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Anime Animism Against Animosity: Figure FuneralAnime Animism Against Animosity: Figure FuneralDiary

plasticizerplasticizerIl y a 1 mois
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Dear Diary,

This article came about because I remember there being a formal memorial service for seamstresses’ old needles in Japan and wondered if there’s a similar service for the anime figures in Japan. Sure enough, I came across an article on Otaku Tokyo blog from 2017 on this very subject.
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I’m actually surprised that nobody has ever written an article on funerals for anime figures on this site. I feel like the specificity of the subject of anime figure collecting should at least garner some attention on this peculiar yet distinctly Japanese ceremony.

But let’s get down to the history of funerals for inanimate objects. In the first place, these traditions are not anything new to the Japanese. The more popular version of these ceremonies is the likes of the aforementioned Hari-Kuyō (needle-memorial) and the Ningyo-Kuyō (doll-memorial). Basically, it’s a respectful sendoff for tools and toys that the owners relied on for a better part of their life.
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Even Marie Kondo’s decluttering guide touched on this subject on the discard of old crap. It’s a good way to show appreciation for objects and not take things for granted.
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The tradition is in no small part influenced by a certain aspect of the indigenous religion of Japan: animism. In Shinto, one recurring concept is that everything that exists has a ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’ residing inside them. This is why thou shalt not waste a grain of rice (or face the wrath of the wooden ladle) or those random boulders and trees with a rope strung around them you see in anime and IRL. The longer an object has been around, the stronger their spirit would be. It doesn’t even have to be natural objects. Normal everyday things are thought to have spirits residing in them as well. Abusing objects is a surefire way to create animosity and breeding a yokai to haunt you… a good example is Tatara Kogasa:ENTRY #4308.

In light of that think of all the figures with a vendetta and PTSD for getting hot glued… clearly, some of them need Jesus.
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Even if you don’t have a Shinto shrine with purging services for anime waifus at your disposal, you can still bid them adieu like we do to acquaintances we’ll never see again.

I mean yes, it’s basically just people projecting human values to inanimate objects, but we actually do put a significant amount of love in these figures so there’s at least some justification for these borderline psychotic behaviors.

But on a more functional footnote, collectors should maybe be a little more conscious of what to do with expired figures. I think it’s a bit uncouth to just flush your figures down a toilet or toss it into a wood chipper machine. Or even — heaven forbid — just toss it into a waste bin! You also don’t want to bury it unless you want it to become an artifact for the future archaeologists to make false conclusions about our human race or incinerate them like the Shinto priest because you know, PVC… plasticizers, heavy metals, and dioxins…

All-in-all, as a guy that cares a little too much about physical products, I think it’s a good idea for everyone to think about the end-of-life of objects and consider a good way to send off objects to you’ve lived with for years. Cuz let’s be frank, some of y’alls waifus and/or husbandos have been in your lives for longer than your wives and/or husbands.
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How do you dispose of old figures?

1%flush down toilet
0%wood chipper
10%donate to thrift store
62%sell
7%teleport it into a black hole
3%Hydraulic Press
3%send it to north korea
4%repurpose into new custom figures
4%garbo
5%family heirloom
1%PVC Crusher machine
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take123Il y a 1 mois#81007960I honestly have been thinking what the heck I will do with all of these figures. I don't have as many as others on this site, but it's going over 100 now after many years and these are all 1/4 size so they're huge.
What if, something happens to me (like I die of COVID-19 or something) and the figures have to be passed on or something or sold or whatnot. I've been thinking what to do with it all as it requires some effort to manage it all.
Give them away! Make connections on MFC, get to know geniune collectors who would give a safe long time home to these works of Art.
Be careful of those who wanna make a quick buck.
Il y a 1 mois
Best option would be to Give them away to Geniune known long time collectors, provided they pay the shipping.

But if you live in country where hardly anyone collects ero figures (judging by the interaction with customs) and you would ashamed if they were found out.
Then buy or lease a PVC crushers/shredder machine to privately dispose of them.
The crushed pvc pellets can sent to a recycling plant, and all ends well.
Il y a 1 mois
FLUSH DOWN TOILET

P.S. I'd actually be down to "bury it if you want it to become an artifact for the future archaeologists to make false conclusions about our human race". Maybe include some scrolls with it as well, stating stuff like "this figure is an effigy that has the power to cure paralysis when used by people that are pure-hearted" or something along those lines. Just imagine the possibilities and scenarios that would follow! Heck, people got time on their hands with the whole corona situation going on atm. Go on and provide our future generations with some spice and hopium that they can live off xD
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I remembered that I had this gashapon ITEM #18957 and one day it fell off the shelf and only his arm remained. I think the rest fell on the trash bin beacuse I never saw him again. Still have his arm tho, don't know what to do with it xD
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It’s very interesting how is humans get attached to inanimate objects. I’ll never forget about one story I heard from the Iraq War and a bomb disposal robot named “Scooby Doo”. The robot had been badly damaged by a bomb and the handler rushed into the repair bay in tears like he was holding a wounded animal and started calling for the mechanics help because Scooby Doo was “hurt”. They said there was nothing more they could do for the robot and they’ll get him a new one, but the handler was in tears, loudly sobbing that he didn’t want a new robot. He wanted his Scooby Doo back. And on a more lighter notes there are stories of handlers taking their bomb disposal robots fishing by attaching fishing rods in their little claws.

On that note, while I am quite aware figures are inanimate objects we project our own thoughts and feelings on, I always love that each figure has its own “quirk” to it. I always view it as adding personality to the figure itself. Which is why I’m quite easy to bond with my figures and always view them as mine. There might be a million of them out there that are like mine, but mine are mine.

Very interesting story about giving figures funerals, and knitting needles. And great discuss on the matter as well.
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take123 Bunny Farm
I honestly have been thinking what the heck I will do with all of these figures. I don't have as many as others on this site, but it's going over 100 now after many years and these are all 1/4 size so they're huge.

What if, something happens to me (like I die of COVID-19 or something) and the figures have to be passed on or something or sold or whatnot. I've been thinking what to do with it all as it requires some effort to manage it all.
Il y a 1 mois
if it's truly reached the end of it's life, then i choose hydraulic press ♥️

at least then we get a cool youtube video out of it
Il y a 1 mois
This is very interesting. It's kind of concerning they burn their figures as that must be super toxic, but the sentiment is nice. I'd probably try to sell or give away mine if they ever "die", but I'm still pretty attached for now.
Il y a 1 mois
I really like this article. A lot of my figures do have sentimental value, but I've never thought of giving them a proper funeral! If, heaven forbid, one of my nendoroids should perish, I want to give them a good send off too.
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