Sunday, April 12, 2009

Katamari Life Lessons

A warning: this is going to be long and (_perhaps_) educational.

A little intro for penguins not familiar with Katamari Damacy, or refresher for penguins who are familiar:

One crazy evening, The King of All Cosmos was drunk. In his majestic drunken frenzy, he destroyed all stars in the sky, plus the moon. Citizens of earth got confused. Being a good king, The King of All Cosmos mandated his son, the prince (of all cosmos) to descent to earth and roll things up to be made into stars. It involved intense struggle and unrelenting willpower, but the prince finally returned the starry night sky (and the moon) to rejoicing citizens of earth.

Yes, that picture on the upper left is The King and The Prince (small). Don't you wish to have a king as fabulous as that?

Wise as he is, The King didn't let his son roll around quietly; he provided soundtrack for his entertainment, and to impart some life lessons for passing by earthlings to ponder upon.

First lesson: sanity is overrated. Listen to this:

Katamari On The Rocks

In the beginning, it was just about someone learning to roll things up. Na-na-na-na-na-na-na, roll this, roll that, sing all the while! Then the rolling went out of control and he began to question "Why must we roll things up? Can't we just leave them be, maybe it's better to just let them be". Of course, normal rational people would think that way.

But then he got ideas: maybe it's fun rolling things up. Few minutes later he's singing proudly that he can roll like a pro! That's a message from The King, roll your sleeves and begin rolling, no point questioning, no mind can escape the temptation.

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Second lesson: Keep your heart in the Starlight Jamboree. But what is Starlight Jamboree? This:

Starlight Jamboree

In Starlight Jamboree, evaluation equals much rejoicing, examination equals festival. When things are going tough, play the drums in your heart 'pam-pam-pam-pam', then start the jamboree inside 'Staaaarlight - Staaaaaaarlight -Staaaaaaaaaaarlight - STAAAAAAR-LIGHT!' Nothing to be feared, the jamboree's raging inside!

Repel all exhaustion and worry with the jamboree. It's easy, it's just 'Staaaarlight - Staaaaaaarlight -Staaaaaaaaaaarlight - STAAAAAAR-LIGHT!'Don't panic if it gets stuck in your head, it's not because it's a catchy tune, it's because the jamboree has just began in your mind.

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Third lesson: Look forward to the future. Don't be chained by yesterday. Keep on trying new things, be a challenger. Challenger to the death, challenger forever. The King wouldn't agree to make a star from a katamari made by someone who doesn't have it in him to challenge himself, because such star wouldn't shine!

Tsuyogari Katamari

Bluffing Katamari

I was defeated by the magic of alcohol
it was such a sweet spell, and I couldn't resist
but that's all in the past now
I don't need it anymore
no more, ain't needing it anymore

I'm gonna change from now
refresh  re-fresh
I'm not gonna turn back, I'll press on forward
I wanna do new things,
things I never see, things I never hear
I'm always a challenger
my rival is myself

I used to long for strength,
the power to reduce everything to zero, such strength
but that's exactly what weakness is
and I don't need it anymore
no more, ain't needing it anymore

I'm gonna change from now
refresh  re-fresh
I'm no gonna lose anything, I'm making things
I wanna do new things,
things I never see, things I never hear
I'm always a challenger
I can go anywhere

But when I look around,
nobody's there, I'm alone
anxiety spins 'round in me
let's sing with words I've never heard before
la-la-la-la-ma, la-la-la-ma-ma
I'm not gonna worry
la-la-la-na-na-na-na~
anxiety's kinda fun
my heart's pounding, flutttering
I'm always a challenger
boredom is my enemy

I'm gonna change from now
refresh  re-fresh
I'm not gonna stand still, I can keep on walking
I wanna do new things,
things I never see, things I never hear
I wanna keep being a challenger (I wanna keep being a challenger)
when I die, I'll die a challenger (when I die, I'll die a challenger)
I'm a challenger forever (I'm a challenger forever)

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Fourth lesson: and final lesson for today. I can't possibly catch all lessons The King of All Cosmos was trying to say, and it'd be unwise to just unroll them all in one go; it'd make me run out of material. The lesson is:

  • love nature,
  • eat properly,
  • get enough sleep,
  • go outside in the sun sometimes,
  • seriously, be nice to people

Then shine bright as a constellation. Surprisingly sane, considering it's from The King of All Cosmos? Maybe, look at the video:

Katamari Love