St. Elmo's Fire

  • So I recently took a look at the anime Monster (commonly referred to as “Naoki Urasawa’s Monster” to help you distinguish it from the pages of porn you’ll get by searching “monster anime”). When I saw the pitch, […]

    • I read Monster some years ago and I remember essentially none of it, so yeah I’m going to go with ‘unmemorable’. It is interesting that a work failing to follow through on its own premise can be seen as false advertising in a sense, though really I think that kind of extends to mediocrity itself. I mean, isn’t everything promising to be good? Or at least decent?I was re-reading Farla’s Let’s Read of uhh Battle Royale, and I really did appreciate that, despite its flaws, the book had a strong narrative and thematic vision that it held to throughout. Funnily enough, the biggest flaw in that vision seemed to be Kazuo Kiriyama, the psycho student who upended the ‘normal people stuck in extreme situation’ thing by becoming a supervillain. Not too different from what happened here!

    • The bait-and-switch thing is one of my least favorite “plot twists.” I had what would have been my favorite anime go from a nice, dystopian story to Aliens, and it made no sense, did nothing to serve the plot, and was just freakin’ weird. I didn’t even watch the rest of it, it pissed me off so much. I agree; it’s really annoying when a story betrays the basic premise it sets itself up as for some odd gimmick.

    • Well I like convoluted mysteries, evil genius and conspiracies, but I was still disappointed by Monster . Very draggy and melodramatic. Also, as you said, it thinks it’s doing deep ethical dilemma, but it’s ultimately super conventional morality: killing is never okay! Never heard that one before.

      Another thing it did which drives me nut wherever I see it (for example in Sherlock) is the tropes of the super smart and/or super strong antagonist who could destroy the protagonist at any time, but doesn’t because they finds the hero “fascinating” or whatever. This is bad story-telling because it’s purely arbitrary. It gives the writer a blank check to do whatever they want without having it makes sense. And it makes the hero extra-special with no effort.

      • I disagree where Sherlock is concerned. Giving the protagonist/antagonist conflict one of a more personal conflict can be a very feasible reason for sparing someone, from past ties to being family, etc. In the case of Sherlock, I think that it’s unfair to say that the hero is special with no effort; the effort, in this case, would be in convincing the reader that Sherlock is indeed a genius beyond a nigh-magical ability to pick up clues that aren’t there to solve the whodunnit. The plot has to be as clever as the main character is proclaimed to be, or the reader/viewer-base will pick up on this and punish the author for it. 




        • So, what you’re trying to say is… it’d have been okay for Moriarty to keep sparing Sherlock because he found him fascinating… if Sherlock was actually a fascinating character, and not an aggressively bland when he’s not aggressively unlikeable one?
          (Of course, what they should’ve done was make the show as episodic as Sherlock Holmes stories were written, but modern television absolutely hates the episodic story format for anything but for comedy cartoons for kids, and Steven Moffat makes the average showrunner look like an episodic series fetishist in comparision, despite his sole strength being episodic stories for standalone episodes.)

          • [So, what you’re trying to say is… it’d have been okay for Moriarty to keep sparing Sherlock because he found him fascinating… if Sherlock was actually a fascinating character, and not an aggressively bland when he’s not aggressively unlikeable one?]

            Pretty much. I think 98 percent of Tumblr disagrees with you on Sherlock being bland, seeing as he practically has a cult following, but I can’t vouch for the series myself, having never watched it. But yes, it’s okay to have intense personal conflicts fueled by something strange, so long as the plot and everything of the show, book, etc. backs up the character’s being worthy of being spared. 

            • Sherlock is bad. Really, really bad. I’d be willing to bet good money most of its tumblr fanbase is due to all the shipping between Sherlock and the non-entity that Watson becomes.

              Honestly, Elementary is a much better show to watch, even if its not without its flaws.

              • Since I managed to derail the post about Monster being bad into a conversation about Sherlock being bad, I might as well post this link, lol.

              • I’ve only started seeing hbomberguy’s videos recently, after I heard of what he did for the Mermaids charity, but that video and the one on Doctor Who’s 2017 Christmas special perfectly sum up my feelings about Moffat’s writing in general and the problems with Sherlock specifically.

    • I had this exact experience with Tokyo Ghoul, which was pitched as being about what it means to be human and the morality of death but was actually about heaping superpowers and specialness onto the protagonist. I had the exact reaction as you: why even bother creating a setup that asks these questions if you don’t actually give a shit about them?

