A disease (or rather, trend) that most modern day romance (and romance-comedy) anime have these days is that they avoid the “darker” issues of infatuation. To them, infatuation is like that first crush in high school: bright, mellow, sometimes bittersweet. The male and female protagonist will end up together, their love made clear by their first kiss delivered amidst a resplendent background, often times with their comrades in the background, cheering “You look great together!”
But rarely do they attempt to trespass into the much darker, Freudian-esque territory, of raw dejected desire and unrequited love. The sheer taxing burden on one’s soul when one gets rejected or sees the love of their life being stolen away by a cunning vixen and being helpless to prevent it is almost never explored; and if it is, it is written off comically. This is where Kuzu no Honkai attempts to go; into the pit of despair, the graveyard where love goes to die and gets replaced by banal desire.
I already watched the shitty DVD-rip quality a week before, but I decided to hold my review until the premiere in Singapore, which was today. The student discount also made it possible for me to watch it without straining my wallet too much. Mind you, Singapore’s capitalism makes everything expensive, including drinks.
Ahem, anyway… Kimi no na wa or Your name. is indeed one of Shinkai’s best works if I do say so myself. I think of it as a spiritual successor to Shinkai’s first hit, Byousoku 5 cm, but this time, Shinkai adds some spice to what would have been a drawn-out melodrama. For the edgy, cool kids who would berate someone who actually cried during the movie, yes, the movie is indeed melodramatic at some points, but I feel that amount of melodrama is justified, as it results in a memorable story of love that crosses dimensions and parallel timelines.
Hey, how’s it going there? My last post was in… holy shit, it was back in June. Anyway, before I get to reviewing New Game, I think I owe you readers an explanation for my very long absence from the anime world in general. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you might know already. But for those people who don’t even know I have a Facebook page, get over there and like it already.
So, I’ve decided to continue my studies in Singapore. It’s a one-year Master’s degree program, so things are quite jam-packed. I’ve been cooped up with lots of reading and work and to be honest, I just feel so bummed out. Thanks to this workload too, I can’t even keep up with all the new anime that continuously comes out. However, a lot of my friends recommended New Game as an anime that I should watch because Aoba is a good girl reasons. So, since I finally got a well-deserved two-week break, I decided I might as well binge on it. And that I did.
You’re a weeaboo or otaku. I get it. Or, if that term conjures the images of fat, smelly men cuddling with body pillows that reek of semen or equally fat and smelly women heavily breathing over a monthly issue of “It’s not Homo; It’s Yaoi desu!”, you might at least prefer to be called a “Japanophile”. I get the part where proclaiming as one of the three terms above makes you feel unique and special, often to the point where your friends and peers would just shake their heads and mutter “Almighty Chinchin-sama, please grant me the sweet release of death so I can be rid of this fucking cancer”; I was once like that in junior high school. But as I grew up, I realized that I could be what I called a “positive weeb”. I didn’t have to live up to the stereotypical weeaboo/otaku/Japanophile character.I could channel the power into things more closely related to reality.
A reminder before we start. All of this is my anecdotal experience. I’m not saying that if you follow these tips, you can achieve the aforementioned objective. I’m just here to share, not to spew self-help bullshit that I despise.
I’ve finished binge watching Grimgar last week, but I needed some time to actually mull over the anime because it left quite an impression on me. You see, I’m a huge fan of MMO-themed anime. When Grimgar came out, I was like “meh, it’s probably another SAO”. But when I finally found a hotspot fast enough to batch-download the entire series (and eventually came to watching it), Grimgar had me glued to the screen and had me thinking a lot about how anime has come to shit these days.