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Good Thing for Tuesday

The Girl Standing in the Light of the Dawn, aka Akatsuki No Yona.

The anime is pure, unadulterated pop melodrama history, with a mystical kingdom standing in for, as far as I can see, Korea. That in itself amuses and/or impresses me, given that it's a Japanese anime. The story is so full of anime tropes that I should be bored out of my gourd, but I'm not. I love the slow (oh, so slow) unveiling of the real story, which is Yona's growth as a person and a leader, with the added fun of unexpected chibiness when it's least expected or, probably, appropriate. The art style isn't even one that I normally go for. In fact, everything about this signals that it's the kind of anime I should just yawn and avoid.

And yet, it's the one I wait for every week. Tuesday is a big day chez Casa KaffBB, because it's Agents of SHIELD Day.  And it's Yona day.

Someday, I should examine why I love this thing so much. But for now, I'm just going to love it.

(Well, one reason I love it, is some of its music. Its first opening musical theme, and its second closing musical theme, are so very unlike most anime themes, and kind of glorious. At least, I think they're glorious. Here - have cheesy, glorious anime music!












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a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 18th, 2015 09:39 am (UTC)
Some things you just like or love...all the examination in the world won't uncover why. So yes...just enjoy, sweetie. Sometimes ours is not to ask why. *Grins*

*squishes you*
kaffyr
Mar. 18th, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
You're right; it's just that I try to pull things apart and parse why I like things, and it's hard habit to break, even at my age (or especially at my age, I guess. Heh.)
lost_spook
Mar. 18th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, well, I enjoyed that intro, too! Thanks! :-)

And hurrah for some good things! There always needs to be more in that pile.
kaffyr
Mar. 18th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
It's a very pretty piece of music, and I really enjoy the fact that it doesn't have lyrics. As much as I adore anime (and I do, probably in the same headstrong, headlong fashion that you like old television shows), the theme intros and outros are often ... unexcitingly mediocre. This one always raised the hair on the back of my neck and arms, in that really good way.

And yes, good things, increasing the pile thereof, has been difficult lately, so when I can do it, I cheer!
liadtbunny
Mar. 18th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, there's nothing like loving something on paper you should dislike, but squishes it all away:) Keep enjoying!
kaffyr
Mar. 18th, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
Heh - I am; I'm going to be enjoying for a long time, I think, since it's apparently got a lot more episodes coming down the pike.
e_d_young
Mar. 18th, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
Hi there
I gotta say I really appreciate the fact that you're open about watching anime. Personally I keep it a secret, more or less, because I feel like it's for young people and I'm over 30. I don't watch anime regularly - I don't watch anything regularly - and it's pretty hard to find a series that I like, but I feel better knowing other people over 27 like it too.
kaffyr
Mar. 19th, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Hi there
Hi, yourself!

and I'm over 30.

I'm going to be 60 in six months; my friends have long known that I was an anime fan and I suspect I've lured a few of them into liking at least a few series. I live in a huge city, so the idea of a senior citizen (or damned near) liking what I do probably doesn't raise too many eyebrows - then again, at my age, I don't really give a damn about a few raised eyebrows. So go ahead and love what you love! Any favorite series or characters?
e_d_young
Mar. 20th, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: Hi there
I love Haikyuu, which is a sports manga that was adapted into an anime last year. It's popular in Japan, and there seems to be a very loyal, energetic fanbase among English speakers. The first episode might not be great, so if you ever give it a chance, I recommend suspending judgment until episode 2. It's ridiculous how much joy Haikyuu gives me.
kaffyr
Mar. 24th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi there
That's the story about kids on a volleyball team, isn't it? I'm such a couch potato that sports anime often pass me by, but I've heard pretty good things about this one, and about Free, which is the swimming one.
e_d_young
Mar. 25th, 2015 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: Hi there
That's right - volleyball it is. But you know how things can be in anime; the story is actually about personal development, teamwork, and acceptance. The characters, not the simple plot, draw people in. Haikyuu is not flawless, nevertheless, I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Free very much revolves around friendship and can be too syrupy or overdramatic sometimes, but there are some good laughs to be had, especially in season 1.

Also, if I ever feel like having a good cry, I plan to give Your Lie in April a try. Besides your comments, I've seen a lot of praise for it online.
flowsoffire
Mar. 26th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yay for good anime! And nice music :)
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