[INCOMPLETE] 「Visual Collection/Special Review」 A Year of Anime (2012)

And so, another year of anime has passed. Every year, it seems like the industry is prospering to new levels, and I am happy to say that alongside it, so does my involvement in it. Looking in retrospect, I can honestly say that I am astounded at how much the anime industry has changed. This year we’ve seen adaptations of manga (the general norm), light novels (Sword Art Online, Mouretsu Pirates), novels (Shin Sekai Yori, Another, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita), visual novels (Robotics;Notes, Little Busters!), games (Ixion Saga GT, Muv-luv Alternative: Total Eclipse) mascots (Line Offline Salaryman), and multi-media franchises (Black★Rock Shooter, Busou Shinki).Additionally so, well-anticipated sequels (Eureka Seven AO, Gintama) and original adaptations (Rinne no Lagrange, Kyousogiga, K) have graced the year and proved to still be just as enthralling. Personally I would like to say that I have matched this flourishing activity with that of my own. This year I have managed to watch _ anime series and finish _ of them. This is a remarkably consistent increase considering the (37|13) the year before and the (28|9) the year before that. Regrettably, I had not the platform to legitimately blog series for the majority of this year (and previous years in entirety). To make up for that unavailibility, this post will serve as a very extensive retrospection, including thoughts and reactions I will do my best to recollect for respective premieres, highlight episodes, endings, and series in general. Of course they will all be assimilated into reviews primarily focusing on the “best anime of 2012” motif. The first half of this post will consist of specific awards concerning genre and other notable aspects while the second half will consist of the annual top series. So, without further ado,
Best Studio – Madhouse
I’m still surprised myself how Madhouse has taken this accolade from studio Ufotable,
Honorable Mention(s): Ufotable
A-1 Pictures, J.C. Staff
Best (Ongoing) Shonen Series – Hunter x Hunter
Throughout the 2012 year, the 2011 anime adaptation of Hunter x Hunter accumulated to four arcs, the Hunter Exam arc (mid-way), the Zoldyck Family arc, the Heavens Arena arc, and the Yorknew City arc (I like to call it the Phantom Troupe arc more). Heavens Arena and Yorknew City were the two that lasted throughout the year more dominantly, spanning around 3 months and 4 months, respectively. For me, this pair was a presentation nothing short of perfect. While Heavens Arena portrayed and stayed true to the beloved characteristics of shonen series, Yorknew City offered insight at mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi’s brilliant writing. The events unfolded in the Yorknew City were of such spectacular story-telling that they transcended the pedigree of the shonen genre and re-affirmed Hunter x Hunter’s unyielding position as a legendary series even in contention to today’s contemporary and bold shonen series.
Contention: One Piece, Toriko, Naruto, Fairy Tail, Medaka Box, Magi, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Honorable Mention(s): One Piece, Medaka Box, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Additional Comment(s): I hate to do callouts of this sort, but I feel a need, maybe even an obligation as a fan, to express this disappointment. If there was a title opposite to Favorite Ongoing Series, it would indubitably go to Naruto. After airing its debatably best episodes in a very long time (the Minato and Kushina mini-arc) the anime adaptation was right at the onset of the (again debatably) most important arc, the Fourth Shinobi World War. Naruto’s situation this year was quite similar to that of One Piece’s. The first episode of One Piece that aired in 2012 was one well into the greatly-anticipated Fishman Island arc, an arc that was not only foreshadowed and hyped numerous arcs (and hundreds of episodes) beforehand but also followed the dramatic time-skip of the series and thrilling reunion of the main cast. Needless to say it had many expectations set and many expectations to fulfill. Naruto in a sense was in an even more momentous position as the Fourth Shinobi World War arc is widely considered the last legitimate arc of the series, making it necessary to be one of if not the best. And in that essence, the anime adaptation failed terribly. Naruto episodes of the 2012 year have presented some of the worst animation consistency in the series. Additionally, the greatest injustice of the Naruto anime adaptation, its fillers, showed its face once more and proved its ability to ruin canon material just as easily. Lastly, for the material adapted that was canon, the presentation was nothing more than decent in aspects of animation quality and beyond.
*Emphasis on series that have an ongoing manga counterpart
Best Romantic Pairing – Kurokami Medaka and Hitoyoshi Zenkichi (Medaka Box)
