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Second Anniversary

Marlin-samaTwo years ago, I announced that I was starting an anime blog. Based on my previous attempts to share my thoughts with the world up until that point, I wasn’t optimistic that this would be anything more than a temporary diversion that I would abandon after a few weeks. But here I am not only still going strong, but expanding the scope of my projects to greater and greater objectives.

I set out to make my voice heard in order to counter the mainstream opinions and give anime fans a chance to think about not what they like, but why they like it (and often why I don’t).  To all my readers, I won’t say that I couldn’t have done it without you—because I most certainly could have.  But the journey wouldn’t have been nearly as fun and interesting without you.  And for that I say thank you.

I’d like to take some time now and reminisce about some of the high points over the past two years and do a “greatest hits” list of posts I enjoyed writing and/or others enjoyed reading.  So I invite you to make yourself comfortable as I take you on a journey that started back in summer 2011…gosh it feels so much longer. Has it really only been two years?  Read more of this post

Anime of the Year 2012

Happy New Year everyone! To kick off 2013 I’m going to start by looking back on the past year and highlighting my favorite titles for 2012.  And just to make things clear, series that are currently airing and won’t finish until the end of the winter 2013 season are not candidates for this list. Those anime will have their chance at Anime of the Year come 2014. With that explanation out of the way, here we go!

Yuuta saves Rikka5. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai

A very original premise, beautiful art style, insightful plot points and kind, fun-loving characters give this series a serious charm that’s rarely seen in a romantic comedy.

 

 

Tsumiki gives Io Valentine chocolate4. Acchi Kocchi

A bucketful of smiles and laughs.  Adorable girls, suave guys, awesome punchlines and heartwarming youth solidifies this as the Moe Anime of the Year.

 

 

Chitanda is always dragging Oreki around3. Hyouka

Enrapturing characters, an endless flow of intriguing conundrums and just enough tension to keep everyone on their toes means that we’ve finally been treated to a mystery series done right.

 

Silver Crow finishes his final battle with Dusk Taker.2. Accel World

With its daring character designs combined with fast-paced action that rewards tactical prowess over pure physical might and deep, multifaceted antagonists—I proclaim this to be Action Anime of the Year.

 

Mato pushes past the pain and won't abandon her friends1. Black Rock Shooter

In a word?  Concise.  Not a shred of excess.  It has beautiful music, mold-breaking storytelling methodology, a sharp and original art style and a cast of talented voice actresses.  There was never any doubt in my mind that Black Rock Shooter deserves the title Anime of the Year.

Blogger Interrogation Game!

I’ve been tagged by Charles of Beneath the Tangles to answer some questions.  I’m not the biggest fan of chain letter posts, but as I’m recovering from a recent computer crash, my writing resources are limited while I get my system back in working order.  So I’ll roll with it.  First here’s the rules.

Introduction

  • Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives. You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
  • Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You should answer your own 5 questions as well. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
  • In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
  • To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
  • Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
  • To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.

My Answers

Here are some of my more candid personal opinions.  Below are the questions Charles asked of the people he tagged and my answers.

Q1. What was the last anime that made you think…“WOW”?

A1. To some degree I’m constantly wowed by anime.  It’s one of the reasons anime is my greatest passion.  But if I was to choose my most recent, biggest “WOW” unsurpassed by any subsequent “WOWs” as of time of writing, there’s only one anime I can think of—Madoka Magica.  Easily the greatest breath of fresh air anime has seen in years, a revolution for the magic girl genre and simply gorgeous in every category imaginable.  I don’t foresee anything topping this paragon anytime soon.

Q2. Has any anime changed the way you feel about a particular topic or issue?

A2. Anime has opened entire worlds to me that I never would have thought about had I never discovered its richness.  I talked about this subject at length when I first started out as an anime blogger and wrote a piece for Charles’ Aniblogger Testimonials, but The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was greatly influential on helping me reach new philosophical conclusions I’d been grappling with at the time it started airing.  She brought me out of my religious upbringing and helped me realize that god(s) didn’t create us in their image.  We created gods in our image.

