Archive for March 2010

Anime Defines My Existence

March 15, 2010

I’ve recently been watching a lot of To Aru Kagaku No Railgun. So much so, I didn’t need to look up how to spell that. And I have on my desktop a post-it of anime and manga that I want to start, that I’m working on, that I’ve finished. I took a screenshot before I went to bed last night and posted it on tumblr. I woke up at 6:00AM this morning and was at a loss of what to do. So I turned on my computer and had the anime/manga post-it staring back at me. And the finished list was looking a little short. I mean, I’ve for sure finished more than the few that were there. And I’m working on a lot more. So I started thinking. I ended up having to split the post-it and give each category its own post-it.

I don’t know why it’s such a hard thing to do, but I can’t remember all the anime and manga that I’ve finished. It shouldn’t be too hard. I wasn’t even aware there was a distinction between that and normal cartoons until about 6th grade. And I didn’t really start getting into it until my sophomore year of high school. That’s not a whole lot of time, from when I first got into it when I was 11 to now. That’s eight years. People who usually visit or read these might expect me to say it’s nostalgic to think back, but it isn’t. I just want to know what I’ve finished.

Anime and manga has always been about conquests to me. Especially after I found more people to talk about it with. “You’ve started that? Yeah I’m working on it right now. It’s pretty good.” “Dude, that series has been done for a while now.” “Yeah I was thinking of starting that one. Is it any good?” And I’ve always thought I was pretty well versed in the otaku world, dare I say. But compiling these lists, while enforcing in my head that I’ve become more so an “otaku”, makes it blatantly clear that I have not watched nearly as much as I remember watching and reading. Or that I simply don’t remember what I’ve finished. And that’s both really comforting and also really sad-making.

For now, it’s all about consolidation. Working on what I know. And my finished list will probably forever be “incomplete”. But, after making myself light-headed thinking of more titles I’ve finished, that doesn’t seem so bad. And despite it’s connotations, I like anime and manga. It’s one of the few candid joys I have. I just hope I haven’t crossed the line from normal to otaku as definitely as I think I have…

I call upon the youth of the world…

March 1, 2010

I get shivers every time I hear that. The president of IOC (this year it was Jacque Rogge) always closes the Olympics with these words. It’s a call to all the athletes of the world to gather in four years time in the next host city to repeat the Olympics again. Sochi, Russia will be hosting the 2014 Winter Games and I can’t wait for them.

I don’t like the Winter Games as much as I do their older Summer counterparts, but the Olympics are still the Olympics. Two years ago, I wrote about my belief in the Olympic Truce during the two weeks or the month that the Games are being held. No matter how pessimistic I get, I will always hold optimism when it comes to the Olympics. Because there’s so much to hope for. Great athletes competing on the world stage with elites from other countries for their pride and the pride of their countrymen. The largest sense of camaraderie makes itself apparent during these Games that encompasses the world. And sure, tensions will reach breaking points (read: Ohno and the South Koreans) but I like to think it’s for the sake of competition and sportsmanship. And let’s face it, it’s really just a huge party that celebrates athleticism, and to media around the world, the triumph of the human spirit.

So yeah. I love the Olympics. And even though they’re done, there’s still the promise of it being somewhere else in four years’ time. And the next best thing to actually answering Rogge’s call to the youth of the world is supporting the sports festival that they’ll be competing in and believing in the ideals of the Olympic Dream.

Bob Costas, I shall see you in two years’ time in London. Onward to the 2012 Summer Games.