Usagi Drop Roundup: The Viewers Speak Up!

It’s no secret that we here at T.H.A.T. love Usagi Drop as Mystlord had just put out a post that highlights of all things, how the show takes on the issue of identity, of gender, and contemporary social mores. Here we round up not only other members of this blog, but other viewers from within the sphere and the world of anime to talk about their thoughts on the show and how they reflect upon it in their respective stages of their life.

Here are our panelists:

http://ghostlightning.wordpress.com

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http://2dteleidoscope.wordpress.com

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http://notaablog.wordpress.com/

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Now that we’ve rounded up the panelists, let’s get into the discussion!


Question #1: given your familiarity with friends, and/or relatives going through parenting, does Usagi Drop ring true after 7 episodes? (share what your 2nd hand experience is like briefly) [If you are a parent, share your experience briefly]

Crusader

2DT

Talho

Roghek

Hana

Izumi Soujirou

Dozle Zabi

ghostlightning

Question #2: Does the show make you consider becoming a parent as something just as important if not more so than finding and keeping a lifelong partner? How, and if not, why not? [parents: put yourselves back in time when you were single]

Hana

Roghek

Dozle & Mineva

Crusader

Talho

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ghostlightning

2DT

Question #3: what particular moment in the first 7 episodes so far did you connect with the most? Does the show engage you more as nostalgia for childhood or as anxiety about adulthood? Both?

Roghek

Izumi Soujirou

Crusader

Talho

Hana

2DT

Dozle Zabi

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Dear readers, how would you answer the three questions? Do you see yourselves in the circumstances of any of our panelists? If so, would you do/feel differently? It would be lovely to go back to this at the end of the show.

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51 Comments

  1. Posted August 23, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    This was…nicely done. Really, I came in cynical – I’m constantly eye-rolling at people who say they know about parenting because they’re “like a parent to their siblings” or “they’ve tutored kids” or “they’re always around their little cousins.” I was that person myself, and I can tell you, NO, YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

    But most of the responses to the first question were really thoughtful and lacked that belittling tone that I think the type of person mentioned above often accidentally displays (and the others were just fun!). Great work, guys!

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Hehe. I’d like to take some credit for the output by the panelists… but I can only take so much.

      I fully credit Usagi Drop the show itself. You don’t fuck around with something that treats you like a human being and shows you things that ring true, without tongue-in-cheek, without irony, and with all the love it can.

      I hardly directed any of the responses. You’d be surprised at how informal the process this post took. The panelists just shared their authentic selves to match the authenticity they’re treated with in the show.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      I probably ‘have no idea’ either. :P And, yes, Ghosty should take more credit.

  2. Posted August 23, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is a fantastic post. Great job getting everyone’s differing perspectives and opinions together. Since you asked for our input/answers to these three questions, here are mine:

    1. Usagi Drop rings true in that Daikichi’s life is completely altered and all about Rin now. There are various anecdotes mentioned by several of the panelists that also ring true, mainly involving the perspective of the parents in the series. However, as 2DT mentions later on through a little jab at Kouki, there is a large difference between Rin’s behavior and the behavior of the majority of children at Rin’s age. For the most part, Rin acts like a little adult. This is where the series rings a bit false for me.

    2. Ah…no. I am more than well aware that I am far too selfish to have children at this time (or at any time in the near to slightly far future). Rin’s cute and Daikichi’s bumbling is endearing; however, all it takes is thinking back on what my poor parents must have had to gone through to raise me and…no. I’m sure they had no trouble with my brother though, that kid was a saint.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like kids, young children especially because they are so ridiculously endearing and entertaining. I want to go get my master’s degree in education so I can become a teacher. However, the reason why I loved being a camp counselor at a day camp was that you could hang out with the kids during the day when they were cute, fun, and eager to learn things, and right around the time where they would start to get cranky, you could send them home. I loved that I (hopefully) had a positive impact on kids’ lives and was able to teach them some fun art stuff, but at the end of the day, taking care of a kid is just way too much work, and I’m self-aware enough to know that I couldn’t do it. (Also: see Charles’s statement above ^ ^)

    3. I grew up most of my life being terrified that my parents hated me, because we were such a large emotional and personality mismatch for the majority of my childhood. I knew that my parents *loved* me, they told me all the time. They took care of me. There’s no way that they would have put up with me otherwise, but I never thought that the *liked* me as a person, until college when we really began to talk to each other as people and open up to each other more. (Lots of tears during those conversations, that’s for sure!)

