Apr. 13th, 2017

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The thing about Death Note is that it could have been good, if they had actually Americanized it instead of white washing it. I’ll explain the difference. 

Death Note is amazing, not just because of it’s interesting premise, art, and storytelling, but also because it asks audiences to ponder over various moral conundrums. Sure the larger questions of whether we can sacrifice the few for the greater good, and whether people/States have the right to take away the lives of other are fairly universal, but other shows, books, and mangas have asked the same questions. What makes Death Note so good is that it is deeply grounded in a specific place and political context. It is a commentary on early 2000s Japan. It is specific, yet understandable across many contexts. It asks old questions in new ways, and therefore gives us the opportunity for new answers. 

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young Native American girl found the Death Note. She’s 15 and pregnant, because Native American women are one of the most vulnerable groups to sexual assault in the United States. She knows who her rapist is. His name. His face. Because it is so rarely a stranger. She also knows the names and the faces of the congress member and representatives who are trying to push an anti-abortion bill that would even rule out an exception for rape. She knows the names and faces of every cop that laughed her out of the police station, and the doctors that asked her what she was wearing before refusing to do a rape kit. Imagine if this girl found the Death Note. 

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young Black boy found the Death Note. He’s been stopped and frisked for the second time that day, and his best friend was shot 16 times two years before because apparently, a wallet looks just like a gun. He knows the shooter’s name and face, the cop didn’t even get fired and that’s why he was able to frisk our protagonist today. He knows the names and faces of teachers who would rather send their students to juvie rather than detention, or even talk to them. He knows the names and faces of the preachers talk about uplifting the spirit while only caring about uplifting their bank accounts. Imagine if this boy found the Death Note. 

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young Philipina girl found the Death Note. She’s the only one in her family with papers. ICE raids are becoming more common, but the masks and the shields keep them nearly anonymous. Faceless men take her mother, then her brother, and finally her father. She doesn’t know their names and faces, but she’s had glimpses of ICE vehicle numbers and a knack for hacking. She knows the president, though, stoking anti-immigrant sentiments. Imagine if this girl found the Death Note.

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young white boy found the Death Note. And his name is Dylan Roof, Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Elliot Rodger, Jared Loughner, or Charles Manson. A Shinigami meets 4chan, MRAs, and the “alt-right”; death god meets god-complex meets white male supremacy. We don’t need to imagine what happens if these boys find the Death Note. We already know, but it would still make damn good television.

If instead, all we get is Light Turner, depoliticised and decontextualized, just another white face on another Japanese story, what is the point?

These are all great, I was just imagining white supremacist Light but with L and Near as black guys.

Not just Death note but imagine an African American remake of Akira.
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What is their name? Do they go by the same name they did pre-war? Nate Brooks. He used to be called Nathaniel more often, but now the only people he allows to call him by that are the Children of Atom. He’s ‘Brother Nathaniel’ in the Nucleus. He’s Fixer with the Railroad, General to the Minutemen, and a whole host of new names to Nick.

What was their relationship like with their spouse? Nate honestly has no idea. The memories have all been fried. He wonders if Nora was a childhood friend who married him to look after him, a romance minded nurse who took to him on his many, many trips to hospital, or an opportunistic stranger looking for the security of a military spouse. But she raped him. He knows that much. Shaun must have come from somewhere and he couldn’t have consented to a cup of coffee in that state.

What are other people likely to notice about them first? I suppose it depends on the person. probably tied between his rather unusual, yellowish eyes, or holy shit that guy’s skinny.

Are they introverted or extroverted? Pretty extroverted, he likes being around people.

Describe their voice Quite soft, low. Can rise higher and shriller when he’s louder.

Describe their most fond pre-war memory Nate would say he hasn’t got any and just look at you. He does have some though, the one Christmas he can remember, libraries, that first half of the night he spent in that Boston Queer club. Unfortnately, the knowledge of what happened after kinda- ruins these memories.

Describe their smile He has a few, a warm one for those he loves. A smirk, and a nasty, sharp toothed one that looks like something a Deathclaw might have after you winged it. This hurts and I’m gonna make you pay for it. He wore that smile every single fucking time he went to the Institute. And they did. In spades.

Describe their general appearance, post a screenshot or draw them Nate is tall, six foot-ish. He looks taller since he’s really concerningly thin. Narrow face and nose, full lips, large hazel-amber eyes. His skin is warm, deep mahogony. About the only thin Nate doesn’t like about himself is his hair, it’s red-black, and is just white enough not to dread or afro, and just black enough to pull free of anything else he tries to do with it. He keeps it cut short, and wears a lot of hats.

What were their hobbies pre-war? Nate isn’t even sure. Which is fucking depressing. He liked reading, and his father had a whole basement of banned and ‘subversive music’. Nate remembers the plots of the books, and the music, but can’t remember where he read or listened to them.

What is their weapon of choice? Nate has two guns, a combat rifle which he uses most of the time, and a laser sniper rifle for distance.

Do they get attached to their weapons sentimentally, give them names etc? Oh goodness yes. Nate loves his guns. The combat rifle is called Apex, and sniper Riptide. He’s very proud of the names. 

What is their sexual orientation? Gay as a very gay thing. Homosexual, Homoromantic.

What kind of situations are they likely to avoid? Anything that comes to close to the ‘old world’. It’s like walking through a trauma minefield. In the Institute he ducked into a storeroom, stuffed the end of his coat into his mouth and screamed and screamed and screamed.

