Monday, 19 January 2009

Need cheering up from the Credit Crunch?

A little video I stumbled across today for anyone who needs cheering up from the Credit Crunch blues. Its a song called Namida from a band called 2BACKKA, which also happens to be the ending theme tune for the anime series I last blogged about.

The video tells the story about a young man who is trying to find a job who is given a helping hand by his sister and letters of encouragement from his mum (who also sends box fulls of oranges from their home town.) The guy even dyes his hair back to black in the hope that it will help him fit in at interviews. But in the end he realises it is better just to be himself, so he dyes his hair back to normal. And was much happier for it!

It's a nice video about accepting yourself as who you really are, even if it means standing out and being a bit different from everyone else. I remember going through the interview process very well and my worries about thinking that I have to look a certain way to fit in. I think everyone feels that kind of pressure at times.

But watching this video made me realise it's best to just be yourself, even if that means changing your hair colour for a second time!

If you are job hunting at the moment, I wish you all the best of luck.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Revenge Anime: the Skip Beat effect

If the person I loved asked me to ditch everything and move to Tokyo, I would be on the first plane out of here! I'm a hopeless romantic, hopeless being the key word here and Kyoko from Skip Beat is no different. When her childhood sweetheart, Shou, leaves to become a rock musician, he asks Kyoko to come with him.

Anywhere Shou would go, Kyoko would surely follow. Giving up school she worked numerous jobs supporting Shou as he reached for his dreams, doing all these things as an expression of love for him. All until the day she finds out that he simply invited her along as a sort of personal servant. Yeah, Shou's really that horrible.

Overhearing the conversation, Kyoko rightly loses it and as she is being chucked out the building, Shou says that if she ever wants to get back at him, she will have to enter the entertainment industry and become a star like him.

And this is where the real story starts. Kyoko wants to be an idol out of revenge, but she is so hurt by Shou's betrayal that she loses her ability to love others. Despite her many failures, Kyoko eventually gets her first break and learns about how to survive in showbiz and understands how important it is to love yourself.

Skip Beat takes the traditional 'boy verses girl' storyline and gives it a very interesting twist. Kyoko is not the lovey dovey heroine that you find in all girl's shoujo manga, but show's what would happen when the love runs out, something that doesn't really appear that much in manga, when I think about it.

I must admit, I really hated Shou at first, but after I got the Skip Beat bug and read the hundred or so manga chapters out there, I'm finding I really like him. (This blogger quickly dives behind the sofa before people chuck cyber rocks at her.) Perhaps I'm just a fangirl who likes J-rockers or maybe I can understand Kyoko's idealised notion of love. But even naive girls have to grow up sometimes. Kyoko eventually realises how tough the world is but she doesn't give up no matter how many times she fails.