When addressing love, in terms of anime this year especially, I believe its important to look, and feel, beyond the mutual connections people have through their interests, personalities, aspirations, and the like. In terms of love, there’s going to be more needed than just that sharing of dreams that cannot yet transcend friends, or maybe more appropriately termed here as “nakama”, into lovers. Because believe me, this happened in a lot this year. And of course, that’s unsurprising, the bonds of friendship is an element perhaps portrayed in every story, not to say that the bond of love isn’t any more prominent. Because it is. And it did indeed happen plenty this year too. But in my opinion, there was one portrayal that takes the cake, the relationship between Kurokami Medaka and Hitoyoshi Zenkichi. (Hey, let’s make it a wedding cake because damn, they’re so great together!) In actuality, there was rarely any screen time dedicated to their relationship in terms of romance, but the subtle of so contributed to its genuine depiction. Conversely to what most romantic dramas and comedies do, Medaka Box consistently shone bits and quirks of affection between the two. Humorous talks about expressing love to people in public, seeing the other partially nude, pledges of allegiance under the pretense of friendship, and mutual smiles of camaraderie mainly in the first season developed into one seemingly dying for the other, one outright sobbing for the other, and a phenomenal flashback intertwining the very characters of both together, connecting them since early childhood. The flashback in which it’s revealed that the very essence of Medaka’s unique personality originated from something an adolescent Zenkichi said to her in pure childish amusement stirred an emotional fanfare inside me, so much so, that I immediately reacted by making a follow-up blog post ogling at how cute they were together.
Honorable Mention(s):
Diarmuid O’Dyna and Arturia Pendragon (Fate/Zero)
Surprisingly, in the confines of Urobuchi Gen’s bleak and merciless story-writing, I am still able to find glimmers of hopefulness, one of such being romance. I dare to say that as it is portrayed in Fate/stay Night, Shiro and Saber’s love for each other is superficial, completely lacking in any sort of genuine romance. And while Lancer and Saber’s relationship as portrayed in Fate/Zero isn’t perfect, (evidently so, considering they are aiming to kill each other) there’s more than just a spark forming from the collision of their weapons. Urobuchi builds a bridge of sympathy between the two characters, mostly presiding on their shared views of chivalry. Admittedly, even with the genius of Urobuchi’s scribing, the relationship between the two isn’t something I would be sending them through the tunnel of love together for, but there are those little moments all throughout that seem a bit short of magical yet still endearing. And when we add in the Holy Grail of their interactions, Lancer words of “I am glad to have met you!” there’s just something to be championed there. Even beyond wishing Lancer had not been betrayed by his master and brutally assassinated, there’s a wish for the two of them that wants them to get a proper opportunity to become friends, if not romantics. (Saber’s anti-magic passive being a counter to Lancer’s mole and quite possibly making her the only match for him can be a bonus too.)
Arsène Lupin III and Mine Fujiko (Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna)
This romantic affair has a hearty emphasis on co-dependency. Personally, it’s the conceptual symmetry that really gets me on board this ship here. On Lupin’s ship, everything’s onboard. He’s the most triumphant thief capable of stealing the rarest of treasures and valuables. But perhaps the only thing he is incapable of stealing is not another thief herself, but her heart. He states in episode one, something along the lines of, “Mine Fujiko. This extraordinarily fine woman is the cure to my boredom. The next time we meet, I will…” In different waters, the woman known as Mine Fujiko struggles with a severe case of identity and dabbles in frequent self-objectification to manipulate men. Whether Lupin, a man well-aware of the way Mine Fujiko views the male gender and the debatable truth in her views, can be her savior is an issue up in the air. While Goemon Ishikawa XIII shows just as much capability in healing Fujiko from her detestable past and while I approve of his character just as much as Lupin’s, there’s just something about Lupin’s attempts to charm the femme fatale known as Mine Fujiko. Perhaps it’s his only pursuit that makes him seem like a hearty human being. His quirky undertakings in wooing Fujiko, such as writing “I will steal Mine Fujiko!” on her left thigh, are distinctive to his plundering liveliness, yet still romantic in a way.
Fukai Ao and Fleur Blanc (Eureka Seven AO), Sagara Yoshiharu and Oda Nobuna (Oda Nobuna no Yabou)
For both of these pairings that consist of relatively young characters, it was clear that the pairings had shared sentiments as well as shared experiences that boosted their relationships with each other. In terms of a romance beyond that, I think it was more of just a personal preference that they accepted feelings for the each other, whether it was simply youthful infatuation or not, and decided together what would ensue.
Top 10 Anime of 2012

