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Forum: Older Series 2014-01-23, 10:57
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Posted By hyperborealis
My thanks as well. A fascinating video. I...

My thanks as well. A fascinating video.

I also appreciated the commentator's remarks on physical and mental training. Her point about training oneself to have positive internal thoughts and...
Forum: Older Series 2013-09-29, 13:15
Replies: 492
Views: 56,893
Posted By hyperborealis
Yes. My favorite scene was Benten and...

Yes.

My favorite scene was Benten and Yasaburou together at the shrine. Yasaburou's reflections on what he wanted were wonderful and acutely perceptive. We get a happy ending on so many levels...
Forum: Older Series 2013-09-22, 16:57
Replies: 492
Views: 56,893
Posted By hyperborealis
Yes, I loved the train too. A shout-out to the...

Yes, I loved the train too. A shout-out to the Totoro Caterbus? Or even Night on the Galactic Railroad? Or, less extravagantly, the bus from Harry Potter?

Loved Benten sticking out her tongue at...
Forum: Older Series 2013-09-05, 12:17
Replies: 1,598
Views: 183,762
Posted By hyperborealis
Off topic, but too cool not to post here. Jaxa...

Off topic, but too cool not to post here. Jaxa has sent a cute android called Kirobo to the International Space station. Here...
Forum: Older Series 2013-09-02, 09:00
Replies: 492
Views: 56,893
Posted By hyperborealis
The Friday Fellows are personifications of the...

The Friday Fellows are personifications of the Seven Gods of Luck, who at the turn of the New Year distribute luck and prosperity for the coming year.

Here's a good reference to learn more....
Forum: Older Series 2013-08-29, 10:47
Replies: 492
Views: 56,893
Posted By hyperborealis
Curious that Akadama sees Souichiro depart into...

Curious that Akadama sees Souichiro depart into the afterlife in tanuki form, while Yasaburo imagines his father depart in human form. What is the essence of a tanuki? Is the human form simply...
Forum: Older Series 2013-08-12, 09:19
Replies: 492
Views: 56,893
Posted By hyperborealis
Thanks Sol, Gundam, RollingPenguin for the...

Thanks Sol, Gundam, RollingPenguin for the explanations. They really helped me make sense of this beautiful series.
Forum: Older Series 2013-08-07, 10:36
Replies: 492
Views: 56,893
Posted By hyperborealis
Benten is in love with Yasaburo. Her fate is...

Benten is in love with Yasaburo. Her fate is therefore set--both not to have the person she loves (Yasaburo, while also in love with her, seems to shy to do anything about it), and to lose him...
Forum: Older Series 2013-07-04, 08:41
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
True, but Arata sets the terms for what it means...

True, but Arata sets the terms for what it means for Taichi to become "proud of" himself, by naming Taichi a coward, in fourth grade, and later, in Fukui. Taichi's goal of becoming "someone who...
Forum: Older Series 2013-07-03, 10:32
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
He's definitely putting her wishes above his, or...

He's definitely putting her wishes above his, or more exactly, putting what he thinks are her wishes above his own. We give Taichi props for doing so, but I'm not sure if that's the whole story.
...
Forum: Older Series 2013-07-01, 15:09
Replies: 1,028
Views: 113,930
Posted By hyperborealis
I'm with you Dop. That was a hell of a show. I've...

I'm with you Dop. That was a hell of a show. I've never seen an anime where the emotion was so raw, and the characters really felt as if they were on the edge. The show was just brilliant. It is an...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-30, 11:48
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
The final title poem is #4. Here is Joshua...

The final title poem is #4. Here is Joshua Mostow's translation:

As I set out on
the beach of Tago, and look,
I see the snow constantly falling
on the high peak of Fuji,
white as mulberry...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-25, 09:12
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
Players have their own personal styles of play...

Players have their own personal styles of play that correspond to their characters. You can see this very simply with the minor characters: Kana groups her cards according to poetic themes, Sudo...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-24, 11:59
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
#66 Let us think of each other fondly, ...

#66

Let us think of each
other fondly,
O mountain cherries!
for, outside of your blossoms,
there's no one who knows my feelings.

I love the mixture of feelings here, the lonely...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-24, 08:59
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
Just loved this episode, from Shinobu's marvelous...

Just loved this episode, from Shinobu's marvelous "I am the Queen!" to Sumire's reflection on Kana's handing out poems as if they were candies or medicines...

The title poem is #51. Here is...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-22, 12:39
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
Reading through the debate, I am really impressed...

Reading through the debate, I am really impressed at how well informed and attendant to detail both of you--and indeed everyone in this forum--are. One of the advantages of a long series is that it...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-18, 12:44
Replies: 1,028
Views: 113,930
Posted By hyperborealis
Yes. That scene was beyond brilliant. The show...

Yes. That scene was beyond brilliant. The show has a penchant for long slow walks through this ugliest of towns. The effect is overwhelming, powerful. The background music was wonderful too.

I...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-17, 08:12
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
Oh, absolutely. This is one of the principal...

Oh, absolutely. This is one of the principal themes of Chihayafuru, after all--that karuta, childhood dreams, and shared memories bind friends together, beyond the power of distance and time to...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-17, 01:00
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
At the start of the fourth episode, Arata's...

At the start of the fourth episode, Arata's parents worry that he will be estranged by distance from his friends in Tokyo. For his part, Arata is unconcerned: he is sure his friends will not forget...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-16, 00:08
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
If Suetsugu treats Taichi's match briefly, she...

If Suetsugu treats Taichi's match briefly, she may not consider it to be as important as we might suppose. Reaching A class may be a minor step in Taichi's overall story. Also, so far that the match...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-11, 13:52
Replies: 1,028
Views: 113,930
Posted By hyperborealis
Yes, but Nakamura gets Kasuga's alienation, while...

Yes, but Nakamura gets Kasuga's alienation, while Saeki doesn't. Nakamura wants to get out of that town, but Saeki doesn't. On the other hand Nakamura is filled with hatred and cynicism, embraces...
Forum: Suisei no Gargantia 2013-06-11, 10:13
Replies: 183
Views: 18,072
Posted By hyperborealis
They may have both evolved to become...

They may have both evolved to become symbiotically defined by the other's aggression. In this case war is their life. Peace would be mutual death, and victory, suicide.

They are the bad guys,...
Forum: Suisei no Gargantia 2013-06-11, 08:51
Replies: 183
Views: 18,072
Posted By hyperborealis
Gen is playing on our instinctual responses to...

Gen is playing on our instinctual responses to the Hideauze's appearence: we fear them (what big teeth they have!) and love them (so cute! just like babies! ). Perhaps a logical assessment, free of...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-10, 07:55
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
Chihaya and Shinobu carry on the conversation...

Chihaya and Shinobu carry on the conversation from their first match, where she congratulated Shinobu on her Snowmaru tshirt.

This time there was never a moment Shinobu thought Chihaya might...
Forum: Older Series 2013-06-09, 12:06
Replies: 1,540
Views: 161,868
Posted By hyperborealis
Great discussion. Just randomly, since everyone...

Great discussion. Just randomly, since everyone is saying interesting things.



I'd argue paradoxically that the match was much closer than the final result (Chihaya losing by 23 cards)...
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