Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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But when I am consumed in the fire, Give me new Phoenix wings to fly at my desire.

There's a famous sonnet by Keats titled, "On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again." It's about, well, sitting down to read King Lear once again, and the meaning that has for Keats.

There's something about sitting down with a work you know is good, that you get a little more out of every time you experience it. Just the anticipation is sweet.

Today I begin to watch all of Revolutionary Girl Utena once again. For the last couple years I've been exercising on a ski machine. I watch video as I ski, typically anime, a half hour at a time. Just finished Blue Seed (it had its moments, but I'm afraid the dumbness outweighed the moments).

It's been a couple of years since I watched Utena all the way through. I'm looking forward to it. I've said before, in many places, Utena is the single best anime show I know, in terms of the depth of its characters, the importance of its themes, the extreme and surreal visual imagination of its creators, the severe geometric beauty of its art, its transcendent, incandescent music, the way humor and high seriousness balance each other. The way the overall, 39-episode plot arc ineluctably works its way to its wrenching, touching, bittersweet conclusion I can only describe as 'noble'.

I'm looking forward to watching it all unfold again.


meaning: pierce

裸一貫 == hadakaikkan == (noun) without any means, reduced to naked personal merit
貫徹 == kantetsu == (noun) accomplishment, realization, penetration

Bottom radical is 'shell/money' (貝). This character was originally a pictograph of two shells/money pierced and threaded on a stick; eventually the 'pierced' meaning predominated. Henshall suggests taking the top radical as a version of 'mother' (母), and as a mnemonic: 'Mother pierced by sharp shell.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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