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February: Rants, Passing Time and The Awakened Jukebox

Just the croissant for me, thank you...

Hello readers. We are already nearing a week in the Lunar New Year festivities. Is everybody still doing okay? I couldn't catch any movies because they were either sold out or not to my fancy. I had a similar experience before, but quite unfortunately it still hasn't registered fully in my head. I should have known better when holidays are concerned. Frankly, I could have just gone with the flow. There wasn't much to settle for, and a huge snake had formed in the centre of a certain fastfood restaurant. Dinner was a croissant from somewhere. I had to be satisfied somehow, and that was just the first day.

Uh, I'm not that flower girl. Would you like a sunflower anyway?

Anyway, this Sunday is the seventh day of Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day. Have a wonderful time emptying those wallets. There was a time when a flower girl who was clearly desperate to make some quick sales had virtually hit on every possibly attached or married man with her basket of roses that went for a ridiculously high price per stalk by the famous river. Naturally, I gave the flower girl one of my cold, piercing glares which could well stop bowel movement. She had refused to give up. Don't ask why I was even out on that day. I didn't have an alternative. But there was some really delicious gelato which I found it hard to resist.  

What else did I do during this dreadful long weekend? I caught up with a little more manga and anime, added a mini playlist for the inner jukebox to savour gleefully, and downloaded Tetris. Yeah, finally the opening themes for Haruta & Chika, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, and the second season of Akagami no Shirayukihime have arrived after much anticipation on my side. I have to say that it is relatively easy to pique my interest when it comes to music. For Haruta & Chika, the opening theme is titled Niji wo Ametara (If We Could Weave Rainbows) by the band fhana (stylised as such). Its opening melody had perked my mood up instantly, and ever since I have been wanting to loop the full song. The lead vocalist has a high range, however it still plays out comfortably in this bright, cheerful number. I love the album cover as well. Nope, I'm still not inclined towards any musical instrument.

I can't quite put across as to what it is about Akagami no Shirayukihime which has kept me looking forward to many more adventures with its characters. I did mention before that the first season is still hanging in mid-air somewhere in the invisible line, yet I have dived straight into the second season without hesitation. Did I think that watching the new episodes diligently would probably trigger some eureka moment or something? Anyway, Shirayuki looks breathtakingly gorgeous in this cover art for the opening theme song titled Sono Koe ga Chizu ni Naru. Hmm. That voice becomes a map. How romantic. I love the starry sky and how Shirayuki is gazing at those pretty things.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu continues to work its profound magic through charming characters, their mannerisms and humour, down-to-earth yet strikingly classy displays of rakugo, and the quiet anticipation of the audience both fictional and real. Oh, the latest volume of the manga has been out since last week. The ninth tankoubon features Sandaime Yuurakutei Sukeroku, Konatsu and their little one, I think. I haven't touched the manga yet, or more specifically, I still don't know whether I should give it a go. Sometimes, I feel that watching the anime might be a lot easier. But the charm, oh my gosh. Is there a scientific term for this sort of indecisiveness? Maybe I should calm down and eat frozen yogurt.

Eccentrically Yours.

Written by J.Fluffysheep ♪

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