Nisemonogatari – As of late and as always in the anime industry, it’s rare to see a non-shonen series span a length in episodes any longer than twenty-five episodes. This year we’ve had a Shirokuma Cafe casually defy this rule, but even more inconspicuously is the long-running Monogatari series which has side-winded its way into an ongoing airtime through multiple seasons, and coincidentally, multiple titles. Nisemonogatari continued the story left expansive by its predecessor of 2009, Bakemonogatari, and it once again proves the synergy between novelist Nisio Ishin’s literary panache and studio SHAFT’s aptitude in adapting something of such style and adding an elegant flair even more so. What can be said of Nisemonogatari can be said for the Monogatari series as a whole, and I don’t find a problem with that at all from a viewer’s or reviewer’s standpoint. There’s no flamboyance that sets it a part from Bakemonogatari because it continues to execute the greatness that the series is as a whole. Monogatari is the series. And each individually titled season are the arcs. I prefer to review the Monogatari series as a whole, and when it finishes airing completely, I look forward to officially adding it in my list of all time favorite anime series by reviewing it as so. For now, I will try to assess the Nisemonogatari chapter distinctively. This part of the story is centric on the Fire Sisters, Karen and Tsukihi Araragi, unsurprisingly, sisters of protagonist Koyomi Araragi. Accordingly, most content is focused on these three siblings and the sisters’ respective abnormalities, but there is screen-time allocated to the cast of the previous season (Hitagi Senjougahara, Mayoi Hachikuji, etc.) And these characters undoubtedly shine during their limited appearances. Hachikuji herself deserves a nomination for best moment because of her heart-warming conversation with Araragi at the end of the premiere episode. Beyond this, our new characters prove to be just as interesting as our familiarized cast through, unsurprisingly, unique appearances, personalities, actions, and quirks. (So unsurprisingly.) Karen, in fact, has become one of my favorite female character in the series. So at this point, really, it all boils down to relativity. While our genius behind the pen is still scripting his best elements of rising action (There always seems to be a fight of high-level gore, insanity, and action in every arc, and this season’s Araragi vs. Karen was no letdown. More so, it’s often claimed that it’s not the actual fight that is the most intense element, but the build-up and tension that leads into what would better be called a face-off, the settlement of conflicts. The point reached after conversation and/or any other human-invented means could not resolve. The point where both parties have deteriorated to human instinctual nature, and that nature tells them to fight.)  , plot reflection (Simply put, as the protagonist, Araragi is exceptional at reflecting on the events that have happened to him. Granted, much profundity is due to Oshino, but on the retrospective essence of the matter, Araragi never fails to conclude the importance of his friends’ happenings and what they meant to hin.), and the like; there doesn’t seem to be  a balance to really intertwine the best moments. The greatest example of this, I would have to say, is the apportionment between the sisters, in that Karen had much more plot-relativity, character, and character development whilst Tsukihi essentially demonstrated her assorted personality (therein establishing the connection between her fake personalities and her fake abnormality) and quickly seceded the limelight to Araragi so he could save her (Which is kind of ironic, since the titled Nisemonogatari is more of a indicator of the sister with less attention). All in all, a marvelous delivery that just barely ranks below its forerunner, but lands it the well-deserving spot of number ___ for this year.
Hunter x Hunter – In the world of anime, what I consider one of the greatest injustices is the absence of anime adaptations of long-running and ongoing shonen series; and even more so, incomplete anime adaptations of said series. And yes, there are a damn fine number of these victims that the light needs to shine upon. Soul Eater, D.Gray-man, Air Gear, Claymore, Ao no Exorcist. All of these are series that have at one time had an anime adaptation and fully deserve to have a complete one. There are also some that have shown dwindling popularity such as Hitman Reborn! and Bleach. And then there are thers I don’t necessarily have a formed opinion on but regardless are present. Hajime no Ippo, Berserk, Deadman Wonderland, Beelzebub, History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi, Gantz. All of these series too have at one point had an anime adaptation. Lastly, we have the series that continue to thrive as manga and anime alike, One Piece being the most prominent. Adapting an ongoing manga series is a risky endeavor, quite evident from the exhibits aforementioned. But even in this uncertain procedure dependent on sales and popularity, we sometimes have daring and bold heroes arrive. Studio Bones executed the greatest counter to this approach when it re-adapted the Fullmetal Alchemist series, fully and faithfully the second time around. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood found its way into my favorite anime series of all time, quite close to its predecessor, the original anime adaptation of the series. And so, it is in my opinion that the 2011 anime adaptation of Hunter x Hunter is the spiritual successor to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in its exemplary title as a re-adaptation done righteously.

