What Is Your Name?

The moment we step into this world, we are bestowed with a name tag, that continues to follow us for life.

Nice to meet you! My name is Leslie Lim Ze Yong. What is your name?

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As similar as my name is to the term “Lesbian“, I am, unfortunately, a guy. Plus, I don’t “lie” as much as my name would suggest. So as you can see, my name does not reflect or even hint at any of my personality traits. Nevertheless, names are still rich in meaning and significance, which I will be expounding on in this post.

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Imagine a world without names. How would you call someone else without confusing others?

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In Akatsuki no Yona, all the people who share the same ability of paralysing others with their eyes are cursed with the title of The Blue Dragon. Similarly in Durarara, Akane is an innocent and sweet child. But due to the reputation of her family being a violent gang, people associate her with the same features and tend to avoid her.

Hence, the fetters of stereotypes engendered by these labels, restrain one’s individuality, compelling one to become a puppet of society – abiding others’ expectations of them. These hasty generalisations also attaches unfair characteristics onto them, which they may not actually possess.

Thus, categorising people based on common traits is not an ideal method of identifying people correctly.

And that is why names are fundamental for any society.

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But not only do names provide us with an identity, they act as a pokeball of our entire life. When friends call to us, they are not merely saying out our names. Instead, they are referring to you – the person who has had a significant impact on their lives; the person who has went through thick and thin together with them. Just like how Ash is calling out for HIS butterfree, not just ANY butterfree.

Critics of Murano in Kiseijuu (Parasyte) are incessantly harping on how excessive she is in terms of her character in the plot, and how silly her repeated questions are. But in my opinion, those critics are very myopic. The “Izumi Shinichi-kun” she refers to, is not ANY Izumi Shinichi-kun. Instead, she is referring to the Izumi in the past, before the transfusion of Migi; the Izumi who saved a cat from being thrown stones at; the Izumi who WORE SPECTACLES. Therefore, this repetition is vital to the plot as it contributes to the contrast of past versus present regarding Izumi.

Names aren’t as simple as they look, huh?

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte: The Maxim)
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And that is why, like I said before, names entail so much more meaning and significance than you can ever think of. Names literally encapsulate our entire existence.

As a result, we should never look down on anyone’s name, for it would be akin to dismissing their existence.

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Their names represent their happiness, sorrow, toil, jealousy, anger, failures, accomplishments – all the sunshine and storms they have been through in their journey thus far. ‘Bob‘ is not just A Bob, but THE Bob who was involved in construction projects, together with the help of several anthropomorphic work-vehicles, a.k.a. ‘Bob The Builder‘. We need to respect each other’s names and acknowledge each other for who we are.

So screw Ginti, because our names do indeed make a difference, an astronomical difference that only YOU can make. We need to take pride in our names and cherish them just like how Ash cherishes his pokeballs! Names are not simply a tool for conversation, THEY ARE US. See how the characters in Yowamushi Pedal unceasingly moans each others’ names when cycling: “Sakamichi!“, “Manami-kun!“, “Sakamichi!“, “Man-” YOU GET THE POINT.

All I hope is that after reading this article, people can be more proud of their name and say them out loud with no shame. Who cares whether you’re a Benjamin, Muthu, Mao Ze Dong, or even,『Blank』? No matter what your name is, other people should never judge you based on it, but most importantly, you yourself should never look down on your own name.

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Thankew for reading my post! ^^ My name is Leslie Lim Ze Yong. What is your name?

P.S. Like seriously, if you don’t mind, share with me your name in the comments below! I’m really interested in getting to know more names out of my social circle :3

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“Cross Heart Attack” – Celebrity Fandoms

 Death Parade EP6: Are Fandoms Truly A Waste Of Time?

In our practical and results-oriented society, fandoms would be defined as meaningless and idle activities. As a fan, you accomplish nothing except gaining irrelevant information about the celebrity.

No profits generated,
But time has been wasted.

No knowledge gained,
But time has been neglected.

No achievement attained,
But time has been squandered.

No contribution to society,
But time is gone…

Why then are there still so much fandom around the world? This is because the concept of fandom is not as superficial as pointed out above. There are many indirect consequences of fandom that will significantly benefit the individual, which will hence, result in advantages for the society as well.

