POEM: Time Capsule.

Yesterday I came across this phrase;
Music is the best time capsule.
And I couldn’t agree more.

It’s where people hide their secret feels;
of their insecurities, their mistakes,
their sadness or their despairs.

It’s where people let their wildest dreams alive;
of the one they know they can never reach,
the one they know will never come back,
the one that got away without saying goodbye.

It has the power to make us smile,
and bring us to all types of tears.
It can carry us back in time,
and inspire us to dance in the moment.
For all our happiest times, there is music.

It’s where people store their most sacred memories;
of their first love, their first kisses, their first bucket of roses,
their first heartbreaks.

I finally come to conclusion that music is dangerous,
yet tranquilizing.
It can both tear you apart and put the pieces back together
it depends on what kind of memories living inside,
and the funniest thing is no one knows but you.

Maybe it is indeed a form of escape from the cruel reality.
You’re the only one to know the very ghosts living in your playlist,
followed by certain moments that happen once in a lifetime.
Behind every favorite song, an untold story.

So, be careful who you listen the music with.
Some music is louder than the others.

How odd it is to realize that music sometimes can be a time machine,
how every rhythm and beat brings me back
to you.

-ZEEBEE.

 

 

First Impressions- Yuri!!! On Ice

Imagine feeling the wind in your hair, seeing the world rushing by in a blur. Close your eyes and feel yourself fly as execute a perfect loop. Visualize the world spinning away while waiting for it to come back. Dancing on the blades, the ever graceful heart on fire. That exhilarating moment when you feel unstoppable. Experience the sharp pain of falling, which will make you strive for the satisfaction of perfection. Welcome to the world of figure skating.

 

I love figure skating. It’s the first sport I fell in love with.

How ironic. I have never seen ice or snow IRL in my entire life. But still the Lutz and Loops and Axels never fail to draw me in. The grace and beauty literally brings tears to my eyes. [I’m not even joking!] Seeing this, what could be better for an avid otaku than a figure skating anime! It’s literally the dynamite combination of two of my favorite things to watch in the world. What’s not to love??

If you actively follow the new anime and manga of each season, you will know why I am suddenly writing about this. You guessed it. Today I am going to write about the extreme feels I got from watching the amazing Yuri!!! On Ice.

I had been excited about this but not as much as the new season of Haikyuu! Yesterday finally, I decided to sit down and give it a shot. And…………Oh. My. Gawd! Actually, never mind. Just go ahead and go watch the 1st episode, I swear you’ll feel it too. Honestly, go ahead. And then, come back and give me your thoughts. Oh…….my! This…this beauty is literally the best new anime of Fall 2016.

The 1st episode….it just blew me away. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. I was yuri-on-ice-01-25expecting to be entertained. But only at a filler level. And oh, was I wrong. It literally slapped me in the face. It is soooooo good! I can’t stress enough on the fact how good it is. The character animations. Man, they are beyond realistic. The way the characters move. The way they feel real. While watching the episode, I was able to become immersed in the episode. No. Scratch that, its actually the emotions the animators managed to portray just through their body movements and postures. It is a slice-of-life sports anime. Which means that a major part of it depends on the feels. So far, it is one of the best factors of the anime.

The first five minutes or so of Yuri!!! On ICE seem to set the tone of the show as a whole in a very sudden but effective way. The premiere begins with the titular ice skater Yuri Katsuki observing his Russian idol, Victor Nikiforov. It’s a short but beautiful sequence, followed up by one of the most striking openings that has come out this year. I have lost track of how many times I have watched that title track. Even, after the 30+ times, I have listened to it, I am still listening to it, mesmerized, now as I write this post up.

The most surprising part here, though, is what comes right the opening – while browsing news sites talking about his recent losses, Yuri breaks into a super deformed inner yuri-on-ice-01-3monologue, and the show’s loud sense of humor takes over. The juxtaposition of those two very different moods is what defines the experience of Yuri!!! On ICE, and so far, it works really well. The combination of heightened drama and over the top comedy ironically helps make the show as a whole feel natural.

