[Four] The meta opulence of Violet Evergarden — Violet Evergarden

I like pretty things.

This isn’t a confession or revelation or even a caveat to couch my words. It’s just a statement to preface talking about Violet Evergarden, since I’m still unsure as to how much I actually enjoyed the series. In some moments, I think back on how pretty it was. In other moments I think of narrative gaps and melodrama. If I’m comparing Kyoto Animation series of 2018, Tsurune has already been more emotionally resonant than Violet Evergarden ever was, and it’s not even finished yet with a few production issues.

I was never invested in Violet herself — which is probably why the episodes dedicated to her backstory seemed so sluggish and boring — but I loved the stories of the people she helped, either directly or indirectly, through letter-writing. This series was a test of how much I value aesthetics and animation even when the central storyline doesn’t interest me personally.

The visual opulence and melodramatic vignettes of Violet Evergarden — the meta of the production itself — are resonant with the Victorian-era trappings in which the series revels. This, above all else, is what kept me watching week after week.



[Five] Hope and Darkness — A Place Further Than the Universe

In my most chuunibyou moments of college, I clung to quick phrases and quotes from a variety of media that I consumed at the time. One of these series was Grey’s Anatomy, which I watched with my suite-mates and friends as a fun exercise in procrastinating rather than doing the mountain of homework we had saved up for that Sunday evening. I don’t think Meredith Grey’s “But as human beings, sometimes it’s better to stay in the dark, because in the dark there may be fear, but there’s also hope” is as profound as I initially thought when I was much younger, but there’s a lot of raw honesty and nuance to this statement.

Sometimes, we keep ourselves in the dark because, deep down, we are aware of an awful truth and unwilling or unready to accept it.


[Six] Time flies like an arrow — Tsurune

Fruit flies like a banana.

This erstwhile saying is a linguistics staple for demonstrating syntactic ambiguity and garden path sentences. Placing these two clauses in the same sentence makes the latter part ambiguous — how are fruit flies like a banana? — although we still parse it fairly easily as simple wordplay or a joke, due to conditioning. When hearing it from an opposing Zilean in League of Legends, we recognize the latter “like” as “enjoy” rather than “is similar to.”

Yes, this post is about sports, both traditional and electronic.


Closing thoughts on Rikka and Akane’s relationship in SSSS.Gridman

“Who knew this fleeting moment could be so beautiful, so cherished, filling the hole in my heart.”

-‘youthful beautiful,’ Maaya Uchida, SSSS.Gridman ending theme

From what we know of gods, they tend to create beings in their own image. Akane Shinjou’s Rikka Takarada is no exception.