Mario Villalobos

Last night, I finished watching Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, an anime about a trio of high school girls who create an animation club so they can make anime’s together. It’s very sweet and wholesome, and I highly highly recommend it. I really loved it.

I think my favorite tag on my website is kids these days, a collection of conversations I’ve had with the elementary kids at my school.

My Second Brain

I finally updated the look of my tags on my archive page. I broke it out of the <details> tag, added counts, and put it all in a grid. This really helps me get a nice overall picture of what tags I’ve used and what I like to write about. I’ve been slowly going back and updating tags on my previous posts, and even though I still have lots more I want to do, I’m really happy with my output so far. My website really has become my second brain, and I’m having a lot of fun blogging, more fun than I’ve ever had online before.

Some of My Favorite Haikyu!! Panels From the First 140+ Issues

Unsurprisingly, Haikyu!! is one of the best manga’s I’ve ever read, and like I did with Demon Slayer, I sometimes take screenshots of panels and sequences I like, and because Haikyu!! is a very very funny manga, most of the ones I liked made me laugh, but the story can also be heartbreaking in its beauty.

Warning: spoilers.

One of my favorites is this sketch of Asahi, Sugawara, and Daichi. They’re third year students at Karasuno, and most likely, this is the last time they will ever play volleyball on a team together. I just found this moment, this simple sketch, to be so touching and tragic that it might be one of my favorite pieces of art I’ve ever seen. It’s just beautiful. Haruichi Furudate, the creator, is a great artist.


The Humor

This little sequence made me laugh out loud. It shows who Hinata is without telling us. Yeah yeah, this isn’t unique or anything—I’ve also seen it in cartoons and sitcoms—but it’s still funny, especially because of Tanaka. Poor Tanaka.

This is only funny because Haruichi emphasized this little moment at the end of the issue, and I just had to go back and revisit the panel. I’m still laughing looking at it.

And this is just Tanaka being silly.

“Summer is too hot. Winter is too cold.” The eternal struggle!

How does one talk to girls? I’m still trying to figure that out.

I really don’t want to know why her stamina is maxed out…

Always Fighting!

Because this is a sports manga, there are just moments that pump me up so much. I used to play sports in middle school and high school, and I remember the motivational speeches and the great plays me or my teammates made, and how awesome that all felt. Those emotions all came back while reading through this series. It makes me want to consider coaching again…

Always always push yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Have confidence in yourself.

“If you’re hungry, do you really need a reason to go eat?” So good!

These are all just panels of Hinata and Kageyama’s competitive spirit and drive. They’re super inspiring.

And this was just a great moment.

The Woes of Getting Old

The following panels made me both laugh and cry.

Drinking is just too good to give up. I have also said “Kids these days” more than once. But I like saying it because it makes me laugh.

Me too, brother, me too.

Stop rubbing it in.

This has happened to me before, and I died a little inside.

I still have hundreds and hundreds of more issues to read of Haikyu!! and I’m looking forward to every one of them. I might do one or two more of these because I like doing this. It gives me something more to do while reading. Also, it’s fun.

Grace Ebert, Colossal:

Although her earlier images captured the fleshy fungi in spectacular detail, Pollack has spent the last two years getting even closer to her subjects—which are often less than a millimeter tall—by using a combination of a microscope and macro lens that magnify her findings up to 10 times their actual size. The resulting images document even the smallest features, like individual spores, the veiny web structure encasing them, and the distinct texture and color of each organism.

Her photos are incredible. I would love to see her work in real life to see how she does this.

A photo I couldn’t quite fit into last week’s journal entry. I’m itching to go back out there but the weather has been bleh lately.

My Mom Is a Badass

I love my mom.

She emigrated to America from Mexico when she was just a teenager. She didn’t go to high school. She married my father at 18. She had me at 21. She raised four kids practically by herself in a country that didn’t want her. She taught herself English. She managed to somehow feed us and clothe us and give us a place to live. She raised a son that went to the best damn film school in the world. A daughter who worked in the video game industry. A son who served his country in the Navy. My mom is a badass.

I love that we talk on the phone once a week or so. I love that the things we talk about are about movies or TV shows we recently watched and liked. I love that we gossip about things happening in our extended families. I love that I can tell her things that I don’t usually tell anyone else. I love that she talks to me in Spanish and I talk to her in English, and we both know what each other is saying. I love that she finally got her US citizenship last year, in the middle of a damn pandemic. I love my mom, and I think she’s a badass.

I know times between us haven’t always been good. I know we’ve both said things to each other that we wish we could take back. But I love that we’ve moved past it, that we still love each other so much, that we can still joke and make each other laugh. I love my mom, I think she’s a badass, and goddammit, she’s the best mom ever.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Austen Goslin, Polygon:

Dragon Ball Super is getting its second ever movie sometime next year, Toei Animation announced on Saturday. The announcement of the new movie came on Goku Day — May 9 because the Japanese character for five and nine can be read similarly to the character’s name — which serves as a celebration day for the entire Dragon Ball universe.

Dragon Ball is the anime that got me into anime. A few years ago, I binged through every Dragon Ball series, so of course I’m stoked for this.

But what I didn’t know is that May 9th is Goku day. According to the official Dragon Ball website:

Goku Day is an official anniversary certified and registered by the Japanese Anniversary Association1. Why May 9th? Well, since in Japan the date is written in the order 5/9, and because 5 and 9 can be read as “Go” and “Ku”, the numbers combine to make Goku’s Japanese kanji! Thus, May 9th became Goku Day!

I much prefer this holiday over May 4th, but that’s mostly because I didn’t grow up with Star Wars like many people around me did. And 五 (go) and 九 (ku) is just cool.

Funny story: I studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and we had most of our classes in a building named after George Lucas, and it wasn’t until my freshman year when I finally watched my first Star Wars movie. Yeah, that was awkward! I’m a fan now, though.

  1. I really love that it’s a certified and registered anniversary. ↩︎

I finally found a reason to use Font Awesome on my site: for my link posts. I added a nice link icon that helps me spot them on my site quicker. I also went back and updated some of my older posts with the new layout, and I dunno, I like it!

Update 5/10/21: Just kidding! I didn’t like how it took half a second to load the icon, so I’m using ainstead. You know, because it’s the same thing as a bookmark, and definitely not like that other guy.

One more for the collection.

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