Pethokoukis cites cosplay as a bad economic sign, angers nerddom.!/vqnerdballs/status/520287690873667584

Cosplay is a growing subculture in which people dress as characters from science fiction, fantasy, or comics. Often the costumes can be very elaborate and expensive. The trend originated in Japan and Jim Pethokoukis’ piece at The Week draws some parallels between Japan’s stagnant economy and our own. Using the rise of cosplay as an indicator didn’t go over too well with the fandom.

Does the rise of Japanese-style cosplay in the U.S. portend a Japanese-style economy?

— The Week (@TheWeek) October 9, 2014

My twins, 17, in a tizzy bec they think they're bane of anime community due to this article written by their dad.

— Colette Moran (@ColetteMoran) October 9, 2014

Shorter: Nerds are playing dress up. Ergo, the economy is doomed.

— Jon Terbush (@JonTerbush) October 9, 2014

This is all true because most can't make them outfits unless they got someone else financing the habit RT @ANN_Bamboo

— Daryl Surat (@DarylSurat) October 9, 2014

Cosplay allows us to simultaneously attack the president on the economy & gripe about kids these days

— Lauren Orsini (@laureninspace) October 9, 2014

wait back up back up RT @TheWeek: Does the rise of Japanese-style cosplay in the US portend a Japanese-style economy?

— CURSED DJINN (@kmundahl) October 9, 2014

I have found it: the dumbest thing

— Squarewolfly Boo!ted (@squarelyrooted) October 9, 2014

@ExecutiveOtaku @laureninspace I think he's making a bit of a stretch there

— justaddScott (@justaddScott) October 9, 2014

My friend @LillyInverse's business is predicated on cosplay. Does this guy hate small business in America?

— David J. Majors (@JustCallMeDjm) October 9, 2014

This is straight up Vox level vapidity it's not insulting but a display of utter ignorance of the subject –

— alexandriabrown (@alexthechick) October 9, 2014

The 'cosplay is a harbinger of the end of our economy!!' article is the most ridiculous thing.

— Corpse Candles (@GreyWays) October 9, 2014

Um, what? So people spending all that money on the resources to create cosplay costumes is *bad* for the economy?

— Mathulhu Fhtwagn (@thisbrokenwheel) October 9, 2014

Not football, nor movies, nor prime time TV, nor Facebook. Not even Tumblr. Nay, it's cosplay that shows the rot in our economy.

— Preston Austin (@gl33p) October 9, 2014

Website doesn't understand what cosplay is, but thinks it's probably a bad sign for "the economy"?

— BAT youngDARK (@MattYoungmark) October 9, 2014

@JimPethokoukis Please stop throwing blame on a subculture that you don't know and point fingers in the wrong direction.

— Sereboo (@serephita) October 9, 2014

@RoninErik @JimPethokoukis And implying that we're all early 20-somethings just out of college looking to escape our pitiful lives is

— Sereboo (@serephita) October 9, 2014

@RoninErik @JimPethokoukis a huge misrepresentation, and insulting to many cosplayers.

— Sereboo (@serephita) October 9, 2014

Their argument being, of course, that cosplay is popular in Japan and THEIR economy is stagnant, so obviously nerd costumes are the devil.

— Victoria McSpoopy (@vqnerdballs) October 9, 2014

"any rise in people fleeing reality for fantasy suggests problems with our reality” uh oh some1 should probably go tell every novelist ever

— Victoria McSpoopy (@vqnerdballs) October 9, 2014

@vqnerdballs Other things bad for the economy: sushi, bubble tea, cats who are not actually cats.

— Katie Schenkel (@JustPlainTweets) October 9, 2014

@JustPlainTweets @vqnerdballs giant radioactive monsters… That one might actually be no good

— Spooky Philip Lopez (@firehawk32) October 9, 2014

the year is 2026, cosplay has finally destroyed the global economy what little settlements remain are brutalized by roving groups of nerds

— SpookyBOOnit (@RevolverUnit) October 9, 2014


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Michael Phelps, Eighth Wonder of the Olympics! Team Wins 4x100m Medley Relay Final

There was little doubt as the swimmers entered the pool area that this race was to be US all the way. This relay team was just too strong to miss Gold, but Australia and Japan may have a bit to say about that. Aaron Peirsol was to start, and the weak link was Brendan Hansen, who failed to medal in his heat. How would it play out?

If the team won this race, then Phelps would get Gold #8 and pass Mark Spitz. The key word there is “team”. For any man to break the record Spitz had set 36 years ago, he would have to depend on the rest of his team. The relay is a team effort. If Jason Lezak had not chased down braggart Frenchman Bernard in the 4×100 Meter Freestyle Relay, Phelps chance at history could not have been possible.

