The moment at which one sees the end

We just had our first exam on Organic Chemistry yesterday, and I was happy because I regained confidence in myself: if one read my previous posts, I cried foul at our Histology exam because it was just so damn difficult that after taking it I felt as if I were as smart as a snail. Even though I did study for that exam, it was just sadistic: a lot of things that were undiscussed came out. Thankfully, the opposite was true with our Organic Chemistry exam. What came out was what our teachers (since there are two in our class) taught us. It was a relief and somewhat a confidence-booster, because I think I did well in that exam. We have another coming on Thursday (this time on Japanese), though, and we were supposed to have one tomorrow (on the laboratory aspects of Histology), but it was thankfully postponed due to a tragedy in the family of our teacher. I hope her (our teacher’s) dad finally gets true and peaceful rest.

To anime, then. When I heard the music of ep22 of NHK, I realized that I had to procure its soundtrack; I did that two days ago, and although it was the day of the exam I couldn’t help but listen to its songs that contained pensive and melancholic tunes. Examples of which are Owari wo Mitsumeru Shunkan and Gosui ni Tarasu Tsuri Ito. Anyway, I can’t really think straight and I must have committed a thousand heresies against the English language with this post alone (with what I wrote and didn’t write), but here’s Owari wo Mitsumeru Shunkan up for grabs. The bandurria or bandurrias in that instrumental are just awesome, and you have to listen to it to really appreciate it. (Incidentally, Owari wo Mitsumeru Shunkan means ‘the moment at which one sees the end.’) 🙂

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(Below is a short, personal review on NHK ni Youkoso! written some time ago. I just decided to connect it with the above because they are loosely related [more or less].)

I am pretty sure that GONZO redeemed themselves with NHK ni Youkoso!. The animation is not godly, but decent; the story, however, is immensely powerful and I’m glad they’ve deviated from the manga because given the time limit they will have been unable to tackle all the issues in it. Another aspect of the series that GONZO can be proud of is its soundtrack. Like its story, it is coruscating, and this brilliance comes from its wonderful admixing with the story itself. Satou’s imminent suicide in ep13 came to be more emphasized with the reticent stringed instruments Pearl Kyoudai used in conveying the loneliness within those characters in the cliff. The song played in that scene, Owari wo Mitsumeru Shunkan, is my personal favorite in the Sunny Side ni Youkoso OST.

Although NHK still has had its share of abysmally animated episodes, like ep19 and others, the story, the sound (in general), and the VA’s make up for it more than enough. Since I forgot mentioning about these VA’s before, just watch ep13 and listen to Satou’s VA scream. It curdles one’s blood and is really disquieting: there is so much emotion in those broken screams that nothing needs to be said, yet everything is understood.

‘What can be said at all can be said clearly; and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.’ – Wittgenstein


2 Responses to “The moment at which one sees the end”

  1. smashingtofu Says:

    I haven’t seen many of Gonzo’s works so far (only saw BECK which was good, albeit cut-off halfway through the manga and I’ve yet to see Last Exile …)

    what you just said about NHK, I agree, although in my opinion several episodes some of the characters were drawn so horribly you couldn’t tell them from the manga counterparts D:

    also…looking into the year 2007 for GONZO, I’m very happy to announce that one of favorite manga of all time

    is turned into an anime…!


    Original Work: Mohiro Kitoh (Narutaru)
    Director: Morita Hiroyuki (The Cat Returns, Gunsmith Cats, Kiki’s Delivery Service)
    Character Designs: Konishi Kenichi (Millenium Actress, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke)
    Mechanical Advisor: Suzuki Tsutomu (Zone of the Enders, FLCL, Naruto movies)
    Music: Nomi Yuuji (The Cat Returns, Whisper of the Heart, Hi no Tori)
    Animation Production: GONZO (Saikano, Kaleido Star, Hellsing, Gankutsuou, Last Exile)

    here’s a bare synopsis without spoilers : 15 kids with a big mecha

    it goes deeper than that… 15 is an interesting number and is not the kid/mecha genre that you may initially think it is

    its worth noting that the mangaka’s works are known for being pessimistic yet socialogically heavy much like NHK, albeit different in general

    if you want anything thats already published in the US

    check out Shadow Star (Narutaru)

    don’t let it throw you off for being childish, in fact, the foreign publishers didn’t do much research thinking it was a children’s story, but its anything but! (gruesome scenes and the like) fortunately I think they chose to continue publishing the rest of the volumes after the 6th one…

    …this may have well be my anime blog post within a anime blog post : p

  2. dani Says:

    gosto de animes mangas e tambem de kaleido star sora vc sera a estrela principal do kaleido star conto com vc

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