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1) Fandoms bring people of similar interests together. With a common passion towards something, people have something to converse about and through interaction, they will get to understand more about one another. Even if both parties may be complete strangers, they will still be fawning over that wink their idol just did in the live concert. Therefore, fandoms also instill fans with a sense of community and belonging.

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2) Fandoms can increase happiness among fans. When life just sucks and causes you to feel down and depressed, your celebrity can simply cheer you up by singing you a song or even tweeting about his/her life. Due to their significant influence on fans, their actions, as insignificant as they may be, can entirely change an individual’s current state of emotion by 180 degrees.

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Furthermore, not only the celebrity has an impact on the fans, the fandom community also has an effect. For a preponderance of fandoms, they have an online forum whereby they discuss about the latest happenings related to the celebrity. These forums tend to have an ‘Others‘ section, where it is open to anything completely unrelated to the celebrity. Here, fellow fans can encourage and motivate one another through difficult times. Therefore, due to this multi-prompt approach, fans tend to be less sad and upset.

Additionally, fandoms can alleviate medical conditions as well. For example, this girl was able to converse naturally due to Geek Culture despite Autism.

And even if certain medical conditions are incurable, at least they can raise one’s spirits! I learnt about this through the comments of a fellow aniblogger’s post, so credits to her 😀 Basically, the ending of One Piece was revealed to a child cancer patient, who was also a major fan of One Piece. Tragic but sweet :3

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3) Not only is an individual defined by the unique DNA or fingerprint he/she possess, but he/she can also be identified through his/her distinctive set of characteristics.

For example, the set of special characteristics that make me who I am include:

See the last point? By being in a fandom, it adds one more layer of characteristics to a person. Just like uniforms, they provide another form of identification of the individual.

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However, not only do the fans benefit from being in the fandom, the celebrity him/herself will also have a greater drive to continue what he/she is doing due to the incessant support from the fans. Thus, it is a two-way relationship where both parties assist each other in order to reach to greater heights.

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In conclusion, I think that it was a FAN-ciful idea to display and explicitly describe celebrity-fan relationships. I hope that this anime continues to illustrate atypical and rarely seen interactions between people, instead of the overused couple scene. And I really like how there were so many plot TWISTs in this episode, similar to previous episodes. And I hope they include more CHA-rming guys and girls in the future episodes 😉

((LOL those 3 puns pretty much summarises the entire episode haha))

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Anyways, thankew for reading! Share your opinions in the comment section below! :3

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“Death March” – How To Screw Up A Good Episode

Death Parade EP5: ‘The Spider’s Thread’ and Decim’s Affair

A young boy and a bespectacled man walk into a bar…

The boy underwent metamorphosis and changed into a makeup-less Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter), while the man underwent decomposition and changed into a lifeless dummy. How wonderful!

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Oh, you were expecting a bar joke? I’m sorry…

Well, how about another joke? Death Parade Episode 5, the part where Decim literally reads out the entire freaking story of ‘The Spider’s Thread‘. Yup, that’s the joke. What? You don’t get why it’s a joke? Sigh… I guess I shall explain to you why that scene was so inappropriate and excessive.

Coincidentally by the way, I have stumbled across this story in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun before, did a lot of research and had wrote an Anime High School post on it before.

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Basically, I disliked how the story of ‘The Spider’s Thread‘ was used to achieve a cool method of subduing the guy. The entire purpose of the whole storytelling was so that Decim could indirectly refer to the subtlety of his string powers: how his strings remain unnoticeable, as compared to how Buddha was so myopic to lower a string that all the other criminals could see.

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That’s it. That was all the anime was going for. The contents of ‘The Spider’s Thread’, like the idea of redemption and forgiveness, was TOTALLY IRRELEVANT to the episode.

So my question is: Why mention the story for insignificant purposes?

At first, I was extremely excited upon seeing the literary reference in anime again, because it was something that I actually know about. When Decim started to read the entire story aloud, I was bursting with joy, because my most favourite anime is going to use a literary reference as an analogy to the entire plot. Having spent 1-2 minutes of screen time describing the story, I was absolutely certain that it would play a major role in the context of Death Parade.

