Five Important Life Lessons That I Learned from Anime

#5 Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

“You’re living your life just to write an autobiography?”

From the first chord of the opening theme I knew that this was going to be the show for me. A musician myself, I have never been able to experience being in a band for very long, and for while it really bummed me out. Then Beck; Mongolian Chop Squad came into my life, and this one simple line changed my entire outlook on following my dreams. Throughout High-School and the beginning of college I would often imagine what my Wikipedia page would look like as I grew into an adult. I thought of all the goals I wanted to accomplish, but not in a way that was truly productive. What I was doing was spreading myself too thin. I kept imagining that first sentence, “Mitchell Ruderman is an Author, Artist, Director, Musician, Professor and Screenwriter, from New Jersey.” Of course that may indeed be my future, if I have the ambition and the willpower to see it through, but living my life just to see those words on a screen was the wrong way to go about it.

From my many failings with women I have learned a few things, not just about women but about life and who I want to be. Finding a partner isn’t just about talking yourself up or being the most attractive guy at the party. I discovered that what women were most interested in was a guy with passion. If I exist solely to find someone to fall in love with, then love will most likely never find me. It all comes back to that line I’ve heard about seven million times , “When you stop trying to find a girlfriend, that’s when you’ll get one.” It took a while for me to understand what exactly that meant. To me, it means that spending my time looking for love when I could be making something of myself will just mold me into a hollow person with no passion for anything real. What it takes to find love in another person is to find what you love about yourself, and what you love to do. If you can’t pin down what it is that you love about yourself how can you possibly love someone else?

It all comes down to maturity and this quote, and this Anime as a whole, taught me how to live my life to become something. Having a passion and pursuing it may be difficult at first, but finding what makes you happy will boost your self-esteem, making others want to be around you more. People are drawn to others who radiate good auras, which is what this Anime taught me: to find something I love to do, and by extension, I will find others who love it as well.

#4 FLCL

“Nothing can happen until you swing the bat.”

While the previous quote taught me about self-esteem, this line from the bizarre and experimental Anime FLCL or “Fooly Cooly” taught me about what it means to have the willpower to carry through into my passions. To be successful, or for that matter, to progress in any way, you have to swing that bat. The main character of this 6 episode series, Naota, struggles to deal with his life at home when his older brother moves to the United States to play Minor League Baseball. Only 12 years old, Naoto lives in the shadow of his brother, who was the only person that made sense to him. A plethora of animation styles and bat-shit insane action represents how the world feels to Naota. When a mysterious woman on a Vespa scooter runs him over, a strange bump appears on the young boy’s forehead. The entire show is a series of metaphors and references to the confusing journey that is puberty. For twelve year old Naota, the desire to be like his brothers leads him to start hanging out with High-schooler Mamimi (His brother’s ex-girlfriend) who treats him both as a child and as the only link she has left with her old boyfriend.

Living your own life means to be your own person. Naota struggles to make a move with Mamimi because he is afraid that he will always seem inferior to her compared to his brother. When Naota learns that a girl in his class likes him, he brushes her off to continue his unrequited relationship with Mamimi. To Naota, it is easier to like Mamimi because there are realistic barriers keeping them apart: their age and her previous relationship with his brother. Sometimes the easiest goals to chase are the ones that are impossible to reach. The security of knowing that no matter how much work you put in you cannot succeed makes failure less of a blow to your self-esteem. It’s a strange concept, but this is also a very strange Anime.

When Naota learns to swing the bat on his own, he starts to shape his own identity. It isn’t his brother who is in control, it isn’t Mamimi that he’s fighting for. Naota is fighting for himself, which is what earns him the respect of his peers, his crush, and most importantly, himself.

#3 One Piece

“Nobody is born into this world to be alone”

I think this one goes without saying, after all, it is the tagline for my blog. I actually came upon this quote on google while looking for inspirational quotes from Anime for a different project I was working on. Needless to say I found a pretty darn good one. What I learned from this quote is much simpler than the others. This is a quote I remind myself of whenever I feel like life has left me behind, or when I feel as if nothing I do is of any consequence. As a child I had trouble getting along with others because of my AD/HD, talking constantly and hardly taking a breath to listen to others. Looking back I don’t think there’s much I could have changed about myself at that age, but I certainly have learned from my experiences and this quote reminds me time and time again that I did find friends, and that they do care for me. The world isn’t as cruel as many make it out to be, it just requires some navigation to get to where you need to go. Friends and family are the key to finding sense in the world.

