A few minutes ago I finished watching the anime, Assassination Classroom. It was a thoroughly enjoyable show, but on a deeper level, it fulfilled a need within me to keep pushing for a better future.
For a show about a classroom of students attempting to kill their super powerful teacher before he can destroy the world, the show had a mix of action and humour, but also of self reflection. Some of the key themes of the show are about the uncertainty of the future, how much your past impacts that future, and how to take your strengths and flaws and use them to the best effect. Take away the flashy assassination backdrop and it is a simple coming of age story. Something we can all relate to. Continue reading
This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. Very little in my life has ever inspired me, yet some stupid, over-the-top cartoon has somehow become the foundation of much of my mental wellbeing. It’s crazy to think about really but I know that I am not alone in my passion for the show. As such I intend to write out a series of discussions, each one analysing a different element of what I feel sets Gurren Lagann above most other shows. I invite you to come along with me and to leave your thought, stories and comments.
So for this first post I want to talk in broad terms about why I believe this show is able to affect people so strongly. I will be discussing spoilers so if you haven’t seen it then I wholeheartedly recommend that you watch it. There are 27 episodes but I say give it until the end of episode 8 before you write it off if you are not convinced before then.
I know that I’m a bit late on the uptake on this one. I had stopped watching anime for a while as no new shows had really caught my attention but I finally decided to dive back into it and started on the hit show. Continue reading
Just like Alice had to awaken from Wonderland
So too do we find ourselves torn from the pleasant fantasy
Of our dearest conventions.
We the weirdos and oddballs who find no peace in life
Who are beaten down and left alone in a sea of reality
Come together to indulge in the make-believe worlds
And form bonds of family that none outside can grasp.
For days we have laughed, loved and lived,
We have belonged. Continue reading