Q3. Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious?  Both?  Neither?  And why?

A3. Neither.  I’ll keep this short.  I’m a realist and a humanist.  Given what I’ve seen of this world, I don’t see how I could reach any other conclusion.

Q4. What’s been your favorite series/movie you’ve watched this year (anime or otherwise)?

A4. I’m going to split this up into two parts—anime and otherwise.  My favorite anime series thus far this year has been the Black Rock Shooter TV series.  At eight episodes, it’s short, well-paced, mixes drama and action creatively and seamlessly and says everything it needs without a second of waste.

My favorite non-anime series this year is Grimm.  Aside from the fact that it’s loosely retelling fairy tales from around the world, I like the original concept of this TV series and how it balances good amounts of mystery and action with fantasy in a modern setting.

Q5. If you were given the resources to create an anime series, what kind of show would it be?  What would the story be about?*

A5. I have a nearly completed manuscript for a children’s novel I’ve been working on for about ten years.  It’s a fantasy / science fiction story and at its core is a theme that the world is—quite literally—what we make of it.  That’s the story I would tell if I could make my own anime.

Now for my questions

Q1. What is your favorite anime of all time?  Then, objectively speaking, what do you think is the best anime of all time?  Explain why you chose these anime (especially if you chose the same anime for both questions).

Q2. Same as question 1, but for your least favorite anime and what in your objective opinion is the worst anime of all time (for this question try to choose an anime for which you’ve actually watched a respectable number of episodes and try to avoid small titles that nobody has ever heard of).

Q3. What initially led you to anime and what keeps you interested in anime?  Do you think it will continue to be a lifetime passion?  Why or why not?*

Q4. Do you think it’s possible to integrate or use ecchi content or themes to enhance a story rather than simply as fanservice that detracts from the overall work?

Q5. I think many would agree that some otherwise respectable anime have been let down by lackluster endings.  What anime do you most want to change the ending—not because you disagreed with it, but for quality purposes.  Then how would you change it and why?  (I understand spoilers may be unavoidable when answering this question)

My answers to my own questions

A1. My favorite anime of all time is ef – a tale of memories.  A great group of young people overcoming darkness in their pasts to find romance all told with some incredibly stylistic and heart-pounding drama, amazing use of visual design and drawn in the gorgeous style of Naru Nanao.

Objectively, the best anime of all time has got to be Cowboy Bebop.  Its art style doesn’t go too far onto the anime side of the border, which leaves it accessible to a more mainstream audience.  But it still looks great and it fits nicely with the action-packed, dramatic story that balances enough interesting asides to compliment the central story that it doesn’t feel too distracted or overwhelming.  Couple that with the best English dub you’ll ever hear outside of a Studio Ghibli movie and the fantastic composition of Yoko Kanno and you have something that nobody can dismiss.

A2. My least favorite anime is One Piece.  There is pretty much nothing in it that I like, but if I was to point to one thing that irks me to no end is anime that aren’t drawn in the “anime style.”  I’ll admit that I’ve only watched about ten episodes, but that’s enough for me to conclude that it’s an ugly, never-ending, cash-cow series.  Weird and nitpicky as it may sound, I think the title is annoyingly misleading because when I think of “one piece,” I think of either a dress or a swimsuit—not pirates.

Am I the only one who thinks the DBZ characters sound constipated?

I can’t say with complete objectivity that Dragonball Z is the worst anime of all time because my reasons for this choice lean a bit more towards the opinion side of the spectrum and in all likelihood don’t overlap with other people’s experience.  I also have to temper my opinion a bit more than usual here because DBZ comes out of what I call the “Pre-Evangelion Dark Age,” a time before which I’ve never seen a single anime that I’ve liked.  So I’ll try to summarize objective points that I think most people can agree upon.  It’s padded for length (entire episodes seem to go by with the characters doing nothing but having a staring contest), action sequences have no intelligent strategy and can be summed up as an arbitrary succession of heroes and villains just “powering-up,” and the characters are all expressionless hunks of meat.

