Category: Anime

Making Amends with Gundam SEED Destiny

HondaiMood: grateful
Listening to: I Wanna Go to A PLace – Rie Fu
Playing: Nier Automata
Craving: KBBQ
Watching: Gundam SEED & Destiny

10 years ago I fell in love with Gundam SEED. In the past week, I re-watched it for the 5th time and I am still in love it. But when it comes it’s sequel, Gundam SEED Destiny, I feel kinda iffy about it. I don’t remember the details of the story all too well, but what I do remember clearly is the fact that I hated it. I hated it so much that I gave it a rating of 6 on MyAnimeList, which is a score I tend to give shows that I want to love but I just can’t. Of course I remember exactly why I hated it: 1. teared apart AsuCaga 2. Shinn is annoying 3. Kira and Lacus wut? I don’t think I ever re-watched Destiny after the first time finishing it. So the moment I finished re-watching SEED, I thought to myself, maybe this time around I’ll give Destiny another go. I can tell you now that I do not regret that decision.

I revisited Destiny with the goal of trying to see Shinn in a new light. On top of seeing Shinn in a new light, I was able to see all the other characters in a new light as well. I come to appreciate what the director did with the characters in Destiny. While re-watching Destiny, I remembered the real reason I hated it. It wasn’t Shinn, it was Athrun. Athrun is hands down my most favorite Anime character of all time (for god who knows what reason) and I felt as if Destiny ruined him.

I just had my quarterly review with my supervisor at work and she asked me, “how do you see yourself 5 years from now”. I answered frankly, “I don’t know what I want to do, but all I know is that I want to be at a better place than where I am now”. I know what I want but I don’t know how to get it. Which is funny because Athrun came to mind. Unlike Kira & Lacus who knew exactly what they want and how they’ll proceed, Athrun was lost throughout Destiny. He told Kira how he’s been searching for an answer but he still can’t find one which, little did I realize, was the fundamental reason for everything Athrun decided to do in Destiny. I don’t know why I couldn’t understand that when I was 15. He made all the wrong decisions but I’m okay with it now. He was only 18. Heck I’m 25 and I still don’t know what I want to do.

「まず決める。そしてやり通す。それが何かを成す時の唯一の方法ですわ、 きっと。」―ラクス・クライン

I fell in love Lacus Clyne this time around. At first I didn’t care for her much, I guess it’s because she seemed overly perfect it felt artificial. Now I see through that. She just doesn’t express as obviously as Cagalli does. Also, the little moments between her and Kira is really cute. The two of them make a great couple.

I was also able to make amends with the fact that Athrun and Cagalli were not together at the end of Destiny. The moment Athrun said 「いいんだ、今はこれで。焦らなくていい、夢は同じだ。」I got so upset the first time. I felt as if Athrun gave up on Cagalli or like.. they completely fell apart. Now, I think the both of them made the right decision to put their romantic relationship aside to focus on more important things: Cagalli running Orb and Athrun obtaining trust, status and power within Orb. That way he can be an influential figure under his own name. Otherwise, if he were to shadow Cagalli around like he did at the beginning of the season, the most he could do would be through Cagalli. At the end of the day, what difference would that make? Plus, even though they aren’t together it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. It’s definitely a more mature/realistic approach of their relationship, I like it.

I think Athrun regained his cool after all that. Even though it still seems like he hasn’t found a clear answer, I think it’s okay. Athrun is not perfect but I still love him. I can finally die in peace knowing that the sequel of my most favorite anime of all time was not bad like I remembered to be.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

HondaiMood: Impressed
Listening to: そのまま – SMAP
Playing: Osu!
Craving: Pu Erh Tea
Watching: Howl’s Moving Castle

I’ve been on a spree on catching up with SMAP member content (drama, smasma ep, etc) and here’s one, Miyazaki’s 2004 film, Howl’s Moving Castle. I’m personally not a huge fan of Miyazaki films. I enjoy them and I think they’re intriguing but it’s not something I would put on my favorite list.

