” Are you just gonna list all the countries you visited this year?”
No, what would make you think that?
“Once again, this has nothing to do with anime…”
“Why did you even take that photo, Valence?”
“Seriously this has nothing to do with anime. What are you gonna do next, post about ponies?”
Calm down, nonexistent reader! Let me explain. You know how Baka-Raptor (or some other blogger starting with B, my memory’s fading) once said that anime should be watched alone? Well, that simply wasn’t the case in Malaysia. I went to Kuala Lumpur in September with my father’s side of the family for a 3-day trip. Along the way, my brother and I ended buying anime DVDs – Marchen Awakens Romance for the nostalgia factor, Shiki and Sengoku Basara just to watch on a TV.
So in the evenings when there were no more plans for the day, my cousins and I would congregate in our hotel room’s living room to watch M.A.R on their big-screen TV. It was a rather nostalgic experience since the last time I watched M.A.R , it was- you guessed it – with my relatives in a living room. It used to air on Cable, so we got to watch one Chinese dubbed episode every evening.
Marathoning M.A.R with relatives feels great. Not only was it for the nostalgia factor, M.A.R being a memorable part of my childhood, the feeling of watching with relatives feels great as well. All those snide remarks and musings that would have simply vanished within the confines of our own minds are set loose to rebound about the couches. I must admit that the subtitles were in bad quality, but that only made our experience funnier (funner?) as we kept making fun of the subtitles.
I suppose that experience led to us watching anime together when we could. Yesterday was my great-grandfather’s death anniversary (I kid you not), and after all the proceedings were over, with the adults outside in the living room chatting, we marathoned Shiki in my room. Really, it brings about this feel that you simply can’t get from watching anime alone.
Now, why did I bring that figurine with me abroad? To be honest, I always bring a figurine or two overseas when I can, so I could take photos. Unfortunately, those relatives were only intent on going about from shopping district to shopping district, without even being able to step foot in the famous Petronas Towers, which we even stayed next to for Christ’s sakes.
Anyway, although I didn’t manage to take too many photos with the figurines, I went with 4, and I went home with 5. That figurine alone made the trip one of the most memorable anime-related moments for me.
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