Letter of Challenge: Rebuttal

3 Day Quote Challenge

Day 2 of 3

First off I’d like to extend my gratitude to Akko Anime, who sent the challenge.  I was hitting some serious writer’s block and this gives me something fun to do, truly I can’t thank you enough.  I love quoting things so this should be a lot of fun.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  • Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you

And the second quote is :

“The word ‘general’ is no different from ‘squadron commander’ or ‘battalion commander’, merely the name for a rank and a duty.  Nevertheless, very few ever make it that far.  It is a place that can only be reached by those who have come back from death’s door many times and achieved many great feats.  In consequence, a general gets the responsibility and tremendous honor of fighting with the lives of millions at his command.  Therefore his presence is weighty.  Therefore he shines bright enough to dazzle.” -Wang Yi/Ouki from Kingdom.

This was a tough one.  Originally I was leaning towards Iskandar’s speech on the nature of kings from Fate Zero since it has a similar message.  However I switched to this one because the voice acting and delivery of this little speech blows Iskandar’s out of the water and that is no easy feat.  I’m also a big fan of Kingdom so that may have helped.  As for why I chose a quote like this one, it’s both inspiring and insightful.  Anime characters talk a lot but rarely do the best members of any given profession talk about their profession in any level of detail.  So hearing the opinions of a great general about what makes a general special is a rare treat.  It also speaks to the great heights individuals can reach, the trials they overcame to get there and what the rewards of their trials are.  If you want a scene that you can sit back and wowed by over and over, this scene towards the very end of episode 38, where Wang Yi gives this speech is such a moment.  Speeches rarely get much better than this one.






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