Late last evening I was standing on the precipice of another dive into 80’s anime. This is a moment I regularly find myself experiencing, as the allure of that decade in Japanese animation is rich in stark tales of humanity reminiscing on the shadows of the twentieth century. Such moments in our history seem furtherContinue reading “Barefoot Gen // The Articulation of Innocence”
In the summer of 2015 I attended my very first anime convention. The contrast between myself then and now is nothing short of astonishing. One might think of it as a medieval society being uplifted by a space faring civilization in the span of a few months. Although less jarring and without the repercussions ofContinue reading “Anime Conventions // Stories from the Vendors Hall”
There came a point in my consumption of motion pictures, anime and manga in which I decided to no longer read the synopsis, the back cover or watch the cinematic trailer. What serves as a means of informing potential consumers had become, for me, the removal of discovery and sense of wonderment. I was inContinue reading “Revisiting // The Sky Crawlers”
We’re opening the umbrella to discuss the nuances and nature of anime and what the medium looks like when we pair it side by side with the outsiders perspective. There are a lot of preconceived notions and ill-equipped ideas surrounding anime as a whole but due to the size and scope of all that anime hasContinue reading “Philosophies and Blood Trails // Understanding a Medium”
Director Makoto Shinkai became a household name when he released Kimi no Na wa in the summer of 2016. His latest release, Weathering With You (天気の子) “Child of Weather”, builds upon the Shinkai universe in beautiful and intricate ways. Inspiration from earlier films like 5 Centimeters Per Second and Garden of Words linger in the rain and along the train tracks of oneContinue reading “Weathering With You // Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do?”
Genres across the decades have ebbed and flowed alongside the social and political rivers of our world, generally reacting in response to events outside of our control. The genre of fantasy is one such realm that grabbed a hold on my life as a child. I was ten years old at the turn of theContinue reading “Made In Abyss // The Endeavor of A Masterpiece”
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