December 22nd, 2009

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It's hard to tell if happy songs are more depressing than sad ones

Seeing as it's only a few days until Christmas, I've had a song running through my head lately from Toradora. It's been on my mind since I've been reading a fan-translated version of the visual novel the anime was based on. Toradora is still my favorite anime series I've seen this year and it's a perfectly fitting mix of bittersweet for this time of year.

As for the song itself, it's from episode 19 the christmas party and quite possibly the best single episode of the entire story. It brings a lot of things to a head as all of the various characters end up pulling the emotional equivalent of the gift of the magi.



I didn't like the translated lyrics included in the video as much as those that came with the subbed anime. One thing you realize is that subbing seems to be more of an art than a science and you seldom get the exact same result.

Now it’s Christmas!
There are smiles everywhere
Here’s a party night from me to you

Now it’s Christmas!
Everyone is making their wish
I promise you…
… A HOLY, HOLY NIGHT!

This year’s Christmas is definitely special
A lonely Christmas is too boring
The smiles are what illuminates it
Look, I’ll decorate it for you

It’s swaying and flickering
And everyone is holding hands
Sparkling and twinkling
Everyone’s looking up at the stars

Now it’s Christmas!
There are smiles everywhere
Here’s a party night from me to you

Now it’s Christmas!
Everyone is making their wish
I promise you…
… a holy, holy…
… night!

It's also funny looking at the various youtube comments for the video and on forums. There are huge numbers of people who all say that Toradora and this episode in particular made them cry, which I find sorta amazing. Maybe I'm just too emotionally congested. If you can cry over something like this, how could you possibly stop with everything else.
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Thoughts are like cancer; they metastasize and eat your brain

So last night I was still feeling the bittersweet afterglow of watching a couple of Toradora AMVs and stumbled across a spanner which wedged itself in the works of my mental locomotive.



On one hand, I'm just baffled that I wasn't cynical enough to see it myself. On the otherhand, every single time I see this heartwarming scene I'm going to be reminded of freaking pedobear from now on. If you have no clue who/what pedobear is, here's a quick summary. I know it's played for laughs but it still gives off a creepy vibe.

It didn't help that someone linked to an online cosplay store that has a new item in stock as of a few weeks ago.



Who in their right fucking mind could actually wear something like this in public? I'm not sure you could even get away with it even though most people who recognize the image will realize it's a joke. I think it's pretty certain that no one with a Y chromosome could do something like this even as a gag and not have people suspect he's going to be paid a visit by Chris Hansen one day. That might be slightly unfair since we let people get away with a lot in the name of intentional bad taste, but this might just be a bridge too far. People dressing up in mockumentary SS uniforms would probably get more of a pass. I could see a girl/woman getting away with wearing this thing out somewhere but even that's at the limit, no matter how funny it seems.

I'll admit I'm more than a little curious on if they ever sold this thing and for how much. The link for the site above is a cache because the original page is down or wiped. I'm sure the internet meme community had a hell of a good time passing this one around and no doubt that's brought unwanted scrutiny and criticism. Hell, they're a site providing cosplay goods though and they're willing to accept _Yu-Gi-Oh_ cards in lieu of cash payment for their items. You'd think that they're well into the territory of not caring what other people think.