I had written an entry about my "before-sakura adventures" yesterday, and it was a pretty light-hearted, fun little post. By the time I had finished, however, I had learned of the attacks at yesterday's Boston Marathon. For those who know me, I'm from a small town in New Hampshire, just about an hour from Boston. When I think about going to the city, Boston is the place I imagine, and though I pronounce my r's and almost never say "wicked," I've always regarded myself proudly as a New Englander.
    I've been to Boston countless times and walked the freedom trail, visited the museums and aquariums on multiple occasions, explored around the North End and Chinatown, been on a few cruises out in the harbor, and I have known a few people who ran in the Boston Marathon at some point.I didn't live there, and I didn't realize it until just recently, but I consider Boston to be "my" city. Nobody in Japan knows what New Hampshire is, so my answer to the question "Where are you from?" is always "near Boston."
    I had a lot to say about this, but who would've guessed that someone else would beat me to it and say it a lot better than I probably would have. Patton Oswalt, a comedian, pretty much put to words what I was going to write and posted it on facebook. He wrote,
Boston. Fucking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."

But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."
    I'm not sure what I else I can really add to that, so I'll just offer my condolences to the victims and families, and those affected by yesterday's tragedy. We're all here to support you.
    On another note, I'm including the post I had written yesterday, unedited and unchanged. Just click on "read more" to see the whole thing. Enjoy.

 
 
     So this American movie just made it over here to Japan last weekend, and I took my day off today to head to Koriyama to see it. I had heard good things about it, and I wasn't disappointed. I'll state first that I did watch the Japanese dub, so what I will talk about disregards the voice talents.
     Most of it really seemed to work, and I was really impressed with especially the visual style. Characters seemed to move and match the game genre they were supposed to parody. The music was pretty good and matched the atmosphere as well. Even the short before the film really impressed me, and they didn't even talk. The only thing that seemed really out of place was the romance they threw in there. That seemed kind of forced to me.
     So that's what I thought of the movie, but this post is more to show that I was actually pretty glad I watched the Japanese dub. I mean, I would have loved to hear the original voices (Maurice Lamarshe and Jim Cummings, among a few other really talented voice actors, were in there!), but it felt awfully good to be able to listen and catch most of the story without aid! Learning a language sometimes feels like you're going nowhere (we call that a plateau), but this movie turned out to be a great motivator. "You DO know some things!" it seemed to shout at me. Aggressively. It was kind of a jerk about it.
     But I'm getting off the topic now, and I've said what needed saying. Happy April Fool's day and Easter everyone, and keep a look out for my Cherry Blossom update! They're coming soon!!