A3. I was attracted to anime initially because of its art style.  Looking back on Escaflowne, gives a bit of a perspective on how much anime’s appearance has changed over the years, but I maintain to this day that there is no other style of drawing “cartoons,” that is more aesthetically pleasing than anime.  But what has kept me interested in anime is the storytelling.  Japan just has a flair for telling some incredible adventures that the west simply lacks.  Where else can you watch an animated series that can challenge your long-held beliefs about the definition of morality?  It’s for this reason that I believe anime will be my life-long passion.

“There is no part of my body that I am ashamed of.”

A4. Yes, I think ecchi can be used as a fine tool for storytelling rather than a garish blurb that says “hey, look at me!”  A terrific example of this is in Medaka Box.  After finishing the series, I realized—with one or two small exceptions—the only source of any ecchi comes from Medaka herself.  All the other girls keep themselves covered, but fanservice on the part of the flamboyant heroine helps to establish her confident character and makes her the center of attention at all times.

A5. Canvas 2—worst…ending…ever—of all time.  Everything in the episodes leading up to the ending had indicated that the hero was finally going to win the affection of his high school sweetheart.  But with absolutely no reason he suddenly falls in love with his cousin all within the last episode.  I don’t know what happened to the writers to think this was good storytelling, but an alternate ending where he ends up with the girl he had been courting all series would greatly make up for this phenomenal gaff.

Who to tag?

I don’t have many associates that I regularly converse with in the Aniblog community, so most of the bloggers I’m tagging are simply my top commenters.  This means that Charles is going to get a tagback, but I’ll leave it up to him if he wants to write another blog post about answering questions.

Charles (Beneath the Tangles)

Medieval Otaku (Medieval Otaku)

Justin (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)

Goldy (Spines of Golden)

Cosplayjp (Cosplayjp)

Black★Rock Shooter (review)

Final impression – not a second wasted (10/10)

Winter 2012 (8 episodes) (TV series)

It’s the first day of junior high school and Mato Kuroi decides she’s going to be friends with the gloomy girl who has a funny name, Yomi Takanashi.  The two soon discover they have a shared love of a children’s storybook and it looks like they’re going to get along great.  But when Yomi’s spoiled, childhood friend Kagari butts in to push them apart, Mato isn’t going to just give up accept this bleak turn of events.  She makes it her mission to liberate Yomi from Kagari’s possessive personality.  But doing so will have greater consequences than she knows.  In another world, the girls’ voiceless souls are fighting their own, very real battle with life and death on the line.  And when the results of their battles become reflected in the real world, it’s going to change the course of their lives in ways they cannot possibly anticipate.

Quality in writing is often not about a story’s content, but about how well that story is told.  Sometimes the best plot is the simplest and Black Rock Shooter tells a fabulously creative adventure about the subtleties of relationships and how the most well-meaning intentions can have unexpected, unintended consequences.  It’s a wonderful metaphor about allowing ourselves to be close enough to our friends that we can fight with them honestly and without inhibitions.  We must accept that we occasionally hurt people and that we are hurt by others; how we deal with that pain shapes our character and the ultimate fate of our relationships.  Balancing this emotional drama between real people and their actions mirrored by their duplicate selves locked in gallant combat is a poetic dichotomy flooded deeply with incredible metaphors.  Kana Hanazawa is perfect in her role as Mato Kuroi, depicting her exceptional personality and growth from naivety to strong, determined young woman.  But what’s most amazing about Black Rock Shooter is that it probably would never have existed if it wasn’t for the Vocaloid song by the same name, popularized by casual anime fans who wanted to know the story behind the music.  For something so spectacular to come out of simple fandom and not from a novel, manga or video game is truly remarkable.