Fate/zero is the indisputable forerunner of this year. Though the series did quite the job at tearing into my moral conscience and overwhelmed my emotional intelligence, I have no qualms about deeming it the position of number one anime series of 2012 and a commendable position in my list of favorite anime series of all time.

2011 into 2012
Guilty Crown | ギルティクラウン (Completed)
Mirai Nikki | 未来日記 (Completed)
Persona 4: The Animation | ペルソナ4 (Completed)
Winter
High School DxD | ハイスクールD×D (Dropped)
Senki Zesshou Symphogear | 戦姫絶唱シンフォギア (Dropped)
Nisemonogatari | 偽物語 (Completed)
Mouretsu Pirates | モーレツ宇宙海賊 (Dropped)
BRAVE10 (Dropped)
Rinne no Lagrange | 輪廻のラグランジェ (Completed)
Ano Natsu de Matteru | あの夏で待ってる (Completed)
Another (Completed)
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou | 男子高校生の日常 (Dropped)
Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai! | パパのいうことを聞きなさい! (Completed)
Thermae Romae | テルマエ・ロマエ (Dropped)
Inu x Boku SS | 妖狐×僕SS (Dropped)
Black★Rock Shooter | ブラック★ロックシューター (Dropped)
Spring
Saint Seiya Omega | 聖闘士星矢Ω (Dropped)
Uchuu Kyoudai | 宇宙兄弟 (Dropped)
ZETMAN (Dropped)
Medaka Box | めだかボックス (Completed)
Shirokuma Cafe | しろくまカフェ (Dropped)
Sengoku Collection | 戦国コレクション (Dropped)
Sankarea | さんかれあ (Dropped)
Acchi Kocchi | あっちこっち (Dropped)
Natsuiro Kiseki | 夏色キセキ (Dropped)
Accel World | アクセル・ワールド (Dropped)
Fate/Zero | フェイト/ゼロ (Completed)
Nazo no Kanojo X | 謎の彼女X (Dropped)
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia | 黄昏乙女xアムネジア (Dropped)
Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna | LUPIN the Third ~峰不二子という女~ (Completed)
Sakamichi no Apollon | 坂道のアポロン (Dropped)
Tsuritama | つり球 (Completed)
Eureka Seven Astral Ocean | エウレカセブンAO (Completed)
Hyouka | 氷菓 (Completed)
Summer
TARI TARI (Completed)
La storia della Arcana Famiglia | アルカナ・ファミリア (Completed)
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita | 人類は衰退しました (Completed)
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse | トータル・イクリプス (Dropped)
Yuruyuri ♪♪ | ゆるゆり♪♪ (Completed)
Binbougami ga! | 貧乏神が! (Completed)
Natsuyuki Rendezvous | 夏雪ランデブー (Completed)
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate | 恋と選挙とチョコレート (Dropped)
Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! | この中に1人、妹がいる! (Dropped)
Joshiraku | じょしらく (Completed)
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica | はぐれ勇者の鬼畜美学 (Dropped)
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. | だから僕は、Hができない。 (Dropped)
Campione! | カンピオーネ! (Dropped)
Sword Art Online | ソードアート・オンライン (Completed)
Kokoro Connect | ココロコネクト (Completed)
Oda Nobuna no Yabou | 織田信奈の野望 (Completed)
Ebiten: Kouritsu Ebisugawa Koukou Tenmonbu | えびてん 公立海老栖川高校天悶部 (Dropped)
Fall
Kyousogiga | 京騒戯画 (Completed)
Shin Sekai Yori | 新世界より (Watching)
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! | 中二病でも恋がしたい! (Completed)
BTOOOM! (Dropped)
K (Completed)
Zetsuen no Tempest | 絶園のテンペスト (Watching)
JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure the Animation | ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 (Watching)
CODE:BREAKER | コード:ブレイカー (Dropped)
Little Busters! | リトルバスターズ! (Watching)
Magi | マギ (Watching)
Girls und Panzer | ガールズ&パンツァー (Dropped)
PSYCHO-PASS | サイコパス (Watching)
ROBOTICS;NOTES (Watching)

