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I’ve read a lot of the pertinent posts at AnimeSuki, and those made me realize that my ‘quasi-summary’ wasn’t even half as insightful as their posts. To make up for this, here’s an intensive disquisition of what ep4 of Honey and Clover II really was. I think it’s going to be somewhat long, so please bear with me. (more…)

So many good things happened today for me. The most important good thing, however (make it excellent), was that I was able to download Honey and Clover II – 04 after a long wait. First of all, I’ve learned how to play Pugna (the Oblivion in DotA) more or less masterfully, and he’s arguably among the more difficult heroes to control. I was contented with myself back then. (more…)

I will move to http://animeotaku.animeblogger.net in the near future; Maestro, the headmaster of AnimeBlogger, has invited me to join his group of bloggers, and I acceded. For a preview of the future site, click on the link above. I decided to move because there are more things that could be changed and modified, and I’d have more leeway being hosted on AnimeBlogger than here at WordPress. (Although I better try to find a way for checking the site statistics; the WP there doesn’t have a built-in ‘blog stats’ tab.)

Again, I hope you’ve been contented with my blog posts; I hope that you’ve been entertained with them; I hope you’ve found some of them incisive and intellectual (I really tried hard to write well in English with this blog.) This is not the goodbye yet, just a look into the future of what will probably happen.

(Oh, and what do you think of the theme there? I personally think it’s cute, that’s why I chose it out of the many [!] choices.)

I also hope you’re going to comment here. Were my posts smart enough? I hope they were. I don’t ever want to write ugly stuff, although I do it sometimes (sadly).

How dedicated are you to anime? I could have named my blog The Crescent Moon once more, but it seemed too idealistic and romantic. After some time thinking, the name just popped at me – anime|otaku. I may not be able to know as much people or VAs in the anime industry as some people do; I may not be able to understand Japanese as some people do; that’s what I am, however – almost a total anime otaku. (This post may be to celebrate the two months this blog has been running. The posts before May were only imported from a more personal blog of mine which I don’t update any longer. Talking about anime is just more fun.)

I’ve peppered my posts time and again with the struggle that I’m undergoing this semester. Everyday starts like a high school day; however, the subjects are delved into more deeply, and more often than not I come out tired and enervated. I have days where I only sleep three to four hours; that’s how hectic my school schedule is. It doesn’t help that it starts at 7:30 am every single day and ends at 3 pm for most of the week. I could have slept more than those three or four hours and studied more than enough if I didn’t participate in anime forums, write blog posts, watch anime, or listen to anime music, but where’s the fun in that? The only books I’m reading this semester are history (which I absolutely love) and a manual on how to write even better English. (I’m pretty confident with my skills in English as they are and have the grades to back them up, but I just want to write better, especially with readers expecting fluent syntax and correct grammar. Forgive me if I’ve made mistakes time and time again. I’ll probably make them [mistakes] in the future as well, so I also ask forgiveness in advance.)

Anime’s the only thing that’s keeping me in school, honestly. It’s because I can think of the day where I’m going to buy myself a really fast and powerful computer to watch a lot of anime in my rest or free time. That’s how painfully dedicated I am to anime: my social life is almost non-existent. By the way, my grades aren’t bad due to my luckily absorbent brain (or at least I think I have one).

Of course, working too little just has as much pressure as working too hard. Deadlines often add up and tower you with their imminent coming, but that’s just going to be another sleepless night: life goes on. I may not know a lot of people having trouble dealing with their anime addiction, but to those who are, to help you (perhaps, or to help myself by seeing it in print), here are some of my techniques in coping with this addiction that sometimes has a lot of irksome effects.

