There are some things I don’t, nor will never understand. I never before found this to be something worth discussing or even caring about. But I’ve been drinking quite a bit lately, and it gave me some time to think about certain things. My relationships with family, and with friends, and in this case faux friends. And also how many of them have piled up over the years.
It goes without saying to many people who know me personally, that I don’t actually get close to many people. Usually for me to make a friend, they have to come to me. That’s not to say I’m someone who is not open to conversation or greeting strangers. I live in the American South, and just walking by someone with out simple greeting is generally considered rude. I will give most people that much at least. What gets to me, is when I have a friend that I’m close with, and then there’s some strange falling out. It’s hard to describe, but what was once daily or at least somewhat regular conversation and contact just seems to suddenly fade away into nothingness. These people just stop talking, are cold or distant when they greet you, and pretty much seem to almost avoid, but never mention why. It bugs me. Not because of the distance exactly, but because that person never had the decency to say they didn’t want to be friends anymore.
If there’s anything I value (aside from money and my own peace of mind), it’s clear communication. If you don’t like me, then tell me why. You don’t want to talk to me anymore? Sure, just let me know. But don’t slink away like a coward never to have us hash things out. Whether it be a relative, a high school friend, a college friend (most of whom I would never truly call friends), old anime and blogging buddies, or even friends at work, once you pull this stunt you’re pretty much dead to me. There are no assumptions with me. If you don’t tell me outright, then it never happened – not in my head, not in my imagination, not ever. If you don’t speak it, it doesn’t exist. I can’t understand something that doesn’t exist, especially a conversation.
I’ve had too much time lately to reflect on life and those connected to me to care anymore about former or faux friends. Attempts to connect with these people are done, hopes that they’ll come around and explain themselves to me are gone. I’m going to expend much more mental energy on those that actually make time to talk to me, and hang out with me. Those coworkers that share my likes and passions; those friends that call me even though I rarely see them anymore; those family members that actually make a f*cking effort to be a part of my life; all those people will get a lot more focus and care. And saying this feels like a huge weight coming off my shoulders.
This post is not for the friends that have left or disappeared; it’s for the few that have truly stuck around and supported me. It doesn’t even having anything to do with this blog. This has to do with me reflecting back on my mortality, and the events or my life and saying that I appreciate you guys, and that this post is a testament to that. You guys are great, and I’ll never be able to truly pay back the time you spent speaking with recluse and weirdo like me.
Now there’s just one more thing I’ll have to make peace with, and I’ll be back to normal again. Hopefully. But that will take time. And I’m not looking forward to it.
If the previous episode was a knockout punch, then this episode is the ref’s countdown to see if the show’s protagonists can get off the mat in time. and by the end of the episode it’s clear that while the battle is not over, the good guys have weak legs and are disoriented. (Sorry, I’ve been watching a lot of Hajime no Ippo lately.)
I started this episode in a really dour mood. Not only are all my favorite characters getting their asses kicked, but possibly the best character was gobbled up for good when the COVERS monsters caught Mako and ate her!
Me: “YOU BASTARDS!!!!”
Then we see that Ryuuko is unconscious from Lady Satsuki blowing up the arena. Lady Satsuki has been taken hostage and is again being sexually assaulted by her mother. And the Four Devas and the remains of Nudist Beach are fighting a losing battle in Japan against the COVERS onslaught. It’s looking pretty bad at the moment. Things do turn around at the end – sorta. With the COVERS army engaging Nudist Beach at their final stronghold in Japan, Mako is saved by Ira – who we can confirm 100% shipping status. They’re totally gonna bone and have weird babies – just you wait!
The episode ends painfully though, as Ryuuko finally awakens, super strong and angry. She wipes out a large group of COVERS a-holes, but then turns to a happy Senketsu and tells him to piss off! She says she’ll never ear him again and calls both of them monsters!
She’s really taking this whole end of the world/my mother is the devil situation pretty hard. Someone get her an ice cream cone or something.
Overall, a pretty sad episode, but a welcome reprieve from the past two. KILL LA KILL only took less than a full episode to bounce back into the drama and battle. And it seems now that most all secrets are totally out of the bag. Matoi Isshin being proven to be her real father all along. Lady Satsuki and Ryuuko being sisters. Ira and Mako being a super weird and cute pair. And the fact that Lady Satsuki had not only been consolidating power, but protecting those she’d kept under her harsh rule. The Ultima Uniforms giving the students power and resistance to Life Fiber control. But no one could foresee the god-like power Ragyou wields. And speaking of g0d-like, it looks like Ragyou still has some plans for her daughters, and she’s even making a new godrobe more powerful than any of the others for them. Why?
What I take from this episode is that the show has finally been laid bare. Once known, this show was never terribly complicated, just really, really weird. Lady Satsuki and the Four Devas were indeed never the real enemy, and were merely harsh and devoted double agents. The nobility of all of them really did shine through. There is nothing more to this episode it seems for now. The whole show has no choice but to move forward now, likely to a conclusion that will move worlds.
Note: something else I’ve confirmed is that Nonon is a certifiable hotty and sex symbol. I could feel the undercurrents of this truth coming through via comments on Twitter and the multitude of “interesting” fan art that I’ve seen on G+ and Pixiv.
Note 2: was I the only one that noticed that Mako’s mom was staring super hard at Aikuro’s d*ck?
On the plus side, I learned I was horribly mistaken about one of my previous misconceptions about this show. On the other end, this show still feels compelled to disguise high school drama in the cloak of a university setting. Or perhaps this is just another in a long line of cases of me having too high a bar for a series in terms of its maturity.
Despite my negative tone, it wasn’t as if I didn’t enjoy this episode. Progress is Read more…
This episode was like watching someone reach the summit, only to be grabbed by the balls and tossed all the way back down to the bottom! F*CK!
I was so ready to write something positive, but everything good that happened this episode was wiped away by the near godly hand of Ragyou Kiryuuin. I dare say that this episode had the most jarring power swing I’ve ever seen in an anime. And this looks like it could be a worse defeat than anything I’ve seen in any other anime. Every pinnacle was overshadowed, and any weakness became a glaring flaw for the world to see. Read more…
It feels good to be back watching this show again. I think taking a break or a breather from anime for a bit deepens your desire watch it. I think that applies to this show as well. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Read more…
AH AHAHAHA! Ryuuko wasn’t around for the interactions between Lady Satsuki and her mother. So I understand her surprise. But this shouldn’t come as one to anyone who has been viewing so far. The relationship between Lady Satsuki and Lady Ragyou was so cold, and unfeeling that you just knew she wasn’t going along with what her mother said. Honnouji Academy is a super serious place, but there’s no doubt they were preparing for war.
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Well, a new direction is what I was expecting. And it’s what we get. It’s quite clear that there will be a renewed focus, and it’s not gonna be towards Ryuuko and Senketsu.
What I noticed a lot about this episode was how much more focus there was on Lady Satsuki’s vulnerability. Read more…