Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: an accidental wilderness
I was watching YouTube reviews of Oyasumi Punpun and GTO the other day, these two reviewers cited them as the manga that taught them how to live life. I have not read Punpun although everyone seems to rave about it. I remember as a kid back in the day, maybe 9 or 10 years old, I used to watch the anime version of GTO religiously every afternoon after school. It was one of my favourite shows, even though at the time I didn't really understand what the story was about.
I recall this one scene where Onizuka broke into Asuza's house to look for something, and after rifling through her underwear drawer he ended up with a pair of her panties on his head. I remember seeing this scene through my parents' eyes and thinking it was so crass and "beneath me". Looking back now it just makes me kind of sad. I wish I had a teacher like Onizuka.
That was the late '90s, golden era of J-dramas, so I watched a lot of that too after school. I remember this one about a group of five or six friends in high school or college, just really tight #friendshipgoals, and at the end they were going to graduate and go their separate ways, but they promised to stay friends forever. I don't remember the name of the drama and can't even trace it now.
But at the time I was so completely absorbed by the story, their beautiful close friendship even though they each had different personalities and family backgrounds. It made me look forward to growing up and being a part of a group like that. Who would've thought that here I am, a decade into adulthood and I've never experienced anything close to that, maybe never will. If you told 10-year-old me that the road ahead was gonna be filled with disappointment, dashed hopes and expectations, I wonder how she would've reacted? Probably with disbelief and told you that you're crazy.