This is possibly my last semester of school ever. That's a scary thought. At the start of every school year first grade, I've begun with the mental image of a little pixellated marquee scrolling up from the background buffer--"LEVEL 5. START!" or whatever was appropriate. Now it's all "FINAL STAGE. GOOD LUCK!" against a background of animated pixel fires, and I can almost hear the epic ominous choral techno music signalling the arrival of the end boss. I know my combos and my thumb's hair-trigger over the buttons, but I'm scared.
Props to Todd Z. for inadvertently cheering me up with CAUSE OF DEATH: KITTEN. And that adorable Shiina Ringo/Shiina Junpei brother-sister duet, which could poke a ray of sunshine into the blackest of hearts.