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.
I’m a little late to the party seeing that it was released on Steam in December 2016 but I look forward to finishing the game during the long weekend next week.
But really, it has been a long wait. Especially with the awkward cliffhanger ending of Episode 2, which led me to believe that the story wasn’t meant to be told episodically. Just as it was getting good it ended. The score on a rising high, the plot twists revealed, the protagonist just about to take action, and it just ends.
Now that all three episodes are out, and though I haven’t played the third and last episode, I think I can safely recommend WEE to anyone who wants to give the story a shot.
For an introduction to the story of World End Economica, I think I briefly wrote my thoughts on episode one here.
Last weekend I was at a department store in Tokyo, and since Valentine’s Day is coming up, the confectionary section was packed with candy makers hawking limited-edition chocolates for the romantic holiday. As I looked at all the sweetness on display, though, something struck me.
In Japan, women give chocolate to the special guy in their life, but the aesthetics are still entirely feminine. I saw dozens of candies shaped like hearts, ribbons, and even teddy bears and other cute woodland animals.
While the craftsmanship was impressive, none of the designs were the sort of things men actually want for themselves, especially when they could have these awesome Final Fantasy chocolates instead.