Thank You, Ngee Khiong

I don’t even know where to begin or how to go about typing up this post after reading what Ngee Khiong’s final post. One thing is certain though… Ngee Khiong echoed many of the same sentiments I feel about the Gunpla community in the back of my head except that I took a different approach to dealing with it (maybe I’ll save that for another post).

I’ve been reading NK’s blogs on a daily basis for the last few years and I’ve always admired how objective and open-minded his opinions were on the subject of Gunpla. The few times he posted on this blog, he would shed light on the matter in a wider perspective that few sees. A very respectable and tolerating person… but alas, I think it’s also those kind of people who tends to bottle their displeasure inside until it explodes.

Here are some of my thoughts on his thoughts… (I’ll assume you have already read his post and remember the gist of it)

Warning: Long wall of text… though nowhere near as long as NK’s post itself.

On the subject of “What’s the next model, etc”

From what I’ve seen, I thought this was one of the more natural and tolerable things people in the Gunpla Community can “discuss” without erupting into a nonsensical rage fest. Some will be more pleased than others while many more probably doesn’t even care (the “meh” group). I thought it is fun to speculate every now and then when Bandai decides to drop hints for us… I mean, isn’t the point of such hints are supposed to stir up a buzz?  I supposed an isolated few will get a bigger buzz (for better or worse) than most would but that’s really just and only them.

If someone is really that butthurt over a gunpla announcement and bloody rage about it, then that’s their loss… and I laugh at them. They also need to pick up their life. Don’t let their negativity drag you down.

People are bashing a model kit where the focus of the complain is not on the kit itself – not enough information on that anyway to be starting any sort of argument, but their opinion on the anime series. If you think about this carefully, both of them are not really connected, are they? All the gimmicks and features can be redefined and refined through the redesigning process of the designer, if the only concern is the negative feeling one cannot take off after watching a certain anime, how many good model kits will be sneered unnecessarily? I laughed at such people’s stupidity with all my heart 5 years ago, I cannot do that anymore now, when the source of the news, from that video I watched, is from my blog.” and “Freedom of Speech” section.

This is one of my sentiments but I can relate to this in a different situation. For me, this dates back to the very early days of gunpla reviews where it usually goes something along the line of “OMG THIS GUNDAM MODEL IS AWHSUM CUZ (Insert Gundam name) KICKS @$$ IN THE ANIME”. I’m like… “uh…wat?”. Of course, stuff like this is usually written by a “fanboy” of some sort. It is stupid and illogical to praise a gunpla because its anime iteration was awesome and it is also equally retarded to hate on a gunpla because of the anime it is from. The Gunpla itself didn’t do anything nor was it in the anime.

There are a few Gundams I don’t like or hate but I do like their models very much (the most recent being my MG Strike Freedom review). People should give credit where it’s due and judge a gunpla on its own merits, instead of where it is from.

“The moment MG Victory Gundam was shown, instead of thinking and discussing about the significance of the transformation gimmicks, people are more interested in whether V2 Gundam will be released next….” (The same cases of fail)

I am very guilty of this. Yes… I looked forward to the MG V-Dash when V was announced. And yes, I am also looking forward to a V2. I am also looking forward to the MG Deathscythe Hell and the MG ReZel Commander Type. It’s just natural progression and something to be expected or hoped for in the future; this sort of speculation is not really wrong. It’s not like the model itself gets completely overshadowed… people still talk/bash/praise it (and buy it) but are just expanding more on it from there. Critical thinking if you will…

Bandai is partly to blame for this as well. Since SEED, they have been notoriously obvious in their marketing tactics and business practices where one can effortlessly trace their future product line with rather decent accuracy (for the most part). But we also have had some nice surprises from Bandai as well. Since Sunrise and Bandai geared the Gundam franchise toward almost solely for the purpose of selling models and products, then the “fans” probably reacted accordingly and expected as much out of them.

Here’s my take on recolors and variations… I’ll just speak solely for myself on this part. The “milking” doesn’t annoy me because they won’t get any money if I don’t buy it… That’s a fact. However, the time and development funds they’ve spent on such releases could’ve went into making something new or reworking an older model into 2.0. And when a recolor variation is released, I feel like it pushes back the new things and we’ll have to wait even longer. That’s just what I think… I could be totally wrong since I don’t know Bandai’s product planner. Maybe variations have no effect on new models… who knows. Point is… some will be more happy about it than others. At the very least, I do agree that it at least provides variety to satisfy a few. Choices are nice.

I can’t really comment on people who flat-out rages over a recolor though… again, it’s just those isolated few who really aren’t worth caring about.