「Visual Collection/Review」 Looper (2012)


















Looper (2012)

Directed by Rian Johnson
Produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern
Written by Rian Johnson
Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan. Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels
Music by Nathan Johnson
Cinematography by Steve Yedlin
Editing by Bob Ducsay
Studio FilmDistrict, Endgame Entertainment, DMG Entertainment
Distributed by TriStar Pictures, Alliance Films
Release date September 28, 2012 (United States)
Running time 118 minutes

Review:

If there is a textbook formula for a cult classic, I think Looper would be the textbook example of the phenomenon. The film’s already bold story set in a fraudulent society is just a compliment to the iconic regular bad-ass Joe, played by the prolific Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose performances in many works this year have been so spectacular that I will gladly detract myself from a semi-objective critic’s position to say, “Man, that guy is just awesome.” Looper protagonist, simply named Joe, does not give a fuck about things. He indulges in a life of crime, sex, and drugs. He is so absorbed in this noxious lifestyle and this conspicuity is only emphasized when the plot progresses to the point when his future self pays him a visit to affirm it. Even then, still, Joe does not give one fuck. He disregards what he himself, technically, considers the most meaningful thing in his life, the woman who took him away from his decadence, rehabilitated him, saved his life. It’s an apathy that transcends anything other than concern for himself, until our regular Joe comes to experience compassion for the first present time himself. And that’s life.
For films as stylistic as Looper, my main gripe has always been that they sacrifice the potential for a much more engrossing expanded plot. Looper isn’t an exception to this vexation, but I have to admit that it is the closest to. In what we can call the exposition, which consists of the first quarter or so of the film, the setting of Joe’s world and a glimpse of its social climate is established, alongside some terminology including “Loopers,” “closing your loop,” “TK,” and more. TK especially, which I assume stands for telekinesis, appealed to me. And as expected, it played a great part in the movie, employed quite brilliantly. (As that post sexual intercourse connection between Joe and Sara that to me, demonstrated the two could have been legitimate lovers had life been different. And then again to reveal the plot twist that the Rainmaker’s success of conquest in the future that nobody could comprehend was actually due to his transcended telekinesis. Most probably. Because honestly, even without his telekinesis, Cid seemed to fucking intelligent for a child of that age. In turn though, that acumen is probably connected to, or a result even of, his evolved telekinesis.) At this point, I feel Looper has already done a better job than most films at using story elements as more than just plot devices. Sticking specifically to the case of TK, yes, it was a well-employed story element that contributed to the thrill of the movie being satisfactory. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel myself wanting more out of what had already occurred. If I was to ask anyone what he or she thought would happen at the end of the movie, I would bet his or her answer would be, “He dies.” Maybe people would answer without suspicion that he kills himself (not considering the peculiarity that he exists doubly in the story) but they would still answer so. More so than that however, I wonder if writer Rian Johnson had scribed the story with this ending in mind from the beginning. Personally, I believe that that the style of the film is what beckons for Joe’s death mostly. Admittedly, it fits the theme of the movie. The lonesome protagonist with a macabre past rebels against the corrupt machinations of society until he finally finds his meaning in life and sacrifices his own to protect that meaning from the same corruption that tainted him. This is the plot of Looper. And quite honestly, there are only two things that detract it from other crime films of the same sort. One is the unique inclusion of time travel. This timely addition also added that hint of “mind-fuckage” in the same vein (but to a lesser degree) of movies like Inception. To put it in colloquial jargon and to quote a friend, “That shit was a big-ass mind fuck.” And I agree with my friend, the use of time travel in this story was pretty damn mind-fucking. How they represented Joe’s best friend Seth being murdered by his future self losing limb by limb and being unable to perform simple motor tasks such as pressing the accelerator of the car or even walking. It might just be the only form of censorship I’ve admired because the creativity of it was something worth marveling at. In a way, Seth’s future self’s deficiency to save himself was almost as disheartening to witness as his murder. (That might just be the most wrong thing I’ve typed…) So yeah, that’s the forward portrayal of me being impressed. But here comes the recliner. Surely Joe didn’t want to kill himself. As it was portrayed, it was the last resort. The end option once disaster could not be avoided. But in opposition to the bullet in the gun, I