Thoughts on Toradora

Hello everyone! I can’t believe that I haven’t discovered this gem of an anime until a few days ago which is more than a decade from it’s release. Even if I am so late and discussions about this anime is unnecessary, I still can’t help but write a post about it.

In the first few episodes, I couldn’t really see the anime’s charm. My sister was gushing about how this romantic comedy is simply the best but I didn’t appreciate it at the start. But as the friendship between Taiga and Ryuuji grows, I found myself sucked into the anime. Even if both characters claim they’re in-love with other people, I rooted for them to end up together very early on. The chemistry was just there. It was obvious to me that they would end up together and the “other” people they were in love with are just there to confuse these two main characters.

In terms of characters, the personality of the characters in Toradora are pretty generic for a romantic comedy. But, it’s their interactions that made me laugh and actually scream with delight. And I love that even though I knew that Taiga and Ryuuji would end up together, the whole series was still a rollercoaster ride for me.

*spoilers ahead beyond this line*

Even though I was rooting for them, I still saw the toxicity of their relationship. Taiga was too dependent on Ryuuji and Ryuuji just lets her boss him around. If they got together with this dynamic not really changing, they’d just break up and not work. That’s why I love the ending. It might confuse others or not like Taiga leaving, I understood it. Taiga had to leave and fix her own issues. Ryuuji lets her go because he knows it’s for the best, he knows that Taiga would eventually come back and they would actually be better for each other.

*end of spoilers*

Overall, I really enjoyed Toradora. It’s been awhile since I got invested in a romantic comedy. The series made me laugh and it gave me all the feels. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly suggest that you do. You won’t regret it!

Quick Thoughts on Enola Homes

To be honest, I’ve never really heard of Enola Holmes until I’ve watched the trailer. But, I am deeply fascinated with the regency era so I decided to watch it. Apparently, Sherlock and Mycroft has a little sister who is quite a wildling.

From the very start, Enola Holmes give off a positivity vibe. Seeing a girl on her bicycle in the countryside is such a relaxing sight. In addition to that, Millie Bobby Brown’s adorable acting and charm reels you in to want to watch more.

The mystery in this film is the disappearance of their mother and the attempted murder of a teenage viscount. The clues and mystery are interesting but is not the highlight of the film. This film is a coming of age story. At its heart, it’s about a girl finding her role in the world when the world isn’t really open to an ambitious kind of girl.

The feminism in this story is something I liked. In the end, Enola Holmes stayed true to herself and what she wants and ignores the attempts of men to “help” her.

Overall, this film is fun, interesting and very enjoyable to watch. I recommend it for individuals of all ages.

My Thoughts on “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

*spoiler alert! Don’t read this post if you haven’t watched the movie yet*

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is a new Netflix Original film directed by Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman is also the screenwriter of this film adaptation of the book with the same title. Like Kaufman’s acclaimed “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, this new Kaufman film is an exploration of the human mind and the complexities of human relationships.

The film starts pretty simple. This girl initially named “Lucy” and Jake are off to a trip to see Jake’s parents. They chat in the car and what initially seems to be normal gets weirder and weirder. There’s just like an atmosphere of anxiety lurking in every frame of the movie. A few minutes in, I could already tell that’s something was off. In the car, it seemed like Jake responds to Lucy’s voiceovers/thoughts. In that moment, I already knew that everything that is happening is all occurring only in the mind of one of the characters. At first, I was unsure whom exactly but seeing bits and pieces of the life of a janitor, I figured out that it’s his mind. Other indications that the events in the film are not real are the calls to Lucy by Lucy herself, Lucy’s name changes throughout the film and the photograph of Lucy/Jake.

Anyways, the conversations at dinner, at Jake’s childhood bedroom and Lucy finding the paintings in the basement aims to give us a glimpse on what Jake/Janitor’s life was like. His mother who seems delightful also seems very much overbearing while his father seems hard to impress. He clearly does not get “art” and we find out that Jake did want to be painter.

In the end, we see the janitor enter his car and seems to be having a stroke to me. He takes off his clothes and he sees a ghost pig. He follows the ghost pig into an auditorium where he receives an award for his accomplishment and then he performs a number from the musical “Oklahoma”. After the performance, the whole audience claps.

Ultimately, the film is about the loneliness of a man. The words “I’m thinking of ending things” that Lucy has repeated throughout the film may be a reflection of Jake’s thoughts. Lucy is his idealized woman that’s why her name and job changes throughout the film, because she really had no identity. What Lucy witnessed in the house shows us what Jake’s life was like. We saw and heard his parents arguing so that may have affected Jake’s childhood. We also saw that his paintings are stuck in the basement which tells us that his passion was never really pursued. We also find out that his father develops dementia and his mother became extremely ill so Jake had to take care of them. We get the sense that Jake wasn’t really able to live his life and wasn’t able to meet a woman he could care about. So, he invents a Lucy in his head. This makes the ending bittersweet. The real Jake died in that car. He died cold and alone. But in his imaginations, he was finally given recognition for the things he has done and has finally done something he was passionate about.

The beauty of the film was not in the ultimate reveal. It was pretty obvious. The beauty of the film was in the journey- in the bits and pieces given to us. The film gave us plenty to think about including hopelessness.

Overall, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is a bizarre yet wonderful film that will make you contemplate your own life and mortality.

How to Protect Yourself Against COVID-19

We are in the midst of a global pandemic right now. Thousands have already died and some countries are nowhere near in controlling the transmission of the virus. Covid-19 is very much real unlike what others claim. This is a public health issue and each and everyone of us must do our part to protect ourselves and others. Here are some ways you can protect yourself and others from the virus:

1. Stay at home unless going out is necessary.

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To control the spread of the virus, we have to give up certain activities like going to the mall or dining out. We should limit ourselves from going out except for necessary activities like going to work or going to the groceries. In activities like going to the groceries, organize it such that you only do it at most once a week by writing a grocery list.

2. Social Distancing

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If leaving your home is a must, you just have to be conscious about your distance with other people. Current guidelines are at 6 feet away but these guidelines may soon change due to increasing evidence of airborne transmission. So, when standing in line waiting for something or walking off a street, make sure that you are 6 feet away or farther from the next person to you.

This also means “gatherings” should be avoided. Group/business meetings can be done online. Shaking hands or hugging should be avoided no matter how long you have known the person.

3. Always wash your hands.

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Handwashing with soap is still one of the best protection against respiratory viruses. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly, one tehcnique is to wash your hands until you’ve finished singing “Happy Birthday” twice. That’s approximately 20-30 seconds. Make sure that you wash your fingernails and the spaces between the fingers and not just your palm. It’s also important to dry your hand afterwards as infection is more common to occur in wet hands.

If you are outside your home, hand sanitizer is a good alternative with handwashing with soap.

Wash your hands regularly especially after you touched commonly-touched objects like door knobs.

4. Wear your face masks.

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Aside from protecting yourself alone, you also need to consider protecting others. Again, Covid-19 is a public health crisis and it would take sacrifices from each and every one of us to conquer it. One of which is wearing face masks.

Face masks help control the spread of the virus from asymptomatic carriers. That’s right, you can unknowingly spread the virus even if you are “feeling fine”.

Contrary to what others claim, face masks actually do not affect your oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide retention. This has been proven several times already with people wearing masks and attached to pulse oximeters.

These are only some of the ways you can protect yourself against COVID-19. Hope that this article helps you protect yourself, your family and others.

To find out more about COVID-19, check out the website of CDC.