As individuals grow we look to others for advice and follow patterns. If every person was a blank slate that had to write itself the human race would not have gotten to where we are now. Growth is solitary in some aspects and communal in others. When you talk to people who share an interest with you, your understanding of the subject may change, evolve, and your passion will grow because you are no longer interested just for yourself. The friends I share most in common with are the people I text at the end of a new episode of a show we enjoy or after listening to a new song released by our favorite band. The joy I feel when bonding over the things I love with my friends is proof enough to me that I was never meant to be alone. The world may be separated by language or beliefs, but there will always be someone out there who shares a passion with you, so long as you open yourself up to others and are willing to share. Nobody is born into this world to be alone, but that doesn’t mean friends will gravitate towards you for simply existing, that comes later.

#2 Gurren Lagann

“Believe in the you that believes in yourself.”

This grammatically incorrect phrase belted by the bombastic blood-brother Kamina raises my spirits to record highs every time I watch the epic, Mecha-piloting , space-time punching, reality drilling, logic-kicking masterpiece that is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. This show and this quote are the inspiration for this post. While the other lessons I have learned from Anime hold massive importance to me, this is the show that started it all. Crazy action, an invigorating soundtrack, and more heart than any program I have ever watched, the tale of Simon the Digger and his rise from the underground village of Giha to the ends of time and space taught me that if there is one thing on this planet you can count on, it’s the indomitable human spirit.

In the world of Gurren Lagann, humans are forced to live underground by a powerful and mysterious king named Lord Genome. While most humans live unaware that there is a surface above them, or an entity that drove them underground from that surface, Simon is a digger who’s job it is to help expand his small village as their population increases. A timid boy, digging is Simon’s one and only passion. His blood-brother, Kamina, on the other hand, is a loud-mouth who encourages Simon to, “Kick logic to the curb and do the impossible.”

When Simon digs up a small glowing drill and a Mecha shaped like a giant head, he changes his and Kamina’s destiny’s forever. Kamina dreams of the surface that his father showed him once as a kid, and with Simon’s help he hopes to reach that surface. With the power that Simon attains from his Mecha, him and Kamina make it to the surface, making friends with other humans who have escaped from their underground villages. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away so I’ll end the synopsis by saying that this show is not exactly what it seems at first.

What is more important is what this show has taught me, that is, to believe in the me who believes in myself. The grammar of this phrase is off for a reason, that is, its meaning is in its bending of the rules. In order to find power within yourself, you need to stop letting the fact get in the way. While this may seem to undermine the concept in Fooly Cooly of setting up impossible goals, the sentiment here is not about finding love in others, it is about attracting the respect and love of others. Kamina is highly respected by other characters, though at first he comes off as a bit of a jerk. He is admired for his spirit and dedication, and it is for that reason that Simon looks up to his as an older brother.

What Kamina teaches Simon throughout the show is that it is important to have the respect and the encouragement of others, but when times get tough and the people around you may have lost hope, you can’t depend on their encouragement to get you going. You need to be the one who believes in you, the source of your own power. You need to believe in the person you are, the person who believes in themselves. You need to swing that bat with all your might, stop living your life to write your autobiography, and just go forward for the sake of going forward. You are not born in this world to be alone, and when the lights go out and all you see is darkness, don’t look around for others to give you the answers. In the end, the only person you have control over is yourself, and with enough willpower and strength anything is possible. Kicking logic to the curb may seem like a ridiculous statement, but sometimes the simplest challenges appear to be the most impossible obstacles. Doing the impossible is the ultimate boost in self-confidence, and watching this show has taught me what it means to achieve what seems out of reach, by believing in myself.

#1 Avatar: The Last Airbender

“It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it becomes rigid and stale.”

At last I come to the lesson that leads into my goals for this blog in general. I have learned so much from Anime, but the last lesson I will share in this post is about my own shortcomings. For quite some time I refused to watch most programs that were not Anime, believing the answers to everything I had ever asked myself could be found in these shows. What I learned is that, yes, there is quite a lot I have learned from Anime, it is not a medium that is popular on a mainstream basis. It isn’t great to admit, but cocooning myself in a world that isn’t shared by most of my friends was making me feel alienated and less ambitious.

