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All stories will be rated according to their contents. It is the readers' discretion to read what is proper for them.

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Panels from my earliest posts were from onemanga.com, one of my favorite manga-hosting sites back in the days but well, all good things come to an end. Consequently, some of posts have blank panels because onemanga no longer exists. I don't know which posts those are. They're so quite long ago and I'm not in the mood to edit them.
My opinions on manga chapters are my opinions. They reflect no one else's except what the fangirl in me is believing.

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If I could trace the artist, I will. They are properly acknowledged and cited here

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ANOTHER NOTES:

A sort of disclaimer:
(1) English is not my first language. You will find inconsistencies in grammar somewhere, wrong verb tenses, improper use of conjunctions and whatnot. Don't go hunting for them. XD
(2) My posts are full of "Japanese-word(s)" like mangaka(s), seiyuu(s) etc because Nihonggo don't distinguish plural and singular nouns by attaching "s" at the end of the word. And I don't know how to compensate for that without losing the idea that I'm talking about more than one seiyuu, for instance. So there. Any Japanese word with "(s)" at the end refers to the plural of that thing.

(3) My brain works too fast for my fingers. It's common in my writing that a word or two comes missing without me noticing. Like "on the other hand" often comes out "on hand". Things like such. Anyway, I try to fix them when I re-read my entries.

Finally, this journal is a non-profit fan site - only intended for fangirl moments and indulgent imagination.
Day 9- Your thoughts on the first anime
The first anime have its merits, perhaps. It was just not for me. Not for a person who is nuts about the plot of the story and the mangaka's genius use of the scientific jargon.
Day 8- Your favorite antagonist

Wrath/Fuhrer
There is something chilling about his detachment to what he does. He kills off people - aware of his actions, not reeling on the degree of excellence of his execution, not having psychotic happy thoughts of his kill, not getting sleepless nights with his conscience eating him.

And he is human.

And a homunculus.

He is honestly, way scarier than Father. Father gets obsessed with the Philosopher's Stone. Wrath never did. He just do his job and he do it almost mechanically but with damn good finesse and clever strategy.

The scientists then, they did make the perfect Fuhrer.
Day 7- Did you see Conqueror of Shambala? Your thoughts?
Nope. So I would not know what to think of it.

Random

Just dropping by. Or posting something so LJ does not take down this beloved account.

Thats all. 

Review: Naruto

Naruto Ends

Naruto 700 was out sometime a month or so ago. While I did read it then (and jumped up and down like my Christmas gift came one month earlier because my Naruto OTP is friggin' CANON!!!), I really did not have time to sit down and type away.

I have now, a bit, so I will post something here.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

First things first.

~.~.~.~.~


Kishimoto Masashi-sensei,


Hontou ni arigatou gozaimasu.


I complained and whined a lot on many things about Naruto, but I kept reading because regardless of my many rants, Naruto was a good story. I looked forward to reading new releases every week. When pushed came to shove, I gave up keeping up with One Piece but kept going with Naruto. Not because One Piece is bad or Naruto is better, it was because Naruto and Sasuke's friendship is one of my favorites in all manga and fiction. That, throughout the series is what kept me. As well as one of my OTPs, ShikaTema of course. So above everything I want to thank you of (as if you'll read this, haha!), I thank you for Naruto and Sasuke's friendship, and the love of Shikamaru and Temari.


[HA! You people! SHIKATEMA IS CANON!!! WE WIN!!! ]

Thank you for Konoha Eleven (Twelve if plus Sasuke). Thank you for the Legendary Sannin and their apprentices. Thank you for the White Fang and his son. Thank you for Kushina and Minato, for their love and for their son, for their sacrifice and their courage. Thank you for Hinata and Neji, my favorite cousins. Thank you for the Sand Siblings. Thank you for Itachi and Sasuke, and their brotherhood. Thank you for the friendship of Kakashi and Guy, the most hilarious friendly competition in all Hidden Villages. Thank you for ShikaInoChou, their friendship and their teamwork. Thank you for Jiraiya and Naruto, Asuma and Shikamaru, the teacher-student relationships that inspired and broke our hearts. Thank you for Iruka, who understood before anybody else did.

