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Ghost in the Shell’s “whitewashing” scandal is a case of good intentions aimed in the wrong direction

Before it ever hit theaters, 2017's Ghost in the Shell (GITS) was condemned for "whitewashing" because of the casting Scarlett Johansson as the film's lead. It may be an unpopular opinion, but I believe that this is an unfair condemnation.  7551

We went to NYC and got snowed on, among other things

Back in January, several of us took a trip to NYC. At the time, we intended to do some articles on the different shows that we saw there. Then, we got snowed on and...well, we forgot about it. After coming across this draft in the archives, I decided to go ahead and flesh it out for posterity. 6065

Spring 2014 Shows

With almost two months gone for shows in the Spring 2014 season, most people have probably figured out what they will or won't be continuing to watch. I have been, admittedly, slow out of the gate with this season because I was wrapping stuff up from previous season of anime as well as catching up to things on American TV. Now that that's passed I'm finally free to dive into the shows of this season to see what caught my attention. Before I get into the list I should mention that long running shows like Fairy Tale or shows that are a continuation of a series like Love Live! and La corda d'oro aren't mentioned because I haven't watched the preceding material, so I wasn't going to jump into those. With that in mind, here's a brief rundown of my very initial reactions to the shows of Spring 2014. High Interest JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. In an earlier post I wrote about the Battle Tendency and Phantom Blood story arcs of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. I had mentioned that I enjoyed Battle Tendancy less than Phantom Blood and I'm afraid that the 3rd arc is going to take me in the same direction. That being said, it still looks like it could be a good show. I just don't know how I feel about "Stands" taking over for the Hamon based fighting. No Game, No Life I'm actually 3 episodes in to this one. This feels like it would be attractive to people who

Returning Fall Comedies

Along with several new shows premiering this fall also marks the return of several celebrated comedies to the TV landscape. Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, New Girl and The Big Bang Theory are all proven powerhouses in the TV comedy arena. Thankfully, we can enjoy all of them as they come back for their new seasons. New Girl While Fox's "New Girl" may be the youngest of the group, it may be quickly becoming the best of the bunch. The show opened up the season having Nick and Jess christen their relationship with an impromptu trip to Mexico and Schmidt having to deal with the ultimatum put before him by CeCe and Elizabeth. I absolutely, love what they did with the two-timing Schmidt story line. It is a TV trope and had the ability to become a predictable weak spot for the show. Instead it turned into a great platform to showcase Schmidt in a lot of different lights. Even when things eventually fall apart, Schmidt doesn't really react how I expected him to. My first thought was, "Oh, great now we're gonna have to deal with sad Schmidt for a few episodes." Much to my surprise, it actually means we're going to get vindictive Schmidt coupled with paranoid Nick and Jess, and if the last scene from the 3rd episode is any indication. I'm going to enjoy this a lot. I'm also glad to see that the first few episodes have involved Winston a bit more, even it the first thing he did