    This is why the character of Kouki is especially endearing to me. Rin is the sophisticated, precocious little adult I always tried to be at that age, and Kouki is the bossy little punk that I actually was. ^ ^

    I especially loved the scene between him and Daikichi in episode…5? 6? when Daikichi thanks him for looking after Rin. That really made me smile. ^ ^

    Thanks for all of your hard work (especially Ghost) in putting this together!

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Thank you.

      1. I agree, 2DT really nailed that one. It needn’t be Kouki even. I’m sure some people would blanch at the thought of being stuck with Reina for the next 15 years.

      2. I didn’t even really like kids, though they liked me enough. It’s because I’m always the biggest kid around. I don’t treat them like adults. I go down to their level. And there, I am their lord.

      3. Hehe how could girls spend so much time shopping anyway!?! Surviving malls is an important marriage-saving life skill for men.

      You’re welcome! The real hard work was the formatting and making the post readable. The participants were splendid with their contributions.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Great point re: Timing. Whether a kid’s great or a pain in the butt can be as simple as the time of day, and the fact that he had three cups of chocolate pudding at lunchtime. Usagi Drop tries to inject a little bit of realism with Rin always running off and not always showing affection to Daikichi… but it’s still a world away from a true, no-holds-barred kindergartener tantrum.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      I’m way too selfish at the mo, too. Also, another teacher I see – GOOD LUCK. :P

  3. Posted August 23, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Question #1: given your familiarity with friends, and/or relatives going through parenting, does Usagi Drop ring true after 7 episodes?

    I am not a parent myself, but I do have a 2 year old cousin, and my own parents went through quite a bit to raise me.
    Shortly after I was born, my dad quite his stable (but low pay) government job to enter the far riskier private segment. Given that he had joined an international corporation, my dad travelled around quite a bit, often going to overseas meetings and what not. Our family moved to different countries a few times, until eventually my parents decided enough was enough, and me+my brothers+my mother were shipped of to Canada, while my dad toiled away in other countries.
    I think for a bit more than 4 years, I only saw my dad for a month every year. Then eventually he either started missing us too much, or he figured that we needed him (his excuse was that my brother needed him to get through high school, I got through high school just fine without you dad!), so, he quit his job and moved back in with us.
    When I was born, my mother gave up her medical career to look after me. Yup, her entire medical career thrown away because she felt like staying home to look after me.
    Even though I am not the child of a single parent, I can sort of understand how hard it must be, my mom had quite a few issues just managing house chores by herself, and there were many things she couldn’t do by herself, so we would just pile all those tasks on my dad whenever he came back (poor guy never got a break), and my mom didn’t have to work either, so life must be really hard for single parents who have to work, clean the house, cook, and provide support for the kids.
    So, yeah, Usagi Drop rings true, it’s not easy being a parent.

    Question #2: Does the show make you consider becoming a parent as something just as important if not more so than finding and keeping a lifelong partner? How, and if not, why not?

    This is an interesting question because the answers vary quite a bit depending on the culture. In many cultures(especially Asian ones), becoming a parent is the end goal, finding a life long partner is just a prerequisite. You know, you go out, hopefully you will find a nice lady who seems tolerable, or if not, then your parents will find one for you.
    “Can she cook,clean,have kids and is tolerable on a day to day basis? Ok, good, now go marry her, and give me some grand-kids.”
    And yet, in other cultures people prioritize a life-long partner and then choose to have kids, or don’t have kids at all.
    As for me, well, I only just finished my first year of uni, so I obviously don’t really care about having kids right now, and I haven’t found anyone who is as attractive as me.

