Where did Nazgul go?!
Well funny story behind that..
You see, Naz hasn't been himself lately. By that, I mean with him going on Strike about the Tribune, since his name wasn't all
over the Newspaper, Kris and I took matters into our own hands. He's currently locked away in her basement, being forced to watch old episodes of Dawson's Creek and 90210.
It's not cruel and unusual punishment! Disobedience must be met with a firm hand. Spoil the pet, soil your sheets.
.. Something like that.
But this brings me back to the whole point of this Skeptic Review.
Kimi wa Petto and Koizora
Japanese romance movies are up for a review. That means if you don't want to read about love, then I suggest skipping to another article
It has been known by few that I, Tune, have been caught up watching Japanese romance dramas lately. I can tell you, I have found a closer understanding to love in a foreign country's cultural movies, than I have all the sappy romance movies the United States have crammed down our throats. Don't get me wrong; I do enjoy some American-made love stories, but come on, who wants to watch the same old thing, over and over again? Just with little twists and turns?
Man loves Woman, Woman loves Man. Both are afraid to love each other. Blah blah, sex binges, blah blah. Finally gets together at the end of the movie.
Okay, no. Even I know love isn't like that.
In most romance movies, you see love as this beautiful and twisted emotion that forms between two unlikely people - think of Noah and Allie from The Notebook
- and their love grows, but there is always going to be bumps along the way. We all know that couples go through rough patches, some worse than others. In movies at times, it is downgraded a whole lot, because realistically speaking, who wants to see the mental and physical effects of a miscarriage in a "romance" movie? I know a lot of Americans probably wouldn't. I'll be honest here; I love romance movies, but when it comes to the same stereotypical plot lines, characters and 'happy ending', I really get tired of the repetitiveness. There probably are romance movies - don't get me started with romantic comedies - that follow a different storyline all together, but let's face it, how many movies can you name in the recent years that have the same idea behind it?
In the Japanese movie, Koizora
or Sky of Love,
the romance tale isn't what you'd expected, especially if you watch it passed the first ten minutes. Of course, it does start out like every other typical young love story. Two people fall in love, but how they meet and fall in love is always different. This story gave me the idea based on online dating; how many times have you heard of people falling in love online, meeting in reality and being completely surprised about who you fell in love with. From what I've personally learned, you never know who your "type" truly is. Sure, they might physically fit your personal preference, but there has to be something deeper than good looks that can hold your attraction to them, right?
Mika was surprised to find out the Hiro, a scary looking guy with blond hair, was the guy she had been talking to for months, telling all her deepest secrets too. She really didn't expect Mr. Scary to be the person she'd fall in love with. Honestly, I believe that's a good thing. Even in Kimi wa Petto
where successful businesswoman Sumire always looked for someone tall with a great career, a large income and a high education level, she never expected that she could find a part of herself by befriending and living with a young, carefree contemporary male dancer named Takeshi. I'll be the first to tell you their relationship was "pet" and "master". Not in any sexual way, but he allowed himself to be treated like an animal with no human rights for the sake of being the support and friend Sumire desperately needed. She was able to show the true side of herself that she had never shown anyone before.
Don't get me wrong - in both shows, there were aspects of love and their views on relationships that really rubbed me the wrong way. In Koizora,
you had Saki, Hiro's ex, that considered Hiro more or less a possession and not as a human being. The fact that Mika told her why Hiro would never love her, enraged Saki so much that she pushed Mika down a flight of stairs and caused her to have a miscarriage. Her losing the baby, in the show, seemed to be the one thing that really pushed Hiro over the edge. Of course, if you dropped out of school and got a job to take care of your pregnant girlfriend at age sixteen or seventeen, such a blow would be too much to handle wouldn't it? You'd honestly think that's why after they comforted each other for a month or so, that he couldn't take the loss of their child - their daughter - and broke off their relationship.
As far as any teenager is concerned, when you fall in love with someone then have your heart ripped out of your chest, that it is the end of the world. That's exactly how Mika took it for over a year. She constantly begged for him to take her back, receiving refusal after refusal till her text messages and calls were no longer going through to his phone. It wasn't the reason he ended things, however. As selfish as it was considered, Hiro left her because he wanted her to be happy and not by his bedside while cancer started eating away at his body. He wanted to spare her feelings, but in the end, he not only hurt her, but he really hurt himself, too.
Sumire, for the most part wasn't like that. Instead she pretended to be the woman her boyfriend wanted her to be, afraid that if he knew her secret, that he'd never care for her again. She was right, in the end. Her constant lying drove him away, but it was not so much as the fact that she had a young boy living with her as a pet as it was the fact that this kid was the only person she could be herself around. She was selfish and conceited, but also had a very tough time when it came to relationships because no matter how successful she seemed, she wasn't happy with herself. She lost the man of her dreams, the marriage he offered her - and at the end of all of it, I don't think she truly understood that Takeshi is truly a human being and honestly just wanted her to care for him more.
For the most part, I haven't seen many romance movies that not only explore love, but explores everything that can break apart even the "strongest" relationship. I think there are many morals that can be found when watching movies from other countries; countries that aren't so obsessed with making fortunes and having their names up in lights, as they are for their work to truly mean something for the audience. I believe a good romance, whether it be a book, movie, comic or even television series, needs to give the audience something meaningful to take home with them.
Not all love and romance will be perfect, blissful and exciting. It's not about that. As Kimi wa Petto and Koizora have taught me, love is a very fragile thing that should be treasured, polished and above all, you need to find the person that can love you for who you are