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A world beyond the skies…

The sky always amazes me. Lying down looking up to it, I can’t help but stretch out my hand thinking I can grasp it. It is just so vast and blue. It feels very majestic and serene. It feels like freedom. Being confined under Earth’s gravity makes me feel slightly disheartened. Yes, without it we’ll all be floating up to space and eventually die but I just can’t help but wonder, how does it feel like up there? Soaring through the skies like a bird or floating up unrestrained like a helium balloon. How does the world look like from up above?

Flying in a plane does give some sort of sense in how soaring through the sky might be. But not much can be experience just from that small little window frame. Plus, it is an expensive way to experience flight, in a confined environment.

Even though it is from small window, flying in SAO: Lost Song felt really euphoric for me. The freedom of flight in the game was a different experience that I quickly got addicted to. But in the end, it is just a temporary solution to my everlasting yearning.

Which is one of the reasons why I love anime. To experience a world beyond yours. I’ve always like anime with beautiful scenery. Those frames that are just outstandingly beautiful. From nature, to modern infrastructure and from the little things like a trail of ants to things wide as the ocean; those few seconds really brings about a thousand words. 

But my favourite has always been the skies in those worlds. The vastness they portray, the brilliantly coloured hues on the clouds and the contrast between the world below against those beyond the skies really captivates me into it, often leaving me in a daze, dreaming of seeing such a picturesque spectacle for myself.

You can really feel that the Japanese do love their skies as you can always see them in their works. Or maybe there’s just no shots planned?

The sky is seen as a gateway or a get-away from the real world to me, where I’m able to escape from this world and immerse myself in “my own world”. Being able to venture into different “worlds” created in the blink of an eye, stack worlds over worlds and then destroying it the next minute and restart again on a blank canvas. Reminds me of Lelouch’s last words. “Yes… I… destroy worlds… create worlds…”. And saying gateway reminds me of one of the Bleach movies with the tear in the sky where two worlds were about to collide. Then saying that reminds me of Kamen Rider Decade with the worlds colliding.

It’s these awesome worlds that really started my journey in writing. Where I became “god” of my own world, leading my protagonist through hardships and bliss. But it all came to a halt as I ran out of inspiration where most of it occurs when I dream. I would then go on a break but then come back with a different world to create. That’s how it has always been for me. I create worlds but never finish them. Am I afraid of it ending? Probably. Similar to how I don’t like various series to end for anime. With those fear, I resort to escapism. Well, one of the reasons that led me to escapism. But I don’t really hate that part of me. It led me to so many things, to so many connections and of course, many more worlds for me to take part in.

The beautiful world of Kotonoha no Niwa, to the starry night sky from Gurren Lagann. 

The supernatural elements of Tasogare Otome X Amnesia and the bittersweet moments of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. And there’s still so much more for me to explore but I am constantly reminded that death is always near and unexpected. The world is so wonderful and yet so cruel… And whenever I look up at the sky be it day or night, it always come upon me that I am really just a small piece in this huge world. A sense of loneliness will then accompany that thought. Just a lonely adult sitting in front of the computer screen in hopes of reaching out to someone on the world wide web.

Haha… I have been pouring out my thoughts for a while. It is an accumulation of a few weeks worth of contemplating followed by years of observing my life and others. Well, summarized. Talking about flying through the sky is kind of ironic with my fear of heights. But it’s still a curiosity that I can’t help but have. Sorry about ending it on a negative note. My pessimistic self won the battle for supremacy. I still am a pessimist at heart. Since there were only a few pictures up top, I’ll leave some picture I took when I was up and about in my school and other places.

Mate ne~

Written by Zwei


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  1. I really love seeing the sky above be it day or night, it just soo amazing. tho my neck will be aching >.<