My last update was in August! That’s how time flies! In between August and October, loads of stuff had happened. I’m away from home most days of the week for work and some of my family members are facing health scares so much time was spent taking care/paying attention to them when I’m home. It’s like I totally understand how sometimes people – even huge anime fans – would slipped behind a few months because there are so much things going on.
Sometimes, just sometimes, other things take precedence over hobbies.
If you’re given a chance to wipe out your memory, would you do it? If the technology exists, would you jump on the chance to start anew by forgetting the life you’ve build thus far?
The male lead in Eden of the East, Takizawa Akira, chose to erase his memory to forget about unhappy encounters he had. He didn’t only do it once but twice. He’s in such a despair that he doesn’t want to remember anything even though he has friends like Morimi Saki, the female lead, who will be there for him.
I admit. It wasn’t easy for me to adapt into this “watching style”. It takes a while for me to settle in into my current pacing. Compared to when I started blogging, the way I watch anime and the amount of time I spent watching anime have changed. Not too drastically, but the effects didn’t go unnoticed.
Since last year, most of my time has been filled with work-related projects and constant traveling. Going away from a few days to a week to another place has a few disadvantages, most notably bad Internet connection. If I’m having bad Internet connection, how am I suppose to get my dose of anime? I remember last year when I traveled to a less developed city in my country, I struggled even to get my cellphone’s signal working, let alone Internet access.
I won’t exactly call myself a fan of Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (OreImo for short). I watch the anime series only because it’s something easy to pass time with. It doesn’t require anything from my part except a good 20 minutes or less. My brain probably stops functioning actively once I play OreImo. That’s besides the point. The point is, because I don’t qualified as a fan, I almost never search any news/articles/etc regarding the series. There are a lot of things I don’t know about. Maybe that’s why I find the second season of OreImo a bit confusing.
Before I tell you what are the things that confuse me, let me be clear though – my confusion could be resulted from not refreshing my memory on the series before diving into the second season. Usually, I’ll try to refresh my memory via different methods but with OreImo? Nada. What more to say the first season was quite a while ago.
As some of you may know or noticed, I’m a huge fan of slice-of-life series. Nothing makes me happier than to unwind with some lighthearted, fun series that usually are slice-of-life. Slice-of-life in anime refers to series with little plot and character development. More often than not, the series are filled with comedic moments.
You probably already know that, don’t you?
Anyway, the list below is my favorite slice-of-life series, not arranged in any particular order.
I managed to watch the whole series, Sakurasou no Petto na Kanojo, in a couple of days on my iPad. I brought it along with me when I was on a business trip in April. My first time watching the entire series on such tiny screen. Sakurasou, as most anime fans called it, was an easy series to watch – it has its share of happy moments and then it has its share of sad moments. Typical.
The reason why I decided to write about this series is because of the two categories of characters found in the series. One category being the super talented students and the other category being the not-so-talented-but-very-hardworking students.
It might sound silly to some people, but I’ve seen friends and strangers alike being overly attached to fictional characters. In the context of this blog, being too attached to 2D characters from anime or manga. Maybe even games! But I seldom read or hear people complain about characters in games. I wonder why…
This thought crossed my mind every time I read or hear fans complaining about a certain tragedy that has fallen on their favorite characters. Most recently, a friend told me she was scared to read the then latest chapter (probably two weeks ago?) of Naruto because she was scared to find out what’d happened Kakashi. Apparently, our mutual friend had told her that something bad might happened to the character. I didn’t know what to say when she explained her reason. I simply kept quiet.
I’ve written before about how motivating and inspiring the pair Shuujin and Saikou it is for me and their dynamic relationship with fellow mangakas. While those two elements are still present throughout the third installment of Bakuman, the vibe I’ve been getting the most can be described in one word – Positivity.
I don’t think anyone of the characters in this series could have accomplished what they did if they did not have a positive mindset, the positive attitude, and with positive criticism. This is especially true when it comes to Ashirogi Muto. And when I say this name, I meant the three characters whose name were used in the pen name formulation.
Come to think of it, I never really wrote anything about Fairy Tail. I might not be fully invested in the series, but still I have follow the anime until the end. That’s right – 175 episodes. All watched. It’s pure leisure.
Fairy Tail isn’t any different from other shounen titles. In my opinion, that’s a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because it feels familiar and I know it won’t go too far off the formulae. At the same time, it’s a bad thing because of the good thing (am I confusing you here?) and that makes it some sort of a clone. It makes it easy for skeptics to say “Oh, that’s just another shounen series. Good guys will win at the end.”
In my opinion, Steins;Gate was great fun. The interactions among all the characters and the mystery behind gooey banana, I like. Heck, Chaos;Head was interesting even though it was only during the first half. It could’ve been a lot better. It had potential. So needless to say, I had high hopes for Robotics;Notes. I was eager to know what’s the mystery this time around.
Maybe I was a little too hopeful, a little too eager.