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Update: New Eng Subbed Video, Ko-fi, Social Media

Just finished translating another song. It’s taking really long to process in my Google Drive so figured I’d do an unlisted YouTube upload to prevent any strikes.

My Google Drive:

Also, I created a ko-fi page. If you want to support me writing crappy articles about anime, my random thoughts or perhaps liked that one short novel I wrote the last time, click the link below. (honestly wish they’d let me lower the minimum to $1 but it’s $3 by default unless I pay to change it)

Setting aside my obvious desire to get some side cash due to the 40 cent increase in KOI milk tea prices here in Singapore, my twitter account that I’ll be most active on is a rather stupid one with the handle @LuKeiSnOtNoTDed. While @kaltinthought will still be around, it will mainly just be used as a means of updating when I make a new post. As for Instagram accounts, I’m most active on @amquotesnoob though I don’t really post much there anymore either (just once every few months).

That’s all the updates for now!

– K.A.L.T

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Posted in Inspired By Anime

Fairy Gone – Fairly Disappointing

Disclaimer: Contains major spoilers from both season 1 and season 2 of Fairy Gone

I just finished both seasons of Fairy Gone (24 episodes in total) on Netflix. Honestly, I feel like the show had a little promise. What made it difficult to watch was how they tried to make everything sound more complicated than it actually was as well as involving way too many different factions right from the start. It felt like “A Certain Magical Index Season 3” all over again.

The black fairy tome that everyone wants seems to be a real thick book with lots of parts but when they really come down to explain the contents of the book… it seems like something that could be covered in a single page. When supposed fairy “scholars” are asked a simple question they just end up looking deep in thought and responding “it is far too complicated to explain”. Honestly, it just looked stupid every time.

The dialogue between characters also had a bad tendency of trying to sound profound all the time which made every conversation sound like a compilation of “top inspirational quotes from anime” rather than an actual conversation. While the music was not bad, it didn’t exactly fit well together with the animation and always lacked the ability to immerse us in the world. It just felt like “oh some cool background music is playing while they are fighting”.

Another problem I had was with the way the fights were set up. I feel like whenever two individuals who could use fairies fought against each other, it was usually really dull. They’d bring out their fairies and let the fairies fight each other until their fairies got hurt, causing them to flinch and retract their fairies to continue the fight with just weapons instead. The fairies should have been used in a manner to supplement their fight with the other rather than just fighting each other to see which fairy is stronger. This is just my personal opinion though. Not sure if many others think the same as me with regards to the fights. I personally preferred those fights in the series that were between two individuals without the use of fairies.

Finally, the enemies were just not fleshed out at all. Their only aim seemed to be annihilation of humans because as long as humans exist, they are bound to make mistakes. I mean, if the enemies actually held true to that belief and tried to destroy the world and finally themselves, I’d still kind of be able to get behind that. However, the enemy thinks that as long as the mankind of today gets wiped out and he survives, he can create a better world with new humans. Such bullshit.

Well, I’m a massive consumer of anime so even if it’s not great I’ll still finish it but I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with this one. It was an okay watch as long as I don’t think too much into it and just enjoy it for what it is.

– K.A.L.T

How did you feel about Fairy Gone? Have you watched it? I will probably be making another post about how I felt about the good vs bad in this show.

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No Gun’s Life – Person or Tool?

No Guns No Life, just kidding, No Gun’s Life, is an anime with a rather serious setting. It’s about a resolver (someone who resolves issues), who has a gun for a head. As he goes about resolving other people’s problems and taking on various client’s requests, he somehow or another, always ends up in trouble.

While the main character having a gun for a head seems pretty cool to some and funny to others, I feel that it is actually meant to blur the lines between a tool and a human. While Juzo Inui is strong as an individual, he has certain capabilities that can only be unlocked when someone “uses” him as a tool.

In this anime, we are constantly shown different individuals with strong beliefs and egos in positions of power. All of whom, end up using others as tools or gears to fit their grand scheme of things. While it definitely sounds despicable, especially when you cannot agree with their way of thinking, it really makes you wonder where our value lies.

For some of us, we may have certain skills, but left alone, we would do nothing and just rot away. Perhaps it would be better let someone we trust “use” us as a tool to achieve something greater. Not all of us have great ambitions and might even see not much point in “free will” when it comes down to what work we want to pursue. As long as we can live our life without worrying about anything too much, we would be willing to do any job that puts food on the table.

Many anime glorify individualistic characters with great ambitions, however, this anime is about a single “tool” who goes about helping others trying to prove the worth of his existence. When you think about it, aren’t a lot of us like that? We go about our daily lives trying to meet the expectations of others, help others and do something that makes us feel like society would accept our existence as something meaningful. We end up trying so hard to be nothing but a gear in a pre-existing system.

Compared to all the grand shounen anime we watch and manga we read, we really are pathetic aren’t we? But what can we do? There are already people in power with far more authority than we could imagine.

In the end, we are nothing but tools to be used aren’t we? If so, wouldn’t it be great, if we could have people we trust to use us in ways we know we would not regret?

– K.A.L.T

Setting aside all the talk about whether we are more similar to a tool or an actual person, I have to say I enjoyed the fight scenes in this anime and also how they gave information about the world as and when necessary instead of dumping it all at once. If something happened that requires knowledge about certain aspects of their world, only then would they bother expanding on the world. The anime had a really cool feel to it and was rather enjoyable. However, as expected, the anime did not really conclude anything in the episode finale. I’m glad it wasn’t rushed and that there was no cliffhanger ending but I really hope there will be another season. There are just too many things left unresolved and I want to see more of Juzo Inui, the man with a gun for a head.

What were your thoughts on No Guns Life?