Written by TheBigN
For a change of pace, today the focus is on statements I heard over the year that worked for me. A great way to show my limitations and weaknesses here, so feel free to add lines that you think I should have added. 😛
- “One who masters being a butler becomes the master of the world.” – 2nd OP animation for Hayate the Combat Butler.
- This phrase kicks off the second half of the hopefully 52 episode series, seems to indicate how epic things might become for our Combutler Hayate, and prefaces the new OP song from KOTOKO, a high energy affair that I can easily consider to be my favorite work from her (shows how awesome my standards are, j/k), and a heck of a lot better than the first OP. Of course, having the line spoken by patron saint of manly voices Norio Wakamoto adds much more awesomeness to it.
- “I was planning on sending my abundant amount of love to the corners of the world by turning it into a fragment” – Episode 1 of Hidamari Sketch
- This is why improvisation is fun. Miyako playing around in the snow attempts to write “Love & Peace” by her footsteps. Apparently her English isn’t too good as she misspells Peace “Piece”. Sae and Hiro catch this, and when Hiro presses her on what was meant by using Piece instead of the normal spelling, the above line was uttered. Of course that excuse didn’t work, but it was a unique one, and shows off the creativity of Miyako’s mind. 😛
- “My dream is to hold a baby tiger, getting scared of it, and running away in fear. It’s a dream of failure” – Episode 9 of Hidamari Sketch
- This line occurred while the students in Yoshinoya-sensei’s class were stating their dreams of the future to a guest teacher. As Yuno’s struggling to say what her dream is, Miyako buts in and utters this strange dream for the future. A catch is that Miyako’s sleeping while saying this line so you can believe that she doesn’t mean it (ramblings while sleeping tend to be like that), but another catch is that given Miyako’s personality/behavior, you wouldn’t say that saying and hoping to have that dream while being awake is not out of the possibility. Another reason while she’s my favorite HidaSketch character.
- “Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb!” – Throughout Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- While many other epic statements were mentioned in TTGL (such as the famous “believe in yourself” comment, as well as Simon’s speeches that placed hair on our chests), this one gets the nod for me because the message applied to everyone. First uttered by Kamina, and what became the motto of the Gurren Brigade as the series progressed, the phrase kept everyone motivated even when the odds were stacked against them. Even after Kamina leaves the realm of the living, it also served as a reminder to the Gurren Brigade of the man that started the Gurren Brigade. And as we were led to an intergalactic battle for the sake of the universe, it allowed us to never be overwhelmed at the progress we saw, no matter how unusual it was. ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER indeed.
- “MASSUGU GO!” – Throughout Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight
- Initially Manabi’s catchphrase, meaning “go straight ahead”, this line quickly spread throughout the rest of the Seioh Student Council, as a rallying cry to keep moving forward in order to progress. Applied to a variety of situations, it a motivational statement that represents a theme of life when you think about it.
- “Yes, depleted uranium” – Episode 5 of Lucky Star
- While Tsukasa is more known for her obsession with saying Balsamic Vinegar, this line through me for a loop since it pretty much came out of left field for me. We have Tsukasa talking to Konata on the phone about something that seems to seemed like some sort of toy. All of a sudden, Tsukasa says, “Depleted Uranium, huh? That’s cool!”. It’s never explained, and from then on, I’m left wondering what the hell just happened there. Nicely played, KyoAni. Nicely played.
- “For the request which I ask of you, please reply with either ‘Hai’ or ‘Yes'”, Night Wizard.
- Anzelotte’s catch phrase when she wants her Night Wizards to perform a mission for her. And when I say “want”, I mean “expects”, and “perform a mission” means “offer their sou-“, I mean, “risk their lives”. It’s a simple thing, really.
- “Taco, taco, tacos…”, ad nauseum, El Cazador de la Bruja
- The joke that never ended in El Cazador, this theme song from the Amigo Tacos restaurant when initially introduced (like episode 8), was sang at least once in majority of the remaining episodes. While the jingle isn’t that bad, the continuous singing of it was, until L.A. rescued it from the ashes in episode 17ish and when Lirio attempted to sing it in the last episode. One thing for sure: I’m not going to forget that song anytime I’m thinking of tacos. A curse to be sure. This clip provides one of the more stirring examples:
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- “They were wonderful scores that had human warmth to them!” – Episode 3 of Minami-ke
- Said by Kana to compensate for the fact that her scores in the 60s range have some merit to them when compared to 90s or 100s, and that they are even better since they aren’t robotic scores. It’s kinda like a desperate cry for attention/help, you could say, and it totally fits her. She does seem like the type of person to yield great results if she tried hard enough though.
- “The ultimate human drama of a teacher and 3.1 students.” – Episode 6 of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
- During a fake trailer for a SZS movie around the 6 minute mark, we have this line during a monochrome setting and a stirring guitar rendition of the main theme of the show (one which I was disappointed not to find on the OST). A confusing statement, which Itoshiki-sensei also picks up on. “Why 0.1?”, he asks, to which a student replies that because “Hiroshi’s still alive”, that’s how things ended up. For me it was one of the funnier moments of the show for me, because random humor in serious/poignant moments always seems to work for me. :3
- “Whether it’s just one scene or one cut, I want to make a film that shakes the souls of those who see it. For that sake, it won’t work if that moment doesn’t shake my own soul.” – Episode 6 of ef – a tale of memories.
- Now that’s conviction, and this made Kyousuke my favorite character of the series. While both Hiro and Kyousuke bring up valid points in each of their arguments, with this line, Kyousuke effectively ends the conversation, stating his philosophy on what he wants to do. At that moment, Hiro, still mired with lots of indecisioin, couldn’t really respond in kind.
Next time, more music, less mayhem~