Archive for May, 2008

Seriously, now to get back to anime …

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

I think I know a good deal about physical suffering. But this is the worst of all, to feel your soul dying. -Malcolm Lowry

I didn’t like Under the Volcano as much as other casual readers or critics did. But with a line like that, I could recognize its status as a classic of 20th century literature.


If I forget thee, reader …

Monday, May 26th, 2008

I never intended to write a blog post, but this is a personal blog as well as an anime blog, and I believe I have something to say.

I didn’t really want to write here: I initially planned to write a review on Amazon about Absalom, Absalom!, the novel I just finished reading, but they had a new policy disallowing reviews unless people bought from them. For shame. I know that for many people Faulkner is difficult: he’s very difficult for me, too. I think I possess, however, something that most people do not have when it comes to reading: I have patience (yet also haste). The Sound and the Fury took me four tries to finish, but I finally did complete it. Absalom, Absalom! was the same experience. (more…)

In the waste land of allusions

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I still dislike Ergo Proxy. The appearance of Disney characters was just too much for me, and it didn’t help that the allusions of the series did not really improve one’s understanding of the show. The series also had inconsistent animation. There were times, however, when the series stepped up to bat and retained some of the awesome quality that it had in its first two episodes: I loved the series’s portrayal of their wasteland, and I also loved the episode where Re-l for a moment represented Ophelia, a character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

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The disparity of culture

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Andrew wrote a well-thought and concise editorial here. He observes the spread of microblogging among more prominent members of the anime blog-sphere, and argues that these probably have come into existence because these prominent writers are often recognized with their styles and have been known to write such and such as conventions. This allows them to be unique with regard to other bloggers but also sacrifices their ability to be creative with their posts, as their readers often recognize them through their styles. While I cannot speak for Paul, I think I can speak for Daniel.


(Daniel has agreed with this impression of mine generally, but he adds that this seems to be the case only for English literature-cum-language courses in the UK, and does not include Creative Writing courses.) (more…)

The Lunar New Year: (15) Thank you for blogging.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

I had to finish One Hundred Years of Solitude, and yes, I know I should have had written this post sooner, but with regard to the Anime Blog Awards it is still technically May 15th (CST is GMT – 13). Since this is the final post in my Lunar New Year series, I decided to make this post as one of gratitude. I am totally grateful to those who have voted me in the category that I qualified as a finalist in, which is the Most Thought-Provoking Blog Category. Some perhaps voted me from my archives; some voted me because of my Lunar New Year posts (or gimmickry); and some perhaps voted me from my grassroots campaign towards other fellow anime bloggers (to make myself more visible in the blog-sphere as well as to posit my blog as a contender). No matter what the reasons may have been, I truly appreciate the amount of support I have received from this kind community.

Because of this, I thank you. I don’t really have to lengthen this post, but I am truly appreciative of what you’ve done for me. I have not won: the results will be revealed on June 1. I do think I have a big chance, however, with the help of these bloggers and friends who have voted for me. Thank you for recognizing even just the fact that I’ve made a mark in the anime community – it makes me immensely happy.

From mellow_bunny to oOga – thank you, thank you very much. (And no, these people are not special, but mellow was the very first person who pledged his vote for me, and oOga the last that I know of. 🙂 )

P.S. I don’t think any pictures would be apt for this post. Besides, it’s a really short one, so read the entirety of it! 😉

The Lunar New Year: (14) An attempt to enlighten

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

It is a cool day.

There is an abundance of rain; its syncopation on my roof is a thankful swan-song to the long days of heat and drought. With my cup of coffee and my two cheese sandwiches I stay by my computer and explore what happens to the real world within the comfort of my cool dormitory.

It isn’t always cool, of course. Sometimes, when the sun beats down upon this no longer sylvan place, the earth and I cry complaints and execrations. Our waters are taken away from us: the yellow light acts like the pied piper, drawing from our very souls the water that we treasure. But it is not like this today.

Today is different. Today is cool, and today has rain. (more…)

The Lunar New Year: (13) Life imitates art

Monday, May 12th, 2008

On a whim, I simply decided to make my own quote box in Paint. Yes, I know, it doesn’t look good. Anyway, the inspiration came from Shance. Thank you man.

I browse 4chan at times, and I never did know what the fuss was about a haggard-looking old man until I discovered the post by Iwanihana. The man was Josef Fritzl, and many people called what he did to be ‘the crime of the century.‘ He imprisoned his daughter in a cellar with no windows for 24 years, and he fathered seven children with her. While Iwanihana has mentioned this tangentially, I would simply like to expound on the topic he broached. (more…)

The Lunar New Year: (12) The RAW Problem

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Some denizens of the #animeblogger channel were talking yesterday, and they seemed to be distraught with the lack of raws on WinNY and Share. I believe this was a repercussion from this incident, where the people instrumental in producing anime RAWs have been arrested by the police.

It is very understandable that a lot of RAW providers have disappeared from the scene. Is this the end of fansubbed anime as we know it?

I believe William Faulkner said it best: ‘I decline to accept the end of (m)an[ime] … I believe that man will not only endure, he will prevail.’ This was proven true with the ODEX fiasco: I believe this will remain true despite this debacle. 🙂

To everyone, cheers to anime!

The Lunar New Year: (11) Fools rush in …

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

where angels fear to tread.

Attenborough’s the one with the pink and violet striped shirt. He wears eyeglasses.

The Lunar New Year: (10) A more holistic weltanschauung

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

While some of us may be perverts, let me try (hopefully, in the next posts) to prove that we can also do a lot of things well in our lives.

I’m often glad whenever a novel or an anime series mentions the Philippines in either anime or literature (which are my favorite media). When the first episode of Black Lagoon mentioned Philippines (I think it was an island in Basilan, or something), I smiled. It doesn’t happen much.

Doesn’t he look African-American in origin?