Just to bide time these past few days, I decided to rewatch the anime ‘Monster’ from the first episode up to the last. It may be my favorite anime, but I’ve forgotten a handful of details about it, including Ruhenheim.
I’m currently in the episode entitled Ruhenheim which is the name of a very important place for the story. A character held a postcard for Ruhenheim, so I got curious and decided to look it up in Google and came up with this tumblr post by user hellyeahurasawa explaining Ruhenheim’s position in the actual world map. Apparently, Ruhenheim is not a real place on earth. Instead, the place where Ruhenheim is supposed to be is actually a municipality called Oberstdorf. So I looked up this particular place in Germany in Google Images and was astounded at how it resembled Ruhenheim! I was so shookt that I got goosebumps.
I’m too lazy to include pictures of Ruhenheim and Oberstdorf in this post (because you’d see it in hellyeahurasawa’s post anyway), but it’s really fascinating. It actually seems like a beautiful place too. That just goes to show Urasawa’s attention to detail and makes me appreciate ‘Monster’ even more. Sugoi!
Hey there! Call me Malory, or Mal if three syllables are too much. That’s not the name in my birth certificate, that’s just the name I chose for myself. Knowledge of my birth name is only for family, close friends, employers and other people who have seen my official documents. Maybe if you’re a good enough stalker researcher, you would know too.
Speaking of names, what’s in a name? Particularly, what’s in your name? This is like one of the most common existential questions out there. I say so because a name holds your identity.When you tell someone your name, you tell them the title of your life’s book; you tell them the label for that particular area in their brains where all the information they know or would come to know about you shall be stored.
Let me tell you about my favorite anime, ‘Monster’. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the story of a Japanese neurosurgeon working in Germany who, against the command of his superior, performed neurosurgery on a child with a bullet through his brain. Years later, he realizes that the child is what the anime has referred to as “namae no nai kaibutsu” or the “monster without a name” [not to be confused with the song by EGOIST]. The child grew up to be a psychopath who manipulates and murders people and gets away with it by switching to different identities like how artists change costumes during concerts. In other words, the child knows he has no real identity to pin him down or give him purpose, so he goes around Europe playing his nasty games.
I’m telling you about this anime not only to get you to watch it [though please watch it uwu], I also want to convey the impact of names on people’s personality. There are cases, for example, wherein the name does not match the personality. It may not matter much to most people, but sometimes, it could be bothering the bearer of that name. For one, my birth name does bother me. Not to be ungrateful towards my parents (the name they gave me is unique and beautiful), but I don’t think it suits the person who has grown with that name. Hence, I chose to be called Malory. Though it means “unfortunate”, Malory is the name of the English writer who compiled ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’, and I’ve always liked Arthurian tales since I was little.
So yeah, what’s in a name? The answer is everything about you. So to parents out there, please give the utmost thoughts when deciding on baby names!