We're drawing closer and closer to Christmas day. My little experiment to increase my Christmas spirit has met with mixed results. I certainly enjoy the songs, the food (maybe too much) and the movies, but I'm not certain if I'm in the Christmas spirit.
Well, I've still got a day, so let's see what we can do with the time we got. Today, I'm sharing one from a series that's grown very important to me. A series that I will always sing the praises of. One that puts life into a wonderful perspective, that helps you see that things aren't always fair, that life doesn't always give you a chance, but that you can still move forward.
I absolutely love this series. First off, it's humorous to begin with for being a Sanrio production, meaning it is in the world of Hello Kitty, but there's occasional profanity. For those who haven't seen it, it's about a little Red Panda named Retsuko who works a soul crushing office job. The show acts like Sesame Street for grown ups, showing situations that we all find ourselves in, and showing how bad they can go. Often times Retsuko, who's dream is simply to leave her terrible job and find a way to be financially independent. She throws herself from bad idea to bad idea because she's often desperate. In the end, it shows us a familiar picture, a world that we can each recognize, and helps us understand the reality that we may not always want to face about it. Oh, and she deals with her stress by singing death metal in a deep, jagged voice that shakes your very soul.
As for the Christmas special... it's just as realistic. Despite the bright colors and cheerful looking characters, it's not a kid's movie. There are no Christmas miracles. It's about the stresses of being an adult who doesn't know how to adult, but this time, during Christmas. What do you do when you grow up and realize you have no one to spend Christmas with? It's charming. It's beautiful. And if you have Netflix, do yourself a favor and watch the whole series.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.