Winter 2019 – Mid Season Rambings

I am really enjoying the winter season so far! There are so many great anime, and a variety of them! Mystery with Boogiepop, comedy with Kaguya-sama, awesome action with Dororo, interesting world-building in Shield Hero….this season’s definitely bursting with great anime! People were saying that Fall 2018 was a really good season, but the way I see it, this season is better in almost every aspect.

Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019)

Boogiepop continues to be extremely cryptic, mysterious and completely out of order, yet still manages to keep my attention with every episode. I can sorta piece together what’s going on just by going through the episodes, but there are still a few things I am confused about (well, obviously). I am mostly enjoying its non-linear story-telling though. It is definitely a very unique way of portraying the story, and although you don’t quite get the same climaxes as you do in linear stories, the non-linear story telling offers a bit of a different climax, being the point in time when we as the viewers piece together each piece we’ve received into a whole picture. Still, the characters seem to be very bland, although the characters aren’t really the driving force of the show anyway, but rather the mystery.

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An Attempt At Analyzing Anime: Oregairu (Episode 1)

First and foremost: I am still alive. I realize I haven’t posted in over two
weeks, and that is both because this post was really long to write and 
also because I had a whole ton of homework for the past two weeks.
But anyways, I am back and I will probably write an extra post this
week to make up for the last two weeks!

I recently finished the Oregairu anime, and I really hated it…at first. But throughout the anime, the main character, Hachiman, began to grow on me and I ended up heavily enjoying it by the time I watched the second season. So now I’m thinking, “Why not watch it again?” But this time, I’m going to take a look at every episode and try to take a look at how the show develops its characters, how it develops its themes, and how these things relate to myself! So here’s the first post in a series of…well, we’ll see how long I can stick with this post series.

Obviously, there will be spoilers, so watch the episode before you read this!

This was the first gif I ever made for this blog…

I also won’t be summarizing the episode or anything, so some of you readers might’ve already forgotten the episode or something….I guess I’ll rip a summary off the Oregairu Wiki.

Episode 1: And Thus, Their Mistaken Youth Begins
Hachiman Hikigaya is forced to join the Service Club and meets the only other member, Yukino Yukinoshita. Even though they argue and have different ideals, Hachiman believes they are somewhat similar. Together they handle the clubs first request from Yui Yuigahama, who wishes to make cookies for someone. While Yukino’s method fails, Hachiman manages to fulfill her request.
Afterwards Yui gives Hachiman and Yukino cookies as thanks. Yui then insists she can help with the club and befriends the current Service Club members.

Oregairu Wiki
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What I’ll Be Watching – Winter 2019

So, I just finished looking through the winter anime for 2019, and I’m actually really excited for the new season. Winter 2019 might have even more potential than Fall 2018…we’ll just have to see.
Unfortunately, the sheer amount of anime I want to watch for the Winter Season might not actually be possible, because I have school and things to deal with too….aghhhh.

Anyways, here are the things I’m planning to watch this season!

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Penultimate Week Fall 2018 Anime Review

Hello everyone! Sorry I didn’t post last week (twas a weekend with lots of homework), but now I am back, stronger than ever and filled with the elation that comes from winter break! And so therefore, I plan to post many times more than usual in these two precious weeks of winter break! Today, I shall start with a quick review of each of the anime I have been following this season—as the final arcs of each story is drawing to a close, every anime has done their best to end things with a splash! Unless its one of those anime that are planning on running for over one season.

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The Source of Kirito’s Strength in the Underworld

After watching episode 8 of Alicization, I was scrolling through the episode comments, and found a comment attempting to explain Kirito’s enormous source of strength, by stating that since Kirito is a human, he fundamentally has a greater imagination that what AI’s can ever have, since AI can only teach things that they have been taught.

While the comment has logical coherence to it, I wanted to address the fundamental flaw in said comment, and also talk about why Kirito is so strong in Alicization, which is shaping up to be a really fun arc.

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Mid-Season Rambling

Being an anime fan who only recently has began to keep up with seasonal anime, I must say that I am quite pleased with this season. Well, that’s not completely true, as Tokyo Ghoul:re is becoming a bigger disappointment every week, and Fairy Tail is just not as good as how I used to see it, back when I was still in that fledgling phase of otaku life, where all one watches are the long running shounens such as Naruto and One Piece.

But Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai wo Yume no Minai, Goblin Slayer, SAO Alicization, hell, even Zombieland Saga, are some pretty decent anime that I’m really enjoying (they also happen to be anime that I began watching near mid-season). If you haven’t watched some of these anime yet, be warned:

I’m also trying out this new WordPress editor and, it’s nice, but this whole thing where backspace deletes all your spaces is annoying.

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Random Thoughts on Monogatari…Or not…(Haikus at the End)

Monogatari is probably one of the most well thought out stories out there. I’ve never seen a story with as much thought given to it’s characters, it’s plot, it’s art style and cinematography, and even it’s use of soundtracks. Not in anime nor in the books I’ve read.

The only flaw I could ever point out would be the fan-service…which can’t really be considered a flaw, since it’s something that is seen as good or bad rather arbitrarily—and it might even be there to contribute to some greater idea of the characters.

I just finished watching Koyomimonogatari, a collection of short stories explore all sorts of philosophies on society and the nature of oddities. And it also ended off on a bit of a cliffhanger, because why not. To be honest I feel like I should rewatch the series a few more times, just so that I can have a deeper understanding of all that philosophy.

As of now I feel like I’m just not knowledgeable enough to really appreciate Monogatari. I really like it, but there’s just so much that I know I’m missing. I would really feel bad if I didn’t spend some time thinking, and thinking hard, about Monogatari’s themes and messages—to me that would feel like I was just ignoring the enormous amount of work put into the show for it to have so much depth to it.

This is probably hypocritical of me. I’m sure that there have been many stories, both ones that I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy, that have had there own depths and themes that they were trying to convey. I’m probably just too dense or lazy to actually find these.

And that basically leads to me typing out a random post that, instead of correcting these errors on my part, instead proves them and affirms that they are there. Sigh. The time spent writing this unnecessary self-reflection piece could be used for something more practical, for example, studying for school. At the same time, self-reflection could also be a very good thing, provided that said person uses the knowledge discovered (or rather, the knowledge that has been consciously observed) in order to change themselves.

I don’t want to say that I can’t do that. But I really, really lack motivation and thus I lead a rather unchanging lifestyle. And the problem with lacking motivation is that it is a state cured by the end result—I have to be motivated to fix my lack of motivation problem. Therefore it’s impossible to fix my motivation problem. But the moment I’m motivated to solve my motivation problem, the problem is already resolved.

Well if I think about it like that, it’s feasibly impossible to be motivated. However, no matter how you think about it, that result I just ended up at is completely wrong! Which means that there must be something wrong with the way I’m thinking about motivation as a concept, or maybe in my logic.

Maybe it’s something more like this. The motivation problem isn’t actually solved by being motivated—it can’t be, or else it would be impossible. The motivation problem is actually solved by something that motivates me, an object or goal that I desire. Or perhaps something I fear or dislike.

I kinda feel dumb. What was the point of that whole blurb on motivation?

At least I corrected a logical fallacy I had.

Doesn’t solve my problem though.

Anyways, I realize I have really digressed way too much, but thanks for reading anyway if you did read this 🙂 I’ll leave a few Monogatari haikus here as a token of my appreciation:

Wait…That was six syllables.
Hehe, I stuttered.

Broken shrine stands still
On mountain top, surrounded
By dismembered snakes.

In the bath water
A blur of pretty colours.
Must be my soulmate.