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close the curtains. turn the lights down. in the mood for some swaying to romantic music. particularly this track from Maxi Priest. very much puts me in tune with my body, mind, soul. picturing myself sitting in front of my familiar desktop, working the night away on some self-fulfilling task. feeling ecstatic. the perfect moment. this is the perfect song to accompany me through the night. this, and perhaps a love one holding a freshly brewed coffee mug standing by a dimly lit doorway, waiting, watching over me. ~sigh.

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restless

Posted on: March 30, 2008

    i’m feeling restless
    what should i do with my life
    i’m feeling restless
    i still can’t believe, my mind
    i just woke up from one of my dreams
    feeling stressful within me

    i must be insane from hoping that love would change me
    not willing and able
    it’s empty i feel so stronger than what’s inside me
    wish i was special
    i only hope that i’ll one day deserve what is given me
    but all i would do is cry
    everyday for my life

~adapted to the tune of Shayne Ward’s Breathless

this is the story of the most foolish traveler in the world.

once upon a time, there was a foolish traveler who had gone on a journey. why was he foolish? well, because he was fooled by everyone he met!

everywhere he went, people made up all kinds of sad stories to tell him, and the traveler fell for every one of them.

please, some money for medicine…?
i have a sick younger sister…
i don’t have money to buy seeds to plant in my fields.

pretty soon, his money, his clothes, even his shoes had been cheated away from him.

however, the foolish traveler was always glad to help. for everyone of them, he’ll smile and say, “i wish you happiness.”

but by this point, the traveler was completely naked, and with nothing left to cover himself, he decided to leave the main road and travel through the dense forest, where no one could see him…

soon, he was discovered by the goblins that lived in the woods. the goblins wanted to eat the traveler’s body, so they begged and pleaded, and used kind words to try and trick him…

of course, the traveler was fooled. first, he let the goblins eat one of his legs. then an arm. then more and more…before it was over, all that the traveler had left was his head. he’d even given his eyes away to the last of the goblins…

and as the last goblin was eating the traveler’s eyes, he turned and said “thank you, traveler. in return, i leave you this present.”

what the goblin left was a slip of paper, with the word “fool” written on it. the traveler couldn’t see it. he didn’t know what it was. even so, tears began to flow down his face. “thank you,” he said. “this is the first present anyone ever gave me. i’m so happy. i’m so happy. thank you.”

even without his eyes, he cried and cried great tears of joy. then, the traveler died, with a smile on his face.

and that’s…the end of the story.

i close my eyes and think about him a little bit longer. i think about how he had given everything away, until all he had left was his head…and how at the end, he still cried for joy as he said thank you.

and then i realize…i feel sorry for him.

see? loss, hardship, things like that? you can’t only focus on them. the traveler didn’t…he never thought about his own troubles at all.

i imagine that it probably does sound really foolish to some people. but i don’t think he’s foolish at all. even though other people probably think he was being tricked? i don’t think he was. i think he did exactly what he wanted to do.

i think, more than anything, he just wanted to make others happy.

what do you think? really? is that foolish? when you close your eyes and think about it, is that what it is?

(episode 11, Fruits Basket ~ a rare gem of an anime)

Aishiteruze Baby is a sweet story about a high school playboy who gets chuck with the responsibility of taking care of a 5 year old kid. Kippei Katakura, the protagonist is pretty popular with the girls in his high school, easy going and casually flirts around with every girl he meets. however, his life gets turned around one day when he is designated as the caretaker of his cousin, 5 year old Yuzuyu Sakashita, who seemingly has been abandoned by her mom.

i love this show! the first two episodes already managed to bring me to tears, watching innocent Yuzu cry over something trivial is very touching. Kippei struggles to understand the mind of a 5 year old, from learning to make a bento lunch to juggling a relationship with the girl he likes to being a responsible brother to little Yuzu. all this and still having to deal with a girl stalker, other abusive parents setting bad examples, kindergarden troubles and Yuzu’s runaway mom.

what makes the relationship between Kippei and his little cousin so tight knit is that Kippei actually cares a lot and tries very hard to make Yuzu smile everyday. fortunately, Yuzu is a bubbly little girl who grows fond of Kippei rather quickly, always on her best behavior and innocently honest, even when deep down inside she’s missing her mother.

