On and on again. The road is endless.
I'm an average-looking biologist madly in love with the beauty and the majesty of the living world. That bleeds out into, and is probably hopelessly intertwined with my other passion: fantasy fiction. To me, fantasy literature is a thousand beautiful worlds and an invitation to live a thousand lives, and one. See, at its core, a fantasy story is a celebration of the grandeur of the human imagination. People paint worlds alive in the mind's eye. That amounts to a thousand more adventures, a thousand more cultures, a thousand more souls to touch mine, a thousand secrets, and a thousand more discoveries. And I think it's a beautiful way to live, thoroughly bare and open to the wonders and the possibilities.
My vote for Anime of the Season (Fall 2018/Winter 2019): Run With The Wind
The Rationale of My Favorites
*work in progress*
Will be linking them to blog posts.
1.)Sound! Euphonium: Self-Actualization, From Excellence to Empathy, and to Agency
2.)The Shape of Voice: The Hardest Step to Forgiveness is Forgiving Yourself
3.a)Log Horizon: Worldbuilding, Magic System, and Brandon Sanderson's Third Law of Magic
3.b)Log Horizon: Male Psyche Reincarnated In A Female Avatar And A Potential Positive Discourse in Sexual Identity and the Transgender Issue
3.c)Log Horizon: The Philosophies of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau in the Societies of Log Horizon
4.)In This Corner of the World: The Extraordinary Can Lie in the Ordinary
5.)Houseki no Kuni: Your Best Self is Your Truest Self
6.)School Rumble: Anatomy of A Visual Comedy
7.)Erin: Mythos in Storytelling And Erin's Greatest Wasted Potential
8.)Toradora!: The Need for Selfishness in the Pursuit of Happiness
9.)Fune Wo Amu: Passing of the Torch and Shifting of the Generations
10.)Sword Art Online Abridged: Comedy is Narrative
A Brief List of Other Rankings
Favorite Books (Non-fiction):
10. The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington (Jennet Conant, 2009)
9. On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin, 1859)
8. Bloodstained Sea: The US Coast Guard in the Battle for Atlantic, 1941-1945 (Michael Walling, 2004)
7. Fighter Wing: A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing (Tom Clancy, 1995)
6. Spymasters of Israel (Stewart Steven, 1980)
5. Kasaysayan: The Story of the Filipino People (Asia Publishing Company Limited, 1998)
4. Land of the Radioactive Midnight Sun: A Cheechako's First Year in Alaska (Sean Michael Flynn, 2003)
3. What Evolution Is (Ernst Mayr, 2002)
2. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (Daniel Dennett, 1995)
1. This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World (Ernst Mayr, 1997)
Favorite Books (Fiction):
10. Red Storm Rising (Tom Clancy, 1986)
9. Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton, 1990)
8. Star Trek Enterprise: Beneath the Raptor's Wings (Michael A. Martin, 2009)
7. A Game of Thrones (George R. R. Martin, 1996)
6. Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow (David Gemmell, 2005)
5. Star Trek TNG: Power Hungry (Howard Weinstein, 1989)
4. A Clash of Kings (George R. R. Martin, 1999)
3. Star Trek: Federation (Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, 1994)
2. A Dance With Dragons (George R. R. Martin, 2011)
1. A Storm of Swords (George R. R. Martin, 2000)
10. Adventures of Mowgli (1973)
9. Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia (2008)
8. Bad Genius (2017)
7. 3 Idiots (2009)
6. Monty Python: The Life of Brian (1979)
5. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
4. The Mummy (1999)
3. Tangled (2010)
2. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
1. Koe no Katachi (2016)
Favorite Western Series:
10. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
9. The Pacific
8. Band of Brothers
7. Milo Murphy's Law
4. Ducktales (2017)
3. Dreamwork's Dragons
2. Phineas and Ferb
1. How I Met Your Mother
10.) Edmure Tully (A Song of Ice and Fire)
9.) Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them)
8.) Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
7.) Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (How To Train Your Dragon)
6.) Kei "Shiroe" Shirogane (Log Horizon)
5.) Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings)
4.) Faramir (The Lord of the Rings)
3.) Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire)
2.) Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire)
1.) Davos Seaworth (A Song of Ice and Fire)
10. The Wrong Direction (Passenger)
9. Two Beds and a Coffee Machine (Savage Garden)
8. When I'm Gone (Simple Plan)
7. Rainbow Veins (Owl City)
6. Keep On Moving (Five)
5. Ordinary Life (Simple Plan)
4. Tidal Wave (Owl City)
3. Fireflies (Owl City)
2. Forever Young (Alphaville)
1. Rainbow (South Border)
Favorite Music (Love Song Category):
5. Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
4. From The Ground Up (Dan + Shay)
3. Ha Ha Ha Hasula (Kurt Fick)
2. Puhon (Kurt Fick)
1. Best Friend (Jason Chen)
Favorite Anime Music:
