Short Cuts: Session 01


Short Cuts: Session 01

And now for something completely different.

Summer rolls around which means it’s finally time to get riled up over powerpoints again, pending inevitable laziness on your blogger’s behalf. When periods like this roll around I tend to opt for shorter titles first – some of which you’ll have heard of, some of which you’ll be hard pressed to see discussed at all. Throughout this series of posts I’ll briefly explore some of them. None of my usual tl;drs will be found here, they’ll be short cuts in every sense of the term. Much like how my trial impressions used to be. I may also discuss related media I’ve recently taken an interest in, but who knows?

For now, let us dust off ye olde bloge’s cobwebs and embark on an illustrious voyage armed with three titles I read recently: Otherwise’s Sense Off ~A Sacred Story in the Wind~ (2000), Leaf’s Shizuku (1996), and TopCat’s Hateshinaku Aoi, Kono Sora no Shita de… (2000).

Unless stated otherwise there will be no spoilers.

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Jisatsu no Tame no 101 no Houhou

When will this nightmare come to an end?

Jisatsu no Tame no 101 Houhou

30th of July, 2001.

During a sweltering summer’s eve, something begins to stir within Torabishi Takuji. Covered by a sweat-soaked blanket, the damp darkness pervading his room is just about enough to keep from sleeping. The ceiling stretches above him during this somewhat bizarre night. As he takes in these minute details of his surroundings, it comes to him; the ‘grey’. A bizarre noise which Takuji only started hearing recently, it distorts his world through an incomprehensible ‘zaza… zazazazaza… zazazaaaaa’..

This ‘grey’ is an alarm signaling the world’s crumbling, where all that he was once sure of becomes incomprehensible, what was real unreal. Takuji decides that he will dye his own world in this ‘grey’, in turn transcending the everyday monotony. Morning will soon come, and these idle thoughts of searching for a way to define the world – his world – shall cease.

As dawn breaks, the curtain of the worst day in Takuji’s life and the ill-fated characters that become entangled with him opens…

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Sayonara wo Oshiete ~Comment te Dire Adieu~

I have reached the point where I have no more need for kisses.
Instead, what I desire is that perfect adieu

Sayonara wo Oshiete
~Comment te Dire Adieu~

Stress affects others in the most mysterious of ways. For a young teacher in training named Hitomi, his stress manifests through horrific, otherworldly dreams that plague him throughout his first teaching gig. In the ominous dreams he’s some sort of beast, terrorizing an angelic figure. Going to the nurse’s office in a fit of worry to seek guidance, he gets no satisfaction. After all, what he’s having are only dreams, right? The nurse isn’t some Freud or Jung type, what can she do?

In the midst of this discussion where the pair are bathed in evening twilight, a girl abruptly enters the office and crashes into Hitomi. Our protagonist quickly comes to the realization that girl is the same saintly figure who’s being terrorized in his dreams. He meets her again in a classroom later on, but as she passes – a whiff of blood. The classroom transforms from orange to a red; the monstrous images which plague Hitomi return, only to disappear a moment later.

Why would an angel carry the smell of something almost demon-like? Spurred on by the evening shadows, something darker than begins to emerge from Hitomi…

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