    • Unfortunately I can’t speak to the anime; I read the manga and quit like 20 chapters in in favor of a plot summary when it became clear it was glossing over the stuff I was interested in.

  • Some anime I like! Two old classics, and one newer one I saw recently.


    I’m surprised to see I haven’t reviewed this yet! This is one of my favorite animes of all time, so let’s fix […]

    • Oh, hey, I’ve read/watched Mob. It is indeed pretty good. It should be noted, however, that the manga is drawn in the signature style of the author, which is to say, it looks like doodles in the margins of a notebook. It’s charming, but not conventionally pretty.

      The anime does a good job of going completely mad with visuals, but it currently covers a rather limited amount of the material.

      • Mob’s been something on my to-watch list for some time. I’ve seen OPM, and I liked that one. I really liked Act’s (I think it was Act) deconstruction of the plot and how it would probably end. As someone writing a female main character, The Vision of Escaflowne might be especially useful for me to watch, especially as my main character isn’t a powerhouse either, and even has pseudo prophetic visions, to boot!

        • I also suggest reading the Escaflowne mangas (yes, plural). They made a shounen one and a shojo one, and at the very least, its interesting to see how they differ. The shounen one is much longer (about ten volumes as opposed to getting axed at about ten chapters) and features a much more violent and action focused storyline (but closer in level to the anime than the shoujo one) and a very different heroine than either the anime or the shoujo version. The shoujo version is much more heavily focused on character interaction than the shounen version or even the anime, to the point that Escaflowne itself barely appears at all, though the heroine is far more like the heroine from the anime.

          • I am a fan of manga! It’s a lot easier to read those than to sit down for the full 30ish minutes required for an anime episode. I’ll put them on my reading list, thanks.

            • That said, though, as I recall (and I highly doubt my memory is wrong in this instance), the anime is superior to either manga adaptation. It’s best to think of them as three separate stories entirely.

    • I think, as the trappings are pretty unrelated to the real content. Here’s the back-of-the-box pitch: it’s a far-future post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure on a desert planet, starring a superhuman pacifist gunslinger. Here’s what the story is actually about: a deconstruction of absolute pacifism and selflessness, and the worth of ideals compared to human lives. 

      You know, I feel like that just suddenly clicked when you brought it up.

      As time goes on it the series shows that the stuff isn’t there just because aesthetic, but the actual elements are so buried under cliche and overuse it’s hard to really look at them directly.

      It starts off just being a bunch of roving assholes Vash is mysteriously invested in not shooting, but soon we see it’s the social group nature of humanity that underlies the predatory behavior. People can’t survive alone  and the only reason civilization is even managing to limp along is group effort. But the best way to survive is to take the work of a large group for your own personal benefit, and that kills the people you take it from, which reduces both the overall resources and the people available to do the work needed to survive, which makes survival harder and violence more necessary…

      So – post-apocalyptic scifi = this system of fighting over and blowing up vital, lifegiving resources had consequences and the longer it continues the worse it gets for everybody. Desert = but it’s not just that the nature of man is to suck, there really is a resource problem going on here and people really do have to weigh their wellbeing against a stranger’s all the time. Gunslinger = we are so so tapped out that a random dude with a gun vs another random dude with a gun is how we resolve things. There’s no higher authority Vash can appeal to, no broader system that’s wrestled with these problems and found a non-bullet solution. He, the moral system he cobbled together as a baby, and the genocide gun his brother made him are on their own.

      • The Mad Max series also deals quite well with those themes.

        I loved the Trigun anime! Never read the manga, though. I found it particularly poignant with how it didn’t shy away from the heavy price exacted by Vash’s philosophy – he’s a literal super-human, and his body is a mass of scars and bruises.

  • Fanfiction update: Though we haven’t reviewed it on this blog, I have written two fics for The Amazing World of Gumball; The Boulevard of Broken Hearts and Unwanted. Check them out if that’s a thing that interests you.

    also they have gotten way too little attention for the time I invested so if our troper friends could add them to the TV…[Read more]

  • Ed. Seriously, knock it off. This blog is run by someone who has been writing fanfiction for most of her life, and nearly all the regulars here have written or recced fanfic. I don’t know why you think sneering disdain for fanfiction is welcome here, but it isn’t.

  • I’m lumping it in with all the other incredibly specific subniches of fanfiction that default to being bad at best.