Anime of the Week (3/18 – 3/24)

Anime of the Week – Black★Rock Shooter
Ever since it debuted halfway through the winter 2012 season, this series has been far and beyond the best in so many ways.
March 18 Nisemonogatari Ep. 11 This series always performs well when it focuses on its strong point. Its intellectual dialogue is always awesome.
Zero F Ep. 11 If your loved one sent you away to protect you, would you honor their protective wishes or do everything you could to return?
March 19 Mirai Nikki Ep. 22 This was a brutal episode. But all these cliffhangers and mysteries are starting to annoy me. Are they really necessary?
Rinne Ep. 11 Sure enough, Madoka went berserk in Vox Aura. But I’m confused. When a pilot loses control don’t bad things usually happen?
March 20 Another Ep. 11 It seems we’ve reached the breaking point of sanity. How will this curse be brought to an end and what will be the cost?
Shana III Ep. 23 In some ways the battle is over and in other ways this is just a minor change in the status quo, but it was most elegant.
Ano Natsu Ep. 11 Seriously!! Just who is Remon? Things are getting a little ridiculous, but it’s still a lot of fun so I’m not too annoyed.
March 23 Guilty Crown Ep. 22 Talk about crunch time. A pretty series with an interesting concept falls flat with a rushed and empty ending. =(
March 24 BRS Ep. 8 The winding path this series takes belies its actual simplicity. Telling such a straightforward story so beautifully is amazing.
Persona 4 Ep. 24 Ah… all the secrets are getting revealed. I really love this part since all the subtle clues were there all along.
Amagami+ Ep. 12 It seems the Morishima family is full of bad girls. After jumping through all those hoops I’m glad he got the good ending.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week (3/11 – 3/17)

Anime of the Week – Black★Rock Shooter
This series has been fantastic; touching on intellectual insights and covering the difficult intricacies of relationships, all while creatively slipping in some epic fight scenes. But now that Mato has to face herself, what will the ending yield?
March 11 Persona 4 Ep. 22 How will the anime address the video game’s bad ending? Will there be a new spin or will it just cut right to the good end?
Nisemonogatari Ep. 10 As this series winds down, it’s turning away from the intellectual tone that made Bakemonogatari so philosophical.
Zero F Ep. 10 The current plot point serves no other purpose than to put Louise and Saito’s love in jeopardy, which makes it feel hollow.
March 12 Rinne Ep. 10 More team building followed by a threat of war and losing something precious as well. But what’s at stake is still unknown.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 21 This was such a satisfying episode that was well worth the wait. But, why do new mysteries suddenly keep appearing?
March 13 Another Ep. 10 When desperate people get cornered, there’s no telling what they’ll do. What will be the result of their hasty conclusions?
March 14 Ano Natsu Ep. 10 Things feel like they’re wrapping up nicely. A little love and a little heartbreak leads into this anime’s last segment.
Shana III Ep. 22 What tricks does Yuji have to pull this turn of events back in his favor? Will his last resort be venting his frustration?
March 16 Guilty Crown Ep. 21 As the story winds down, everyone puts their faith in Shu while he honors their trust by praising their humanity.
BRS Ep. 7 Things are really starting to move. How will Mato resolve her fight with Yuu? And how will Yomi play a role in wrapping things up?
March 17 Amagami+ Ep. 11 Haruka is such a bad girl. The way that Junichi plays along with her silly, often frightening antics is hilarious to watch.
Persona 4 Ep. 23 Now that the mysteries are getting solved, I’m suddenly getting a desire to replay the last few battles of the video game.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week 3/4 – 3/10

