So I spent about two hours cutting bushes and digging dirt and the whole time was spent in deep reflection of my TV series fandoms.
First I was thinking about Teen Titans. I thought, I really hate Slade. I dislike Slade more than any fictional bad guy character. I mean, what a douchebag. I can’t really speak for Slade Wilson from the comics, but Slade from the animated series is the most monstrous sort of person I’ve ever seen, and every time he shows up in the series, there’s this sort of growling negative response in my head just to his presence.
I can appreciate lots of evil masterminds in Teen Titans, even admire them, for their humorous presentation or for their personality or because their reasoning for destroying the city actually seems valid. Like Brother Blood. He was a lot like Slade, in that he represented a male authoritative archetype, or father figure. But he had a completely different approach to the role.
- Slade: Decides to destroy the city/antagonize the Titans for no apparent reason.
Brother Blood: Plans the destruction of the Titans and their city out of revenge for previous offenses.
- Slade: Forces young super-heroes to be his evil apprentice, then sends them on dangerous or life-threatening missions while safely kicking back in his man-cave and watching on his widescreen TV
- Brother Blood: Recruits young villains and unites them under his academy, galvinizing a young generation of evil to work for a common cause while achieving personal validation
- Slade: Motivates Robin, Terra, and Raven to do what he wants through verbal abuse, threats, fear mongering, shaming, and by literally beating them up until they surrendered and obeyed.
- Brother Blood: Uses hypnosis to reinforce enthusiasm and support, while maintaining a school environment, using standard classroom techniques for the education of his pupils.
- Slade: Leaves Robin, Terra, and Raven with lingering psychological damage: feelings of inferiority, haunting regrets, depression, etc.
- Brother Blood: No lasting damage to any students, whether hero or villain.
- Slade: Keeps reappearing to reinforce his negative influence and creepiness.
- Brother Blood: Gets beaten, the end.
BROTHER BLOOD: 5
Then I was thinking about my other fandom, the only anime I ever got into, Sailor Moon. I’m having a renaissance of interest in the series and I’ve been watching them again. I’ve finally got to the part where Sailors Uranus and Neptune show up, which is where it gets deep.
MELVIN IS MY FAVORITE.
But there’s still stuff that bugs me.
- Sailor Moon & co don’t look or sound like junior high kids to me. They look like they could be High School freshies if they wanted. With the age gap between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, why did the TV people not try harder to play it down?
- Sailors Uranus and Neptune don’t look like high school kids. They look like college kids.
- OH MY, WHERE DID AMARA AND MICHELLE GO? OH LOOK, HERE ARE SAILORS URANUS AND NEPTUNE WHO LOOK JUST LIKE AMARA AND MICHELLE, AND SOUND LIKE AMARA AND MICHELLE, AND ACT LIKE AMARA AND MICHELLE. OH WELL NO CONNECTION THERE
- Whenever someone mentions Amara and Michelle being cousins my brain fizzles out because they’re so obviously not cousins and I can’t handle the dichotomy. I try to tell myself that the cousins thing is just part of Uranus and Neptune’s cover.
- It also makes my head hurt when it’s so painfully obvious in the animation that Sailor Moon & co all have girlcrushes on Amara and Michelle, but the dubbed voices ignore it.
- This is the 21st century. Can we please just redub this and acknowledge the homoeroticism?