Thank you for Naruto and Sasuke, whose friendship and struggles made me cry, roll my eyes, had me frustrated, annoyed, happy, sad and proud. Thank you for Shikamaru and Temari, for their bickering, smart-ass rivalry and for their love. Thank you for Gaara and Naruto, for the inspiration and example of forgiveness and growing up. Thank you for Itachi and Kankurou, whose love for their younger brothers is boundless and real and made me wish to have a nii-san too. Thank you for the bad-ass power couple that was Kushina and Minato, whose backstory made me smile and cry and flail like the fangirl that I am. Thank you for Jiraiya, whose death was the first character death (in this manga) to truly break my heart. Thank you for Kakashi, my first sensei crush. Thank you for Orochimaru and Madara, iconic villains and long-haired men.

Thank you for Akatsuki and the colorful characters that wore the ever-cool black-and-red-clouds cloak. Thank you for Sasori (my favorite namesake) and his bad-ass puppets. Thank you for Deidara and his entertaining mouth(s). Thank you for Kakuzu and Hidan, who made ShikaInoChou grow up. Thank you for Konan and Nagato, the friendship and their story. Thank you for Itachi, one of the most touching back story ever.

Thank you for the clans and the Hidden Villages. Thank you for the hand seals and the idea of Kage Bunshin no Jutsu. Thank you for the history and Japanese folklore lessons. Thank you for the doujutsu(s) especially my favorite, the Byakugan. Thank you for the life lessons (haha!) and the growing up quotes that told me I can't stay a kid forever. Thank you for awesome lines that were Facebook status worthy. Thank you for the many stories of friendships and brotherhoods in this manga that touched my heart because I'm an insufferable sap.

Thank you for Tobi and Orochimaru, the best villains of Naruto. The bitch-slap of the century that was 'Tobi is not Madara' moment. Unforgettable. Orochimaru and his snakes. I still shiver of the thought of him. But Orochimaru is my favorite villain in Naruto. He really scared me sh*t. Maybe that's because I was younger when Orochimaru was the main villain.

Thank you for fifteen years of really bad-ass taijutsu, amazing doujutsu and of course the ninjutsu that made us want to be ninja(s).  And ramen, thank you for the ramen.

Lastly, thank you for the friendships I found (in the real and virtual world) because of your manga.

With sincere gratitude and respect,

M

~.~.~.~.~

To my fellow Naruto fans,

Thank you as well.

Thank you to all the people who translated manga releases every week for fifteen years, which allowed the world access to the manga that was Naruto. Not all of us can read Japanese. Though perhaps the love of anime and manga had us learning Nihonggo. (Thank you as well to the people who subbed the anime.) Thank you for sharing your knowledge, for your efforts and your dedication.

Thank you to fanfiction writers and to artists for their fanarts. Thank you for making fantasies for our favorite ships come to life when Kishimoto-sensei deprived us of it. Haha! (Remember the time he said, in an interview, that he have NO plans of writing romance for Shikamaru, even after heavily hinting of ShikaTema? Thank Kami-sama he changed his mind.) Thank you for making the experience of Naruto even more colorful and amazing. Thank you for your stories that often goes where the manga does not. Thank you for fanarts that depict other sides of our favorite characters and ships. Thank you for sharing your talents.

Thank you for the ship wars. (ShikaTema IS CANON! Sorry everybody else. Shikamaru gets the Temari and vice versa. Eat that! ... That is the first time I ever did that. Hahaha! I feel so childish. But then again, it's basically safe now because my OTP is CANON!). I'm sure we all got annoyed and angry of each other, but in the end we were all fans of the same amazing manga. It still tied us together even if it divided us as well, didn't it? Besides, if there were no ships to beat, having your OTP be canon is not half as fun, right? Hahahaha!

But really, thank you, for random ideas and really weird things and theories we Naruto fans came up with through the years. It feels nice, hilarious, sometimes appalling but mostly fun to belong to this fandom.

Thank you for the made up ninjutsu(s) because we are awesome like that. Thank you for the many names we've all came up with for our ships' kids' names. Thank you for crack pairs too (since a Naruto crack pair is one of my guilty pleasure), however we came up with them. Thank you for sharing the ride that was Naruto. That was 15 years of our lives.

