April 22, 2011
Most of us have probably had friends we haven’t seen in years, sometimes by circumstance or by choice. When the chance to reconnect does happen, however, we get surprised both by how much they’ve changed, and how much they’ve stayed the same. The geeky dues suddenly look like bodybuilders, the sporty ones get a rounded beer belly, the ones that barely passed exams have a high intellect job, etc etc. Sometimes it’s a surprising evolution during a time in our lives we thought would stay the same, but anyone above twenty knows that nothing ever is. At the same time the familiarity is there, because no matter how much we’ve moved on, pieces of us stay the same.
And it’s these very same pieces that helps us recognize each other.
April 19, 2011
It’s a… very different and somewhat jarring change of pace for a show built on as a semi-serious show about growing up in a world very foreign from the hustle and bustle of the modern city. I guess wherever you go, there will always be perverted writers with bondage fetishes dreaming of a Pulitzer Prize for writing the novel of the century about high school girls getting it on in a sparkly and steamy bath fantasy.
Or maybe not.
April 16, 2011
Life goes on, days pass by, and people come and go in our lives. We grow older, perhaps a little wiser, and we encounter many people in our journey through life. Some stay for only a while, some stick with us for some time, and some stay for what feels like a lifetime. When we were children we certainly felt like the days would stay the same forever, stuck in our youth. What we didn’t know back then that things change, the world changes, and sometimes the most unforeseen event could tear us apart when we thought we’d be friends forever. We drift apart because of one thing, one thing that changes everything.
If you’ve seen Cross Game episode 1, sometimes even for mere children, death can be that thing.
April 13, 2011
I think everyone as a teenager has a certain idealistic view of the world that lies beyond their windows. It’s really part of the naiveté I think, when all you know of the world is in textbooks and TV, or even the internet these days. When your own mother decides to run off with his boyfriend like some sort of cheesy day time soap opera, you’re left to your own devices to experience a world beyond your bedroom, where you quickly realize that not all pretty girls are good natured, not all grandmothers give their grandkids candy, and not all Onsen inns are paradises.
For our story, young Ohana learns about these things the hard way, but with a stride and spirit rarely seen in anime. She, in short, completely makes the show for me.
April 9, 2011
Yeah. Anyone who’s a doctor knows what clinical clerkship is. Just so happens that I started out on the heaviest and most time-consuming rotation there is, though I’m halfway into it and only 10 more days to go. Just have to struggle through it into the more time-allowing rotations.
Also my new laptop broke 2 weeks after buying it, and it’ll take 2-4 weeks for a replacement.
Anyway I’m getting into the groove already, plus the next week is Holy Week so I’ll have time for watching again.