Loving Where You Are

あっちこっち (Place To Place)

I do not mean the title as a physical space, but an emotional one. I suppose being somewhere you like does help a lot too, but I will try and stick to the emotional. It has been a long time since I last posted anything or even wrote notes and planned something. So, I am going to get right into it; this anime is, hands down, one of my favourites, because nothing happens. I suppose that makes me a boring person, but I was never good with earth shattering plot-twists or deaths in the family. I would always end a series, or a heavy episode and stare into the abyss that was my powered down computer or television. Sitting a staring long enough to warrant suspicion from old roommates and family.

Most people might call Acchi Kocchi an underwhelming love story; there is no progression in the characters or plot. A group of five high school friends are our main protagonists. The only catch is two of them, Tsumiki and Io, go about their daily lives experiencing a lot of lover’s tension. At least Tsumiki seems to experience most of this tension; I only saw Io get flustered once in this series. Like most slice of life I have seen the characters move through their lives, laughing and playing away. This is not what I want to talk about though, there is something different about this show that really got to me.

I wanted to bring up how content all the characters are with their lives. Everyone has skills they are good at and this show emphasizes them. And they all cruise through their days with such ease. Although, I am sure there are times when the cameras are off they experience heartbreak, sadness or loneliness. We get small glimpses of life in their world that I am sure there are times they do not want to talk to people or feel the weight from their responsibilities.

There is no way one can go through life without feeling some sort of negative emotion. Unless you distanced yourself from everyone the moment you were born and lived an apathetic life. Never feeling happiness or sadness and just plain existing. Everyone is different, what makes you happy changes over lifetimes. I used to drink beers, eat burritos and watch anime at least once a week, but I have changed. Now I find myself drinking beer and being in the company of friends, listening to metal and discussing Star Wars lore in incredible detail.

Imagine I put together an anime that was 12 episodes long; every scene would be between my friends and I doing something stupid. Or perhaps enjoying holidays with my family. No one would want to see a show about me sitting in my room looking at my to-do list and taking hours to decide what should be done, because it happens a lot more than I would care to admit. Despite those feeling I still love where I am, mentally. These bursts of sadness happen to everyone, but there is always happiness just around the corner. I believe everyone can get out of his or her slumps, no matter how sad/depressed. You need to change your lifestyle. I did. I started this blog solely because I hit my lowest point, ever. And I started writing less over the past two months because I am now back in school and I am happy where I am.

So look to make your life better, if you are feeling down look for ways to build yourself back up. As I said, Acchi Kocchi is one of my favourite anime. It never fails to make me happy and I believe everyone should watch things that give them butterflies in their stomach and a smile on their face, because that is my key to loving where I am.