Here is a quickly put-together post looking back on 2017 and how I’ve been trying to actually live my life.
Starting off with the still amazing movie Kimi no na wa / Your name by Makoto Shinkai. If I’m not mistaken, the first post I made in 2017 was about this movie. I still remember sitting in my seat whispering to myself ‘wow’ in the opening minutes of the movie. The artwork, the music. All of it was hauntingly beautiful as the meteor streaked across the sky, broke the clouds and separated into smaller fragments.
The starting minutes of this movie alone was worth the ticket price of entry, in my opinion. Then it went beyond with natural humour that got everyone laughing. The small jealousy I felt at Taki’s and Mitsuha’s desperation and their relationship.
I remember this. It’s not just another blank, faceless, hazy day out of the 365 days you get in a year. That’s what I call living. Moments memorable enough to form lasting memories. They don’t happen everyday, but should at least be peppered around.
Other movies I watched include Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel Presage flower I, or some super convoluted name like that, Murder on the Orient Express, Bladerunner 2049, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I also planned to make a post on Fate and Star Wars but just couldn’t muster the words for them. My thoughts on them have only been expressed as a jumble of words in one of my Field Notes.
World End Economica: Episode 3 is something that I actually haven’t played. It has been something I’ve just been putting off again and again. And, I think it might be symptomatic of something else.
Dysfunctional Systems came back to life! I’ve actually played like all 2 hours of the orientation week, which Dischan released. I remember actually thinking about what a waste that the Kickstarter failed and actually googled Dischan to see what happened to it, the site was down.
Lo and behold, I got word the very next week that it was alive again. This deserves a post. It’s still in my drafts. I’ve been procrastinating. But I’m glad its back, I’m really interested to see what kind of world Winter is in.
Moving on from visual novels to anime, I think this was my Saekano year too. Watched the first season only to have the second one released a short while later. I think Eriri, the character I like the least (not actually dislike) had the best and most weighty scenes in season 2. I really felt for her. The person she loved was like her anti-muse. Someone who’d allow her potential to stagnate.
I mentioned earlier about not having played WEE: episode 3 and how it might be symptomatic of something else?
Well, Re:Creators is perhaps the anime that signaled it the strongest to me. My tastes, appetite or just patience for anime was changing. Or wearing thin. Or something. I didn’t finish Re;Creators. I didn’t finish a lot of anime. I would start something and just not finish it. It started feeling a little like a chore.
I started watching genres I didn’t normally veer to.
Enter Net-juu no susume / Recovery of an MMO junkie. A freaking gem of an anime. Morioka is cute and totally relatable for some reason. The setting and the cast are just adorable to watch. I need to write a post on this. ASAP. Have to stop procrastinating. Have to finish the season. I can’t bear to see the end of this anime. Was devastated to hear it would only have 10 episodes instead of 12, or 24, or a hundred.
Speaking of major procrastinating, I’ve yet to make a post on my Japan trip in 2016. And having just returned from Taiwan a couple of days ago, I probably want to make a post on that too. Man, even in my blog and journals I’m hopelessly behind.
A random insert is the #ilyagirlcontest on instagram with fans of Ilya Kuvshinov’s works cosplaying his characters. Here are a few of the absolutely amazing entries. I must admit, I might have had small Instagram crushes after having seen some of these entries. Kathrin / rin_cosplay looked just unreal to me when I saw her entry, like this person is real!?
This was also my first year of subscribing to J.novel club for the weekly updates of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. I’m a huge fan of this series and have even gone ahead to buy the books to show support. This is a huge thing for me as I have previously always avoided subscription services, and anime-ish hardcopy books.
Honestly, if it weren’t for Grimgar, I might not have subscribed. But J.novel has other gems in their roster.
If it’s for my daughter, I’d even defeat a Demon Lord. Don’t let the title scare you away, it’s an absolutely cute and fluffy little novel about the relationship between the adventurer Dale and Latina, a devil-girl he rescues. Latina is cute. The story is worth reading into.
The roster also has other amazing titles like Infinite Dendrogram (which is great but had god-awful cliffhangers with story arcs spanning two volumes and cutting in the middle of action), Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension (I was surprised by how much I liked this), Bluesteel Blasphemer (sort of a filler for me, but the ending sucked and felt like a rush-job), and How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom.
Speaking of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, I just read volume four which I felt an incredibly apt way to end this post.
Wishing everyone the best of health and that they’ll be with their friends and loved ones for the year to come. For it is with them that this year will be a good one.