It has been almost a year since the anime film, Your Name, released on theaters worldwide and the fame its generating is not slowing down. In Japan, the movie became a huge hit and grossed over 190 million US Dollars. It was ranked second among well-heard films like Spirited Away.
As of late, an article headline regarding a Japanese politician linking anime, gaming and violent tendencies among criminals has ended up in my Twitter timeline. This discussion was raised in a political discussion talk show after mention of a recent serial murder case that happened in Japan’s Kenagawa Prefecture where police have reported to have discovered dead bodies in the criminal’s apartment. Continue reading “The dark side of anime’s influence – is it real?”
IN THE SPOTLIGHT – It is, indeed, a rare occasion for me to cover a video game. The majority of the stuff I write about is mostly about anime and its community. However, something as interesting as Call of Duty WW2‘s release was to good to be ignored. After binging through videos of the game’s walkthrough, I can see that it can contend with its rival, Battlefield 1.
DISCUSSION – After waiting for a few months, I finally had the opportunity to go and watch Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – an anime film set on events after its main series. Despite enjoying the film, I find myself somewhat dissatisfied and wished that the film would have tried to go all out with its story progression – which is something I want to talk about here.
If you have not watched this film and do not take kindly to spoilers, avert your eyes! With that warning in, let us dive in.
ANIME, DISCUSSION – Throughout the times, settings for anime shows have been getting wilder and interesting as the years go by. Ranging from a deconstruction of the mahou shoujo genre to the concept of clothes being an alien weapon of mass destruction, anime series shines when it comes to putting something new on the table.
The anime series, Shimoneta, does this with its idea of “what if a world existed where the concept of dirty jokes is outlawed?”
So, we ask the question: what if such were the case for us in the real world?
ANIME, DISCUSSION – As the spring season comes to an end, a new one opens filled with interesting titles that may or may not become the best of this year. Personally, the spring season had a few letdown titles and I was left with only two shows completed and the others on hold (I will get on them eventually).
Without further ado, allow me to list down five shows which I’m itching to watch this summer season.
ANIME, DISCUSSION – If you have been following the ramblings I have on Twitter, I am pretty much mixed when it comes to watching and talking about the anime series, Guilty Crown. It’s one of those shows wherein I just say it’s good and all, then say otherwise after a few episodes. All of my opinions about it are mixed and for good reason.
This will probably end up as a rant, so fair warning. Also I think this counts as a review (ish).
ANIME, DISCUSSION – If you have followed through the second season of the Attack on Titan series, the ending theme and its animation visuals are full of references but for us, viewers, we have little to no clue as to what they represent. I’ll be going detail-by-detail of what I think about the ending theme’s visuals and make sense of it all.
ANIME, DISCUSSIONS – After listening to the opening theme song for the anime series, Guilty Crown, which is My Dearest by the Japanese band supercell, I couldn’t help but get interested in this show. The visuals and lyrics of the song felt tied to the story of the show and I had to know what was the whole deal.
ANIME, DISCUSSION – Ymir as a character has unexpectedly grown in terms of character development. In the first season, she was nothing short of this douche-y tomboy who had a thing for another female character, Christa. However, as we see her in every episode of the second season, she has indeed grown.