Tuesday, September 18, 2012

6 Quotes from an Anime I Like Called Hyouka

I rarely watch TV as I like books much better.

Even so, if a show is in Japanese or Vietnamese, I'll sometimes try it out--as it allows me to be productive (in learning a language) while also having fun (and providing a break from more intense mental effort).

With that said as background, one of the shows I recently finished watching is Hyouka (or, in English, Ice Cream).

The show has four main characters, each of which I'll try to introduce via the 6 short quotes below. 

There is Oreki Houtarou, a young boy interested at the show's start in conserving his own energy above all. Here, for your first quote, is something interesting he says early on in the series:
The more inexperienced you are, the more you want to show off.
And here, for another, is Oreki's motto:
I don't do anything I don't have to. Whatever I have to do, I do quickly.
Then there is Chitanda Eru (pictured), whose intense curiosity pushes the plot of each show forward (and ultimately, because of his regard for her, causes Oreki to question the above motto, or at least his application of it). Here is my favorite quote from Chitanda:
We can't be productive if we have no purpose.
Aside from these two, there is Fukube Satoshi--Oreki's colorful friend who serves as a foil to him in the show. Their relationship can somewhat be summed up by this exchange:
Oreki: "I can live without your love." 
Fukube: "I'm sure you can."
Mayaka, who likes Fukube, is the other character rounding out the four-person gang (who are all members of the Classics Club). Here, starring Chitanda, is another extended conversation involving them all:
Chitanda: "I don't think that people should never get angry. That applies to the other deadly sins as well." 
Everyone: "..." 
Chitanda: "For example, I think that pride and greed are also important." 
Satoshi: "What do you mean?" 
Chitanda: "If someone didn't have any pride, wouldn't they also be lacking in self-confidence? If someone was free of greed, wouldn't they have trouble supporting their family? And if people didn't envy one another, wouldn't they stop inventing new things? Um, you don't have to pay so close attention."
Satoshi: "I see. That's interesting." 
Oreki: "Moderation in all things, right?" 
Chitanda: "I don't think the concept of 'deadly sins' can be applied to our lives that simply." 
Mayaka: "So you think that getting angry isn't a bad thing?" 
Chitanda: "Yes. Wouldn't you say that if you can't get angry about anything, you can't really love anything either?"
Other characters take part in the show aside from these main ones. Here, then, for your final quote, is something that another character says (to Oreki) and which I especially liked:
People should take pride in their own abilities.
And that's all.

Sounds interesting, right?

I can only think of one recent animated show I like better.

And that is one I'll be writing more about soon, perhaps an essay for publication somewhere.

Want to guess what that is?

I'll give you some clues: the title of the show is three words long, one of the character's names in it starts with a "Ph" and the other starts with a "F"--oh, and it's probably the best cartoon ever.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

You'll Never Guess Who Ayn Rand Supposedly Writes Like

So, there's a website called I Write Like.

Recently, on Reddit, there have been a few posts showing how the algorithm being used is, to put it nicely, bunk.

But I don't take things on faith.

I test 'em out.

And so I went to the site and copied in this Ayn Rand quote:
Through centuries of scourges and disasters, brought about by your code of morality, you have cried that your code had been broken, that the scourges were punishment for breaking it, that men were too weak and too selfish to spill all the blood it required. You damned men, you damned existence, you damned this earth, but never dared to question your code. Your victims took the blame and struggled on, with your curses as reward for their martyrdom - while you went on crying that your code was noble, but human nature was not good enough to practice it. And no one rose to ask the question: Good? - by what standard?
Who does that sound like to you?

(Please don't say Ayn Rand.)

Any guesses? No?

I'll give you a hint.

It's an author that Ayn Rand detested, one who was pretty much the exact opposite of her in subject, theme, style, you name it.

You probably won't even believe me if I tell you so here's what you should do: just copy the above quote, go to the site, paste it in, and click "analyze."

Oh, and be sure you're sitting down.