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Category: Anime

One Punch Man

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While I do love movies I have to say that I’m becoming more and more of a series person. It’s convenient since you don’t have to commit for 90-150 minutes, meaning it’s easier to digest than a feature film. It’s also nice since you get a relation to the characters that you very seldom get in movies. With anime that is certainly true and since the episodes are most often around 20 minutes they’re definitely an easy watch.

Used to be a real anime fan and watched countless of shows and episodes. Not so much as of late but I haven’t really lost my interest, just been prioritizing differently. The last show I watched was A Certain Scientific Railgun S which I liked (though it could have benefited from being shorter) and before that Steins;Gate, which was also good. This last week I’ve been watching a new show that has been getting a lot of attention – One Punch Man.

Instead of following a main protagonist who rises through the ranks, getting better and better, we instead follow Saitama who at the beginning of the show already is really, really strong. Basically he can deal with any enemy (monsters in this show) with a single punch. The world in which this series plays out is a world with various cities named City A, City B and so on. I don’t exactly remember the reason why it was like this, if I remember correctly it was told in the beginning of the show but it doesn’t really matter.

In these cities anyway, monsters have started to appear, and these are dealt with by heroes from the Hero Association. People with special powers that have enlisted to fight the monsters to protect the inhabitants of the cities. Saitama becomes one of these heroes and while he isn’t necessarily the smartest of the bunch he most certainly is the physically strongest. He’s also quite bipolar since he really wants to do this hero business but at the same time he’s not really energetic about it since no one can challenge his strength.

In short it’s actually really funny and you just want to watch the next episode as soon as the last one ended. This is what I’ve always liked in animes. The good ones tend to draw you in in a way that not many medias succeed in. Unfortunately I only have one episode left and that airs on Monday. Then I guess it’s just about waiting for a second season, which I’m sure will come given the success of this show.

Through the pink shimmering light

If you’ve read some of my posts from the past you probably know that I’m a pretty nostalgic person. Memories are sometimes a bit too dear to me and also painted in colors maybe a bit more vivid than they ought to. Then again, I guess it means that you’ve had a history that you are happy with. It’s bittersweet though, cause it often leaves you with a feeling of emptiness. All those emotions you had back then overwhelm you in an instant. It’s a weird experience. Happiness, sadness, love, pain – all at once. And you almost want to escape to what once was instead of actually living in the present, and making the present as good as possible. In short, it’s a dish best served very occasionally.

With that said, today I stumbled into a video by an old YouTube account that I used to follow back in the day. It’s by a guy called Josh who plays mostly anime music on his piano. And it really took me 6-8 years back. To when I used to watch anime all day and it basically was my only company. What filled me with emotion and also what brought me back from some tough days. I met people through it that helped me develop into the person that I am today. So I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to that subject.

As for anime I don’t watch it anything these days (apart from Steins;Gate a year or so back) but the memories are all still there. I just have to listen to a few seconds of those tunes and it fills me with lots of emotions. And the way that those songs capture everything from joy to sadness, and the stuff in between… well, I don’t know how they do it. Lots of them are so fucking melancholic as well. Melancholy is another one of those things that’s dangerous, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, I’m just gonna present you with two songs since otherwise I could make an endless list that no one would care about. First it’s a joyful one that used to be one of my favorite endings from Bleach. It’s mostly joyful but has a touch of melancholy in it. The other one is just pure melancholy, and it’s from Suzuka. I instantly feel the pain that the characters went through when that song played in the show. Music is so god damn fascinating in that sense. The first song I unfortunately haven’t found in the version I used to watch so I can’t credit the girl who played it but Kyle is pretty fucking good as well.

