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Total production controversy anime Aku no Hana’s evil continues even after its mercifully unwatched ending, with the disc’s release cancelled two days before release for reasons detractors suspect have everything to do with abysmally low double digit sales rather than the official explanation of unspecified “defects.”

The anime’s official site was updated 2 days before the first volume was due to be released with the news that the release would be “postponed until an undecided date” due to “defects with some of the products.”

Generously assuming there were actually any surviving pre-orders (NicoNico recorded only 50, not accounting for those later withdrawn), they will have to wait until a release date is re-announced, a fairly unusual demand which seems likely to squeeze out any remaining pre-orders.

Whether low sales were caused by or the cause of the exceptionally meagre extras offered – those who buy all 6 volumes garner only the chance to win one of 30 signed posters and 9 alarm clocks – only the prospect of the entire series having been secretly reanimated in the original manga’s ero-moe style or else Mariya Ise offering to spend the night with every buyer seem to have been able to save it, and both look equally fantastic prospects.

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The looming prospect of three-figure sales (and many even doubt it will go this high) has long since prompted speculation about what would become of the disc release.

With the decision to cancel the release only 2 days before it was due to go on sale and with some stores reportedly already having received inventory, opinions are divided as to whether they somehow managed the unlikely feat of botching the disc’s tiny run and only realising after they were shipped, or else the cancellation amounts to a face-saving or loss-cutting exercise to cover up disastrous double-digit sales.

At least one “lucky” fan seems to have received his copy in spite of the supposedly non-existent release, adding to the mystery:

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    Avatar of Justin iZ Here
    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    00:30 24/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    well hey, that was 50 more copies then I was expecting it to even have at preorder.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 24/07/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Ano hana salutes you fucking moetard

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone who doesn't agree is automatically labelled a "moetard" or "weeaboo" now, apparently.

    Someone update Urban Dictionary whilst I weep for the scattered remnants of the English Language.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or "hipster". Forgot that one.

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    Comment by electricmole
    01:38 24/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I've said this several times in different forums that Aku no Hana should have used the manga art style instead of rotoscoping because fans of the manga will be pissed. But ohhh no the hipsters claim that I was trolling and my arguments have no basis. I don't even care about this anime because the story is already crap but what really irritates me the most are the hipsters that will like something just because it's different.

    No who doesn't have an Aku no Hana BD now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 24/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    True that, brother...eh sister. I don't know your gender.

    It was something new they wanted to try, but did it in the worst way possible. If they had done an original series. Rather then basing it off of a manga. It wouldn't have been flamed as bad as it was. Maybe even getting good reviews for it's originality.

    However that's not the case,

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:08 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There's a good idea. The best way to present a new style is with a new story. Why they chose to apply something new to an already established visual style is something I can't understand.

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    Comment by KingFisher
    02:09 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Being different isn't bad. The roterscoping wasn't necessarily the main problem. They just used a really ugly people to play the roles. Only like 2 characters that they roterscoped were decent looking. Giving something different a change isn't a bad thing nor does it make you a hipster. Sadly its how this idea was executed. It would have looked cool if they had used the manga style and then roterscoped that, instead of live people. But yeah I do agree it was a bad idea and not well thought out on the rotorscope process. I would have prefered the manga art style to the rotorscopping anyways. By rotorscoping the anime was a bit too tame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 24/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Actually, the people, who wplayed the roles are much prettyer than result we had. The main problem was exactly in roterscoping: it was done bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Also bad that the creators or someone tried to push their "agenda" on guys in order to make "otaku more interested in 3D girls" or some BS like that....well, good thing money doesn't lie. Now they're gonna suffer from no sales. >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where'd the pushing 3D girls come in...? 3D women ARE actually beautiful, the issue here was the uncanny valley had a trench dug into it by people without the skill or experience to understand why they were doing it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 24/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The red head girl was really cute irl and she was the ugliest girl in the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 25/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Regardless of whether you thought she was ugly IRL, fact of the matter is the poor rotoscoping method made her uglier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No she isn't. Don't lie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 26/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you joking? http://i.imgur.com/mIGpY16.png

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 25/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I must reply to this. Watch "A scanner darkly". After being badgered for years by my closest friend, who is the biggest film nerd that I know and whose opinions about films I trust utterly, I watched it. I could not even finish it. It looks... bad! It looks bad when you see it as "reality" and it looks bad when you suspend disbelief and see it a "animation". It leaves nothing to the imagination because the imagery is that of badly drawn but realistic human.

    Guess what, the protagonist of that was Keannu Reeve, in his prime (soon after the matrix series I think). That didn't make it look any better.