On the subject of the community, universe fans, fanbases, the “wars”, etc…

Another one of my sentiments. This… THIS! This is the main reason why I stopped visiting and avoid the so-called Anime “discussion” forums like a deadly virus throughout the net years ago. Most of the opinions on such forums are mentally damaging and it’s probably a quick way to lose brain cells.  It is very laughable that some fanatics are arguing cursing at each other over some fictitious army/character/mecha that they are devoted to. I agree… it is retarded and childish. Maybe they really are just children? Nowadays, even kindergartners can hop on the net.

If such opinions really are that troublesome and you don’t want to associate yourself with them, then isn’t the best way to deal with it is to just that? Not associating with them? Ignore them… leave them in their own little world and let them continue their meaningless bickering while you can look forward to enjoying the better part of the hobby.

I am not saying the forums itself are bad. In fact, forums are very useful and informative. However, when I didn’t want to read the nonsense part of it anymore, I just left and never looked back… since then, I haven’t really seen any “x sucks” debates. Should you really have to visit a forum, then just avoid all the questionable topics. I’m sure Ngee Khiong could’ve at least done that to reduce some of the stress (he did pulled the chatbox and disabled comments on his blog afterall).

Close-minded personal preference based discussion

In the end it’s just personal preference on certain kit, people will only be happy when their favorite kit is released, nothing else matters, yet, in discussion they would act like they know everything by giving advises, criticize others, sending people off when their ideas are different. When I see how close-minded these people are, and that I’m in the same community as they are, trust me, I would think about running away and be with my own friends who share the same interest as me, those who are more open-minded and mild in their manner of discussion.

So he actually did thought about it…. and he would probably be not so frustrated and had a more enjoyable time instead of wasting it away with the haters. Why didn’t he?

On the subject of “haters, hate mails, hate, etc”.

Hate emails and the likes are completely unnecessary and totally uncalled for. Seriously.. WHY?! What is there to hate about someone who is doing you the free service of rounding up hobby news for you to indulge in? Can the haters do better or something?

Haters are just that… They’re haters. They will hate everything about you no matter what you do. Even if you provide all the news on a timely manner, perfectly translated, and make everything else perfect, they will still hate. Therefore, their opinions should not matter and completely irrelevant. By not ignoring them and giving up means giving in to their pleasure at viewing others misery.

Here’s a great post from Danny Choo about haters which I’m sure many of you have already read- LINK!

My Overall Thoughts

The Gunpla community that Ngee Khiong wants… sounds very beautiful and perfect. A little idealistic perhaps. It is almost akin to asking humanity for world peace. Not gonna happen. Well… some parts of this community IS very peaceful and open-minded but it is impossible for the ENTIRE community to be the way he wants it to be.

This sort of trash talking, faction, discrimination, etc. is not unique to Gunpla. You can see this with ANY and ALL hobbies… scratch that, you can see this with ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING where emotions are linked to. As a matter of fact, I think the Gunpla community is rather mild in terms of negativity toward each other– It is very much a joke in that sense;  I am willing to bet none of the haters will even start a fistfight against each other if they were to meet in person. Look at something like political parties, religious groups,console gamers, PETA, environmentalists, or even sports and car fanatics. THOSE actually can get messy and troublesome, if not outright dangerous, when one side gets seriously offended- riots, protesting, gang fights, or demonstrations can occur. It’s nasty… but this is very much a human thing and as humans, we’ve come to accept this as “normal”. We can’t really stop it but we can certainly avoid most of it by simply ignoring it and not getting involved. On the flip side, this shows that some people are truly passionate about this sort of stuff… the energy is just used negatively.

I think Ngee Khiong also cares too much about unnecessary things. While he did provided many reasons for his displeasure about the Gunpla community, I can’t really connect the dots to his action of closing his blog. While hate mails are directed specifically at him, which is unfortunate and is disheartening, I don’t see how people wanting a certain gunpla or doing their own things (be it bickering, buying pirated gunpla, etc) matters to him. Most of it feels like it should belong in the “who cares?” category and had he ignored them, he would’ve been so much better off and happier.

I also do not see why he has to take the blame for things. He was just the voluntary messenger who brings us the news. It’s not like he created the source for the news, nor did he created the models, nor did he decided which model to be made, nor did his blog killed your puppy. You get my point? He didn’t do anything except sharing the news with us! Why is he to blame? If he haven’t posted the news, someone else would’ve… and the fighting would’ve ensued anyway. It’s just a matter of time.

I think Ngee Khiong knows just how big and influential his blog is on the Gunpla community, and instead of keeping his opinions on the down low or view objective– which probably allowed some to run wild with the news– he could’ve been more vocal in persuading people to also be a little more objective. He said he can’t control the freedom of speech of others but he can certainly utilize his own just as much as the others do. Given how well-respected he is, I’m sure some will probably learn a few things and actually listen to his open-minded perspective. Over time, I don’t doubt he would’ve been able to make a better change in the gunpla community.

