Words and Emotions and Music

April 23, 2015 § 1 Comment

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When Reina Kousaka needs to express her emotions, she plays her trumpet. When that doesn’t work, she screams.

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Scattered Thoughts on Nagato Yuki-chan and Constructing Fanservice

April 7, 2015 § 4 Comments

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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan begins peacefully.

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Not So Plastic Memories

April 4, 2015 § 5 Comments

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“Sometimes, I think my students believe that I eat and sleep in the school, never leaving.”

-my mother, on being a teacher

There is likely no other profession that exemplifies the difficulty of seeing another person beyond their career, or role in society, than teaching. My mother often jokes about this, well aware that her students don’t see her as a person, with a life outside of the classroom’s four walls. The one time I visited her, she said, was the first time that any of her students began to see her as a person who teaches, rather than simply their teacher.

We all do this, even with our own family members.

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Finding Cinderella in The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls

April 2, 2015 § 5 Comments

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“In the arms of my love I am flying

Over mountain and meadow and glen

And I like it so well that for all I can tell

I may never come down again.

I may never come down to Earth again.”

-From “Ten Minutes Ago,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

But come down to Earth we shall. After all, how well can you possibly know someone after only ten minutes?

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On Beginnings, Endings, and Yuri Kuma Arashi

March 31, 2015 § 5 Comments

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“You really don’t know what happened, do you? It doesn’t matter. By all means, stay in this cozy coffin of yours and continue to play prince.”

-Anthy Himemiya to Akio Ohtori, Revolutionary Girl Utena, episode 39

Each Kunihiko Ikuhara series begins with a system, and the system always remains, even at the series’ end.

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