CCY’s first ‘Twelve Days Project’ (which sounds like a doomsday device, if you ask me) was more or less the first thing that happened on this blog, so I’d be foolish not to repeat the exercise for 2008. Why so late starting, though?
Two reasons: firstly, as you may or may not have noticed I’ve been away meditating in a cave behind a waterfall recently, and secondly I bothered to do some research wiki’d, and the apparently the traditional Twelve Days run from Christmas Day to Epiphany. Far be it from me to go against tradition.
This year I’ve given up on finding the right number of things for each day of the song (maths was never my strong point) and I’ve focused on anime broadcast in 2008. This was a surprisingly tough restriction: I realise now that a substantial majority of the anime I consumed this year wasn’t from this year. Without it, however, I would have had a nasty case of ‘LotGH GOES IN EVERY FIELD’ on my hands.
My chosen twelve moments are also not intended to tell you what the year’s best anime were. I seem to recall making a similar point, in relation to Code Geass, this time last year, so perhaps I’d better begin with Code Geass again.
Do you remember the eighth episode of Code Geass R2? It was the one which featured a million Zero costumes and a brief discussion between Lelouch and Suzaku about Japaneseness. What I particularly liked, however, was the arrival of the Black Knights’ getaway vehicle: a giant, militarised iceberg.
The simple punster in me shouted ‘ICE BOAT’ just as I realised that – intentional or not – it was a reference to Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
In the Legend‘s history, Ale Heinessen escaped (with four hundred thousand followers) from the oppressive Galactic Empire in ice boats. (Long montage? That’s galactic history for you.) The parallels between Lelouch’s escape and the (presumably rather chilly) beginning of Ale’s ’10,000 Light-Year March’ aren’t overwhelming, but they are stimulating – and an unkind writer would point out that, if you put the Legend and Geass side-by-side, Geass is definitely the child playing with ice boats. But I think I’ve made some similarly snide comparison already this year, so I won’t say that.
Besides, I heartily enjoyed Code Geass, good or not, and the ICE BOAT was Geass in microcosm: the utterly cheap pun and the thought-provoking comparison wrapped up in one moment. I love it far too much to speak ill of it.
They All Come Crawling Back
It looks like the ‘bit’ I referred to in my last post was about a month. I’ve been able to examine the relationship between the blog and the rest of my time. I’ve also decided that running out of ideas is really no impediment to blogging, as I can always retreat into mundanity.
Comments saying ‘welcome back’ are pleasant, but not necessary – this is potentially much more significant.