    No, you weren’t. Literally the thing you quoted was just saying fanfiction was great. If you have a bone to pick with RPF in particular, just say that instead of asking leading questions and hijacking a thread about fanfiction…[Read more]

  • Okay, so for future reference Ed, yes, RPF is bad, but it’s also such an incredibly specific subniche that you really should be clear it’s what you’re talking about, and also not lump it in with general fanfic.

  • I’m surprised you didn’t mention the part where it’s revealed Annie is pregnant with Finnick’s child. I thought you’d have tons of objections to that. I certainly found the implications quite disturbing.

  • people finding creative new ways for the members of BTS to fuck the cast of the Avengers movies?

    And why is that a bad thing?

  • You’ve got a lot of broken line breaks here. Remember that they’re not visible in the editor; you have to line break the first seemingly unbroken line of every message to be sure.

  • “Let me make it clear now that if you do CTRL+F, I only used an exclamation point ONCE, and that wasn’t even a combination with CAPS LOCK. I only use CAPS LOCK when I’m angry or want to prove a point. In this […]

  • A lot of decent but not terribly remarkable stuff. Also, another fic of humans in pokemon costumes.

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    Blocked, don’t recognize them. Anime.

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  • Happy holidays!

    Lots of people upset about Sevenways today.

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  • I wrote Christmas fic! I hope it amuses you.

    I was hoping to finish another fic by the end of the year, but sadly could not.

  • Some decent stuff today, including a pretty interesting anime AU where Ash is raised by Mewtwo. Most of the trainer fic also at least has nonstandard openings. There is, however, a lot of weirdness around pokemon […]

  • It is, but I don’t say anything about her getting banned, so I don’t understand what she’s talking about. Is she referring to another conversation?

  • Calm today.

    re: Your review to A Pokemon Apart Reignited
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    A response to your review at

    actually I’m very happy when people care enough to give […]

  • Well, it’s not necessarily literally a Buddha. Arceus has symbology from a whole lot of religions, and, well, Pokemon is just pop culture. I don’t think there’s meant to be any serious religious meaning, they just stuck a bunch of symbols on Arceus because it looked cool.

    I maintain my theory that Arceus doesn’t intervene because it’s actually…[Read more]

  • A cute Yueltide fic with delibird, and a really awesome opening about a shiny hunter tracking legendaries WHO GET “IT” PRONOUNS I’M SO HAPPY. Mostly just standard openings otherwise, including another entry into […]

    • Your review of Chasing the Gods makes me want to go read it now. I’ll set aside some time later to do just that.

      Also, that is really odd, about the incest thing, yeah. Why is it that it’s so friggin’ popular? Wasn’t there a whole anime devoted to a brother/sister romance thing? I think it was called Oreimo. What the heck, people?

      I liked these reviews! Good reasoning for the “why this doesn’t work” and a few rewrites that I’m sure’ll be helpful. It’s been a while since I’ve set aside the time to go over your weekly critiques– makes me want to do a few myself. Things are settling down (FINALLY) over on my end, so I’m planning on doing a few reviews before Christmas. Maybe I’ll encounter a few gems, myself, then!

      • Act replied 2 months ago

        Wasn’t there a whole anime devoted to a brother/sister romance thing? I think it was called Oreimo. What the heck, people?

        This is a whole genre in anime, little-sister romance. It’s a creepy combination of virginity fetishization, the desire to have some power over their partner, sexualization of children, the harem idea that women are all (literally all) secretly after your dick, and (I’d guess) a more normal fascination with the taboo. It’s like all of anime’s worst tendencies just coalesced into one mess.

        • Well, that’s disturbing! Like, I knew there was a problem with that stuff in anime, but I didn’t know it was an entire genre. That’s just really disturbing. Why do people think this is okay to put in media? It’s not taboo because it’s socially unacceptable, it’s socially unacceptable and a taboo because it’s fucking horrible. Why in the world do studios condone it? It’s insane. 

          • On a related tangent, I’m watching an anime right now that has child sexualization. It’s really freakin’ weird and hard to watch, but I promised myself I’d get through it anyway. The rest of it’s great, but holy crap, there are two characters that have their own romance gag going and they can’t be older than eight. There’s a woman with huge breasts that sleeps with the kid and emphasis is put on that fact. It would look extremely disturbing if the genders were reversed, but somehow sexual advances from a much older woman to a young boy is okay. Overall, the anime is very enjoyable. It has lessons in friendship, (good) humor, acceptance of unfamiliar cultures, other good stuff, but come on. I wrestled with the idea of quitting the anime after the two eight-year-olds were the butt of a sex joke. 

