Fiction Realm Has Entered it’s Second Year Whut Whut

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(Technically speaking I started blogging in October 2014, but I made my WordPress account on September, so….)

Welp, Fiction Realm has just (or about to, depending) entered it’s second year anniversary. I guess I really like blogging huh?

I’d say “blogging”, but as some of you has notice, I only pretty much blog for about once a month starting this year. Something that….I’d explain later.

So anyway, I feel like introspecting this blog since last year are more or less going to repeat what I’ve already said last year (I think my writing has gone better, I’ll keep improving etc.), so I’ve decided for this occasion to just inform you guys about what’s been happening to me in the past year.

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Concrete Revolutio and The Courage to Change the World

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“I’m weak, that’s why I wanted to grow stronger”

Katararezu Tomo

Those words always rang in my mind every day of my life.

Highschool are probably still one of the most shaky times of my life in terms of my identity and belief. It’s also the first time where I’d become more aware about current political climate and various issues in the world, particularly surrounding the Islamic world, where I was previously ignorant of it.

To this day, I still think what a blissful ignorant that was. All of the revelation became too much for my poor mind, which resulted in me trying the best I can to be always in the dark regarding discussion on Islamic politics.

One of my former classmate however, whom I shall only refer to on this post as R, embrace that revelation. R was intelligent, driven, sociable and probably one-of-the kind person that I’ve ever met in my life. Much like the superhumans in Conrevo, he’s passionate to change world. At the same time however, he also held belief that, in my mind, both naive and extreme which always makes me uneasy. I never tried to voice my disagreement whenever he spouted his belief, which to my annoyance he often does whenever opportunity present itself, because I can’t ever get the correct words right and frankly, I’m too cowardly.

Nonetheless, his passion are undeniable. He even managed to inspire many of my own friends to agree with him. Despite my disagreement of his view, being socially inept for most of the time, I’m always jealous over his boldness and his ability to influence other people around him, often for positive effect. And so, despite my unwillingness to engage in discussion, my jealousy did became my drive to learn more and think critically about narrative, fiction or otherwise, which helped me to learn more about human condition, and to some extension, how various system came to be. I wanted to be able to voice my concern about R’s belief or anyone else sharing his belief and discuss it with them.

I wanted to grow stronger.

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So I’ve Watched God Eater

Adapting video game into an anime (or well, to any visual medium like tv series or movie, really) has always been a tricky business. There’s usually two, most often used, ways to do this. Either stick close to the narrative of the game or branch out to create its own narrative using the game as a foundation.

God Eater anime is more or less in a weird compromise between the two methods. The anime only covers about half of the game storyline (I’ve played the game before watching, pretty much the only reason I’m watching this) while adding in its own several ideas. The overall result of that is….interesting. God Eater is underdeveloped and uneven in many parts, but it certainly has highs. I’d say that’s already more than most anime could do.

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The Two-mon Series: Digimon vs Pokemon

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For the last few months, for a number of reasons, I’ve been mostly staying away from current airing anime and engrossed myself in kids cartoon. More specifically, the two, arguably is still, giant in the kids-and-monster genre, Digimon and Pokemon. It was then that I realize that I’m now quite familiar enough with the two franchise (it’s anime, specifically) to start comparing the in what they set to out to do.

Make no mistake, despite sharing the whole kids befriending monster trope, the two series couldn’t be more different. They have different tones, priorities and goals when it comes to pitting monsters against each other. Which is why I apologize in advance if you’re coming in here expecting me to start comparing which series is better. This is more of a compare and contrast post in seeing what the two respective franchise is trying to set out to do (although you may find out about which aspect on either series that I like better).

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Inside Out: A Love Letter

Ever since childhood, my social situation isn’t exactly the best. This is something that I already mentioned in my Naruto and Hachiman comparison post that I made a while back. The general problem was that I’m socially awkward and I don’t feel belong within the major social circle in my school, mainly because of differing interest in life. Problem which still haunts me even now.

Of course, the go to person for me to talk to whenever I feel down about all of this, or just whenever I feel depressed in general, was my parents back then, often in tears. My mother more specifically since she’s also been in the same situation as me when she was in college.

She’d often opt to lecture me every time I did that, often with an intense voice instead of a calm one, and her advice are always the same whenever I talk to her about it. “Don’t think too hard about it, school isn’t about making friends” she said, “You have to hold on” she said. Basically, she wants me to be strong, whatever that means.

Her advices aren’t exactly wrong. Life always has its down moments in store for us. The best thing we can do whenever that happened is to stay optimistic and just go through it right?

It’s a good advice…..but it’s just not what I want.

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My Gift to You: A Short Story

Hey guys! It’s been a while.

For the last few weeks I haven’t really made any post yet as some of you may already notice. I’m not gonna make excuses, I kinda dealing with stuff in real life right now.

Buuuuttt, while I wasn’t making post, doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped writing though! I’ve been writing some fanfiction (which I will disclose some time in the future) and one short story of my own, which I will share with you guys here. Let me know what you think!

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So, I’ve Watched Konosuba

Fantasy series that involved, in one way or another, a protagonist from our world who struggles in a, well, fantasy universe tends to signal a warning light in my head. Even more so when said fantasy universe was deeply inspired by MMO mechanic. Stories of such nature, while not only has been prevalent in the industry in this post-SAO world, is something that I don’t associate with good-storytelling. There has been some exceptions, like last year decent-but-not-too-remarkable Danmachi and this season slice-of-life focused MMO anime Grimgar. But on the whole, I remained skeptical in a story with this sort-of premise.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, or Konosuba, however, thankfully rebuked my earlier expectation that it’s going to be another bland entry to the fantasy-mmo genre. And while it’s comedic-centric conceit is a fresh of breath air, unfortunately, I can’t say that it’s a particularly noteworthy entry either.

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My Personal Favorite Digimon Episodes

Just a few months ago, I’ve decided to rewatch the entirety of the original Digimon Adventure. On the whole it was….enjoyable but not exactly something I could recommend, at least not casually. It has highs, emotional resonance, engaging and also diverse main cast, and the love it receive from its fans are certainly understandable, but half the time its ranging from below average to solid but not remarkable. The entire production doesn’t help either. The background are nice, but the animation is often limited. The direction sometimes capable, sometimes its stale. One of the most engaging moment in the series are only when the episode focused on Digidestined internal struggle and with each other which……only came about halfway point of the show.

But, I’m not here to review Adventure. With the second part of Digimon Tri just came out, I thought this will be a good time for me to personally list my favorite episodes of the show. Spoiler alert, obviously. Although, if any of you who wanted to get into the franchise wondering if several highlight would be worth an entire watch, this would be those.

Also, when I said Digimon Adventure, I left out 02, because…..well, 02 isn’t particularly good. It has highlights, but on the whole it’s kind of a mess.

Anyway, in no particular order, the list!

(For the sake of convenience, I will be using the english title)

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Grimgar: Walking Together

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If you been following my tweet, you know that I’m currently in the process of returning into my Uni after I, eh, ran away half a year ago.

So far, it hasn’t been easy. My lack of social skill cripples me. For some reason, just a simple conversation with my fellow major was proven to be a tough challenge for me. I could manage some idle chatter like homework or class, but it never goes off beyond that, which made me frustrated even more.

When I confessed all of this to one of my fellow major (which may or may not involve tears), he also said that all of them are also confused in how are they going integrate me into them. The fact that I’ve been quiet and closed doesn’t make things easier for them either, even though in reality I’m just as clueless on how to deal with them.

By the end, he said that he’ll talk once again with my fellow majors on how to handle my situation.

Although, up to this point I had no idea what they can do to help me.

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