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Alone Gensomaden Saiyuki Song Quote Analysis

Friday, November 25, 2016 No comments:
“All of the people coming and going bear heavy burdens, searching for tomorrow.”
- Alone (song from Gensomaden Saiyuki)

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Alone is the second ending theme song from the Gensoumaden Saiyuki anime and manga series by Kazuya Minekura. It was sung by Shimokawa Mikuni.

Saiyuuki tells the story of 4 men who were sent by the Goddess of Mercy on a journey to the west to stop the resurrection of the Demon King and to save the world from youkai (demons) that have gone berserk and out of control thanks to what was known as the Minus Wave.

Alone is such a sad and melancholy-sounding song, so it’s no wonder that you get quotes like this as part of its lyrics. What do you think of it?

It’s the truth, isn’t it? Everyone has problems, things to worry about, stuff that bothers them, etc. We all have our burdens, our pains and sorrows. There are times when despair and anxiety and fear grip us.

You may see people smiling and looking happy, but is that really the truth? What is really hidden behind the smiles of some people?

Are their smiles fake? Are they just smiling to hide the pain that they feel inside? The phrase 'searching for tomorrow' can be likened to hope.

With all the things that we have to endure and face each and every day, we all just want to find tomorrow, right? We’re searching for something or someone to believe in. We want to cling to tomorrow, to hope, to the future, just trying our best to hold on and keep believing no matter how much it hurts.

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Dane-of-Celestia (CC:BY) from deviantArt

1 Thing To Hate About Sugar Sugar Rune

Saturday, November 19, 2016 No comments:
Sugar Sugar Rune is an anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno. From the title itself, you can already tell that this is a shoujo-type show that's aimed for girls. Of course, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. So, what's the problem with this anime then? What's there to hate about it?

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The answer to that question can be summed up in three words: magical transformation sequence.

Yep, this is one of those shows that's all about magic and fantasy. While I love the genre, I could definitely do without the magical transformation sequences.

For one thing, these scenes are completely pointless and useless. Seeing Chocolat Meilleure / Kato and Vanilla Mieux / Ice, the main characters in Sugar Sugar Rune, transform once is already more than enough.

Who needs to see them transform into their witch outfits again and again each and every episode? What's worse is the fact that there are a lot of episodes when these 2 witches transform more than once.

Their transformation sequence may be short, but if they have to do it more than once per episode, it doesn't make it any less annoying, not to mention a complete waste of time.

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The whole thing doesn't even make sense. Why? It's 'cause Chocolat and Vanilla are the only ones we see having to transform to use their magic.

We've seen other magical people in the Human World, like Rockin' Robin, and yet none of them have to change their outfits in order to cast spells.

So, what's up with that? At least, be consistent, right? What do you think about this issue? I talk more about this problem in this post here on Soyuz Mir.

I'd have moved this one here on Anime Archives (Anime Meta) too, but it's already got some comments and notes on Tumblr, so I decided to keep it there indefinitely. I'm mentioning it here for reference as the rest of the anime posts on there will eventually be moved here.

*Notes:
- Both Sugar Sugar Rune pics are from Amazon.com; links shown above

Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare Shangri-La Song Quote Analysis

Sunday, November 13, 2016 No comments:
“Don’t know where I am. Don’t know what sound to make. Don’t know what to do.”
- Kimi Shi Ni Tamou Koto Nakare (song from Shangri-La)

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Kimi Shi Ni Tamou Koto Nakare or Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare, which means Thou Shalt Not Die, is the first opening theme song from the anime series known as Shangri-La. It was sung by May'n.

Shangri-La started as a light novel before an anime and manga adaptation was made. It belongs to the science fiction genre and focuses on the story of Kuniko Hojo.

What do you think about the quote from the song? It sounds so sad and depressing, doesn’t it, not to mention desperate with a touch of confusion?

It’s like the speaker is filled with so much confusion, worry and anxiety and has no idea how to solve or deal with his or her problems. Sometimes, don’t you find yourself saying or wanting to say these phrases too?

"Don’t know where I am."

It’s like being or feeling alone even when surrounded by so many people, isn’t it? It’s like feeling as if you don’t belong and wanting so much to find the one true place that you can call home, where people will accept you for who you are, where you can be happy.

It’s like saying, “I don’t know where I am, but I just want to find the place I can call home, where I belong. How can I find this place? Where is the happiness that I seek?”

"Don’t know what sound to make."

This sounds so sad and depressing when you really think about it because it’s like feeling so hurt that you can’t even cry out and say that it hurts.

It’s like feeling so much pain, having so many problems and not knowing how to ask for help or if there’s even anyone out there that will help you.

It’s like wanting to scream and shout and just declare how much it hurts and how angry and sad and depressed you are and yet being unable to do so.