I don’t see all the nasty stuff that Ngee Khiong sees because I chose to avoid them all so there might be some things that I am not understanding or seeing. Frankly, I think he is hanging out in the wrong side of the ‘hood (hey! everyone is cool on this side!). I also think he is holding back a lot of his frustrations by staying modest and humble… since it was his last post, it would’ve been good (for his own sake) to just let it all out and truly RANT.

At the very end, everyone is only responsible for their own enjoyment in this hobby. Sharing part of that joy with others is optional (but it is something we all chose to do anyway). If by closing his news blog makes him a happier person in enjoying this hobby, then I very much support his decision to shut it down… even if it accomplishes nothing else. At the very least, he is keeping his EX blog running so he is very much “alive”.

Ngee Khiong, I truly thank you for everything all these years and I definitely appreciate the effort you’ve put out in getting the news for everyone. I am sorry the community as a whole is not as friendly as it should be. I’ll continue to visit your EX blog to check how things are going. Should you ever drop by this blog again in the future, rest assure that you will be able to enjoy the hobby for what it is with everyone while sipping milk tea here.

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97 thoughts on “Thank You, Ngee Khiong

  1. See.. what conflict happen in Gundam actually happen in real world. Human seems cant truly understand each other lol! hahaha maybe we need Innovator after all hehehe

  2. A valid point about him hanging on to the tension. Perhaps if he’d shared an opinion once in a while instead of living fast and true on the impartial stance he may not have crashed and burned so hard. 4.5 years is a long time to be doing what he was doing though. Thanks for the good read, Z.

  3. maybe someone who is able to understand a bit of chinese/jap/korean will open a blog similiar to his?

    Ngee Khiong MK.II Repair – in memories of the past, a new future shall be created

  4. Well, regarding the fanbase wars, i think it started in SEED… wherein UC supporters hated SEED because:
    A) SEED characters are too emo
    B) Mobile suits are unrealistic and overpowered
    C) Less technology based and more fiction based

    but really, do we really need such “war”?

    1. A: Emo characters are more realistic to me. It’s kids/adolescents that have never exposed to war getting involved in it. There did this to attract female viewers – it includes character development where one turns mature as the story proceeds – from childish rants into philosophical thinking and more calm as a character develops. Emo characters is a must to me and thats what i find other Gundam series lacking in.

      B: Overpowered? What about Gundam 00, especially the 00 Trans Am Burst? Actuallu, UC fans are unhappy that SEED mobile suits, which are copied from UC counterparts, are better than those UC predeccessors. All those people making noise about it are unhappy UC suits appears inferior. That is so childish.

      C: I think UC is more fiction based than SEED. SEED is applying real world technologies (nuclear engines) and the neutron jammers (which are used by military to blind enemy radars). Minovsky particle and using Hydrogen-helium fusion for energy generation is still proven impossible without a high temperature (millions of degrees) to overcome repulsion between positive atoms. So far no known materials can overcome a heat that high. UC technology is more fictional.

  5. I’m quite curious, does anyone have the link to that said video? I do want to watch it, really. Thanks in advance

    Anyway, about NK. I already had my own opinion about that. Still, I want to share some of it here.

    NK had quit because he doesn’t have “THAT” anymore to continue blogging. Hey, you blog when you feel like to and not because someone told you so; Maybe some are requested upon but still. When you blog something, you expect it to be appreciated right? Well, maybe not all, but most will. And since his post had some adverse effect as well, it added weight in his burden. So for the reason why he quit, I can quite understand that. However, if I were in his shoes, I will not :)) Just like z said, “different person, different reactions”. This is absolutely true. We are unique in our own way and that’s about it :)

    1. Are you referring to the Wing video? Look up “HG 1/100’s fate after getting a MG” on youtube and you’ll see the video first thing. I don’t want to post it here and potentially cause unwanted trouble.

  6. well, I’m from forum first and blogs second, and I think it’s kinda fun watching the fights between gundam universes.

    I don’t think it’s that foolish, just like watching Transformers vs Gundams too, it’s interesting for me. I don’t have any faction ’cause I built all models that I like, whether it’s UC, Seed, Wing, or OO after all.

  7. Lets face it. No one else can do a better job than kiong. He keeps on saying others are better, but who can put in that much of effort diffing for news, putting on the images, translate the info and post it up, include the links, ASAP, and do that several times a day when he’s also doin his other work and study?

    No one at all.

    So, for me, whatever his reason is, I don’t care. All I know, and hope for, is for someone so nice and hardworking as him to be happy and can really enjoy his life. If closing his blog is the best way he can think of, that’s it. I’ll support him.

