Sunday, September 7, 2014

Say "I love you". 好きっていいなよ。

Just saw an anime based on the manga Say "I love you". ( 好きっていいなよ。) and it was so sweet! I loved the relationship that develops between Mei and Yamato,  as well as the friendships and new connections with their classmates. 


I didn't much care for the English dubbing so I watched them in the original Japanese with subtitles instead. The opening song is beautiful!



The story is about a very shy girl named Mei that has given up on friendships because she was blamed and rejected by peers years ago. Still wanting to avoid bullying, Mei is now in high school and avoiding socialization. But Yamato, the most popular boy in school, notices her and finds her interesting and refreshing in her honesty and quirkiness. Ultimately, it's a cute romance and about learning to risk some hurts in order to find connection, love, and acceptance.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Star Child by Claire A. Nivola

Star ChildStar Child by Claire A. Nivola
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the cutest little picture book about life and how we come to earth that I've ever read. Religious stuff typically turns me off with all of its strictures and confines but lately spirituality in general has been of interest to me. Especially the idea of why we're here and how one might find a purpose or useful means of service to this planet.

This book simply answers those questions with a story of one little boy, referred to as Star Child. Star Child is a boy that was in the sky, far away from earth where he existed as a "flame of vapor". But he was mesmerized by earth and all it's brightness and strangeness. He yearned for a visit and to do so he had to be born as a human. Elders warned him that doing so would mean not just joy but also disappointment, not just pleasure but also fear, and not just wonder but also sadness. And in the midst of these confusions and delights he'd forget where he came from and probably become attached to earth but still have to leave eventually. Learning all this Star Child still chose to come, and when asked if he was glad to do so he answers "Yes."

Love the simplicity and wonder of it all.

                                                 This book was a personal copy.