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Gintama Primer

I first wrote this a few months ago in an email to a friend, because she wanted a primer for Gintama, which is a wildly funny and brilliant series, but extremely difficult to describe. I've emailed it to enough people now that I figured I should just make it into a post.

Note: This is not a complete guide to all of Gintama. This is basically something I think would be helpful if you're trying to figure out if you'll like this series. I think if you watch through all the episodes I suggested and still aren't too fond of it, then it might not be for you. (I'm less confident of saying this about the corresponding manga chapters, because I feel like it takes more reading to get a good sense of the series. ... If that makes sense.) But if you DO like it, you can scroll down to the very bottom for more comprehensive guides.

So if you're interested in trying out this series...

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Going back to Chicago in two days. There's a tight bundle of nerves and dread sitting heavily in my stomach, and I don't want to think about the all the things I need to do in this next year. But it's not a matter of choice. MCAT and applications. There is no try.

More than that, though. Second year was a socially miserable year, and now when I think of UChicago, I think of the cold and the dark and silent bus rides home. Who would want to go back to that kind of place? It's too late and inconvenient to transfer schools now. I'll just have to wait it through and hope that third year will be better.

After college, I hope I never have to step foot in the Midwest again.
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The strangest thing to think about is how little I was aware of most people, in all their depth and complexities, when I was in high school. Meaning that I only ever considered them from their surface layers, that I only ever thought of them in the vaguest of ways, and I never thought to go much deeper. Some of them I had known (though not particularly well) since third grade, so maybe it was a process of desensitization. Just the years turning over and over and bringing little change, so some classmates just became familiar faces my mind never registered.

Sometimes when I'm bored or procrastinating, I look at the profiles of people I'd once shared the same classrooms with or walked down the same hallways, and there's always the slightly unsettling feeling that I had never known them at all.
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Have not posted in forever. I am getting very bad at this sort of thing.

I'm in the middle of my second year at college now. Still getting my homework done and taking tests and being rather socially inept. (Listen well kids, this kind of thing is what you need to do if you never want to be cool. Ever.)

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This has been the worst Thanksgiving in all my working memory.