    Question #3: what particular moment in the first 7 episodes so far did you connect with the most? Does the show engage you more as nostalgia for childhood or as anxiety about adulthood? Both?

    I wish I could say the show is nostalgic, but I have a horrible memory, so I remember very little of my past.
    Haruko’s “I am not a little girl” line was quite resonating, made even more so by the fact that all along I was viewing the show as a show about how difficult it is to be a parent(an adultish perspective) then a show about the whims of 6 year old kids(a more childish perspective).
    Most people no longer regard me as a little kid, but I still think of myself that way. Unfortunately, though, I get the feeling that I will no longer be able to think like that if and when I do have kids and that makes me sad :(.

    Thanks a lot for writing this post, it was interesting, and thanks Master GL for putting it all together and organising it. Have a good day.

    • Cratex
      Posted August 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately, though, I get the feeling that I will no longer be able to think like that if and when I do have kids and that makes me sad

      When you can no longer think like a kid, you will lose the ability to relate to your own kids. Don’t confuse that with being able to handle the responsibility of being an adult.

      • Posted August 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

        Oh, I had never thought of it like that, thanks for the change in perspective, having said that, I don’t really like responsibility, it’s just eh, too much work and not enough anime.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      1. Your parents… are awesome. I am humbled by their awesomeness.

      2. Hehe, you’re that young.

      3. Haruko really did well in that episode, striking a chord in so many of us, in such an efficient manner.

      Don’t call me master, unless you’re a 6 year old. I accept the adulation and submissiveness of children. But yes, you’re welcome. Your generosity makes all the effort I put in this post worthwhile.

      • Posted August 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

        Ahh, if you don’t like being called Master, I can stop, but it’s less to do with my adulation/submissiveness, and a bit more like how members of the Jedi council are called master by everyone (including other members), except, I haven’t quite decided on a full list of masters yet, or the criteria required to obtain master-hood.

        In other words, I decreed you fit to be placed on my make believe Blogger council. But yeah, pay no heed to my childish games, I can be a bit silly at times.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      I remember you once commenting that you’ve lived all over the place… thanks for sharing (don’t be sad!). :)

  4. ectholion
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    alas another great show im missing do to lots of trap manga and pchem.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Catch up! 2DT only started watching this show over last weekend after I invited him to participate.

      • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

        This is true. I pretty much breezed through the show, gathered my thoughts and wrote my piece for the panel in the space of a day. :) If I can do it, you can too!

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      No wonder Mr Rage Commenter has been so quiet – good luck with your schoolwork!

  5. Posted August 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    These are great answers. The variety of perspective offers so much to bite at when we take a step back in order to think about Usagi Drop and the impact it has on each individual’s experiences. Yi and I had a small conversation on twitter related to how viewers are likely to pull out varying details and sentiments based on how familiar or foreign they are to the presented situation(s) in the story. But what I find interesting is that there are so many angles of insight, and experiences can act as a double-edged sword allowing us to key on [in]significant details or maybe hindering our ability to see what is relevant in another light. I can identify with many points in these answers, and that’s a good feeling.

    (It’s difficult to comment on the answers but easy to take them in.)

    I’ll eventually respond to the questions in a comment-post on my blog (old school trackback convo), but I look forward to seeing the responses come through the comment feed.

    Cheers!

    @ajthefourth I agree, the character is idealized on a few levels (fiction), though some aspects do give her a realistic texture. I believe her vividness and the way we see her insecurities do well for texture.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      So you were inspired by the responses of the great Dozle Zabi?