In fact, I predicted it to be off-the-charts; hugely mind-blowing, whereby the bespectacled man had actually died in the past already and was sent to the void, but had come back to be judged again, in hope for a lighter sentence. This would prove to be a significant revelation to the plot, as it would mean that being sent to the void is actually not the end of the world, but is similar to a jail sentence, in which a person can change his circumstances through the acknowledgement of his sins and the desire to turn over a new leaf.

But NOPE. The anime didn’t do any of that. Instead, all it accomplished was showing off how slick Decim powers are – that he can control a stealthy flow of strings. WOW I AM SO IMPRESSED WOAHHHH SENSE MY FREAKING SARCASM

And the infuriating thing is that, the exact same thing happened in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun as well. ARGH D:< I don’t get it why certain anime uses literary references to link to such insignificant things. This legend, like many other stories, are very fascinating and well-done. All of them may be short, but they have a point to be proven; a message to be conveyed. However, one of them decided to use it to talk about how pretty a girl’s hair is, and the other decided to use it to state how silly Buddha in the story was, for not using an unnoticeable thread.

I’m sorry, but can the anime industry initiate a rule, where a fine of $1,000 is imposed on the producers of the anime, WHENEVER THEY RUIN A GOOD LITERARY WORK LIKE THIS? I honestly don’t think it’s fair.

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And that is the end of my rant! For your information, I love Death Parade, and in my opinion, it’s the anime of the season, but I just absolutely hated this particular scene.

Talking about ‘absolutely‘, the use of absolute terms in this episode has been quite strong.

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I believe that this is foreshadowing. By using absolute terms, the anime is begging for these facts to be challenged.  Thus, there will come a time, when a human will indeed have no memories, and hence, cannot be judged, as “a person’s memories are absolutely imperative“. And my guess is that, this human will be Jimmy and the black-haired woman (Decim’s assistant) is Chavvot.

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Also, having a name called Oculus, I think that the old guy is a messenger from God, aka God’s Eye. My interpretation is that, he is attempting to take over the role of manager from Nona (white-haired girl). Under Nona, it is reincarnation versus void. But if God takes over, I believe that the system will change and it will become Heaven versus Hell. And assuming all these baseless assumptions are true, this can be interpreted as a clash of different religions, namely, Buddhism and Christianity.

But these are all just predictions and guesses. However, one thing’s for sure!

Decim is having an affair, and Ginty is not very happy with that ;)

Decim is having an affair, and Ginty is not very happy with that 😉 SHIP

Thankew for reading! Share your opinions in the comment section below! ^^

“Death Arcade” – Reflect on Your Mistakes

Death Parade EP4: 2nd Chance and Start Doing What You Have Not Done

I can’t believe the otaku Yousuke committed suicide. What about all the seasonal anime that are airing?

Wow, this was so much more controversial than any of the previous episodes. So, we finally have 2 complete strangers as the participants, similar to Death Billiards. I have a lot of opinions for this episode, but I’m pretty much going to be looking at both sides of the story.

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1) Team Void

This perspective argues that both parties deserve to be sent to the void. It focuses more on their lives, especially the actions that they took.

Yousuke: Committing suicide is a mortal sin. Why is this so? First and foremost, he gave up the precious life that has been bestowed upon you. He is able to continue living his life, as compared to the thousands of innocent victims due to natural disasters or terrorism, thus he is not treasuring his life, and does not deserve to attain a second chance at life. He is just a NEET anyways, so who cares whether he dies or lives.

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Misaki: Even though she was underage, she gave in to temptation and had underage sex and pregnancy. Furthermore, even though she had children already, she continued to flirt with others, and once again, had sex with other guys, resulting in more children. From this, I can conclude that Misaki did not think about the ramifications of sleeping around and did not place the welfare of her children before her own pleasure. Also, she slapped her assistant even though it was just a minor mistake, which was really horrendous of her.

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2) Team Reincarnation

This perspective argues that both parties deserve to be reincarnated. It focuses more on the ending, especially the remorse of both parties in Quindecim.

Yousuke: He has realised how suicide was not a solution to his depression, and expressed regret of his actions. Also, he has finally understood how much his step-mother loves him, and so, he will begin to accept his step-mother more, if given a second chance in life.

