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Old 2008-07-20, 09:21   Link #65
Join Date: Jul 2003
Hello, sanriki. Welcome to the board and thread =). I like the song a lot, too. For such a simple and peaceful-sounding song, the impact itís had on me has shaken me to the core. I looked up the singer as well and was rather surprised to find out that heís not quite the Ďojisaní I thought he was. Shimauta-style singing can be quite misleading, huh? Iím glad that the song is so well received in Japan, though. I hope Atari-san and his music will become more popular because his music is very moving and he gives me the impression of someone whoís truly musical.

I'm glad that most of you are judging and/or gauging the show from the kind of work it is, rather than what it clearly isn't. Because this isnít an action-packed sort of thing, if thatís what youíre expecting, youíll only be setting yourself up for disappointment and ruin an experience that could otherwise have been good. Instead, I recommend watching the show for what it is because that way, youíll be able to notice the subtler things the show has to offer that youíll otherwise miss if you let your preconceptions cloud your experience of the show.

As for me, I like the lessons in life that are imparted in each episode which the audience get to learn through Takashiís experiences. Rest assured, Takashi will open himself up little by little to make friends because unlike Reiko, despite all that heís suffered due to peopleís inability to believe and accept (and what they canít accept, they reject and ridicule instead), he still sees the good and believe in them due to the little kindness and warmth he has been shown (by the Fujiwaras, mostly, and the friends that currently surround him), and so yearns to be apart of their society and world. Heís aloof and without friends at first but you canít really blame the boy, after knowing the kind of past heís had (thereís more that the anime hasnít shown yet). But here, he slowly learns to open up, even if itís only a little (itís limited because heís super-wary of letting others know of his strange abilityóa mistake heís made a few times in the past and suffered the consequences of).

There will be more action-packed episodes in the future, if the anime continues in its current vein of following the manga super-closely (each episode number so far corresponds to the manga chapter it drew its story from), but it will be in the animeís own unique fashion. Just to inform those of you who are expecting something thatís clearly out of the animeís genre. Do keep watching though, even if ends up not being quite your thing, because I think this is the kind of show that, if watched with the right frame of mind, appeals to just about anybody, and if enjoyed properly, the lessons you learn from it can make your life a richer one. =)

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