Supplementaries: Thoughts on Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

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Over the past few days, each episode Shigatsu has made me increasingly aware of my limitations as an amateur anime critic, and this post has become my equivalent to the protagonist’s piano: I know it’s beyond my abilities, and yet I can’t just walk away from it. Each episode makes me come back to pound in another draft, and then delete it as worthless. It’s like an irresistible inspiration to write a story without the ability to do so, and the next day you take a look at the 10-page draft of incoherent, childish garbage, and wow to never try it again.
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Update on Akame ga Kill! TV – Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall

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It feels funny writing this because the earlier post sung the show’s praises, but that’s what you get in this biz when you give something a positive verdict. You know, it’s baffling how quickly it started to collapse given that the show took a long time to get actually decent, but over the last two episodes Akame ga Kill! has meticulously demolished almost everything that was good about it.
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Impressions on the 2-Cour Wonders – Akame ga Kill! and Sword Art Online II

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Akame ga Kill!, illustrating the Bush foreign policy.

Ended up being so preoccupied with the ongoing Kancolle Fall event that I forgot this poor thing in the drafts and actually had to catch up on these shows again to finish it. It’s not easy being a full-time admiral.
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Fall Season Impressions Round-up

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This post has everything.
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Japan Trip II – The Last Days

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Shigure’s healthy fluids, the best thing on a cold and beaten mountain trail.

So, here we are, the last night of the trip. Tomorrow my flight will depart from Narita around noon, and then it’s home sweet home. Now, I’ll pull a proper summary post when I can be assed to, but first let’s look at the grande finale, which was climbing Mount Miune in Tokushima.
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Japan Trip II – The Intermission

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A clear morning in Hiroshima

So it turns out I couldn’t muster enough energy to post since I left Osaka, although my exploits haven’t been that notable since. As of writing this, I am already in Takamatsu and the end of the trip is just around the corner. What remains is the last main event – the climb on Mount Miune, scheduled for tomorrow. After that I will leave for Tokyo and then board a flight back home the next day.
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Five Stages of Twintail

We’ve gone over this before, hikago. Don’t fight it.

I know you won’t keep yourself from downloading it, hikago. And I know you won’t drop it either. Whatever you do, you will always end up… here. No matter what choices you make, whatever details you alter, *we* will always end up… here.

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Japan Trip II Day 5 – Mount Katsuragi and Mount Kongou

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Mount Kongou seen from the summit of Katsuragi.

Man, it’s day 5, but it feels more like day 20 already. It’s funny how it feels like I’ve already been in Japan for a while, even though it’s actually been less than a week. But I digress. Mount Kongou, one of the most prominent peaks around Osaka, was one of my main sights from the start for obvious reasons. However, in its case I decided to rather go for a double, and first climb its neighboring mountain Katsuragi, and then proceed on the so-called Diamond Trail to reach Kongou. Initially I wanted this to be my first climb in Japan, but I’m glad I saved it for the last in the Osaka region, because all things considered before the learning experiences on Mounts Maya and Atago I would have been much too green for this particular feat.
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Japan Trip II Days 3&4 – Mountains, Daughters, and the Sea

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Go, my minions!

I expected to feel completely wrecked after my unexpectedly tough experience on Maya, and as luck would have it I spent most of the following night dealing with insomnia in due no small part thanks to my Korean neighbors who just have to keep their door open while chatting loudly, and randomly run around in the hallway until 3am. Did I mention this hotel has no sound proofing? Because the doors are made of sheet metal.
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Japan Trip II Days 1&2 – Encouragement of Climb

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How can you say you love your shipdaughter if you can’t even climb her mountain and buy the official t-shirt?

Good evening, my favorite bunch of educated rodents. I arrived to Japan on schedule just in time to miss the typhoon, and made all haste from Narita to Osaka, where I’d spend the next five days. The trip was uneventful, because thankfully this shit isn’t being ran by Finnish National Railways.
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