It’s like silently screaming and crying and hoping that someone out there can hear your voice and save you from all this pain and suffering.

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"Don’t know what to do."

This sounds even more depressing than the first 2 lines, right? This is just one simple phrase with only a few words and yet there’s so much meaning to it.

It sounds so desperate like you’re about to give up or you just want to give up because you have so many problems and you don’t know what to do anymore. You don’t know how to solve your problems or find the answers to your questions and it just hurts so much that you want to end it all. What do you think about this song and this quote?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Dane-of-Celestia (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Shangri-La pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above

What happens when magical people fall in love in Sugar Sugar Rune?

Monday, November 07, 2016 No comments:
One of the things that can be really confusing in the Sugar Sugar Rune anime and manga series by Moyoco Anno is the way that love works for the magical people in said show. What's wrong or what are the problems with this?

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For starters, did you know that the Magical World's code is "The heart is yours to take. But you must not allow your own to be taken."?

This is in reference to how the magical people take the hearts of humans.

In fact, the Queen Selection Contest is based on this very concept - Queen Candidates Chocolat Meilleure / Kato and Vanilla Mieux / Ice have been tasked to get as many hearts as they can and the one who does will be declared the new queen of the Magical World.

Nothing negative or bad happens to humans when their hearts are taken. They just forget that they ever felt anything or any love or emotion for a particular moment or person. This implies that magical people can take a person's heart as many times as they want and there would be no lasting damage.

However, apparently, that's not at all the case with magical people. Apparently, they only have one heart and it would be very bad if it were to be taken, hence the code mentioned above. That sounds nice and all, except it doesn't make a lick of sense.

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For an answer, let's take a look at Queen Candy and Cinnamon Meilleure, Vanilla and Chocolat's mothers.

Didn't those 2 fall in love? Or is it that they just entered into some meaningless, loveless relationship to have their kids?

Is it that no one ever falls in love in the Magical World even though there's a lot of talk about hearts and love and the like? How does all this work there?

And what happens if a magical person ends up falling in love because there's no way that hasn't happened before, right? That would just be unbelievable.

I talk more about this topic in this post here and here on Soyuz Mir. I'd have moved the articles here on Anime Archives (Anime Meta) too, but both have already got some comments and notes on Tumblr, so I decided to keep them there indefinitely. I'm mentioning them here for reference as the rest of the anime posts on there will eventually be moved here.

*Notes:
- Both Sugar Sugar Rune pics are from Amazon.com; links shown above

Believe In Tomorrow Hunter x Hunter Song Quote Analysis

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 No comments:
“Wherever you may be, whatever you might be doing, there are always doubts, there are always worries. But let’s believe in ourselves.”
- Believe In Tomorrow (song lyrics from Hunter x Hunter)

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Believe In Tomorrow is the first opening theme song of the Hunter X Hunter GI Final OVA anime. It was sung by Sunflower’s Garden.

In Hunter x Hunter GI Final OVA, we join Gon and Killua, the 2 main characters, as they play a very interesting virtual reality game that also involves cards.

Well, there’s more to it than that, but let’s not get into it now :-). Let’s get back to the song, which sounds wonderful, to say the least.

One reason why I like the words quoted above is because of how true and inspirational it is. We all have our own worries, right? We have doubts and fears. We can feel scared, upset and anxious. We can be afraid of tomorrow and of the future.

Sometimes, maybe we can’t help but doubt ourselves. Sometimes, maybe we can’t help but think that this isn’t good or we’re not good enough or our efforts are worth nothing. Sometimes, maybe we just can’t help but worry about everything.

Sometimes, maybe we just can’t help but feel lost and unsure of ourselves like how can we solve this problem or feeling like our problems are too much to handle. And, really, it’s so easy to say "let’s believe in ourselves," right? But it’s just words. Saying it is easier than actually doing it.

The quote from the Believe In Tomorrow song from Hunter x Hunter serves as a good reminder though and it doesn’t try to sugarcoat the truth.

It tells us the truth by saying that, yes, there are always doubts and worries, but it also reminds us that the important thing is to believe in ourselves, to always have hope and to never give up.

As the song title says, "believe in tomorrow." There is always hope, so don’t give up.
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Look at Gon’s face in this pic. He looks so determined, right? And that really fits this quote from Believe In Tomorrow perfectly because it’s like Gon is saying that even if he and Killua have to face tough times, even if they have so much to worry about and even if they may have doubts about their strengths and capabilities, they’re still going to fight and they’re still determined to win and not just give up.

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Dane-of-Celestia (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Pic is meant to symbolize the featured quote from the Believe In Tomorrow song
- Hunter x Hunter pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above