With this then, I thank my fellow supporters of the following ships:

ShikaTema (One word: YOSH!!!),

SasuHina (Oh well, we all knew it's never going to happen anywhere other than our fanfics and fanarts),

ChoIno (We all hoped. But so long as they are happy. I suppose it was necessary that they didn't end up together so the ShikaChoIno team will continue to the next generation),

familial NejiHina (our Neji died for NaruHina, so let's be happy for Hinata, besides Neji is now official part of NaruHina anyway),

MinaKushi (well, we all are fans of MinaKushi aren't we? Even Naruto himself was a fan. Hahaha! He's the first shipper. No, I think Jiraiya and Tsunade are the first shippers.)

I seriously hope I didn't forget any of my ships…

Finally, thank you to the online friends I found through shared love of Naruto and to my real-life friends who shared the Naruto journey with me.

PS.

Thank you to my first college crush who let me borrow his Naruto CDs (because there were no DVDs back then. The last episode to that was Sasuke and Naruto's battle in the Valley of the End).

Cheers,

M

~.~.~.~.~


Then I go to the fangirl moment.


MY SHIKATEMA IS CANON!!!!!!!!!!


I haven't checked Ffnet and Deviantart but I could just imagine the flood of fanfictions and fanarts. And we have Shikadai!!! I'm still truly giddy happy that ShikaTema is canon! As one of my friends remarked, it's lovely to love when your ship is canon! Her OTP is canon too. SasuSaku. Which meant my beloved crack pair, SasuHina, is shattered. Hahaha! Yeah, I know, there never was a hope for that one. That's why it's called crack pair anyway.


My favorite of the third generation Naruto kids (because the first generation Naruto kids for me is Minato's generation, which makes Naruto's generation the second) is without question Shikadai. The son of my OTP. Of course. Heh!


I liked Salad, Sasuke and Sakura's child. But. What kind of name is Salad?! Salad Uchiha. What the heck. I thought both Sasuke and Sakura have brains? Haha! I'm kidding! I like her though. Seeing the Uchiha smirk in a female? Cool!


Salad and Bolt's soon to be love story (Naruto and Hinata's first born) will be the realization of the NaruSasu, NaruSaku and SasuHina ships. And SakuHina if that exists. I'm tempted to write a fic for Salad and Bolt as a matter of fact. Mostly to write about Naruto and Sasuke's "horror "at finding their kids involve romantically. But as it was, fanfic writers, especially those in NaruHina and SasuSaku ships, have already been writing of Naruto and Sasuke's kids' love stories even before Salad and Bolt came about.


Ino and Sai! I never saw that coming! I was riding the ChouIno ship. But since both Chouji and Ino are happy with their respective spouses, I am happy too. Chouji ended up with the red head from Kumo. Akamaru is old now which touched my heart because I really like dogs. Though it was my family's guinea pigs that I named after Naruto characters.


The one thing that made me sad? Neji's grave. Neji really died. I know. I know he died. It is still my prerogative not to accept it. But Hinata bringing her daughter to lay flowers in Neji's grave denied me of that prerogative. It said, "Hyuuga Neji" in the grave.


I'm thinking of what manga panels to put in this post, fully aware that I want to put the entire chapter here. Hahahaha! I'm thinking of rummaging deviantart to put fanarts here, especially of the new generation Naruto kids. Maybe next year. Haha! I'll settle with the actual manga panels of Naruto 700.


Here we go!




There you go! That is Shikamaru's kid. Guess who he called 'mom. :)) WE ARE FRIGGIN' CANON!!!



Temari's jade eyes with Shikamaru's scowl. The Uchiha smirk in a female character! Well, Bolt is his father's son...



Anko gained weight didn't she? Oh well. There's the Neji Hyuuga grave. *cries*


My Chouji-Ino ship sank. Oh well.



Asuma and Kurenai's kid.



Well, there goes my SasuHina ship... Not that I expected it will ever come to life anyway. But Sasuke, Sakura, explain to me why you named your child Salad. Really?



Of course, the favorite son got a WHOLE panel for himself.



The new Kages.

And Naruto ends...

Sayonarra Naruto. Arigatou gozaimasu.

Review: Naruto 696

So I was not able to hold out. But come'on! The last I read was 678!!! And I haven't read anything One Piece for a year and more now! That's enough restrain!

