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Haruhi Suzumiya’s lesson on life

Hello dear readers…

This post will maybe seem a bit short, but it is something that seemed very important for me to share, and I’d better publish it right now instead of seeing this bit of wisdom disappear forever… A fish is always better cooked fresh.

Today, I discovered this very well known anime that is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. And, as surprising as it might seem to you, this made me rediscover a pretty important part of life…

Haruhi Suzumiya is a japanese high-school student. Despite her outstanding beauty and her apparently normal look, she is quite an odd person. Obsessed by espers, aliens, and other paranormal beings, she created a school club striving to find all the related cases that happened nearby. However, it happens that not everyone is normal around here…

I haven’t finished the entire series yet… but I must say Haruhi really left her mark on me. Even since the very beginning, her eccentricity has been obvious. And yet, she manages to live with this entirely strange image and reputation without any complex at all. She entirely assumes her behaviour and passion, would it be shocking and against any custom, regardless of what others will think of it, and it is a very admirable quality. And the anime’s opening song is very good at showing it already :

Moreover, her personality really amazed me… She managed to create a club about her own passion. She always finds her own way to do anything she wants (a new religion has even been created to praise that), and never gives up to people’s opinion or to despair. In short, she always bears an incredible determination to reach her goals. Her willpower might be different from what heroes like Luffy from One Piece, but it does exist, and is definitely something strong and awesome with her.

Last but not least, I really find her goal amazing. What does she try to do? She wants to discover all this life’s oddities and inconsistencies. And when you think of it… she just wants to make life less boring and more interesting. She just wants to have fun. And I believe that we have something to learn from that… Fun doesn’t come all by itself in life. You create the conditions to have fun. You have to be active in this conservative life, to strive to make things move, to carry on projects and to plan things, in order to change anything… in short, you have to live your life as an fabulous and passionnate adventure to make it interesting. You are the one who has to take initiatives, and no one else will be able to do this.

To conclude, managing to realize all that only after having watched 5 episodes of this anime really makes me believe that this anime is very good. Watch it! (this is the 2nd episode, the first one is a bit puzzling to be honest.)


Kino no Tabi (Kino’s journey)

Hiya anime-hungry readers,

Today I shall tell you about an anime that too few people know in my opinion : Kino no Tabi (Kino’s journey).

A girl named Kino is travelling through various countries, with her friendly talking motorcycle, Hermes. She has a rule she strictly observes : she never stays in a country for more than 3 days, whatever happens there. This way, she can keep her free life of wanderer without having to cope with local trouble.

Music is good, although there’s nothing extraordinary with it, and the anime’s artwork puts the emphasis on beautiful and miscellaneous landscapes, just as a random traveller would see them. However, this is not the main thing you’ll notice if you watch the anime.

I guess the intro is the best way to see the anime’s feeling.

Soon after the first episode, you’ll quickly figure out that… each country has very strange and unique customs. For instance, you’ll find robot-populated cities, “perfect” places, countries full of mute people… Each of these isn’t very realistic (but that’s not really what you’re expecting from this anime anyhow), but is rather pretty idealized, so that it could correspond to some human ideal. Actually, each country has its own story, and each episode can be seen as a kind of parable about Life. The very goal of the anime is to make you think of various questions you wouldn’t even have thought of otherwise… and I think it’s a good, entertaining and enjoyful introduction to Philosophy as a way to think about stuff…
Kant said : You don’t learn philosophy, you learn how to philosophize. And this anime is a very-well-realized tutorial for it.

Why is this blog not talking about fishing even once?

Hello random and curious readers,

If you drop by here every now and then, I guess you’ll have noticed that there is no single post about fishing. So I can read the big question that is appearing in your minds… why having named this blog this way then? Well, let me try to answer this question.

I’ve always wanted this blog to be a place of Peace and Happiness, where any web traveller could rest a little before facing again the harsh stream of life. Therefore, I thought it would be logical to refer to my own references about these two notions. In my mind, fishing was the closest to both of them. Why, you ask?

I think the answer is quite obvious for Peace. Fishermen have always lived a peaceful life, in calm towns. They have to sit at a place for hours without doing anything but appreciating how great life is. No unwanted stuff, perhaps some annoying insect or rain, but hey, it is a fisherman’s life, so they get used to it. I guess one’s life cannot be more peaceful.

If these persons are not having peaceful lives…

Happiness is harder to explain though… I believe that living a fisherman’s life is one way to reach this state of mind. These persons have no stressful deadlines to follow, no long-term worries, no true life trouble… If they are patient enough, the only thing they have to do is to sit, calmly wait, and enjoy how pretty life is. And fate will decide if they will eat or not, but they don’t really care, since they can’t do anything about it… In the meantime, they just have to sit and remain contemplative facing Nature’s amazing beauty. And this is great if you take time to do this. Simply sitting down and watching the sunrise, or looking at curious insects, awesome plants or a simple tree full of little insect life… This is a part of Happiness too often neglected nowadays.

Besides, a fisherman is never simply waiting. He is waiting for something, would it be a fish or any other kind of catch. By doing this, he is already imagining how big his fish would be, or how well he would eat tonight… He’s already enjoying his catch without having caught even a single fish. And this is another part of Happiness : being able to enjoy things you don’t have yet, to imagine how happy you would be with these, because you are never as happy as you expected when you have them.

Last but not least, a fisherman has time, and therefore can use it to dream. These are a good way to enjoy your time, and imagination can be a good friend if you have time to kill. This is not Happiness, but it does play a role in it too… being able to colour your life, as I often say, is an important component of Happiness, because Life itself is harsh.

Thus, a fisherman would be, in my mind at least, a good incarnation of Happiness and Peace. Of course, this is idealized, but it’s enough to make a good title for my blog, right? I hope this have made you think a tad bit about your own life and Happiness… Are you really Happy?


Another lost comic : Copper


So today, I’m going to tell you a bit about a webcomic I discovered some years ago. It’s quite different from all the other ones you might know, though, since it’s not updated much…

This is about a boy, Copper, and his dog, Fred, who experience various adventures in various brightly-coloured, gorgeous worlds. The atmosphere is really wonderful : colours are everywhere, it’s very well drawn and you quickly get absorbed by the whole universe. The characters are nice, and are original enough for you to get to like them. As for the story…

The story is what makes Copper different from any other comic. Here, there’s no monster to kill/bad guy to defeat/romantic love story to follow… Every comic strip is individual, so you can read any of these in any order, it doesn’t matter that much. However… Each one is some kind of little life lesson. There is always something to learn and remember, and the wonderful way it is presented makes it even easier. No complicated plot at all, but instead amazing places full of poetry and dreams…

The comic isn’t perfect, though. It really lacks updates, so once you’re done with all the released comics, you can get ready to wait for a while before having to check again. But considering the amount of work behind each strip and its gorgeous results, I think it is easily forgivable…

Finally, despite its scarce updates, Copper is definitely a nice webcomic to check, not only for philosophers, but also for experienced web drifters questing for a some quiet place to space out…

Enter the world of Copper, and get ready for some enjoyable webdreaming !

PS : the author has also made some other nice pieces of artwork… You should have a glance at his place.