I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.
Just finished Kokoro Connect. It was pretty good - I wouldn’t say it was amazing, but it held my interest. A couple of gripes I had about it were:
- the liberal use of the “I’m going to scream my emotions and it’s going to solve everything” trope (makes me want to watch OreGairu again)
- the plot convenience of certain instances of the “emotional transmission,” namely, for some reason, when Yui and Himeko are in danger, their “emotion” of “save me” is reliably and consistently transmitted (though I concede this might be due to the machinations of Heartseed/Balloon Vine, who doesn’t seem to want anything actually bad to happen to the protagonists)
What frustrated me a lot more during the “emotional transmission” arc was everyone’s reaction to Iori’s personality change. It seemed pretty clear that she was having an identity crisis - consistent with the issue she had with herself in previous arcs - and yet everyone kept telling her to go back to her “normal self.” I don’t count this against the show, though, because I don’t think most high schoolers, let alone most people, would know how to help someone experiencing what Iori was. I did sit there watching them tell her to start acting like herself again and thinking, “What the hell? She keeps telling them she doesn’t even know what her ‘self’ is anymore, and they keep not fucking listening to her.”
Speaking of Iori, I think she’s the most interesting character right up until the end. Yes, I do love Inaba’s bluntness and her voice and her character in general, but Iori had, I feel, a real conflict. Not only that, but she asked the most important questions throughout the series about who she is and what makes her who she is. The reason I say “right up until the end” is because once she makes that choice that she does want to save Inaba and follows through with that choice, things seem to go back to the way they were before (“you wouldn’t even recognize me anymore…”). Her figuring out that she would live her life the way she wants to was fine, but I would have liked it better if she had ended as more of a reserved character, obviously still working out what her identity is, but comfortable with that fact. Instead, she goes back to being popular and cheery, which, if that is what she decides she wants to be, is fine, but I just wanted something more… thematically satisfying? I might just be nitpicking.
To be honest, this series made me just want to rewatch OreGairu.
"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself."
― George Orwell (via rawcolorado)
Well yeah, but milk is a byproduct of a cow’s digestive system, eggs are a byproduct of a chicken’s reproductive system, and who needs to run fast when you can build tools? It’s not our fault mammals can’t eat our shit or drink our piss or that we have an emotional attachment to our children and don’t birth unfertilized eggs. And who’s not producing? You gotta define what you mean by “producing,” cause it seems like humans produce a lot. Maybe not all good, maybe even mostly bad, but that’s another issue.
I feel like Orwell’s off the mark here.
(Source: psych-quotes, via jenniferyip)
I had a very strange experience today.
While I was in the shower, I was feeling extremely lonely - late night, small town gas station lonely. Then I felt very happy because of the realization that I was feeling lonely. Then I felt lonely again.
I enjoy being. I don’t enjoy doing.