Ikiru = To Live

In Japanese, Ikiru 生きる means “To Live.”

I was playing Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and the students were talking about the purpose of life. I thought that Kaito Momota’s statement, “Life’s purpose is to be lived!” was quite interesting.

What does it mean, though? The statement makes sense, but it’s also so vague. If I try to go deeper, I become stuck. Does it even have a deeper meaning?

Back in March 2018, I wrote a post about the similarities between the 1952 film, Ikiru, and the 2017 anime, Inuyashiki. I think that both series show what the purpose of life means to the protagonists. From what I gather from these two works, I think the common theme is that helping other people –> brings meaning to their lives. I don’t believe that this is the same for everyone, though. Maybe this is the answer, but I don’t think it’s that simple.

Maybe we will find out the answer on our own. I just hope that I won’t be close to retirement by then (like in Ikiru and Inuyashiki)…

If you have any thoughts about this topic, please let me know!

Get to Know Me: Favourite Anime

Genres are kind of an iffy thing, but I got most of these genres from MAL. These are the genres I watch more frequently.

Favourite Action

When it comes to action shows, I like shows with more graphic content.

  • Inuyashiki
  • Parasyte
  • One Piece
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2
  • Mob Psycho 100 II
  • Tokyo Ghoul

Favourite Psychological

This is probably my favourite genre, but there aren’t too many good psychological anime.

  1. Kaiji
  2. One Outs

Favourite Mystery

  1. Death Note
  2. Erased
  3. Zankyou no Terror
  4. Hell Girl: Two Mirrors
  5. Heaven’s Memo Pad

Favourite Boys Love

  1. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
  2. Given

Favourite Slice of Life

I’m not a big Slice of Life fan, but I love these ones.

  1. My Roommate is a Cat
  2. Violet Evergarden
  3. Natsume’s Book of Friends

Favourite Romance

I don’t watch a lot of romance anime. I’m more into action, psychological, and mystery shows.

  1. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
  2. After the Rain

Favourite Comedy

I don’t watch a lot of comedy but these shows made me laugh. They match my sense of humour perfectly.

  1. Middle Manager Tonegawa
  2. Saint Onii-san

Favourite Others

I think these shows are really unique.

  1. Made in Abyss
  2. Durarara!!
  3. Carole & Tuesday

Man with a Mission – Vancouver 2019 Concert

I went to a Man with a Mission concert last night and it was so much fun. The show was amazing. I first heard their song, My Hero, when I watched Inuyashiki. I loved My Hero. It was the start of my admiration for MWAM. It was their first time performing in Vancouver and also their last tour stop after a year-long tour.

If you watch anime, you may have heard their songs. They sang the theme songs for Log Horizon, The Seven Deadly Sins, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Golden Kamuy, and more. I read online that the second opening theme for the currently airing anime, Vinland Saga, is by them.

I was lucky enough to get a guitar pick… TT_TT

Blurry photo, but the guitar pick says ‘Kamikaze Boy Man with a Mission.’

My favourite songs by MWAM are:

  • Winding Road
  • Fly Again
  • Raise Your Flag
  • My Hero
  • Chasing the Horizon
  • Emotions
  • Seven Deadly Sins

You should check them out~~

Review: Inuyashiki

I wrote the bulk of this review in May 2018. This 11-episode anime came out in October 2017.

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Synopsis: One night at a park, an explosion takes place and two people are killed. The extraterrestrial beings that caused the explosion repair their bodies but turn the two people into robots. The two people are Inuyashiki, a 50-year old man who looks older than his age, and a teenager named Hiro. With their robot bodies, they are able to do a lot of things that humans cannot do, such as cure diseases, heal people, kill people, control technology, and fly into space. Inuyashiki uses his powers to do good and heal people. Hiro, on the other hand, uses his powers to mass murder people.

It’s very interesting to see how people react differently to new powers. I was interested from the start, but I wasn’t hooked until I watched episode 6. That’s when things really picked up. The ending made sense to me because I’m not sure how they would end it otherwise. It was kind of expected. The last episode showed President Trump and an interesting depiction of him.

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This is probably one of my favourite anime. You don’t normally see a super cool, older man as the protagonist in anime. Hiro loves One Piece, and Trump is in anime. The opening theme is one of my favourite songs. It’s by MAN WITH A MISSION.

Similarities Between Inuyashiki and Ikiru

Inuyashiki is about a father who develops stomach cancer and has three months left to live. Spoilers: He becomes a robot, which sets off the story in the manga. Before he became a robot, he is on a swing and sings a song. This is after he finds out he has cancer. His family do not have respect for him, so he is unable to tell them the news.

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Ikiru (To Live) is a black and white Japanese film from 1952 by Akira Kurosawa. It’s about a father who also has stomach cancer. He has less than a year to live, and is unable to tell his son because his son cares more about his money than him. In the rest of the film, the main character tries to find meaning in his life, similar to Inuyashiki. At 1:39, the main character’s facial expression looks like Inuyashiki whenever he is trembling. Later on at 2:53, he is sitting on a swing and sings a song. Both characters in Inuyashiki and Ikiru are singing the same song! Do you think Oku watched Ikiru and was inspired by this scene?

The biggest difference is that Ikiru is more realistic and there are no robotic elements to it. After all, this is a movie from the 1950s and it has real actors. However, their journey towards finding meaning in life is similar. What do you think? Has anyone else seen Ikiru before?