I'm still just sneaking and the fight against Kaguya does not deserve a sneak review. So I'll jump to 696.



Well, I'm biased. Since I still listen to Seishun Kyousoukyoku and wallow in despair for Naruto and Sasuke's friendship. Regardless, Sasuke's speech in this chapter is b***sh*t. I like Madara's Infinite Tsukoyomi more. That made more sense. That's more "logical" in bringing "peace", albeit an illusionary one. Nevertheless.

Honestly, reading this chapter made me feel bad. Though the chapters before this one were not bad, it feels as if I didn't miss much. That's the overall feeling anyway.

Seriously Kishi. I don't need Sasuke coming back to Konoha and becoming 'good' again. I just want him to be logical. I just want to understand him. And shut up, I understood him even with his destroy-Konoha logic, though that was stupid and ridiculous. This one, I don't know...maybe I just have too much in my mind as it is...I have no brain cells to spare trying to understand him... (Then again, I never understood Obito turning to Tobi. And I understood Madara.)

Review: Shingeki no Kyojin

(One last! Because this had been almost a year overdue now. So might as well. Just short.)

I finally get to write this!  Short but, anyway, at least I finally wrote something.


I learned of this anime last year, when six people from my different circles suggested, in a span of one week, that I watch this. The latest anime episode released then was Episode 4. The idea that these people told me of the same new anime means the plot is interesting and wide enough to appeal to people of different perspectives. Which sounds very promising.

When I watched the first episode, I was speechless. The amount of symbolism in that one episode blew my mind. How much that one episode spoke about humanity, society, revolution, people, dreams, beliefs, ideals, rules and norms was just mind-boggling. I only felt this much awestruck in two other anime/manga. One was Rurouni Kenshin (first episode) and the other was Fullmetal Alchemist (first chapter). And considering how much I respect and revere, no - how much I worship, these anime/manga, it sounds really, really promising.

There is indeed a common theme in RuroKen, FMA and Shingeki - revolution. Most people think of revolution as chaos. But revolution is not just changing of powers. Revolution is change. When we are presented with situations that forces us to examine ourselves and our world, something changes in us. Isn't that what Himura Kenshin did? A manslayer that does not kill. Isn't that what Edward and Alphonse Elric did? Humans whose aim is to get their (human) bodies back. They challenged something in us. That is what Eren is doing. A human who abandoned his humanity to overcome monsters (at least as far as the manga goes while I'm writing this, chapter 58, which is a few months ago but I haven't got to read the new releases, so).

The depth of RuroKen and FMA is no question. Both for their characters and their story plots. These manga and anime gave us so much more than swordfights and transmutations. They gave me lessons on history (for RuroKen), science (for FMA), society, humanity and humans. These shows made me think (I'm a nerd like that, I introspect a lot when I watch anime or read manga and books). These shows were not only entertaining, they were profound, philosophical and insightful. RuroKen and FMA are aware. That's why they are legends. That's why they are epic. And Shingeki no Kyojin is promising to be another legend, another epic.

It is, though. It is really good.

The story opens with a narration (both for the anime and the manga) as to what had happened from "our" time to the time of the story. Humanity is driven to extinction by the sudden appearance of Titans or shingeki. The humanity is driven to that small territory, protected only by series of walls. But unlike the species we are currently driving to extinction, humans are fighting back. There are "organizations" that equates to the military forces of states in our present time. There are the Scouts, who ventures out of the Walls to investigate about the Titans, much like the Navy, Marine and Air Force; and there are the Military Police, who keeps the order inside the Walls, much like, well, the Police. It's a small picture but it is still "our" society. The power structure of the present society is still there. The main character is Eren Jaeger but the story is not really just about him. It is the story of humanity. It is the story of society. It is even the story of the planet. It is a story of evolution and revolution.



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Eren is not my favorite character but he is the character I could relate most. My favorite character is Armin. But Eren, Eren's attitude is me. Stubborn as stubborn can be. So passionate with things he believe in that he is often mindless about going for it when he gets to that. If those outbursts from my past posts are not any indication, then I don't know. Heh. His thoughts, his contradictions, his ironies. The bewilderment, quite unable to process everything yet but he just had to try so hard because it needs to make sense. Because it matters that it makes sense. Because he finally found something to fight for. I don't watch Shingeki in one sitting. It's too emotionally and mentally taxing for me. *wink*

The roster of characters in this anime is wide. I can't even begin properly. Hah!



