The clock is ticking

Took a leave Tuesday last week, and I will be back at work this Saturday. So far nothing productive has been done, but I’ve taken my sweet time on sleeping, reading, watching, eating. Rinse, repeat. Nothing beats doing things without the rush.

My goodness! I was sucked in a black hole more popularly known as Reddit. Spent countless hours reading articles and following different subreddits.

Also spent a lot of time reading blogs and watching videos about my newest obsession: fountain pens. It’s a vicious cycle. And I’m not even regretting it.

Met up with my high school/college friends on Friday, because I haven’t seen them for years. It was a good reunion–and highly addictive at that. We wanted to meet again and go to oh-so-many-places; we promised to meet at least once a month. One is already a mother, one we weren’t able to reach (and if we did, it seems like the husband is a strict one and might not let her go out for too long–what the actual fuck is this the Spanish Era or Middle Ages or something), while the other two (and me) have schedules that are wildly irreconcilable, so the next meeting will be a challenge. Let’s hope for the best.

I’m still 4 episodes left from finishing NGE, and depending on its Gainax Ending (tried my very best not to look at that hyperlinked page to avoid spoilers) and my reaction to it, I might watch the other offerings of the franchise, just to understand the gist of the story. I’ve heard that the ending is a little fucked up so I’m just bracing myself for the worst. Lol.

After NGE, there are still a lot of series waiting: Utopia Season 2, Black Mirror, Gundam Wing. I’m also reading a book. And my mother wants to go out on Wednesday (of course how can I say no?) Sheeeeeesh.

My personal planner has been languishing in my makeshift desk. I haven’t touched it since I arrived last week. Can’t personalize it as much as I wanted to: my order of a new fountain pen + cartridges + washi tapes haven’t arrived yet. It’s been three days. I’m running out of patience. If it happens that I  have to pick up my order on the nearest branch (of the delivery company they used), I might never buy on that online store again (my fingers are crossed).

Only 4 days left before I go back to work, will I have enough time for all of these things? Let’s see. :-/

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Memories of 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, or the Gospel of A New Century – part 2

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Are you mocking me? Do you realize the intensity of headaches you gave me while watching this at 4:00 in the morning?!

“This is what an anime should be,” that’s what I thought while I was watching the first few episodes of NGE (22 to be exact, in two sittings). Oh boooy, so good. I’m totally relishing those beautifully drawn and animated scenes, the astounding level of detail, heck, I was shivering from so much excitement though my face looked so deadpan while watching it (must. act. adult). No episode was boring for me. Every episode had my panties in a knot and and my breath on hold. Can’t even blink, damn it.

The story is so ingenious. Though you might be dissing on the last two episodes, you cannot deny that this is an absolute work of art. The  story, the pacing, the concept, the characters, they’re flawless. It’s a novel concept unheard during its time. Though the anime left me with so many questions (which I have to watch the rest of the installments for hope of understanding the ending, or maybe I’ll never will), I can truly say that I was satisfied overall.

That last 2 episodes eerily reminded me of ErgoProxy, another anime that left me stumped on my seat after (I still didn’t understand its ending until now, to be honest, and I’ve watched it like 4 years ago).

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Memories of 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, or the Gospel of A New Century – part 1

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I think you already know what I’m referring to.

Never knew that it was the literal translation of Shin Seiki Evangerion, more popularly known as Neon Genesis Evangelion. I checked it while typing this review, and it dawned on me that the literal translation makes more sense to me, and definitely in tune with the religious and pyschological elements it purportedly incorporates into the anime.

I am not ashamed to say that this was the first time that I’ll be seeing this anime ever since it was released in 1995. It arrived in our country, dubbed in our native language, in 1998. I was a third grader then. I still have the hangover from Magic Knight Rayearth, I love it to fucking bits, and after the initial airing, it had a single round of replay for both first and second season when they decided to pull the plug on it, and replaced it with NGE. I was furious. Totally furious. And I decided to ignore the anime well enough until now.

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[Half-assed summary] Thank You My God

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Title: Thank You My God

Mangaka: Hideki Kawai

Complete: Yes || Chapters: 6 (+ extra)

Genre: Yaoi

Nico ran away from home, leaving his mother and younger brother Will. After suffering from hardships and even almost dying, he eventually settled in a small town in Brazil, but not without the help of some kind people there. Three years after, Will suddenly appeared on his doorstep, convincing him to come back home. He refuses, and won’t tell Will the reason why. 

This manga was a tad dramatic, but good thing it ended nicely. I was expecting some sort of incest-y story, but boy I was wrong. So wrong. And it was good.

Nope, this is not a religious story. If it was I wouldn’t have included it here.

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[Half-assed summary] Ani no Hanashi

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Title: Ani no Hanashi

Mangaka: Ike Reibun

Complete: Yes || Chapters: 3

Genre: Shounen-ai

Fumitaka looks up to his older brother Takahiro: he’s an obedient son, taking care of him and their sickly grandmother while their mother works as a nurse. He’s also good at soccer, and manages to get good grades to boot. Little did he know that his brother has a secret he doesn’t want anyone to know.

This manga is close to my heart; it’s kinda rare to read stuff like this. And I am a fan of Ike Reibun’s totally hot scenes, manly men and very detailed and breathtaking art. Though you won’t read any smexy scenes in this story, but what the heck.

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[Half-assed review] No. 6, the novel

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The cover for the first volume. (Source)

Name: No. 6

Volumes: 9

Author: Atsuko Asano

Officially translated in any other language? No 😦

 

You called me, and I listened. I reached out, and you caught my arm. I opened the window so I could meet you.

That’s our truth, Nezumi.

 

At long last, I am done! After three weeks of reading the novel during my lunch breaks or before napping in the office, I have finished No. 6, the novel!! *evil laugh in the background*

I watched the anime first (I think last year?) and until now it’s stuck on my mind. After watching the anime, I immediately read the manga (as in right after watching it). Now I am fulfilling my (long overdue) promise: to make a review of the novels.

I have reviewed the anime and manga versions previously. You can read them here if you’re interested: link

This review/blabber is going to be long. Sorry not sorry.

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Eternal Summer

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Or more likely, eternal suffer(ing). From all the feels the show gave me.

Two years after Free! Eternal Summer aired, I finally able to finish watching it. In one sitting. Yep. I was too late in the swimming game.

Tbh I have watched it a couple of months after it ended, but I somehow never got around in finishing it. I still have this habit of waiting for a series to end before I could watch it, because I prefer doing it in one (or two) sittings. Just like when I watched Monster for one whole week during my birthday, eagerly anticipating whether Kenzo Tenma will actually kill Johan Liebert or not. Yes, I spent my birthday week off work to watch an anime. Yes, I am a boring person.

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