10. Alola! (Pokemon Sun & Moon)
9. Shiokaze (Fune Wo Amu)
8. Iwanai kedo ne (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san)
7. Your Song (Log Horizon)
6. Yume Tourou (Kimi no Na Wa)
5. Nandemonaiya (Kimi no Na Wa)
4. Holy Night (Toradora!)
3. Hologram (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
2. Shizuku (Kemono no Souja Erin)
1. Zen Zen Zense (Kimi no Na Wa)
5. Pokemon White (Game Freak, 2010)
4. Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf (Ubisoft, 2002)
3. Command & Conquer: Generals (EA, 2003)
2. Dota 2 (Valve, 2013)
1. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (Blizzard, 2003)
Brutal Gaming Moments (On the Hardest Setting Available):
5. Challenge Mode Lenora (Pokemon Blaze Black/Volt White)
4. Twilight of the Gods (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos)
3. Retaking Serpentholme from Otomo; Kenji's Journey, Serpent's Path (Battle Realms)
2. A Symphony of Frost and Flame (Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne)
1. China Mission 03 (Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour v1.4)*
*yes, the one without the carpet bombing option
Favorite Game OST:
3. Power of the Horde (Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne)
2. Nick Nack's Theme (Fossil Fighters)
1. Cycling Music (Pokemon B/W/B2/W2)
Fuck, I don't know. I'm just trying to Monty Python here. And I'm suppose to be the one asking questions.
*sigh* What is the capital of Switzerland?
Trick question. Switzerland has no in jure capital city.
Shit, isn't it Zurich or Geneva?
Not even close. The closest thing Switzerland has to a capital is Bern.
What the fuck is a Bern? What does a Bern offer over Bank City and Geneva Convention? What is Switzerland?
Chocolates. They have Toblerone. The bear symbol is Bern's symbol, apparently.
Oh, nevermind. Let's talk waifu.
I'm still looking. Ideally, she's an amalgamation of the attitude and drive of Reina Kousaka, the quirkiness of the Be Cool, Scooby Doo! incarnation of Daphne Blake, and the character design of Kaguya Hayashi.
You're just determined to ruin this for me, are you? Just pick one.
Fine, if I have to pick one, I choose Reina Kousaka. She's hyper-confident bordering on arrogance. It's a confidence bred by competence, fueling a burning desire to be better and better. To be truly special. She subscribes to the notion that the great things in life comes to those who work their asses off in pursuit of what they want. It doesn't matter if said character is real or fictional. That fire is captivating. And she manages to entrall me more than any other character onscreen.
In fact, call this a declaration of love. (You'll get that reference.)
You have ships?
Oh yes. I mean, I hate to brag but I am the captain of the UES Illustrious, United Earth Interstellar Navy.
Oh, for anime, that'd be Harima x Eri (School Rumble), Shiroe x Henreitta (Log Horizon), and Haruhiro x Merry (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar).
REINA IS MINE! Ahem. Sorry. I have no waifu, believe me. Also, the creator(s) sunk that ship.
Yes, yes it's okay.
So, who's your favorite fictional couple?
Monica and Chandler *bing!* (Friends).
Yeah. They had nothing special, initially. They were just two close friends who sought comfort in one another. So they hooked up. And then they decided they want each other and they were going to work it all out. And that makes it special. There was no fate or destiny or unicorns. It's just two people working out their relationships, standing up for each other, and supporting each other through their toughest times and lowest points. Chandler's little speech to the young pregnant girl whose baby they want to adopt is still to this day one of the finest moments of television.
Sappy motherf*cker. What's your favorite Pokemon game?
I’m a Sinnoh baby through and through. My first game is Platinum. My first Pokemon is Infernape. I still think that while XYZ was his peak as a trainer, the DP saga of the anime was Ash’s peak as a tactician. Ash vs Paul is undoubtedly the best rivalry and is responsible for the best fight in the anime.
But Pokemon White is my favourite game in the franchise because of how it’s set up. Zekrom sides with the Champion of Ideals and Reshiram sides with the Champion of Truth. It meant so much more to me that N grabs Reshiram and I get Zekrom.
N is my favorite rival in the franchise. And as the Champion of Truth, he seeks to show me the cruel reality of the world we live in where people abuse Pokemon. But I, the Champion of Ideals, must endeavor to show him what humans and Pokemon can do together, united, and why that future must be fought for, why they must never be separated. He fights to show me what is, but I will show him what could still be. Because just as we humans are capable of great hatred, we are also capable of great compassion. It’s simply two sides of a coin, black and white, yin and yang. My journey is a testament to that idea. And now I must face him, as the one person he considers his equal, his one true equal. He seeks to show me the present. And now I must bring him the future.
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