Archive for February, 2009

Toradora – 21: catharses all over

Friday, February 27th, 2009

My drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens!- So it begins, and it begins with this episode: the end is near (as if we didn’t know that before, right?). (more…)

Toradora! – 20: extras

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

This was something I found poignant especially after reflecting on the scene with my third re-watch: Kitamura was already recognized in their school as the God of Broken Hearts. Instead of Taiga praying to the Buddhist gods (traditional religion in Japan), she prays to Kitamura instead without him figuring out what the hell she was doing. The scene further added to my pathos towards Taiga: she recognized that her heart was already broken, and instead of miring herself in depression she simply prayed that she could get over it. She doesn’t, but she still tries her best, as what could be seen in the scene with Ryuuji afterward.

Toradora – 20: I take it back. I really do.

Friday, February 20th, 2009

It’s ironic that it only took me one episode to change my mind about Taiga. Most of the dissenters presented their case well, and I’ve started seeing things from their perspective, especially with this episode. Even if the episode just started I was beside myself in tears, because I felt how painful it was for Taiga doing what she did in this current episode for Ryuuji.

It was obvious how she truly realized her feelings. She was not uncomfortable talking with Kitamura anymore. Not only this, however, I found the scene immediately after it to be especially touching. While her voice was still solid as ever, her struggle could be seen in her countenance. I started crying when Taiga realized that she herself was the cause of his rejection and vowed to stay away from him so that he wouldn’t be misunderstood. She may have a crass mouth and disrespectful demeanor, but by God I would rather have that, as she is also one of the most considerate people, as I saw in this episode. (more…)

Taiga: fire and brimstone await for your redemption

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

I didn’t start hating Toradora all of a sudden, and I probably never would (unless J.C. Staff does an absolutely odious ending). However, I did reflect on a quip that someone made on a forum. Since I wrote the reply with haste, I chose to rewrite it to better explain or deliver my opinion regarding the show. Toradora attempts to emulate reality; it is thus no surprise that people make mistakes in the series.

As what I currently do in forum replies, I state a caveat: indeed, I am quite fond of Ami; however, I am also not blaming anyone from the show for their actions. Yet let us analyze the mistakes that the main characters have committed in the span of the show. (more…)

Toradora – 19: joy to their world

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Christmas. For most of the Christians, and most of the world, it is a time of celebration. It is the fulfillment of God’s covenant: the Son that He promised to save us from ourselves arrived and arrives on Christmas. It is a time of heavenly rejoicing: the Savior has come.

Taiga justified her lie to Minori.

Taiga justified her lie to Minori.

The stark contrast with the actual mood of the episode was a very brilliant move by J.C. Staff. Despite the lights and the ostentation, the mood of the characters weren’t in tune with the zeitgeist. (more…)

What’s the best download manager for you?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

It has been a highly frustrating week for me: I just got my results from my previous exam, and it totally knocked down the house of cards (my grades) that I built up with difficulty. My undergraduate thesis also isn’t going too well.

This is my week in a nutshell.

This is my week in a nutshell.

More importantly, however, I have once again become immersed in download managers. I thought I outgrew this phase, but nostalgia simply jumped upon me, and here I am once more. I’m especially enamored with NetPumper v. 1.0 with Banner Killer, though (and the ad-supported version at that). If one asked me, I myself don’t know why, just that I currently am. I have been disappointed with Download Accelerator Plus of late, however, so I uninstalled it. In most cases, it simply didn’t function the way that I wanted it to. (Since I’m a fickle man, however, I may reinstall it in the future.) While I’m fickle and quite easily swayed (especially during these stressful times) I decided to keep two download managers. I kept the old version of NetPumper simply because of nostalgia, but I tried searching for more capable download managers and I found DownThemAll for Firefox. It performed very well during my first try (unlike the picky behavior of DAP), so for the time being I’m keeping it as my regular download manager.

I uninstalled NetPumper Pro because I didn’t want to have two download managers that performed the same function at the same time (DAP had several more advanced features than NetPumper Pro because its development was not halted). I’m thinking about reinstalling it; if DownThemAll continues to perform excellently, however, I’ll find no reason to do that.

I made three drafts regarding this matter and was even highly hesitant posting about it, since it’s not about anime at all. Nevertheless, I thought I’d allow myself some respite from all the bullshit that’s going on around me. So here I go.

P.S. The NetPumper v. 1.0 with Banner Killer contains the installer of NetPumper v. 1.0 and its accompanying Banner Killer. I installed it on my computer, and there aren’t really any advertisements to an obsolete product any longer. However, it’s still better to have an anti-virus guard. Feel free to delete all DLLs except the IEProxy DLL.

P.P.S. I will get back to writing about anime: I’m just waiting for Toradora to come out, since I just simply know it’s going to be a saucy episode.

Inebriated with a Rubik’s complex: a history of violence

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I have admired the American TV show House ever since it started airing, when I was in the later years of high school. Some of my friends compared me to him, and it was both elating and depressing at the same time. On one hand, he is a medical genius capable of solving unique and difficult cases; on the other hand, however, he is also an asshole. I was somewhat a junior incarnation of him during high school: bragging aside, I was a brilliant student. However, I was also a mordant wit who often pushed people away. I don’t deny the fact that I was an asshole during that period, although I do hope I have changed for the better (and I think I did).

This was the Banner Killer program.

This was the Banner Killer program.

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Watching anime with Sartrean existentialism: a short reflection

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I honestly never put much stock in Murphy’s law because I always sought to be the ‘true optimist’ in Sartre‘s words. In his seminal essay ‘Existentialism is a Humanism’ Sartre describes the true optimist to be the ultimate pessimist. Man can rely on and must rely on nothing else except himself. He must not find fate, God, or others to blame, because ultimately it is only he, and not these others, who can do anything about it. This is not to say that I’m perennially happy, but Sartre’s existentialist viewpoint has helped me put things into perspective. His existentialism is not the Gurren Lagann type of existentialism: he recognizes that we are situated in this world and we are all, as humans, characterized into a human condition. As humans, we are limited; we must, however, rely on no one but ourselves as we explore and develop within the world.

I had some time to, so ...

I had some time to, so ...

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Toradora 18: from retrogression to forward action

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

There is absolutely nothing that is difficult to understand in this episode. What happened could not be attributed to any astrological occurrence; neither could it be attributed to simple coincidence. There were a few happenstances, but the episode was purely one of deliberate action. I pertain to action not with the general connotation of violence; I pertain to action with the property of intention.

She doesn't blush.

She doesn't blush.

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