Levi is of course love. The strongest soldier of humanity. Who is not at awe at how fast and furious he is battles, and how clean-freak he is? But Levi is really outstanding. His belief system is his own. I always like characters who can build their own belief system and act according to them. His battle prowess dwarfs everybody in the series. He is fearless in battles but he does have fears (see Chapter 58), which makes him less fearless and more brave.


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Mikasa is a pillar. The girl's mental strength is Eren's pillar of support. Mikasa is one of the strongest of the human soldiers as well but I admire her mental strength more than that. There are so many strong, mentally and physically strong, characters in this anime. But even among them Mikasa stands out. Mikasa is young, less battle-seasoned and slightly naïve. And yet her mind is steady and strong, already comparable, not to the same level but comparable, to more battle-seasoned characters like Levi and Erwin.



Erwin is really something else. Erwin is that strong, especially character-wise, that he earned Levi's respect and instigated him to follow orders. Levi used to be somebody who will follow no one's orders. People who have their code of beliefs are usually like that. But Erwin changed that. I read somewhere that to understand the strength of a leader is to see what kind of people his followers are. Makes sense right? My respect for Erwin just soared to Milky Way by how he conducted himself in that Capture the Female Titan operation. He was so calm and collected, decisive and very intelligent. How he conducted himself in front of the Governor after that was just superb. So superb. So much composure. Watching him in that episode (Episode 25) made me understood why Levi followed him.


Armin is my favorite character, for the same reason Shikamaru Nara and Hyuuga Neji are my favorites -  because he is smart. Armin is meek but he is full of courage. He is determined and purposeful. He is brave, sometimes he only don't think so. Then again, fear is a major component of being brave. I love his calculating and analytical mind. And I love most how he is brave at battles then revert back to being meek after. He is a fascinating character for that.

The structure of the remaining hub of humanity is a miniature version of our society. But sh*t is it as annoying. Where the people are just watching, throwing comments and calling things disasters while they and their mouths wait for the Titans to attack, then they will scream and cry and beg for their lives. That's why I was Eren in that first episode. When the Survey Corps came in, I was Eren. People frustrates me like they frustrate Eren. That urge to punch people in the face for being &*^%#@@%$ is so unbearable that I usually have to be alone. Also, isn't it revolting how the pampered asses are in the core and inner-most wall? Leaders are people like Erwin, who leads his people, who are with his people. I have long understood that there are people who are meant to be leaders and there are who are to be followers. For instance, I am a better follower than a leader. But the Governor and his cronies, they aren't leaders. They should not even be handing out judgements. The idea of the political system and political hierarchies annoy me sh*t. Blind belief to anything, authority or religion is deadly. I'm not an atheist nor an agnostic but I never thought one should stay in a corner and pray and expect the world to be all rainbows and butterflies. Mikasa said the world is cruel but the world is us isn't it? Did that ever make you think? Our society, our world, is the reflection of our collective consciousness. That mindless complacency and passiveness is what makes the world cruel.

There's a story by Kahlil Gibran about a brilliant doctor and a group of patients. The doctor was treating the patients and was telling them how they can overcome their illness. What the patients did in return was to choke the doctor until he died. Then they raved on how good a doctor he was and how he knew how their diseases can be cured. The patients are the people, the society. The doctor are the people who the society condemned, ridiculed and sometimes killed, for their ideas, beliefs and actions then on their deaths (perhaps decades later) they and their ideas will be commemorated, quoted and admired.

The soundtrack of the anime are good as well. Befitting to the adrenaline and drama of the series. Seiyuu-wise. Hmmmm, I'm not very familiar of most of the seiyuu(s) in the series to be honest. Then again, I don't know a very wide range of voice actors. But they're good nevertheless. Notable names are (and I did a GoogleSearch for this), for Eren (Yuuki Kaji), Mikasa (Yui Ishikawa), Armin (Marina Inoue), Levi (Kamiya, Hiroshi) and Erwin (Ono, Daisuke). As a matter of fact, I only know Ono-san, who voiced Midorima in Kuroku no Basuke. I saw Sugita Tomokazu's name somewhere in the list but his character escaped me. Maybe one of the many soldiers. Anyhow...

