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Happy New Year from Shooting Star Dreamer!

Once again, it’s the end of the year! Throughout this year, a lot of things have changed for this blog and for me. Though it is harder for me to keep Shooting Star Dreamer consistently updated, I cannot help but make a New Year’s post for you all.

As New Year approached things have felt somewhat different than before. I feel that the anime community and anime in general has been changing, or perhaps even evolving. Whether this is a good or bad thing, I am not sure. All I know is that it has changed my approach to anime. (and my frequency of keeping up with anime)

Something that has not changed though is my tradition of creating New Year’s Resolutions. After thinking over my resolutions in depth, I do not believe they are goals to simply be met in the future. If these goals aren’t met but are worked towards, then the progress and growth is still there. Completing the goal isn’t necessarily the point of resolutions, its just to have a guide to work towards.

Another thing I’ve realized; New Year’s Resolutions are not always simply thought up at the end of the year. I’ve gathered information and signs of things that need improvement, but these come to me consistently over the course of the year.

My New Year’s Resolution for next year is not necessarily a single thing. My goal is to take advantage of opportunities that are available; to gain skills, experience, and to better myself when possible. This carries on from some of my old New Year’s resolutions of self-care, which is something I plan to focus on as well.

I encourage everyone else to set goals for themselves, even if they are small. Just working towards these goals and having something to keep you on track will help …continue reading

    

Posters for the Chinese Theatrical Release of Spirited Away

Eighteen years after the release of Spirited Away in Japan, China is getting an official theatrical release next week. And just as he did with the release of My Neighbor Totoro late last year, Chinese designer Huang Hai has worked his magic once again, creating a series of absolutely breathtaking posters that make us want […]

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Bakemonogatari - The Devil’s Envy Almost Destroys Pride

Senjogahara and Kanbaru in the Bakemonogatari manga.

To get through life, we have to rely on other people around us. They fill gaps that are missing in our lives. From emotional support to being able to help with physical labor, these people can often become our friends. We grow to admire their strength. Yet their positive traits can often trigger a sense of jealousy within us. We start to compare ourselves to them and see how big the gap between us really is.

Envy is a very dangerous thing, especially when love is concerned. I’m reminded of this while reading the manga adaptation of NisiOsin’s light novel series, Bakemonogatari and the Suruga Monkey arc. How this arc is told in manga form provides a basic insight of how two conflicting emotions are handled by a teenager who’s felt neglected over the years.

Bakemonogatari is part of a series called Monogatari, which covers a young man named Araragi Koyomi and his encounters with young women who are affected by supernatural abnormalities. Araragi is considered abnormal himself as he is cursed with having traits of a vampire. Because of a previous encounter with a female vampire in distress, he decides to use his unwanted strength to help girls with abnormalities cope with their emotional and spiritual pain.

One of those girls is a student athlete in Araragi’s school named Suruga Kanbaru. Kanbaru is cursed with a monkey’s paw that causes her left forearm to appear ape-like. The paw grants its user a wish at a great cost and is part of a greater lore involving unintended consequences. She was in love with Araragi’s girlfriend, Hitagi Senjougahara. They were once friends as Senjougahara noticed Kanbaru’s talent in basketball. Once Kanbaru realized the two were dating, she made a wish with the monkey paw …continue reading

    

Bakemonogatari - Devil’s Envy

Senjogahara and Kanbaru in the Bakemonogatari manga.

To get through life, we have to rely on other people around us. They fill gaps that are missing in our lives. From emotional support to being able to help with physical labor, these people can often become our friends. We grow to admire their strength. Yet their positive traits can often trigger a sense of jealousy within us. We start to compare ourselves to them and see how big the gap between us really is.

Envy is a very dangerous thing, especially when love is concerned. I’m reminded of this while reading the manga adaptation of NisiOsin’s light novel series, Bakemonogatari and the Suruga Monkey arc. How this arc is told in manga form provides a basic insight of how two conflicting emotions are handled by a teenager who’s felt neglected over the years.

Bakemonogatari is part of a series called Monogatari, which covers a young man named Araragi Koyomi and his encounters with young women who are affected by supernatural abnormalities. Araragi is considered abnormal himself as he is cursed with having traits of a vampire. Because of a previous encounter with a female vampire in distress, he decides to use his unwanted strength to help girls with abnormalities cope with their emotional and spiritual pain.

One of those girls is a student athlete in Araragi’s school named Suruga Kanbaru. Kanbaru is cursed with a monkey’s paw that causes her left forearm to appear ape-like. The paw grants its user a wish at a great cost and is part of a greater lore involving unintended consequences. She is in love with Araragi’s girlfriend, Hitagi Senjougahara. They were once friends as Senjougahara noticed Kanbaru’s talent in basketball. Once Kanbaru realized the two were dating, she made a wish with the monkey paw …continue reading