Of course, the show is about ice skating, so it would be remiss to ignore the centrepiece of the episode, a wonderful few minutes where we see Victor and Yuri perform the same set simultaneously. The choreography here is superb, and the sequence is beautifully animated. I also appreciate that the episode was willing to dedicate such a significant amount of time to this part. It is very important to getting across both Victor’s skills and Yuri’s passion. I soooo hope the show can keep bringing us scenes like this, executed so cleanly and smooth, because it is such a unique delight to watch Yuri and Victor elegantly fly across the screen.  Yuri performed for his old friend, whose children happened to be there and managed to capture the entire thing on video, uploading it to the internet right away (“But all the skater otaku will love it!”). In probably the most distinctly “sports anime” moment of the episode, this video inspires Yuri’s hero Victor to show up at his family’s inn and declare himself to be Yuri’s new coach. Ok. OK. Heh…..(sheepishly grinning) Gomen! I’ll stop here. So no more spoilers for you lot. Go watch it!!

Forgot to mention, one of the plus points of this anime is that it is very modern. The characters are very active on their Instagram accounts. I mean, the entire outro is basically someone’s Insta feed. And the posting of Yuri’s video online and it becoming viral is a sign to this.

Thus, finally finally in a nutshell, I’d like to say that Yuri!!! On ICE is an unique little piece of show, so far juggling a variety of moods and feelings with the grace of its talented ice skating characters. It literally slaps you in the face with its impressive technical aspects on every level and just the right amount of levity in its writing to keep things impactful without becoming overbearing – warm and inviting, while also promising rewarding drama.

Actually, just one word. I…..love IT! (Actually dats 3…oops!)

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Jaane!

Yours somehow-giddily-fangirling-already-after-only-2-episodes,

ZEEBEE.

P.S. Go watch it. And don’t forget to give me ur views. I’d love to discuss it.

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The Hype Monster.

When I don’t like something…..anything that everyone else does or not AS MUCH as everyone else does, I literally start going mental thinking about it and my brain starts running through all the reasons why that could be.

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Is it just a case that it wasn’t my thing? Were there too many problems I saw? Did my own values or experiences or mood influence it and make me see it differently? But there’s one thing I always come back to and that’s the Hype Monster — which is both a good and bad thing for different reasons.

I am always hungry for new music. So it often happens that I have already heard the song before they have a chance to be hyped. Or a movie. Or maybe a book. I am a true bookworm so I usually read a book before someone comes up to me and says hey…you gotta read this. Its amazing. In those case, its like I’m doing it in my own little personal bubble. I have few to no opinions to influence my thinking and really NO expectations to live up to. It’s something that I may or may not enjoy and that’s all I know about it. It’s a less stressful process overall.

But then let’s take the song/book/movie……Thing that I’m somehow late to the game on…stuff that people RAVE about and which seem to be universally loved. I go…hmmm. This seems to be popular lately. Let’s see what it’s like. But then it really deflates me when I find that it really wasn’t all that. I mean, it’s often the situation that I LIKED it but not as much as everyone else did — I didn’t get that O.M.G….#favsong or the life-changing experience that so many trusted people talked about. All those REASONS that made this thing their favorite. I sit there and wonder that, if I had been a complete newbie to this song and never heard anything about that book, would I have felt differently?

So I sit there all like…”Ok, Thing [btw I don’t actually call it a thing, this is because it can be anything…book/movie/song/video], would I have liked you MORE had I found you back when you just came out and there was relatively no hype? Or would it have been the same? Or was it that maybe you really just weren’t the one for me?”

And *long sigh* obviously, I don’t have the answer to that. It’s not like I go back in time or try that thing in a vacuum where I hear basically nothing about it. But I feel sad for the poor things I could have probably LOVED if I hadn’t such high expectations of them because of all the hype. I’m SO easily wavered with the opinions that I begin to expect too much. So much that it’s hard to read without being influenced by them. I JUST WANT TO BLOCK THEM ALL OUT so I can have my own experience that is free of any hype.

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……okay so this post took me an hour to think and perfectly type up so that it exposed my emotions. I think it more than covered what I was feeling and I am being ridiculous because this is what happens when everyone around me is going crazy about Hymn For The Weekend while I am going bonkers wondering if there’s something wrong with me. There I said it. I can practically feel your eyes judging me.

WELP.  xD

Yours, forever Miss. Bonkers,

Zeebee.

 

P.S.   So what about you? Do you ever think about this? Are there any such things you think you probably would have LOVED more if there wasn’t that dreaded hype monster or any sort of built up expectations because of people’s opinions – like if you found them early on? Or do you think you were always destined probably not to LOVE those books? How do you keep those expectations at bay so that you aren’t disappointed later on?