As I should expose myself to a great deal of spoken Japanese to get better in distinguishing words and, of course, learn new ones, I recently started watching anime series.
When I was a kid, there weren’t a lot of them on Belgian TV and there still aren’t actually. French TV featured Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム), Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (聖闘士星矢) and maybe some others I don’t recall, but I didn’t really fancy those back then, to be honest.
So apart from watching a great Studio Ghibli movie from time to time, I didn’t really explore that field. Up until now, and it’s a wonderful window on Japanese culture.
The first one I came across and watched was Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (僕は友達が少ない) based on the light novel series written by Yomi Hirasaka. I wasn’t really part of the target audience, so to speak, but it was nice to watch nonetheless.
The next series I selected was Black★Rock Shooter (ブラック★ロックシューター), a story on a troublesome friendship of middle school girls. The emphasis in the storytelling is on their real-world experiences at school and at home, but it is intertwined with ultra violent action in what seems to be a dream world, visualising the strong, mostly negative feelings the girl experiences. And the latter comes across really well, I must say. There were a few sudden twists in the story about halfway through the series and the action scenes started to lack a bit of the profound and clear symbolising/metaphoric power, but got up to par again. So definitely recommended!
And let me know if you can get the theme song by Supercell featuring Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) out of your head!
Tonight, I went to see a theater piece at NTG, which is the last one I’ll have seen there this season. It was called Olifant Jezus, basically a faulty translation of the French l’Enfant Jésus ~ Elephant Jésus.
A compelling story about parents who have lost their one and only son. A bit of a slow burner, but a great piece written by Oscar van den Boogaard and directed by Julie Van den Berghe, in a surreal setting with actors Elsie de Brauw, Steven Van Watermeulen and Vincent van der Valk.
As I’m new to tumblr., I might need a little introduction: I’m a freelance photographer (www.andyeeckhaut.com), musician (www.omsnma.be), graduate student in clinical psychology and… more. And when I grow up I want to be a uomo universale. ;-)
From time to time, I’ll be posting some stuff on my way, being what I do and where I end up, and my love, being the things and people I like (and love maybe ;-)). And as I’m interested in a whole lotta things, it will probably be quite diverse.
On a sidenote: my tumblr. name also refers to the Japanese rock band My Way My Love, as I happen to be quite fond of their musical endeavours.