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Anime Stats
Days: 24.1
Mean Score: 6.17
  • Total Entries289
  • Rewatched9
  • Episodes1,279
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber-hen
Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber-hen
Jan 29, 2011 6:34 PM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 3
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Jan 27, 2011 8:12 PM
Watching 3/12 · Scored -
Fractale
Fractale
Jan 16, 2011 2:27 PM
Watching 1/11 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 8.7
Mean Score: 7.84
  • Total Entries162
  • Reread1
  • Chapters1,543
  • Volumes106
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Ahiru no Sora
Ahiru no Sora
Apr 14, 2011 8:24 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -
Haikara-san ga Tooru
Haikara-san ga Tooru
Apr 14, 2011 8:21 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -
GeGeGe no Kitarou
GeGeGe no Kitarou
Mar 17, 2011 1:29 PM
Reading -/117 · Scored -

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PassionGunshi Nov 23, 2016 2:34 PM
RIP
MatijaxD Jan 8, 2016 3:49 AM
I read your Planetes reviews and just wanted to point out that there is a typo in the last sentence of the anime review
And for those who already watched the anime, and felt those flaws, go read the anime.

>go read the anime

EDIT: oh you weren't online since 2013, rip
EvenJellyOn Feb 6, 2015 12:52 PM
Nice picture.
Yup Jul 30, 2014 5:52 PM
Yup.
lXlOlXl Jun 20, 2014 12:00 PM
I was here (^_−)☆
albinochocolate Jun 16, 2013 5:44 PM
Wow, it's a damn shame you're dead on MAL. You had some of the best manga taste I've seen in awhile. Your underground manga taste was fantastic and your tumblr is one of the most extensive galleries currently existing of different manga artwork from a variety of great mangaka (and especially in my fav style ero guro and all of its derivatives).
Love it! ^^
lowplacelikehome Apr 21, 2013 9:08 PM
nao sabia q a manga de akira era diferente do filme. agora que descobri isso, nao consigo parar de ler
mooncrypt Feb 25, 2013 12:22 PM
Guro, horror oldschool, cyberpunk sci-fi... Belo perfil XD
Avestus Apr 21, 2012 11:41 AM
Hello! Sorry for disturbance but i've read your review about "Planetes" and the thing I want to know is that manga ending you wrote about. Surprisingly enough, google didn't help me so could you please describe the difference between the manga and the show? I also think that you did underrate the latter. Even if the manga is better I certainly caught some familiar scent of Bradbury, Strugatskie and Lem in the show, all three mixed and rethought. And that's just exactly what makes it brilliant, as for me, of course.
AlabastreAizo Mar 30, 2012 9:26 AM
I don't commonly contact those I don't know, but you seem to have an interesting taste in anime. I regret so much of what I have watched. Is there anything upcoming that you are interested in?
lowplacelikehome Mar 25, 2012 7:10 PM
também tás com o john elliot em escrita criativa?
lowplacelikehome Feb 19, 2012 6:18 PM
faculdade de letras?
Pierre_Bezukhov Jan 25, 2012 4:55 PM
Very little and so much has happened since I last wrote to you. At the end of the summer, I got so sick of my summer school that I decided to take multiple years off. The first year is being spent here in Santa Fe because most of my initial plans began in the beginning of the school year and I was already way past the deadline to apply for those programs. However, much of my time is basically waiting for the future to come around, so I spend much of it imagining the future. So naturally, my plans change often. Right now, my plan is to get a job at an English summer camp in China and then move to Chengdu to study Mandarin at Sichuan University for a couple of years. In order to do this, I’m really looking into visa information; CSC scholarships, other scholarships, and financial info. in general; looking for jobs; and so on and so forth.

