Maria-Sama Ga Miteru: Thoughts on Volume 30.

It was that volume that made it an all-time great.

Clearly, even without it, Marimite would’ve gone to my hall of fame as soon as i finished the penultimate chapter of Hello,  Goodbye.

But it was that volume that made me elevate it to all-time great with 3 more entries left.

I’m talking about Marimite 30; Twinkle, Twinkle.

It starts interesting with the arrival of Sachiko and Kashiwagi.  The car part was pretty good and unexpected. But of course, it isn’t until they arrive at the amusement park in less than a stellar mood that the chapters start switching to the other couples. Which is the key to this chapter’s greatness.

We see the reason for every characters foul mood, we see how they try to either ignore it and plunge ahead, or pretend that is not happening and take it easy.

The two most interesting pov’s are the Yellow Rose sisters (Yoshino, Rei), and Tsutako and Shouko.

The interactions(or lack thereof) between them are amusing, finding the cause and seeing how raw they get is troubling…. but then their overall demeanor during the day just pulls me in and makes me want to know more about them, hear more from them… See more.

It settles with Yoshino realizing the root of the problem during an incredibly rare walk and talk with Sachiko.

They talk about the problem sensibly, though a little bit hesitant on Yoshino’s part. But the way they solve it, the beauty of them two interacting… it’s just a moment that stands out as one of the best from the whole series.

Tsutako’s dilemma was more into herself, she had the challenge of not using the camera the whole day, as agreed with her uncle.. And while she and Shouko were amiable enough (with Shouko adorably trying to put up topics to not let Tsutako get bored), it isn’t until Tsutako opens up about the joy she feels from Yumi and the others forgetting all about her camera that their pov starts to shine.

This part just finishes fleshing out Tsutako for me. She was the cool girl with the camera, and nothing deterred her or shook her. But by opening up her insecurities to the incredibly adorable Shouko, i finally let her in, and came to love her. That hit home, her describing the joy of Yumi seeing her and inviting her as a friend, not as a girl with a camera.

The ending chapter is masterful. It’s an all-time great chapter. It’s name:

Amongst the Stardust.

This is the pinnacle of Oyuki Konno’s writing. Her prose, her feelings, her everything is swirled together in this chapter in a way that brings out extreme emotion from anybody who’s come to love Marimite.

The first part is about Yumi and Sachiko mounting a carrousel. Yumi is in the horse behind Sachiko. I can’t describe the feelings the last few lines brought on. Sachiko happy, full of visible joy, turning back to look at Yumi and calling out to her, and Yumi capturing the sight with her mind, and with her heart. Incredible.

The last part is where it all comes together, all the arguments have been settled or are settled. The happiness from being with each other is engulfing, and the wonder of the fireworks fills them with emotion.

There they are, standing on the shore of the lake. One as a group, one as friends, ones that love each other.

Tsutako and Shouko framing the sky with their fingers, Noriko and Shimako holding hands, Sachiko amiably agreeing to let Kashiwagi drive them back, Yoshino lovingly telling Rei “Your mouth is open”. And Kanako and Yuuki standing near the starstruck soeurs, Yumi and Touko. Holding hands, smiling, filled with wonder. Masterful, emotional, sublime moment that is made all the more sweeter after 29 volumes of tears, laughs, and joy with these characters.

And it ends, with this:

“Shine, shine. Sparkle.

The firework’s brilliance was just a moment in time.

But they’d never forget it.

Everyone was smiling.

All sorts of things had happened, but everyone would carry with them some happy memories.



Close to breaking point.

8 hours of sleep in the last 2 and a half days? Have worked only 11 hours but i have had to content with the pressure of the articles y de quedar mal… Also. That other thing witch i was supposed to stop. It has won this batte. I have to regroup and see if i can finally stop, just… Stop. Give myself a chance at least.

I am at such a low point right now, i keep putting myself in this pressuredized situations where there are only two outcomes. To barely squeeze out an ok work, or to fail completely.

I need a reset. I need change. I need sleep. I need no more guilt. I need a therapist. I need… I don’t know anymore.

The SB saga is almost over…

After having him for two straight semesters and having trouble with the essays(challenging, but… Challenging)… I am 6 pages away from not having to deal with him or see him ever again.

I am going to put my all on that paper tomorrow, and send off this dude with a paper he can’t hate on.

That first Final Essay for IR was a friggin’ odissey for me, and this last one, even though i am familiar now with what it takes, is still going to take a big effort to be taken out.

I did learn much, and i am glad i took both classes.

I look forward to… Freedom ringing.

Thoughts on witholding.

Not saying what you have to say, keeping an event or condition from another person; we do that so that things can stay how they are, so that our lives and relations don’t change.

But keeping your thoughts, words, ideas and happenings to yourself will change you. And the difference that witholding that certain thing from another will cause on you, is often enough to disrupt the balance you wanted to keep, the life you wanted so desperately to uphold.

– Inspired by episode 5 of Hannibal, from the cancer situation of Jack’s wife.

The I.R Saga is thankfully over.

I had to write an 8 page Final Research Paper for my class of International Relations.

It was a living hell. Twice i had nights of sleeping 2 hours to wake-up extremely early and get to work on it. And i almost missed the allowed time my teacher gave me… Actually, i’m surprised he accepted it at all.

But its over now, and i look forward to the now welcomed Math Final and French Written Final. I already got the French Oral Final out of the way with probably an A.

On Symphonic Rock Pt. 1

So i gave Epica a try yesterday, and after experiencing their albums for a while i have a mixed opinion of them.

Simone Simons has a good voice; it has good range, it has a very nice color and she is classicaly trained. All in all there’s not much to complain about.

Epica as a band has a problem though, and it has everything to do with vocals… Which you wouldn’t have thought possible after the praise i heaped upon Simone.

So what is the problem? Well, it’s actually the grunts.

Some of Epica’s songs are magnificent. They are filled with beautiful orchestry, amazing background choirs, and Simone’s voice is an awesome compliment…

But some of the songs also feature another singer, and he especializes in grunting vocals, which i guess fits the epic nature of the compositions and the bands style.

But to me, however, it ruins the mood of most songs and it is just flat out ugly and disturbing. I can’t for the life of me figure out why Epica would feature that guy on a lot of their songs, nevermind some of their most ambitious ones.

Without the grunting, songs like Cry for the Moon would be very good songs… And others like Essence of Silence would be much more accesible.

But alas, Epica likes the ‘beauty and the beast’ dynamic it seems, and their fans must enjoy it if they haven’t said anything.

That grunting is going to keep me from being a fan, and while Simone is a very good singer, she isn’t awesome enough to turn an average song into a good one with her vocals… Or make a good one great like Tarja or Sharon den Adel.

Overall, the band is good. But good isn’t ‘good enough’ in this genre anymore.. Not with Nightwish now returning to the top with Floor Jansen as a vocalist.

Thanks for reading,
Take care.

P.s: Floor Jansen is a B caliber singer.

For reference, Anette was a C. Simone Simons is a B-

Tarja is an A- and Sharon is a B+