This article requires you to have completely read Spring, Fall webtoon!
“I love you” is quite a frequent phrase you see and hear these days. And, if you are from Europe and America, you will probably use it quite often as well.
In Korean culture as well as language, “I love you” is hard to express. And we, Koreans, don’t use the expression often. It was only after exposure to Western culture that Koreans started to see more expressions regarding their internal feelings toward their significant other.
The author’s post script says this: “If you love someone, do you have to let it be known when that someone knows that? Do you have to speak out of your feelings to him or her?”
A man loves a woman, and he is absolutely positive that she loves him also. Does he have to tell her that he loves her even when it’s so obvious?
This is the premier of this webtoon according to the author. There are things in this world that one does not need to express loudly in order to let the feelings and position known.
And more importantly, there are things in this world that does not need to be explained.
Shirobako is an anime about producing anime. Being an anime, everything is a little glorified but that doesn’t take away the qualities it has.
Our main characters are a group of girls who found themselves deeply affected by anime and they want to partake in anime production in a way. They were all members of the same anime club at their high school.
She is the main character of the main characters. Most of anime is catered around her. She is a positive and outgoing young adult who has a hazed vision of her future. She knows she likes anime and vaguely knows that her future lies with anime production. However, she does not have a specific goal or a dream.
She gets a job as an assistant at Musashino animation and that’s where this anime begins.
Her main talent lies in managing people. She is able to encourage, push, and force those in slumps to get them going and eventually produce a result, meaning she is best suited to be a “desk”, a term used to refer what we should call human resources manager.
#Note: You must read Wanderer’s Ace episode 10 at least.
Related article is Korea’s Problem with a strong anti-Korea view.
This webtoon is about what all Korean youngters go through. Spending all day long, all year long, at school or in front of their desks…
I swear to you that you will not be able to understand what they went through unless you were one of them. You may feel sympathy at best but you will never be able to understand what they went through. This webtoon reflects precisely what many students have and had thought about.
Note that it is not that rare that manwha authors moan about Korea’s education system. You may spot complaints faintly here and there but this author, I think, is the first one to say out loud and straightforwardly.
I’ve released this article upon release of episode 10 but it should have been released when the whole webtoon is complete. Regardless, it is here.
To me, personally, I’d rather not have opening song. I feel it’s a waste of time. I sometimes prefer anime ending songs, primarily because it gives me time to digest what (the crap) may have happened in episodes. Or sometimes when an episode ends with sorrow or something alike, ending song gives me time to think things over or feel saddened enough to endure ending songs.
But the opening song, I really feel they should be omitted. Some of recent anime, like [I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying], skips opening song and shortens its play time entirely which I feel is a good thing. But then the manga is a 4-panel shots. There aren’t really a lot of materials to cover and even add two (opening & ending) songs with. If they did, we are looking at opening song (30 seconds), anime content (3 minutes), ending song (30 seconds). That would be borderline ridiculous because the songs alone will eat up 1/3 of the entire content.
This will be part 1 of my collection articles.
In part 1, I am going to show you two parts of my manwha/manga room (Which I call the room of dreams). I do have a dedicated room full of manga and manwha. Although I no longer actively purchase comic books anymore due to rise of the webtoon, I do still have a sizable amount of comic books collected. How many? I don't know for sure. But it is at least 1.000+ books, probably close to 2.000.
It is recommended that you complete reading the webtoon, Again Spring, prior reading this article.
This webtoon was all about regrets and being unable to shake them off even though the main protagonist was able to go back in time.
Regrets, what are they? Well, it’s negative emotional consequences of decisions. And we all have regrets. Some are small and easily forgettable. Some are big and are hard to forget. Few will linger in your head until you die.
For the *MC of this webtoon, her first big regret was sending her child off to her kindergarten. Actually, it was not her fault. It was the driver’s fault. Regardless, she decides to commit suicide few years later. For the MC, her child was everything and losing her meant her life would never be the same.
*MC: Main Character
Patlabor is a very old anime by now. It began in late 1980, to be more precise 1989, it is now over 25 year old anime.
However, despite of its age, I still find Patlabor a rare anime that successfully mixes slice of life with actions. Mixing slice of life and actions is hard, merely because those two genres are pretty much the opposite. Slice of life is all about smooth/quiet plot telling with soothing rhythm whereas action genre is mostly about fancy story telling with often over-the-top scenes. Mixing those two genres is like mixing water and oil, but Patlabor gets it done and it does so exceptionally.
Patlabor has several variants. The manga version (of which I own all volumes) is 22 volumes, but I am not here to talk about the manga because I find anime better. It is one of few cases where animation adaption exceeds its manga format.
Let’s start with the main TV show. The TV show started on 1989 and had 47 episodes. There were also two OVA series both of which supplements the original TV show while giving new takes on some early parts of the anime.
If you have read its manga, it doesn’t really matter which you watch first, you will immediately know where you are, but if you haven’t read the manga, it’s probably best to start with the TV series and then OVA 1 and then OVA 2.
There are also three Patlabor movies which expand Patlabor universe even further but are completely optional.