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Misaki: At the end of the game, she was really concerned about her children and was really indignant about her death. Also, during the flashback of her death, she seemed really nice and caring when talking to her children on the phone. In Death Billiards, the young guy physically assaulted the old man but still went to reincarnation in the end, so following this rule, Misaki should not be sent to the void because of that. Plus, Misaki was really apologetic after committing the assault, and she did not rush to finish the game immediately. This shows that she was genuinely concerned for Yousuke, and wasn’t thinking only about herself.

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3) Team Leslie: My Conclusion

In my opinion, we should not look at the two extremities, but consider everything that happened as a whole. We should identify every aspect and weigh all of them together, before deciding on something.

Although the both of them had committed sins in their lives, they had expressed remorse and a desire to change. It is interpreted that if they are given a second chance, Yousuke will start acknowledging his step-mother, while Misaki will begin to flourish her children with even more love and care. Therefore, for me, I support Team Reincarnation but they must not repeat the wrongdoings they had done in this life.

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In Singapore, we have this community initiative called the Yellow Ribbon Project, which started in 2004. Aimed at reintegrating ex-prisoners into society, it advocates a second chance for ex-offenders and their families through concerted efforts. Undoubtedly, it is dangerous to let people, who had harmed others before, loose in the society. But is it fair for us to avoid that risk and lock them up forever? I believe that with deep reflection upon their actions, ex-offenders can turn over a new leaf and become normal people once more.

But do we have to go to jail before realising our mistakes? Do we have to lose our lives before we are determined to change? No. We should start now. So think about what you have done wrong so far, and start doing it correctly!

If you are neglecting your family and friends, start caring for them.

If you are disregarding your studies, start working to achieve decent results.

If you are forsaking your health, start eating a balanced diet every single day.

Don’t wait until its too late. Start Today, Start Now!

Thankew for reading! ^^ Share your opinions in the comment section below!

 

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P.S. An interesting theory I came across was that the damage the special attacks inflicted correspond to the amount of love. If this is true, it could possibly mean that Yousuke’s step-mother really love Yousuku, whereas Misaki’s children do not love her much at all. This is merely some food for thought 😀

 

“Rolling Ballade” – Losing Your Identity

Death Parade EP3: Unrequited Love and Plastic Surgery

Personally, I would have preferred if all the titles started with “Death” because a uniform set of titles is generally quite appealing, just like in Amagi Brilliant Park.

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Anyways, the episode entirely focused on a story of unrequited love. And I really liked the symbolism of ‘looking‘ throughout the episode. I must confess: I look at my crush a lot. I simply find my crush really compelling. And I believe this goes the same for many other people! As a result, it is really devastating if your crush doesn’t even look at you, much less, pay attention to you. ((NOTICE ME, SHIGERU-KUN))

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The episode also displayed what extremities people may take, in order to make their crush fall for them – changing their physical identity. Personally, I disapprove of plastic surgery as a panacea to any problem. It is the worst option ever, because it shows that even you hate your own self. By removing your features, you are explicitly dismissing yourself; abandoning yourself. And that was why Mai thought she was Chisato at the beginning – because she had lost sight of who she truly was; she had lost herself.

The theme present here is Appearance vs Character, which is similar to this post I’ve written before: Fat or Thin, Ignore What People Think. I didn’t like how Shigeru was such a shallow person, because he ignored Mai, despite being childhood friend. But neither was Mai correct in attempting to change her appearance, and be someone she wasn’t.  Everyone is unique in their own way, and we should retain these idiosyncrasies of ours.

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I came across quite a wise observation, pointed out by Ramen Soup Reviews. “The carefree and casual nature of the game may also be reflective of the players’ relationship with one another.” This may be true, considering what happened in Episode 1. At the same time, this may not be true, because as seen in Death Billiards (Movie of Death Parade), some participants are strangers to one another, thus there is no relationship in the first place. Either way, let’s stay tune to find out! ^^

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And also, some food for thought: Even if there wasn’t any other people in the bus, there should be at least the bus driver, right? So why was it so coincident that Shigeru and Chisato were the two that got sent to Quindecim, even though Decim has stated that people who die simultaneously are sent there? This could be simply by chance, and it’s not really a significant issue in the least. But I just felt that it was worth pointing out.

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Anyways, this was an extremely sweet episode, especially the end. But as much as I enjoyed it, I want to see a greater variety of characters, instead of solely couples.

Thankew for reading! Share your opinions in the comment section below! ^^