October 25, 2011
The sky is a deep shade of crystalline blue. The sea below, a crimson red stained by the blood of people. The horizon divides beauty and horror by a thin line as Milia sees her city burn in the background. A new world, an old planet, the same condition of humanity still engaged in endless war for ideologies and desires. This is the world from which humanity was exiled, but as I has said before, humanity doesn’t learn pretty well.
This is war, and war… war never changes.
October 16, 2011
(Screenshots from the best RAW I could get my hands on. Content itself is based on the Animax simulcast.)
6 years. I first watched Last Exile 6 years ago when I managed to snatch some copies from my friend. I am glad to admit that Last Exile was one of the first anime, alongside Escaflowne, to show me that the realm of epic adventures is not an alien concept in anime. When I first read that Last Exile was getting it’s sequel, spiritual or direct, I was ecstatic. For me very few anime series holds the same degree of grandiosity in storytelling and presentation that shows like Last Exile and Escaflowne did, and thus the story entitled Fam The Silver Wing holds a hefty pedigree as the successor to what is considered studio GONZO’s best work to date.
High hopes were placed. The question is, were high hopes met? The moment the airships took flight as kingdoms go to war, the moment Vanships flew and weaved through the cloudy skies in an effort to save what was dear to them, the moment a young (and now female) pilot too it upon herself to place herself in the middle of it all, I new I was back into the skies I flew in as well as I stared into the TV, feeling the skies for myself 6 years ago.
Back into the blue skies.
September 26, 2011
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
– Irish Blessing on Partings
September 13, 2011
Every parent has a dream for their children. For many, they dream for their children to find something in life that they’ll love, and do it with all their heart and soul. I come from a very business oriented family. It was something of a shocker for my parents when I told them all those many years ago that I wanted to be a doctor and not continue the family business. That task has mostly fallen on the shoulders of my brother these days. It took a while for them to accept the fact that I would never ever change my mind.
Every parent has a dream for their children. It just so happens that Sui’s is for her children to stop living for hers, but for their own.
September 6, 2011
It’ll hit anyone hard when they hear that the place they’ve come to call home is being closed down. It’s already a difficult thing to be forced to move, to make such a drastic change in life. You try so hard to make a new life for yourself in a new environment, and when you start to finally feel at home it, the rug gets pulled under you. Madame manager must have her reasons, but it no doubt comes as a rather depressing revelation to Ohana and everyone else in the inn that the place that they call home (or second home for that matter) is closing its doors after so many years.
It shouldn’t be surprising of course that anyone would want to defend their home.
August 25, 2011
This show is still one of my favorite shows of the year, even if the last few episodes have been sort of a major letdown. The lack of blogging of this show is both a result of that and time constraints as an intern. I still get to watch the show when it airs, and I still reerve some disappointment over the fact that it still focuses much on the side characters when the show is about to end, and good ol’ Ohana still has her own long ways to go.
Not to say of course that this episode follows the same fate, but in reality the episode manages to balance out the side characters with the lead, and for that I feel confident that the show is back on track.
August 15, 2011
There are 2 exact why I stopped blogging Hana-Saku Iroha for a while:
1. Being in the operating room in the middle of the night when the episode airs, and being on duty for consecutive days, is not good for the brain.
2. The last few episodes for almost 2 months have been, in all honesty, the weakest in the series and nothing to really write home about.
The problem with the show for me is that it airs at the time of the week when I’m just too tired to write, and this is compounded by the fact that the episode qualities recently make it hard to really write anything about them. However the most recent episode has restored my faith in the show I billed as one of the favorites of the season, and also the year. Will really be looking forward to it’s return to form next week.
August 9, 2011
People have to make sacrifices in order to do what they think is right. I think it’s inevitable for everyone, and it becomes a matter of how willing one is to give up certain things in order to do what they think needs to be done. Daikichi certainly believes and is willing to do just that, but there are also those in Rin’s life who couldn’t do the same. Daikichi wishes to speak with Rin’s biological mother to know just why she chose to give her up, to perhaps achieve a bit of peace of mind about his new life and Rin’s own worries. There is still the question of whether Rin yearns for her own mother…
July 25, 2011
I’m sure a lot of us remember what a pinky swear meant when we were kids. As children we were afraid of many things, like
strangers, being separated from our parents, not getting back home on time, among other things. Sometimes all it took to quell our fears was a pinky swear with our loved ones, to reassure us that they’d be there for us, a promise to be by our side whenever
we need them. Surely enough this is such a confidence booster for some kids, especially kids like Rin who have already experienced such feelings of loss and abandonment at such a young age. It may not look like much to us today at our ages, but for
Rin it was the difference between assurance and perhaps despair.
July 8, 2011
Being a parent, of even the more mild form of “guardian”, is harder than it looks. I’m not a parent and I don’t expect to be one for a long, long time, and as such I doubt I’d be prepared for the responsibilities that come with it any time soon. Some say you learn on the job, some also say each person is born with some instinctive parenting skills, but it would be a bald faced lie when someone claims parenting is easy. Much more if you’re single, and much more if it happens almost on a whim.
Daikichi, waking up the next day, is about to learn just how heavy his new responsibility is.