Anime of the Week – Black★Rock Shooter
I’ve always liked the engaging qualities of a bad guy with respectable motives. At this point, I think it’s pretty clear that BRS is this season’s best anime.
March 4 Nisemonogatari Ep. 9 We’re supposed to be on Tsukihi’s story arc right now, but she’s had almost no presence in the last two episodes.
Zero F Ep. 9 This series is a bunch of average stories, broken by punctuated climaxes. After the trouble last time, this was pretty low-key.
March 5 Rinne Ep. 9 I always like stories where the bad guys have principles. There’s nothing more disappointing than a one-dimensional antagonist.
Persona 4 Ep. 21 This series has never handled its action very well and with only a few episodes left, I fear things will be rushed.
March 6 Another Ep. 9 There’s a difference between atmospheric pacing and contrived delays for the purpose of artificially lengthening a story.
Ano Natsu Ep. 9 I can’t tell if we’ve reached the climax of this series’ romance or if there’s still more surprises yet to come.
March 9 BRS Ep. 6 Now that Mato understands, how will she reshape the purpose of her other self and what will her new goals be if she’s successful?
Guilty Crown Ep. 20 Has Gai learned nothing? He just can’t keep his arrogance in check. It’s like he’s beckoning Shu to come challenge him.
March 10 Amagami+ Ep. 10 I don’t know how to react to such an ordinary, low-impact episode. Even Junichi was a little blander than usual.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week 2/26 – 3/3

Anime of the Week – Black★Rock Shooter
How does the link between the real world characters and the other selves work? The connection is taking shape and the consequences of actions in the other world reveal something far bigger than initially expected.
February 26 Zero F Ep. 8 This was a rather ordinary episode to lead into the next segment of the series. How will these loose ends get sewn up?
February 27 Shana III Ep. 20 The series just seems to be driving along at a steady pace without any bumps in the road to make things more exciting.
Nisemonogatari Ep. 8 It’s all part of the fun of watching this anime, but sometimes I don’t understand how what’s going on is relevant.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 20 The survival game is almost over. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the for-TV censoring that appears a lot in this anime.
Rinne Ep. 8 I’m glad to see this series has addressed the issue of where the humans who are living on other planets originally came from.
Feburary 28 Another Ep. 8 It’s starting to strike me that the writing is getting more and more contrived in its ways to get Misaki into the story. Hmmm
February 29 Ano Natsu Ep. 8 This episode was a lot of fun. Some big secrets got revealed, but there’s still more—Lemon’s identity being one of them.
Persona 4 Ep. 19 Why are the side stories more interesting than the main plot? It must be how well the bonus material adds to video game.
Persona 4 Ep. 20 The past few episodes were a nice diversion with good timing since there’s nobody to rescue. But it’s time for some action.
March 2 Amagami+ Ep. 9 I think I’d like Sae’s story much better if it wasn’t for that annoying narrator. He’s funny at times, but too obvious.
Guilty Crown Ep. 19 The climax of this episode was way too predictable. This was merely a pathway to the trials that are coming next.
BRS Ep. 5 Why is this show so good? The formula is simple, but there’s majesty in watching this visual metaphor reveal its deeper meaning.
March 3 Shana III Ep. 21 I’m glad to see more subtly in this battle than I’d originally assumed. Conflict other than physical violence adds depth.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week 2/19 – 2/25

Anime of the Week – Black★Rock Shooter
Somtimes the most innocent, unassuming comments can be the most painful. But when someone sinister is manipulating everyone’s feelings from behind the scenes, just how low will everyone’s hearts drop?
February 19 Persona 4 Ep. 18 I’m liking the additional side stories that the anime is adding to the video game’s plot. I guess it’s only natural.
February 20 Shana III Ep. 19 What a confusing episode. This series has always been clumsy with its dialogue. If you need to say something, just say it.
Rinne Ep. 7 This was a nice team building episode and a good lesson to everyone out there who thinks good deeds will always be praised.
Nisemonogatari Ep. 7 Kaiki’s send off was rather anticlimactic, but when I think about it I’m not sure why I expected more from him.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 19 I like the attitude of the new Yukiteru. He’s finally getting down to business. But this episode’s cliffhanger is weird.
Feburary 21 Another Ep. 7 I hope next week’s swimsuit episode will be handled with appropriate grace. This could be make or break for this series.
Zero F Ep. 7 Sometimes this series really gets its act together. Beset by troubles on every side, Saito manages to set a new plan in motion.
February 22 Ano Natsu Ep. 7 Secrets are starting to be revealed as outside forces coax the true feelings from the hearts of this group of adolescents.
February 24 Guilty Crown Ep. 18 It’s like this series has reverted back to its beginnings. Shu is a wimp, Gai is an ass and Inori is a mystery.
Amagami+ Ep. 8 Junichi and Kaoru may get along really well, but that doesn’t make for a good story. They’re more like siblings than lovers.
February 25 BRS Ep. 4 Humans are amazing creatures. The ways we adapt to the changes and challenges in our lives are fascinating and insightful.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week 2/12 – 2/18

