So it’s taking me months to blog. I feel sorry for my lonely WP. I get so little time to spare to enjoy blogging. I miss how I used to just write my daily encounters. I miss how I can just browse through old entries and learn how petty or deep I were.
Now it has come to this. I am writing a blog entry through my mobile phone while lying down to prepare for sleep. Why write this way? Well, this is the only time I can spare for my blog and the only time I can think of writing and remembering what I wanted to share online.
Well, do wish me luck. I still believe I will somehow find a way to enjoy blogging. I found time for reading so I’ll find time for this old hobby too.
So, how do you think I am writing this entry? Nope. I am not typing. I am writing it down with a stylus. Thankfully the mobile app is able to read my handwriting. Cool, right? I am so thankful to this technology cos now even if it looks pathetic I can somehow enjoy blogging. I can even doodle without exerting extra effort to get a paper and a pen. Plus, drawing with this device is better than drawing digitally with a pentablet. Yes! Believe me, it is. To prove it, below is my first mobile app artwork.
So season 2 has finally ended. I am so happy that things I read in the manga were shown magnificently in the anime. I so loved that the best karuta battles were given emphasis. The season 1 characters we wanted to see again came back in season 2. Those we wanted to play shown great battles in this season as well. Plus, there were newbies in Chihaya’s team, they were given enough time to shine and they did have fascinating stories told.
Tsukuba Akihiro, the hero in his little brothers’ eyes, a master in the second verse karuta game. He is definitely an eccentric character with his slanted eyes and weird gestures. But his love for the game and his want to be the role model for his younger siblings were a fun watch.
Hanano Sumire, the vain freshman who is so enamored with her senpai. She joined Mizusawa Karuta Club to be near the club’s president. But along the way, Sumire developed a love for the game. She may still be in denial but her actions showed otherwise.
Then there are our main characters – the original Mizusawa players. Each of them grew so much in character. Of course we all wanted them to win in their individual battles but no great lessons can be learned that way. At least this season they went home as the National Team Champions, beating the five-time Karuta team champion Fujisaki High.
And as much as I wanted to discuss Wataya Arata’s exemplary display of his one of a kind Karuta game, this season is actually all about Mashima Taichi. Season 2 showed how much Taichi grew stronger and his decision to breakaway from his mentor and develop his own sense of playing the game. His want to support Chihaya in her aspiration to be queen, Taichi unintentionally developed his own desire to become stronger, not necessarily to beat Arata or Chihaya but to be able to play in their level… to be able to play with them.
With that, I am ending this entry with a fanart.
Here’s Taichi’s favorite poem from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
Poem # 16:
Ariwara no Yukihira
Though we are parted,
If on Mount Inaba’s peak
I should hear the sound
Of the pine trees growing there,
I’ll come back again to you.
There are so many things I want to write but again I don’t really know how and where to start. I want to share the things that happened to me the past month – the good, the bad and the worst. There’s no the best… Sucks! I really don’t want to dwell on the bad and the worst however I cannot really help myself especially when I am reminded every day that it’s bad and it would soon get worst. The positive thinker in me is being drowned by the overwhelming work load I have and the various deadlines I need to beat are such pains in the ass. Not to mention that doing my best ain’t good enough. I am not even rewarded enough. I feel so unmotivated right now. I am actually looking for greener pastures and better management. Sometimes I feel that loyalty isn’t really enough virtue to uphold especially when the people you are loyal to ignore that strength in you…
Ok… enough of the rant. Here come’s the good part. I am back to drawing often. (But I write less reviews, didn’t you notice?) Anyway, at least I am doing some fun things in my life right now. At least I still feel satisfied in my personal life even when career life isn’t as fabulous like I thought it would be. I am also planning a new project. I am going to draw a new piece to be framed and displayed in my workstation at home. I’ll take a picture of it and share it here before I have it framed. I know I am a bit slow in starting this project coz I am still thinking of the theme (even if I already have the characters to draw in mind). I don’t want to rush things. I want it to be perfect and I want to be really inspired when I start drawing it. c”,)
So for starters, let me share my newest creation. I love drawing chibi versions of myself and my friends. Since I draw a lot these days, I noticed I am getting my groove back and I am improving again. With the improvement, I decided to draw myself. Such a narcissist, am I not?! Hahaha!!! So without further ado…
This is what I do the past two weekends – working from home. My manager requested that a laptop is issued to me so I can still work at home and access SAP files. Aaargh!