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Aug 24, 2016 6:36 PM
Anime Relations: Fruits Basket
The way things start out often factor into how they play out. For example, many anime that have a strong pilot episode turn out well. Of course there are exceptions. In fact, arguably, more often than not is it true that an anime doesn't deliver as well in the second episode. And there are many people that believe an anime can get progressively worse as it continues. Vice-versa of this exists too, and often anime that build up and get better as they continue are some of the most memorable. So perhaps it was for the better that the start of my summer wasn't spectacular.

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Long story short, I started summer out with a cold. And I honestly hate getting sick. During the school year you end up falling behind and having to make up classwork. During a break you end up missing out on fun stuff. It's just terrible. So basically I was sick for a week and missed the first day of a 5 day camp.

Of course since I apparently can't stay home all day by myself, my mom made me go to the rest of that camp. If you've seen my profile, you may already know that I'm an athlete. My skills not only include track and cross-country but soccer and basketball as well. This particular camp was run by my local high school, and it was a basketball camp. Out of the aforementioned sports, basketball just so happens to be the one I'm the worst at.

Come Tuesday- I arrive early. Which brings quite a life changing event to the table. This particular week in early June was also the week my mom started her new job. I know that sounds pretty normal, but for my family, it's gone and changed much of our lifestyle. See, for the majority of my childhood, my mom worked at home. But after she lost her job, she ended up getting a new job in which she had to drive 30+ minutes to get to work. And of course they wanted her at the office at a fairly early time which meant getting dropped off early for me! With my brother away at an overnight camp and my mom entering an unfamiliar environment, I felt the need to be there for my mom. Each day when I was dropped off I would wish my mom a good day at work. I was really happy that for once in my life, I was able to be just like my idol, Tohru Honda.



I've idolized Tohru for a long time. As Fruits Basket was one of my first anime, it really stuck in my head. Tohru's just the kind of person I've always wanted to be. I've admired her kindness forever and have aspired to be a better person thanks to her. So being able to see my mom off to work just like Tohru did when her mom was still alive made me feel one step closer in becoming someone as nice and caring as Tohru Honda. Sounds silly, right?

Back on topic, the first day I came to camp, I already knew I was behind but tried to make the best of it. Surrounded by people far more talented than I, I felt the need to try my hardest. Of course, that very first day, I was still recovering from my cold and had to take things a bit easy. Lucky for me, the people there were understanding. I think the coaches helped me improve quite a bit in the short time we were together. And all the people with natural talent were very encouraging.

The next few days consisted of me trying ridiculously hard as if I needed to prove something. I worked to the point of injuring myself. I had to sit out the whole 3 hours on Friday because of my hurt Achilles heel.



Now if you remember my Summer Showdown Entry, you'll know what's next, running! Since June 20th, I've been running every weekday and Saturday that I can. The first few days were a little hard because of my Achilles, but luckily my coach was able to help me get it to heal quickly.

After a while, I realized that cross-country isn't just an individual sport. My fellow runners became amazing friends in these 2 months of running. Upperclassmen, fellow freshmen, old acquaintances, you name it. Though I'd rather not use their actual names for their privacy I'm going to go ahead and use their names for simplicity's sake. And the fact that I need to finish this as soon as possible!

First off, Alia! I connected with Alia on the 3rd day of practice. We were both in the beginner's group despite her being a sophomore. That day we got a bit ahead of the group in the second half of our run. We realized that we were on about the same level and have continued to run together on numerous occasions.

Alia also happened to be both a track runner and a pole vaulter, which was awesome, as I have wanted to do pole vault ever since my dad told me about it a few years back. Being the great person she is, Alia invited me to a pole vault meet at our high school. It was awesome to see a bunch of people pole vault and also meet the pole vault coach.

Alia and I also ran a 5 mile race on the Fourth of July together. It was an event organized by the coaches but we were the only ones who showed up. I'm proud to say we did very well and ran under 50 minutes. After that run, I watched the movie 1776. 1776 is a comedic version of everything leading up to Congress signing the Declaration of Independence. I watched this movie because an amazing Tumblre user loves it. Her name's @skyechan, and you can look her up here on MAL. If any of you fellow Conan fans want to check out her blog, Dcrewatch, I highly recommend it. She's really funny.

