Eeeeeeh?

     Well, I’m quite irritated. Imagine yourself finally getting a review finished, with every piece thought out as well as possible. As I tend to stick to some sort of a form while writing reviews, it’s always a good idea to check some older review if I haven’t missed anything. And then, ladies and gentlemen, I imagine splendidly finding that not a single one of images in the reviews is shown. I’ve hosted pretty much everything on PhotoBucket and it turns out they just decided that images can no longer be hosted on any 3rd party website. Of course there’s a way out of it, and it costs only 400 dollars.

     To be frank, when I started, I didn’t pay much attention to what hosting site was the best and for the most part PhotoBucket was doing quite well for me. There was that space limit so inevitably some time in the future I would have had to move somewhere else but there still was plenty of time. Another issue was that PhotoBucket didn’t always wholeheartedly accept my images, maybe it had to something with the fact that I don’t live anywhere near USA. Particularly it was hard to upload gifs but usually with some additional attempts everything would come out all right. More or less.

     So yeah, it turns out I have to move every single image on this blog somewhere else and it’s going to be a huge pain in the ass. Well, at least the images themselves didn’t vanish altogether, they’re only unavailable to view on the blog. It’s quite weird that some of my newer posts have retained their images but that’s only a slight positive.

     Cheers PhotoBucket,  you may as well choke on those 400 dollars but they won’t be mine.

Musings and Reflections – end of 2016

      Well, everyone’s doing their yearly roundups and I also thought – why not? Probably a bit late (I was waiting for the 12th episode of 3-gatsu that never came on Saturday so that slightly messed up with my schedule), but as the saying goes – better late than never, even if it looks that in the end I got a bit carried away more than once.

     It seems like the overall consensus opinion was that the last year in general wasn’t something good – not everyone is happy with political situations and just lack of stability in many countries, many famous (and not) people died… Well, to think about the latter one, even if I’m too cynical, there are many famous (and elderly) people so such news isn’t that unnatural. At least I hope that many famous people have been born on 2016. Only confirming or denying that is a bit problematic right now. Thinking more positively, even with all the tensions rising in many of the corners of the world, we still somehow managed not to destroy humanity (even if such a scenario as in Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita is quite compelling). So yeah, everything’s just going on, as it has been, with some bad things happening and some good.

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     For me the year also was kind of normal, but looking with an optimistic outlook, the biggest change was probably starting this blog (*some applause from behind the scene*) and also getting to read more solid opinions of fellow bloggers than you could ever find in any forum. That also comes with a bit of a cost since frankly becoming exposed to such a variety of ideas not once did I feel jealous of other people’s achievements in mature thinking, analyzing, grabbing attention, managing and growing their blogs, productivity  and many other things. Well, someone has said that for anything you think you do well there are at least a hundred Asian people (with all due respect) that are doing it incomparably better.  I don’t think I’m very distinguishable from many other anime bloggers, but oh well, I’m having fun writing stuff, so I’ll keep doing it and I guess at least the near future is more to the brighter side than not.

     Getting to the anime world in this year, I found some interesting things. I don’t think many people would say that 2016 was the best year in anime history, but looking formally guess which year has the most entries in the MAL’s Top 100? Yep, you aren’t mistaken. And 2016 wins by a large margin, having 16 entries and a cherry on the top of all the list – Kimi no Na wa, while the 2nd place goes to 2011 with 11. Hell, even every year up to 2006 combined has less entries than 2016 alone. I guess looking formally to such a thing won’t always produce very logical results. More people than ever are watching anime and they tend to choose newer shows. As many of the new people are rather inexperienced, there’s a high chance of a particular show to get a good evaluation if a person rating it hasn’t got a very wide context of previous years. Well, I guess no one would rate their first several anime with less  than, say, 8/10 no matter what shows they’d be. I think such shows like Boku dake ga Inai Machi in the list confirm that. Also, second (and later) seasons tend to be evaluated better since anyone who didn’t like the first season won’t watch a sequel and automatically won’t rate it. I don’t say second seasons are bad, they just have a higher probability to be rated more favorably. A huge pile of Gintama on the top of the list, plenty of Haikyuu, Natsume or Jojo affirm that.

