Saturday, 5 May 2012

Watching Xanadu -- Oniisama e...

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. –Albert Camus


Oniisama e is the best anime nobody has seen. It is a victim of its place in time, a long, slow paced series shoujo series that has almost zero marketability. First airing during 1991, it stands at high contrast to the mecha shows of the 1980s, and is a forerunner to the popular shoujo series that came existence later that decade. Its closest descendant is Utena, but it lacks the male crossover appeal of the sword fighting eponymous character. If it had aired ten years later in would probably be a well know classic, but without Oniisama e to pave the way, it is possible that the shoujo mainstays that followed after would never have existed at all.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Happy May Day!

Happy (belated) May Day!

Been a bit busy around here. I got a new computer, after which I decided to reconfigure my entire network and convert a box to Linux. It was sure a lot easier on paper than in practice, but it's mostly working now. And in case you were thinking that I was neglecting my more manly skills, yesterday I demonstrated my skills by changing a flat tire on the roadside. Like a bird displaying plumage, I used the event to put my abilities on display for an potential mates passing by. Sadly, this occurred on a little traveled county road, and the only people that passed by were males. But, on the bright side, it wasn't raining, which I understand is the traditional weather for fixing flat tires. After it was all said and done, I ended up spending a week's salary on new tires, so no more fun purchases for a while. Le Sigh.

And in honor of May Day, there is this.
From Urusei Yatsura, Episode 115