After some years, I sat down and took the time to read through Kii Kanna’s manga. The aesthetic was really my thing. The character designs were a bullseye for me, which when coupled with the fashion was something that baited me hard. It’s the kind of thing that resembles the feel of, say, Hyouka or High Speed. But what really got me after the aesthetic was the subject: the concerns and going-ons of the transient man in his late-20s. As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten more difficult to find characters that you can really identify with because the typical character is a high schooler. It’s doubly hard to find such characters paired so perfectly with my aesthetic. So powerful is this combination that it’s already left significant impressions in my life.
Momokuri is a nice show about a boy and a girl in a healthy, respectful relationship. At the beginning, they’re a bit awkward as they get to know one another better and learn about each others’ strange but totally benign behaviour. Over the course of the show, they grow and trust each other more and more and Kurihara did nothing wrong. Everything is fine, nothing is wrong or illegal.
Like a nuclear reactor, the sleepy boy rests quietly. The exterior is calm, but those nearby still tread carefully around him, to avoid any excitement or disturbance. For within his still form is an immense power that radiates outwards. Great care must be taken to protect and conserve this pure energy. This power is what we now know as moe.
I know literally nothing about the Tales games except that Sorey and Mikleo exist and are good. But finally, even if the show turned out 100% to be the typical garbage JRPG anime adptation dreck that we’re used to, at the very least, I’d finally have some context for Sorey and Mikleo. It’s not perfect (the Berseria episodes are still a puzzle), but it is pretty dang good. Before, I had heard that Sorey and Mikleo were good, and took that at everybody’s word, but now I know that Sorey and Mikleo are good.
My very first job was in the summer right after my first year of undergrad on an internship at a large database vendor. It was a minor miracle that I was even hired, much less for a real developer position that I’d never have dreamed of getting. I had less than a year of programming experience and only in Java. My very first act was to make some simple changes to the code, which I completed successfully and inadvertently broke the build because I didn’t double check. Eventually, I did pick up on how to be a real developer, after a lot of trail and error and a lot of help from my very wise supervisor. One day, he was like, ‘alright, time for a lesson on compilers’, and I got to spend the rest of the term working on a SQL parser almost from scratch for our product, and it was here that my formal languages fire got lit. All this is to say that I think New Game captured this newbie developer in a completely new job feeling pretty well.