            The anime in question is Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, by the way, for anyone that might be familiar with it. 

            • Act replied 2 months ago

              Oh good lord, who in the world got you to watch that.

              • Friend recommendation. Miiiiiiight have to take certain recommendations under reservation, haha. Not all of it’s bad… Just a lot.

            • I’m actually in the same situation with Made in Abyss.

              The anime is sooo good. Great art, funny characters, the sense of adventure and weird world with the emphasis put on bizarre ecosystem.

              Buuuut there is always this undercurrent of “so, does the author want to fuck those kids?” which… ah… leaves me with mixed feelings.

              It’s like…

              “Look at the pretty pictures!”

              “But this is Wrong.”

              “But look at the organic resurrection machine!”

              “But this is Wrong.”

              “But look at the way the story cleverly subverts the typical Hero’s Journey by making it a one-way trip!”

              “But this is Wrong.”

              And so on.

              Anime (which I’ve seen first) apparently tones it the fuck down from manga, but all it means is that the whole thing just kinda creeps on on you. It’s, like, “OK, I’m probably just imagining things. It’s a comedy scene, the creators probably just struck a wrong tone on accident.” Aaaand, no. This shit keeps happening, so… yeah.

              • Act replied 2 months ago

                Wow, I’m shocked to hear that. The Made in Abyss manga is great and at chapter 46 I wouldn’t have felt the need to warn for that at all. 

              • @illhousen, You pretty much described my thought process in a nutshell. Good stuff here… But child sexualization. More good stuff there… But child sexualization. I’m already this far into it… But child sexualization.

                I’m still deciding whether or not I want to continue or not, I’m leaning toward “no” on my end because of a scene I happened to be spoiled on that had the main character seriously contemplating laying hands on the effectively-eight-year-old in her custody all because she was drunk. 

                Like, seriously. Come. On. That’s so not okay. How is that even supposed to pass for humor? I saw it on a goddamn “X funny scenes” thing on youtube. Aaaargh. 

                I’ve never seen Made in Abyss, but it’s been highly recommended to me before. It looked very interesting by the premise. I’m going to take your experience here as a precaution and not get myself into another Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, though. Like I said before, there are genuinely good aspects to the show, but I simply cannot condone child sexualization. 

                Good luck with whatever choice you make over on your end. Ultimately, it’s okay to like a thing so long as you acknowledge the bad things and don’t justify or pass over them just because the rest of it is good. (I think Act or Farla said something like that here, these words of wisdom come not from me lol.) Let me know what your final decision is, if you’ve decided yet.

              • Had a similar situation with a manga I read a while back called Missions of Love. (Watashi ni xx Shinasai!) It’s about a novelist who struggles with writing romance given her own inexperience, so she decides to blackmail a two faced guy in her class into helping her get some practical experience. (Mission 1, hold my hand, stare into my eyes, ect.) It was pretty interesting seeing her learn the physical descriptions, and eventually the difference between love and childish lust, and the relationship between her and this awful guy was legitimately interesting. They kept trying to outsmart each other, and he didn’t know she was a famous novelist whose latest work was based off HIM. I struggle with romance writing too, so it was really cool to read. The only weird thing was her secondary love interest being her cousin, but it was pretty obvious that was never gonna happen. The story lines got super sexual a bunch of times thanks to the premise of the manga.

                Anways, three quarters of the way through the manga, they revealed the characters were 12-14 despite their appearances. Everyone thought it was a high school manga until then, fml. All the sexy storylines were suddenly creepy as hell.

              • @Embershine, Yikes. Talk about being blindsided. That’s extremely odd, though. It’s like the opposite of creepy “loli” things, where the author makes a character obviously young in appearance and then makes it “okay” because she’s three hundred years old or something. (She just looks three, see? Totes fine now.)

                I googled Watashi ni xx Shinasai. The guy, at least, does not look 12-14 range. The girl could pass for older as well, especially if she’s a published novelist. This person went out of their way to make passable older people young. 


              • Wow, what? I only read a little bit of Watashi ni XX Shinasai, when it first came out, and I would’ve never fucking guess it turned out like that. It just seemed like they were going to limit it to stuff like kabedonning or maybe a kiss they never actually got around to doing… And they definitely looked like anime high school kids (though, admittedly, I was reading it in Shoujo Magazine Rip Scanovision). The heroine was kind of short and small, but that’s not really atypical for anime.