I wonder, can, and when, will humanity understand what have kept them captive, and what is keeping them captive? If you'd think about it for real, the Titans aren't really imaginary…

The Legend Ends, Reaction to

(This was actually written Sept. 29. But I avoid my blogs these days, especially this one. Writing this now, I have to constantly remind myself to resist reading any manga. Even if Naruto ends.)
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

Well, one word:

AWESOME.

The movie was awe awesome and epic. If I am to compare this with the two preceding movies, I was a bit alienated with this one. I didn't know what's going to happen, what to expect even, because it deviated much from the anime and the manga. But it was NOT annoying and you could see why they did it. OR, as I said in my previous Kenshin movie post, your love for Kenshin (and Satoh) will make you understand.

I actually don't have much free time to compose a proper and fitting review. So I'll just rave away.

In the movie, the Purgatory was not blown up before it could sail away. Well, the production did spend money to produce the ship and it looked impressive on the big screen. The Purgatory therefore was able to 'cause' chaos in the public of Tokyo, which Shishio articulated. In the anime, it was Kenshin and Saito who articulated it (but the carriage to the port, As If to Fly episode, was skipped in the movies). I liked it that the point of the black ship Purgatory was stressed in the movie, through Shishio. One of the greatest merit of Rurouni Kenshin (manga and anime) was it's historical element, a look on the Japanese psyche torn between their ego-centrism and self-sufficiency, and the new ideas of the West.

On Hiko and Kenshin's final tutorial. That part went very different from the anime and manga. But the movie gave the gist, so all good. They showed Kenshin getting his ass kicked by his master. They showed Kenshin as Shinta. They showed that moment that Kenshin realized what he lacked - respect for his own life, or in the words of the movie, 'the will to live'. I liked Hiko's articulation on how Kenshin, due to his years being the Battousai, no longer places worth on his life. That's one of my favorite lines in the movie. And the bamboo scene was refreshing. I liked that set. I guess the waterfalls version of the anime was too dangerous for the real-life actors.

Fights. Hmmm. Saito finishing off the Blind Eye something (I forgot what he was actually called) was hilarious. It was so short! (There was quite a number of 'Eh?' sounding around the movie house. I had that reaction too when the first time I watched the movie). Kenshin vs Sojiro was amazing. Battle of the Tenken(s). Hmmm, Kenshin vs Aoshi was good too. Oh! That moment when Saito said 'let's go' to Kenshin! Lovely moment there. Sano vs Anji was laughtrip.

Well, it is easy to pick the most awesome scene in the movie (in the Ruroken movie trilogy even, as it was in the anime series). The Shishio vs Kenshin, Sano, Saito and Aoshi. I wondered if anyone in the movie theatre even breathed until that was over. That was just awesome, epic, amazing, breath-taking, superb, magnificent. I even like it more than how it happened in the anime. Kenshin, Sano, Saito and Aoshi circling Shishio and attacking all at the same time? Well, find something that tops that. Even for action movies, I don't suppose there's many who can top the ferocity AND grace of that series of scenes. Without massive, exaggerated explosions (though there were explosions but none of the clouds of fire), it was a very good action sequence.  The danger was there, the adrenaline, the rush, then there was the class, the refined movements, the elegance of clashing katana. I don't have the capacity to find proper words to describe it. It was just so stunningly beautiful.
Ryunosuke (Sojiro's actor) was very good. The movie did not have the luxury of time to show how much emotion was involved in the second fight of Kenshin and Sojiro, but it still managed to show it, at least some. Not many words. Just the shift in Ryonosuke's expression. Just his eyes. And it's there. I always found that a scary moment, in the anime and in the manga, when Sojiro snapped. And it was scary in the movie too. Watching people snap is always scary anyway. Though when Kenshin snaps, fans get excited, because he's just so much awe-inspiring when he snaps to Battousai mode.

