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[SF] From Now On We Begin Ethics – A Great Ending

Short form (SF)! A very short post for an impromptu Thanksgiving special! Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t already, consider reading my article: The World’s Finest… Manipulator? Fiction, Mental Age, Maturity, & Manipulation published on November 21.  I talked about a manga called From Now On We Begin Ethics in an article quite a bit ago. … Continue reading [SF] From Now On We Begin Ethics – A Great Ending

Quotes to ponder

Instead of talking about myself, here are some quotes that you may be able to find yourself in.

“True, I’ve given up on the real world. However, I haven’t given up on myself. The world doesn’t get to decide whether my life is boring, fun, or ordinary. That’s my decision to make. As long as I have the will, nothing is impossible.”

-Keima Katsuragi
The World God Only Knows

“If you use your wish to grant someone else’s, you should be careful you know exactly why you’re doing it. Are you really doing it for someone else’s benefit, or the opposite, you’re doing it for that person’s everlasting gratitude?”

-Mami Tomoe
Madoka Magica

If someone takes my book and reads it, a part of me lives again. That is what I aspire to become.

Campus Notes

“We’re just two children, pretending to be adults, aren’t we?”

-Hisao Nakai
Katawa Shoujo

“Is the feeling all that matters? If all you need to do is to follow your feelings, then there’s so much I’d like to do too!”

-Kozue Kuranaga
Yosuga No Sora

their meaning to me

The World God Only Knows‘ quote certainly seem fanatical. To have “given up on the real world,” can only sound as such. However, the second portion is what leads the first to transcendence. Rather than ignoring the world, he’s instead implying a deconstruction of societal norms. Instead of following a path, Katsuragi opts to make his own regardless of external influences. It’s for that reason I find a reflection of myself in that quote.

Madoka Magica’s quote offers less parallels than the others in relation to myself. Nevertheless, it calls into question the psychology of what doing a good deed entails. Are we being selfless or actually accumulating debt for future help? The answer is only made more complex when you realize the root of our drive may not be the conscious but the subconscious.

Campus Notes’ quote encapsulates a lot of what I want to convey as a writer. My dreams aren’t so big as to change the world. What I want to do is provide a space where people can relax and drop their guard. If they can find that through my writing, I feel that it justifies my efforts. That said, a byproduct of that is also fear. If I don’t make an impact, if no one remembers me, who will validate my existence in this infinite but lonely world?

Katawa Shoujo’s quote is one that is deceivingly narrow. It talks of two youth pretending to be adults when this game of pretend can actually be applied to adults as well. I myself still stumble and fall thinking: am I seriously considering this as a real job? Or am I still in a dream, yet to wake up?

Yosuga No Sora’s quote may very well be the one that defines me. Think what you may of the VN and anime, the line stands as a stark message that rings clear in the world. Is passion all you need? Will the world abide by such simple thinking? Even if the answer we receive from the world is a personalized one, I’d like to find it.

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