    The truth is, we need him, he doesn’t need us. No one told him how to do his job in the past and he did such an awesome job with his blog, so now, no one should tell him how he should feel and do to not end the blog.

    That dude is always going to a great hero in gundam and hobby news.

    1. The other night, I tried to take on NK’s job just to see how it feels and the effort it takes… I opened every link he posted on the bottom of his last post… after that, I was completely lost. It’s amazing how he can do it! aggregating news is definitely not something everyone can do!

  8. none of us can have a blog as big as his. we dont have the bigger view nk has running his blog containing so much info and different hobby. whatever we say just represent one litle bit of what the man really see and feel. we shouldnt place our judgement on him when we dont know the real thing.

    1. That’s why the people are only voicing their opinions solely on what he allowed us to know. I don’t think anyone went further than that…

  9. I’ve read NK’s blog for nearly a year, and I’m sad to see it go. I understand why he did it, but like Z says, he could have better isolated himself from all the crap some in the gunpla community sling and been all the happier for it.
    All the good Gundam communities (say, Gundam.com, Gundam Project–I’m really dating myself here) die anyway, the crap ones continue to live.
    I’ve been on-again/off-again with the gunpla hobby for 10 years, and all I have to say is that I look at or build the mecha I like regardless of what series it’s from. Sure, I have my series and mecha preferences and series and mecha I don’t like, but I just ignore them and move on, and I sure as hell don’t link a piece of plastic to a fictional character or series.

    If your favorite machine doesn’t get an MG or PG (or even an HG), get the next best thing, whatever it is, and shut up. Bandai doesn’t just release kits in a vacuum; it puts them out based on whatever information tells them people will buy. One way or another, some day or another, a fan favorite will get released.

    NK blog, rest in peace.

  10. I will try and make this comment short as I am currently writing a blog post as well. Not an easy thing for me as I usually don’t write tl;dr kind of post. I will just make one point here then:

    The whole point of hobby is to enjoy something in the free time. For some strange reasons this doesn’t appear to be the case very often for Gunpla. Very strange when you have really easy to build models compared to, say, military models, and heck these Gundams aren’t even real stuff like Star Wars, yet we don’t hear so much fanboying and arguments on that franchise compared to Gundams, and those who enjoy military models (especially WWII) won’t argue so much over “Nazi stuff” and “crap French & Italian tanks” etc. Maturity surely is a bit lacking for our Gunpla community, and there are fewer understandings and more conflicts compared to other hobby / interests communities that I know of, even to figures too. How sad.

    And yes fans are never satisfied and always manage to find things to complain about, be it a new kit or a variation / kit with different equipments etc. When MG F91 came, they wanted V Gudam. When V Gundam came, they wanted V2 AB instead. And when V2 AB comes out, they are probably gonna find all sorts of things to bash about that too. This was partially the reason I tend to avoid comments for most Gunpla news articles eventually. Better off discussing things with friends instead.

    1. Perhaps its our human nature…….we never content on everything.
      But anyways I understand his reasons. Sometimes I literally laighed at my couch on those “stupid” rants and others. Because we were simply fighting over a plastic model….yup raging over a plastic model? hahahahaha, if you don’t want it, well don’t buy it. Not your loss but you don’t neeeeed to yell and say it sucks or whatever. We were just simply becoming more idiots the more you did that….just my advise

  11. I was thinking about this over and over again. Isn’t the whole ngeekhiong leaving thingy like an employee resigning from a current company to pursue his own interest. Should the former company sneer him and insult him back for leaving? Most certainly not! We should not do that at all. I do not know why the guy has to end his blog, but I wish him all the best, the same as my wishes to the 2 guys at Gunota Headlines years ago. And that’s it. End of story. All these aftermath and further discussion on his last posting words by words – call it our right of freedom really stinks. It is like, do we really need all these? Can’t we just say a simple goodbye to a friend and wish his all the best?

    I think he should have just use the same reasons Gunota used to end the blog. None of these aftermath will happen.

  12. Its a thing i called “abundance’s fest” a disease that people from north america is suffering. i am living in Argentina. The hg wing gundam model is about 24 u$$. 96 pesos here.
    only 2% people of 40 millions live with more than 500 u$$ montlhy, so the other 98% live with less than that.
    Breaking a model can only be done or thinked in an state of abundance. A state of vigourous consuming, “i consume then exist” “just gimme something new to buy”. etc etc

    The idiocity described in ngee’s post is a consecuence of this syndrome. Of course, i’m included in the “abundance’s fest” of my very own country. im a part of that 2%

    Just an irrelevant comment. Sorry for my english.

  13. Wow, so much emotion over plastic toys and cartoons.

    Just started getting into building gunpla (because they look cool), I know nothing about the anime ;)

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