The “DigiFes 2021” occasion on Sunday featured a twentieth anniversary stage present for Digimon Tamers, the third Digimon collection. The present included a stay script-reading play, with an authentic story serving as a sequel to Digimon Tamers set within the modern-day. Notably, the story featured a variety of politically charged phrases and themes, together with “political correctness” and “cancel tradition.”
Within the play, the Tamers are reunited to struggle in opposition to a brand new villain, which takes the type of “Political Correctness,” that threatens the true and digital worlds. Chief officer Yamaki dramatically describes it as “the best drawback dealing with the web and media” as a result of it forces folks to “conform to a single values system” and “censors actual information to exchange them with pretend information.” Though the Tamers are initially nonplussed by Yamaki’s breathless name to motion, they’re shaken when “Political Correctness” takes on a bodily type and launches into assault.
Konaka has additionally been sustaining a retrospective blog for the collection, the place he writes his recollections and ideas about varied episodes and different elements of the anime. Plenty of posts share his ideas on the present technological panorama, together with his beliefs across the suppression of “different data” relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a post from Might, he wrote that when writing the unique Digimon Tamers collection, there have been sure depictions of violence and the usage of weapons that he prevented because of the political local weather across the 9/11 terrorist assault. Later, within the 2010s, he started to look into the background behind the incident. Though he thought that the early conspiracy theories had been “unrealistic” and was essential in regards to the 9/11 “Truthers,” he admitted to sustaining some suspicion across the circumstances wherein the assault occurred.
He then drew a comparability to the 12 months of 2020, remarking that he noticed the YouTuber James Corbett describe the state of affairs as “COVID-9/11.” (Corbett is a distinguished 9/11 and COVID conspiracy proponent.) Konaka wrote that whereas he didn’t agree with every part Corbett mentioned, he described him as somebody who “analyzed the state of affairs rationally, and easily continued to sound the alarm across the risks, not simply of the sickness however of the societal state of affairs taking place on the earth.”
Corbett’s views have included blaming Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates for “manipulating” the virus and pandemic, that the loss of life of Osama bin Laden in 2011 and the Apollo Moon Touchdown was a hoax, together with different unsupported conspiracies.
He expressed dismay in seeing Corbett’s YouTube channel get eliminated final 12 months, and mentioned that he has personally misplaced religion in lecturers and medical professionals, particularly on the subject of the matters of epidemiology, bacteriology, biology, data expertise, and social engineering.
He remarked that the state of affairs has impressed him along with his fiction, and that he has been on the lookout for methods to painting it by way of symmetry and symbolism, even when it doesn’t precisely match actuality.
“I hope you’ll forgive me for the weird contents of this entry,” he concluded. “Nevertheless, if I do not write about this, I do not assume you can perceive why I have been talking so passionately about this anime from 20 years in the past.”
In one other weblog post from June, he wrote in regards to the momentary suspension of Google‘s providers in the course of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. He additionally highlighted a seminar on the World Financial Discussion board in October 2019 which included a bit on tips on how to management data. “I’ve not written something conspiratorial in any respect. I am simply stating the information,” he claimed.
On Wednesday, he tweeted in English: “I will write my view for abroad followers in 9/8 or later.”
The DigiFest 2021 occasion stream is on the market for archive viewing inside Japan for ticket holders till August 7.
The Digimon Tamers anime debuted in Japan on April 1, 2001. The collection commemorated its fifteenth anniversary in 2016 by rebooting its Digivice, the D-Energy (or D-Ark in Japan), for a restricted time.
Konaka is presently working with Yoshitoshi ABe‘s (creator and character designer for Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei) on the Despera anime venture. Though the venture was suspended for a 12 months and some months because of the pandemic, he confirmed that employees remains to be working exhausting on the venture, and requested followers to be affected person.
Supply: DigiFes 2021 occasion livestream