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     Apart from getting quite high consensus ratings, many popular shows in 2016 were rather polarizing – Boku dake ga Inai Machi or Re:Zero ignited many debates about their quality. KonoSuba and Yuri!!! on Ice probably were the most original popular anime that offered something rather new and unseen to some degree. For me the most memorable experience came from Rakugo, Fune wo Amu, Flying Witch (and to a lesser degree the 2nd season of Shirayuki) all of whom in my opinion are definitely worth checking. Of course, more and more new shows being produced also means more forgettable anime, but let’s just leave it at that. Apart from new shows, I can say I didn’t waste my year, getting some taste of Jin-Rou, Baccano and Spice and Wolf among others, which I highly recommend to anyone who’s yet managed to escape such great things.  I guess one of my goals for 2017 will be to engage more some older anime and keep seasonal watching to a minimum (though that’s not happening during Winter 2017), as I’m relatively new to anime community and haven’t yet seen such classics as Clannad, Madoka Magica, Monogatari series or Death Note. Well, at least I feel a bit smarter in many aspects concerning anime, getting a bit interested in sakuga, various connections between shows and how they are made, as well as getting into shows that I’d have never myself imagined watching (Yuri!!! on Ice or Little Witch Academia for example). Also I’m very happy to have started gathering a little anime (and stuff) collection that still looks notably meager, but nevertheless gives joy  every time I look at it. Even only some volumes of newly published Nichijou manga are a priceless source of optimism.

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     So yeah, I guess the last year just more or less normally passed by. Future perspectives are also rather ordinary and we just have to move on to the 2017. Thanks everyone for sticking around last year and I hope the New Year will prove to be exceptionally good in each and every aspect – keep writing, keep reading and have fun!

3 quotes in 3 days challenge – Day 2

      Hey everyone! it looks like my schedule got better of me after all. It’s a bit ridiculous to say that I continue the same challenge after a pretty long gap between the posts but oh well, better late than never. So, this day’s quote is

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish”  – J.R.R.Tolkien

     It’s probably no wonder that I chose something from the writer whom I strongly admire, but then it may seem strange that it isn’t one of his more famous quotes that involve such serious and complicated concepts as death, destiny, war or peace. I think that of course you need not to forget such things and it is possible to philosophize about, say, destiny for many hours coming up with very different and interesting ideas and encountering many different worldviews. Yet Tolkien is not only about high, proud and majestic things. The Lord of the Rings starts as a The Hobbit finished – with a fair share of fairy tale aspects that, even if diminished later on when the story became darker and solemner, from time to time emerged as a cheerful spark of hobbit-ness.

     This quote, taken from one of such moments that bring warmth to complicated things, that no hobbit is accustomed to, speaks to everyone and I think is quite useful to remember. You can look at it with a mindset of “yeah, you don’t say” but it coming from a man who managed to work a highly demanding job of a professor, to take care of a family or four kids and at the same time to write one of the most influential books of a century among other literary work, it becomes so much more stronger. It’s usually very hard to start something you are not that passionate about and procrastination at least for me can burn many hours that I could spend more efficiently if I would just start the thing as soon as possible.

     On some level the quote can also be treated as a differently phrased Latin sententia “Carpe diem” (that sadly is the predecessor of YOLO) with the meaning to take every opportunity you get and do what you can and especially if you must. I’m just a procrastinator as probably many others are more or less, so once in a while having something to remember that can encourage to get on with anything that needs to be done is welcome.

Anyway, not always everything goes according to keikaku, I mean plan, as I wrote in the first post of this challenge, but if something must be done there’s no better way to than just start as soon as possible and get done with with it. So, dear colleagues, cherish your time and get motivated!

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Now let’s move to the Nominations part:

MOKA from monomania fantasia

I invite you to:

1) Pick 3 quotes for 3 days and write what they mean to you.
2) Nominate 3 different bloggers with no repetitions each day.
3) Thank the person who nominated you.

That’s that. Thanks again, Olga from Middle-earth Reflections!

