On manga migration and ‘perfect’ anime endings
I finally found myself a great Rei picture that has her smiling and having fun. Oh, if only Rei were like this – but at least there’s something to expect with Rebuild, right?
This is the problem when you lack disk space. Eventually, because of the lack of things one watches, one writes sparsely and without volume. Although a lot of people who have commented told me that I could obtain extra HD space or new HDs for a cheap price, you may have underestimated our poverty and our dearth of resources right now. Our family just has enough for its bare necessities; my parents pay for my Internet, however, because they no longer pay for my schooling â€“ they only pay for my food, lodging, and Internet. We’re by no means rich, however, so obtaining a new HD is out of the question. I guess the only thing left for me to do is to purge my computer clean of everything: that is, I may delete all the anime I’ve been storing in my computer, just as what scottfrye does with his laptop. There are still good news, however: my new DVD writer has arrived from US given as a gift from my aunt, but my mom’s reluctant to send it here for fear of disrupting the fragile internal components of that technological innovation. What do I have now, then?
I watch only a few anime â€“ I watch School Rumble Nigakki, Air Gear (though I’ve been on a hiatus recently), and Honey and Clover II. I have already deleted Ouran High School Host Club, since I’m frustrated at non-moving, staid and static stories that revolve around fun but not character development. It was fun the first ten episodes, but it got boring afterwards. I watch Akagi whenever it comes out, because Triad’s release isn’t really consistent (not that I’m complaining). After scanning my hard disk â€“ the anime series mentioned above were from pure recollection, I forgot about NHK ni Youkoso, and that practically rounds out the series that I watch, with an occasional Hiatari Ryoukou episode. I haven’t even started watching anime from this season, and although I have the first two episodes of FLAG and the first episode of Kemonozume on my PC, I haven’t even touched them yet, because I simply didn’t want to.
It’s a pain because I want to watch more anime, but sadly I don’t have the space, so I’d have to sate myself with reading manga â€“ and that’s what I’m doing. Dark manga enthuse me, so I’ve started off with the short manga GOTH and then read up on Hitsuji no Uta, Were-Slut (it’s a hentai manga, I know), and after this post will probably read Jisatsu Circle (Suicide Club) and Death Note. I don’t know if Death Note has finished, however, but I probably won’t touch it if it isn’t. All the manga I’ve read that haven’t finished yet have turned into constant re-hashes of their own selves; a paragon of this is Bleach (which now leaves a bad taste in my mouth). I’m pretty happy that fall is a season where there aren’t too many decent shows, because it doesn’t leave me terribly out of good anime to watch (because there aren’t much at all).
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In other things, I would have liked any studio other than GONZO take on the anime adaptation of NHK. Maybe if KyoAni did it (I know this has been said many times), it may par up or even surpass the manga. With GONZO, however, the animation is plagued with inconsistencies (typical GONZO), but at least they’ve strived to remain faithful to the manga. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again that ep5 was among the more cathartic episodes I’ve seen in any anime episode, just as ep24 of Honey and Clover was. I’ll also bet big that the final episode of H&C II will do the same. I can just smell it.
Now on the subject on endings, which among the anime you’ve seen had an ending that contented you, that made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside or lonely and melancholic (pure and raw emotions) without accompanying bathos? As for me, the closest would probably be the endings of my first two favorite anime of all time, which are Tsukihime and Honey and Clover. I liked the subtleties in both their endings; if you didn’t look close at the ending of Honey and Clover you probably won’t even see the four-leaf clover hidden near the bunch of three-leaf clovers near Takemoto’s bike. The confession scene, with Waltz playing in the background as the fireworks portrayed outside what was the upheaval in these people’s hearts was simply majestic, marvelous, awe-inspiring, and magical.
The same can be said with the terse, goodbye words of Arcueid that packed so much eloquence within its salience. The two words ‘Bye bye’ was simply an expression of her love for Shiki, of her love for his kind and her unwillingness to hurt anyone else anymore now that she can dream of him forever in her sleep. The pain accompanying a love that can never realize summed up in a loving and terse goodbye is definitely heart-wrenching, and indeed, it was for me, because I ended up staring at space for a long time after the anime has ended.
I don’t think there are anime with perfect endings, but there are anime with endings perfect for you. For example, if Yakumo ended up with Harima in School Rumble I’d probably be among the happiest guys in the world for that day; likewise, if Rika told Mayama that she really loved him I’d also probably be happy, or if Arcueid came back and consummated their (hers and Shiki’s) love for one another. It depends on the person; for all I know, one may think the ending of FMA was the best, but I personally thought it was just OK.