Posts Tagged Exploration
Today marks the return of the 12 Days of Anime, the series of posts recounting and detailing the twelve greatest moments, influences or events of the year in regards to my anime/manga life. Over the next twelve days, ending on Christmas Day, I will have a special post documenting some exceptional and unforgettable thing that happened to me this year in hopes of sharing this cherished memory with you and adding a bit of personal touch that otherwise remains absent from this blog. Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tradition and enjoy the fun and celebrations.
In late 2011, my family was planning a vacation to Thailand, the first trip to Asia in my life. During the planning stages, I took the initiative to see if we or I could spend some time in Japan either heading in or going home. Since the Thailand portion of my trip was being paid for, I was informed that this excursion would need to be financed by myself but that I could leave a day early to fit it in. With these circumstances in place, the only chance at visiting Japan was a 22-hour period between arriving from Bangkok and departing to Seattle. It didn’t even take me a second to decide nor did I even look at the estimated bill; I leapt at the opportunity and this… this is my adventure:
The setting of an anime is visually expressed through the various architectures and environments. Magi has featured a number of diverse physical settings thus far and has done well communicating these to us through its use of dazzling and detailed backgrounds and sceneries.
Well, isn’t it obvious? What Akiho is doing is much more than just building a giant robot; no, what she is trying to do is something that no mere normal robot can do. Her goal isn’t limited to just constructing a walking steel behemoth but to manifest her hopes and dreams into a living symbol of inspiration, aspiration and astonishment. It is in these giant robots that we find much more than just metal, wires, and plasma weapons with infinite ammo. No, these giant robots serve as a beacon of hope, an ambassador of our dreams, and reflection of how we always strive, or should always strive, for greatness and glory. It is this that makes giant robots more than just giant robots. That and they do look pretty damn awesome. So yes, to answer your question Ms. Vice Principal, it really does have to be a giant robot.
Humanity has declined. Which means, at some time prior, humanity was at its zenith, the pinnacle of success and accomplishment and advancement. But what was this time like for mankind? Was the climax of humanity something parallel to our current societies or something more? Well, given the expedition into the ruins of a former mankind, we’re able to understand a little more about the peak of mankind and the setting of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita.
Ika Musume’s natural curiosity in everyday activities is a driving force behind the stories and comedy in Shinryaku!? Ika Musume. Her fascination and energy turn simple, ordinary events, like going to elementary school or losing weight, into exciting and entertaining skits. Furthermore, it’s not just an outsider’s examination and commentary on these subjects, there’s always a unique hint of zest that spices up each skit for a complete comedy every time.
In case you missed it, I was recently interviewed by Justin over at Organization Anti-Social Geniuses as part of the Thursday Lab Report series. Every Thursday, a different person in the anime/manga community, including a manga editor, anime music reviewer and many more, is interviewed to highlight their interests and passion for what they do. And this past Thursday was my turn to be interviewed with the focus on blogging anime.
If you were ever interested in learning more about anime blogging, my interests, or me in general, go check out the interview (linked below). And while you’re there, try the other interviews as well, to see how diverse and interesting the anime/manga community is. Be sure to check it out every Thursday to see what new interviews Justin has in store, too, since each week is glance into the mind of an anime/manga fan.