The Takumi Factor

A want a good, clean fight gentlemen

So the Takumi debate rages on in the Jinsei channel. I stand by my declaration that he’s not in the wrong. In Episode 31 you saw him take pretty drastic measures when he found out what was going on with Hachi. At first you might think this is a bit of a dick move, but he’s the only damned person in this show who’s assertive enough to just do what he wants in a direct manner. Everyone else has their own agendas and they pussyfoot round issues or use others as proxies to achieve their aims. Not Takumi. Truth is, he knows how wishy-washy Hachi can be and he knows a sharp jolt is the only thing that will spur her into action. She’s hardly blameless here, and neither is Nobu. Both of them were so eager to satisfy their own needs, they didn’t wait until the dust had settled, and the last episode (and the next) are the consequences of that. I’m not saying Takumi’s a saint, far from it… the greatest aspect of this show is how multi-dimensional everyone is. Hold back before you condemn him.

Anyway, the ACTUAL reason for this post was to let you know there’ll be a lull in releasing. I’ve just started a new job so free time is at a premium right now. We could probably pick up the pace again when we get back to the Ureshii scripts (Episode 37 onwards), but whilst I’m transcribing again, the process is slower, especially since I’m dog tired when I arrive home.

Thanks for flying with Air Jinsei!


Rest In Peace MCA (Adam Yauch)


So today Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away after a three year battle with cancer. This was pretty crappy for me on a personal level, as the Beasties were a big hip-hop/rock crossover band for me, and they turned me on to a lot of great hip-hop acts. As well as being a top-notch MC, he also directed a lot of the Beasties’ music videos and founded an independent film company, Oscilloscope Pictures. This guy contributed so much to popular culture it’s unbelievable. He was also a Buddhist, and he was involved in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert. It’s a real fucking shame cancer took him at the age of 47. He had a lot left to give.

Cancer is a real shitter of a disease and it’s sadly becoming more and more common. If nothing else, MCA’s passing puts my own life into some sort of perspective. This guy did all he could to follow his dreams and achieved an incredible amount in his (relatively short) lifespan. I can’t honestly say I’ve put as much effort into realising my ambitions as he did.

RIP MCA, you’ll be missed.

No Ep Today, so Have Some Trapnest!

Mayuyu’s out getting drunk and I have to go to my nephew’s 9th birthday party. Episode 22 is pretty much ready, though, so expect a release early tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy the official PV of Trapnest’s “A Little Pain”! And by Trapnest, I mean Olivia Lufkin, Reira’s singer. She’s half-Japanese and half-Norweigan, I believe.