Geek Out: 3 Gatsu no Lion (anime)

3 gatsu no lion (March comes in like a lion), is an absolutely captivating show about a boy named Rei who is a highschooler and professional shoji player and his interactions with various people including three sisters who help him out and act almost like family to him.

The anime is slow paced but every episode makes you feel alive. Rei’s history is slowly revealed through flashbacks and every episode it is easy to find yourself hoping and praying for his happiness. The Shogi games are captivating but the show is not focused on how to play Shogi like many sports anime. It is so hard to explain just how much this show captivated me. The characters evolve and have weird but heartwarming smiles and you can feel Rei’s pain, sadness, and happiness as it comes to him.

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If you want to learn more about the show or see what other people thought of it click here.

If this sounds like something you might want to watch I would encourage you to give it the two episode test and try it out.

you can find it English subbed at gogoanime.

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Geek Out: Library Wars Anime

At first glance this anime seems… weird. For some reason people are killing people for the sake of protecting books. But in reality, it is so much more than that. This anime explores censorship and human reactions to potentially life changing events.

More than those great overall themes, the anime can be just as enjoyable if you prefer to watch it for the characters. Kasahara (the main female character), mentions near the end of the series that although she couldn’t remember the main plot of one of the books that she loved she could recall everything about the characters she had read about. Their lives created a side story which she enjoyed even more than the main one. I believe the point she made is very true about Library Wars. The overall plot is great by the time you get a few episodes in and have gotten over the fact that they are fighting and dying for the sake of books. However, it was the side story of the characters and how their relationships evolve over the course of the anime that made the story truly rich. Because of the characters you start to root for the Library corps. Because of the characters you realize in a low-key way how war effects soldiers and how even the enemy is human.

If you are looking for an accurate description of the atrocities of war this anime will not fit what you are looking for. However, if you love books, art, and freedom of speech, or if you just want an enjoyable anime with an interesting plot and characters and don’t mind a bit of a slow start, Library Wars may be for you.

myanimelist synopsis

Library Wars episodes english subbed

Library Wars Movie english subbed (watch after the series)

How to Fake Being Sick

I didn’t fake being sick very much when I was younger but I have a few tried and true methods that work very well.

  1. Creating a Mild Cold with Pepper

This idea came to me this morning while I was re-filling my pepper shaker. All you need is some finely pre-ground pepper that you can get easily at any Superstore or bulk food store. Take some pepper and breathe normally as you either fill a pepper shaker or allow it to drop into your other hand from at least six inches away. After awhile this will create an airborne cloud of fine pepper which you will naturally breathe in. Soon you will begin to sneeze, keep going for a little bit longer and then clean up any mess you have made with the pepper to destroy the evidence. You should have around ten minutes of sneezing and a half hour of having a runny nose to convince your guardian that you have a cold.

Note: breathe normally, breathing too deeply won’t work as well. You must also act unwell or they will send you to school with a box of tissues. Faking a fever as well may also help.

2. Faking a Fever

Faking a fever has become increasingly difficult over the years. It only takes a few seconds to take a temperature and your parent or guardian will probably stay near you during this time. The best advice I can give you is to keep your natural temperature up before and during the temperature taking. When you first wake up your body temperature may be a bit lower. Try getting out of bed and moving around a little bit to get your blood flowing. (Don’t do too much as it is possible for increased blood flow to also bring down your temperature.) After that, make sure your room is warm but not suspiciously hot and burry yourself under the covers. Be sure to keep your face warm right up until you need to take the temperature.

Note: This is not a 100% reliable method and should be paired with another method for best chance of feigning illness.

3. Faking Nausea

If you have any decent acting ability at all this is my number one suggestion for faking illness. Just keep your morning bed head, hold your stomach, walk slightly bent, and talk weakly. Imagine the last time you actually felt nauseous and try to emulate how you were feeling then. For an added touch keep yourself extra warm or extra cold and put a SMALL amount of room temperature water on your face and neck and give it a minute to become body temperature.

I can’t condone faking illness, but if you are going to do it anyways you may as well do it well. Know that you shouldn’t use these methods too many times. Not only will it be difficult to keep up in your classes, but your guardian may become suspicious and not believe you when you are legitimately sick.

Keeping University Costs Minimal

It’s a new semester for university students and that means hard earned money will soon be disappearing from our bank accounts in the pursuit of the most valuable piece of paper most people will ever own. But there are ways to lessen the financial burden that comes with a new semester.

1. Get Your Textbooks and Supplies Used Whenever Possible.

Getting textbooks used has saved many university students hundreds of dollars over the course of their degrees. Some school stores offer discounted used textbooks but you can often find cheaper textbooks on Ebay, Amazon, and other popular online selling sites. However, the most convenient and cheapest way to get books used is a site called Books2go. This site is free does not require you to sign up to buy textbooks. You can search for textbooks from your specific school and arrange meetings on-campus to buy the books from other students from your school. Books2go has also recently added the option to buy and sell other school supplies like graphing calculators, lab coats, art class supplies, and various other things.

2. Sell Whatever You Are Not Using Anymore.

Selling your textbooks after buying them used and in good condition, can allow you to almost break even. You can then use that money to buy your books for the next semester. All the sites listed in number one can also be used to sell your books. Be aware that Books2go does require you to make an account before you can sell any textbooks or supplies. It is still free and it doesn’t require much personal information disclosure.

3. Carpooling, Bus Passes, and Parking

Getting to school can be expensive when you don’t live on campus. Carpooling with friends or students who live nearby can save on gas money and parking fees. (Note: If you are carpooling with a stranger suggest meeting on campus or another public area first. You can discuss how you will split costs there and it will allow you to make sure it will be safe to commute with them).

Bus passes are cheaper than paying the bus fee every time and some universities have discounted transit passes available for students.

