Reviews for Remedial Lessons
mnementh2000 chapter 1 . 12/17/2016
Aaaaahhhhh! My brain fried on the last 'point'. That was just... wrong - on so many levels. I will agree with pretty much everything you stated, however. Even in my own stories I try to be accurate with honorific usage, customs (where applicable), and all in relation to whichever series I'm writing for. Being a 'Westerner' myself, it takes a good bit of research to do so, even to the point of asking those around here that are familiar with Japnese culture and customs.
As for the usage of Japnese words, phrases, and sentences, Ihave to say that it is pretty jarring and annoying to come across them whilst reading, even if I know their meaning. I freely admit that there is something lost in translation between Japanese and English, especially in the finer nuances of word meanings, but even then, it's annoying. That's why I use the Japanese honorifics where possible, as opposed to the English equivalent. A good example would be English Mr., compared to kun, san, sama, and the like - there's only so much 'Mr.' can convey, whereas the Japanese terms provide amuch wider range of meaning and depth.

And yes, the techniques do sound 'cooler' in Japanese. (insert mad Naruto cackling here)

The less said about 'male pregnancy',and yaoi, the better. What someone wants to read and write is their business, I just happen to find it repulsive, myself.
GlassedGamer chapter 1 . 7/10/2014
This... this is all the issues I have with fanfiction really. Or well, some of them anyways. The whole 'switching to japanese nauw!' really tickles my toes when it happens.
Another thing is what I like to call 'The Sasutard Syndrome', wherein Sasuke is an utter bastard with a nice helping of arrogance mixed with mental issues aplenty. This can usually be extended to the rest of the Uchiha clan. Think about the times where you realize that Sasuke isn't just being an asshole, but a really stupid and ignorant asshole. He's not a character, but a personification of stupid arrogance.
chineseartist chapter 1 . 10/5/2013
Oh my goodness...I think I pulled something when I was trying not to laugh too hard. Oh dear. Wow, way to let the fangirls have it. Just because I read whatever catches my fancy on this site does not in any way preclude me from noticing the inherent fallacies that so regularly occur in fandoms. Aside from my frequent peevishness about people not only spelling words wrong, but using the incorrect word entirely (in all of those mature scenes where someone is, inevitably, "withering" but they really mean "writhing." It's not hard, look it up!) and the frequent misuse of the word "orient," "orienting," and "orientation," (it's not "orientating", people!) I've definitely had a laugh about some of the...shall we say common misconceptions within the Naruto fandom perpetrated and perpetuated by zealous but otherwise uninformed fans? I'll leave it at that. Keep up the good work, and don't hesitate to spread the love to some other fandoms/genres. Good luck
Lazurman chapter 1 . 7/16/2013
Can't...contain...laughter! THIS is what the fandom needs!
csad21 chapter 1 . 7/12/2013
I like this fic, and agree with you on all points. These things get annoying as hell in fanfics, especially if the fanfic in question is otherwise quite well written, and yet some of these still sneak in.

You've forgotten other annoying things like the rampant use of "I love you" being in direct violation of the Japanese culture. Or how they forget that the Japanese wedding ceremony is quite a lot different from the western one. Or the whole annoying proposal with a diamond ring nonsense. And did I mention the incorrect use of honorifics such as -sama and -dono and -chan? You could write a whole chapter on that one alone. And gods, if it isn't annoying as hell.

[ "There's nothing wrong with homosexuality," Iruka said sternly. ]

Tell that to the homophobe fanboys who insist that if you can't see two characters boning each other in canon, then you can't use that pairing in a story, because, you know, it's not canon unless you see them do it. Never mind that Naruto getting a harem of ladies isn't canon either, not by their definition and certainly not by the real definition of canon. And never you mind they would want to burn the mangaka at the stake if he/she dared to have a gay couple in a shounen manga.

[ "I've never read one of these fanfiction stories written by a Yaoi fangirl," Iruka started, "so I can't tell you what kind of loophole they try to use. [...]" ]

To be fair, let me try to explain that a bit:

The clever ones only use it in a magical fandom or a sci-fi fandom, which makes it reasonable. Because let's face it: If magic can do anything, it can darn well give men women parts or turn them into women for the duration of the pregnancy. And if women can use magic, you can darn well be sure that somewhere some woman *will* come up with a spell that will allow male pregnancy. It's this thing called schadenfreude, and the one thing any woman who has ever given birth would want if given the opportunity is to have their husband be the next one to give birth.

Same goes for sci-fi. If there is technology that is so miraculous it borders on magic, if it can do things like heal the worst injuries in a matter of hours and days, grow organs in a petri dish, or have space ships flying around like they are cars, you can darn well be sure that some female scientist *will* work on a way to grow a uterus and vagina for a man to get pregnant.

In the Naruto fandom, the only way mpreg makes sense is if you bullshit your way out by claiming Naruto's sexy jutsu is a real female transformation that can be held for the duration of those nine months.
Every other bullshit excuse for any fandom (in fandoms where none of the above is true they don't even bother to come up with an excuse the same way movies like "Freaky Friday" didn't bother to come up with one) is usually exactly that and half the time frightening.

So yes, mpreg in and of itself is not that bad. It just so happens that the users of the trope are to 99% the same idiots who think being gay means one of the guys must take the role of effeminate bottom, just as it apparently means one of the girls must take on the role of manlier-than-manly butch. *rolls eyes*

Another so-bad-I-want-to-bash-my-head-against-the-wall-to- forget-it Naruto fandom cliché is Naruto suddenly deciding orange is a kill me color and he needs a mesh shirt, a trenchcoat, cargo pants, and black combat boots to make himself look cooler. And that's only the least offending westernization in such fics.
Culebra del Sol chapter 1 . 4/14/2013
I approve of this.
It amuses me.
kirallie chapter 1 . 4/9/2013
Aero'Phoenix chapter 1 . 4/6/2013
This is really helpful James, I'll make sure to pay attention to these cliches while writing chapters for my story. Thanks a bunch, love the way you use Iruka as a means to get this message out. *Following*
Guest chapter 1 . 4/4/2013
This is absolutely fucking awesome. A

On a 1-10 scale this is a 77.
Selias chapter 1 . 4/3/2013
jacobk chapter 1 . 3/19/2013
Very nice. I think you're actually a little too generous with the honorifics. English does not use honorifics. Therefore, if you are writing your fanfiction in English, you should not append suffixes to people's names. Believe it or not, authors from Shakespeare to Twain to Faulkner have been able to convey social status through conversational conventions without resorting to the markers used by a foreign language. Whatever nuance fanfiction authors are trying to convey, it can be done within the bounds of the English language.

Shocking, I know.
The Elemental King of Hell chapter 1 . 3/18/2013
Well, I didn't know the teme thing; so I'll thank you for putting this up. However I didn't want to read about Male Pregnancy, ya bastered. A little warning next time?
Dragon Noir chapter 1 . 3/18/2013
One thing, just one thing can qualify this : ROFLMAO!
Besides it's so true
Kutasan chapter 1 . 3/15/2013
The whole language issue is a little hypocritical, considering that you yourself use it a fair amount in Nephilim Partners, but I can see what you mean. Good points bro.
pandora vanity chapter 1 . 3/15/2013
ahhhahahaa i love about the male pregnancy! poor naruto!
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