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Kimikiss ~ pure rouge: why, oh why?

Monday, March 24th, 2008

The crux of Cameron‘s blog, even with all the tangential discussions regarding anime, is his search for the anime that he could proudly place as his ninth favorite among all the anime he has seen. Although he himself has not commented regarding this, I believe this is so: it is, after all, what is reflected in his blog’s name: searchofno9. My search for the holy grail is not as intensive or as defined as Cameron’s, although I am also searching for anime I can both place in my top ten list as well as be proud of.

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WHY, OH WHY?

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Carpe diem

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

At one in the morning, I was thinking about postponing this write-up for later this week. I realized, however, that I have not written anything for more than two weeks. I thus decided to proceed with whatever ramblings I possessed at that moment.

I may have had been on hiatus from this blog, but I have been quite active in real life. I guess real life and the Internet are reciprocals of one another: one cannot serve two masters. I have tried to be more fit as a person in the time that I have gone. Although it was just a snap decision, it was one which I vowed to live with for better or for worse (I was not fat, and I am even leaner now, but I simply decided it was high time to stop living unhealthily). First, I have stopped eating from fastfood chains as well as regularly purchase vegetables and healthy food in general. Second, I have ran 45 minutes to an hour for at least five times a week (and I have been successful). Third, I have limited my consumption to 1000 Calories a day at the least, and 1800 Calories at the most. Fourth, I do abdominal crunches as well as lift weights. Within just the weeks I have been gone, I have lost roughly four pounds and possess toned abdominal muscles in their inception. These activities, of course, take away from the time I spend watching anime as well as relating them to multivariate ideas and media. In fact, I have not even watched the 20th installment of Kimikiss yet, even if it is the only series I have still been following up to the present.

I have stopped reading novels extraneous to my current curriculum because they force one to relegate study time, or dissipate it altogether. I have stopped with the first part of D.H. Lawrence’s The White Peacock, and will resume reading after the dreaded Finals and the Evil Papers have been submitted. This is not to say that I have just studied in the weeks I have been gone (I have discovered that sleep becomes more and more exigent whenever one is physically exhausted). On the contrary, I have lost faith in studying. This is not due to my grades experiencing a freefall (they are still relatively high); simply put, I have just rearrived at the point where I once again question the value of studying with regard to the rest of my life. (Although it has been sleep that has utilized most of my ‘free’ time, I have watched a few critically-acclaimed movies. Just two days ago I watched The Killing, a film directed by Stanley Kubrick about a heist gone wrong. It was quite a spectacle, and it has aged very well, with values and concepts which remain relevant even 41 years after its premiere.)

I was never a fan of Naruto but I really could commiserate with one of its characters, namely Nara Shikamaru. Quite a few people who watch Naruto and who I know in real life describe me to be such. When the going gets tough, I can practically achieve anything, but when there are no people who nag me or no one who gives a damn I also do not. I have often excelled at school; often, professors close to me tell me that I could achieve much more, just that I am too lazy to. It has been my story even until now. Just two days ago, some classmates of Philosophy asked me if was a Dean’s Lister. I replied honestly that I was not. It brought me much silent joy to note that they were quite surprised at this; they even quipped that they expected me to be there with the intelligence that I had.

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I’m as surprised at myself just as he is with me.

For me, however, even with the diligence I temporarily restored within me, life was never about grades. I always stayed away (and even have a rival in my own dormitory) from people whose sole purpose as students were to academically excel. Grades are not a measure of one’s intelligence; rather, I believe them to be a measure of persistence, diligence, and perseverance. Even the smartest will get zeroes if he has not read the required material. It is all a matter of discipline. Since I now believe I have at least been disciplined with regard to academics (and the grades have improved, for once), I started two weeks ago to discipline myself with regard to my health. I simply want to suck the marrow of life: moderation and discipline, I believe, are the key to it.

On love and pain [Kimikiss 18]

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

I have iterated, time and time again, that I have been excelling in my studies once again. This is partly attributable to the absence of playing DotA, to better teachers compared to the terrorists of last semester, to the lack of anime I am currently following, and finally, to studying decently (as compared to the total lack of it in semesters past). Before last Thursday, I averaged A’s with my subjects this semester; in fact, I am even aiming for exemption with half of my subjects. Last Thursday, however, I received my first exam in Philosophy, and it was a resounding D. It was not a failure, but with the level of excellence I have tried to maintain it was an indelible stain. I am not among those people who dwell on their nadirs; nevertheless, it still affected me. Failure has never been, for all people, easy to swallow. It is more especially difficult whenever one fails on the fields one was supposed to be excellent at: I guess that was what I felt immediately after receiving my test result: one of the few things I can say I have relatively excelled at is academics. In short (and pardon the expletive), I just felt like total shit. (more…)

Kimikiss 13: Personal passions, metaphors, and … literary theory?

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

I have been introverted for most of my life. I am not a misanthrope, but I have found that I enjoy doing activities that are best done alone (and no, not that 😉 ): for example, I enjoy reading, watching anime, watching movies, and writing. I am not averse, however, to going outdoors. I do want my excursions to be purposeful, and that is the reason why I often stay at my room. Still, whenever there is an event that I feel would enhance me intellectually, or simply interest and entertain me, I often unhesitatingly go. (more…)

Why I don’t love ef

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

I had planned to watch ef ever since some bloggers started talking about it, but I also firmly etched in my mind that I will wait until the final episode of ef has been aired. Since the final episode aired some time ago, I started watching ef three days ago. By then there were eleven episodes subbed, so I dutifully downloaded each one. I ventured to marathon the series, but changed my mind after I watched the first episode: it was heavy and relatively emotional without the light-hearted interpellation that characterized Honey and Clover. Consequently, the first episode cemented my decision to view the series piecemeal, one to two episodes at most in one sitting.

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These are ef’s main girls.

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Christmas: a greeting of both explicit enjoyment and shared suffering

Monday, December 24th, 2007

(Totali,)

As much as I want to talk about anime, it is quite unfortunate that the series I have had been following religiously were not yet updated recently. The latest installment of Kimikiss ~ pure rouge has not yet been subbed. Moyashimon has had not been updated for quite some time, and it is sad, because I want to see more of Mamiko Noto as Aoi Muto in action. I find that her voice in that series is something novel from the voices that she usually performs. Catchphrase has also failed to update Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro for almost three weeks, so I have had to stall my viewing at the latest episode.As for Shakugan no Shana II, although I do follow it, I view the series in blocks of five episodes: nothing much happens in the first place; it is safe to assume that there is a greater chance of something happening within five episodes than it is within only one. This practice would at least make me believe I am not wasting my time, albeit illusively.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!

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First impressions on kimikiss ~ pure rouge

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

I have not seen many series this year. I guess the reason is primarily because of my studies, which have plagued me all throughout the year. Since I have not viewed anime as much as my blogging peers have, I decided to dawdle in #animeblogger for a while, asking them what series they would recommend to watch this season. Although I have written a post regarding that, I felt that the replies were somewhat lacking (although I am grateful to those who have replied) and thus I ventured to ask them online. (more…)