Archive for August, 2008

In all seriousness, what do you really think about Code Geass R2?

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

I just have to ask something, since I don’t know whether this is just a personal and esoteric perception of Code Geass R2: do you recognize R2 to be bad in the critical sense but still love it? Or do you recognize R2 to be a well-written and well-executed story that just has to be understood as one of the best series of all time? Reading /a/, other blogs and other reviews, I’ve understood that most people seem to be permutations if not representations of the former position.

I’m more of the first position myself. I don’t want to laugh at R2, but at times it’s just too ostentatious and over-the-top for its own good. I am sincerely entertained from it, and this is why I keep watching. But my entertainment does not, in any way, follow up to reflection or cogitation. I can’t say anything more other than it’s just really, really, really fun to watch. I would like to hear your opinions: what do you sincerely think of R2?

Again, in a nutshell, mine is that I love it, but I simply cannot recognize that it is good (from a critical analysis). Its plot has too many bumps, and while some people (you know who you are) point out that the plot is fluid, I believe it has some plot holes that have not been addressed yet. How about you?

P.S. I actually want to write about something else, but this has been troubling me especially because I really don’t know whether most of the people around are just trolling or are totally serious. I am totally serious in this post; at least, I was not trolling when I wrote this. Do not worry: after my downloads of Legendary Gambler Tetsuya and Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight are finished, I (think I) will proceed with writing posts about them.

Major post: a brand new theme, senescence and death, my love for Nogizaka Haruka, and the life of an otaku!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

I have a new theme, if that isn’t obvious yet. This is primarily because of mellow_bunny‘s efforts: he designed my new theme from scratch based on what I wanted. Since I wanted a theme based on the color violet or permutations of it, he dutifully created my theme based on that sole desire, which is what I have currently. I love this theme a lot more than the vanilla Chocolate Candy theme I had for two years. It truly gives some sort of personality to this blog of mine, and I’m happy about that: thank you very much, Michael.

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In before rage: revisiting AniDB’s top 10 anime of all time (and Code Geass R2?)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I don’t even have to say anything more. It’s all in the picture.


Click the image for a bigger picture. Check the series located at no. 5. If one is a true anime fan, that should be more than enough to make one RAGE.

No, I didn’t shop that. I … am utterly speechless. The picture simply describes the nadir of anime fandom. Seriously.

[SFW] Let’s talk about hentai: Taimanin Asagi and the transcendence of love

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

For now, allow me to be irreverent.

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One of the lessons in Yotsuba& is to learn from everything. I’m trying to do just that.
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Code Geass sucks

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I made you click, didn’t I? This post is not a hate-filled invective, however. (more…)

Demons: Nechayev, Lelouch, and me

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Fyodor Dostoevsky, the great Russian author, has four major novels that are recognized (even until today) to be among the greatest in literature. To date, the most popular novel among these four is Crime and Punishment. One of his other novels, although lesser-known than C&P, is Demons.

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Demons was partially inspired by Sergei Nechayev, one of the leaders of the Nihilist movement, who was so single-minded in his goal of revolution that he disregarded morality: he did not mind political violence and murder. He was so single-minded that he alienated even his friends and family. (more…)

Why slice-of-life anime will never fade into oblivion

Monday, August 18th, 2008

I am currently celebrating the gifts of a four-day weekend: aside from the regular weekend, there are also two consecutive holidays, thus the absence of classes. It has been quite some time since I have been able to enjoy free time such as this: because of the break, I have been able to pick up on my reading and watching anime.

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Nationalistic fervor, and why even that is not enough

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

It was quite a week: there were three simultaneous booksales occurring, and I had a field week just choosing and purchasing books. More books were added to the sale in our local bookstore chain; there was a rummage sale in our library; and finally, there was also a sale hosted by our university’s literature society. I had taken advantage of the local bookstore sale the most: recent literary-award shortlisters, like Martin Amis and Colm Toibin, had their novels sold at 90 to 95% discounts. The same can be said about a new Penguin Classics version of Jose Rizal‘s Noli me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and Maxine Hong Kingston‘s Fifth Book of Peace. On one hand, I’m glad and grateful of the cultural Philistinism pervading our society, because it allows me steals like these; but on the other hand, it also makes me bitter: the novels I had bought are the novels that should be highly regarded for their quality of writing and thought, and not novel series like Twilight. It’s their loss, anyway, but I’m still bitter about it. (more…)

Pylons of procrastination

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

I have refrained from spending anything on books last week: it was because I just bought Skullcandy headphones as well as a bevy of novels the week before that. I was relatively successful in that period of fasting, despite my desire as a bibliophile, to purchase more novels: I had already spent a significant amount of money, so I had promised myself to regenerate my lost savings before I went on another binge. In fact, I firmly believed that I could have done so for about a month as I still had a backlog of novels to annihilate. (more…)