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So, I finished watching Ikiru, and it was a lot less depressing than I expected. It hit bottom after the first half hour, the next 45 minutes were spent wallowing, and then the last hour was spent sitting around a shrine to the deceased drinking sake, talking about how amazing the last six months of his life (which we didn't see at all) had been, with flashbacks. I thought it was a pretty effective format, and while they were effective, I thought the number and length of dramatic pauses was absolutely decadent. And now I need that song Watanabe-san was always singing on my iPod.