As a writer the subjects of my stories draw inspiration from numerous sources, as is necessary for my field of study. Being a writer means to be in tune with the human condition and how people think and work. Isolating myself to a single form of entertainment is not the best way to learn about myself, or about life, in order to become successful. The lessons I have learned from these shows all meld together into the biggest lesson, that in order to achieve the goals I set for myself and put what I’ve learned into practice, I need to break out of the bubble I put myself in. Uncle Iroh is a character who has touched the hearts of every fan of this show.  A large percent of the generation that I grew up with no doubt was influenced by Prince Zuko’s wise and affable Uncle, once a fierce general in the Fire Nation army who discovered the errors of his violent ways and became the spiritual guide we met throughout the series.

Thank you for reading! I hope to do more lists like this in the future on other subject, ie. Books, movies, albums, etc. so stay tuned!

The Myth of the Real Deal

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A guest post from Jennifer Berney:

When I entered my MFA program in 2003, I hoped I might be a literary success in the making. Though I had only written a handful of short stories, I imagined that a two-year writing program would provide me with the structure I needed to complete a book-length manuscript, and after that I’d have it made. I’d find an agent and land a publishing contract. I might not make the bestseller list right away, but I’d have a steady, respectable career. At the time, this seemed like a reasonable dream.

Surely I was the kind of student that Ryan Boudinot writes about in his recent essay in The Stranger, “Things I Can Say About MFA Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One,” in which he groups his former students into…

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Ten 21st Century Albums With a Unique Vision

Music is an art that spans so wide in composition and subject matter that It’s difficult to pinpoint where to start a discussion on it. The following list is of albums with a sense of self that coincides with a unique vision that the artist wanted to showcase, and in my opinion, succeeded in doing so. This is the first of many lists and the albums included were chosen because of their importance to me in my life and the impact they have made. The vision of these artists and of all musicians holds more importance when it resonates with the listeners and can tune into emotion that may have been locked away in the listener’s heart. As I am one of over 7 billion people on this planet my tastes and my emotional experiences connect with music that not everyone feels the same towards. I hope that for those who enjoy this list you find some new music to hold dear, and for those who don’t, I thank you for taking the time to read this article.

Number 10

“No Gods” -Sharks

UK Punk band Sharks have an interesting history. Their first full length release, “The Joys of Living 2008-2010”, was actually a compilation of material from their previous EP releases. It wasn’t until 2012’s “No Gods” that Sharks really broke into their own. Catchy guitar riffs, and jovial chord progressions contrast with lead vocalist James Mattock’s hybrid Punk/Indie sound. The album seems to be a statement on Punk as a whole, blending Indie masterfully to create a unique style that has yet to be duplicated successfully. Just one listen will drag you away in a fever of musical intrigue, and may even persuade you to write music yourself. Whenever I listen to this album I get the urge to pick up my guitar and jam along with guitar work that couldn’t only be compared to the work of Dinosaur Jr.

Recommended Tracks: All of them, but in particular- “Arcane Effigies”, “Mathew’s Baby”, and “Luck.”

 Number 9

“…Is a Real Boy” Say Anything

Max Bemis, the brains behind Say Anything, immediately made a name for himself after this 2004 release. A Sarah Lawrence College dropout, Bemis wrote and recorded all the guitar, bass, keyboard, and vocal tracks for the album, a practice he started with his first full length and has continued with every Say Anything album since. The infamous tale behind “…Is a Real Boy” not only led to a nearly perfect album (I’m not a fan of Spidersong), but also led Bemis to rethink his identity as musician. Struggling with Bipolar Disorder and extensive use of alcohol and weed to fuel his vision, Bemis had a mental breakdown during recording due to the intense artistic vision he had planned for it. After recovering, Bemis let go of his previous self-judgments and continued working on the album. Lyrics range from a chilling recount of the love between Bemis’ two Holocaust surviving grandparents to criticism of the Bohemian lifestyle following of the Hipster crowd that carried over from the 90’s. Every time I listen to this album I can’t help marvel at the sounds that Bemis can make come from a guitar. Layered guitar tracks that shift from left speaker to right speaker, both complimenting and almost challenging each other, it will take quite some time to get bored of this album.

Recommended Tracks: All of them, but in particular: “Belt”, “Alive with the Glory of Love”, and “Admit It!”