Well anyways, the reason why Howl’s Moving Castle has anything to do with SMAP is because Kimura Takuya voices Howl. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from him as a voie actor. I thought that at most he is able to provide a unique voice that suits some characters but I was wrong. Howl is depicted as a ‘prince like’ gentlemen who loves beautiful things but Kimura himself does not really have that image: he’s more of the badboy type. So if I didn’t know that Kimura voiced howl, I would have taken me awhile to notice. I think he did a great job adjusting his tone to match Howl’s character.

Now as for Howl’s Moving Castle as a movie… hmmm questionable. It was interesting but the plot seems messy. [spoiler alert] It was all good build up until the point where Sophie runs into the witch at the palace. To me, the direction of the movie seemed like they’re now going to try to either elope or fight for Howl’s freedom. Instead, after they relocated their home, Howl goes back to fight in the war for the kingdom. It’s as if nothing changed… literally. Although the ending did resolved Howl’s curse he casted upon himself but it doesn’t answer any questions. What was the war about? Is the war over? How about Sophie’s damn curse? like, wat. [end of spoilers]

I’ll probably rate Howl’s Moving Castle as average. It could be better. Chances of me re-watching it for the story is low. Though, I do think Kimura did an amazing job as a seiyuu and now that he’s free from SMAP activities (cries), I hope he’ll look more into it. A fortune teller once told him that the busiest time of his life is going to be between 74-82 years old (LOL) so maybe that is a sign he’ll be in the voice acting industry? I cannot imagine someone that old having an acting project to keep then that busy. hah

The Time Traveler

So recently there has been several Animes in the scene with my favorite Genre: time travel! There’s just something very intriguing about having the time slip situation that I find hilarious.

The most popular time travel anime as of recent is Boku Dake. Many people say they didn’t like it because the ending was bad, or there weren’t any mind-blowing plot twists (eg. the people who comment “IT WAS SO OBVIOUS WHO IT WAS”), I was fine with the way it was. It was very, very well directed and easily found it’s place into the classics.

Another Anime would be RE:Life. Ah, you might argue “there’s no time traveling in RE:Life ):<“.. yes, yes, I know that, but the main character gets to relive his high school experience. That gives the same humor as a time travel situation would. RE:Life is yet another show that is fairly simple yet elegant in my opinion.

Last Anime I wanted to talk about is Orange! Orange is still running this season so I can’t say much about it but so far I like it. Yet again, this one isn’t exactly “time traveling” but the girl receives a letter from her future self so, there is that part of it.

I really like this genre but I really hope I don’t get over dosed. Too much of something good is bad 🙁

Code Geass

HondaiMood: -speechless-
Listening to: Nobody – Amuro Namie
Eating: Just ate dinner!
Reading: Public Speak textbook
Working on: –
Browsing: –
Watching: Code Geass R2

Ahhh~ Yet another anime left me speechless at the end. Watching Anime with Ampy sure is the best thing ever. 🙂 Well, you probably guess by now that the anime I finished is Code Geass R2. So if some of you haven’t watch the whole thing yet, and hate spoilers, I don’t recommend you to read this entry O__O

After finishing the first season, I still didn’t understand why Lelouch was #1 was 2007 list. I didn’t understand how he could beat Kira or Athrun. But when the 2nd season came, I started to understand. Finall the last episode, it was like “uhhh I see He deserved that spot, that honorable guy….”

But don’t you think so too? I think Lelouch’s choice in the end was the right thing to do. Both Suzaku and Lelouch didn’t get what they “personally wanted” but they got what they did wanted. A world without lies would be even uglier than how the world is now. It made me remember one thing, if I never go through painful things, I’ll never know what it’s like to be truly happy.

Well, the ending almost made me cry both for Nunnally, Lelouch and Suzaku. >_< Like Tsuki said to me the other day “The ending was ———- epic” O___O Hahaha. Well time for my favorite thing to do! Favorite characters from the series!!!

1. Lelouch Lamperouge
2. Suzaku Kururugi
3. Rolo Lamperouge
4. Cornelia li Britannia
5. Shirley Fenette

I can’t pick who I like better between Suzaku or Lelouch. Even though I thought Suzaku was ‘kinda annoying’through out most of the season, I couldn’t hate him. But right after he got punch in the face by Kallen, I was like “OH YES!” and since then he wasn’t annoying anymore. lol

Well, >_< work tomorrow. AH! I need to stop being to relax and start going back to be serious about things before I become a slacker again. Good night!

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