I have a few reasons for wanting to learn Chinese. My initial reasons a year ago was the practicality of it considering how economically powerful the nation is becoming, gaining the ability to talk to a billion more people and opening the possibility to becoming friends with many of them, Chinese girls, and being able to investigate how the language works linguistically (such as how the use of characters affects the grammar, and so on and so forth). Later on, I began to wonder how the tonality of the spoken effects the sense of drams (Western languages, in contrast, use tones to express emotion, though I’m sure Chinese is just more subtle in how emotion is vocally conveyed). But the most compelling reasons came recently. While watching Tian Zhuangzhuang’s Springtime in a Small Town, it struck me how beautiful Mandarin sounded. After watching a few other movies in Mandarin, I reached the conclusion that it is a beautifully spoken language (Cantonese, on the other hand, is not). As for written Chinese, I was on the fence for a while, but I now also consider it to be beautiful (though not all fonts and styles are as many are quite ugly, but I won’t go into more detail about that as it is unnecessary). These two reasons alone are good enough to make me want to learn the language. But then there is the completely different culture as well as cuisine which only makes all the more reason to learn go and learn the language. And due to the maddening difficulty of it both written and spoken, plus the existence of so many different dialects that everyone has a thick local accent, it is a complete waste of time to study the language outside of China or Taiwan. But just writing all of this makes me excited.

I’m actually in the same boat as you with not knowing what to do with my studies. Though knowing Chinese is certainly more practical then classical studies, the fact that a bachelor’s degree from China isn’t regarded as highly as one earned in the US makes finding a job much harder (that is, if I stay long enough to earn a degree and not return to the US). If I get a degree in China, then I will probably take the GRE and go to grad school here in America (studying who-knows-what) to make up the inadequacy of a degree from China. If I don’t get a degree in China studying Mandarin, since I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, I could easily got a local university to study math and then find a job in a computer company in Silicon Valley (if my grades are good enough, perhaps I could transfer to Cal Berkeley to graduate and get my degree from). As for why something as radically different as math is that it (along with history) is my strong point and an ability I not only don’t want to lose but also foster and grow. I’m not sure which path I want to take since it is quite unlikely that I could get into a graduate program in math in the Bay Area after mostly only studying Chinese for four years (unless I do amazing on the GRE). But then again, I can’t help but image myself living the life of my aunt and uncle who, though both wealthy Silicon Valley engineers, live mind-numbingly boring lives.

If I do go into math and end up working in computers, then I would have gone the opposite route as you since I was studying the Western Canon before I dropped out (and the first year and a half was almost exclusively devoted to the Ancient Greeks with a splash of Rome thrown in). Hell, I even studied Attic Greek for over a year and translated (very poorly) excerpts from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, The New Testament, Plato, and Plutarch. Though I wasn’t very good at my studies, I did enjoy them when I wasn’t stressing out over the workload (my school, St. John’s College, was named the most academically rigorous college in the nation). I do plan on keeping many of the works close to me for the rest of my life (some of the few books I plan on taking to China are Plato and the complete Greek tragedies, among others). I haven’t been reading much literature lately, but I have been reading a lot of history. Right now, I’m in book two of Herodotus and plan on reading all of the Landmark books (a series of editions of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon’s Hellinka, and Arrian’s The Campaigns of Alexander complete with maps of all of the locations mentioned alongside the text) before I got to China. At the moment, I’m also reading Plato’s Meno with Jacob Klein’s commentary alongside it. But how are you approaching your studies? Due to the very philosophical nature of the school, we ignored the archeological and cultural sides of the discipline completely and focused exclusively on the thoughts and ideas that were presented to us in the books we read (most of which was Plato and Aristotle). I’ve forgotten all of my Greek, but I’m thinkng about teaching myself late on down the road as a way to test my English ability. In short, Oedipus Rex is the best play ever; Thucydides: the best book; Plato: the deepest and most obscure; and Euclid: the most logical, beautiful, and lucid. God damn, I love the Greeks (and the Romans were pretty badass too).

My reasons for studying the classics was to do something deeper, more meaningful, and different then anyone else. I really had no idea what I would do with a degree in the liberal arts besides go to grad school (and I, of course, didn’t now what I would study then). Thoughts along these lines were besides the point as I saw my education to be much more profound then merely what job I could get. The rhetoric of the school convinced me thoroughly that education should mentally liberate people from the shackles of popular thought, should force people to look far inside of themselves, and prepare people to simply live and be as versatile as possible. But I’m not sure if the aim of the program you are doing is like what I did.