Sano was, as always, the comic relief. Even when he's spurting out blood. But it was also funny when the Tokyo police went to 'arrest' Battousai. Kenshin made a move to draw his katana and they all drew back. One of the few moments that people in the cinema reacted loudly. We burst out laughing. Loud. (I watched the movie thrice now, as I'm writing this. I'm sure several of the people I was with in the cinema had also watched in the first week of its showing. And yet, it induces the same reaction, every time). I don't know what that says about Kenshin fans.

I also liked that moment when supposedly, Kenshin was to be executed. Though I wanted to throw something on the screen when  people were cursing Kenshin. That man, you pathetic brainless fools, is the man that sacrificed his peace of mind to help create the peace you are enjoying. Don't just read newspapers baka, think for yourself. Anyway, it was obvious that was Saito, the executioner. But it was so sad at the end. There was no one for Saito! Kenshin had Kaoru to support him, Aoshi had Misao, Sano had Yahiko (though Megumi would have been good too. SanoMegumi!!!) but Saito had no one, just his cigarette. That was sad. The lone wolf.

I liked the 'salute the samurai' moment. I liked the play of emotion on their faces - Kenshin, the hitokiri who threw his youth for the revolution; Saito, the Shinsengumi captain whose duty to his country did not end with the defeat of the Shogun; Aoshi, the commander of Oniwabansyu that the Imperialist had thrown away despite their contribution to the peace of the new age; and Sano, the child who saw the injustice of the Imperialist government on the very people that helped them to victory. No words. Just their expressions. Even Saito reacted! But. No words. And. It meant so much more. Not one of them said anything. Just their eyes. Just their face. It was golden!

My best experience was still that of the first movie. It was just so fun, so exhilarating, to see fellow fans flocking the cinema, smiling at you for no reason at all other than they're just so happy as you are, and just as thrilled as you are. I felt like a kid all over again. I think most fans did. It was like your childhood being brought to life. (Though, I think I was high school when Kenshin came about?) And you're seeing people whose childhoods were also peopled by Battousai and the Wolf of Mibu. Somehow, that common thing made you 'comrades', at least for awhile.

I think Shishio was Kenshin's greatest opponent, in the anime and in the manga. None of his later nemesis had the same strength and depth of Shishio. Kenshin's battle with Shishio had the greatest drama, had the greatest emotional tug, had the greatest fights. It was also a figurative fight on so many ways. It symbolized Kenshin's own revolution. It showed the depth of Kenshin's commitment to his country. That moment in the anime, when Kenshin almost surrendered to death and his last thoughts were that he had done his duty to Nihon, protected Kyoto, that just broke my heart. Saito would be his other great opponent but they eventually fought together, for the peace of the country they both fought for. I just, well, that line works very, very well on me. It really tugs at my heart. It reaches to the patriot in me. Anyway. I think this should do.

Favorite sequence ever is in the third movie.

Favorite movie is the second.

Favorite OST is that of the first movie.

The Legend Ends.

It's sad. It feels as if Rurouni Kenshin ended all over again. But it's also nice. To be able to see the characters in the big screen, years after the manga and the anime ended. I'm thankful, for everything and everyone that brought this about.

Just one more thing.

There was no Kenji. *sad face*

(And I'm heading back to my, hmmm, to what I'm supposed to be doing)
Day 6: Your favorite Homunculus

(Sneaking for just one more post!)




Easy.

Greed.

Ed put it rather well, in his last battle against Pride on the Promised Day. Of the homunculus, it is only Greed who thought for himself, who did what he did because it's what he wanted and thought to be right. I paraphrased of course because the exact line flew out of my mind and if I played the episode to get the line I will end up watching the entire series again.

Greed's actions were his actions. The first Greed and the second. Both of them, at different times, at different circumstances. Perhaps it is the avarice in them that hungered to go their own way. Greed did not take orders (he did when he was just revived in Ling but stopped being under Father's control again after he attacked Wrath) from anyone. He thought for himself. He once questioned Ed why humans classify greed to good and bad, which in the manga Ed replied as it being called 'integrity' and that Greed should try it sometimes. But Greed had that too. In a way. Integrity. In his own way. It's different than what Ed had meant by intergrity of course. He's a homunculus whose main and dominant feeling is greed. Of course words have different meanings in his perspective.

And.

He was voiced by Nakamura Yuiichi.

That does it. Period.

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