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I’m sure you’ve all heard by now of the shit hitting the fan in Akiba by now. It is incredibly sad and it’s hit be a bit harder than I would’ve expected.

As I read at some blog -my apologies, I’ve been to so many, I dont remember which now-, but he/she brought up the point that, becuase it’s in Akiba, it really hits us harder than it would had this been at some other city in Japan or the US or anywhere, for that matter. And, well, that’s true for me, I admit. This is the stupidest thing you’ll see me type (and I’ve said/typed some stupid things. The ANO podcast for example):

I was never really struck hard by 9/11, yet I think I finally understand when put in this perspective.

The news is always full of sad stories and it’s gotten to the point where we’re just used to it. I’ve thought many times, “Man, it’d just suck to die randomly” and I’m afraid for my safety at times, but that’s it. I never really gave much thought.

Now seeing all these posts on this situation, even by those outside of our blogosphere, I can sorta understand why America came together after 9/11. This is clearly not as bad, yet, with this stuff happening a block away from Mandarake, it seems closer to me than NY or the Pentagon -which I am physically closest to in terms of distance-.

What is the point of all this? I just thought I’d say that I finally understand how banding together can make us all closer. Now realistically, I’ll probably just forget it in a few days when I start work, but this just took my by surprise.

Here’s where I’m getting my updates and the picture up at the top. I was just like one of those stupid idiots circled above until today. Why are they circled? Despite all that’s happened right behind them, they’re just looking all goofy and happy, waving at the camera.

9 comments to “P.O.S”

  1. Comment by lelangirNo Gravatar:

    Man, while watching that video, I suddenly got very depressed a lump grew in my throat.


    It’s interesting you brought up 9/11 and its cohesive effects. It’s kind of ironic, I was 11 years old when the Pentagon got hit, and it’s like, two miles away from where I live, and teachers were telling us how they felt the earth shake when it got hit, but it all seems to alien to me, probably because it was so long ago (but still seems like yesterday).

    It’s also interesting to see the whores in the background – you’d never get shit like that during 9/11 (correct me if I’m wrong). The magnitude between the two events is obvious, and so are the politics, but the Akihabara massacre glues the otaku nation closer, while 9/11 – not disregarding the nationalist fervor it evoked – was more of a ‘tactic’ of distraction: don’t focus on any USA hegemony – instead, blame it on the “Middle East” and all those “terrorists” – because we all know terrorism is completely coextensive with the “Middle East.”

  2. Comment by blissmoNo Gravatar:

    Yeah, I never gave much thought about when I’d die and how I’d die …

  3. Comment by MichaelNo Gravatar:

    We also have those mediawhores here in the Philippines. It’s not 15 seconds of fame, but at least they get 5, or so they think.

  4. Comment by TenNo Gravatar:

    I’m late to find out about this. Very disturbing news indeed. I can;t understand why some people have the need to include innocents to hurt themselves. I don’t care about this asshole’s sob story; he’ll probably have one of those. But he hurt not only those he killed and injured. The worst victims of this tragedy are those families and friends of those killed. My politics tend to lean towards the left, but I support death penalty. This dude will hang in the gallows.

    BTW, what is wrong with those kids in the background?

  5. Comment by CaitlinNo Gravatar:

    I was very much struck by 9/11 and can still remember my photography teacher telling us that these photos would be the photos of our generation. It’s true, to some extent.

    This incident brought up feelings more in line with school massacres, probably because the words were similar.

  6. Comment by SasaNo Gravatar:

    Oh, 9/11. You might want to know that I was in perfect age of developing a strong political opinion, had a very competent history teacher who was interested in this stuff and was surrounded by lots of frenchies. It resulted in myself observing the whole school standing outside silently to think of the dead for 5 minutes; and 2 years later, I saw the same people in demonstrations against the american government. In 2001, it was barely a taboo to say something ‘bad’ about the US, in 2003, it was barely possible to say something ‘good’ and the whole school went to the cinema to watch “Bowling for Columbine”. That was some great time… I want my school days back.

    I didn’t really think the Akiba story is particularily sad, because I don’t see any difference between people dying in Akihabara or New York or right next my door – families and friends are always affected the same way, no matter where it is. And I agree with Ten that there is no excuse for killing people randomly. Also, these people in the background are so lame, wow.

  7. Comment by TimNo Gravatar:

    wow, I had no clue what you were talking about until I got to the little link at the bottom. Krazy stuff..

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