Category Archives: Otaku
Anything related to anime, manga or other Asian pop culture
Anyone who uses Steam regularly knows they have a big end of the year sale in December. This year the sale is quite small, compared to last years, when there were 1600 games with discount varying from 10% to 75%. I usually wait for this sale to make big purchases. I’ve bought a few games already and my favorite of the season is Magical Diary. It’s an indie visual novel game by Hanako Games.
Just a quick for this one. I saw this one passing by on Facebook and couldn’t help but sharing it 🙂
Isn’t she cute? Danny Choo linked me this picture. If you’re an anime fan, you should definitely check out his website www.dannychoo.com . If you’ve seen a stray stormtrooper in random japanese pictures, it’s him.
Korean popular music, or K-pop, has been booming the last few years. Proof of this was the very successful concert SM Entertainment held in Paris last year. It sold out in just a few hours and the European fans are already asking when they are coming back. Soon after that they held another concert in New York, which sold out even faster. German magazines write articles about K-pop and Indonesia shows regular K-pop music videos on their music channels.
Kingdom Hearts is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. This franchise has a special meaning to me. When the first game came out it, I saw the trailer and was entranced by the beautiful song that accompanied it. I looked it up and found it was Simple and Clean from Utada Hikaru. This was my first conscious meeting with the Japanese pop culture. After that I started to watch anime (the ones not shown here), read manga, listen to more Asian songs etc. Without Kingdom Hearts I wouldn’t be who I am today ❤ So I wish I had it, I wish I could buy it, and who knows, maybe I will 🙂
Ghibli Studio’s Whisper of the Heart is my favorite movie. Yes, it’s a children’s movie, animated by the Japanese version of Disney studios, but I can’t help it.
The story revolves about a young girl, Tsukishima Shizuku, who spends her summer vacation reading books instead of studying. All the books she borrows from the local library have one thing in common. A boy called Amagasa Seiji borrowed them before. She reads a lot of fairy tales and imagines Seiji as her prince charming. During her vacation she encounters a ‘jerk’ and she strongly wishes Seiji isn’t like him. At the end of the summer vacation she finds out the two boys are the same and that he isn’t a jerk. She just misunderstood. Seiji tells Shizuku that his dream is to become a great violin builder and that he wants to go to Italy to pursue his dream instead of going to high school. Shizuku get inspired to find and follow her own dream, writing. I won’t tell you the ending, but I’m sure you can guess.
I love this movie because of its theme, follow your dreams. I think more people need to find their dreams and work to pursue them. I always feel inspired by this movie and it makes me want to work harder to get where I want to be. What makes this movie even more special to me is that my dreams is also writing.
When I’m down or have a writer’s block, I have to watch or read something that inspires that me. Whisper of the Heart is one that never fails to do so. Miyazaki Hayao’s magic is one that keeps enchanting people. His magic is of all ages and never becomes old. All of his movies have a setting that you can only create when you wonder. You can’t think of something like The Cat Returns or Ponyo without that wonder. Watching any of his movies triggers my wonder ability.
Of course there are other works with themes about passion and dreams. Bakuman is another one in the same category. But I wouldn’t watch Bakuman to get inspired. I would watch it when I need a reminder to work hard. Talent becomes nothing without hard work.