I’ve also entertained thoughts of being a writer, but I would write in English and Chinese. The though of writing 20th century stream-of-consciousness ala Joyce, Faulkner, Proust, and Woolf in unpunctuated (possibly Classical) Chinese sounds awesome but would a god-like master of the language what few native speakers could attain (and most likely no foreigner could ever reach). The other reason for Chinese is a point of pride. The fact that there have been no non-native speakers to have ever become decent Chinese poets in all of history is something the Chinese are extremely proud of (the Japanese poetry written in the Chinese tradition doesn’t count). So my reasons are pretty vain since they are simply laughing in their face and being like, “I told you so” (first reason: the fact that a foreigner could obtain a level of mastery far above what most native speakers could reach; second reason: to prove them wrong). As for English, I’m one of the few native speakers who really like the language and think that it’s pretty (not so much as Mandarin on a day to day basis, but the potential is so great that some of the most beautiful things ever written are in English; the only other person who have a very high opinion of English in this sense is a highly dedicated poet). What I like most about English is that its structure allows for almost any word to be absorbed and the versatility it allows for (though my Chinese friends assert that their language, mostly due to the use of characters, is even more adoptable—but I’m inclined to disagree at the moments, though it is an idea I would like to investigate further). But in the end, I probably won’t become a writer or a poet because that kind of a job seems too financially risky (privately and on the side is still a possibility).

I know people who think that Portuguese is a beautiful language, but no offense, I don’t think too high of your mother-tongue. I can’t help but hear it as “the language that sounds like Spanish but isn’t,” though that’s probably due to the fact that I hear Spanish all the time here in New Mexico and I’ve only heard your language spoken by Brazilians (if that makes a difference). Even though I can’t read your language, I still want to read Fernando Pessoa (particularly his Livro do Desassossego). Perhaps he can restore your faith in your language. If he is an exception to the standard banality, then Portuguese can be like Italian to me because I don’t find either language to be particularly attractive with one exception (Dante, obviously, for Italian).

I picked up French again a while back, but I dropped it (along with so many other things) when my friends and I got addicted to Skyrim. Since we all were playing on the same Xbox, we had to take turns and because the rest of my friends were in school, I lost many nights of sleep to it. Though I have spent many hours playing it, I have to admit that I enjoyed it so much that I don’t believe I wasted my time. All of us are mostly bored with it now, so it was euphoric while it lasted (though I was one of the last to drop it as it was only last week when I did, but I didn’t play it for five weeks, so it balances out). It has been a while since I dropped French, so much that I would have to start over. I want to start studying Chinese now instead, but I can’t since my Chinese friends and roommate are too busy with school to give me proper help and attention.

I still really want to learn French since it is as beautiful as Mandarin. I don’t know when I’ll get around to it as Chinese will demand a long time and a lot of energy. Even though my dream is to go to China, I’m having trouble not seeing my other dreams as being put on hold indefinitely. Often I wonder, “When will I ever return to Europe and see my friends, learn German and French, travel around doing odd jobs (such as work at a ski resort in the Alps and harvest grapes in France), go to Iceland,” yadda yadda yadda (I could keep on going). I could easily do it after I return from China and before I go to graduate school, but I want to do it while I’m young. Admitingly, I’ll be around 25 when I return, so the problem that plagues me more is, “Why not now?” Thing is, I asked the same thing about China and that was the moment I made the decision to go (and when comparing the two things, going to China seems the more fruitful of the two and what I desire more, as well as what would take more time and effort [which means it would be better to start sooner]).

Another thing I want to do is spend more time back in California because there are times when I really miss home and I know it only as a child would. Argh, there is so much to do in life, and I want to do it all while I am young and before I settle down with a family (assuming that my family settles down and we don’t move around a lot). Perhaps this is an odd belief, but once when you get old enough (mid-30’s-ish), you can’t travel around like you used to and are regaled to the position of tourist. Maybe this thought sheds light on an unexpected development, that I can’t help but see settling down with a family and a career in one place as inevitable. But alas, I still don’t know what I want from life and where I want to be in the end.

