoroughly as possible. That visit from Planned Parenthood nearly tore my family apart and put me in harm’s way as a pansexual, leftist activist trans woman in a conservative household. That was the last straw for me and I had slowly spent time from November to June requesting data from all sorts of places, deactivating accounts, salvaging important contacts before purging my personal Yahoo and Gmail accounts that I’ve had since childhood, and organizing and storing my data on my own watch. I get a scary email claiming I had a serious vulnerability with my identity. I discovered that Windows (Microsoft) had compromised my data again. That was the last straw for Microsoft for me. I saved what I needed and switched to Linux and am never looking back. The only time I use Windows now is either to repair somebody else’s PC or to run it through a virtual machine on Linux to either review a game that I absolutely can’t play on Linux natively/near natively (last resort) or to play a game with anti-cheat software that also doesn’t require my information (so very few games nowadays). The only way I use Google is through my two business emails that have no real information about me and only have fake information filtered through a spoofed MAC address, a VPN and fake names and complex/randomly generated passwords. I take my privacy seriously. …


Social media sites force content creators to do click-bait, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

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NOTE: Please watch these two videos first before continuing onward with the article. This article is primarily aimed at reaching other content creators or for those who have always wanted to make content online.

I took an entire class on this for my current BS for “Digital Audiences” at ASU (essentially learning how to manage, analyze and grow social media accounts), got certified for this very topic, and it still depresses and also inspires me how much of a challenge it is to get views on videos that I spend dozens or hundreds of hours on.

Here’s the good tea: if you truly want to fundamentally shift away from clickbait, you need to have companies like YouTube, FB, etc move away from a profit model. It’s a daunting task, very relevant, but very much a need for further, deeper discussion on “how” to do it (no question on “why” anymore).

Now snapping back to the present: what’s useful for content creators HERE and NOW to push out their content is always being ready to adapt to the rules of the game. Any long-term content creator knows the rules of the game, but have trouble keeping up with the “new meta” if you will. …


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For a while I was not going to touch this with a 10 ft pole, but after a depression sleep, a few thoughts came to me about Nessa’s white washing controversy. This issue is shockingly reflective of burnout than any of us realize — even for people initially upset believe it or not.

See, I remember how controversial Archie was growing up and I did not understand the controversy myself when I was younger. I did not understand why Archie was suddenly a symbol for gay rights. …


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Art credit: https://twitter.com/chocoduki/status/881802613598990337?s=21

So you have a “why boner” for queers. That’s okay ❤

Content Warning: discussion on transphobia

I explored the concept that anime fans tend to spew out called: “traps”. It’s a controversial term because of the implications that it has for the mentality that genuinely transphobic people have. One thing that I will criticize about this passion project is that I forgot to factor in the mental health of transgender people and what would drive them to the position of labeling “trap” as transphobic rather than reclaim the slur. I admit that I was starting to come to terms with being trans myself at the time and I feel the need to give a disclaimer about how much I have learned about myself, the LGBTQIA+ community, and the real gravity of the reality for this topic. Now that I have lived for half a year out of the closet with being trans and assuming a new identity, I have encountered transphobia for what it really is and how it manifests. …


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2018 was a bitch. 2019 could be worse, or better.

What I’ve learned is that you really do make the difference in your own life — given that you ask friends and family for help. I’ve learned that building community and relying on our neighbors and peers makes the unbearable bearable, the impossible possible, and the awkward quite enjoyable. Because of the support network that I have created this year, I am coming out of what seems to be the longest, arduous year to date with scars that make me beautiful. …


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I binged all of Hare-kon last night and I just gotta say: it’s a refreshing approach to harems in a way that spoke to me on a personal level. The harem is from a female perspective in the middle of it all and despite being an idiot, her naïveté makes sense in this crazy situation and is explained in a realistic and fantastic pace that feels organic.


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One of the most common concerns that I see as of late in relation to Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is simple: “if we boycott, wouldn’t that be putting the hundreds of hours of labor done for this game to waste?”. To that I simply say: no. Let me explain why. For those wondering why talks of boycott over Red Dead Redemption 2 are even happening, to summarize the controversy: the production showed signs of sloppy management from the time it was announced and showed itself with “crunch hours” that kept some senior staffers at the office to crunch in 100 hour work weeks to finish. What made this more upsetting for many was how this was used as a marketing ploy to highlight dedication. The issue with this is that it is exploitation — full stop. Just yesterday it was revealed that Rockstar is withholding the game from small businesses until November. …


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Once in a blue moon we are graced with the occasional discussion on the concept of deconstruction and other seemingly synonymous terms associated with relevant media that are labeled as such. I will do my best to be as clear as I can due to my desire to continue to contribute to ongoing discussions about a recently controversial anime: Goblin Slayer. Before I do this, I must give a trigger warning to those who disagree with me and those who have a tendency to report those who disagree with them. I will be using terminology such as: contrarian, any term or sentence that points out any degree in wrongness, edgy, gore porn, SJW (a term that is simply a smear), and several other terms that may upset any given reader. …

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