then there is Kokoro Tokunaga, Kippei’s soon-to-be girlfriend, a quiet and lonely girl who was raised up without a mother. she’s a pretty understanding girlfriend, seeing as Kippei devotes most of his time taking care of Yuzuyu, and not much with her.

there is just too many touching moments in this show. there’s romance and a bit of comedy but ultimately it’s Yuzu’s antics that will make you fall in love with Aishiteruze Baby. of course, Kippei does his bit as well to wipe away the sad moments with the right words in the end.




suffice to say, Yuzu is absolutely kawaiiii!!!! watching her prance around makes me feel very protective over her as well. aww…

watch it and don’t be afraid to let your emotions get swept away.

Rumiko Takahashi is a brilliant storyteller. famous for her manga works such as Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha, all of which has been adapted to anime form and subtitled for us non-nihon speaking people to enjoy.

which brings me to one of her beloved works, Maison Ikkoku, a 96 episode romance comedy anime that centers around a run-down boarding house and it’s tenants. more specifically, a love story between an unlucky student named Yusaku Godai and the young Kyoko Otonashi, the manager of Maison Ikkoku.

Godai starts out as an unimpressive 20 year old guy who constantly fails in his exams (due to funny circumstances involving drinking sessions with his other tenants) but slowly learn to grow up to be a man with goals and ambition. i can identify with him, as it’s really true that nothing beats perseverance when your working towards a goal, in his case, becoming someone worthy to take care of the girl he loves so dearly.

on the other hand, we’ve got Kyoko, a 22 year old recently widowed lady who is prone to jealousy, always jumping to conclusions (no thanks to hyped up gossips from her tenants). she is someone who struggles with herself internally as she cannot seem let go of past feelings and move forward. oh yeah, she’s a bit dense at times too.

Maison Ikkoku is about the simple life where hand phones and the internet doesn’t exist, where gossips is the normal form for misunderstandings and where face to face confrontations is only way to divine solutions. the artwork is a bit dated (think doraemon) but you won’t mind so much after devoting yourself to a few episodes. it actually feels natural and in my opinion, perfect for the atmosphere it tries to convey.

without a doubt, it’s one of the longest anime i’ve ever watched and with all the reviews i’ve read on Maison Ikkoku before committing myself to it, i tend to agree it deserves a lot of praise and then some.

however, and correct me if i’m wrong, the only gripe i have with it is that throughout the 96 episodes, never once have i seen Kyoko spout out the obligatory “i love you” to Godai. call me old fashion but that’s like a requisite towards a happy ending, neh?

triviality aside, i’m kinda sad that i’ve reached the end of the anime. it’s a wonderful feeling watching their relationship grow, where love blossoms for them at the end of all their trials and tribulations. i just wish this feeling could continue on forever, along with this anime.

a great watch. recommended to all with a soft spot for romance. here is “Suki Sa (i love you)”, one of the beautiful opening theme songs from Maison Ikkoku.

Persona 3

Posted on: March 15, 2008

opening theme song – Burn my Dread


after devoting 90+ hours in a span of a month, i’ve frickin’ finally finished playing Persona 3, the ps2 game. *whew*

so how was it? well it’s fun. but like all rpg games…repetitive. the gameplay i mean. level up, boss fight, rinse and repeat. for any rpg’s, the gameplay is the most important, followed by a solid story to captivate it’s audience. Persona 3 excels in the gameplay department and the plot was interesting enough to have kept me glued till the very end.

unfortunately, the ending wasn’t all that great. and that ruins the whole experience for me. *sigh* but i did get my closure and now that it’s over and done with, i’m left feeling kinda relief and empty inside.

the only thing i’m happy having walked away from this are the great tracks developed for this game. lovely upbeat music made the gaming experience all the more special.

will i ever pick it up again for another play through? nah. i’ll pass. it was a good run while it lasted. it’s been a long time since i’ve managed to finish a ps2 game, mostly due to lack of interest. Persona 3 had me till the ending credits. kudos to Atlus for making such a fine game.

ending theme song – Memories of You



damn, it’s good.


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