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A mai waifu post disguised as a review of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Set in a post apocalyptic era where the world is inhabited by female robots with guns and hawt yuri action. My friends, this OVA is almost as violent as Aria!

Yeah, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, the OVA based off the phenomenally highly rated manga (#4 on MAL), is one of the most unabashedly uneventful anime I have ever seen. Usually these humourless slice-of-life series bore me to tears but I did kinda like YKK, mainly thanks to the character of Alpha.

Let me talk for a second about procrastination. Many people consider themselves quite capable procrastinators. Your room never gets tidier than it does around exam time. Your basketball skills improve considerably when you get a office desk job. However, in these forms of procrastinating you are still achieving something. True procrastinating, in its purest form, is where you pass time by doing absolutely nothing. The ability just to be. To blank out all thoughts and to just sit and stare. To reach that perfect place of Zen.

Oddly enough, in YKK, my favourite scenes weren’t when Alpha was getting blasted by lightning or talking to that bloke with the permanent creepy grin. My favourite scenes were of Alpha doing nothing. The second episode of the first OVA consisted of a typical Alpha day. She got up, made coffee (burning the coffee beans slightly) and then sitting by window and gazing. No thoughts, no purpose. My second favourite scene is where Alpha sat on a hill and watched as night fell over a sunken city, watching the lights turn on. Even though she had a camera she never had any intention of taking a photo. It never entered her mind that she should be remembering this scene. She was just sitting and watching.

There are these crazy people that spend their lives meditating in order to achieve perfect peace of mind, something which confused me quite a lot. I never had any problem blanking my mind. I was born a Zen Monk. Alpha may be a robot but she is also capable of complete Zen. I quite like that idea of living with Alpha up in that Quiet Country Cafe. Getting bored suggests that you aren’t enjoying what you’re currently doing and you can think of far better ways to spend you time. Frankly, I can think of no better way to spend my life than with Alpha, gazing out over these sunken cities, watching as each light turns on as the planet continues its slow, peaceful death.

::Fake Edit:: To give you a quick idea of how capable a procrastinator I am, let me point out that this post was planned and half-written about 4 months ago when it was the cool thing to do to post about your waifus.

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  1. Posted January 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s always cool to post about your waifu. :D

  2. Posted January 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    If this is how the world ends, then count me in. I need a break from this hectic modern lifestyle that is effectively eating at us all. Ah to spend a day doing a constructive amount of nothing :p

  3. Posted January 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    “Getting bored suggests that you aren’t enjoying what you’re currently doing and you can think of far better ways to spend your time.”

    Ironically, I’m sitting in the middle of a conference, clearly not paying attention.

  4. karry
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    “I never had any prob­lem blank­ing my mind.”

    Haha, yeah, right. Everyone can just stare at one spot and stop thinking for awhile, thats not what “peace of mind” is all about.

  5. Posted January 24, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    …. and haha, ways to spend time indeed…

  6. Posted April 13, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I feel like I could totally watch this. And then go off and do some true procrastination. Should be a lovely time. ^ ^

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