think the pen on the paper (or more appropriately, script) could have easily prevented this. –Insert respective argument about the author being able to present his own story here- To me, the potential for a more expansive and compelling story was readily present before the climax of the film. There were two controversies of social nature that I believe could have made for a more boldly enthralling sequence of events. With the complications of crime and time, (I’m so tempted to make a pun revolving around the expression “You do the crime, you do the time” right now.) Joe’s life was a heavy load on the mind, even for us viewers just watching it unfold. But when his future self makes his entrance, he brings with him even more formidably grave and anachronistic issues. And that is where shit gets even more real. (Seriously, in comparison to time travelling assassins, these issues are quite socially authentic and interpersonally relevant.) By the end of the film, Joe literally re-arranges the rest of his life, altering more than thirty of the debatably happiest years of his life. He never uses his stash of silver to move to China (or France). He never meets the love of (one of) his life (or lives). He never rehabilitates. He never settles down. And it’s interesting because it was part of his character to reject the happiness his future self explained before him. He ends up killing himself to protect another woman and essentially humanity. It’s arguable whether he saved the life of someone he fell in love with or not. But either way, the matter brings up the completely intriguing prospect of having a true love. Or something in that manner. In my opinion, it’s in the nature of stories like Looper to have the cold-hearted protagonist finally end his own suffering by finding love in some form. So, it’s also in my opinion that Looper could have been extraordinary bolder to explore that crevice that most stories leave the corpse of their protagonist just outside of. (And it sucks it didn’t because I was really hoping he ended up with his love in China. She seemed to sweet.) Joe and his anachronistic self may have been the same person, but through the course of the movie, they developed as different characters, even when facing the same predicament. While future Joe faced the distraught of killing then innocent children (at that point in his life, each child was innocent even if he grew up to be the Rainmaker) to preserve his blessed life with his lover, present Joe conversely dealt with the issue of killing an innocent child because he had the latency to enslave humanity and eventually does, under one version of circumstances. This is, to me, is a mind-fuckage beyond the mind-fuckage of time paradoxes. Sure, time paradoxes can have any person, genius or dim-witted, massaging the furrows in his or her forehead in pure confusion, but these matters that force the very moral fiber of a character’s being is what really makes you, the viewer, contemplate. Needless to say, (if you watched the movie) child actor Pierce Gagnon did a tremendous job at portraying the potential iniquity in Cid, future the Rainmaker. I nearly wanted to put a bullet in his head myself the first time he broke out in telekinetic insanity at his mother. Sara too was so terrified (for both her son and her own safety, I presume) that she had to abandon her attempt to assert a dominant mother role and flee to another room in which she took refuge in a safe, quite obviously kept for just these kinds of outbreaks. In that sense, it’s completely understandable when Joe has the outright intention to put a bullet through Cid’s head when he realizes (and witnesses the likely chaos of when) the child grows up to become the Rainmaker. Ultimately, Joe sees the other side of the loop and believes Cid can use his ability for good (or just not for evil is good enough really) through proper parental nourishment. Similarly to the true love prospect, I see an equally bright prospect here. There’s so many connections and interweavings here. Joe realizes that Cid is the same kind of victim as him, one who lacked the love of a mother. So he gambles the fate of humanity that a mother can stop a dictator. There are so many reasons why this is a ridiculous gamble, but it’s completely in his character to take it. Joe had been a part of crime and murder for the prime of his life. He let his best friend die to preserve his saving of silver. He never experienced the capabilities of motherly love because he never had a mother. But in the end, he puts his money and life on the line believing in it. From my personal knowing, plenty of mothers fail at raising a child under just normal circumstances. (But there’s so much room for debate about what makes a successful mother and what normal familial circumstances are, really) The matter of killing or raising a child of inexplicably lethal telekinetic powers is one that could leave the Supreme Court Justices in an unyielding loop of debate. But when the matter is decided upon emotion as opposed to judicial practicality, that’s when things are much more engaging. And that is my best description of what I wanted more from Looper. A proper analytic predicament devoid of a way out in the form of suicide. Something that could really make something out of Joe. Something that could make Joe more than a regular Joe.

