kiri desu

In the blink of an eye, Sanrio Boys Episode 4 was released and appeared in my Crunchyroll today, while I was reeling from watching Pop Team Epic Episode 1. I feel like that episode drained my life force by half, so I needed something rejuvenating, and Sanrio Boys has a good track record with me… so far.

I can’t say that this particular episode was one of my favourites however, although it’s not necessarily the fault of the writing or pacing. People that can’t seem to work with others simply get on my nerves.

Spoiler Alert, the ‘pivotal moment’ in this particular episode just didn’t mesh with me. He was scared of losing people, so he pushed them away? ‘Kitty-san’ was the one constant thing he had, so he tried to throw her away? Stop joking with me.

In a broader sense, I think I didn’t like this episode because I tend not to like tsundere characters as they’re too similar to myself.. ironically. I’m not similar in all senses, in that I’m very much a team player (or I try to be, maybe too much), and instead of pushing people away I tend to cling to them like superglue, but being unintentionally cold to people I like… that’s pretty spot on.

It’s been announced for a while now but just before the weekend, Uta no Prince-sama Shining Live was finally released in English globally. What a treat to actually be able to download and play a game without needing to switch Google Play regions?! (Then waiting several hours for the actual game data to be downloaded…)

I don’t know what my track record with these kinds of series is… I remember watching Uta no Prince-sama back when it was first released and not a terribly popular thing (in English countries?). It was enjoyable but not necessarily earth shattering.

Fast forward a little while, and suddenly the people I knew who had not paid too much attention to the series when it first released were obsessed with it, and it was a huge hit and global sensation.

I did check out the Japanese version of Shining Live, but had trouble really giving it much attention and becoming committed to it. The English release just lowered that barrier to entry, as the English requires much less effort on my part to understand what’s going on. (It probably would be a good opportunity to practice some Japanese, but at the end of the day… I know I’m lazy.)

Although I’ve been fairly ambivalent about music coming out of these kinds of shows so far (and a lot of the time even ‘character songs’ from various anime series), while playing the game I have discovered several songs I like.

Music produced due to anime, at least usually at first, tends to have an ‘unpolished’ quality - how I feel about most of the early KHR character songs, and some of the SKET Dance seiyuu-created songs. But the longer the series runs, and the more money eventually invested in it, the better it tends to become. Without any further ado, these are the songs I’m enjoying so far:

  • Dream More Than Love (by Kurosaki Ranmaru (Suzuki Tatsuhisa), Hijirikawa Masato (Suzumura Kenichi), and Jinguji Ren (Suwabe Junichi))
  • NorthWind and SunShine (by Camus (Maeno Tomoaki) and Aijima Cecil (Toriumi Kousuke))
  • Mugen no Trinity (by Ichinose Tokiya (Miyano Mamoru), Jinguji Ren (Suwabe Junichi), and Kurusu Syo (Shimono Hiro))
  • Kishi no Kiss wa Yuki yori Yasashiku (by Hijirikawa Masato (Suzumura Kenichi))
  • Akuma no Kiss wa Honoo yori Hageshiku (by Jinguji Ren (Suwabe Junichi))

One thing I’ve learned is despite the fact I may not like the character in the slightest, it doesn’t mean that I may not like their songs. So no prejudice is good, I suppose?

It’s no secret to anyone I know (though it may just never come up in casual conversation) that I am a fan of yaoi, and sometimes one just needs to read a lovey dovey story late at night to feel satisfied with ending one’s day. But in a sea of terrible yaoi, sometimes one can pick out some gems.

One such gems is a single volume yaoi called Kimiiro Eden by Aomoto Sari, which I just came across randomly. Putting aside the shame that there are so many amazing stories that will never be licensed in English, this manga had some interesting themes that made me stop and wonder…

It’s amazing that these people are able to find each other. In a world where heterosexuality is the norm, you need a great deal of courage not only to accept yourself and reveal to others that you may be homosexual, but also to be ready for the judgement that comes with that. If that itself weren’t enough, how do you even go about looking for a partner when you can’t assume that someone that you’re interested in may have the slightest chance of being interested in you?

Not that you should ever assume that everyone is heterosexual, but… isn’t that what we normally assume without even thinking about it? (I hate that normality is apparently like this, but it does seem to be.)

With this in mind, I feel like we should celebrate people that do find love even more when they have to navigate and battle in this endless minefield. I know homosexual people aren’t looking to be singled out, they just want ‘normality’ like the rest of us… but honestly, hats off to you all for putting up with the rest of us.

I am the bone of my blog
Code is my body and words are my blood
I have created over a thousand blog posts.
Unknown to Death,
Nor known to Life.
Have withstood pain to organise many tags
Yet, those hands will never hold anything
So as I pray, Unlimited Blog Updates!

I’d like to think of this as the ‘Emiya Alter’ version of my blog. Wait, does that mean I now have to make the background black, and everything else gold…?

( Source: Unlimited Blade Works )

I watched the episode in the title today, and in truth I watched Sanrio Boys Episodes 1 and 2 at the same time, which is why there aren’t any posts for them. It’s nice to have something to do while mindlessly grinding Fate/Grand Order, and Crunchyroll delivered.

I’m quite liking this series so far, it’s not all just fluff and it actually deals with some interesting themes of masculinity. Admittedly, something which I don’t really understand as I’ve always thought it was fine for guys to like cute things, cry or do whatever they want/need to. I can’t say I was massively surprised by anything that has happened so far though - it was fairly predictable.

Overall the animation is decent, the characters are likeable and it strikes a good balance between the comedy and the ‘heavier’ themes. It doesn’t frustrate me as much as a lot of anime does nowadays, so that’s saying a lot in my opinion.

Which Sanrio character do I like the most? I’m inclined to go with Pompompurin, but My Melody is also very cute. Choices, choices.