Fear is Not Evil

Fear-is-not-Evil-2 by recisdempayos
Fear-is-not-Evil-2, a photo by recisdempayos on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Gildarts Clive’s lesson to Natsu Dragneel. It’s supposed to be “If you know your weakness, YOU can become strong and gentle.” But that’s what the translation stated.

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Endeared with Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You / Reaching You

Kimi-ni-Todoke-vol-1-cover-artI’m trying to recall how I discovered Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, a shōjo manga and animé title by Karuho Shiina.

Hmm … so basically, I just finished reading chapter 19 of Fairy Tail on mangapanda.com and was looking for a romance manga with cutesy characters. Something along the lines of Card Captor Sakura and Ranma 1/2. Anyway, I think I was on the homepage of MangaPanda and was scrolling through their “Popular Manga” list. That, or I hit their “Surprise Me!” button beside the search field, which takes you to a random manga title. Regardless of which among those methods I performed, I found myself facing the cover art of the first volume of Kimi ni Todoke (see left image).

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Memories of the Tin Soldier

Let’s get back to some old Christmas cartoons, shall we?

Well, this next cartoon is does not exactly have a Christmas theme to it. It’s strange, really; however, back when I was a kid, I would always see this cartoon being show on TV during the holidays. Maybe it’s because of the fairy tale appeal attached to it? Or maybe the concept of toys as characters in this cartoon. We all know that toys are symbolic for, or at least, prominent during the Yuletide season.

Anyway, The Steadfast Tin Soldier is the title of a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. It has been adapted into various cartoon versions since the 1930s. Here is the English translation (from Danish) by Jean Hersholt.

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The Reward of Helping Others

I searched for and watched another old Christmas cartoon that I remember from my childhood days. This one is entitled Hector’s Hectic Life and was first aired in 1948. I kept seeing this on national television every Christmas and it does make me reminisce of the simple days that have gone. Looking at this six-minute cartoon now, I can’t help but be reminded of Tom and Jerry: cute household pets, characters that wreak havoc on your home, being punished if you get caught something naughty, and a happy ending for all. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed! Cheers! 😀

Kids’ Dreams are Creative!

To really feel the spirit of Christmas, I thought of watching all the Christmas cartoons I’ve seen while growing up. At least, those title that I can still remember. Thankfully, this is the age of social media, online connections, and readily-available content for users. Prime example: YouTube.

Thank goodness for YouTube! I was able to find one of those heart-wrenching cartoons I’ve seen as a kid: Somewhere in Dreamland. It’s a short cartoon in under nine minutes, but it really touches the heart: seeing hungry kids, children who need to work instead of playing and enjoying childhood, and a mother who cries because she couldn’t provide enough for her children.

Watch the video after the jump. Don’t fret — it’s got a happy ending. 😀

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