Hi Everyone! Welcome to my first OWLS Tour.
As most of you already know, I have been promoting the group through my weekly round-up since almost the beginning, however I never actively participated until now. So here I am, now I will officially take part to the tour. For those who are new to my blog, cause the got to me by an other OWLS member, I usually go by the name of Mel and I blog about anything related to anime and manga. I also have a special day dedicated to K-Music.
Now, enough with the introduction, time to let place to the main topic of this post, OWLS
BUT!! Before going further you need to know what. is. OWLS. OWLS stand for Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, we are a group of blogger and vlogger who promote the acceptance of everyone without taking in consideration their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation disabilities.
Each month get a new topic and members have to write a post or video where they will talk about the topic of the month by linking it to a series, movie, book, etc from the pop-culture.
For more information you can check out the OWLS official blog.
This month prompts us probably not the easiest to cover, but it’s also something really important if we want to live in a word that doesn’t burn down to ashes,
Whenever we have a disagreement with someone, we use our words to express our thoughts and opinions. However, there are those who would rather use fists instead of words, those who forget that being “right” isn’t the most important thing, and those who lose sight of compromising and acknowledging differences in opinion and belief. Diplomacy is an important skill and tactic that not many of us have or are able to utilize properly especially in “social media wars” for sensitive issues and anime discourse—we just express our opinions without really listening. For this month’s prompt, we will be exploring some of the best negotiations scenes in pop culture media and discuss how effective these diplomatic moments are and what we can learn from them. We will also discuss why communication and listening are important traits to have and whether or not there are other means to enforce peace.
When I saw the prompts, I was really wondering which series I should cover. Some titles pop-up in my mind, however, after going through all the anime I watched, the only title I had a clear scene (moments) was Chain Chronicle: Light of Haecceitas. If diplomacy would have been use a bit more, wait what am I saying, if it both parties would have actually know the meaning of diplomacy, thing wouldn’t have turned the way it turn (mind you the series would have lost one or two episodes)
Chain Chronicle is a fantasy anime series based on a mobile game. The events of the series take place after the main event of the game. We follow the Voluntary Army and the struggle of its captain Yuri battling against with his inner demon. The group is join by a new member, Aram, who can you a mysterious light that can fight the darkness engulfing the world.
But how diplomacy can be linked to a fantasy series based on a mobile game? Simple by making to character with opposite point of view meeting, in a weak attempt to make peace, in order to fight someone more dangerous. The problem is one of the two parties is far from being diplomat and only seek power.
As I already said, diplomacy is a concept really important. In a lot of situation, being tactless or provocative is not the best way to go. If you have a message to pass, if you want to get something, you need of course to use the words, the right tone, but also you need to be in the right set of mind. You need to be ready to listen to the other, to be opened minded. You need to put aside your hold grudge and preconceived ideas and listen to what the other have to say. But what happen when one of the party is not ready to listen to what the other party of the say? When they just want it to have it on his own way, even if this mean being at war with the group who could become your allies.
On one side, we have Shuza, the Lord of the Nine Territories, who plan to fight the Black King and his army to rule on the whole continent of Yggdra. And, on the other side we have the new Holy Queen, Juliana, who want to beat the Black King to give back Yggdra’s people their freedom. From the beginning this meeting would have not work, none of the two parties where totally ready to listen to what the other had to say. Of course when you have to deal with someone who wish to conquer the land just for his own benefit, it’s not easy. If only the two of them had a bit more common sense, know what diplomacy actually mean and let the other talk, the negotiation would have probably work out and they could have join force to fight back the Black King. Yes Shuza will not become the supreme ruler of the Yggdra continent, but at least his own land, the Nine Territories would have been safe and stay beautiful. So what happened? Why the negotiation between Shuza and Juliana didn’t work? The easy answer would probably be cause the Black Army attack the meeting place, but even if the Black King didn’t had sent his army, I doubt the negotiation will have work, at least not the way it began. Why? Simple the greed for power. No matter how sugar-coated the words are, when two persons with total different point of view meet and one of them just want more power, it will result of having more blood staining the ground.
Shuza looked down on Juliana, he doesn’t think she is fit for her role of Queen, he doesn’t think she can lead to a victory against the Black King and his army, worst he think her effort are useless. Not only one of his most trusted man turn into a demon serving the Black King, but also the symbol of hope they had, their flag bearer fell to the darkness not long after. How someone who lost to talented swordsmen to the benefice of the enemy can lead the army who plan to defeat him?
But does the Holy Queen Juliana is really better? She might have wanted those negotiation to work, but she was still ready to kill Shuza if he was standing in her way.
How negotiation can work if both parties are in that state of mind? Their point of view, the fact they couldn’t get along almost worsen the situation. Both of them were ready to kill the other to get what they wanted. The lack of diplomacy of both leader almost lead to a catastrophe. If both of the would have be able to put their grudge aside and listen to what the other had to say, even if it doesn’t made much sense, the chance of success of the negotiations would have be greater and instead of trying to kill each other, while their own army was fighting the Black Army, they could have work together. Remember when I said diplomacy was important if we wanted to live in a world that doesn’t burn down to ashes? Well the lack of diplomacy just turn bad situation worse. Ask Juliana and Shuza who almost fell to the darkness themselves.
As you probably already guess, instead of giving good example of diplomacy, I decide to go with an example of what happen when diplomacy doesn’t exist.
Hope you enjoyed my first contribution to OWLS, make sure to read the post before me from Naja (Nice Job Breaking It, Hero)
~ Thank you for reading ~
See you next time!!