Haley, (pronounced Halley) has, quite reluctantly on my part, become my friend. This is my old acquaintance. Haley used to go to my school until she was "bullied." I use quotation marks because I feel like she exaggerated a bit. In my opinion at least, the people at my old school were all very nice people. She also was a bit weird. Being a classic 4th grader, I judged her pretending to be a cat as bad. But she's definitely matured a lot since and I've been nothing but kind to her at practice.

One thing really gripes me about Haley though. She's a better runner than me. Being the best long distance runner at my tiny school in middle school made me feel conceited. I thought of myself as the superior runner next to Haley even though she was objectively better. Her running farther and faster than myself frustrated me so much. To make a comparison, I'm going to use Conan and Mitsuhiko. Like Mitsuhiko, I've excelled and enjoyed being regarded as the best before someone better showed up. In Mitsuhiko's case, this was Conan, and in my case, this was Haley. Because of this, I've pushed myself to hopefully one day actually be better than her. Lucky for me, this is quite possible, as it only takes a bit of hard work. While sadly in Mitsuhiko's case, he'll never catch up since Conan has a whole 10 years worth of more intellect. But we're both still trying our hardest to catch up!

Ah, Faith. Fellow freshmen here. She's rather short, but is an amazing runner. By the 3rd week, she was running with the varsity team. We've come together because I need a ride back from practice every morning and Faith's mom has kindly been giving me rides home. In return, my mom or my dad, depending on who I'm with, have been driving Faith to practice.

Because of this we've had a lot of time to talk. Over time, I've learned so much about Faith, from her two annoying little sisters to her awesome stepdad who has bought her some manga. Unfortunately she's a casual though and has only read a bit of CLAMP manga and seen a bit of Fairy Tail. I've also tried to tell Faith more about myself but I somehow feel it's easier just to listen to her. She's invited me over, and I feel like our friendship is going very well.



She owns a volume or two of xxxHOLiC.



If I recall correctly, Faith said she was on Episode 95 of Fairy Tail.



Now I'm going to briefly talk about the sophomores of the middle group. Grace, the "leader" is awesome. She's willing to push herself, is a little quirky, and has this beautiful tan skin that goes so well with her brown hair. I feel like everyone in the group is naturally drawn to her because we love her uplifting attitude.

Inna is a lot like that type of protagonist that is trying something new for the first time and struggling a bit. What's simply amazing about Inna is the fact that she never did anything athletic until cross country yet she's able to do so well. She doesn't make it to every practice, but when she does come, she does great.

Sam was in band her freshmen year and is choosing to do cross country instead for her sophomore year. She's been really helpful telling me about highschool and is honestly a great person to be around. Even though I'm a little faster now, I sometimes run with Sam just so I can talk to her.

I haven't really gotten to know the 4 other girls in the group, but I will eventually!

Scratch the coaches for now. I need to finish this!



Other stuff about cross country:

-Whoo for hill workouts
-Whoo for running 7 miles non-stop
-Whoo for 19:02 on a 2 mile official course
-Whoo for lots of core work
-Whoo for being one of the few who actually keeps their shirt on
-Whoo for experiencing vocal chord dysfunction

I think that's good enough for now on this section. More will be added when I have time.



If we go by chronological order here, I'd talk about camping next. Let's get this written as quickly as possible.



Look how generous I am. I'm actually posting a picture of where I went even though I try my best to never share information about my location on the internet. So basically that's the swimming hole we float around in along with the rocks people jump off of. Not enough time to finish this...

We go on this camping trip every year with some of our family friends. It's our annual camping trip! This trip was similar to previous ones, obviously. Though there were some memorable things that happened.

Usually I would go down the rapids and swim in the swimming hole all day for the 5 days we're there, but this year I spent more time in the campground talking.



Okay, time to insert the other stuff I'll add when I have time.

COMING SOON

*My First Neighborhood Friend*

*Trips to the Library*

*Tag-along on a Business Trip*

*Over on the Anime Spectrum*

^That one's going to be long.




I can say quite truthfully that this was the best summer of my life. That may be because it's the freshest one in my mind, but it really was great. So perhaps it was thanks to my bad start that I was able to have such a wonderful summer.
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