Quick thoughts on WataMote

Having recently watched an anime called WataMote (which is short for Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!) it showed that being in school can be a weird time, it’s a time where some might try to find themselves by experimenting with new hobbies and it also showed that one of the most important things in secondary school is social status.

WataMote is a very funny anime for those that are into awkward humour (like me) and it deals with the main character Tomoko Kuroki and her never ending attempts to become more popular in school due to being unhappy at her status as a social outcast. One thing that’s really funny about the whole situation is that whilst she tries to get people to notice her, she isn’t a very social character so whenever somebody that she’s unfamiliar with attempts to talk to her she freezes up and speaks up just enough for the other person to barely make out what she’s said.

The awkward humour is definitely one of the most noticeable things (if not the most) but it brings another topic to mind which is the anxiety that can come with being a student. In most schools there are social groups and whilst it’s not as explicit as the cool kids, the losers, the athletes and so on, so forth there is still a status quo which means that certain groups of children aren’t as likely to socialise with other groups.

For Tomoko the case wasn’t that she had a group of friends who were unpopular but rather that she had no friends and her status in the show does well to reflect what it can be like for somebody in secondary school without any friends. Naturally it exaggerates the extent to which she suffers for not having friends (her serious inability to communicate with others and social anxiety) but it’s still effective in showing that social anxiety can have a negative effect in life especially at a time where people are making their friends for life.

WataMote in conclusion is a very enjoyable anime and there’s something beneath the humour that can be a useful lesson for children entering secondary school.

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What is the purpose of marriage?

In life there are things that are expected of people such as going to school, getting a job, getting married and starting a family and it’s understandable as to why these expectations are put upon people by society, because it helps to keep society moving. The thing is that there are instances that show that those stock expectations aren’t completely necessary e.g going to school, we go to school in order to be educated so that we can receive a well paying job however it’s possible to be well paid without having succeeded in school. School isn’t the point of this post though, what’s really interesting is marriage.

Men and women/men and men/women and women get together and somewhere down the line, they get married but the question is why? What does marriage add to a relationship? Is it proof of love? When two people get into a relationship and commit to each other, shouldn’t that be proof of love? Is it family related? These days a lot of people have children well before getting married so it wouldn’t make much sense if getting married was the final hurdle before starting a family. There could be a lot of other explanations as to why marriage is important in society but aren’t they really all just answered by being in a relationship?

It might sound like this is coming from somebody with commitment issues but that isn’t the case, this is just a view of somebody who sees marriage as unnecessary. It seems as if marriage is more of a gimmick than anything, other than the ring and the title of husband/wife, what exactly is it that marriage does that a relationship can’t do. It would really be interesting to get an answer to this question.

It’s likely that one day I’ll be married, but I want to know that I’m getting married with a good reason rather than just because it’s what I’m supposed to do.

Let me know your views.

IVXX THE COLLECTIVE: Sound of the future?

One thing that all avid music listeners do is to make sure that they keep posted with regards to up and coming artists. It’s not easy to trace a new artist from their first steps, it usually gets to the point where they’ve released a project of some sort before they begin to attract some attention. The case remains the same with this new or artist or better yet these new artists, IVXX THE COLLECTIVE.

IVXX THE COLLECTIVE are a group of eight that consists of Chris de Mako, Sarbenfreude and Lost Boy who are rapper/producers; it also boasts the talents of AY, Dago and KTG who are rappers as well as Eric Nolastname (who also goes by a number of other monikers) who plays the role of the group antagonist (if you want to know what that is, then it’s time to start paying attention to the collective) and last but not least Ginge who is the resident ginger (because your music group is failing if it isn’t associated or directly involved with a ginger person).

The group hails from the UK and does alternative hip-hop amongst a group of other genres but what’s interesting about this group is that they don’t have the typical UK rapper sound and the subject matter is most definitely not what’s expected from them given that they’re from UK. In spite of that they still manage to make it work which only adds to their interest factor. As expected from a rap group each rapper has a distinctive style and it wouldn’t take listeners to long to decipher which rapper is which but on top of that the rappers blend well together so when any of them combine to jump on a track it sounds as if they all belong on it.

IVXX THE COLLECTIVE are still very grass roots and are working to pick up a buzz, they recently released a mixtape called 0.7g which is available for free download from their bandcamp page and no doubt there will be more projects to come from them.

It’s still early days in the career of IVXX THE COLLECTIVE however the journey for the collective is definitely one that is worth watching and paying attention to.

To support the collective follow and like them on:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ivxxthecollective

Twitter – https://twitter.com/IVXXMuSiC

Instagram – http://instagram.com/ivxxthecollective

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/ivxxthecollective

Tumblr – http://ivxxthecollective.tumblr.com/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaAAzFUo0bxUXe8Tq86kzeA

Download their album as well, it’s a free download from http://ivxxthecollectiv3.bandcamp.com/album/07g