Anime of the Week – Another
The writers gets big points this week for being able to read my mind. If your classmates are going to ignore you, call their bluff.
February 12 Guilty Crown Ep. 16 With the level of deceit surrounding Shu, it’s no wonder the world is beginning to fall apart—but can it still be saved?
BRS Ep. 2 What happened? All through the episode was a story of being bound, unable to escape. But now…everyone is suddenly freed? Huh?
Inu x Boku SS Ep. 5 This anime had some real potential to be sophisticated, but it’s since devolved into a menagerie of hyper sex jokes.
Nisemonogatari Ep. 6 The intricacies of “no doesn’t always mean no,” is too terrible a weapon for women to use indiscriminately.
Amagami+ Ep. 5 So far the Ai Nanasaki arc has been the most lovey-dovey story. Along with the quirkier girls, it’s set to a good pace.
Amagami+ Ep. 6 I thought the original series’ story of Nanasaki was too simple, but I’ve taken a liking to this style and her character.
Symphogear Ep. 3 Tsubasa and Hibiki are not getting along and some of Hibiki’s careless words are not helping their relationship.
Kill Me Baby Ep. 2 This series is cute and funny most of the time, but it just doesn’t have the permeating appeal of other moe anime.
February 13 Zero F Ep. 3 Although somewhat ineloquent in its writing, this anime does a decent job establishing some rather complicated politics.
Zero F Ep. 4 Saito has come a long ways from being a lowly familiar in season one, but he’s still unable to escape his troubles with women.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 18 In some ways I’m glad to find out there’s difficult circumstances behind Yuno’s craziness, but really it’s just so sad.
Rinne Ep. 6 Has this mecha anime finally started to reveal its true colors? Is it going to follow a more supernatural path like Evangelion?
Zero F Ep. 5 As much as Saito eyes other girls, he’s quite faithful to Louise. Sometimes he just gets stuck in a bad or worse scenario.
Zero F Ep. 6 Despite this being the obligatory fanservice onsen episode, there was actually a decent amount of genuine romance.
Feburary 14 Another Ep. 6 Sakakibara’s fantasy with Misaki was absolutely priceless. But the madness is just setting in as people become more desperate.
Shana III Ep. 18 The final battle is going to be long, with ideals being the combatant’s main motivation for victory. This will be good.
February 15 Persona 4 Ep. 15 I really liked the crossover music from Persona 3 in this episode. The real turning point of this series starts now.
Persona 4 Ep. 16 I wonder how many first-time viewers were able to guess Naoto’s secret before this episode. I think it should’ve been easy.
February 16 Ano Natsu Ep. 6 Thankfully this anime’s swimsuit episode has a good ratio of plot to fanservice as the unrequited love circles are revealed.
Persona 4 Ep. 17 I’ve said there’s not enough extra flavor in the anime to set it apart from the video game, but this episode delivered.
February 18 Guilty Crown Ep. 17 Ok…now what? I’m eager to see what happens next, but it feels like we’ve reached a bad end with no other options left.
BRS Ep. 3 Mamiko Noto is an awesome voice actress. There’s been a change in pace that makes the first two episodes seem like a mini-arc.
Amagami+ Ep. 7 I’m not sure Kaoru is a good match for Junichi. The two of them are so similar there’s no complement in their relationship.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

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