Number 8

“Traphouse Rock” Kids These Days

Before Vic Mensa started to make his name as a player in the Hip-Hop scene he was laying down some sweet Indie/Jazz tracks with his friends. All Chicago natives and close friends with Chance the Rapper (Who is featured in a track on the album), Kids These Days were an impressive group of teenagers with immense talent that ended their run not long after the album’s release. Jazz drums, a solid and tight knit horns section, piano, guitar and bass, rap and clean vocals; the band is all here and they’re not just blowing smoke. Traphouse Rock kicks off with the “(Intro)mental”– a three minute session showcasing the band’s talents, leading into the 17 second “Freakwhensees”, a mash up of audio clips that poke fun at everything from Pop-music to the controversial track “Nigga Nigga Nigga”. Their sound really develops when the track “GHETTO” comes out of the gate, with a perfect introduction to what the listener is about to experience:

“Are you out of your fucking mind? It ain’t shit on earth that you can possibly do around here, or possibly say. If you don’t know about these motherfuckers, then they gonna blow you out the way. Man, Motherfucker, it’s the Kids These Days!”

Recommended Tracks: All of them, but in particular- “GHETTO”, “Don’t Harsh My Mellow”, and “Bud Billiken.”

 Number 7

“Illuminate” Lydia

I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t have extreme personal bias including this album on the list, but in a list of this nature I’d argue that bias is welcome. Illuminate got me through some rough times, lying in bed wondering where life was going to take me and what I could do to influence my own destiny. I’d recommend listening to this album in a similar setting, allowing Leighton Antelman’s vocal sweep you away with soothing guitar and piano melody that will change any thoughts you may have about Indie music. Deep and insightful in its composition, speeding up and slowing down at proper intervals, Illuminate’s subject matter spans from dealing with death to heartbreak without treading into the realm of triteness that so many other artists dive straight into. Daring to be different, Illuminate is truly Lydia’s finest work.

Recommended tracks: All of them, but in particular- “This is Twice Now”, “I Woke Up Near the Sea”, and “Sleep Well.”

Number 6

“The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me” -Brand New

While not the most acclaimed album by these Long-Island rockers, “The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me” brings to the table an intricate mix of deep and enticing lyrics, an in and out of aggressive and melodic guitar, as well as a solid backing of bass and drums that highlight the importance of two instruments that don’t receive much of the credit they deserve. The effort put into the album is evident and appreciated. In a scene of Emo and Post-Hardcore music than can tend to lose its impact as it leans towards the mainstream, Brand New’s follow up to their 2001 Pop-Punk release “Your Favorite Weapon” has both immense replay value and a depth of lyrical and instrumental talent that will keep you insightful of what it is to make music for years to come. It has a depth of instrumental layering that touches on elements of Post-Hardcore, Post-rock, and Emo that has earned Brand New an immense amount of respect in the music scene. What started with “The Devil and God…” has continued with the band’s willingness to try out new sounds that they’ve picked up on their journey from their angsty past.

Recommended Tracks: All of them, but in particular- “Jesus Christ”, “Degauser”, and “Welcome to Bangkok”

Number 5

 “Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair” – La Dispute

Where does one even begin on the epic and ambitious sound of Michigan band La Dispute? Beloved and critically acclaimed, La Dispute made a name for themselves with their aggressive, poetic instrumentation as well as impactful lyrics belted out in fervor by vocalist Jorden Dreyer. With wailing vocals that resonate with the darker side of poetry “Somewhere at the Bottom…” is a release that was clearly recorded with a sense of purpose. With swirling torrents of emotion pouring from the speakers with just as much ferocity as when they were strummed into the microphone. The first track begins with the crackle of an auxiliary chord being plugged in, just as the revolution followed by the electric guitar, La Dispute have molded their own sound out of the genres floating around them. In truth, there are no labels or tags that do this group and justice. They have created a sound so entirely their own while still borrowing from the influence of bands such as mewithoutyou and their contemporaries.

Recommended Tracks: All of them, from beginning to end.

 Number 4

Two Conversations” The Appleseed Cast

Moving onto the softer side of artistic vision, we come to The Appleseed Cast. While not as well met critically as their earlier releases, my love for this album comes from its lack of shame. Regardless of the criticism that The Appleseed Cast had shied away from the experimental sound they had created with their previous release, Low Level Owl 1, Two Conversations has a consistent sound that not only carries the listener through a fantastic splay of instrumentation and soaring vocals, but also the spirit of the Emo movement that had dissolved at the time of its release. The instrumentation of the album is far more progressive than critics may have given it credit for, with excellent drum work that carries the album along, preventing the rest of the material from becoming stale or repetitive. Its sentiments are pure and its accessibility is far from the point of selling out.

Recommended Tracks: All of them, but in particular- “Hello Dearest Love”, “Fight Song”, and “Innocent, Vigilant, Ordinary.”