      I look forward to your response.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      experiences can act as a double-edged sword . Indeed. Though, it makes for great discussion – I too look forward to reading your post. :)

  6. Cratex
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Question #1: [If you are a parent, share your experience briefly] I have an 11 year old son. I’m also a ‘little’ older than Daikichi (ok, a lot) – I actively resisted having kids for years, mostly because I feared that I’d be a terrible father. So far, I’m not doing to bad, I suppose – something clicked when I held my son for the first time, and I changed. With that in mind, I find Daikichi to be completely believable. Rin I’m not so sure about – kids that well behaved seem to be the exception, and that she often acts like a little adult as others have pointed out is hard for me to accept outside the bounds of the story. She is not ‘Little Miss Perfect’, obviously, and there are times she reminds us that she is a child. That aside, the situations Daikichi finds himself going through are typical, at least for me.

    Question #2: (ha) the older I get, the more cynical I get regarding “lifelong partner” (not sure what my ex thinks there); I’ve just seen to many failed marriages, and that some of them did NOT end in divorce was probably harder on the kids than staying in the same house was. On the other hand, had I not been married I really, really doubt I ever would have had a child; I got married because I was insane in love, not because I wanted to have kids. I will say that what keeps me getting out of bed everyday is my son. I insisted on shared parenting simply because, to me, my son is really the only thing I have worth keeping – right now he is my reason. I’m a far different person than I was before.

    Question #3: Two times. One was when Daikichi asked Rin about her name – I keep my son short on money and things, but I usually ask him his opinion on what he wants and wants to do, though I have the final authority as to yes or no. As a parent, you are raising a person, not a pet; let that person grow. The other was when Rin insisted on her own cooking knife – I’m not sure what to think about that because I would never have trusted my son at that age with a kitchen knife, and I’ve been trying to understand why ever since seeing that episode. I will say that the very next weekend he and I did something fun and slightly dangerous together (don’t tell his mom!).

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      1. You have far more experience than me. When you talked about ‘clicking’ I think I knew exactly what you’re talking about. When I saw my daughter for the first time, my first thought was “I am now finally able to justify killing another person without guilt or malice.” I don’t know if that’s just the protective instinct, but it was palpable and strong. I knew I had become a parent.

      My daughter is being raised surrounded by so many loving adults. She’s getting spoiled and may turn into a horrible brat. I live in fear.

      2. I find it difficult to respond to this one. I can only say that I have the best partner in life you can imagine: because we are so different, and like so many different things, and believe in so many different things and yet we get along. I can’t be more thankful.

      3. It’s a bridge that I’ll have to cross eventually, so I’ll keep what you practice in mind.

      Thank you for your generous sharing. I truly appreciate it.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      This is where I hit the upper barrier of my understanding. The Buddha says we should cultivate love for all beings like the love of a mother for her only child. And that sounds wonderful in theory, but the kind of love you have for your son, I don’t think I’ve felt for anyone. It’s unimaginable. Not to say I’m lacking, or that you’re superhuman (though you are amazing ;)). Just that there’s this disconnect between those of us with children and those of us without.

      • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

        A disconnect there may be, but a hopeful one, I’d say…

        … Cratex, sounds like you and your son have a great relationship. Thanks for sharing… except for what that dangerous (I read: FUN) activity was – we must know! :P

        • Cratex
          Posted August 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

          we must know!

          I come from a long line of gun owners; grew up with them, and I like things that go BANG! I realized it was time he learned the difference between what he saw on TV/video games and the reality. He did well his first time, I only had to remind him twice to mind where the gun was ‘pointing’ :)

          (Sorry to ask this here – but is there a notification feature on this site? I can’t seem to figure out how to ‘subscribe’ to posts/threads.)

          • Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

            And here’s me thinking you meant bungee-jumping, or something…

            There doesn’t seem to be, does there (can you tell I’m not the techie one around here), but I’ll ask the others and let you know… :)

  7. Posted August 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Great post you guys nicely done!

    I really do enjoy watching this anime after all the action and comedy filled shows its nice to sit back and watch something that is very touching, I do love watching how Daikichi interacts with Rin it does feel somewhat real watching the two of them. This probably will be the best show for this season well I am sure there are a few out there that are bored with this type of anime.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words.

      So tell me, how would you answer the three questions? Do you see yourselves in the circumstances of any of our panelists? If so, would you do/feel differently?