Rating: 8.8/10

*If I seem unimpressed by the movie, that’s not the case at all. I actually consider it one of the best movies I’ve watched this year albeit I can’t vouch that I’ve watched many movies of this year.

Different Origins of Fervor

A year or two ago, I once said to a friend of mine, “I don’t want the most work I’ve put into something to be for something I was assigned by someone else.” This, of course, was in reference to the life-style of academia. At the time, this was just a high-schooler’s faint disappointment of “Man, I can’t believe the first all-nighter I pulled in my life was just to do homework. How lame.” and other things of that sort. But I have to say that these past three semesters in university have without doubt made this a prominent matter to consider. I mean, what was just a little disappointment has now turned into pretty severe sleep deprivation, depression, and even some spontaneous physical conditions which have given me a lingering concern for my own health.

After a decent amount of consideration with this in mind, I’ve decided to reenact, hours and hours and days and days of sleep deprivation. Not for school but for myself. I’ve been influenced by a many amount of inspirational people in my life, and something I’ve discovered common in them is their grasp on the necessity of sleep. (This is also something I’d like to dedicate an entire blog post to, concerning what is sleep and the way people I adore prioritize it.) So, I can’t help but consider the prospect of “Passion that supersedes the tendency of rest” as nothing short of, as a respect-worthy One Piece character would say, A MAN’S ROMANCE!

Christmas Break is finally upon me and I am already loving every moment of it. I’ve yearned for it so much these past weeks, dead week especially. Well, now, now finals are over and what I have to accomplish before me are my own ambitions. (No ill-meaning intended to the pursuit of knowledge.) And oh boy, are there a lot of them for the next 5 weeks. Ones that I (and hopefully, we,) can truly have fun with. When I was younger, I was home alone a lot. But being the resourceful (or would you say pathetic) boy I was, I created company in the form of, well, simply leaving the television on. Let’s neglect the electricity bill and say this was a good and smart thing. Say what you want, but with cable access, that television was as human as anybody. It held conversations, feelings, and actions of multiple people! Well, years later and here I am, still proud to clickity-clack that television on when I’m alone even if I don’t plan to watch it attentively. It’s a better atmosphere. Period. One thing, however, has changed. We have better technology. And alongside television, my friend live-streaming is here to consort me. Now I don’t know if there’s anybody out there as lonely as me and enough to just leave a livestream open in the side-window, background, whatever just to have that ambiance. But hell, I’m willing to bet. The world can be an oh-so-lonely place. Even Christmas time can be a dark period. If I, or the radiation from a livestream window open on your monitor, can be the light in your loneliness, I will gladly extend that company to you.

As such, I would like to officially announce that starting today,

Saturday, December 15th, until the New Year, I will be live-streaming/life-casting

my activities at home. (Nonstop, not including of any sudden technical difficulties.) My eagerness to create my own stream channel was heightened during finals week (It’s not like I was watching people stream games all night instead of studying or anything…!) and this morning I’ve finally settled the technicalities of doing so. Of course, I’ll be outside a lot during this break, (maybe even for the majority of the time) but I’ll be leaving the stream active hopefully with entertaining company for any possible viewers. Additionally, while I am stationed here in my signature computer omega-sector, you can expect streams of:

  • Games: Heroes of Newerth, Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second (OBT starts December 27th), etc.
  • Anime, television shows, and movies (Audio only most likely)
  • Drawing with tablet
  • Music
  • Nose-picking
  • Stupid Skype conversations with stupid friends
  • Etc. (Suggestions welcomed in the chat and whatnot)

I’m still at a crossroads regarding what service to use, but between ustream and livestream, I believe I’ll be siding with the latter because of its more general life-casting orientation as well as lighter frequency of ads. If anything, links to both are provided below:

http://www.livestream.com/l3reezer

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/breezy-life1

So that’s that. Although I plan to publish plenty of blog post drafts on this page before the year ends, I still want to say, even if break just barely start:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Have a great holiday season! Here’s to passion!

tl;dr – Boy becomes concerned about health problems from staying up all night studying instead of sleeping, resolves to staying up all night playing games instead of sleeping