[Off-topic]gaguri’s idle thoughts
July 31, 2009
Recently I uploaded a video of myself playing my remix of Beethoven’s three piano sonatas on youtube, which you can view here. The following post is more personal and has very little to do with anime, so feel free to stop here if you wish.
The thing is that I chose to disable any comments from appearing on my clip, which may seem strange from someone who loves all kinds of comments on his blog. I think that has to do with what the comments from the viewers mean for me. I’m probably being too paranoid about this but basically I didn’t want anonymous people to flame/troll/constructively criticise my performance. My opinion is that the accessibility to commenting inevitably renders the nature of whatever you are sharing, so by disabling the comments I wanted to treat the video not as a technical performance worth analysing, but merely as a showpiece of one of my hobbies to share. And then I asked myself, what do comments from my blog mean for me? What do I want to treat/view my blog as anyway?
Some of you may have noticed that I sometimes have a tendency to connect similarities between anime and other fields of art, whether they be architecture, modern paintings, or music. This is not to say I’m treating animation the same way I treat them because that would be foolish. What I really want my posts to be is more like an observation.
For example an observation of, hey sometimes the way anime approaches its audience is almost like how a building capture its visitors (hard or soft), where Sorrow-kun then gave a very insightful comment on what different ‘hardness’ of depicting characters can mean. And although I concluded the article by endorsing balance of hardness and softness, I think alternation of different densities of hardness in coburn’s comment is a better way of describing the way I feel about the way anime engages its audience. This is not to say there are objective element of hardness or softness that governs the principles of anime and architecture. Rather, it’s the hardness and softness I sense as an experience, which I can relate to something similar from other things. I think the association is interesting because imagining a visitor approaching and entering buildings, somewhat helps me to better imagine an viewer being more immersed into the world and characters presented in anime. I suppose I wanted the readers to feel the same way too. And as I’ve mentioned above, often the comments have been more enlightening and analytical than my own input, as is also evident in Martin’s more fitting analogy of manga to anime adaptation and ghostlightning’s passionate elaboration of Peter’s analogy of American vs Japanese animation (recent posts).
Needless to say I also enjoy writing posts talking about more obscure and refined titles, where I then delight in comments from readers who also share similar appreciation for them. That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy popular and light-hearted titles (i.e. Hayate no Gotoku!, in fact I have been following the second season with pleasure). I simply want my blog to be associated with more underlooked and heavier titles and I think that is what draws readers to this place as well (and there isn’t a whole lot to say about Hayate except Hinagiku is pretty cute to watch…). And the comments from readers of maturity and great taste are a joy to read, as it’s great to see people of varying sensibilities remembering love for the same anime. So ultimately comments are significant extensions of my posts.
Hmm this sounded more like one of those anniversary posts -__- . Next up on Ha Neul Seom, gaguri brings up Zhuangzi’s Daoist philosophy and Einstein’s theory of relativity in one of Oshii’s movies (haha I’m only 50% joking…).