Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
I’m finally getting back into anime after taking an inexplicable hiatus! Hooray! Code Geass is a great anime. It’s not fantastic, but it’s great. It’s about Britannian (heretofore referred to as “American”) boy, Lelouch, who lives in Area 11 (heretofore referred to as “Japan”) who essentially dons a mask and starts rebelling against American leaders in an effort to set free the Japanese, who had since become the subjects of American rule after they lost a war. At the same time, Lelouch’s best friend, a Japanese boy, becomes an honorary American and fights against Lelouch, unbeknownst to both of them. As an added twist, Lelouch gains a power to command anyone do whatever they want once so long as he’s within a certain range and has eye contact with his target. There are mechs and love triangles and all sorts of fun extra stuff. Some directional choices and the somewhat weird art style (everyone is so freaking skinny and tall!) throw me off, and the pacing and story aren’t amazing, but overall, Code Geass is worthy of your time.
I hate to admit I’m becoming a big fan of indie pop, but Banks’ first album is hit or miss from song to song. Some stand out and remind me of the best of Lana Del Rey and Lykke Li, but others fall flat. Still others are completely forgettable. Still, her good tracks are great and more than recommended. Check out Alibi, Goddess, Brain, and Drowning.