March comes like a Lion, or 3-gatsu no Lion, is one of those series you’d completely dismiss if someone else hadn’t talked you into watching it in the first place. I mean, why would anyone want to watch a 40-plus episodes anime about a sad teen who plays shogi? I’ll tell you why. This borderline masterpiece of a series is heartbreaking, heartwarming, and everything in between.
I didn’t expect to figure everything out by the time I hit 25, nor do I anticipate doing so by the time I’m 30. But I did learn plenty of lessons along the way that I hope will help me and others ascend into adulthood more gracefully (or at least less stressfully). So I present to you all 25 lessons (in no particular order) that I’ve learned in 25 years!
Anime was one of the things that I thought I would grow out of, and for a while that was true. But as it turns out, it’s just something that grew and matured with me. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some ridiculous shows out there that make think “Damn, anime really is trash.” But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, I suppose.
You know what isn’t trash? Shinsekai Yori, also known as From the New World.
It’s safe to say that MUJI has a special place in my heart and a strong hold on my wallet. For that reason, I limit myself to two shopping trips there each year. I may have self-control when it comes to online shopping, but it’s a completely different story when I’m there in person. The word “budget” magically disappears from my vocabulary the moment I step into the store. But thanks to that, I have a nice little haul that I’m super excited to share!
There are many things that I grew out of over the years (thankfully), but anime isn’t one of them. If anything, I’m even more immersed in it now thanks to a combination of my brother’s newfound interest in anime, recommendations from friends, and a growing list of covers to learn on the piano. With the exception of Attack on Titan, I didn’t watch anime between my third year of high school and months after graduating from university, so I’ve basically been playing this never-ending game of catch-up.
As you can guess, I was beyond excited to attend Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year. I’ve been an on and off attendee for nearly a decade, but this was my brother’s first year at AX – the first of many, according to him. While I have been to AX plenty of times before, this has to be one of the best years yet. It takes an immense amount of work to organize the largest Japanese animation convention in North America, but the SPJA team, staff, and volunteers pulled it off.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the best way to experience a city is to explore it as a local would.
While this wasn’t my first trip to San Francisco, it sure was one of the most memorable. Like in any other bustling city around the world, there’s always an abundance of things to see and do – far more than an average person can fit into a short span of two and a half days. Thankfully, one of my best friends knew where to go without burning considerably large holes in our wallets (I knew SF was expensive but geez).
When I first got the idea to restart my blog, one of the posts I was looking forward to writing the most was about my favorite things for the year. And boy, what a year it turned out to be. 2016 was rocky from start to finish, but there were many people who got me through it, along with things that made the year just a tad less stressful.
A little over a year ago, I walked across a stage and claimed a piece of paper that gave me instructions on how to pick up my diploma a few months later. And that was it. Four years of pumping caffeine into my bloodstream, occasionally staying up until the butt crack of dawn*, and exhausting a small forest’s worth of paper left me with a bag of mixed emotions and a document telling the world that I might qualify for some entry-level jobs.
With the first day of school just around the corner, however, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of nostalgia. While I’m reveling in the fact that I no longer have to stress over grades or buy overpriced textbooks, there are parts of college life that I really miss – campus events, dinners with friends basically every night, student discounts, to name a few. Would I repeat my undergrad years if I had the chance?
College was a happy little bubble with lots of room for errors and opportunities where you least expect them. Routines would consist of more than just work, eat, and sleep, and there was somehow still enough energy to explore the city, go to the gym, and volunteer.
It’s also a taste of what the “real world” has to offer. College was fun and all, but after a year of trying to navigate through early adulthood, one thing’s for sure: I’ve picked up two handfuls of life lessons that I’ll carry with me as I gradually level up and become full-fledged adult.