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    Comment by Joe Sullivan
    04:15 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would the girl in the second-last comparison pictures up there be one of those decent looking people you speak of? She looks kind of cute.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. If the being different make the anime better, then it is welcome. But if it make it worst, like making the character look uglier then forget about that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Not everyone who liked it just liked it for the sake of being different. I've read a lot of people stating reasoning behind them backing the style, one of which was that they felt it suited the story and mood of the anime more than the usual moe style would have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I feel like the kind of people who would say things like that don't watch anime regularly. As long as the story is believable and/or engaging then the style shouldn't make much difference. It's why something like Madoka can be so successful.
    The 'moe' style would've been just fine here. If that wasn't the case then there wouldn't be so many original manga series fans so upset with the change.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    BTW I'm not saying style bears no need of mention. Style is a valid point when review a series. I'm saying one style shouldn't be considered 'more suited' to a certain theme or story.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No fuck you, you're wrong and you should feel bad you white knight hipster piece of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look, they clearly didn't care what the manga readers think, and vice versa. Stop being such a sourpuss just because they "screwed up" your pet manga. Welcome to the club.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 29/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuq you man, i like A Scanner Darkly and actually appreciate rotoscoping, it was interesting to see an anime attempt it for an emotionally charged psychological anime. I'd buy it if they localize the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous

    in my honest opinion the rotoscoping added to the weirdness of the show, something the original art wouldn't be able to do.
    But thats not what japan cares about, they want 12 Y.Os doing girly stuff with a bath scene and a half ass story (just kidding, no need to get your panties in a bunch...no wait)

    Comment by Anonymous

    But you were trolling. You just happened to be right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Learn what trolling means. It's not trolling if you genuinely serious about what you're talking about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I feel like you're trolling...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Being "genuinely serious" is totally irrelevant to trolling. You don't know what trolling is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, truth hurts, big ouch.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This whole show was a big fuck you to every dumbfuck deluded slanty eyes who think they look anything like their 'anime' characters. So amusing to see them get bitch slapped by reality.

    Nicely done.

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    Comment by Ishmael
    03:47 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He wasn't trolling. You obviously don't know what trolling is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 24/07/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    He was trolling. He just got lucky.

    Comment by Anonymous

    fuck off moetard

    Comment by Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 24/07/2013

    "fuck off moetard"
    ^
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    buuurrrrrrrrnnnn!

    :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 24/07/2013

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 24/07/2013

    samefag

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    Comment by Primus de Pedos
    00:09 24/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The said "defects" must be the rotoscope.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    02:46 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You mean scrotoscope.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 24/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Rectoscope?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coproscope.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    FAPscope

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think "defects" refers to the people who still insist that rotoscoping is something unique and original, and that Japanese people's faces consist of a single flat shade of color in reality.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Said "defects" are realistic east asian faces.

    Fixed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You really have nothing better to do, do you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're fixed east asian faces?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love the Balalaika............

    twang.... ting... ting... twang.... sproing....

    triti

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Georgia, home of Joe Stalin?

    I heard Joe played mean balalaika.

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    Comment by Xavier
    06:24 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, defective fixed realistic east asian faces.
    Sounds like an obscure New Wave band.
    And now, straight out of Georgia, The Defective Fixed Realistic East Asian Faces, with their song about a chair.

    Comment by Anonymous

    There is no fixing that kind of 'face'. Except plastic surgery. Even that fails when they have kids - you can only fool genetics for so long.

    BWAHAHAHAHA how pathetic you have to eviscerate your own face to look anything other than 'asian'.

    Comment by Anonymous

    My dear Pedo Boy, the rotoscope is what gives this anime its sado-masochistic vibe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In other words
    Aku no Hana: Sawa
    Your eyes: Kasuga.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Aku no Hana: The manga's art style was so bad it was given an anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 24/07/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Those 'defects' are what japs actually look like.

    HAHAHAHAHA bunch of slanty eyed fucks bitching because an anime finally portrays them realistically.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 24/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The most amusing part is that it's true. All of these rotoscoped people are based on the actual voice actors.

