Are you along for the ride or steering the ship?

This weeks viewing, South Park’s “Tweek x Craig”, brought about an interesting question to myself. Where do ideas originate? And how do those ideas affect those outside of the originator. In this episode of South Park we are confronted with a dilema that emerges for the characters Tweek x Craig; though they are not in a relationship, imagery presenting them in a relationship is viewed by their piers. This idea has now been released to a variety of people and given the attention this idea received it is at the forefront of many of their piers (as well as their towns) perception of these individuals. This shift in perception of Tweek and Craig by so many of the people they interact with daily affects their own perception of their universe, and ultimately their view of each other. By the end of the episode Tweek x Craig’s relationship really isn’t their own relationship, it becomes bigger than them and a focal point for many people throughout South Park. So for the good of the larger community as a whole Tweek x Craig are forced to accept and perform an idea that is foreign to their own perception. Continue reading

To Ship or Not To Ship

That is the question. The imagined fantasies of a fujoshi encompasses that idea in which they imagine two males getting together. However, in contrast with their fantasy, in reality, the two males in question are in fact, not gay at all. In most cases, if not, all cases, most fujoshi tend to ship a straight male with another straight male. Why is that the case? Why not ship a gay male with another gay male? Isn’t it basically the same thing, just the sexuality of the male is different? First and foremost, what is shipping? I think that it was said earlier but in terms of the actual definition, shipping is basically when someone, doesn’t have to be a fujoshi¬†or fudanshi (male counterpart of fujoshi-male who fantasizes male-male relationships), believes that two characters should be together in the romantic context. While there are a lot shippers in the realm of otaku culture, there are also some diehard shippers in which they believe that their ship is absolute and there is no ground for debate. This can also be said for fujoshi. I am inclined to believe even more so. Continue reading