In recent episodes (11 episodes at the time of writing) of Free! Eternal Summer, we saw avid swimmer Nanase Haruka struggles to deal with the expectations from people around him. As a talented freestyler, Haruka was well sought after by universities but he wanted nothing of it. As he tries to find his place in the swimming arena, Haruka repeatedly told his friends all he wanted to be is “free”.
As a person who never had such high expectations rested on his shoulders, Haruka found it extremely difficult to manage. After all, we’re talking about a guy who has been swimming casually. Since day one, we viewers have been told that he swims because he enjoys swimming. He swims to have fun experiences with his friends. Haruka is competitive, but at the end of the day, he always swims for his own reasons.
It’s not easy to watch Tokyo Ghoul, in my opinion. No, I’m not talking about the splattered blood and man-eating scenes. If you’re thinking of picking up the series, don’t worry, it’s not as horrifying as I make it sounds. I said the new series is not easy to watch is all because of the ongoing conflict between human and ghouls. The prejudice against each other and the lack of equality drove them to reckless attacks and murders.
In the most recent episode, to be more precise, episode 8, it shown the internal struggles and feelings of what I call representatives of the two species.
For those of you who doesn’t know, Glasslip is a currently airing anime revolves around Fukami Touko and her friends. It’s a bit of drama, a bit of romance, a bit of this and that. One of the underlying themes of the series is foreseeing the future. Apparently, Touko and the new boy in town, Okikura Kakeru share the ability to see/hear tiny fragments of the future.
As I’m following the series, the thought crossed my mind a few times: do I want to be able to see the future? It’s just a wishful thought, a wishful what-if. Because let’s face it, is there really a person here on earth that can see the future?
Barakamon is an anime series currently still airing. It’s slice of life, funny and enjoyable. But I like most about Barakamon is how Handa Seishū tend to learn life lessons from the antics of a child called Kotoishi Naru.
Whenever I see kids doing their thing in real life, I often remember how simple things were when I was a kid. It’s easy to be satisfied with whatever that’s been given, be it material goods or opportunities such as role on stage play etc. But as I grow older, I’m became more picky with the things I want and always wanted something better than what I already have. Again, it’s not just limited to material goods. I believe as we grow older, we tend to complicate things when they’re really very simple.
So with that, here are a few lessons I think it’s worth pondering on:-
Anime or manga? It seems like this question never escaped being asked in the life of a person who enjoys a certain Japanese subculture: he or she who watches anime or reads manga or does both. I’ve been asked, or rather dragged into the debate, many times: which is better? I don’t have an answer and I don’t think I ever will.
It’s a personal choice.
The rebirth of ten-tailed beast brought a catastrophic disaster upon the five great shinobi countries. Within minutes of its re-existence, the alien creature (alien, even by Naruto’s standard) has took many lives, including characters we’re so used to seeing after following Naruto series for so long. As Uchiha Madara and Uchiha Obito counter attack in the seemingly one-sided war, it’s as if all hopes are lost for Naruto and his alliances.
Despair. Hope. Death. Living. Silence….yes, silence is the most appropriate response in these times.
(Warning: Spoilers Ahead)
As I found myself following quite a number of sports anime this season, I can’t help but to take a step back and wonder why I like sports and competitive game anime. Over the seven years of me watching anime, I’ve watched many sports anime such as Bamboo Blade, Slam Dunk, Chihayafuru, Kuroko no Basuke, Free! etc.
So why do I like sports anime that much? Here’s why.