A Merry Cold Christmas

{DxM VI}

This was actually the funniest part of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun for me.

For some backstory, Shizuku was assigned to pass some notes to Haru, who had been expelled from school due to his involvement in a fight. As they meet for the first time, Shizuku is startled by Haru’s atypical behaviour.

The next day, the teacher pleads Shizuku to convince Haru to come back to school. After much discussion, the teachers have understood that Haru was not entirely at fault, but they are also too fearful of Haru, who may take out his anger on them. However, Shizuku is also not keen on meeting Haru, and as a result, she refuses to do it.

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The literary device used here is a metaphor. Here, the teacher is attributing the characteristic of a blizzard to Shizuku, implying that she is a very cold person. Of course, it does not mean it literally, but that her personality is unfriendly and unsympathetic to the teacher’s plight.

Although it is not directly spoken out, the intended meaning is clearly brought out and understood, allowing the humour to be fluently conveyed.

Other Metaphor Posts: Bird in a Cage

If you have noticed, metaphors and allegories are quite similar in meaning. Both literary devices link two different objects together. However, there is actually a stark difference between the two. Metaphors compare two tangible objects and draw a similar characteristic. On the other hand, allegories attempt to describe and explain an abstract or intangible entity, using a common and easily understandable concept.

Allegory Posts: Position & Status

Anyways, I have been watching quite a number of anime recently and there are a huge pile of screencaps with various literary devices, so if it is a repeated one and I don’t have much to talk about it, I’ll most probably just add it to the ‘Literary Devices’ page. That will be more types of literary devices coming soon!

On a side note, Merry Christmas! ^^

Tarzan (The Monkey Man)

{DxM V}

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Being raised in the jungle, Tarzan has adapted to his surrounding to evolve into an extraordinary human. His physical abilities, including strength, agility and endurance, are far better than normal people.

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Here, Sasayan asks Haru whether he is secretly Tarzan. Of course, Sasayan is not a baka and understands the physical differences in attributes between Haru and Tarzan. I mean, do they look similar to you at all?

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Instead, Sasayan was trying to say that Haru’s ability to catch fish was comparable to that of Tarzan’s. He was using an allusion, which is a figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference.

Other Examples of Allusions:

  • Sweets are her Achilles’ Heel.
  • Stop lying, or else you’ll become Pinocchio!
  • This place is like Garden of Eden.

However, I feel that this allusion was not the most appropriate and effective. The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Tarzan are jungle mobility skills. Thus, we would associate him with climbing trees or swinging around using vines. Indeed, Tarzan possess forest survival skills and agility, which would allow him to catch fishes. However, such scenes are surprisingly portrayed very rarely in shows and comics.

Nonetheless, Tarzan is a very well-known character among all ages, which is a very essential trait for an allusion. It provides a slightly comedic atmosphere to the scene. But if people do not recognise the reference, it is as good as nothing.

{AHS Lesson 6} The Spider’s Thread

Today we’ll have a simple story-telling session ^^

Student (Mark): “Ooh! What story is it?”

It is a 1918 short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, called ‘The Spider’s Thread‘.

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One morning, the Buddha Shakyamuni is meandering around Paradise, when he stops at a lotus-filled pond. Between the lilies, he can see, through the crystal-clear waters, the depths of Hell. His eyes come to rest on one sinner in particular, by the name of Kandata. Kandata was a cold-hearted criminal, but had one good deed to his name: while walking through the forest one day, he decided not to kill a spider he was about to crush with his foot.

Student (Natalie): “EWW SPIDERS ARE SCARYY, why didn’t he kill it!” ><

Me: “SHHHH I’m in the middle of the story, don’t interrupt.” 😡

Moved by this single act of compassion, the Buddha takes the silvery thread of a spider in Paradise and lowers it down into Hell. Kandata sees the spider’s thread descending towards him and grabs hold with all his might. However, the climb from Hell to Paradise is not a short one, and Kandata quickly tires. Dangling from the middle of the rope, he glances downward, and sees how far he has come. Realizing that he may actually escape from Hell, he is overcome by joy and laughs giddily. But his elation is short-lived, as he realizes that others have started climbing the thread behind him, stretching down into the murky depths below. Fearing that the thread will break from the weight of the others, he shouts that the spider’s thread is his and his alone. It is at this moment that the thread breaks, and he and all the other sinners are cast back down into the Pool of Blood.

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Student (Ophelia): “So there is no change at all from beginning to the end?”

Me: “Yup, just like the anime Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. There was almost no progress in the main characters’ relationship even till the end.”

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Anyways, if you refer closely to both stories, you would be able to find quite a number of similarities between Kandata and Haru Yoshida.

  • Both seem to be bad and evil, but in fact, possess good qualities.
    – Kandata may have been a criminal but he did a good deed as well.
    – Haru’s violent actions make himself seem like a total delinquent, but he is actually very kind and nice.
  • Both experience a change in the process.
    – Kandata tries to ameliorate his living conditions by climbing up from Hell to Paradise.
    – Haru improves his attitude towards his classmates, after meeting Shizuku.
  • Both meet with obstacles and mishaps along the way.
    – Other criminals start to climb onto the Kandata’s thread.
    – Yamaguchi falls in love with Shizuku.
  • Both feel jealous about their possessions.
    – Kandata shouts that the spider’s thread is for him alone.
    – Haru consistently pesters Shizuku, pleading her not to go to the winter camp, because Yamaguchi will be there.
  • Both the thread and Shizuku snap at the end, leaving Kandata and Haru helpless.

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All in all, better pay attention in classes, lest I snap and unleash my wrath on all of you MUAHAHAHA >:D

 

Thanks for reading! ^^

{ASM Closing Ceremony} Time to Focus on The Big ______

I was thinking of ‘screencap’, but I suppose ‘picture’ is not a wrong answer as well.

It has been one week since the start of Anime Screencap Marathon, and I have learnt a lot in general. I guess it is very easy and simple to just post screencaps that display moral values and lessons, but at the same time, I find it extremely lacking of content. Short posts are convenient to read, but long posts are the ones that allow you to better absorb the content and remember the information for a longer period of time. And also, without words, the screencaps themselves are plain and dull. Thus, I believe that for all posts, we should always have a combination of text and pictures, to give the posts colour and vibrancy.

I have pretty much cleared out my storage of screencaps, so I guess it’s time to go back to my roots and focus on the big picture again, instead of doing these small series.

In real life, marathons are held occasionally, so all I can say is that I hope you will look forward to the next ASM~

Students: “YAY NO MORE ASM! THAT WAS SUCH A MEANINGLESS SERIES~”

Me: “HIDOI! You guys are so harsh, I give up, I’m not going to blog anymore!” T>T

JUST JOKING 😛 here’s another quote for perseverance if you feel like giving up :3

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