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Where is Tamako Market going?

I want to continue to like Tamako Market but I just can’t. At first the atmosphere and warmth from the show reminded me of Aria. Yeah, the slice of life about a girl who wants to become a gondolier. But as Tamako Market continues on into the sixth episode out of twelve, I am reconsidering just what the heck I’m watching. Will this show go somewhere? Is there an actual goal the characters are trying to achieve?

The cute pleasantness can only go so far without any kind of conflict or character development. While Aria does have a life is pleasant theme to it. There is also strong characterization throughout as the characters learn and get closer to their dreams. But what characterization does Tamako Market have? We haven’t seen any yet. The characters are bland, and don’t go out of their way to be or show anything more than what they’ve shown us since the first episode. Although we did have some development when it came to Tamako’s sister Anko and Shiori. But it was short lived, and didn’t have much of a lasting impression after watching episodes 5 and 6.

Even K-ON had alright characterization. Yui is very different from Mio. But then again to be fair I also hated the first season. It’s too short and much like Tamako Market I felt nothing for Yui and the other cast members for the exact same reasons I complaining right now. It wasn’t until the longer second season that really got me into K-ON and the characters started to grow on me. It had a lot to do with the mood of the series as a whole. And even though there isn’t a whole lot of conflict and the characters stay relatively the same. The kind of situations and stories told in the series were interesting enough. The second season is definitely very well done because of this.

Going back to the character development of Anko and Shiori, I watched episodes 5 and 6 in succession and I just forgot we had that kind of development in the previous episodes. It was like a total change in presentation. My main issue right now is with this lopsided love triangle that isn’t really a love triangle yet. Since we don’t know if Tamako has any deep feelings for Mochizo other than the childhood friend cliche. And who knows how that will pan out by the end of the series? My guess is it will be so tacked on. I just can’t see this show as being one where Tamako is going to cry buckets like the moeblobs from Kanon, Air, and Clannad.

The cuteness has definitely overstayed its welcome. It’s just there. I don’t get. I like it insofar that I can just sit and watch pretty animation. But then after it’s over it feels like what was the point? It’s like eating an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting. Feels good in the moment but when you check that weight scale. There is a bit of regret. We’re on episode 6 already and I really wonder what this show wants to be? It feels like Kyoani is just trying to cash off the concepts used in K-ON, but they’re failing at it. Maybe they should stick to doing what they do best?

Adaptations.

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Facebook – Why should I care?

This is a follow up entry to the last one I posted about Facebook. I can’t seem to shake the feelings that these comments have brought me. Someone posed the question, “Why should I care, dude?” Followed up with, “seriously why should i care?” by the same person. Why should you care? You really cared a lot to post a message, huh? This made me largely think about the content I’ve posted on Facebook, my audience (“friends”) and the kind of response or discussion I’ve gotten the past year.

Overall last year, I revised my usage of Facebook. I stopped using it as a place to vent about my everyday frustrations and stress because I realized that it would build and build. It was all I seemed to present to the world. And so, I too began to think that was all I had. This is a really long story actually because a bunch of different and maybe related factors brought about my change in attitude. The least you need to know is that I stopped posting negative things and focused more on the positive. I read more uplifting things. My thoughts became positive.

As a result, my statuses on Facebook and the kinds of articles I shared soon reflected this change in attitude. It wasn’t before long that I wanted to share these kinds of insights and articles with others. But I didn’t get the desired response. It did a great deal to reinforce the kind of person I want to be though. It helped in that respect, but I too also wanted to take joy in helping others or having what I posted be of some meaning to others as well.

I started to look over my friend’s status and posts. Largely uninteresting. “Why should I care?” Soon came to my mind. I really didn’t care. I realized this a year ago too but this year it just sticks out like a sore thumb. Just how superficial Facebook is. I am a reflective person. Insightful. Moody and emotional. And being superficial is something I can’t be. The kind of status updates I like to write are thoughful or impulsive. In the moment. Not something that might interest my other “friends”.

I have realized the closed system that Facebook is and the people I am connected to aren’t the real audience I should be writing to or sharing with. I don’t have much of a connection to the 200+ “friends” that I have. Many are people from high school or just people I have grown to know in the general area that I live and work in. It’s a waste of time to share the things that I want to share with these people because it is largely going without any form of acknowledgement or the discussion I desire. I orginally thought that sharing these things would be a good idea. I mean, it’s Facebook! Connect. Grow. Discuss. And with the people you know around you!

But…

It’s a site filled with cat memes, family photos, and topics that don’t interest me. Just as my articles don’t interest them. Facebook isn’t the platform that I am looking for to express myself and who I am. It’s a waste of time because I have no real bonds of connection with the people I am “friends” with. Asside from ten people that I would consider people I actually know. Don’t get me wrong. I believe Facebook is a great way to connect and talk to people easily. I am going to continue using it in that way. As an easy e-mail platform. I am now largely disinterested in sharing anything with others or what others are sharing on the site.

Finally, looking back 2012 was about realization. This year is about application.

I want to reclaim myself. My mystery. My story and experiences. Everyone doesn’t need to share in them. I want to enjoy taking photos for the sake of having them and NOT because I feel like I need to impress others with them.

Currently, I am now in the process of deleting all my information and posts. I think I will keep my photos up because family might like to see them. But in the future, I want to decrease my usage and activity on the site.

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