I was going to write a post about how stressed I've been about getting married.
I was going to complain to you all.
I was going to try to explain how close my head has been to imploding, these last few months. And how I'm sorry about that. And how I feel like, if it does nothing else, may convince some people that I am merely human.
I may write that post later today, if anyone wants to hear my thoughts on it all.
But right now, I can only say that one of the ways I've been able to deal with all of the wedding-related stress is by watching anime. I can immerse myself in a show and its characters and forget that I haven't yet ordered flowers.
"Nodame Cantible" is one of those shows that I love. It's about two students at a music college in Tokyo, Chiaki and Nodame (nickname of Noda Megumi), and how they're suddenly thrown into each other's lives. It's about learning to accept yourself and your fears and your memories of the past. It's about music and the joy that it can bring to life and to the musician itself. It's comedic and sweet; tragic and touching; and one of my favorite shows of what's aired recently in Japan. It's a love story--one of those sweet ones that take forever to grow and are all the more worthwhile for seeing how a friendship can turn into something else.
And it's got great music.
It's currently fansubbed, which is how I watched it, but what's even better is that it's based off a manga of the same name. The manga is being put out by Del Rey in English; they're up to volume 10, which is good, since that's where the anime leaves off. I don't know if it will ever get picked up by US distribution, the anime, that is, but I truly hope that it does.
I loved it. =)
(As a sidenote, since I've been watching "Nodame Cantible", as well as another anime about music, I've wanted more and more to play an instrument again. Chris played the viola for eleven years, and even though he's out of practice, he's still GOOD. Even with needing a new set of strings. I played the piano for two years when I was seven and eight, and I played the flute when I was in fourth and fifth grade. I stopped with both because I didn't have the discipline to practice. But, as an adult now, I find that I really want to learn to play an instrument again. I want to be able to create music. So maybe, in a few months, when we've paid off the wedding debt, I'll figure out about taking lessons. I'd like to. And I firmly believe that you are never too old to learn anything, even if it's for a second time. =) I only wish I knew what instrument I wanted to learn... choices, choices...)