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Surprise Hugs Aren’t My Thing

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Really, it’s just one of those things I never nurtured as a human being. While most people are fine with it, the most I’ve ever been comfortable with was a handshake. Hibike! Euphonium is a phenomenal show that I think deserves more attention. Even though one could say that it already gets plenty. Hugs have nothing to do with it.. but by golly, the above screencap is exactly how I feel about hugs. My arms are just sort of in the air, and it feels weird hugging anyone. Yes, anyone. Doesn’t matter if girl or guy. Hugging ain’t my thing. What makes it worse is that sometimes they grasp you right above your elbows. The only thing you can do at that point is to feebly close in your forearms and angle your hands to attempt a reciprocating hug.

Occasionally, I’ll get awkward glances and then this snarky question: “What, are you gay?” It’s flawed logic. Have you already assumed that gay people don’t hug? If that’s true and confirmed, then maybe. I still prefer staring at the rumpus of a maiden. The curves of a woman. The highland precipices of Ryuujou. Or the leggy strength of Hong Meiling. I’d rather a girlfriend than a boyfriend, thanks very much for asking. I’ll assume a homosexual identity once I see a male character whose masculine body and charm just instantly make me say “TAKE ME!”, but until then, I’ll just ogle in the direction of the fair females that cross my vision. This obviously changes when you have characters like Totsuka from Oregairu. Suffice it to say, that’s one boy that doesn’t come across as a man, but very nearly as a reverse trap.

Sorry, I’m derailing again. Back to Hibike! Euphonium.

Kyoto Animation still hasn’t let me down. Don’t let this magic ride end, because I’m gonna be fucking disappointed if ever a day comes when such consistent quality becomes more rare than a purple Yubari melon (hint: they don’t exist). As of this week, it’s already 11 episodes in, and I haven’t done a single post about the show, despite hounding the internet for my weekly dose of KyoAni goodness. I suppose I’ll dump all of my thoughts into a closer write-up. (Might end up as a short post of me pretty much saying “WATCH THIS NOW.“)

I would like to stress that Reina hugging Kumiko out of the blue really got me into wondering why I’m so anti-hug. Something about how Kumiko’s voice actress and the general skill of the director managed to elicit my prodding of my own quirks. This is why I love anime. Always seems to get me to look at things, when I would normally never think anything of it. Life is fascinating, you know?

..At least when a director is involved.

I find myself enjoying the afterglow after finishing a show, rather than posting kneejerk first episode impressions. I’ll still do those. Just letting you know my thoughts are more coherent after things are all said and done, when one can finally consume the entire package of animation, sound, and direction.

-maserbeam