    When making this they forgot one important detail: anime was made to get away from ugly people, not embrace them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    As I already said in earlier news posts... the problem is not that it's "realistic looking" or based on real people... the problem is the lack of details on faces and clothing.
    Also, Japanese/Asian people are not ugly looking (at least not the majority)... look at reality or if not possible, videos on a certain video upload site... just search for "Japan school" and look at real Japanese faces.
    The ugly truth: they are not ugly, they don't always behave like shitheads, yes they don't understand/speak English lol

    Then again, it's quite possible that people who dislike Asians or are of a different ethnicity perceive Asian people as "ugly". The same way as it's said that whites cannot distinguish between blacks, and vice versa. Oh, and I'm not an Asian, so don't even try to flame my "ethnic pride" lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @5:16: rotoscoping is about motion, not detail. Besides, anime has never been all that fantastic about realism or detail in the first place, so I fail to see your point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Forgot something... just look at the original actors of Aku no Hana. They are not ugly and look a lot better than the rotoscoped adaption. Real people have details in their faces!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    oh you.... i like you

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you now? lol kids

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You need to suck a pacifiers, as your post shows your mental age.. a 1 year old baby.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Pacifiers" is plural, "suck a pacifiers" makes no sense, also, I miss their Mommy's titties too

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    a pacifier's what?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Tell that to every single asian around lol they all bitch and moan like they miss their mommy's titties.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Says the white trash

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @06:47

    Also 05:50 no self-respecting Indian or Pakistani will call themselves 'asian' here in US."

    It's irrelevant what these self-respecting Indian or Pakistani US residents call themselves. Elsewhere, including EU/Pakistan/India, these people are Asian. But it's still irrelevant. What's relevant to note is that the world isn't just white dudes and yellow dudes, but a whole lot of other brown and black dudes too. And these different folks aren't all sweet to each other, ne? So a dude calling some East Asian dude a name, need not be a white dude, but could just as well be Indian or Pakistani or heck even black.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    07:00 Too bad we set the standards for what's what. "It's irrelevant what these self-respecting Indians or Pakistani residents in US call themselves" What the fuck you bitching about? You want to just forget what a vast portion of the subject at hand does and try to talk about objectivity?

    Some serious LOL here dumb fucking kid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What make u think he white trash. He maybe Asian (Indian, Pakistani)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL yellow shits running away like a bitch to other countries because their parents were too pussy to tough it out, attaching yourselves like parasites to other nations when no one wants em/

    Also 05:50 no self-respecting Indian or Pakistani will call themselves 'asian' here in US. When you refer to 'asians' here, it mainly denotes east asians (sometimes south east asians from phillipines and vietnam too but even they just like to call themselves by their nation's name, rather than just 'asian' because they look down on them).

    Comment by Anonymous

    Huge LOL @ all the yellow bitches downvoting this truth!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    10:19 Wrong target, waste of resources during wrong times. Concept itself needs improvement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's your opinion of the Jews and the Holocaust?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    11:16 Alright, cool. How would you describe the final result if they did focus their efforts in these areas instead?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Due to extensive enmities between USSR and short-sighted idiocy of labeling slavs and russians as enemies, the plan was derailed and alienated what should have been brothers in arms in the larger picture. The effort should have been directed towards africa, middle east, and beyond. Efforts should have been made to properly gather together inclusive peoples from lisbon to vladivostock.

    Concept was too shortsighted and euro-centric. It was too small-scale and small time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    10:55 Okay. Who should have been the targets, and what parts of the concept needs improvement?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    12:38
    I'm a fourth-generation American; have German and Irish ancestry. If you're referring to race and gender, I'm a white male.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 25/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    16:13 Obviously you can't even read between the lines or understand what others say without trying to squeeze it through that narrow prism of viewpoint that restricts your understanding of the world.

    Third Reich is not an example to emulate - I have implied this over and over again. Yet somehow you seem to talk as if I support their 'goals' as you understand them, which is not quite as narrow as you like to think. Also, don't throw around 'petty' or other buzz words without explaining exact why it is so - your feelings alone are not enough to justify your rantings if you can't describe them or rationally back them up with facts instead of just petulant denial.

    I noticed you overarchingly described this view from your own twisted version in a very vague way, without specifically addressing my details and opinions, only resorting to semantics and sophistry to try and portray what I say according to how you perceive them. Care to challenge the specifics of my argument in the way they are described? Or are your 'insights' too narrow to understand them? Maybe I should spell it out for you a bit more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Before that, what is your cultural and ethnic background?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    11:50 Can you go into a detailed description on your views of the ideal unifying cultural force, and what specific elements today do you believe are self-abasing and undeserving of rights?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    13:11

    Understood. I will go into more detail about this topic.

    Ideal unifying cultural force includes a sense of belonging, loyalty and passion that engenders a feeling of deep connection to those who share a common cultural and ethnic (can be broad - one of the very pathetic mistake made by the third reich is a very narrow and shallow definition of what is 'us', hence alienating potential allies. They underestimate the power of absorbing and assmiliating under a common banner those who are more alike to each other than their common enemies) characters.

    This basic idea stimulates a deep feeling of loyalty and connection to each other, which is a powerful force that engenders pride and identity in an individual. This is empowered further by commonly shared view of success and pride as a group - your success, to a point, is also reflected favorably upon the group as a whole.

