OOC Friday : Love Is Power
I got an email recently, asking where the quote about love, I have in my profile box, comes from.
“There’s nothing greater in life than loving another; it leads to love for your fellow people, your country..and the whole world.”
It comes from Soren, a character from Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden; it’s a pretty decent manga and it’s my favorite of Watase’s works. (certainly an improvement from her early series, and way, way better than the original Fushigi Yuugi)
I remember reading that volume (it’s the 5th) the line comes from, back in highschool ; more specifically, in the small park next to the school building, as I would often skip the last period and just wander around there, reading my own stuff. (I can actually recall all the manga vols/books/etc I have read in that tiny park, and that’s quite a lot. There’s something juvenile about carrying in your school bag, something completely “irrelevant” to the class, and knowing you’re gonna have to find an inventive way to leave the premises so you can enjoy it! Darn I used to skip highschool like a pro!)
That particular line hit me pretty hard right there – it’s quite a simple statement, but there’s a certain magic in that simplicity; maybe that is the point.
When you love someone, you want to protect them. You want to guard their hopes and visions as good ol’ Bruce would say.
The inner strength that grows when you care about someone, be it a family member, a friend or in Soren’s case a lover, (though Soren isn’t speaking for himself, but for his protégé Uruki) gets you to extend that feeling all around.
On the other hand, there’s the opposite argument : love hurts, love blows, “Josie you’re my source of most frustration” right? That’s also very much true, and I’ve been there as well, like most people have, I reckon.
But these days, I make a choice to have a positive outlook on love, much like Shirley from Geass had despite being royally screwed over and over again; “Love is Power!” she said and then..yeah. Good times that R2#13 episode huh!
So yeah, that concludes my first OOC-post, where I indulge in random muses, while waiting for the weekly j-drama to air.
Watch me make a post next week, about how Yazawa’s NANA captures the true essence of love which is PAIN PAIN AND MORE PAIN. Hey, I’m a human being very much capable of having two/three/million conflicting emotions and opinions within a week, thank you very much!
Have a nice weekend everyone!
Here’s some nice music to bless your ears, relevant to the post :
p.s if you haven’t read Genbu Kaiden, do give it a chance. It does have its typical Watase-stuff that can be a tad annoying, but it’s quite good…from what I remember! :p