I think I might just have to pick up the second season of A Certain Scientific Railgun. Didn’t even know there was one up until like… now. And gosh, I’m so thankful for the family and friends I have now. What would I do without you? I don’t want to go back to feeling as lonely as I once used to do. Thanks for being there and hugs to all of you! <3

You’ll always be my Makise Kurisu

Long day. Tough day. But a productive day none the less. We were working away from the office for once and it was really nice. Just getting to focus on work for once. I have had too many days lately with phone calls, meetings, handing out tasks, etc. It’s fun but it’s frustrating in the long run when you’re not getting your own work done. But it’ll probably sort itself out soon enough when the pace settles down.

I feel relieved none the less. Today I had a releasing breakdown of some sort. Cried for the first time in a really long time. It might sound odd but I really enjoy it when it happens. Connects me with my feelings and with my experiences. I had to reach out to an old friend for some comfort afterwards, even if I didn’t get an answer. I knew somehow that she’d understand and that was enough. It’s funny how you after two years still can miss a person to the extent that all of your pours are aching. It becomes a mental practice in masochism. And it’s not so much intellectually because in that sense time does heal (and you regain a life worth living), but emotionally and subconsciously it’s still there, and those things surface every once in a while. I like how anime touches you that way. Gosh. Sometimes I wish I could go to a beta world line. Damn you, Okabe.

PS. Yay, my nostrils finally opened up again. I can breath! ^_^;;

Makise Kurisu - The ghost of my past

I love the sound of France slash Paris

From an old anime called Noir. This gets the romantic part of me going~

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Anime

Watching Pacific Rim got me thinking about anime and more specifically about the series that started it all for me, Neon Genesis Evangelion. If you like anime you ought to do yourself a favor and see it. It’s one of the classics and I remember much of it even today. Fond memories. I happened to meet up with Micael, Ida and Andreas (amazing people by the way) on the screening for Pacific Rim and after the movie we talked about how awesome the movie was and I mentioned how it got me thinking about Evangelion. We got into a discussion about anime and how great it is once you’re into it and yeah.. that I kind of miss watching it. Anime more or less made up a certain period of my life. Used to watch more than a healthy dose of it.

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As for Evangelion they are now remaking the series into a couple of movies, four of them more specifically. I showed Andreas a bit of the first one today. I haven’t seen them myself actually, since the last one isn’t complete yet. But now I’m not sure I’ll be able to restrain myself from watching them. There are lots of cool mecha animes like Evangelion, Macross, Gundam and Full Metal Panic. Last mecha anime I remember watching was Gundam Unicorn which I watched with a good friend who wasn’t even into anime. If I remember correctly I think she actually liked it quite a bit, even though she wasn’t really into anime. I doubt she remembers it now though, hehe. Almost forgotten it myself. Think we watched five episodes and it’s supposed to be seven. But it’s one of those where an episode comes out like every six months or so. Takes a while before the series gets completed. I also remember watching Golgo 13, haha. Pretty peculiar but once you got into it it was somewhat enjoyable. All episodes being standalone and Golgo being pretty badass.

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Today I jumped over to MyAnimeList and watched their top anime list. Found a series I had heard about when reading about Pacific Rim actually, and how someone thought that Rinko Kikuchi (playing Mako in PR) would play the part of Misaki (from the series) in a live action movie real well. Looked it up and downloaded a couple of episodes. Watched the first one today and it caught my attention. Think I’ll actually watch all of it. Oh and it was called Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan. Like I said, there’s something special about anime. How you get fond of the voice actors. How they are conveying feelings. How they tell their stories. I believe many don’t give it a chance because they think that either it’s all sex, violence and blood or it’s those crazy big eyes and bleeding noses. It’s a shame really because there are real gems to be found. For instance all of the Ghibli movies. Princess Mononoke. Grave of the Fireflies. Spirited Away. My Neighbour Totoro. And there are all these super exciting sport animes like Hajime no Ippo.

Nuff said about that though. My body is completely exhausted. I should’ve been sleeping an hour ago already. Why do I always end up getting in bed too late? And when I do get in bed on time I end up spending hours in front of the computer watching some show, chatting with somebody or writing on here? I’m probably doomed to die from insomnia, or at least too little sleep.

Oyasuminasai friends~

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