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ANIME: “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”

It’s been a long time since I watched anime. I have become busy juggling work and wife chores that I barely find time anymore. In fact, I’m now severely outdated with the whereabouts of Naruto and Ichigo. I used to religiously watch every episode on YT or read the manga since it’s more updated, but eventually, the waiting game wore me out. (It takes days or weeks before the next episode is made available on both media.) But if there’s a will, there’s a way. So last week, my little otaku self indulged into some quality time with a 2006 anime movie a friend recommended. With its title, you could easily deduce it’s about time travel, but wait, there’s more.

If you’re an avid reader of this blog site, you should probably know by now that I don’t especially have the same level of interest between shojo and shonen. I prefer the latter type of anime because they’re more action-packed and less cheesy. But one of my delusional dreams is to time travel, so though this movie is obviously shojo, it passed straightway to my finicky taste. It’s about a high school girl  who falls in love with his friend and classmate who, unbeknownst to her, is someone from the faraway future where a technology to time travel already exists.

The story revolves around three friends: Makoto (the lead character), Chiaki (the boy from the future), and Kosuke (another guy friend). Makoto would accidentally acquire a power to time leap where she could go back minutes or hours before an event and edit some details to achieve a more pleasant result. For example, one time, she was speeding fast on her bicycle that she was run over by a train. Yes, I typed that right. She was hit by the train when she failed to halt at the Stop sign. But when she opened her eyes, she found herself back to minutes before the accident–alive and well. Later on, she uses her power to help other people.

But all good things must come to an end. She would discover that Chiaki is the real owner of that power. He misplaced the walnut-shaped container of the time leap formula that’s why he hasn’t been able to go back to his time–the future. Chiaki confesses that he would have to erase Makoto’s memories of him because nobody must know about the existence of the time leap technology, for it might change the timeline and affect history.

A good many scenes of this movie are potential tear jerkers if not for the comedic flavor of the lead character’s bawls. Remember Judy Abbott? All right, I am not gonna spoil the whole story out for you so go watch it. In case you’ll find the ending hanging (as I did), watch the 2010 version (not an anime) and I’m sure you’ll glean more understanding from there. It’s more of a sequel to the anime.

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Animé Character of the Day: RAN MOURI

When I was a kid, I wanted to be many things. Being a black belt in Karate was one of them. Way back in high school, I remember walking home from school, passing by that Karate club on the second floor of a glass-walled building. And while they were doing their daily routines, my friends and I used to stop by and watch them from afar. I remember going to the second floor of that building alone just to watch them up close, and oh how elated I was while daydreaming to be in that same room, doing the same stunts with those cool people. The class ranged from grade schoolers to high schoolers, so I thought I’d be a perfect fit.

Unfortunately though, that dream was reduced to one of the residents of my gargantuan heap of what ifs. There are just things we can only dream of and not have no matter how strongly we want them. But my fascination for the Karate martial arts never faded one bit. I still admire people with such high ranks in the martial arts because they exude strength and technique. They can always defend themselves when presented with danger. And they can always defend others, putting them out of harm’s way. They can achieve something that ordinary people can only try and surmise. They can be real super heroes. I am yet to meet a black belt in Karate, and the thought of that day coming sends a quiver of excitement down my spine.

In the advent of my strong inclination to anime, I started liking male protagonists of shonen because I just don’t have patience with the silly female protagonists of shojo and their unrelenting tomfoolery. Perhaps because anime came late into my life (I was already in College then) that sappy female protagonists usually escape me. Until I knew Ran Mouri.

Ran Mouri (毛利 蘭, Mouri Ran) is the main female protagonist of the anime and manga series Detective Conan (名探偵コナン, Meitantei Konan), one of my favorite animes of all time. She’s in high school and the beautiful girl friend of the main protagonist Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective. Although she’s a lady whom you could consider prim and proper, she’s got something up her sleeve that even males her senior don’t have. She’s captain of her school’s karate team, and she has won several tournaments and brought home countless trophies. At first glance, you’d never think someone as sweet and charming as her would be as strong and powerful. She’s very strong to the point that she can break a stone with ease.

During detective missions, since her father is also a detective, her skill in the martial arts always comes in handy. She sweeps bad guys off their feet and knocks the living daylights out of them. She doesn’t need a weapon to combat heartless kingpins and their cronies. All she needs is a trigger to demonstrate her fighting prowess. In one word, she’s the epitome of awesomeness.

She believes that “courage is a word of justice. It means the quality of mind that enables one to face apprehension with confidence and resolution. It is not right to use it as an excuse to kill something.”

You should watch the anime or read the manga to appreciate her more.


Japanese name: 毛利 蘭
(Mouri Ran)

English name:

Rachel Moore

Age:

16-17

Gender:

Female

Height:

5’2″

Weight:

Unknown

Date of birth:

Unknown

Relatives:

Kogoro Mouri (father)
Eri Kisaki (mother)

Nicknames:

Ran-neechan (Conan)
Ran-kun (Agasa, Megure)
Ran-chan (Kazuha)
Angel (Vermouth)

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My First Otaku Fest Experience

Here’s a video I made about yesterday’s Otaku Fest in UP Cebu. ^^

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UP Otaku Fest 2011

So I invited some friends to go with me to the annual Otaku Fest at University of the Philippines Cebu yesterday. Much to their dismay, they didn’t make it and missed just about a big slice of their life. (Kidding!)

Anyway, so I went alone, and I didn’t realize how enjoyable it is to be with the company of myself until our intimate date the day previous. When they said “you cannot be lonely when you love the person you’re alone with,” guess what? They meant it. Though I mostly talked to myself while roving the verdant grounds of UP, the sensation was surreal. I felt like a tourist who was actually in Japan.

In case you’re asking, otaku is a Japanese word that refers to people with obsessive interests in anime and manga. Yeah, I’m all that and a bag of chips.

Here are the photos I took. If the photo is not captioned, it means I don’t know the character either because I haven’t seen the anime or the character is from a shojo anime, a kind of anime I don’t normally watch. Feel free to comment if you know any one of them. 🙂

 

Capt. Jack Sparrow won the Crowd’s Favorite Award for the Male Category as well as Best Solo Cosplayer.

More photos below. ^_^

 

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