  • You may have your different religions, but it’s best to believe in some of the precepts of Buddhism. One of them is that to avoid suffering, be desireless. Of course, as that is humanly impossible, remove those desires that irk you a lot. If you’re concerned about school, try to underachieve. It may look bad on paper, but I promise you that it helps a lot in real life. Falling short of a goal is often too painful to bear – that’s the reason why many failures have mental breakdowns: they expected too much of themselves. At least, set realistic goals for yourself. Underachieving may be too much, for others, but it really helps ease the pain. I’ve tried this myself (this semester, I don’t really have excellent grades that my parents were expecting of me, so I just told them that it’s going to be hard, don’t expect too much, etc.) I told myself to relax and not set high goals. The result? I can sleep well at night despite not having studied anything for the next day. I’ve seen a classmate cry just because she studied too hard but fell short of what she expected.

  • Live life at your own pace. Don’t follow the pace that others recommend: that will only bring more suffering and possibly a greater probability of having a nervous breakdown. Relax. Don’t set out to change the world or to win the Nobel Prize. Those are reserved for total geniuses. Relax. There’s only one life to live, and if you work too hard to fail to enjoy yourself, what life have you lived?

  • Live life with no regrets. Look back into your past; learn from it, but don’t regret anything. Don’t get mired with your past mistakes. Always move forward. You cannot change the past. Deal with your life as it is, and have fun in the here and now.

Following these three will make you (perhaps) content with your life and with your addiction. Unless, of course, you want to wean yourself out of it. But if you want to be contented with having fun and being relaxed, there’s the above three. 🙂

Per request, for those looking for the Ergo Proxy – 16 torrent, click here.

I’ve been posting only summaries and information lately on the anime I constantly blog or love, and haven’t gone much to blogging about anime itself. First off, classes have started, and I’m pretty much forced to cut down on my anime viewing (as if I’d do that), but really, me-time has been replaced with going to school; I have nothing against that, really, because I promised myself that I’d get rich and purchase the best and biggest HDs, fastest RAM, speediest and most consistent T3 connections … all for anime. School isn’t so bad when you have a goal like that. Meh.

Anyway, Honey and Clover II is premiering tomorrow; being the rabid fanboy, I’m hoping for a blow-away first episode. Gack. I’m seeing myself as far from the capabilities of bloggers who blog about memes (!) and stuff in anime-dom I barely know about. (I’m serious. I don’t know much about anime-dom, and just a few days ago I didn’t know Akitaro Daichi, who was the director of Fruits Basket [as if I cared XD].)

I admit, I’m not as into what’s behind the anime as to the anime itself. I don’t go into who produces this, who animates this or who directs this: I simply watch the anime itself. If anything, the anime tells everything. I wouldn’t even mind if it was animated by J.C. Staff or BONES; being human, BONES makes mistakes, just not as much as J.C. Staff, perhaps. But what I’m trying to get to here is that it’s pointless to compare animation studios or directors or whatnot, because even directors like Spielberg directed ET. (I mean, ET, come on. lol, jk)

I’m all into comparing anime – I’m going to compare Ergo Proxy and Honey and Clover and say Honey and Clover’s better, and I’ve gotten into more than a little trouble with that. Thing is, although a lot invoke the apples and oranges argument, as long as they belong to the same medium, anime, they’re all fair game to me as long as I’m comparing them to some general criteria like plot, for example. I’d probably give as much of a 10 to Ghost in the Shell as to Honey and Clover for their plot because both appealed to my senses, were sensible, and weren’t dragging or boring. That doesn’t have to make them similar, just comparable. With this I compare a whole lot of anime and stack them all against each other. As long as they’re anime, they’re fair game to me and some will be near the top and some will fall rock bottom.

Comparing the people or animation studios behind the anime is a waste of time to me, however. But it’s always worth a look: you’d probably watch something to do with Shinichiro Watanabe, even if it was only scriptchecking than this Ruuxvucxva SA(Faufa who directed some obscure anime. People also can’t be as consistent as anime.

I mean, once an anime is there, it’s there forever. It can’t be changed (unless cleaned up in DVD releases), but people can change. How would one know if it was only a fluke, or everything having gone well for the one-time director or writer?

Darn. I got to get some sleep. Ciao.

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