We’re Comrades, Not Friends (Eizouken Analysis)

There’s one particular quirk that comes up whenever a character ask if the members of the Eizouken are friends in Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 

When someone ask that, both Asakusa and Kanamori answered by saying that they are actually comrades, rather than friends. The reason for this particular quirk was only revealed during the flashback that explores the origin of Asakusa and Kanamori’s ‘partnership’.

Upon learning about their backstory, and after thinking about it for a while, it really confirmed something to me.

We have a very sentimental attachment toward the notion of friendship.

Continue reading We’re Comrades, Not Friends (Eizouken Analysis)

The Horror of Change (Evangelion 3.33 Analysis)

They say that changes is a form of death.

In a way they are. After all, changes is letting go everything that you know, not just about the world, but about yourself. Breaking free from all of that, to unburden yourself of something that you have intrinsically tied into your sense of self, can be a form of death.

The horrifying reality of change, however, do not just stem from the metaphorical death that comes with it. But also in the way it can affect others.

Changes doesn’t come in isolation. Wanting happiness for ourselves, for instance, may entail curbing the happiness of others. An unfortunate effect of living a scarcity-governed world populated by myriad of individuals with intersecting and contradicting wants as well as needs.

In the case of Shinji in Rebuild of Evangelion, the changes that he did brought literal apocalypse.

Continue reading The Horror of Change (Evangelion 3.33 Analysis)

The Spectrum of Love (Fate/Grand Order’s Ooku’s Analysis)

The arrival of the Tokugawa’s Restoration Labyrinth: Ooku, one of Fate/Grand Order’s event, marked what I would like to dub as the conclusion of the Sakura trilogy in the Fate franchise, which was started with Heaven’s Feel in Fate/Stay Night, and continued in Fate/Extra CCC. I say this not just because the way the three chapters all starred some variation of Sakura (because Fate is weird like that), but also because they are, in some ways, involve a thematical portrayal of love. In Heaven’s Feel, the protagonist Shirou wrestled with choosing his ideals over his love, Sakura. In CCC, BB, The Alter Egos, and Kiara, represented a very twisted versions of love.

Fate/Grand Order’s Ooku more or less continued the tradition set by CCC in having the characters embodied a whole spectrum of love. The characters in this case are Kiara, Kama, and Kasuga-no-Tsubone.

Continue reading The Spectrum of Love (Fate/Grand Order’s Ooku’s Analysis)

How Tomozaki Becomes my Favorite Loner (From Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki)

Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki's Main Protagonist, Tomozaki

When I saw the premise of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki, I felt a bit… iffy. Reading the synopsis gave me the impression that the show is going to be some kind of self-help guide for lonely nerds where a girl helps a guy in order to be the most popular normie at school. I was worried that would be a certain vapidity in the proceeding. Now that I’ve watched the show, well, the show is technically what the synopsis said, but also something more.

More importantly it kind of cements Tomozaki as my favorite loner type characters. This is largely due to his honesty and earnestness which can be seen in the way he ties his motivation to his gamer identity.

Continue reading How Tomozaki Becomes my Favorite Loner (From Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki)

Oregairu and Me in Retrospect

Few months really late, but it has recently come to my attention that Oregairu‘s final volume was finally published after a long hiatus (Thanks again Frog-kun for the summary!).

First off, wow! It’s finally over! Second, I can’t believe it’s almost been about five to six years since I first watched the anime. I once wrote a post about the series, but it was so amateurish and cringey that I am really embarrassed to share the link here.

Continue reading Oregairu and Me in Retrospect