— Temporal Vortex

I know, the title is so weaboo-ish. (Also, the image is spoiler-ish at its best, re: Yukio holding a gun) The mere motive of the author for making this post is because he saw the trailer (and quickly got intrigued so he read the manga) from one of gg-subs if he’s not mistaken.

It’s been a while since I have stumbled upon a battle shounen which piqued my interest. Seriously though, Shana captivated me because of her resplendent red flames. How can I let myself miss out blue flames which are definitely cooler? Visuals aside, I definitely like the Shinto and rich Japanese folklore vibes that Ao no Exorcist radiates.

I didn’t really appreciate the first few chapters of AoEx because of the vague exposition of what was happening except that Rin is your typical protagonist that doesn’t have a clear vision in his mind of what he wants in life, and then suddenly, something was triggered by Rin which drastically changed his disposition in life. Pretty much the basic starter amongst shounen mangas.

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Unlike other people who probably watched this film with prior expectations due to their very own gameplay and experience (since I assume that the main target audience of the film are the fans), I (un)fortunately do not own the console necessary to play this one so I’d say I pretty much liked the movie as a solid, stand-alone film, assuming you have never played the game itself before, or if you want it already as is, as well as if you didn’t touch the game after. But, I made a blunder… since I decided to follow the game too.

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Looking back, I merely watched this series because it gave off that Higurashi vibes from the trailer. If I’ll be assessing it right now, I think I was gravely mistaken. It is far from similar to Higurashi. Also, I was 100% surprised that this anime had something to do with vampires. I totally had no clue that the author was Fuyumi Ono, and that she was responsible for Twelve Kingdoms and Ghost Hunt.

I like Shiki because there’s no drawn line between the bad and good guys (or maybe according to Izaya’s favorite quote, between those who are tedious and charming) but I hated the moral hazard of the story. It will confuse you into which side between the humans and shikis you should be siding with. As a viewer it was hard for me to decide. Each side had their own reasons. My only question was…

How come no one among them even considered the idea of co-existence? (regardless of it being cliche)

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Other than the cute microbes we get to see from Moyashimon, and very educational facts about fermentation, we also witnessed Tadayasu’s and other characters’ struggle in their interpersonal relationships such as Hasegawa. Her statement on how a person is judged struck me the most.

“When others judge you, they judge you based on your abilities. That’s why everyone is working so hard.”

I have to agree on that on some part, although Hasegawa is also missing something here. I’m glad that throughout the character development, all that’s missing was filled in.

Call it petty or trivial but personality does really count at times. It would probably be the greatest mistake that Hasegawa could commit if she thinks only those who have the greatest abilities could achieve the greatest things in life. To put it in simpler terms, a human resource manager does not merely look at your credentials when they hire you.

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Here goes the obligatory Christmas post! Merry Christmas to everyone, more importantly to all my readers (or lurkers) and anime bloggers out there! Here’s something from me so my blog will show some life signs XP. Yes, I’m still alive here and I’m actually finishing Persona 3 Portable right now as a female protagonist. I haven’t played it since September so yeah… there.

There’s actually one post sitting in the drafts about Tales of Vesperia since I’ve finished it (you’ll understand soon) recently too but I’m delaying the publication until next year.

Some Updates/ Goals for this Christmas break:
Moyashimon and Shiki entries SOON.
Ao no Exorcist (manga) entry
Finish Trapeze, Tatami Galaxy and Aoi Bungaku, and probably some insightful entries.
Get back on that certain episode of Kaiba about the utopian planet for that certain entry as well.
Oh, and probably a Panty and Stocking w/ GB entry too!

I hope I’ll be able to write some “Moments of 20xx” for next year. December is just a busy month for a college student like me.

Apologies for anime bloggers I haven’t replied to in the comments or blogs I haven’t visited for so long already. T^T

That’s it for now folks! Thank you for still dropping by at TV and enjoy the Holidays! :)

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