A Left-Handed Discourse; A Sinister Discussion

No.6 is an interesting enough show. It’s got some pretty good animation, a nice setting, all that jazz. But I can’t help but feel distanced from everything somehow; there’s just something… off about the main characters to me. Now, I don’t want any of ya’ll to think I’m a hater or anything – I completely support this sort of lifestyle choice – but I just don’t think I can relate to these characters. I mean, how do you expect me to relate to someone who is right-handed?

I don’t hate people who are right-handed or anything, but this whole genre really just is not my thing. On occasion I guess there’s a pretty good one, but mostly I prefer to just ignore it. I went in expecting a nice sci-fi adventure, not all of this right-handed crap. Once you make your characters right-handed there’s not really any going back; it’s all or nothing, pretty much. Right?

And like I said, how can you expect me to relate to someone who is so different from me on a fundamental level? As a left-handed person I just cannot identify with Shion’s or Mouse’s struggles at all because, hey, what do I know about them? Someone who writes with his right hand is just a complete mystery to me.

Overall though I just really wish the show hadn’t decided to go the way it did with the handedness. Was it really all that necessary? It seemed so promising, but what can you do. It would’ve been great if it weren’t for their being right-handed – not that there’s anything wrong with that! It just isn’t for me.

Now if you want a good example of a completely relatable left-handed anime, look no further than Ano Hana. I could really relate to Jinta, especially the way he wrote and ate, you know? I guess you right-handed people wouldn’t really get that show like I do, though. How can I expect you to relate to a lefty? Guess it just can’t be helped.

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18 Comments

  1. Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Loll. You left-handers are always gonna hate!

  2. Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    This is pretty funny, but I somehow get the feeling I’m missing the inside joke of this post, because I’m not watching the show and have missed the hype.

    • Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Discussion of this show in some quarters has focused almost exclusively on the possibility that the two main characters are, or will be, involved in a homosexual relationship. This article lampoons that obsession, along with many of the disclaimers to the effect that audience members cannot identify with the characters because of their sexuality, by suggesting that it is similar to a left-handed person claiming to be unable to relate to characters who are right-handed.

      Extra points for using the word “sinister” which originally meant “on the left” and derived it’s modern meaning from prejudice against the left side of things (and left-handed people).

      • Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

        Gotcha! That was nicely done. I’ll have to point this out to my devil fisted sister.

  3. Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    This is silly, but great. I was going to say, maybe you cannot relate to the characters because they are painfully standard so far. (Think I put it on hold after episode three)

    Anyway, you can always imagine they fap with their left… some of us righties /do/.

    • Chronolynx
      Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Do you, now. Wonders never cease. :3

  4. Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this fantastic and intelligent post.

    I’ve been wanting to address some of these attitudes in regards to No. 6 for a while but it usually comes out in angry, incoherent word vomit (ask Vuc, he’ll corroborate this).

    There’s nothing much more to say except, thank you (again).

    • Chronolynx
      Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Oh gosh, how many incoherent drafts did I go through? Glad you appreciated it!

  5. Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I see what you did there. Nicely done.

  6. Posted July 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I wish I could see what you did there, but as someone who is right-handed, this post is entirely out of my experience. Also, lefties are evil, clearly.

    • Chronolynx
      Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Obviously you are a handist bigot!

      • Posted July 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

        How dare you! I’ll have you know that I am friends with several people who are left-handed, and therefore, that absolves me of any wrongdoing! Harumph!

  7. BurntWafflez
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Maybe it is because I am ambidextrous, but I don’t have any issues with their right handedness. I can see the right handed point of view…but then I can also see the left handed point of view.

  8. Posted July 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Damn lefties and your not conforming to the one true way of holding stuff. IT’S UNNATURAL I TELLS YA.

  9. Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    This would be funny if you had a previous post that was exactly like this, but on a less handed topic.

    Also, since M.S. -> mano sinistra -> sinister, M.D. -> mano destra -> dexterous.

    YOU LEFTIES ARE SINISTER AND US RIGHTIES ARE DEXTEROUS. AND RIGHT.

  10. Anna Ki
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Ahaha, I knew what this was going to be about as soon as I saw the title. It’s ridiculous how much this show’s viewers are obsessing about the BL vibes. For me, that part of it is irrelevant compared to fact that the storytelling and characterization are clumsy and somewhat awkward. It’s like the creators did the characterization scene by scene, putting all their focus on drawing out the appropriate emotional reaction from the audience for each particular scene, and forgetting completely that after you draw the dots, you have to connect them in a smooth, well-developed arc. Really, it’s at the transitions between emotions that the series’ weaknesses really shows. Build. Drive. Motivation. Butter. These are things this series needs more of to smooth it out and make it a real standout.

    Sigh. To be honest, as a BL fan myself, I’d really like to be able to squee over the two boys’ relationship, but it so hard when their personalities and their interactions are so clumsily developed at times. I don’t know how much of this is due to the anime’s direction and how much is due to the original story. I really, really want to get my hands on a good translation of the novel. Because the premise itself is something that I think has real potential.

    For some reason, I can’t help comparing this show in my head to another show this season that has (arguably) BL-ish vibes. Tiger & Bunny has a similar close relationship between the two title characters, but somehow there hasn’t been a lot of anti-yaoi sentiment from viewers of that series. Perhaps because No. 6 is simply more overt in terms of portraying the attraction between the two main characters, whereas most viewers, I assume, interpret Tiger and Bunny’s relationship as typical buddy cop/comrades.

    • Anna Ki
      Posted August 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      By the way, something interesting to think about. I wonder if there would have been as much controversy and homophobic sentiment surrounding this show if Nezumi and Shion were both girls instead. I’m honestly curious as to how viewers’ reactions would differ.

      • Chronolynx
        Posted August 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

        Well that is a simple enough scenario. First: fewer squealing fangirls. (No judgment there, just stating facts.) Fewer guys worrying that other people might think they are gay for watching a show about people who may or may not be gay. And then… me complaining about a lack of shows that appeal to my interests…

        In other words, business as usual, I guess.

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