Paths derived from Anime

2 11 2007

Few days ago I visited the Kaleidoscope event (for those who do not know what it is please click here). Upon reaching there, I saw many people over at the Graffiti Corner (it’s a place for people to showcase (read: showoff :P) their drawing skills); some of them drawing, the others watching. After a while more of watching those beautiful arts and the serious look on the artists’ faces, something dawned on me. I suddenly realize how wonderful the existence of Anime is. Many people watch Anime and from there, different people find different interests in Anime. Because of Anime, some people realize how beautiful the Japanese language is and took classes and work hard to master the language. Another group of people will find that their interests lie in animating, and learn animation whether on their own or by classes. Yet another group will find out that they might like acting and aim towards being a seiyuu (voice actor/actress). And these people, lurking around the Graffiti Corner, are those who find great interests in drawing. I’m pretty damn sure many of them learnt to draw on their own (though some might take classes, but it doesn’t really matter here) and look how far they have come. I’d say there is some of them there will not lose to the mangaka (漫画家) or genka (Not sure about this, I’m trying to write the animation artists though, lol) or whatever ka (家) who draw your everyday Anime.

I mean, I’m really surprised at how far Anime has brought people to. People learnt all these skills on their own because of Anime. If they didn’t had watch Anime, they wouldn’t be able to draw like they do now, they wouldn’t be able to speak and write Japanese like they do now. I even saw someone selling his own composed musical pieces at the booth. I’d bet he wants to be the guy that is in-charge of all those background music you hear whenever there is a sad scene or something. That guy will make you cry at his music some day, watch out!

I hope those people will continue working hard towards whatever their dreams are. And I hope so for myself too. Also, let us hope that Anime will nurture more talents and bring people to greater success! Anime Banzai!


A Day In Orchard Alone

25 07 2007

Heard of the Anime movie, “The Girl who Leapt Through Time”? I just came back from watching it.

I wanted to very much watch it because I was not able to catch any of the other previous Anime movies (like Howl’s Moving Castle, etc) in the cinemas before, so I really wanted to experience the feeling of watching Anime on the big screen.

Unfortunately, none of my friends were able to make it because they either have school or they simply did not want to watch it. Since I really wanted to watch it, I had no choice but to venture Orchard alone because today was the last day it would be aired. I was really lucky to be able to catch it even though the movie had been airing for quite a long time. It had only one timeslot left which was at 1PM!

Note: I have neither been to a movie nor tour Orchard road alone before in my life. Yes! I did two “first-time-in-my-life” things together!

After alighting at the Orchard MRT station and made my way to the exit above, there stood two paths before me I could take. One is left and the other is… yes. Right. Left and right. I did not know which way was the correct direction for Orchard Cathay. 50-50. After some recalling, I took the left path and continued until Far East Plaza was in my sight. I was not able to see Orchard Cathay even after walking such a long distance so I phoned a friend for some enlightenment. He told me to continue going left, so I did.

But it was WRONG! It was wrong from the very start! Anyway, I managed to reach my destination in time and purchased a ticket which only costed me $6.50! Woot, cheap!

All in all, spending a day alone and watching a movie with myself was not all that bad. I believe it is not that bad to go out with yourself once in a while. Though I did get a little lonely at some certain points of time. But it was still good overall; I would continue to watch movies alone if I have to.

After the movie I went to Kinokuniya to check out some manga and the latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the Japanese Harry Potter books. OH BOY, the Japanese versions were very expensive! Guess how much they costed? They were $90 plus for the thicker titles (split into two books) and $50 plus for the thinner ones! What the ph**k hell!? The reason the thicker titles were split into two parts is because of the format Japanese books are written. Like mandarin books, they are written (and read) from right to left, one line by one line.

how      This
they      is
are         an
written, example
get         of

I really want to read them though. Both Japanese and English version. I would probably try to borrow the the English version of The Half-blooded Prince and the latest title, The Deathly Hallows, from friends and save up enough money for the Japanese versions. Anyone here kind enough to lend me your sixth and the last book of Harry Potter? Please? Pretty pretty please? =(

I would probably comment on the movie “The Girl who Leapt Through Time” a little and share my thoughts on it. Kind of like a small movie review. So please look out for it. People who have seen this movie too are welcomed to share their views on it.