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.
Since the beginning of human-eating bug crisis, it’s interesting to see how much Gon and Killua had grown, in terms of raw strength, emotional strength and their friendship. I remember saying (tweeted?) that I couldn’t imagine Gon and Killua apart. And much had happened since then.
For starters, since Chimera Ant arc started, I’ve almost forgotten about Hisoka and Phantom Troupe. And then, since the latest arc started for the anime 2011 version, my impression of Hunter X Hunter has changed quite dramatically. If you ask me now, I’ll say the show is giving me nightmares (not literally) with its gruesome, highly evolved ants that hardly look likes the ants I frequently stamp.
But we’re not here to talk about me. We’re here to talk about Gon and Killua.
It started off really sweet, in my opinion. I thought Hase Yuuki was very kind and persevered in his quest to befriend the girl who no one talks to in his class: Fujimiya Kaori. I suppose in the real world, there is very little people who is willing to put up the effort to maintain a friendship, let alone a romantic relationship, with a person who will forget you when Monday arrives. So yes, I thought Hase was doing a good job trying to get inside Fujimiya’s closed, mysterious world.
Although it’s been very clear from the start (to us, anyway), Hase’s intention is more than just being friends with Fujimiya. He probably didn’t realize, or rather didn’t want to acknowledge, his actual feelings for Fujimiya. Despite having the knowledge, it still didn’t make it any easier for me to watch Hase’s constant jealous fit whenever she tried to make new friends. It’s way worse than watching Kazehaya trying to keep Sawako to himself in Kimi ni Todoke.