                Looks like it actually has a sequel, where they’ve become an official couple, and actually are high schoolers. I only skimmed it, but it looks like the raciest thing they do is have a kiss in a photo booth, though its played up like they fucked in it.

              • Yeaaah, took me by surprise for sure. The two MCs are 14, and the other rival love interests are as young as 12. (Which is especially creepy because one of them attempts a couple assaults if memory serves.) They actually did say ‘middle school’ about halfway through the manga, but I thought it was a translator error. Then they revealed in print the main characters were 14 almost at the end.

                They didn’t get too explicit, because it’s a shojo, but it definitely pushed the line into ‘adult manga territory’ more than once. I’m a little surprised they got away with that much, actually.

                And I mean, I guess anime aging has always been a bit hit or miss. But seriously, the lead girl is extremely well developed for someone just out of elementary school. It felt really unnecessary to make everyone so young. Like…the lead guy’s voice might not have broken yet. It really did ruin the entire image of the characters I had up till then.

                I might check out the sequel if it’s far enough in to the story. :) Or I’ll wait for a while until more chapters are out. I did enjoy a lot of aspects of the story, or I wouldn’t have gotten so far, so if everyone is high school aged I won’t have to live in denial, lol.

              • The site I happened to find it on only had a single chapter, posted seven months ago. It did seem like the female lead was a bit taller (though I suppose it could’ve just been art progression, since I don’t know what the end of the original manga looked like, it seemed like the ratio of her head to body is smaller than the first chapter of the original) and curvier.

                I also found a speech bubble that says its her first day of high school, but I didn’t notice any mention of how long its been since the first manga. But I’d still be charitable and say all the characters are more likely to be 14 than 12 in the original. Third year of middle school, which is the same as first year of American high school. So they’re proooooobably equivalent to high school Freshmen in the first manga, and are 14 going on 15.

              • I would like to formally admit that I Was So So Wrong and am now utterly convinced the artist of Made in Abyss is a pedophile. Stumbled onto an interview where he says he designed Reg’s look to be reminiscient ‘of the sexy defenselessness of Astro Boy’ and I have never wanted so badly to repress a piece of information.

                I will be over in the corner trying to come to terms with MiA being a fucking brilliant manga written by a dude who finds little boys sexy.

              • Seconded, to my shame. I tried reading the manga on my own time and came to the same conclusion as Act. I’d actually thought the boy being put in awkward situations independent of the girls was a sign that everything was copacetic, just made Unfortunate by manga’s usual tendencies. Dumb and wrong.

            • Cool Kyoushinsha can actually tell a pretty mature and uncommonly adult romance story when he’s not busy being an absolute fucking creep. The anime I Can’t Understand Why My Husband Is Saying is actually also by him, and its an extremely good story of two married adults. Even Kobayashi is a surprisingly rare type of adult character in anime.

              It’s just that it seems like Cool Kyoushinsha is doing that entirely on accident, and would rather tell stories about sexualized children and girls with beach balls for tits. He even has a manga about a hentai artist (with beach ball sized tits) where her editor describes her work as “the rantings of a virgin addicted to masturbating” and I immediately thought that it absolutely had to be based on a story Cool Kyoushinsha had with his editor. And that’s one of his less disgusting series.

              There’s the manga he wrote about a college-aged guy (that looks like twelve) who writes a picture book series about detached breasts getting a beach ball breasted roommate whose dick is just constantly falling in between them… urgh, he’s got a lot of gross shit in his library…

              The two Dragon Maid spin-off manga (Elma OL Nikki and Kanna no Nichijou) aren’t drawn by him (and possibly aren’t written by him, though its his name on the cover) and are infinitely less creepy. The chapter of Kanna no Nichijou where Kanna and her creepy friend get into Kobayashi’s makeup actually reads like a chapter where two fifth graders got into their mother’s makeup. I still need some of a Creepy Anime Filter to ignore some of it, but I actually think that’s because I can’t take it out of the context of the main series where it would’ve been handled in a far more creepy way.

              Elma OL Nikki is pretty fine, though, since it’s mostly about one of the dragons being an Office Lady and eating a shit-ton of snacks.

