It’s been a few years since I started blogging and I’m sure a lot of my original readers have noticed a huge, huge change in writing style and substance, as well as the many shifts in post subjects. Furthermore, as a testament to my complete inability to dedicate myself to anything, I have two game guide/translation projects on indefinite hiatus, probably never to be resurrected again. Still, reminiscing on all that makes me feel a little sad, because today I’ll be closing the blog.
Lately, other things in life – college in particular – have, are, and are continuing to keep my busy and I don’t think I can contribute that much time and effort into posting anymore, as evidenced by my last post which was weeks ago. Maybe I’ll still lurk on Twitter and chat on IRC, but blogs… no thanks.
It’s been a fun time with you guys. I’ll see you around sometime.
I’ve only heard about this from Diego‘s post, actually. I never knew there was such an event. As such, the man does indeed deserve praise for his works, which, while sometimes lacking in a few aspects, never fail to stir up some form of emotion within the viewer, be it of happiness, melancholy, marvel, or even anger. I’ve noticed that on the first viewing of any of his films, I become drawn to the story, rather than the emotions. The plot, rather than the characters. The general flow, rather than the details. As such, I do believe that, like a good wine, partaking in each film becomes more and more enjoyable the more we watch it. You begin to notice the small details, or, knowing the story, you begin to feel for the characters and their situations much more than you would in your first, second, third viewings. Perhaps this is one reason why I seem to favor these types of films over the mainstream films of today – mindless action and violence – that only serve to pump one’s adrenaline before quickly flatlining at the end, never to be viewed again. But I digress.
Though I’ve tried to secure legit copies of all 4 of his films – She and Her Cat, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters per Second – I’ve had no luck with the third, and thus cannot fully simulate the Shinkai Film Fest. After a little bit of searching, I was able to acquire a copy of it, however, and will proceed to watch all of them thusly. For those who don’t have copies, Crunchyroll also seems to be streaming the movies for free for its members. Apparently, a dub for 5cm is also present, but I’m not really big on dubs, even if they were supervised by Shinkai himself. Perhaps I’ll just take a quick peek to see what it sounds like. Of course, for those who can watch it in better quality, I highly suggest you do. The breathtaking scenery he paints in his films is beyond incredible. And kudos to those who’ve got Blu-ray versions. I certainly can’t play them.
Here’s to Shinkai; may he produce more of his marvelous work, and may we continue to partake of it.
Pretty much both episodes of Ga-rei Zero were a collective WTF for much of the viewers, totally confused as to what the hell just happened, climaxing as this strange woman, Yomi, kills her supposed little sister Kagura. Of course, it was only a week after that we’d found out that that was what happened at the end, and as a particular lolikitsune pointed out, made for one hell of an impact for the series – that despite all the happy-happy stuff happening in episodes three onwards, everything will slowly, but surely, go to hell and nothing’s going to be able to stop that.
This scene makes Moment #12, because it puts the exclamation point right in the beginning of the sentence.
I finally trimmed down that gargantuan blogroll I have to the side. It’s about a third or a fourth its original size now. Also toying around with themes and layout so expect some weird shit to go on for a few hours to a few days. Never mind. The site’s design should hold up for a month at least.
The header ought to give you a clue on what I’ll write about next.