Even after the past few chapters, I can’t say I feel any more sympathetic towards Obito than I did a couple of weeks ago. I mean, I get it, he went through some traumatic shit, but does losing the girl he had a crush on really justify giving up on the rest of the world? On all the people who cared about him and provided for him in the past? The way that he betrayed Minato in particular, and (let’s not forget) KILLED THE THIRD’S WIFE makes it difficult for me to feel like he’s anything short of a selfish monster.
I have been pretty understanding towards most of the villains in this series (with Danzo being the notable exception), even Sasuke when everyone was saying that he was a brat for leaving the village and later for turning his rage and lust for vengeance against the Leaf. Sasuke lost his whole family and set himself on a quest for revenge only to find out that his life’s ambition was a lie and that he’d been manipulated into killing the person who cared about him most in the world. I found his turn to the dark side compelling and tragic.
Obito’s turn felt too Star Warsy to me. As a matter of fact, it was almost exactly the plot of Star Wars, with the old wrinkly guy in a cloak, artificial body parts, and everything.
Let’s recap the situation: His former teammate killed the girl he had a crush on, then he went on a rampage, and now he thinks it’s okay to hurt and kill everyone who cared about him and whom he used to care about, so that he, and I guess whoever else is left alive at the end of this war, can live in a fantasy world where Rin is still alive and presumably loves him back. Sorry, Obi, I won’t be too broken up about it when Kakashi cuts you down, but I’ll be very upset if you end up taking him with you.
The Ice King was the one who gave Hambo to Marceline when she was a little girl. That was too much, Adventure Time. That was just too much.
As many people have pointed out, there are dozens of gaping plotholes, glaring inconsistencies, and paradoxes left unresolved in the movie Looper, but as Lucy Lawless once said, “Whenever you notice something like that, a wizard did it.”
Looper is such a fun ride, you have to put all that nitpicking aside and just chalk it up to wizards.
For those of you who have already seen the movie, who do you think makes a better time traveler bent on destroying / preserving the future? Bruce Willis? Arnold? The T-1000? Or Marty McFly?
So I’ve been keeping to my promise to write a page everyday. Even when I came home drunk at 2:30 a.m. the other night, I fired up my computer and started spewing (not quality material, but part of the process) while I had some ramen with sliced beef, Chinese broccoli, and an egg.
Unfortunately, being drunk and exhausted as I was, I hit my laptop’s power button by accident while the file with everything I’d written was open, and after I restarted, I found that the file had been corrupted, so I just ended up destroying a couple of days’ quality work product and one night of drunken rambling.
I’m going to have to try to recreate the quality stuff in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, I actually managed to put together a solid short story that I’m proud of last night, so I think this process of forcing myself to write something no matter what it is, or how banal, is working out.
Neil Gaiman once said that he would make sure to write one page everyday, no matter what and at the end of a year, he would have enough material for a book. That’s how he was able to write books he didn’t have time to write.
I’m going to give that a shot. 365 days, one page each day in the early morning or at night after I get home, then a month of editing to make sure the whole thing makes sense and hangs together properly. Then I’ll see what I end up with. Whatever it is, I hope it’s worth reading.