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Sep 11, 2013
"...Your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."
-Paul Valery

"It is well that war is so terrible — lest we should grow too fond of it."
-Robert E. Lee (allegedly)

In the discussion on the nature of man, the topic of war must eventually arise, and war being the most basic and brutal of all the practices that mankind engages in, it will also inevitably dominate the subject. There is much to say about war, and most of what is read more
Aug 5, 2013
It is hard to explain the fascination we have with pirates in literature and film. In reality, they were not really romantic people, and their "adventures" more often ended in disease and death than anything else. No sane person would ever truly wish to consort with real pirates. They were undeniably brutal people who lived undeniably brutal lives. To say the least, they were not exactly what you would expect from the inspiration of so much romantic attention.

Despite the inconsistencies between historic truth and fiction, the fascination with pirates still exists. We see in their exploits a kind of freedom and nonchalance that read more
Aug 2, 2013
Preliminary
"Don't cry. Don't raise your eye. It's only teenage wasteland."
-"Baba O'Riley"
The Who

We have all seen shows that focus on one facet of the human experience; be it fear, hopelessness, sadness, romance, boredom... any one of the myriad of emotions or facts of life that we go through. Appropriately, those shows that have a more singular focus tend to keep one tone. A romance keeps a romantic feel. It's situations and the conversations that drive the dialogue are usually romantically flavored. A show about betrayal keeps a darker tone, one where every action and word is drenched with a kind of paranoia and suspicion.

However, read more
Jul 2, 2013
It is very easy for young people, teenagers and young adults, to fall into despair. Treading the line between adulthood and childhood can lead to feelings of uselessness, a lack of motivation, insignificance, and an overall questioning of the role one plays in a suddenly larger, colder world. The warm safety of childhood is necessarily left behind, and the comforts of not making important choices fades away to reveal a somewhat terrifying truth: we are all responsible for our own destiny.

Suisei no Gargantia seeks to address some of these problems, and to offer a vision of hope to young people who might feel that read more
May 4, 2013
I have a horrible disease. It's called (by me) "I can't stand to sleep on an ending." Basically, It means that if I read or see the ending of some story that I really like, I end up thinking about it a lot and can't manage to sleep. This has led to many sleepless nights, and also has led me into starting a lot of new shows. See, if I start something new immediately after ending something, even if the new show is not very good, I'll be able to sleep because I'm thinking about the new show and not the one I just finished. read more
Oct 4, 2012
“I'm the one who will grip the sun, no matter how hot it is!”

Kamina (one of the protagonists) gives a lot of memorable quotes in this series, and chances are that if you’re reading this review you already know some of them. I find it interesting that this particular bit of dialogue I’ve quoted goes relatively unnoticed, as I think it sums up the show rather well. Taking hold of the sun and harnessing it may sound glorious, but the undertaking carries a hefty price. TTGL (the show) reminds me of the Greek myth of Icarus; the boy who flew too close to the read more
Aug 19, 2012
This show is a classic case of: Good Idea, Bad Execution

It starts off simply enough with an intriguing (if all-too-common) storyline and interesting, shadowy characters. The first few episodes are pretty strong, focusing mainly on the development of the main protagonist and his interactions with his new employers and colleagues. I was eager to find out what would happen next, and in my eagerness, I ignored all the signs of what would come.

Very quickly the story takes a very cliched turn, and the characters become little more than billboards of irrationality. The motivations of the protagonists, antagonists, and pretty much everyone in the show, read more