キルドレ[kirudore]

June 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm (general, otaku word)

 

 I don’t think I have to explain this, but actually I seriously feel this term could be a yearly famous word this year[年間流行語] The reason why I think so is that I have heard more than 10 non-otaku people around me saying this word in a conversation. It’s not so sure that I am going to see how it goes after Sky Crawlers releases. In this film, there are other keywords like ティーチャー[teacher], but why is just キルドレ[kirudore] going to get into the mainstream?

 キルドレ[kirudore] means children who stopped growing up at the puberty and have an (almost) eternal life. So in other words, they never get old. Yes, never get old…I know I might be wrong, but anyone wants to go on being young, doesn’t want to get old. If there is a reason why キルドレ is famous, the point should be here, I assume.  Director Mamoru Oshii[押井 守] wants to send his message to young people those who don’t have a purpose in their lives with this term he created. I am not an anime reviewer, nor good at writing that kind of thing, so I will leave it to you.

 What I want to say here is that anyone who has a purpose in life doesn’t get old? Or else, is there any other way around?  In real life, anyone gets old. This is true. But sometimes I see people who look so young for their ages. As far as I am aware, there are two types of people;

A. a person who has something keeps him/her going.

B. a person who has no responsibility.

 People who has no purpose in life do not realize their beings, so does that mean they don’t get old? This question reminds me of something I saw in Howl’s Moving Castle. A 19-year-old girl, Sophie gets transformed into an old woman because of the curse. The curse actually exposes his/her mental age, so she becomes such an old lady. She doesn’t really enjoy her life, in other words, such a boring life…

 At any rate as for type A, such people look lively, and their eyes are brilliant. I don’t know what exactly keeps them going, but they seem to enjoy their lives. So they don’t look old for their ages. As for type B, such people are free. It doesn’t mean they are NEET, but nothing seems to bind themselves. They have no spouse to rear, nor such an obligate work(though they are working). They don’t carry a heavy burden, so that’s why they look young.

 Me? I am definitely type B. I am just an otomen cosplayer, you know. I like to spend my time and money for my own, and have no responsibility. I have never thought of having a family(甲斐性無し!こんな男になっちゃダメですよ). What I am thinking about now is which character I shall cosplay next. However, before I became a cosplayer, I was much fatter and fed up with a stressful job. In such a time, one colleague said to me, “You look old for your age (at that time, I was 24).” I changed my life at a time, I mean, changed a job, moved out, and found a new hobby, cosplay. Since I became a cosplayer, some people say I am a student(!). I know I am too old to cosplay a 14-year-old Nagisa KaworuCome to think of it, I even changed my friends. It’s not on purpose, I didn’t realise it. What I am doing get me new people, new friends. Those new cosplay friends of mine are all like me. No responsibility… 

I know I shouldn’t say about キルドレ before the film releases. But in many ways, I feel キルドレ is going to be such a famous word. For general people, キルドレ just means to go on being young, I suppose so.

BTW, you want to be a キルドレ in that way? 

 

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学園化[gakuenka]

June 29, 2008 at 12:05 pm (doujin(同人), otaku word)

 

 If you happen to follow doujinshi[fan-made comics] or such a video game, you would be sure of this. This is a primitive method for all the doujin fans to create doujin stuff. To get to the point, 学園[gakuen] means school and 化[ka] means to change sth in the certain way. Or else, it is to transform like something. 学園化[gakuenka] means to put all the characeters in the series into school setting. Can I say schoolnize? Anyway, why is this such a rule-of-thumb? No, this is not a doujin thing anymore because even the originals use it as a side story or something like that. Above is, yes, 3年Z組銀八先生[san’nen Z-gumi Ginpachi-sensei] which occasionally comes as an extra story in Gintama. In this story, Gintoki plays a role as a teacher, and other characters show as a student. Don’t care about their age! It’s a fantasy like yaoi.

 Anyone experinces a school life. There are a lot of kind of teachers or classmates, and it is pretty easier to fix your favorite characters up with a “job.” You can arrange as you like. Who should be a teacher? What kind of subject should he teach? How does he act as a teacher? Rude or humble? DelusionImagination never ends, so that this makes it easier to make a story. 

 Even if the original story takes place in a fantasy world and the characters do a totally unreal thing, those characters naturally get close to our real life by using this method, 学園化. I assume such is a fundamental reason why this is so popular.

 So, which anime do you want to schoolnize? 

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