07 Sep 2012
Tags: Anime, claymore, I can't believe I basically ended with YOLO, pretentious analysis, YOLO
I’ve noticed a running theme in a lot of anime. There’s always a distinctive focus on ones’ reasons for fighting. There’s always an episode or two in most action anime in which the characters look back and contemplate why they’re there and why they must fight, usually before a climactic battle or sometimes even in the middle of one. There’s usually very little variation in this formula, but having watched the anime Claymore recently, I was pleased to see that it really does do something different with it.
16 Aug 2012
in Anime Collection, Wolf's Rain
Tags: anime collection, I'm such a badass, pretentious hipster, shit in my room, that code geass bootleg will leave me in shame for the rest of my life
I also thought I’d upload some pictures my anime collection real quick. The purpose will ideally be similar to my top 11 list, to make me seem like a cooler and more intelligent person than you. Hey-O!
Sorry for shitty quality. I also have all of the volumes of Lain and the MushiShi complete collection, but they are lent out at the moment.
16 Aug 2012
in Quick Thoughts On..., Sengoku Basara
Tags: Anime, his horse is a goddamn motorbike, I'm so imamture, one-eyed dragon eh?, sengoku basara
So recently I had the opportunity to watch the historical/period/omfgwtfbbq anime Sengoku Basara. It was… An experience, I’ll say that much. Alright, I’ll just get it out of the way, Sengoku Basara is completely fucking ridiculous. The writing is so horrible and filled with Deus Ex Machina, with spontaneous M@GIX solving half of the conflicts and characters dying and being magically being resurrected at the drop of a hat. It’s one of the stupidest shows I’ve ever seen, much like Gurren Lagann was in many ways.
And much like Gurren Lagann, I loved it.
12 Aug 2012
in Wolf's Rain
Tags: allegory, animation, Anime, existentialism, symbolism, Wolf's Rain
Just a quick notice, because of the nature of the series, there’s pretty much no way this article can avoid from being spoilerific. I’m going to put the more tag up here so if you want to avoid that stuff, don’t click it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
10 Aug 2012
Tags: animation, Anime, Durarara!!, Kishōtenketsu, narrative, theory
If the first two episodes of Durarara!! were combined into one, it would almost certainly be one of my favorite anime episodes of all time. I think what I like about them, more than anything else, is the way their narrative is presented. In many ways they perfectly exemplify the way in which anime is structured these days. That is, the splicing of seemingly incongruous narratives into one. This style of storyelling isn’t unique to just anime though. In actuality, this technique has been used in Japanese and Chinese narratives for centuries, existing under the name Kishōtenketsu.
07 Aug 2012
in Hiroyasu Ishida, Indie Anime
Tags: animation, Anime, fumiko's confession, hiroyasu ishida, indie anime, rain town, roger ebert, short film
Very diverse body of work as you can see.
A while ago, while searching for obscure anime shorts I could use to
bolster my hipster credit broaden my horizons I stumbled upon a little-known indie animator and manga artist by the name of Hiroyasu Ishida. His body of work thus far is fairly small, consisting only of two shorts. One is the wildly energetic Fumiko’s Confession, which cemented in my mind his great talent as a visual artist.