The World Ends With You
すばらしきこの世界 (It’s a Beautiful World)
By: J.R Tafoya – Head Writer
Monday, February 23rd –
Hello and Good Monday Giga-Friends!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately, especially after the passing of Mr. Monty Oum, about how we view the world around us. In one of his speeches, Monty says something to the effect of, “. . . when you watch movies or T.V, just take a minute and look at what’s happening. Really look, and see what is being shown.” While that is not verbatim, the message kind of resonated with me. I often find myself pausing, sometimes even going back, when I watch anime just to appreciate what someone has worked on. Sometimes, I’ll even park my car and just stare at some scenery I think is beautiful.
Art is something amazing. It comes in an immeasurable amount of shapes, sizes, and sounds. The way we view these things comes in an even larger amount. Sometimes it’s hard to even fathom, nigh impossible, to completely understand someone’s feelings or thoughts when perceiving a certain song or picture. But, if it can make you stop and think about it, for even a second, its done its job. I want people to know, or for us to try and understand Monty’s words; just look, just watch, just see something. Notice the small details in life, notice the big ones. Sometimes, when the sun is setting over a mountain, look at it closely. Realize that the world can be a beautiful place, regardless of what we’re surrounded by.
The title of this journal is a game that’s resonated with me for a long time and, if you haven’t played it, I suggest you do so. It tries to explain what we, as humans, perceive of one another and that no matter how hard we try, we will never completely understand each other. But, when your world clashes with mine, our worlds collectively grow along with us. Let some people influence you, let a work of art sway you, let yourself get caught in the rhythm of a song, and for once, relax and let the world be beautiful to you.
Maybe Monty’s passing has affected me more than it should. Or, maybe, it just let me realize how quickly life can fade. But, I just wanted to try and pass along his message, from my point of view, regardless of how skewed it might be.
NOW ON TO ANIME!
The reason I started thinking about this topic was because of the anime I just so happening to be watching this season. The first is Koufuku Graffiti; an anime about cooking. It may be slice-of life about food, but studio “Shaft” has always had a way with aesthetics that rightfully garners love from their fans. There are several pieces of the anime that just show off scenery, for absolutely no apparent reason. But, that isn’t a bad thing. I get to see some astounding scenery, just because, and it makes me marvel at how gifted someone could be to make that. If you like slice-of-life or cooking shows that focuses on the . . . “eating” of food (however erotic), it’s a pretty good watch.
Secondly is one I’ve talked about before: Shirobako. An anime about making anime that makes me appreciate how much work goes into the craft. It’s jaw-dropping when you realize how much effort goes into every scene. I like that it makes me notice certain songs or backgrounds in everything I watch, just so I can appreciate what went into making it. If you’ve ever been curious about how anime is made, I highly suggest Shirobako. It isn’t really a slice-of-life . . . but it really isn’t a drama either. But, it is edu-taining!
So long, my Giga-Friends! Until next Monday!
Love the world around you, love the people around you, and love the things you see!
And finally, the song that made me think so deeply about the highs and lows of life. The song captures a lot of emotion pertaining to the composer, Frederic Chopin, and his life in this one song.