My Top Five Episodes of The World YAMIZUKAN

How do I describe The World YAMIZUKAN (Dark Picture Book of the World) (Sekai no Yami Zukan)? OK… Do you remember those school days where your teacher dropped the class off at the school’s library so he/she could grade papers in peace? In your little mind, you didn’t care, it was free time, and it was time to have fun. Before you were able to make your first looseleaf paper ball, that librarian with a large black mold on her chin comes over, and in her screechy voice, she hissed “Choose one book!” You go over to the comic area because Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes is life, but something else catches your eyes, it’s a timeworn horror scene on an aged book. Morbid curiosity gets the better of you, and you flip through the pages, you see retro illustration ink, pencil and watercolor of aliens, strange creatures, ghost and ancient civilizations trying to destroy humanity one person at a time. That’s The World YAMIZUKAN.

My boyfriend and I found this show one night while scrolling through Crunchyroll and trying not to get pizza grease on the PS4 controller. We enjoy the still colorful images and the narrator’s calm voice leading us through the story. It’s like a crazy bedtime story. Since the episodes of the show are short and not much action, most people won’t like it. There has been only a handful of episodes, so here’s my top five!

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Cursed Box That Brings Misery

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Cursed Box That Brings Misery

5) The Cursed Box That Brings Misery

It reminded me of those chain letter emails back in the day.

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Mysterious Natives Who Never Get Sick

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Mysterious Natives Who Never Get Sick

4) The Mysterious Natives Who Never Get Sick

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, but with terror!

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Fairy in the Snow

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Fairy in the Snow

3) The Fairy in the Snow

Hehe, that was no pleasant fairy.

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Reaper Racing Across the Plain

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Reaper Racing Across the Plain

2) The Reaper Racing Across the Plain

Reminded of us of Christine.

The World YAMIZUKAN: The Nightmare That Disappeared Into the Sand

The World YAMIZUKAN: Nightmare That Disappeared Into the Sand

1) The Nightmare That Disappeared Into the Sand

As a person who visits the beach frequently, I don’t want to know what lurks under the ocean.

The Effects of Gamma Rays on a Blog Post

Starting this blog up with an opening from a play that you most likely didn’t read in high school. Probably saw it on a shelf at your friend’s house or a library and thought the cover was psychedelic and the title was too long. The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel focuses on a dysfunctional family, consisting of an abusive mother (Beatrice) and her two daughters (Ruth and Tillie). Tillie is working on an experiment for her school’s science fair, where she exposes marigolds to radioactivity. She is constantly knocked off her path by Beatrice and Ruth, who is under the thumb of Beatrice. Throughout the turbulence of the play, Tillie comes out of the turmoil the same; this is what of the introduction of the play highlights.

Tillie’s Voice:

He told me to look at my hand, for a part of it came from a star that exploded too
long ago to imagine. This part of me was formed from a tongue of fire that
screamed through the heavens until there was our sun. And this part of me–this
tiny part of me — was on the Sun when it itself exploded and whirled in a great
storm until the planets came to be.
And this small part of me was then a whisper of the earth. When there was life,
perhaps this part of me got lost in a fern that was crushed and covered until it
was coal. And then it was a diamond millions of years later — it must have been a
diamond as beautiful as the star from which it had first come.
Or perhaps this part of me became lost in a terrible beast, or became part of a
huge bird that flew above the primeval swamps.
And he said this thing was so small — this part of me was so small it couldn’t be
seen–but it was there from the beginning of the world.
And he called this bit of me an atom. And when he wrote the word, I fell in love
with it.
Atom.
Atom.
What a beautiful word.

As a person who has a mental illness, it’s fantastic to hear that you make it through all the hurdles that life throws at you and still be the same. I created some typographic tattoo designs (down below) with the word “Atom.”

What a beautiful word.

Do you have any quotes from any medium that you take to heart?