NOTE: If you were looking to read about Akame ga Kill!, you can scroll past the talk about Asians and students and stuff.
“Not all people are clever.”
Clearly. That’s why there are many different type of people in this world. Why there are people that have super high IQs and those with ones that range down to…you know what I mean. Not everyone can be doctors or lawyers or businessmen; we all have a different purpose in society. The smarter people at the higher points of society, with those who can’t perform as well at the other parts. Or you could view the quote as “not everyone shares the same potential.”
Please don’t be offended for what I am about to talk about. I am not saying that you are not smart in any way. I am going to talk about how every single person in this world has a different potential, so Asian parents, or maybe parents in general, should realize the potential of their own child, not what they want their child to be. They continue a belief of “if my friend’s child can do it, why can’t you?”
So in order to explain this to you Asian parents, I’m gonna have to use numbers. Say if you’re child’s intelligence is worth a 90, but you are working the child as hard as you can. You are pushing the child as much as you can, getting him to this tutor and that tutor, making him give up his social life, just so you want him/her at that “100.” But thing is, your child’s potential is only a 90. Maybe you might get him/her to hit a 91 or 92, but never a 100 because that just isn’t your child’s potential.
That’s the problem with Asian parents nowadays. They attempt to live their lives through their child without realizing how the child feels about everything. Slowly, the child may start to turn his or her back on life, refusing to look back into reality, living their life without a goal. I believe that they start to believe they are living like a machine, since none of what they’re doing is what they wanted to do, but it is the very result of what Asian parents have done to their child. The child doesn’t want to be a machine, so he or she decides to give up.
However, there are students that are able to withstand the amount of pressure and time commitment simply because they are the high-achievers. It has nothing to do with being able to maintain straight As while surviving on three hours of sleep each night (seriously, I’ve talked to high school students saying that the only ones who get straight As are the ones that sleep at like 3 AM). Are they serious staying up until 3 AM? That’s incredibly dumb (especially when they were just freshmen or sophomores; juniors occasionally have to stay up that late). THEY CLEARLY CAN’T MANAGE THEIR TIME, so I will assume that they aren’t very bright either.
As far as I can tell, the high-achieving students know how to manage their time while balancing multiple extracurriculars at the same time; I’m pretty sure that they don’t sleep three hours each night because studies have proven that little amount of sleep results in less info being taken in at school, which means that they shouldn’t be getting As. I’m also pretty sure that the ones complaining are the ones who are unable to manage their time, keeping their phones near them with the computer on while doing homework or studying. Adding on, they probably listen to more upbeat songs with lyrics in them as well, distracting them from their current work (I prefer to listen to calming instrumentals or songs in different languages because then I would just treat the lyrics as more instrumental since I don’t understand any of it).
This is a really good instrumental:
In the end, however, it all lies down to what the student’s potential is. One could work one’s butt off and still end up with a B in a class like, Calculus. It’s probably because math was never their thing, so it wasn’t expected for them to excel in that class anyways. So what if they don’t finish at the top of their school? Does that mean that their entire life is ruined? No, but Asian parents seem to train their child with the mentality of “you have to be the best or you will be miserable.” We, as Americans, clearly know that isn’t true, but most of young people nowadays don’t understand where Asian parents are coming form, like why would they say something like that. The thing is, in Asia, if you don’t succeed to a certain point, then the rest of your life will likely be lived as a peasant. Most Asian parents have yet to be accustomed to the US, while students need to understand their parents as well.
Let’s use the number example again. So, the college where the child with a 90 potential makes it to is a school with an average of 95. Eventually, the child may get depressed because he or she is unable to perform as well as the fellow students, as opposed to going to a school with an average of 85. The 85 school will not only lead to the child being happier, but also lead to a more successful future because then the child will be confident on the path that he or she follows. So, parents, would you rather have your child go to a place which will lead to misery for the next couple years and not a guaranteed future, or a college which makes the child know for certain: “I will succeed.”
The thing about high achievers is that not all of them come out of high school with the same mental health they had at the start of it. They continue to trance along the path of misery believing that they will find happiness in the end. It may be true, but we’re talking about sacrificing sanity. But then whose fault is it? Society? Parents? Teachers? Friends? What has become of high school, a place once students looked forward to, now turned into a place dreaded by so many? Think about it.
NOTE: This is where you scroll down to if you were looking for Akame ga Kill! *SPOILERS*
Going back to the quote at the top of the post, you wanna know who’s not clever? THE WRITERS OF AKAME GA KILL! (I will be specifically referring to the anime). I have friends who actually enjoyed Akame ga Kill!, but they are still watching Sword Art Online (I gave up on that anime after watching the first episode of the second arc of SAO II).
Here’s a little backstory: So the anime starts off with our main male protagonist, Tatsumi, heading to the capital in hopes of earning money to save his village. He then realizes the corruption of the government, and then joins the assassin group called Night Raid, who kill the corrupt people in hopes of saving the country. But it wasn’t corruption like overtaxation or anything. It was corruption in terms of maniacal murdering. Each of the members of Night Raid have a weapon called an Imperial Arms, which they use to fight the corrupt.
So I was like…okay? The art’s pretty good. But something had already troubled me in the first episode: there was humor in this dark story. How was this anime going to be able to balance out humor while maintaining its storyline? Here’s a solution: just start killing them off, so that we don’t need to worry about humor near the end of the season.
Just some episodes in, Sheele dies. Then goes Bulat. Let’s introduce Chelsea. Oh whoops, she’s dead. Oh, there goes Lubbock. Wait, Susanoo’s an Imperial Arms, so he’ll probably live through this. There he goes. And Mine a bit after. Wait, Tatsumi died, too? Oh well. And Leone dies in an alley.
Soon, you end up with only two of the main characters by the end of the season.
Another thing I disliked is how forceful they start to make the story, like when Chelsea falls in love with Tatsumi. There’s no buildup, it just happens all of a sudden, when she hears Tatsumi talking, and she’s like “What is this feeling?” And then she dies thinking of him. There’s Chelsea below.
Then, when all else fails, start having the female characters fall in love with Tatsumi. So then we have Esdeath chasing Tatsumi saying that he is her one true love, and Tatsumi and Mine were approached by strangers saying that they tied by the strings of fate, so Mine just falls in love with him (she kisses him right before she dies). I was sorta hoping for them to be able to handle the Tatsumi-Mine relationship well, but apparently it was just “we’re in love now.” Ugh. But I guess there were emotional moments…?
Overall, Akame ga Kill! was a show that started off with potential but ended up rushing everything, drifting from the plot due to unnecessary humor, and skipping characterization, making the characters soon turn very bland (well, the characters we had left). Three words: It was bad.
OH WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Second season??? Uh…