A few days ago, I observed myself as moving from one small part of the world to another small part. I was repulsed by this thought because it would then seem like I’m not actually exploring the world, but only seeing small parts of it without getting a greater feel. While living in my new world, the worlds of my past will have completely disappeared off my radar. I fear that while I’m living in Chengdu for a couple of years, I’ll lose contact with the west and become very sinofied. I have to admit, the thought of leaving the West for a long time while I’m young is scary and how I reacting to this is wondering about my dreams of Europe and California. While it is great that I’m exploring the world, I can’t help but see that I’m leaving the world of my home, the Western world, as well as any easy contact with my friends and family here, behind. Only now am I realizing the colossal scope of the magnitude of my decision, and it is freaking me out. But at the same time, I don’t want to look back at this point in my life and see it as a wasted opportunity to get out there. The decision to go also appeals to that American part of me that wants to jump ship and go somewhere else and begin anew for the simple reason of, “because I can.” Though I’m not going into a lot of detail about it, but I’m not happy living here in Santa Fe and the thought of moving somewhere else sounds like just what I need. However, to go that far away is not an easy jump. In the end, it is my life to live as I cannot stick around simply because my friends and family are close by. Especially with my friends, we will all eventually part and go our separate ways only to make new friends wherever each of goes. I love my country, but I want to explore more the what is out there. For the first bit while I’m in China will not be easy as I would have little to no grasp of the language. Only after sometime will I have picked up enough of the language (as well as the local dialect) and culture to get and then I will flourish. Until then, I only hope I don’t crack under the culture shock and be unable to adapt. When in Rome, do as the Romans do—as long as I don’t feel uncomfortable or like I’m going mad by following them.

Though I could probably get by in China with the money I have now, it wouldn’t be easy and I would like to have a lot to fall on if I hit hard times over there. But at the moment, I’m currently unemployed and thus cannot save up any money. I was working as a waiter in a Japanese restaurant, but I left after I realized that I wasn’t very good and hated it (some of the sushi chefs were assholes and the Korean owners yelled at me often). It was in that job when I realized that I need to do more with my life then jobs that simply pay the bills and allow me free to do whatever. It was around that time when I realized that I want to go to China. Until the end of June when I leave, I’ll try to be working and saving up money (and maybe right before I leave, take in California).

You probably have read my note above about my return to anime being merely an extension of my love for movies. I haven’t finished any reviews (but I have started ones for Code Geass [which I rewatched for shits and giggles and gave it a 2/10 but nevertheless enjoyed laughing and cringing through it], The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and the Girl Who Leapt Through Time) and I won’t for some time since it’s not a pressing matter and thus don’t really care. The only comic I’ve read lately was Blankets by Craig Thompson. I really enjoyed it and it caused me to reflect a lot on myself (like any good book).

As I mentioned before, I haven’t been reading much literature lately as I find history and some technical things (such as grammar, commentaries, some philosophy, and the sort) to be more compelling. For some reason, literature takes too much energy to focus on (even more then philosophy for me) and I get exhausted quickly. I started James’ Portrait of a Lady and The Golden Bowl, but I didn’t get far. The last book I competed was Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea. But that is a short book, under 150 pages, and I read it back in October. Since then, I’ve been working my way through Hamsun’s Hunger and Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!, both of which I’ve dropped because it has been a month since I last picked them up (and I only got halfway through Hunger and 50 pages into Faulkner). I love the writing style of both, but it takes so much time and energy to read. In complete contrast to this, I read a 400 page scholarly history of China in half a week and that reignited my love of history. A year ago, when I was still in school, I read a lot of Chaucer in middle English and after some time, I got to the point of fluency. The ability didn’t hold however as I struggled through it a few weeks ago. The true test of English fluency is to see if a person can read Chaucer comfortably (but not fluently) after only an hour or so. If you ever read Chaucer, do not read it translated since he writes with great beauty and control. If possible, try to get your hands on recordings of it being read in how they used to talk back then. Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban is the same as it is written without proper grammar and everything is spelled phonetically (on purpose of course). I really want to read Halldor Laxness’s Independent People before I go to China, but I doubt that will happen as I want to hone my English grammar skills (I’m teaching myself how to diagram sentences) and practice rhetoric.