Do they have any fears or phobias? Colossal, screaming breakdown for being inside power armor/using a minigun. Everything else tends to according to situation or his ability to handle, but these are regular triggers. Worse, with so much of his memory gone, Nate doesn’t always know what’s going to affect him.

Describe their morality. Is it black & white or are there grey areas? Usually black and white, but there are times (notably Far Harbor) wherein Nate is just entirely lost and goes with his gut and/or is just plain selfish. DiMA lived. He shot Pickman. Shaun died screaming.

Which faction/group(s) are they affiliated with, and why? Railroad and Minutemen. Nate wants to help people, and to him, people include ghouls, synths, and sane supermutants if they want.

Which faction/group(s) do they dislike, and why? Well, the Institute, on the whole ‘you tortured and enslaved my boyfriends and half my friends’ basis, but he has a rather savage hate for the Brotherhood too. He believed them. He really thought they would make the Commonwealth a better place. Turns out they were as cruel and brutal as any raider, just with more firepower. Poetically, they went down in flames.

Did they find romance in the commonwealth? Who are they with? Nick Valentine. Nate ran into him after only a few weeks out of the Vault, and fell in love like a ton of bricks only a week or so later. 

What do they love the most about their romantic partner(s)?  When Nick was telling him about how he became a detective, the way he smiled when he told Nate it took him mouths to start charging anyone. Nate just thought ‘I have found the most perfect person on the face of the world and I am so in love.’ The idealization didn’t last too long, but the love did. He is very happy. He still thinks Nick is the best person in the Commonwealth, if not the world.

Do they suffer from any mental health issues? Yes. He has pretty bad PTSD, mostly manifesting in flashbacks and panic attacks, he’s probably somewhere on the autistic spectrum, although not diagnosed, and a subconscious eating disorder that makes him throw up or just be unable to swallow food.

Do they partake in anything that could be considered escapism? Reading mostly. He hates drugs and doesn’t drink. He and Nick collect books, Nate likes science fiction, and, weirdly, post-apocalyptic novels.

Do they have any memories that make them physically cringe with embarrassment? Nate still feels shit about joining the Brotherhood. Nick told him again and again, tried to warn him about them, but Nate had been so blinded by the tech and gleaming power armour and- yeah. He was a fucking moron.

Describe their butt. You heard me. Pretty skinny, bony, he doesn’t sit down much.

What are their insecurities? He’s a man out of time, he’s completely fucked in the head, and he’s 22 and has never had a proper consensual sexual experience (before Nick). 

What boosts their confidence? Helping people, shooting assholes, dressed up in a nice red dress, putting on a bit of makeup and feeling sexy.

What makes them angry? Privileged cruelty. Raiders are one thing, but at least they’re kicking rocks with the rest of us. The Institute? The Brotherhood? They are armed, safe, and swan around, killing and taking and not even calling it raiding.

Do they cry easily? What’s likely to set off the waterworks? Sometimes, emotional overload mostly, he tries to hide it, and at least behind his gasmask no one can see tears.

How do they cheer themselves up, or how would other characters cheer them up? He tries to be around others, even if it’s just playing fetch with Dogmeat. Maybe build things, but he feel better around others. Nick and Piper have picked up on this, and stay with him, talk to him while they do their own things. It helps so much.

What do they miss the most about pre-war life? “Nothing.” Nate crosses his arms, scowls. It’s a lie. There are things, but even thinking it seems- traitorous, to the person he was. He admits, if only to Nick, that he misses the libraries.

Who is their bff post-war? Piper. They are both awkward, jittery people who are determined to do the right thing. And of course Nick, but that goes without saying.

Has the post-war commonwealth changed them physically? Nate lost weight at a terrifying rate in those first few weeks, then put a bit back on after Far Harbor, he has a few more scars, and the dark brand of Atom on his cheek.

Has the post-war commonwealth changed them mentally? Nate isn’t sure. He doesn’t know who he was before. No one he wanted to know. He’s happy now, was happy the moment he can out of the vault, saw birds and thought ‘huh, maybe it’ll be okay after all’. It was.

How do they react to being humiliated, intentionally or otherwise? Depends on what. Almost anything and Nate would just brush it off, or even laugh if he agrees he was ridiculous. He doesn’t take too well to being mocked for his appearance if he put time in dressing up, and really takes badly, flashback badly, to being mocked for his engineering work.

Do they/did they dance? Describe their funky moves. Nate loves to dance. So does Nick. One night, at the Third Rail, they had a slow dance together to Magnolia’s singing. Then Magnolia stepped down for a drink, and a new song came on. No one here but us chickens. Nate pulled Nick into a few fast Swing Steps and Nick, went along, perfectly. There was a moment they just looked at each other- you dance? You too? Then they went flat out and absolutely tore up the dance floor before rolling back to the Rexford just before dawn. It was one of the best nights of Nate’s life.

How do they feel about ghouls? Ghouls are people. End of. Feral ghouls? Well, humans snap and go Raider, so they can’t talk.

How do they feel about synths? Synths are people. The first synth Nate met was Nick and it’s rather coloured his impressions. He finds 2nd gen synths scary since they look like and unlike Nick.

They’re in a bar fight. Did they start the fight, are they getting beaten on, or are they trying to break it up? Didn’t start it per say, but probably threw the first punch after a line like- ‘synth fucker’.

What ’S.P.E.C.I.A.L’ stats do they value/embody? Intelligence and Agility. Mind and hands.

When the going gets tough, your sole survivor…. Blows their head off.

Who do they think is indisputably the most important person in Vault 101: He who shelters us from the harshness of the atomic wasteland, and to whom we owe everything we have, including our lives? Atom? Nate is bewildered by this question.

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