Number 3

“The Moon is a Dead World” Gospel

I will admit that for the subject of this list this is an odd choice. Why is that? Because the album doesn’t have many lyrics, and the lyrics it does have aren’t as insightful as other albums I considered for this list. So why did I choose this album over them? The instruments. Though I am upset that this is the band’s first and only full length release I have yet to find another album of this style of Post-Rock/Progressive/Hardcore that accomplishes the levels of entertainment this one does. I’m a sucker for albums that have direct transition between tracks, and “The Moon is a Dead World” does just this with mastery. Subtle links that connect each track not only create a seamless musical experience, but the drums alone are reason to listen to this album over and over again. I admit I have the drums essentially memorized at this point. The sound on “The Moon is a Dead World” can be described best as an exploration or rather, an experiment, on what the variety of sounds of a guitar, drums, bass and vocals can create when melted together. The album is well composed, and the drums alone are enough to get you hooked.

Recommended Tracks: All of the, from beginning to end.

 Number 2

“Home, Like No Place is There” – The Hotelier

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this album. It is without a doubt, one of the best if not the best release of 2014. This work of the Worcester, Massachusetts band The Hotelier is a labor of love and was met with acclaim by fan and critics alike upon its release. Excuse my lack of professionalism, but this album is all but perfect in every way. Its lyrics ring true in all senses of truth, from the heartbreaking tale of “Housebroken” to the reality of the nature of attending a close friend’s funeral in “Your Deep Rest”, everything from the title of this album to the last ringing of the concluding track “Dendron”, this is not as much an album as it is a journey. Home, Like No Place is There is a solid block of raw emotional power that doesn’t need studio tricks or enhancements to create a sound that is both uplifting and thought provoking. Cited as a big player in what is being called the modern “Emo revival,” The Hotelier’s sound goes far beyond a simple throwback to the Emo acts of the 90’s. This is a group of talented individuals with the vision and the talent to create an album with emotion that elevates itself far beyond any sort of “Emo revival.”

 Recommended Tracks: All of them, from beginning to end.

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 Honorable Mentions

 “The Greatest Generation”  -The Wonder Years

An intense and emotional work of 21st century Pop-Punk, aside from the track “Madelyn” this album is a perfect example of Pop-Punk with soul.

Recommended Tracks: All of them from beginning to end, except “Madelyn”

“Christie Front Drive” -Christie Front Drive

I really wanted to include this album in the list, but unfortunately it was released in the early 90’s and therefore did not fit the criteria of 21st century albums. An early Emo masterpiece, it is just as deep and entertaining as any other album I have put on this list.

Recommended Tracks: All of Them

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Number 1

“Pneuma” -Moving Mountains

I will come right out and say that this is actually my favorite album of all time. Similar to Say Anything, Moving Mountains was the brainchild of two men: Gregory Dunn and Nicholas Pizzolato. Dunn and Pizzolato wrote the album while the two were seniors in high-school, and just listening to their final product it’s difficult to wrap ones head around that. The construction of the material and the sound these two created with so few resources is remarkable. While Pneuma did not become what it is until the two become students at SUNY Purchase, the level of skill demonstrated in just two college students creating an album goes beyond what others in their position managed to create. Lyrically, the album was inspired by the death of a close friend of Dunn’s, and that emotional core certainly comes out in the final product. Like The Hotelier’s release, this album is in itself a journey of self-discovery and intense emotional power. As a Post-rock composition Pneuma is far more impressive than some more seasoned acts in the post-rock game. The genre itself is risky, as without a unique vision and a sense of style many post-rock outfits tend to sound similar and don’t stand out much. No words that I use to describe this album can really do it any justice, but as this is the number one album on the list I will do my best to sum up what you can expect from Pneuma.

Tears

Recommended Tracks: All of them, from beginning to end, whenever things aren’t working out the way you planned or you lose hope.

I hope you have enjoyed this list as much as I enjoyed compiling it. If you have any thoughts or you think that other albums deserved being on this list, shoot me an email. I love discovering new music so if you have any recommendations feel free to send them my way. Until next time this is FCPremitch.

“Help Me Out Man I Suck At Essays.”

