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The Glorious Return of Michael

Missed me? You see, I was in the hospital since Wednesday, confirming just how unrealistic the details of hospitals in Hantsuki are recovering from a seizure that I suffered right smack in the middle of class. (Family Therapy class, no less.) Apparently, my calcium levels were dangerously low and phosphorous levels were dangerously high, and plus I was under lots of stress due to school. But for the several days I was at the hospital, I had greater fears that my childhood epilepsy had returned and that it meant I would no longer be able to drive, among other things, and that I would be really dependent on others for basic tasks for the rest of my life. Fortunately, that was not the case. It was just a nutritional and electrolyte deficiency according to the doctors. I have to see an endocrinologist in a week.

This was a real wake up call for me: to take much better care of my body, especially in the areas of diet, sleep, and exercise. I’m taking calcium pills, swearing off alcohol and soda altogether, and going to try to get 7.5 hours of sleep a night minimum. I have to, because my body just sent me a serious warning, and fortunately it was at a relatively young age rather than later, when it’s much harder to correct. To any otaku who are reading this who had similarly unhealthy habits to me (not enough sleep, staying up real late, eating junk food a lot and drinking)…your body cannot take everything. It’s got limits. And you may end up hitting those limits without warning and when it’s least convenient. That’s what I learned the hard way. Don’t let it happen to you, especially if you have a history of poor health in your childhood, like I did.

I’d like to thank my friends and family for taking good care of me–calling me, visiting, checking up on how I’m doing. I felt really cared for while I was in the hospital and am deeply touched and grateful. Y’all rock.

Things will be back to normal for me on this website starting next week, though from now on, my bodily needs are going to be more important even than this endeavor. I won’t have to stop altogether obviously, and I have no desire to, but I will be sure to spend some time in the evening exercising and no more late night posting.

Review: Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Hantsuki)


Also called “Looking Up at the Half-Moon”: a fine title that I should have used for one of my stories

This 6 episode drama OAV aspires to be, and should have been a quiet, believable short story about the struggles and joys of two hospital patients. The unsynthesized and unpretentious opening song (a wonderful song, by Nobuko) promises as much, and at its best, the show fulfilled that promise. But more often than not, it preferred soap opera histrionics and out-of-place humor to realistic character-driven action. I see a story that, in the hands of more skillful writers, could have become a genuinely affecting tale without being melodramatic–the way Honey and Clover was at its best. But the most I could feel in the final episode was “oh. It’s over. Wonderful.” And that, unfortunately, is pretty much a death blow for a show of this kind.
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