3 quotes in 3 days challenge – Day 1

Hey everyone! I got encouraged to try this challenge by Olga from Middle-earth Reflections and I’m very grateful for that. I doubt that there are many people in the anime community that also have strong feelings about J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings his and other writings from the same universe but if you do or just have some knowledge about it, please do check out her blog! And now, let’s get going.

“Only entropy comes easy”  – Anton Chekhov

 For those of you who are not that familiar with the man – Chekhov is held one of the most prominent Russian short story writers and playwrights of the second half of the 19th century. His writings have always attracted me as very sincere, analyzing lush emotions of various people and portraying life that went on in his time. You just can’t remain calm and not immersed as you read about different lives of sad or happy, tragic or even completely normal  people as every one of his characters appears very much alive, humane and moving by their actions and thoughts.

The quote I chose uses the term of entropy and for those of you who aren’t that familiar with it – it basically represents the idea of disorder. The higher the entropy, the more mess there usually is. Technically it’s not as simple as that but you got the idea – unwashed dishes have much more higher entropy than orderly arranged ones in a dryer. I  also must mention the second law of thermodynamics (as complicated as it sounds) – in an isolated system entropy tends to increase. It just means that spontaneously a glass can shatter but it will never come back to its initial form with no external help. Pretty intuitive.

Now coming to the meaning of the quote – you probably clearly understand the essence – everything is this world tends to break down, decay and cease to be ordered and you have to put much effort to achieve anything. When you think of it, it may sound crushing – the Universe itself is trying to negate all your attempts to do anything and it’s no wonder that we constantly need to eat for us to retain our ordered bodies, or, to think more comically, it’s very natural for your desk to become a mess in no time or to lose a sock from each pair – it’s embedded into the laws of nature. Nothing is easy and it requires much energy even to keep things as they are now. Is it discouraging? It may be but nothing said the life will be easy. I think when you make something you can be even more proud of it with the mindset that you gained a small victory against the Universe. Everything is bound to break but isn’t it wonderful that it is possible to withstand this pressure? It’s very easy to become lazy and unproductive no matter what you do but come on – you with your own existence have denied the law of everything breaking down and each thing you do should bring happiness of achievement, of mastering yourself and making your being meaningful.

I don’t know if these thoughts full of physics stuff were of any meaning but to myself they bring some pride and joy that I’m able to, say, escape idleness and write a thing or two about something I like and possibly get my voice heard and make some impact on someone that reads my stuff. Well, that’s the end for today’s philosophical babbles.

Now let’s get to the next part – the Nominations:

Lethargic Ramblings
Karandi from 100 Word Anime and
Kyra from KYRA DESU YO!

I invite you to:

1) Pick 3 quotes for 3 days and write what they mean to you.
2) Nominate 3 different bloggers with no repetitions each day.
3) Thank the person who nominated you.

So that’s that for today. Thank you again, Olga, and I hopefully see you all tomorrow!

The Versatile Blogger Award

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I’m  very delighted to be able to celebrate being nominated for the Versatile Blogger award. I feel very touched and humbled that the stuff I write is able to reach other people.

Huge thanks to Kyra who runs a very inviting and interesting blog KYRA DESU YO! and here mainly does an in-depth analysis of various names of anime characters. As someone who hardly knows any Japanese (besides some obligatory b-b-baka and nani?!!!!) I’ve been having a very fascinating experience being able to understand what the names of the characters mean, especially since the names are not usually given at random by the creators and knowing their meaning can give just another touch to the character of, well, the character. Thanks again, Kyra!

Well, personally I don’t consider myself a very versatile in blogging as now the Attic usually is filled with weekly thoughts about the episodes of currently airing anime and an occasional (yes, I would very much like to become much more consistent) review of a full show or film. Well, I’m quite happy to write everything I do but I hope to escape from these types of posts a few times in the future if all other stuff I have to do beside watching anime will be going well.