      • I actually think that the reason it’s so popular in anime and manga might have something to do with the fact that it’s a really convenient way to not only explain why the characters live together (allowing for more intimate interactions than if they just saw each other at school, where there are no baths to walk in on each other at all) and explain why the girl loves the boy without actually having to actually explain it because they’ve known each other for their entire life.

        Though, to be fair to OreImo, it starts off as kind of a joke (as the title says, his little sister actually isn’t cute) and the point was about having a viewpoint character to observe the antics of the little sister, but it apparently stopped being a joke entirely due to the fact that the author caved to death threats he started receiving when the main character started going out with one of his little sister’s friends.

        That said, little sisters falling in love with their older brothers have already turned into a cliche ripe for subversion. I have seen some manga (such as Ane Log) which are about people who paranoidly obsess over the idea that their (totally normal) sibling is in love with them to the point of basically doing to their sibling what they think their sibling is doing to them. And in Fudatsuki no Kyouko-san (by the same author of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san), people treat the MC like he’s a siscon weirdo, because he’s weirdly and extremely overprotective of his little sister; but that’s actually just because she’s a vampire and he doesn’t want anyone else to know, and there’s nothing weird at all about their relationship. And some, like Cyclops Shoujo Saipu-chan just outright use it for laughs, because the MC is apparently the only person on the planet who thinks the way his younger sister treats him is fucking weird.

        I think the weirdest one I’ve stumbled across is Maria-sensei wa Imouto Gachizei, by the same author of Yakumo-san wa Edzuke ga Shitai. It’s actually not even about a older brother and younger sister, but an attractive teacher and her scary delinquent student; and actually manages to somehow be weirder. The teacher has a crush on her older brother and her scary student who looks like him who does, like… older-brother… roleplay? It’s not even romantic, it’s just like… he treats her like his younger sister and she… does… younger sister stuff?

    • Arceus is not the Judeo-Christian God. It just isn’t. Those ‘golden semicircles’ are the Dharmachakra of Buddhism. It is very, very explicitly a Dharmic-inspired deity,

      Googling this as I type so probably will miss some vital facts, but I looked into the Dharmachakra and from what I’ve garnered, Arceus’ Dharmachakra would apparently represent the four Noble Truths from Buddhism.

      From what I can garner, the Truths have some logic to them that explains why Arceus chooses not to intervene, but I’m struggling to understand them :/

      • Well, it’s not necessarily literally a Buddha. Arceus has symbology from a whole lot of religions, and, well, Pokemon is just pop culture. I don’t think there’s meant to be any serious religious meaning, they just stuck a bunch of symbols on Arceus because it looked cool.

        I maintain my theory that Arceus doesn’t intervene because it’s actually just an ultrabeast that can’t hold its breath for very long.

        • I maintain my theory that Arceus doesn’t intervene because it’s actually just an ultrabeast that can’t hold its breath for very long.

          Well, that makes more sense than mine. I just figured it couldn’t intervene because it can’t leave the Hall of Origin unless someone plays the Azure Flute and opens the staircase to it up

        • Points to Elmo for the humorous reasoning behind Arceus’ lack of action. I’m definitely using that later if the opportunity arises.

          If you were planning on incorporating Arceus into a fic, you might explain it away by having it be omnipotent or nigh-omnipotent, but not omniscient. Could be that it’s just cruising the cosmos without a care or clue in the world as to what’s going on in that weird blue-green planet light-years away. 

          Also, I may be able to shed some light as to why people use Arceus as a Judeo-Christian god figure. Have you seen the movie, Arceus and the Jewel of Life? In it, Arceus nearly sacrifices itself to save people from a meteor, but stuff happens and it tries to go all Old Testament on the world. Its signature move is called “Judgment.” Obviously, it’s not a biblical figure of any means, but I thought that might shed some light as to why people make Arceus a centerpiece of poke-religion. For those just looking at the games, Arceus is just a really powerful thing that’s somehow okay with being summoned by a ten-year-old’s flute skills and then being stuffed into a high-tech sack immediately after being serenaded into existence. 

          Like you said, pokemon is a hodge-podge of pop culture, and a legendary pokemon that’s attributed to the creation of existence is bound to take from any number of creation mythos. An analogy could be: Arceus is to religion as English is to actually comprehensive languages. Arceus is classified as the “Alpha pokemon,” which gives off “alpha and omega” vibes. Trying to shoehorn it into fitting one religion might be an exercise in futility. 

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