Once again, Phelps could contribute on his leg and without him the US could not win, but it required that the entire team perform for Olympic Gold!!

Peirsol started off the race in the backstroke. Peirsol was ahead at the turn, but not by much. Peirsol had been out-touched in the 200, and his injured elbow was a concern even though the coaches said it should not impact his performance. He was on World Record Pace, and in the lead, so it looked good so far.

Hansen leaped into the pool for the breaststroke ahead of world record pace. He maintained the lead at the turn, but Kosuke Kitojima of Japan was on the hunt. Now as they neared the next leg, Australia and Japan had pulled ahead of the World Record and Kitojima once again asserted his dominance over Hansen taking the lead. Brendan Hansen was behind at the touch, and Phelps was slow to leap into the pool not wanting to take the chance of any disqualification ruining the team’s chance at Gold.

Phelps entered the pool behind, but by only a hair. Australia, the US and Japan were all kissing the world record line, and it was way way too close to call. Michael’s pursuit of #8 could all go down the drain right here.

Phelps once again demonstrated that he is the strongest swimmer in the world. On the turn, he established his lead. Michael was ahead of world record pace and the other swimmers were starting to fall behind. But it all came down to our hero of these Olympics and the swimmer that made the win in the 4×100 Meter Freestyle Relay possible, Jason Lezak.

Jason made the surface of the water a hair in the lead, but he had the lead, and it was up to him to lose it. This is where Lezak does not lose. When it is just Jason on the line, he does not seem to have the strength to take Gold, but when it is the team on the line and history on the line, this man excels. “Team” is what Jason is all about and he once again rose to the occasion expanding the lead at the turn.

Australia and the US were both ahead of the world record, and Australia was coming on fast. But Lezak was an incredible body length ahead of the World Record and just as in his prior anchor leg, he was not about to lose. He touched first and made history for America. Phelps would now have GOLD #8. And he has his team to thank!!

16 medals, 14 GOLD!! 8 in this Olympics alone, taking the historic record away from Mark Spitz.

The team embraced and they knew they were all part of history, the Olympic tattoo on Hansen’s shoulder accentuating all that Olympic competition is all about.

Michael said after the race, “It’s the help from these guys that made it all possible, you know? It’s the relays and putting four guys together that really made it possible. This shows how much teamwork and how much togetherness we have. It is amazing to be a part of, and I am..honored.”

Michael, you are a champion, because you recognize that so many factors go into your achievement and we love you for proving once again that greatness is the sum of its parts.

US Women’s Beach Volleyball Gold Champs May-Treanor/Walsh Waffled by Belgians? Gibb/Rosenthal Play: A Horror Show

Going into this match, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh had won 104 straight matches.  Staggering.  But that was about to be challenged.

May-Treanor/Walsh were to play Belgians Mouha and Van Breedam.  The Belgians are big girls.  Mouha weighs in at 195 pounds and is 6’4″ tall, and may qualify for an NFL Linebacker position after the Olympics.

This wasn’t to be the May-Treanor/Walsh Waltz this time.  These big gals from Belgium showed the skinny Americans that bringing a little beef to the party can be welcome when it comes time to cook.

Mouha/Van Breedam kept the match close and then opened up a 3 point lead at 15-12.  Then, the unthinkable, 16-12 on a block by Mouha.  The US gals have not had to face a blocker as big as Mouha.  Shoot, there are no blockers as big as Mouha!!

The play started getting more intense as the teams traded points and the Belgians worked to a 19-17 lead. May-Treanor/Walsh were clearly in trouble, and Van Breedam made an impossible save and then placed a mean cut shot from right to left across the net and left the Americans bewildered.  20-17 Triple-Set Point Belgium.  Could this be the end of the US Run?

The Belgians had a chance to finish it and Misty pulled the serve out of the sand, but the Americans couldn’t put it away.  Mouha got off a weak spike and the Misty was able to volley it and put it in the sand taking away one set point.  18-20 Double Set Point Belgium.  And Mouha!

Mouha again delivered a weak spike and Misty set it up for Kerri.  But Kerri passed it back to Misty and she took the kill.  19-20.  Set Point Belgium.

There had to be Misty in the Belgians eyes, because the US played a beautiful serve and volley and Misty put it away once again to tie the score.  Belgium had missed 3 chances to take the set.

The Belgians put on a fantastic volley to take the lead 21-20 as Misty went at least 10 feet out of bounds to retrieve one volley, showing that the US Gals still had major heart.  That heart paid off once again.  It was set point Belgium, but they could not deliver and Walsh spiked it past them to bring the score to 21-21.