You have no idea how lucky you are to have a cheap education. You’ve probably heard that one of the causes of the Occupy movement is the soaring cost of higher education in the US. I was lucky enough to get a large grant so I can afford college, but most aren’t. The price tags are getting ridiculous. By the way, what’s an Enamus? Thank God China is way cheaper as it will probably only cost me less then $5,000 to study for the entire year.

Lastly, I have some friends form Nepal that I met in college. I also plan on visiting there eventually, but I’ll see Tibet first. When I do go, I know I’ll have a place to stay. Good luck learning Nepalese (if you plan on) as it descends from Sanskrit, which as the most complex grammar system (due to it becoming a plaything of the Brahmin caste). You could probably find an volunteer organization that would pay for your plane ticket if you searched hard enough.

I just kept writing and this really long letter resulted. I wish you the best in luck in your studies and figuring out what you can do with it.
Pierre_Bezukhov Oct 31, 2011 3:42 PM
Were you expecting me to say when I'm ready for your reply? 'Cause I am. I just realized now that might be what you were waiting for.
kaara-san Sep 23, 2011 3:26 PM
Hahaha realmente, que grande resposta. E agora a minha resposta há-de ficar pequenina.

Uau, isso deve ter sido uma experiência fantástica, deves ter aprendido tanta coisa, e falar com as japonesas sobre manga e anime para aumentar ainda mais a lista de compras... Pois, normalmente o pessoal conhece coisas mais actuais e populares, as raparigas foram logo conhecer um aficionado por manga mais underground. A sério que não entendo como é que o Rose of Versailles ainda não foi traduzido para inglês quando é tão conhecido e bem falado. Ainda não vi a anime nem procurei por scans mas é das manga que mais tenho curiosidade em ler.
Infelizmente não conheço muito das culturas grega e romana, só nos campos de mitologia grega é que estou mais à vontade, acho-a fascinante. Ler Homero no original...não é um sonho pequeno. Espero que um dia consigas então.
Acrescentei esse livro à poucos dias à minha lista de leituras, mitos gregos, não resisti. Estou a ver que apesar do tamanho, vale a pena lê-lo. É bom saber.
One Piece é puro shonen mas é bem divertido. A arte dá-lhe um ar meio tosco e as personagens conseguem ser bem engraçadas. Não são bem capítulos, são daqueles paperbacks finos de 20/30 páginas. A DC agora em Setembro recomeçou o universo mas sem limpar os passados das personagens. Na verdade, parece-me mais que foi só recomeçar a numeração de uns quantos comics. Alguns lançamentos parecem prometedores, outros são um desastre.
A Song of Ice and Fire vem desde 1996, quando saiu o 1º livro da saga. Ficou agora mais popular por causa da série Game of Thrones da HBO que é muito boa e que recomendo definitivamente a ver. Ainda não li Tolkien por isso não posso comparar mas, embora se trate de uma história de fantasia, mantém-se bastante realista com intrigas políticas e batalhas. A pouco e pouco é que vai aparecendo a magia e outras coisas características do género.
Foi uma aventura descobrir os volumes todos e ainda bem que já tinha uma mesada própria senão...Tenho outras coisas raras na minha colecção como o Four Shojo Stories e o A, A' (isto agora foi só para o show off x). Já vi os 9 volumes de Sanctuary à venda na Amazon, alguns volumes em francês, outros em inglês. Também se pode comprar a 1º edição, que foi dividida em 43 volumezinhos mas estão-se igualmente a tornar difícil de arranjar.
Oh obrigada. Sim, sou da zona de Santarém mas preferia arranjar emprego em Lisboa. Quando arranjar, que espero que seja em breve, lá me mudo. :)