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Agree it’s in the running for best show, it’s certainly been consistent. And yes – answers, please!

  8. MarigoldRan
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    The first thing I did was to check to make sure THIS WAS A REAL SHOW (thank you 2-d). It is.

    Seems eminently watchable, since I work (ha ha, work, ha ha. Work. Hahahaha. Me work. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) with kids on a daily basis myself.

    • MarigoldRan
      Posted August 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

      I do get paid for it, though. So don’t misunderstand me there. In theory I’m supposed to teach them something!

      Teaching. Hahahahahaha. That’s a funny idea. (Now go and do you work).

      (I’m serious. Do your work. NOW).

  9. MarigoldRan
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    She’s got a smile that it seems to me
    Reminds me of childhood memories
    Where everything
    Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
    Now and then when I see her face
    She takes me away to that special place
    And if I’d stare too long
    I’d probably break down and cry

    As if they thought of rain
    I hate to look into those eyes
    And see an ounce of pain
    Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
    Where as a child I’d hide
    And pray for the thunder
    And the rain
    To quietly pass me by

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      And now I’m wondering who this mysterious ‘She’ is…

      • MarigoldRan
        Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

        It’s from Guns and Roses. Does raise the interesting point though: is the she a kid?

        Nonetheless, it’s the most relevant and well-known song that I could think of.

  10. MarigoldRan
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Why the devil wasn’t I put on the discussion panel? I’ve probably more experience with kids than all of you COMBINED. I’ve been working with large groups of them for the last 6 or 7 years. For better or worse (Generally for the better. But not always. Hohoho).

    In regards to question 1, I’m SHOCKED that an anime managed to accurately depict a child. I think this is the first time it has happened. From other anime shows I’ve watched, I’ve gathered that kids were either:

    1. Miniature teenagers in disguise (Nanoha, various other shows).
    2. Miniature adults in disguise (Cowboy Bebop).
    3. Poor saps waiting to be victimized by monsters (Monster, Princess Mononoke).
    4. Objects of adult/teenage interest (examples abound. Shudder).
    5. Geniuses (Azumanga Daioh, Kare Kano)
    6. Or the Permanently Cheerful Child (these types are surprisingly common in fiction. I don’t get it. If the writers think about it, it should be pretty obvious that NO ONE can stay permanently cheerful).

    Rin acts normal for a kid in her circumstance. In episode 1, when she climbs the steps, she USES HER HANDS. When she’s angry that Daikichi didn’t pick her up, SHE KNOCKED DOWN A TOWER OF BLOCKS. When she wants to reach the grandfather clock, SHE GOES TO THE KITCHEN AND GETS A STOOL WITHOUT TALKING TO ANYONE. She likes piggy-back rides, BUT DOESN’T WANT TO BE CAUGHT ON ONE. She doesn’t understand the concept of I’m-really-tired-in-the-morning-and-I’m-an-adult-and-no-I-don’t-want-to-wake-up-at-5:45 AM-idea. She likes bouncing on the bed (and falling off it) when the adults are talking on the phone. When Daikichi tries to see which clothes fit on her, SHE WAVES HER HANDS UP AND DOWN. When she sees a stranger, SHE RUNS AWAY BECAUSE SHE’S SHY. Etc. etc.

    Also, Reina is pretty accurate too. Her mom obviously has no idea what to do with her so Reina takes full advantage of the situation to do whatever she wants to do. This includes:

    1. Running around the house.
    2. Running around other people’s houses.
    3. Makes friends easily.
    4. Clamoring for stuff constantly.
    5. Generally getting what she wants.
    6. A lot of fun to be around for people who are not responsible for her. A headache for the parents though.

    So, yes, Usagi Drop gets a lot of these little details RIGHT. Which is extremely rare for anime.

    As to question #2: Do I want a kid?
    No. Yes, eventually, but right now it’s way too early. First I need more money. Then a (beautiful) girlfriend. Then a wife. Then children. In that order. So there’s a long way to go.

