Hello, people. Today, you will be seeing my reflection on the first episode of the only anime in my watchlist right now, and that anime is…
Written by Jin (also known as Shizen no Teki-P) and with characters originally designed by Shidu and Wannyanpuu, Mekakucity Actors is the anime of the Kagerou Project. Studio SHAFT is the one handling the animation production of Mekakucity Actors, with Akiyuki Shinbo as the general director, Yuuki Yase as the director, and Gen’ichirou Abe handling the character designs in the anime. If you wanna know more about the Kagerou Project, here’s a recommendation post from a fellow KagePro fan.
Now then, on to the freaking reflection.
By the way, the namesake of this episode’s title is the first KagePro song that Jin uploaded on Nico Nico Douga. (If you’re interested, here’s a link to the NND video, and a link to vgperson’s translation of the song’s lyrics.)
August 14: The day when a certain hikiNEET went out of his house after shutting himself in for two years.
But before I explain how it happened, here are some words of wisdom to Shintaro Kisaragi from the cyber girl residing in his computer, Ene:
Now then, how did Shintaro Kisaragi decide to go out of his house?
Shintaro was annoyed.
Shintaro was careless.
Shintaro broke his keyboard.
And the Obon Festival was coming, so…yeah.
Ah, I am reminded of the importance of coming out of your shell. Self-reminder: SOCIAL INTERACTION IS IMPORTANT IN A PERSON’S GROWTH!
Don’t worry, Shintaro!
Ene’s here to support you, even if she likes trolling you at times! Ah, the beauty of friendship!
Well, it’s a good thing you’re improving a little, but you still have a long way to go, Shintaro. Ah, I remember the times when I wanted to be a shut-in…It was a tough road for me, having suffered multiple instances of being messed up by my pessimism back then, but I managed to improve myself into who I am right now with the help of certain people! I still need to keep on doing my best and having fun with improving myself, though. IMPROVE YOUR CALMNESS AND OPTIMISM, TOBBY!
Challenge Number One: Walk to the department store. –COMPLETED
Challenge Number Two: Walk through the crowd and buy a keyboard. –IN PROGRESS
You can do it, Shintaro! Do your best and have fun! You can do it if you put your mind to it!
Oh, a cool-looking stranger! Also, she vanished after an exchange of apologies with Shintaro, which lasted for a few moments. And yes, the stranger is a girl, if you’re wondering.
After that little incident, though…
NEW MISSION: STOP THE KIDNAPPERS AND GET YOURSELF AND THE OTHER HOSTAGES TO SAFETY.
Now then, time for you to meet your guides, Shintaro Kisaragi.
Oh yeah, there’s one more guide.
Don’t worry, Shintaro, you’ll find a way out! Calmness and optimism are freaking important in dealing with problems, you know! Self-reminder: KEEP CALM AND LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE!
Huh, sounds like shut-ins are increasing these days. IMPROVE YOUR ARTISTIC SKILLS, TOBBY! BE AN INSPIRATION! FRIENDSHIP FOR THE WIN! HOPE! AWAKEN!
Now then, back to the mission!
There’s always a solution to a problem, Shintaro! KEEP CALM AND LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE! Let calmness and optimism gather inside you…and…
AWAKEN, SHINTARO KISARAGI!
DO YOUR BEST!
YOU CAN DO IT!
JUST A LITTLE MORE!
Mission cleared, Shintaro Kisaragi…but, for now, it seems like you can only hope for safety as you fall into unconsciousness. If I were in your position right now…I guess I can’t do anything else but hope for safety. Anyway, I hope you feel happier, even if it’s just a little, Shintaro. Also, you’re improving, Shintaro. You can still choose to be happy, man, even if the world around you is filled with sadness. I hope that you realize that.
Now then, don’t lose hope, Shintaro.
Don’t lose hope.
And with that, I end my reflection on the first episode of Mekakucity Actors.
If you have any thoughts that you would like to share, such as reflections of your own regarding the episode or comments on my writing style here, then feel free to talk about it in the comments section below!
Now then, time for a self-reminder:
You will never be able to hide from social interaction, Tobby. Still, it’s not like you can’t choose to be happy while interacting with other people! Heh, there’s definitely someone out there who would be willing to help you out in solving your problems, too, you know! Friendship for the win, Tobby! And don’t lose hope! ^_^