Monday, September 26, 2011

Lucu Lucu

is Lucifer. I finally figured that out at the very end of the manga. When only 2 or 3 chapters were left to read, ‘that’ page (I’ve forgotten which one now!) reminded me of Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” and the name “Lucifer” popped up in my mind. Anyway, the manga got a little fast-paced towards the end (after 6th volume) and a lot of (or few) questions were deliberately left unanswered while the author (or Lucu Lucu) ‘kept winking’ at the reader to figure it out by themselves! Not a bad ending for a series that had a ‘Slice of Life’ feel.

Speaking of endings, Nichijou (the anime) also ended yesterday after 26 hilarious episodes. It’s ending was a pure ‘Slice of Life’ ending and the fourth wall was never broken in an attempt to convey the end of series, which was done in Sketchbook with too many blatant cues that I felt like crying (metaphorically, not literally). This means I’ve to update my Anime/Manga list once again…

Speaking of reminiscences, here are four lines (most probably they qualify as Shers) cooked up by my (cousin?) sister (identified as R in this post):

हर लम्हा हर पल एक याद बन जाता है
खुली किताब में एक किस्सा बन जाता है

Har lamha har pal ek yaad ban jaata hai
Khuli kitaab mein ek kissa ban jaata hai

Every moment gets memorized
As an anecdote in an open book

जीने को तो हरदम जीते हैं इस एक पल में
ये पल यकीनन उसका हिस्सा बन जाता है

Jeene ko to hardam jeete hain is ek pal mein
Ye pal yakinan uska hissa ban jaata hai

Lives are spent in this one moment
Each moment is trapped in its nook

-विषालिका (Vishalika)

The last line in her original version of the second ‘sher’ was too long along with an explicit mention of the ‘book’. I replaced it with the pronoun ‘its (उसका)’ and removed other ‘clutter’ to shorten the line. Since she ‘liked’ the ‘mutilated sher’, the meaning must have not been lost in transition. (At least in the Hindi version; I didn’t show her my English translations!)

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  1. Sorry, I wanted to wait to comment on this until I finished watching Nichijou. I agree with you about its ending's pure "slice of lifeness," which almost seems strange to me given how random the series could be at times.

    I am guessing you probably noticed Nano's title drop when talking about her "ordinary life," but I was wondering more about whether or not Sekiguchi was flying in the fighter plane with Daiku at the end.

    Now that the series is over though, I am interesting in hearing if there were any moments or characters during the TV series' run that really left a lasting impression for you.

    I hear that there is at least one bonus episode in one of the DVD releases so I guess there is that to look forward to.

  2. Sorry, I don't get the "Nano's title drop" reference. I did notice the fighter plane at the end and was just glad that they reused the gag from the beginning of the episode.

    Any & all antics of Yukko left lasting impressions, especially her version of how/why Mio-chan got her hairstyle! :) Also, Mai-chan's reticent/gloomy(?) nature reminded me of Kokage at times. Other gags involving the guy with mohawk & Sakurai-Sensei's interactions with her students, brother & Takasaki-Sensei were also interesting, to say the least.

    Well, the manga is (hopefully) still being scanlated so that's one more good thing to look forward to.

  3. The "title drop" thing was a pretty dumb comment anyway. I was just mentioning how Nano talked about her life potentially becoming more of an ordinary one without that wind-up key in her back, referring to the name of the series itself (i.e. Nichijou=Ordinary Life).

    Yeah, I think Yukko's daydream explanations of Mio's hairstyle make Natsumi's dreams about Kate's origins seem tame by comparison. As for Mai, I agree with you about the similarities between her and Kokage. I wonder if she has some of the same shyness that Kobako said Kokage does.

    When you mentioned Tsuyoshi (the guy with the mohawk), it reminded me of when he pretended to be possessed which I thought was very funny for some silly reason.

  4. It should be विशालिका..thanks for posting it..