Many schools have pay parking on campus. You can save money by getting a parking pass that pays for multiple weeks of parking at once or by finding legal places to park off campus for free.

4. Bring Your Meals and Snacks From Home.

Cafeteria food is expensive and it often isn’t worth the price. You can eat cheaper, tastier, and possibly healthier by bringing your own food from home. Also, bring snacks and drinks to avoid over priced vending machines that will probably eat your money at least once during your school career.

5. Opt Out of Any Services Included in Your Fees That You Do Not Use.

School fees go beyond tuition and books. These fees allow you access to different services. However, if you own a car and never take the bus the bus pass included in some school fees is completely pointless. Also, if you already have a health and dental plan you can opt out of the school’s plan if you provide proof that you have a health plan. Take the time to research what fees you might be able to opt out of.

 

Overall, there are many ways to save money this semester. Though I regret to inform you that, short of getting a scholarship or government grant, I have yet to find a way to opt out of tuition fees…

Geek Out: Erased (Anime)

This is my first Geek out. This Category of blog posts is a place where I take anything I am extremely excited about and I write about it. It could be a movie, tv show, something cool I learned, an event I went to, pretty much anything that I can write about enthusiastically. This segment will probably include a lot of anime, books, and movies but I hope you will enjoy reading about it just as much as I enjoyed experiencing everything that makes me Geek out.

“Erased” is an absolutely amazing anime. This seinen/mystery/etc. anime takes twelve episodes and weaves an absolutely beautiful mystery surrounding a young man named Fujinuma, Satoru and his desperate attempt to stop a serial killer from his past who seems to target young girls.

Satoru has an ability which forces him back in time to prevent bad things from happening. He can’t control when it happens but when he is sent back he begins to instinctively search for what is about to go wrong so that he can prevent it. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away but basically due to something that happens in present day, he is reminded of the serial killings that happened in his hometown and he is sent back in time to when he was ten in order to stop the killer and save everyone.

The anime has great art, interesting characters, and a plot that got me so excited I was almost ready to jump out of my chair and yell at my screen during a few of the episodes. So, if you’re in the mood for an anime with a bit more substance but that isn’t just one toturous blood bath after another “Erased” is for you.

https://myanimelist.net/anime/31043/Boku_dake_ga_Inai_Machibe0e54de5b861241944e3ba7a5d4fe1a1452549292_fwide

Note: The subject is probably not the best for children but we don’t see much blood or the actual murders (think Detective Conan as a decent comparison). However, there is some child abuse so anyone who is sensitive to such things may not want to watch this. Parental Guidance and Viewer discretion is advised.

Why are Things Funny?

What is and isn’t funny changes from person to person. Everyone’s individual experiences and cultures are completely different and what everyone thinks is funny differs due to that. However, there are several tricks and topics that are almost universally bound to get a giggle if they are presented right.

My favourite trick for comedy is the rule of three. When I was in Drama productions this technique was used a minimum of once a play. What it is is when the same thing happens three times in the play but the third time is slightly different from the previous times. For example, a character (I will call him Bob) is nervous to enter the room where his angry girlfriend is furiously going over her inner monologue out loud. Every time he timidly begins to enter the room she shouts in frustration that if she were to see him she would punch his face in or something equally as undesirable. Then when he retreats she remembers something good about him and he begins to enter the room with new hope only for it to be dashed again. The third time he pokes his head in she keeps saying good things about him so he comes all the way into the room. Meanwhile out of frustration and confusion, his girlfriend grabs something and hurls straight into Bob before realizing he is there… It is difficult to grasp without seeing it but next time you go to a play or see a movie, keep track events that seem to be repeating with slight variations they usually are funniest the third time the event happens.

Universal topics for Comedy need to be relatable to most people. This is why romance is such a popular genre throughout the world, it is relatable. Romance and other genres are not completely free from cultural differences. Dating and marriage practices are very culturally specific. However, domestic affairs, love triangles, and many other situations from the genre appear in comedies all over the world, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Kalidasa’s Malavika and Agnimitra, Plautus’ Casina, multiple Japanese anime and American cartoons. They all have examples of romance and the problems it can cause being used as comedic devices. Aside from romance, most people have experience with work and school. Also, physical comedy is funny for all ages but the type of physical humour that is funny could be different depending on the country and culture.

Lastly Irony is an absolute staple for any joke or comedic scene. For some strange reason it is funny when the exact opposite of what we believe is going to happen happens. Shakespeare loved to use Irony in his plays and writers still use this device in modern works. It hasn’t stopped being used after all these years because it works. Irony brings surprise and almost a sense of novelty to a story. It can refresh a stale plot and facilitates laughter which releases dopamine that will make the story seem more enjoyable. Overall, Irony is a powerful tool that, when used correctly, can vastly improve any comedy.

Looking Back at the Creation of This Blog.

This blog was created while I was still in high school. When I first wrote here I couldn’t  have cared less about views and likes on what I posted. I just wanted to see what it was like to write somewhere that anything I wrote could be seen by anyone. I even made up a pen name just for the fun of it. But eventually, I felt like if I was going to post something it had to be profound in some way.

Reading through my few older posts I found some horrible poetry that my brain must have mercifully erased from my memory. I was obviously trying too hard. I tried to make even the simplest things profound in some deep, inspiring way. It didn’t turn out well. At the time I had just taken an interest in writing poetry because my friends, who are much better writers than I am, were into it.

Recently, I rediscovered this blog and have started writing again. I mostly write when I should be studying or writing an essay. I promise my poetry has improved since high school, but I doubt I will be posting any more of that anytime soon. What I write and how I write it will probably change depending on where my whims take me that day. I don’t expect anything I write will be read but if it is then I hope what I write interests you and makes your day a little bit better.