“You’ll think about this at 10pm on Sunday, and you know what, that’s when I think about stuff like ‘if anyone else did this, would they have done the same thing?’ If your girlfriend were in your chair, should she have acted the same way?” In life, I think it’s easy to play ‘the shoulda-woulda-coulda game.’ ‘I should have done this,’’ ‘if only I would have done this,’ or ‘if only I could have…’ Stop.
I’ve loved the Lupin III series for longer than I knew why. There’s just something about a gentleman thief and overpowered crew getting into wacky hijinks before always seeming to make it out alive that’s appealing in a world so stifled by insufferable formalities. What happens when an anti-hero from the past arrives in the present laden with smartphones, drones, and everything digital that could usurp his throne, and cause his reputation to lay prone?
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
As I wrote about in “Headache’s Root Cause,” I had been subconsciously wanting a spot where I could just roll around on the carpet and stretch my muscles as I read. I might be a fidgety reader, so having a place where I can stretch my muscles, stretch my mind, then rest both has been helpful for me. I’m not sure of the best reading-on-the-floor posture yet, so I just read however it feels comfortable.
While engaging in my third-favorite-activity, exploring the world as I will at my own pace, [first-favorite-activity: writing, then reading,] when walking by flowers after returning to my Viridi digital flower gardens, I now “get” the idea of having digital – and real – flowers. I’m not yet ready for the responsibility of raising real flowers, but Viridi can teach that sense of daily responsibility, which taps into the same discipline mindset as working toward your dreams daily.
Between Pet and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, I think Pet might be my favorite show of the 2020 Winter season. Eizouken might be the better show overall from factors like animation quality, imagination, and excitement. I’ve always been more of a fan of media that makes you better for having experienced it. When you know what’s important to you, you tend to gravitate toward similar media. For me, I’m always hooked in by open-ended thoughts.
Six years ago, I bought a cheap copy of Gray’s Anatomy because I figured I’d someday get around to glancing through it. Maybe it’d be useful for me to learn some body mechanics given my interest in rowing? Now that I’ve been dealing with intense headaches for months, currently rocking a two-week-old tension headache, I figured I’d casually read until I was overwhelmed, but actually, it’s not overwhelming at all! “It’s for first-year med students…”
“The quote may be heard, but dialogue is overheard.” Sentences like that, from Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark, offends me. The surrounding text clarifies its meaning, but to rely on such specific word choice to convey a specific lesson is the reason why I may never formally educate myself through a writing program. With media like this, I’ll skip through these offensive sections, learn what I can, then move onto the next media meandry.
I used to think I had tinges of ADHD. Then I befriended someone living with ADHD. At most, my distractions are caused by an overactive brain, so when I read anything, invariably, I’ll lose concentration after a few pages or lines depending on the dryness of the material so I’ll stare out toward my physical clutter while my mind wanders, then I return to reading. What I’m trying to practice is reigning in those wanderings.
Even before the opening song in episode 1 of Pet, we already explore an uncommon psychological depth. Why do we like macabre media? What horrors do we internalize because we are too sensitive to the outside world? What if we locked away these peaks [emotional highs] and valleys [emotional lows]? Could we navigate the grime and glitter of this world with more ease? These are some questions Pet meanders through, so let’s meander through them, too.
While covering episodes 1 and 2 of currently-airing anime Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, I wrote meandry academic thoughts between screenshots in a gallery experiment. Although an exceedingly fun and clever show, with moderately deep characters and creative artistic flourishes, I’m not the most qualified to academically study it. Instead, let’s meander over an idea from the episode. How does someone make and complete a project, fulfilling and profitable, under what might seem like an impossible deadline?