    Question #3: Do I have nostalgia for childhood? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No. Do I have anxiety as an adult? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No. Anxiety, nostalgia, and worry require emotional memory, which I don’t have much of. After all, you have to REMEMBER you’re anxious to be anxious, you get my drift?

    I’ll continue to watch Usagi Drop out of interest.

    • Cratex
      Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      Do I have anxiety as an adult? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No.

      You are obviously neither married nor have kids ;)

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Great observations, much appreciated. You really hit a lot of nails on the head here.

      As for the invites, this was pretty spontaneous after Crusader, Hana, Roghek and myself watched ep 07 together (while talking to each other via Teamspeak). I told them I hadn’t had a post here for August and I wanted to write about this show. Crusader and Hana said they wanted to contribute, and I extended it to Roghek without having a solid plan.

      I wrote down the questions and thought a roundup post will be nice since I have extensive connections in the fictional anime world (enough clout to get Dozle Zabi heh). I invited 2DT because it’d be interesting to finally collaborate with him here. I invited other parents who watch the show via twitter but no one bit.

      • MarigoldRan
        Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

        It was a good idea then. Thank you very much.

  11. MarigoldRan
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    Don’t know if you guys are still recruiting, but I can seriously write more about Usagi Drop.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      You should follow the instructions on the recruitment post. I’m not part of the selection process though.

  12. jreding
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Usagi Drop is really one of those shows which give you something to think about. Excellent idea to gather such a wide spectrum of views!

    On Question #1: I am not a parent myself. My sister and some friends and colleagues of mine are parents but mostly with children much younger than Rin, Rena or Kouki and unfortunately I can only visit them rarely due to time constraints. Therefore, I can say less about the kids than about their parents. Quite often I find that people raise considerable in strength of personality once they become parents. On the other hand, I get the feeling that sometimes parents (I hope not you all!) do not only lack time but also lost the emotional susceptibility which lets me enjoy anime. In other words, being and having a child sometimes seem exclusive to me, at least personality-wise.

    On Question #2: @2DT you hit the nail in the first paragraph of your answer!

    On Question #3: The ED always has a strong emotional impact on me, in particular the picture of Rin’s in the middle of it which changes over time (most-recently as a grade-schooler). I can’t really say why but I feel almost overwhelmed by it.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing your perspective too!

      1. Yes, parenting will require tremendous personal strength — you’ll have to grow up to do it right.

      2. Yes, he did nail it so good didn’t he?

      3. Your response made me realize that I’ve completely forgotten to get screen caps for this post. I feel you though!

      • Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

        Aw, shucks guys. ;)

        Re: Question 3. I imagine it’s the same thing that happens when parents look at old photo albums.

    • Posted August 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Amongst other things, I completely share your love for the ED sequence. :)

    • jreding
      Posted September 18, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      As a postscriptum: After the anime has finished I now spoiled myself with the infamous manga ending. I haven’t read the manga myself yet but the retellings of the ending I found on the web put the whole story in quite a different light for me. The anime holds well as an independent story and insofar my comments still apply. However, I now plan to read the manga and rewatch the anime under new premises.

  13. Posted August 25, 2011 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    I kept lolíng at Konatas’s father’s line. It’s like he really wrote it.
    Dawwwww for ghostlightning

    • Posted August 25, 2011 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      ^__^

      Thanks. It was hard translating his statements from Japanese… I could only trust his interpreter Patricia Martin. I suppose I should thank her. SANKYU Patty-chan!

  14. Posted August 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I kept thinking about it and reached the conclusion: I’m way too young to even start thinking about starting to think about anything like this :p

    • Posted August 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Nah, you’re just inexperienced. I’ve gone through a lot by age 20, and have known people who’ve gone through more… enough for me to know that people do think about these things even at a younger age.

  15. Posted August 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    How fun~

    I wonder how I’d answer some of these questions… You guys all definitely put a lot of thought into yours. Just wanted to say, very nice read!

    • Posted August 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Well, stop wondering and go ahead, answer them~

      The roundup format is really designed to get a whole bunch of opinions in one place so by all means share ^_^

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