A Quick Note

Wow. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to come back here and actually take more then a peek, but here I am.

This is going to be a quick note, as I have things to care of (don’t I always?). Long story short, I intend to make a concerted effort to keep this blog going — now that I am more or less forced to leave my comfort zone. Now, that sounds as though I am being awfully constrained to do this, but it’s not that really.

I did a lot of thinking lately and came up with a couple of uncomfortable conclusions about the direction in which my life is going. So, I finally decided that — regardless of where life takes me — I am going to take the time to do something that I actually enjoy. This, of course, includes writing about subjects that keep me stoked: anime shows, movies, absurd topics, occasional rants, books, food (shhh…), famous and not-so-famous folks, a few tangential posts about my work, etc.

So keep your hats on, folks, and let’s keep things moving along. TTFN!

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The Race vs. Tortoise Race

That much-talked-about race about a tortoise and a rabbit (hare)? This is how it looks, in modern-day terms:

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LOL!

So don’t worry about your glacial and plodding pace. You’ll get to where you’re going… eventually (assuming you don’t get distracted along the way).

My favorite Stephen Colbert-Jon Stewart clip

I must have watched this Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS) clip about 30 times already but I still can’t get enough of it. LOL!

Jon Stewart is seemingly a teeny bit rusty here, but it just adds to the total impact of the clip. And, of course, nobody does it better with Jon Stewart than his ol’ buddy Stephen Colbert.

And the topic? Take a wild guess. It’s just priceless, with punch lines raining all over the place and the audience reaction is the perfect icing for this particular cake.

Enjoy, folks.

Flying Witch — Slowly Taking to the Skies

In contrast to the past season (which only managed to produce a few watchable shows, including the indelibly gripping Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi), there seems to be a fair number of promising anime shows this time around.

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Makoto, the Flying Witch

This early, I have already marked a few titles that I would happily watch until the last episode — Anne Happy, Bungou Stray Dogs, Kuma Miko, Kuromukuro, Shounen Maid — and then, there is Flying Witch (JC Staff).


 
If, like me, you harbor fond thoughts of that Hayao Miyazaki classic, Kiki’s Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli), you will most likely be partial to Flying Witch, too. In fact, after the first 5 minutes I was practically seeing Makoto (the titular witch of this series) as a slightly older version of Kiki, because they share so many similarities — both of them are budding witches-in-training and have to leave their homes in order to become full-fledged members of their order, both have black hair, and both have black cats as their familiar.

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Makoto and her familiar, Chito

This slice-of-life series moves at a slow, meandering pace, but it is served well by its gentle humor, quirky characters (Makoto’s ditziness and horrible sense of direction make her even more irresistibly charming), and gorgeous artwork.

There are a couple of shows that I am still keeping my eye on — Mayoiga and Haifuri. It’s still 50:50 for me at this stage, although I am already strongly tempted to write them off.

They seemed to be okay at first, but I am slowly edging away from them for a couple of reasons. In Mayoiga‘s case, despite a promising start, I immediately got turned off by its cast of characters, who seem to be a bunch of much-parodied standard over-the-top cliche characters, it’s almost like being hit in the head every time you hear them spout stale lines. As for Haifuri, the premise of tasking a bunch of schoolgirls to handle warships and make command decisions with minimal training — and still manage look cute and girly while doing it — is just too much of a stretch, even for me.