The Garden of Words is Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, returning to his favorite subject of star-crossed romances being jerked around by fate. I think it’s the emptiest of Shinkai’s films, but this one does seem to be more about the craftsmanship than the content.
I’m probably going to start wrapping up my Super Serial posts with these roundups. The main reason is that I don’t really care about anime news. I’m not really that into the industry side of it. Maybe once upon a time I was, but nowadays not so much. Also I’m not sure what to do with episode recaps. I’ll have to think of a way to make them more interesting. In the meantime, here are this past week’s items of note.
I’m back from my Mexican vacation, so now I can get back to posting. And the theme of this week is… cosplay! I went to Anime Central two weekends ago. Though it was my first anime convention, I think I’m addicted. A few more have happened since then, including Anime North and Animazement. I think my dream now is to host a Travel Channel show where I just go to anime cons and… do whatever Travel Channel hosts do. I want to be the Anthony Bourdain of otaku.
When I was a younger, dumber version of myself, I thought cosplay was stupid. “Why dress up as something?” I wondered. “The coolest kids wear cargo shorts and sandals.” As I grew up, I realized that cosplay is brilliant. What I want, more than anything, is to celebrate my fandom of various TV shows, games, movies, toys, comics, and whatever else. But at the same time, I can feel painfully awkward in social settings. From being at ACen, I learned that cosplay gives you an easy and immediate visual cue as to who likes what. It was a whole network of people who openly advertised their fandom, like if Facebook wasn’t full of dirty liars.
Hopefully most people who are interested have now had some time to digest Evangelion 3.33. But for the sake of anyone who hasn’t, or who doesn’t want their interpretation of events to be colored by other people’s opinions, I’ll keep this quasi-review spoiler free.