Seasons of giving in slice of life

Here’s something that occurred to me the other day when I was stumbling as usual through the fiction-writing process: speculative slice of life anime and manga, even those with some emphasis on festivals, rarely include an event analogous to Christmas as manifest in the United States. This is not to say that gifts aren’t given and received in fantastical and science-fictional slice of life franchises — they are, and pretty commonly — but few such franchises seem to present a holiday whose focus or impetus is the giving and receiving of gifts.

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It’s like the Bespin fight, with more schoolgirls

That’s a Star Wars reference, for those plebians among you.  Episode six of Maria-Sama ga Miteru does indeed mark not only the halfway point for the newest season, but also the darkest hour (though perhaps that’s actually the next episode), in which the characters are backed against the wall.  I started typing this with no clue as to where I was going, having exhausted most of the critical avenues that seemed to make much sense regarding the show — however, I have realized a look at the structure might be fun, or at least wile away time better spent on my thesis.

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Haibane Renmei 5 — Renmei Harder

It’s time to put this gross love-child of jam bands and pot-head philosphy majors to bed, to bed I say!  Beneath the cut, live-updated, lies the twitter-blog for the final two episodes of Haibane Renmei.  You should feel pretty special, I have to write a response to The Demolished Man for class tomorrow, but I’m doing this instead (eh, it’s all going to be panoptic eyes and ruminations on philosopher-kings, I’ll be fine).

EDIT: live-updating has ended.  It is now complete, or as close to that state as I’m likely to get it.

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Haibane Renmei 4 — Beyond Thunderdome

Volume four of my epic scourging, like that of the great heroes of old, continues here.  If you want to follow along, I’ll update the post as I watch, rather than waiting until the end.

EDIT: It’s no longer being live-updated, so you can read it, confident you are seeing the whole of my thoughts on HR 9-11.

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Haibane Renmei post three, for lack of a better title

If you’re waiting for amelioration, this post has it: I find some things to like here, finally.  Also, experimenting with pure twitter-blog at the end.  That is, if you check, I’m actually not finished with the episode yet, and will update periodically throughout viewing.

EDIT: Okay, finished now.  If you prefer your blog-reading to be normal, and not avant-garde in medias res, you can go on and click now.

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Once more into the breach and all that jazz

Clearly we need to get a few things straightened out before we continue.  If Haibane Renmei is too much of a sacred cow for you to bear seeing it made fun of, don’t click through to the rest of this post.  If you believe everyone must have the same tastes you do, and you love HR with a lovey-love and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t click through.  Also, I suppose, if you’re not willing to watch the trip from hatred to enjoyment, which I’m still counting on, don’t click through — though, for you, waiting until the last post or two might work.  All of you cool kids, with well-balanced personalities and lovable haircuts, come on in.  

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