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On my work That Model

What does it mean to grow up? It is the will to begin. The protagonist (Psalms of Planets Eureka 7) is just a typical innocent brat. Obsessed with his female idol, and fantasizing some sort of “future” with her, he recklessly turns that into his inspiration for how to pursue a girl he would love at first sight in real life, taking off in a roller-coaster thrilling adventure. The most annoying bit is that this character is very much like me. That impulsive young man! Like everyone else, he would have loved to meet that girl he loves at first sight, and at the same time take on that grand trip offered by his idol, to ride a special robot and become a member of a gang revolting against the world.

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What does it mean to grow up? It is the will to accept. Following the development of the story, that is, a sense of helplessness intensifying due to the gradual loss of ideal, the protagonist soon realizes that he is not that special and, in fact, he is selfish and foolish. When all the beliefs begin to shatter with the dreadful facts of the events, whether to keep lying to yourself or to accept the truth is perhaps one turning point in growing up.

What does it mean to grow up? It is the will to confront. He tries to escape, he is determined to run far away, yet eventually he decides to come back. He realizes other people are working hard even if the future is unpredictable. So there must be something that he is capable of doing. At least the one he loves should always be under his own protection.

Yes, these are what we have always experienced in life. The choices we made determine our paths, whereas our paths shape our future… Growing up might take a long, long time, yet it might occur in an eye blink. What does it actually mean to grow up? There is no definite answer. Perhaps the genuine part of growing up necessarily requires us to observe what was, and is, unnoticeable?

Every time I see this model, I recall that scene when the female and male protagonists are driving fearlessly up in the sky. It is motivating. When I open this box, I am compelled to think. How do I better the simple structure of this model so as to push its mobility? What do I do to simulate the drama of metamorphosis in the original story?… To have these wanderings, to me, is a kind of blessing somehow.

What does it mean to grow up? It is the will to believe. To believe in yourself, to believe in others, in the world and in hope. Miracles are not miracles, but the outcome of sustained perseverance and effort, which is ultimately the essentials to nurture precious gems we own. Therefore, do not crave, but learn to strive for it. if so, there will, eventually, be something awaiting just around the corner.

Let me tell you a little secret. I have actually used some elements from Eureka 7 in the background music of my graduation thesis (2015). Eureka 7 is always with me.

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有關作品《那盒模型》

甚麼是成長? 是選擇去開始。男主角(《交響詩篇》Eureka 7)一開始不過是典形的無知小屁孩,隨隨便便抱著對偶像的憧憬,再向初相識的女主角來個一見鐘情,便自以為是地踏上冒險之旅。最惹人厭的地方,就是他跟自己太像了:試問那一個少不更事的男孩,不是期盼著遇上令你一見鐘情的可人兒,駕駛機械人,同時受偶像的邀請成為反抗世界的一員?

甚麼是成長?是選擇去接受。隨著故事發展,憧憬的破滅,現實的無奈,男主角很快意識到自己並不特別,而且自私又愚蠢。一直深信的東西被事實狠狠打破時,要欺騙自己,還是接受真相,也許是成長的轉捩點。

甚麼是成長? 是選擇去努力面對。他試過逃避,立下決心遠走高飛,但最後,他帶著覺悟回來。因為他知道,其他人也在努力,雖然將來無法預料,但必定有自己力所能及的事……起碼,喜歡的人要由自己保護。

是的,這也是我們一直在人生經歷的事。我們的選擇,決定了我們的走向;而我們的走向,則塑造了我們的未來……成長,可以很漫長,也能在不知不覺之間完成。怎樣才算長大,不清楚;;但真正的成長,應該會令人看到本來忽略了的事物吧?

每次看到這盒模型,都會令我想起男女主角駕駛它在天空中滑翔的情景,人又多了一點動力。閒來打開盒子,思考著如何將這模型的簡單結構改良,增加其可動性,又如何去重現原作中的變形系統……胡思亂想一頓,很是幸福。

甚麼是成長? 是選擇相信。相信自己,相信他人,相信世界,相信希望:因為奇蹟並非奇蹟,而是由很多很多堅持與努力的因,才能孕育出的稀珍之果。因此,
『不要奢求,學會爭取;若是如此,必(終)有所得(獲)。』

告訴你們一個小秘密,連我畢業作品的音樂,也是取自此動畫的配樂之中。

 

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