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12 Days of Anime #12: Looking Back on 2017

2017 has been an interesting year, to say the absolute least.

The Political landscape in America went from crazy to half of the political debate not even existing in this reality. It was so crazy that a woman representing the president saying that we can have “alternative facts” somehow wasn’t the biggest story of the year by a longshot.

The popularity of weeb culture has grown at a surprising rate, with anime becoming more and more an accepted pass time in the same way that video games are now, so much so that walking down the school with an Attack on Titan T-Shirt now lands me the occasional compliment as opposed to the usual judgemental stare.

The end of 2017 also means that I’m just six months away from going to school for another four years, and spending copious amounts of money to do so. Not that I don’t have scholarships, but I’m still going to have to rely on my parents for a lot of it.

My skills as a writer also seem to have matured in the short period that this blog has been operational, going from an ok writer to a slightly more ok writer. Significant Improvement!

Other than running down a checklist, I wanted to again say thank you. A blog is a personal experience as much as it is an opportunity to grow as a person. Having a space to release the thoughts in my head as opposed to keeping them locked in my echo chamber has been great for my mental health. Abstract thoughts can only get you so far.

Much love, Ya Boy Jack


The end of 12 Days of anime has finally come. Thanks for reading everyone, and bye for now, Friendos!

12 Days of Anime #9: Posing an End of the Year Question: Your Name vs A Silent Voice?

2017 saw the explosion of anime’s popularity in the west, as it has been for the last couple of years. A lot of that attention, however, was focused on two particular franchises: A Silent Voice, which was released this year, and Your Name, whose popularity largely carried over into most of 2017.

To many, both of these critically acclaimed movies represent the best of what anime has to offer, and I would be inclined to agree. Both Makoto Shinkai’s newest masterpiece and KyoAni’s surprise hit both represent everything that anime can and should be. But I’m curious, which one do you think is better? Please leave your response and your reason in the comments. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

12 Days of Anime #8: This Year in Light Novels (For Me, Anyway)

Reading is always one of those things that I avoid, even though as a writer I really need to do more of it. I don’t really have a lot of ideas as to what I should read from western authors, so if any of you guys do I would appreciate some, but I do follow a lot of other stories, and this year I read a couple of different light novels that I absolutely loved.

No Game No Life

No Game

If you want to see my thoughts on each of the individual novels I’ve read so far, you can go here, but to summarize, No Game No Life is possibly one of the most emotive, emotional investing stories that I’ve ever read. Not only are its world and lore worth putting extra time into, but its characters, despite their oddness, are loveable and relatable in ways that many wouldn’t want to admit. Sure, at times it is definitely convoluted,  but that is just part of the appeal.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf Light Novel

Admitting that I’ve only read about half of the first volume of Spice and Wolf is kind of embarrassing considering how good it is. The light novel has everything that makes the anime great and more. The conversations between Lawrence and Holo are explored in a bit more detail than in the anime, probably because it is a novel and there is more time for that. It is also interesting to see more of Lawrence’s mental state before he meets Holo, and discovering that he is not that stable, to say the least. Definitely worth a read if you haven’t watched the Spice and Wolf anime.


What light novels did you guys read this year? What western authors would you recommend I read? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

12 Days on Anime #7: What Anime Means to Me as a Writer

As both an amateur poet and a journalist, I’ve always been obsessed with stories. How they’re told, the characters involved, the choices made by those characters, the elements that support a story in a given medium of entertainment, all of it. Picking apart those elements and then putting them back together as part of my own work is something that is something that takes a lot of skill, and something that I hope to perfect some day.

It is weird too because I wasn’t always a writer. I didn’t seriously consider writing as a career until I got to my Journalism class in Freshman year of high school. I hadn’t done much in terms of quality writing up until that point, mostly because my skills were, to put it lightly, trash.

When I think about anime, I think about all of the staff that has to work on a single project in order to tell the story in the most interesting way possible. Whether that be through stage direction, exposition, or even just a few scenes overlooking characters or a vast landscape.

What I want to be, and what I aspire to, is a level of sophistication in my writing that matches even shows like Psycho-Pass. Getting there will mean that I have made the greatest possible advancement, and the only thing left would be to work on my style. Hopefully someday.


Thanks for reading, everyone, and bye for now, Friendos!

12 Days of Anime #4: Recovery of an MMO Junkie Review(SPOILERS)

A struggle between the fantasy and reality is a topic I often like to explore in my own writing, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my own writing on the subject has never quite reached a level of nuance and dramatic poise as this show. Recovery of an MMO Junkie not only a romance between two of the most adorably lovable idiots on the planet but also a more subtle commentary on the way people handle their problems by running to an escape, like video games.