Anyway, as the rules of being nominated require, here are some random facts about me:

  1. My real name (that being not Aldael) in my native language is composed of two words meaning “hope” and “mind”.
  2. I usually tend to be quite pedantic – a double-check or a triple-check (and afterwards still worrying if everything is alright and done as precisely as possible or in need of some correction ) in many aspects of life is just how I am.
  3. I have absolutely no idea how to dance. Proper dancing is beyond me (maybe I have two left legs or something) and for now I have no intention to amend this. In casual parties I just end up doing something between copying others and moving with the mindset of “whatever”. Now that I wrote it I’m embarrassed.
  4. I found anime only about 2 years ago. Before that I managed to stay away from it (somehow I even didn’t find things like Dragon Ball that interesting) thinking that it was just something weird, Japanese and there was hardly anything of it that didn’t contain ecchi or hentai, even if I didn’t know the terms at that time. Another thing to be embarrassed of.
  5. I have finished a music school with a pretty random specialty of singing in a choir. I’m familiar with other stuff like music theory and playing the piano as well so it’s quite natural for me to be interested in the anime (and not only anime) OSTs even if I don’t think I can articulate well enough every idea I have. Because of that anime like Nodame Cantabile feel very special to me.
  6. Related to the fact above, my taste in music is rather versatile, encompassing various artists from different time periods – some classical composers (the influence of the music school), some contemporary ones like Phillip Glass or Susumu Hirasawa (Haiiiiyai Forces!!!) and a range of numerous groups – Asian Kung-Fu Generation (OP of Erased), Nightwish, Within Temptation, The Killers, Of Monsters and Men and others.
  7. Probably the biggest my hobby besides anime involves everything associated with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and other material concerning its universe – I’ve even forgotten how many times I’ve read the books or watched the films. As a side remark, I also immensely enjoyed reading A. Sapkowski’s The Witcher series (you know, that of which the games were based of) and to a slightly lesser extent G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (I guess every other person in the planet has read it or watched the show by now).

And finally and probably most importantly, some nominations. I’m afraid I don’t read enough blogs to be able to nominate 10 people but as I gave 7 facts and 7 is a lucky number,  I hope 7 should suffice. So, I nominate these great bloggers for the Versatile Blogger award:

  1. MOKA from monomania fantasia – (sadly) the blog’s currently on hiatus but you should definitely check it out for some impressions on not that mainstream anime or beautiful excerpts from the OSTs.
  2. kindle from Nichi Nichi-chan – a blog that has improved very rapidly as far as I remember to a level that I can only dream of  for now. It always impresses me with keen insights no matter what kind of post I end up reading.
  3. Lethargic Ramblings – a rather new blog that can already boast of mastered style, personality and diverse content – first impressions, lists, rants…
  4. Karandi from 100 Word Anime – I know she has been nominated before but who deserves it better than the most frequent commentator on the Aldael’s Attic whose really productive writings span from series and episode reviews to top 5s and beyond.
  5. Aria Cross (and the Team) from Fujinsei – I simply don’t know what kind of stuff you can’t find on the blog plus Fujinsei Blog Carnival is a great place to find about other anime bloggers.
  6. Ani-Dotes – not that active for some time now but with all hopes in the future it will produce more of the stylishly formatted, well-organized and entertaining content.
  7. Artemis form Otaku Lounge – the blog probably doesn’t need any more recognition but I can’t help it  – since refinement of style and a multitude to various otaku culture related themes covered instantly speak of years spent writing it.

Honorable Nominees, according to the Rules, please do:

  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
  3. Share 7 things about yourself and
  4. Nominate (preferably) 10 bloggers

Now I feel guilty about nominating only 7 people. It would be nice if someone would name a blog or two that could use a reader like me. And please don’t be shy – self-advertising is something you can’t escape in this day and age.

Anyway, thanks for everyone who has come to see the Award Ceremony and especially for those who from time to time find a desire to ascend Aldael’s Attic  – this is yours award as much as it is the blog’s – no written thing can have a purpose without someone reading it. So yeah. See you all next time!

So it begins…

Hello there!

As dull as it sounds, just another month begins, with it begins just another anime season and with it I’ve decided to start this little experiment of mine. So far I’m not even sure what the nearest future holds since I’m not really good with planning and committing to something whose length, clear purpose and outcome is not that determined after all. Well, I’ll just try to be as honest as possible while writing and not to ditch this project just after a few weeks. Let’s hope everything ‘ll come out just fine. See you.