Kendrix, I think I like you now. Anyone know how to take a snapshot of that post? I wanna record it for posterity.
And I'd love to know what moe actually means. It's used most often these days to mean "cute anime chick with large limpid eyes and weird hair color", and Shinji's a dude, so he doesn't fit.
Off-topic, but since you brought him up....
Kratos isn't nearly as two-dimensional as most people like to think. He's what the original definition of hero would be in Greek mythology: he's a demigod that displays martial courage or excellence. In other words, he's a super-skilled fighter, or badass as we now know. But he isn't the one-dimensional callous monster that most people think of; he was actually a loving husband and fond father years before the events God of War games, and even during them has moments where his better nature shines through.
He loved the Spartan army dearly in GOWII (although he'd never say that out loud) and in GOWIII Pandora became like a second daughter to him in the short time he knew her. He liked her so much that he was willing to save her life as opposed to just sacrificing her to kill Zeus (remember, revenge against Zeus was all that Kratos had left by the end of God of War II). And don't get me started on the heartwarming moments he has with his brother Deimos and his daughter Calliope. He even gives up living happily forever in the Elysium Fields (Greek heaven) in order to save her and the planet from Atlas and Persephone. That's right, the "misogynist, arrogant, smug asshole who kills anyone whose corpse he has a use for, and has no regard for human life" damned his own soul forever in order to save the entire world.
The problem is that the Kratos we know of nowadays is the bitter, broken shell of a man that was left after all the suffering he went through. Much like Gendo Ikari, he's become a selfish, arrogant jackass that doesn't care about humanity anymore because he's been hurt too badly to care about others. People demonize them both (I'm guilty of this concerning Gendo and freely admit it) but the truth is that they're both sympathetic characters. Despite what we say about them, they're not monsters...they're human.
That's off-topic, but I had to say something.
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"Crapsack worlds and anti heroes have their place. Sometimes, they are very necessary. But an endless diet of dreary cyberpunk and dark fantasy won't do us any more favors than an endless feast of glurge. I'd argue that the cynical nature of these really hurt our ability to hope and work for better. It gets us to accept the hopelessness and jaded outlook of things as 'That's the way it is. I can't change it,' and stops us from fighting when we NEED to fight."
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