    What is critically flawed about this system is that it easily gives way to self-destructive and idiotic impulses of an individual as long as he stands at the top - however, modern western civilization has a uniquely deceptive advantage in regards to this in the form of self-disciplining and self-reflective strength that was forged by thousands of years of continuous warfare and some influence of christianity that emphasizes continued advancement of an individual in the form of honest and true reflection of self-doubt and faults. Many other cultures seem to believe they are also capable of this, but their end results and hypocrisies show how such 'philosophies' are nothing but shallow and pretentious attempt to appear so and more importantly convince themselves that they are not what they fear. This self-deception is a critical flaw, and we have a solution that is unique to our civilization and culture as a whole forged in the fires of revolutions and warfare for over 3000 years or more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    However, the failure of third reich through its short-sighted and narrow view of the world made the west question everything that constituted its expression of strength - capabilities of aggression, powerful and imposing use of strength, self-preserving idea of struggle and war, as well as continued effort in self-improvement and advancement in psychological and spiritual terms. This is the greatest fault of the third reich - they had achieved the exact opposite of their goal through relatively ignorant and bumbling way of executing their objectives.

    Right now, west is undergoing a trial and conflict in confidence - it is but a phase, but a critical one. Too many mouthy fools try to 'take on the man' or 'be a revolutionary' and essentially do more harm than good to the group they belong to. The hippie movement is a good example - they did a fine job of denigrating and marginalizing traditional line of thought, but had nothing better to replace it with. Hence, instead of kumbayaa utopia they dreamed about, they wind up with people who are unsure of everything and distrustful of anything not in their own head. This leads to insecurities and uncertainties, which is nothing but a temporary malaise until a stronger unifying force is born within our group to unite us once again.

    At the same time, this is but a phase. Western culture and empowerment is far more resilient than just a phase.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In addition, we need to understand that while we are given the OPPORTUNITY to pursue rights and privileges, we are not entitled to anything other than what we achieve through power and effort. Respect and dignity are two-way streets, and are earned, not given. They are also not inalienable - they can be deprived from an individual by the virtue, or lack thereof, of their own actions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    12:11

    The Third Reich and your idea of a Western power-based hegemony don't fit on top of one another and are very different in their inclusion of peoples as 'their own', hence what you label as "short-sighted alienation of potential allies" by the Third Reich only demonstrates your inability to comprehend distinction of goal, i.e. only able to think of the actions of others in correlation to your own ideals.
    The Third Reich never was about 'the West' and no matter how foolishly you think the Holocaust was a similar quest for dominance that fits your ideologies, it was sadly much narrower in scope. That being said, what is reflected in your opinions is little more than a magnification of their petty ideals as well, and the only critique that separates is your definition of 'enemies', i.e. what constitutes the 'non-west', in your slippery addition of 'temporary allies'.

    Understood. I will go into more detail about this topic.

    Ideal unifying cultural force includes a sense of belonging, loyalty and passion that engenders a feeling of deep connection to those who share a common cultural and ethnic (can be broad - one of the very pathetic mistake made by the third reich is a very narrow and shallow definition of what is 'us', hence alienating potential allies. They underestimate the power of absorbing and assmiliating under a common banner those who are more alike to each other than their common enemies) characters.

    This basic idea stimulates a deep feeling of loyalty and connection to each other, which is a powerful force that engenders pride and identity in an individual. This is empowered further by commonly shared view of success and pride as a group - your success, to a point, is also reflected favorably upon the group as a whole.

    What is critically flawed about this system is that it easily gives way to self-destructive and idiotic impulses of an individual as long as he stands at the top - however, modern western civilization has a uniquely deceptive advantage in regards to this in the form of self-disciplining and self-reflective strength that was forged by thousands of years of continuous warfare and some influence of christianity that emphasizes continued advancement of an individual in the form of honest and true reflection of self-doubt and faults. Many other cultures seem to believe they are also capable of this, but their end results and hypocrisies show how such 'philosophies' are nothing but shallow and pretentious attempt to appear so and more importantly convince themselves that they are not what they fear. This self-deception is a critical flaw, and we have a solution that is unique to our civilization and culture as a whole forged in the fires of revolutions and warfare for over 3000 years or more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 24/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    11:34 Destruction of unnecessary national, 'cultural', and ethnic elements in global scene. Unification under sole cultural force that gives meaning to unity and identity. Exposure of hypocrisy and duplicitous nature of various cultures. Destruction of elements that are self-abasing and undeserving of rights which must be earned by self-discipline and effort. Advancement and preservation of rights and privileges to those who earned them. It may have taken the better part of the century, but eurasian continent as well as africa would be on the right track to advance in the right direction.









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