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Awesome Sites That You Don't Know About

A while back someone asked me what sites I like to visit. I forgot to answer, so I'll write a post about it.

Bobby Burgess' Journal
This guy was ahead of his time. Back in 2000 he had a blog, and a killer one. In fact, he's probably one of the reasons I write a blog. When you go to his site, hit archive, and start from the beginning. It starts off slow, but you will be unable to stop reading pretty soon. I've read every entry on the whole site. Later he turns into a druggie and his stories become much less frequent and less interesting, but even that transformation is worth reading.

Paul Clow's Sole Goal and PhiMix
These two sites are lumped together because they're similar. They're both sites written by polynappers who also write about other interesting things. I wouldn't have found out about either of these sites if they hadn't written comments on my posts in the past. I check both of these every day.

This site is created by a Japanese flash programmer. The real gems are the Grow games. DO NOT CHEAT AND LOOK UP THE ANSWERS. Once you finish you will be wishing there were more grows to play. The order you play them in doesn't really matter. I think the Cube one is the best. Some of the other games are fun too, like Tontie (Jonah and I used to be obsessed with this one).

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) 65 Minutes

On Tsukamoto

[No-spoiler Policy]

"5 Centimeters Per Second" is a 2007 anime film Written, Produced, and Directed by Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai established himself rather well, 3 years prior to '07 with his film "The Place Promised in Our Early Days" and then, 2 years before that, he burst onto the scene with "Voices of a Distant Star". That having been said, Makoto Shinkai already had many years of due diligence in the animated world which he brought to this masterpiece "5 Centimeters Per Second."

What makes "5 Cm" so uniques right out of the gate, is its episodic format. It consists of three stories about the same characters at different times in their life. For the sake of genuinity, I am not going to hit up wikipedia or anything for titles and details. Also, my goal here is not to rehash the whole film, but to give my thoughts and critical take on the execution.

Shinkai delves into some very real, and very deep themes with this film. The first story is about a boy and girl who met in school and became very close. The girl moves away, but they keep in touch through letters. This is a very important time in our lives. When the decision to act or not act can follow us for the rest of our lives.

The second story in the film touches on a situation that many of us have been through. The boy from the first story is pursued by another girl, but he has his sights set on the one who moved away. Over the last 10 years, I have watched an uncountable amount of "slice of life" anime and I always pay attention to the accuracy and consistency with human emotions. Shinkai goes above and beyond, making you truly feel and think as though you are going through the motions of what you are seeing on screen.

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