But it was Mouha’s turn for a kill and it was 22-21.  Set Point Belgium AGAIN and Mouha looked to be striking some fear into the Americans.  Misty wasn’t going to give Mouha the chance, taking a soft touch shot for the line and placing it perfectly to bring the set to 22-22.

A brutal Belgian spike scooped up inches above the sand by Misty sent the ball into the air and all Walsh could do was get it over the net.  The Belgians set up again, and it was looking to be another Belgian Set Point.  But NO, Kerri blocked the shot and the US took the lead for their own set point!!!  Unbeleivable.  Mouha was on her knees and it was like she was looking for the ball in the sand.

The Belgians choked on the next point and the match went to the US team.  This broke the big women’s backs.  24-22, Set 1, US!

We don’t want to play down how well the US played the second set, but they started off with a 5-1 run and never looked back.  Misty and Kerrie went up 20-10 and and finished it with a touch shot by Walsh leaving Mouha face first in the sand.  US 21-10!  The bigger they come, the harder they fall!! Straight Sets again.  That makes it 105 straight Matches without a single loss!!

Gibb/Rosenthal USA Beach Volleyball A Horror Show

The Japanese were working hard, and Gibb and Rosenthal didn’t even look warmed up at 19-12.  The US won a rather uninspiring first set US 21-15.

Japan didn’t let up and kept it close in the second set, but the US still seemed in control.  Then, the Japanese team started a run and were able to pull out the second set 21-19.

The teams played to a 13-13 tie, and now, it was scary.  The first to score two consecutive points would win.  14-13, match point Japan.  14-14.  15-14 match point Japan.  15-15.  Oh my.  Then, it looked like it would be 16-15 Japan, but Gibb pulled off a miraculous block and it was 17-16 match point US.

Was it to be????

16-16.    Back where we started.

Japan blunders!!  A serve out of bounds!!  17-16 US!!  Gibb blocks a weak spike by the Japanese and Gibb takes them out for good.  18-16.

Don’t scare us like that guys!!

Photo credits: Thomas Coex /Joe Clamar / Getty Images / NBC

Beach Volleyball in the Olympics: Treanor/Walsh and Gibb/Rosenthal Win!!

What man doesn’t love women in bikinis!! But here is a chance for everyone in the world to love them. The beach volleyball competition in the Olympics. Japan had to compete against the taller Americans. The Japanese are the specialists in finesse and the Americans the champions in smashes and kills.

It was a close match, because Japan had such incredible athleticism. They played wonderfully, but they had a major disadvantage in any net game. Height matters if you are above the net, and the US ladies were above the net.

We tend not to like sports that offer a height advantage. We like sports with rules that make it equal among athletes regardless of their height. Let’s see how well shorter athletes perform in events where the net is 5 feet tall, but we don’t make Olympic rules. The Japanese are the shortest in this competition at 5’8″ and 5’9″.

Misty May Treanor/Kerri Walsh did beat Kusuhara/Saiki; it was not easy. These ladies could be on their way to gold having won 102 matches in a row AND DEFENDING THEIR GOLD MEDAL!

Gibb/Rosenthal Win Volleyball In Torrential Downpour

It was raining cats and dogs, but that didn’t slow down the Americans as they took the Netherlands team in consecutive sets 21/16 and 21/15.  The Dutch looked like they were just glad to get it over with.

The crowd had thinned considerably, leaving most of the seats in the stadium empty for the game, with only diehard fans staying through the entire match.

The Dutch looked completely helpless against Gibb and Rosenthal as they couldn’t seem to keep the ball within the lines on kills and could not defend kill shots by the Americans.

Kitajima of Japan Leads in 100 M Breast Stroke! US Record Holder Lagging!

There is a huge competitive build-up between Brendan Hansen from America and Kosuke Kitajima from Japan. These two have met before and the rivalry is well established. Kosuke is one good looking young man and looks hard to beat continually taking the first place times in this competition.

Kitajima blew out his competition in his heat in the 100 M Breast Stroke, finishing under 1 minute at 59.52. His time was not a world record, but no one was close, including Mark Gagloff from the US.

Hansen, the world record holder, was not strong in his heat. He placed 4th, well off the mark and well over a minute at 1:00:36. He gave off a disgusted smirk as he finished. In an interview, Hansen commented, “I am playing a hand of poker here, and I have something in my hand I don’t want to show just yet”, implying this was a strategic swim and that he will have more in the tank and swim faster as the qualification rounds progress.

He will need to swim at his world record performance level to beat Kitajima, so we hope his secret weapon is genuinely there.