a wildly recommended movie

Yayyy, I’m home! I have my camera’s cord! And I’m still not going to post a photo today! Because lazy!

[PHOTO OF THE MOST AMAZING THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN NO EVEN BETTER THAN THE THING YOU’RE ENVISIONING YES THAT’S THE ONE THAT THING WOW ISN’T THAT AWESOME YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF IT NOW RIGHT HERE IN THIS SPACE WHOO!]

^ This is also kind of fun for me. ^

Today, I watched a movie called “Wolf Children Ame and Yuki” or in Japanese: おおかみこどもの雨と雪, aaand I cried.

Good tears! Bad tears! Confused tears!

Tomorrow I’ll write up an actual review, but for now I wanted to talk about slice-of-life stories.

I love them. When I was a kid, I’d play video games like Harvest Moon and Zelda, and I’d always most enjoy the parts of Zelda where I could walk around villages talking to people. Harvest Moon is a no-brainer; the whole game is farming and going to festivals.

Totoro is one of my favorite Ghibli movies.

I’ve seen a significantly larger number of slice-of-life stories in Japan than I have back home, and I’ve also noticed that the literary structure in Japan differs from ours, too. Whereas in the states we have that whole [ conflict–>rising action–>climax ] bit, Japanese stories don’t always stick to this formula. Traditional literature especially doesn’t.

I think what I loved most about おおかみこどもの雨と雪 is that it took the life of a teenager and built her character arc well into her late twenties (I’m guessing on age, though – she’s attending university at the beginning). She doesn’t change enormously throughout the story, but she does become enormously resilient and more steadfast in herself, and I love when stories do that.

Tomorrow shall be the review!

Good night~!

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