Because I'm a shameless Manjoume fangirl.
This is where I feature a character from an anime and explain their name meanings. If you'd like to request a name meaning, let me know! ^_^
Name: Yukimura Seiichi
Anime: Prince of Tennis
Yukimura is a wonderful character that has lots of potential... His name is quite fitting to his character as well. "Yuki" is the kanji
for peace or happiness, and "mura" means village. I think this reflects the serenity of his nature very well.
The more interesting part about his name is the fact that it stems from the historic Japanese war hero, Sanada Yukimura. A
brilliant tactician and expert in the art of war, he almost led a successful campaign against the then-shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. He is
ultimately betrayed and meets a tragic end. I think it's interesting indeed, that the powerhouse tennis team Rikkaidai's Captain (Yukimura)
and Vice Captain (Sanada) are named after this true life hero.
"Sei" means soul or life force. This of course, speaks to Yukimura's passionate feelings toward tennis, and his incredible
will to overcome his suffering to become greater than he is. Ichi is a common ending for a boy's name.
[ previous name meanings ]
Friday, April 08, 2005
* Glass Mask 1 *
Glass Mask Ep 1: The Girl With a Thousand Masks
First of all, I'll note that I'm not sure if this is a re-broadcast of this series or completely new. I'm quite ignorant of the animated history of this story, since I only have the manga version. So if anyone can enlighten me, please do. ^_^ I'm a little too lazy right now to do my own research on this.
In any case, this series now being animated is based on the classic (well, I like to think of it as classic) shojo series known as "Garasu no Kamen," or Glass Mask. I thought this first episode was an excellent start. I loved the animation and character design. It looks a little softer than the manga (which is still good, I might add), and for some reason, I really liked how they drew Ayumi. But the most breathtaking part was the scenery, which was beautifully drawn in fading colors. The music is also quite good.
The anime so far seems to hold quite closely to the manga. I will probably note the similarities and differences if I continue to blog this series. ^_~
My summaries will likely be brief.
So we get introduced to Kitajima Maya, quite the ordinary 13 year old girl. She lives with her mother (father has died) and helps out at the noodle shop where her mother works. She delivers noodles to customers, but they always know that they should never send her on a delivery to the movie theater, because she ends up sneaking into one of the shows and staying for hours on end, forgetting her work.
She comes home after another such incident, hours late. Her mother is understandably exasperated, and scolds her for having no sense at all. She's actually quite harsh to her daughter, saying she has no other skills, or anything to her credit.
Asked why she loves the theater so much, she answers that she hardly understands, herself. Only...when she watches, she becomes enamored by the fantasy of becoming somebody else...anybody but herself.
Maya likes to act out scenes from what she's seen on television for the children in the park...and one such day, an old woman happens upon her as she is performing. Something strikes this woman about Maya, and she instantly realizes that this is the girl she had been searching for. She approaches Maya and tries to talk to her, but the wind blows the hair from the woman's face, revealing a horrible scar. Maya runs from her, scared for her life (understandably...lol).
Later, Maya discovers that there is a play showing at the local theater - La Traviata - and she desperately wants to go. Sugiko, the evil daughter of her mother's boss, tells her that she's got tickets to see this play. On the night of New Year's eve (the busiest night of the year for the noodle shop), one of the part time workers call out sick...leaving only Maya and Sugiko to do all the deliveries. Sugiko offers Maya a proposition: :Do all the deliveries by yourself, and I will give you this ticket." Maya agrees.
So on the night of New Year's eve, she runs herself ragged, and manages to make all the deliveries, in time. But Sugiko, the evil girl she is, deliberately releases the ticket into the winds, and it flies into the river below the bridge they are standing upon. Maya jumps into the cold waters below after it...
Her mother, watching in horror from the side, wonders...what kind of person will Maya grow up to be, reckless as she is...? Also watching on the sidelines is that mysterious woman who had earlier tried to talk to Maya.
Maya goes to the theater on the day of the play, and as she's looking for her seat, she bumps into a very handsome man...who turns out to be Hayami Masumi. He helps her find her seat (or rather, he authoritatively tells the usher to help her). Maya blushes as she looks up at this young man...mmmm....lol. The usher explains to Maya after he leaves that he is the young president of Daito Productions, a major entertainment company that owns theaters and such all over the place, and manages many talented actors and performers.
Just before the play begins, Maya also catches sight of Himekawa Ayumi, the young girl who has been acting since childhood. She has come with her father to see this play - as it is her mother Utako who is in the starring role.
The episode ends with the narrator telling us that at this point in time, no one was to know that these two young ladies will eventually become heated rivals...
Next Week: Bibi's Mask
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