I will never forget the wonder of seeing the first Harry Potter film in the theaters. I was 12 years old and sitting in-between mom and dad, whispering hurried explanations to mom and staring in amazement as the scenes in my head came to life. Every moment I recognised as a piece of the book I so loved on screen was magical. And now, after innumerable number of re-reads and re-watches, the magic still remains.
I re-watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this weekend with my friend and this was mostly written on my smartphone while watching! It is amazing that even now I still spot details and make connections to the books! The books are so rich in detail and the movies, regardless of my numerous problems with it, do a pretty good job in maintaining it!
Spoilers for the whole series ahead!
Today, the 26th of June, raise your wands for the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Harry Potter is my childhood. One day, when I was 11, the old man running the tiny lending library that I frequented – my library of dreams because that was my main source for books from near and far – placed this book on top of my pile and said ‘you will love this’; as he often does. I was so delighted to find the protagonists the same age as me. I grew up with Harry and his friends.
I went to see the Free! Timeless Medley ~Kizuna~ movie straight from Uni a few day after it had opened in theatres. I wanted to see the movie on opening day but I was in such a bad state mentally over the week that even doing something so incredibly fun like the Free! Movie felt too difficult. But I was afraid I would regret not seeing it in on the big screen and so, I dragged myself over. And it was the right decision. It was incredibly good to see the boys again. And, the water. THE WATER. The animation of the water was god-level. On the big screen, it was incredible! KyoAni finds a way! I had not re-watched the Free! Series after my first watch. I love compilation movies because it gives me a look back on all the delightful and precious scenes and gets the memories flowing.
There was a ‘photoshoot’ before the start of the movie where the audience was asked to take out their phones and take a picture of the screen. This was entirely new to me!
My most favorite part of the movie was the montage of Haru and Makoto growing up together, juxtaposed against a present day Haru and Makoto out for a run. Another favourite bit was seeing Rin again.My view of Rin had been tainted by the alarmingly vicious anti-Makoto part of the fandom that I keep running into and I think, I was projecting their views onto Rin. It was wonderful to meet the character again and remove all of that prejudice and see him again for the fantastic person that he is.
But my most favourite moment of the evening was to hear ‘Ever Blue’…that glorious song sung by amazing seiyuus in surround sound!
My gift was Rei~ I love Rei, but keeping fingers crossed for Makoto or Haru for the next two movies.
Can’t wait for the next movie~
P.S. when I was watching the boys swimming and everything was so brilliantly animated, I kept thinking how good it would be to see Victor skate on the big screen and guess what, a Yuri!!! on Ice movie was announced a few days later 😀 😀
2016. This has been quite a year. So much has happened that I really do not know where to begin.
This year started out with me struck in limbo over whether I would get the scholarship to Japan or not. Without the result, I was unable to start anything else and the wait was driving me nuts. It also felt like this would be the last time that I could try for something so huge as this. It felt like if I did not move now, I would never be able to muster my strength up again. To say I was desperate is putting it lightly. And then David Bowie died. Bowie has been my hero for a long time and has helped me get through so much. I was devastated. I still miss him.
15. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
Though it got pretty cliche towards the end, I enjoyed the ride. The animation and music (of course, it is Sawano Hiroyuki) were fantastic and it is prefect for one-session-binge-watch! The trains were pretty cool! Although I’m still not sure what Biba was liberating; everyone’s souls from their bodies?
September 10, 2016. I attended my very first live concert…my very first J-Pop concert…and my very first Kalafina concert. So many firsts for one splendid evening!
Years ago, I fell in love with a song called Hoshikuzu, by the composer Kajiura Yuki and sung by FictionJunction. I had been watching anime for years before that, but this one song was so beautiful and so ethereal, that I wanted to understand what they were singing about by myself and not rely on lyrics I find. Sounds fleeting a motive, but it was what gave me the final push towards enrolling in Japanese classes, something I’ve been thinking about for a while but never taking the final step.
Yuki Kajiura would go on to form the group, Kalafina, who would sing some of the best songs I’ve ever come across and I’ve followed them and all their songs from the very beginning.
To be able to listen to them live was a wish that had always felt too much like a dream. But listening to the song, Hoshikuzu, starting to learn Japanese and falling in love with that infuriating and exquisite language brought me to Japan.
We know how to collect the stardust from a yearning, lonely and sleepless night
Fireworks in summer is one of Japan’s most famous experiences. It is in every anime I’ve watched so far and it has been in my bucket-list forever.
I’m in Japan right now; so I was definitely going to see hanabi. In summer, there are firework shows almost everyday, but I decided on the biggest show around my area, the Nishinippon Ohori Koen Fireworks Festival!
‘450,000 visited last year’ O_O Well then…
Today was perfect. Parks and castles (ruins anyway) and museums and godzilla and yakisoba and anime! Living the fangirl life!
Ohori Koen and Maizuru Koen are gorgeous and ridiculously huge parks, located right in the middle of the city! The number of people jogging and exercising in the sun was ridiculous though. I was sweating just sitting under a canopy.
Anyway, on to the best part….’Godzilla at the Museum: Creative Tracks of Daikaiju’ exhibit at the Fukuoka Art Museum!
…and this awful, suffocating heat.
Today, I spent the day at a Primary School in Japan as a part of my course.To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but I ended up having a grand day! The kids were so cute and so proper and really wonderful to be around! I had a bespectacled 11-year old boy as my guide for the day and I was basically dying from cuteness the whole time! And of course, I was comparing all the anime schools I’ve seen with the real one and internally squeeing!