About a week ago a good friend of mine messaged me on Facebook and asked if I could proofread an essay he had written for an Intro college course. Now I don’t profess myself as an expert on proofreading but I would say I have a talent for it. After reading through his essay, or rather, attempting to read through his essay, I came to the conclusion that in order to fix it I would have to rewrite the entire thing. As this would defeat the purpose of his assignment I told my friend that I couldn’t proofread it. This made me feel bad, as I did want to help him, but I didn’t have the time to do the extensive editing his essay needed for a decent grade. I have been faced with similar problems in the past when proofreading friend’s papers. It seems to me that a large portion of high-schools and colleges haven’t done enough to teach students how to write a basic essay. Like I said earlier, I am no expert on the subject, but I can at least lay out the basics. I made this model specifically for non- English Majors who aren’t required to write many essays as part of their coursework, but may have to take a class with an essay in the curriculum. Please feel free to use it to your convenience, and shoot me an email if you think there are elements I could make more clear.

Basic Essay Structure

Intro:

Introduce the Author, his year of birth, the publication date of the work you are discussing, and a general overview of the content you will discuss in its relation to the work. Usually helps to identify X number of points you are going to discuss, which I will outline as follows.

“In his novel, the author raises three specific terms for his argument: X, Y and Z.”

Obviously you may have more than three points in your argument. The structure laid out as follows is stackable, so you can simply add more points on and warp the model to your needs.

Keep personal opinion to yourself unless it is explicitly stated in the instructions of your essay to include opinion.

 Body X:

         Note: A body does not mean 1 paragraph. It is simply to separate the points of your argument. A body can be as long as it takes to get your point across.

1: Introduce Topic X, avoid referencing the other points as they have yet to be discussed. The first point should be the most basic or the point that you don’t have much to expand on alone. In some cases, any of the points will work first because they all build on each other regardless of their order.

2: Use examples from the work and reference the author as the thinker behind the points.

3: Avoid getting side-tracked. If you think of new ways to explore the material, make sure it fits in Body X. If it doesn’t, work it in at a later point in the essay

4: Leave on a point in Topic X that works as a transition into Topic Y. Can be as simple as sharing a component, a similarity in nomenclature, or even a contrasting element between the two.

Keep personal opinion to yourself unless it is explicitly stated in the instructions of your essay to include opinion.

 Body Y or Body Y +X:

1: Continue by expanding on Topic Y, possibly drawing elements from X for comparison or in contrast.

2: Remember not to drift off into Topic Z or get drawn back into Topic X. Every Topic gets the spotlight, but the others may be needed for clarity. Think of them as salt, just don’t use too much.

Keep personal opinion to yourself unless it is explicitly stated in the instructions of your essay to include opinion.

 Body Z, or Body Z + Y (+X):

1: This is a paragraph for Topic Z. Y is welcome to an extent and so is X, but balance the two as best you can. Avoid oversaturation of either. If one works better to articulate your point, use it. If one only muddles your point, use restraint. A good contrast can clarify a point just as well as a good comparison. Keep that in mind.

Keep personal opinion to yourself unless it is explicitly stated in the instructions of your essay to include opinion.

Conclusion:

1: Wrap things up. Sum up the points you made in the previous paragraphs.

2: If you have been told to express opinion at the end you may do so. An essay will would require

a) Extensive opinion

b) No opinion

c) Opinion reserved for your conclusion

What Is This All About?

Hello People of the Internet!

What is it that every person on this green Earth wants? To be relevant? To have a deeper understanding of the cosmos? The answer is different for everyone, yet the entire human race somehow found a balance. Sure there’s violence and hatred, and some days you may find yourself wondering if the world will be around much longer.

Well, here’s the thing: The world has never been perfect. Every day we hear news of murder, rape, corruption, and think to ourselves that it’s all going to end soon. That this time, it really is over for the human race. These thoughts aren’t out of the ordinary, they have existed throughout human history.

Take for example the year 1816, also referred to as the “Year Without Summer”. On April 5, 1815 a volcano in Indonesia erupted, killing tens of thousands of people. The following year, the ash and smoke coming from the mouth of the volcano spread so far that much of Europe was completely without sun for the entire summer of 1816. This “Year Without Summer” was the subject of Lord Byron’s poem Darkness.

Now, what does this have to do with my blog? The answer is simple: we all look for relevance, for that aspect of life that utterly fascinates us and drives us to continue, if not to learn more than to experience more. My interests cover a large variety of topics: Anime, literature, music, video games, cinema, all of which I tend to lean towards the more obscure side of the spectrum. This blog will cover all manner of topics, and hopefully raise discussions about those things of life which aren’t easy to pin down. What is art? How do we find meaning in what we love? And most importantly, do we as humans know what it is that interests us most by nature? I hope to learn more about what I love as I share with my readers, and in turn, my readers share with me.