158,50 deaths, 6,011 injured and 3,287 people missing.
And that’s just the human cost of the Great Tohoku Earthquake.
Eighteen prefectures, 24 to 25 million tons of debris and an estimated reconstruction bill totaling 25 billion USD later, combined with a near-meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant-this seems like the most perfect disaster Mother Nature has ever planned.
[A really, really condensed version of how I got obsessed over Japan. (Really!) I just felt the need to explain clearly this part of my life one day (even to myself). This was meant to be a separate page, but maybe I’ll link this post to me ‘About’ page…Anyway, enjoy!]
It all started in the year 2009, the year a friend recommended a Japanese comic and wrote down for me a link to a website that hosted scanlations of it. Back then, I was not particularly interested in anything and didn’t think much of this recommendation. If you wanted to describe my interests, ‘random’ would be the word. Linkin Park, history and literature in general…I’d say that’s pretty mixed.
Spoilers ahoy! If you are interested in playing Katawa Shoujo, DO NOT READ this post, it might ruin your experience or colour your perceptions of it, if not a particular route.
As I clicked through the final scenes in Shizune Hakamichi’s route, a thought kept nagging at my head.
‘So much potential, but such mediocre results.’
That pretty much sums up what I’ve to say about this route, the route I had put so much expectation on, the route which had left me hungry for more all the time but ultimately let me down. It seems unfair and harsh, but here’s why I thought so.
Katawa Shoujo, or roughly put-‘Disability Girls’, has been on my mind and my daily to-do list for some time now. I’ve clocked in 16 hours on a single route in this wonderful (and free) visual novel. Before I give my comments on the game itself, here’s a rough description of Katawa Shoujo.
Recently, an interesting blog post from an even more intriguing aniblog-‘Beneath The Tangles’-caught my eye.
It put into words what I’ve sometimes felt under the surface when watching anime, especially hyped-up, critically or popularly-acclaimed ones. More specifically, the feeling that the anime did not live up to the hype and my expectations. The writer also discusses about mainstream opinion, the hatred towards popular franchises and a few other related topics.
I’ve been following ‘Beneath The Tangles’ occasionally now, and I definitely recommend the post (and even the whole blog itself, if you’re looking for an unique view on anime and manga) for those of you who’ve experienced the same thoughts and feelings.
Although the blog’s main focus is how certain anime themes and characters can be viewed in a religious (mostly Christian, as far as I know) context, they still touch a fair bit on familiar ground for anime fans-like in the post above. Thus, the use of the word intriguing above.
Anyhow, hope it enlightens. Have a nice day. =)
[Honestly, I planned to start off with something ‘culture-ish’ like the Japanese New Year. Look where that got me. XD So, after much self-debate
and alligator-wrestling, I decided to give my thoughts on the latest incarnations of what got me more interested in Japan-anime. Hope you enjoy it!]
As most of those freezing their butts off in temperate climates know, it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere and also in Japan, which means the anime winter season is in full swing as well. There’s a broad variety of new shows for the coming 3 months and in this post I’ll be introducing those that have caught my attention long enough for me to give them a try. I’ll also be giving some of my opinions on these anime.
First on the firing range is-