After recently diving into anime as a source of media thanks to one of my friends, I have differentiated two meanings of the word Trigger in my head, both with vastly opposing meanings that can be analyzed in depth. to “trigger” means to make something happen right away, or make someone emotionally uncomfortable in that moment. this term causes negative emotions to come about in a situation while my other take on “trigger” presents a much more appealing outlook to one’s mood and how they take in the meaning as a whole. There are two viewpoints, negative and positive, that allow for my controversy and explanation to be valid while going in depth with both sides at a neutral view.
Trigger is the name of an animation studio of several of my favorite shows such as Gurren Lagaan, Darling in the Franxx, and Kill La Kill. Each of these shows presents an entertaining an happy feeling to the viewer and allows for the viewer to take in a multitude of different sub plots to be explored for the entertainment of the show. The sub plots within the show generate a happy feeling within the viewer’s heart and is the complete opposite of the other “trigger”. The animators of these shows have expressed their passion for developing plots that allow for characters to feel a sense of relief after their struggles throughout the show and to make a personal connection with the audience while keeping them engaged throughout the show’s entirety.
Most kids nowadays who watch Trigger shows will be able to distinguish between the points that I have explained and be able to understand this with a real life connection. Being “triggered” is a matter of taking something too personal and becoming emotionally unstable for a brief period of time, while watching Trigger shows presents a more uplifting and inviting feeling to the viewer that can cancel out the feeling that the viewer may have experienced by possibly being “triggered” earlier in the day. I feel as if it is one of the safest mediums to consume, as it is fiction and none of it can occur in real life, but it still draws a personal connection off of a “What if?…” scenario that is drawn in the viewers’ minds while watching the show. This is why I have realized that is not important to take everything personal in life, being so easily offended is a negative impact on one’s mental health, but the fact that it can be removed by simply watching some fictional media concludes that it is not worth stressing over when it occurs.
When I first picked up The City & The City I was very intrigued to read a book from the author, China Mieville that I have not heard of any work from before. I believe that this book was structured much better than Tell Me How It Ends due to its longevity and that it had three distinct parts to keep me interested. The first part being centered around Beszel where the dead body of Mahalia Geary was found. Inspector Borlu was focused on this case and was told that in order to complete the case, he was tasked to go to Ul Qoma. The second part being centered around Ul Qoma was when Inspector Borlu wanders around he city interviewing a vast majority of people, mostly gang members, to find out more information on Geary because she was from Ul Qoma. The third part being centered around “Breach” focuses on them taking over the case and relieving Inspector Borlu from his responsibilities.
I was extremely engaged with the concept of breach, as it provides an insight to able to to question the laws of those living in Beszel and how they interact with those who live in Ul Qoma and vice versa. These people must follow the strict rules of breach where whatever they look at in their neighboring city, they must “unsee” to be able to maintain the safe order. What is even more interesting is that those who break the rules are not heard from after they mess up and no one knows what happens as consequence. The correlation of Borlu believing that someone has breached while committing the murder makes for a plot that proves very conceptual and “Trigger-like” to the story. Trigger, an animation studio, is well known for their plot within their shows to revolve around the concept of something that is well-known within coexisiting societies, but has a dark secret that only a select few know about and allows for stronger plot development throughout the story.
The setting of the book was extremely descriptive and can be pictured in a real-world aspect of the United States being compared to Haiti in both respective developments, resources, and education. Beszel, the city that is far behind in industrialization and technology and is somewhat bland and dirty is run extremely slower than Ul Qoma, which is at the peak of industrialization and technology along with being cleaner and having a barrage of colors and sights to take in. Mieville paints a vivid imagery of the cities in my mind with his descriptive language about the scenery, functionality, and potential of the two cities.
I would say the one thing that this book needs to be revised upon if the author ever decides to do so is the many plot points in the later chapters that are added when the story is already near its conclusion. Adding unnecessary plot towards the end of a story can make the reader lose focus of the conclusion and can provide for much unneeded confusion when these points could easily be expressed more deeply in an “Off Story” book that would allow for more freedom to discuss these points.