samurai summer

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PERSONAL ANIME MILESTONE

Reached a milestone
Finally filled up my first anime shelf
I’ll need to build a new one before I get any more.

What I’ve got:

The girl who leapt though time
Summer wars
Wolf children
The boy and the beast
Nausicaä of the valley of the wind
The cat returns
Porco Rosso
Kiki’s delivery service
Laputa castle in the sky
Princess Mononoke
My neighbour Totoro
Spirited away
Ponyo
Arrietty
From up on poppy hill
The tale of princess Kagua
When Marnie was there
The castle of Cagliostro
Evangelion 1.11 you are (not) alone
Evangelion 2.22 you can (not) advance
Evangelion 3.33 you can (not) redo
Ghost in the shell (1995)
Ghost in the 2 innocence
Ghost in the shell solid state society
FLCL
Panty and stocking with garter belt
Kill la kill
Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann childhoods end
Gurren Lagann the lights in the sky are stars
Madoka magica
Madoka magica the movie rebellion
Perfect blue
Paprika
Lupin the third the woman called Fujiko Mine
Fate zero
Space Dandy
Cowboy bebop
Cowboy bebop the movie
High school of the dead
Afro Samurai
First squad
Eden of the east
Black lagoon Roberta’s blood trail
Akira
Nadia the secret of blue water
Blue exorcist
Attack on Titan
Berserk (1998)
Full metal alchemist brotherhood
Metropolis
Elfen Lied

If you have any recommendations for what I should have on the new shelf feel free to mention some titles.

Update : https://comicfan44.tumblr.com/post/162286887991/my-current-animation-blu-ray-collection
A True Geisha

My Dearest Son

Many years ago, there were good people like you. But now they are only a memory that will fade into oblivion. These times is when things are more difficult for us, and we must strive harder to reach greatness. 

Our traditions are strong and painful, but nothing pleases me more than seeing in what you have become now. A geisha.

Originally posted by eutana-siacardiaca

What should have been learned over the years, you learned it in the months.

The beauty you show us every night makes me shed tears of joy, and I can’t help but think of that little boy who was always running among the sea and told me anecdotes about our peculiar eyes.

The joys experienced by you are profound, so profound. Because being a man, you proposed to be the most honorable geisha of the family. 

With the art of music and dance, you accelerated the most indomitable hearts, as well as captivating many with the light whisper of your voice singing.

Originally posted by tsujinao

People clamor you, applaud you and give you their smiles, telling you how wonderful your debut, your show, your own art is supposed to be the flow of your feelings.

But you and I, my son, know how difficult the path of a geisha is. Because we are not courtesans, nor wives, we sell our skill and not our body. 

We create a secret world, where there is only beauty. The same word “geisha” means “artist”. And to become geisha is to be judged, as a work of art in movement.

Originally posted by eetkey

You paint your face to hide your face, your eyes are like the deep sea, the desire doesn’t exist for the geisha, the feeling doesn’t exist for the geisha.

The geisha is an artist of the ethereal world; she dances, sings, entertains everything other people wants. The rest are shadows, the rest is secret.

Agony and beauty go hand in hand, our feet will suffer, our fingers will bleed, and even sitting and sleeping will be painful.

But most importantly, you cannot consider yourself a true geisha until you have stopped a man with a single glance.

Nevertheless, when you prepare tea, when you serve sake, when you dance, when you tie the obi, prepare yourself for the most complicated and difficult art that you will experience in your life: Love.

My son, of the arts you have learned with pride, I am afraid it has not been enough to train you with the most inevitable. Turning in the path, without stopping the time, sings your heart because you wish to see. Earth, sun and moon, will teach you to love.

Because the wind will want to teach you to love.

Originally posted by gertieparr

The day you fall in love with someone special, always remember what our Ancestors said:

In spring, cherry blossoms.

Originally posted by kvnai

In summer, the song of the birds.

Originally posted by tana-the-dreamchaser

The moon of autumn.

Originally posted by halloweentreat

And the cold and white snow, in winter…

Originally posted by black-and-white-gifs

To man Geisha can only be a half wife, we are the wives of nightfall, and yet to learn of kindness after so much angerness, to understand that a little boy with more courague than he knew, would find his prayers were answered.

You cannot say to the sun More Sun. Or to the rain Less Rain.

It goes without saying that men can be as distinct from each other as the shrubs that bloom at different times of the year.

Otherwise, if by then, and only then, the love you profess to whom you chose as your lover has flourished and has given way to a great change, be sure that fate decided to unite both of you in life and death.

Do all you can, and the rest give it to Destiny.

Live life with all your strength, be proud of who you are, the honor you give to our family and Ancestors, and never let anyone else try to destroy you, because at the end they would be making an unforgivable mistake.

Originally posted by bunsies

And son, always remember that the human heart is like the reflection of the surface of the water, the mouth says things contrary to what the heart says, but in truth, the heart wants us to accept each other, even the people with bad intentions.

Love you Always

Mother

(Finally, my sweet @sammymationsart I saw your beautiful Geisha Jack and I couldn’t help myself but begin to write this madness, which I was also quite inspired by Memoirs of a Geisha)

Final thoughts on Gangsta and Studio Manglobe:

Despite starting off very promising, Gangsta’s finale has rung throughout the anime community as the final death knell of Studio Manglobe. As the series progressed, it became apparent Manglobe was unable to continue producing the high-octane action the first four episodes gave us. The animation quality continued to dip and the story became more erratic before inconclusively signing off in the middle of an arc. At the time of this posting, Manglobe employees have stated that the studio has gone bankrupt and are now seeking work.

Over the course of 11 years, Manglobe mantra has always been about experimentation and western appeal. Their first and most popular work among western audiences, Samurai Champloo, personifies this quality best. Other shows like Ergo Proxy and Michiko to Hatchin continued this trend over the years despite financial failure after failure. Out of 16 series, only one broke 4,000 units sold. Many of these shows remain as some of my most memorable anime experiences. And I hope that they will be remembered long after Manglobe closes its doors.

(2004) Samurai Champloo

(2006) Ergo Proxy

(2008) Michiko to Hatchin

(2009) Seiken no Blacksmith

(2010) Saraiya Goyou

(2010) The World God Only Knows

(2011) The World God Only KnowsII

(2011) DEADMAN WONDERLAND

(2011) Mashiro-iro Symphony

(2012) Hayate no Gotoku! 

(2013) Zettai Karen Children 

(2013) Karneval

(2013) Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties

(2013) The World God Only Knows: Goddesses

(2013) Samurai Flamenco

(2015) GANGSTA.

(2015) Genocidal Organ - Coming this November

For my other Summer 2015 anime posts, click here.