The story follows Morioka Moriko, a NEET who recently quit her job in favor of playing MMO’s. She discovers one MMO in particular, called Fruits de Mer, and meets a group of online friends, including one character named Lily. Around that same time, Moriko meets a handsome salaryman named Sakurai Yuta, and her life begins to change.

Moriko is not only a wonderfully written character as it relates to the show’s romantic main plotline, but she also serves as an excellent vessel through which to deliver the show’s underlying theme. Having escaped her nightmarish life as a boring salary worker, Moriko becomes a full-on NEET and only leaves her house for things like food. Her life as a NEET was brought about by the harsh reality that was her job. It was tiring, unrewarding, and ultimately she felt like there was no where to go, so naturally she retreated to something that she knew made her feel better: MMOs

But MMO’s on their own are not fun. Inherent in the enjoyability of multiplayer games are the people you play with. Without a level of connection to the other people on screen, Moriko would become as detached from the virtual world of Fruits de Mer as she has become with her real one.

In comes Sakurai, the businessman who also happens Fruits de Mer. Sakurai plays the game as a female character named Lily, whereas Moriko plays as a male character named Hayashi. The two, who unknowingly play together in the game, eventually come to learn of their identities in the real world. By the end of the show, the two have come to terms with their online masks now pulled off and are ready to face the outside world together.

The show’s impressively written story is more than enough to make up more the lackluster elements, which are admittedly somewhere in the range of average. A show with this much romantic and social depth is not one worth missing, so go see it.


The fourth day is now complete! Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

 

12 Days of Anime #3: Hesitation has been quite a drug, but I’m ready to quit.

If this blog has taught me anything it is that my disposition towards second-guessing myself is not doing me any favors. Unfortunately, this might just come with the Introverted personality that I was born with, but still, it is not something that I want to continue to live with for the rest of my life.

I think I awoke to this problem when I started this blog back in the middle of this year. Even as I talked to and interacted with more and cooler people, I was still hesitant to reach out and initiate the conversation.

So, right here on this blog, I am declaring my New Year’s Resolution, one that I plan to follow through on: stop hesitating.

Hesitation has been like a drug. The anxiety of having to talk to people is scary, so what to take to calm my nerves? a hit of hesitation. It feels so good in the moment, the rush of dopamine from the sudden decision to just give up, to not follow through on anything. But eventually the high goes away, and the crash comes even harder. I hit the ground realizing another opportunity left without noticing I was there. I mean, why would it? It is not like I got its attention anyway.

Admittedly, it will be difficult. There will be a lot of times that it will be tempting to give up and crawl back into the shell that I’ve had on my back my whole life, but it is nothing I can’t accomplish with a little self-motivation.

And to those who are reading this, do not give up. Whether it be a relationship or a problem at work, whatever. The most important thing is to not take a pill from that bottle of hesitation.

 

Megumin
You can do it!

 


Sorry about this. Its something I needed to get off my chest and I felt like Christmas was the best time to do it. If you did enjoy it, well then I’m glad. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

 

12 Days of Anime #1: An Open Letter to Anime

To my favorite medium of entertainment,

It has been almost six years that I have now been blessed with your presence, and I can assure you that most of that time has been wonderful. Not only because you have provided me with something to fill the space in between one day of school and the next, but because you have challenged me.

I remember when we were first introduced after a friend had told me about you, and so I ventured to interact with you, somewhat curiously. I had met you a few times previously, but I wasn’t aware of who you were back then. It was a life-changing experience, to say the least. Before I knew it, I was ready to know everything about you.

Little did I know there was so much to appreciate. From the way you tell some of the most compelling narratives of our time, like Psycho-Pass, who’s questioning of the justice of the future left me wondering if there even is one. Or March Comes in Like a Lion, whose subtlety has left me feeling like slow is the only pacing that I really need. And then, of course, there is your animation. The stimulating sensation of smooth movement across the screen. Sure, maybe it’s not all good. In Fact, a lot of it isn’t, but everyone has their shining moment, and you have had a lot. Truly, I was mesmerized when Saber and the other servants danced across the battlefield in recent entries to the Fate series, and my mind was utterly blown when a myriad of colors invaded my screen in Your Lie in April.

I would be remised to not mention your music as well. From the hip-hop influence in Soul Eater and Samurai Champloo to the hard rock driven Attack on Titan and even the Jazz inspired kids on the Slope. All of it culminates into a wonderfully enjoyable experience.

But more than just showers of praise, I would also like to say: thank you. It is not likely that I would have been able to escape the depressing shell that was my middle school self if it were not for a level of support that I couldn’t get anywhere else. Through my victories and loses, through my rises and falls, you have been there, so thank you.

Sincerely, A fan.