The Gods Gotta Get Paid

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Dec 082018
 

A lot’s been said about Soredemo’s final episode. Yeah, it was all genuinely touching and all. Hotori seems to kick the bucket and she gets to see everyone’s reactions while chilling in Japanese Afterlife. It was all well put-together for this sort of deliberate emotional tearjerking sort of thing. Hell, even my own black heart kinda felt a slight tinge of the old sadness there.

But that same dark, bleak, cynical heart took great joy in this ending. Not because Hotori nearly croaked (I rather like the obnoxious brat, so I wouldn’t want to see her get it.), but because of why she was able to come back from the dead.

Her father bribed the gods.

Watch how the events play out. Hotori bites it, goes through all the motions, and is given a tour of the afterlife (Nippon-flavored). As far as the bureaucratic “angel” dudes knew, she was here for good. It wasn’t until after her dad rushed over to the temple and dumped his entire wallet into the offering dealiemajig that Hotori got a reprieve. As soon as her dad laid down some bills, all of a sudden word comes down the pipe that some sort of ‘technicality” is allowing her to go back to the realm of the living. I don’t think the timing of all of this is any accident. The gods want their moolah, and only then will your prayers be answered. It really brightens my nasty little heart seeing that.

It’s that sort of flippant, nigh-nihilistic attitude that I’ve really dug about Soredemo. The series spends its entire final episode building up to what you assume is going to be a touching, dramatic, emotional moment, but when you look back at it all you see that all of those emotions were given the proverbial middle finger by trivializing it all. Sure, peeps get to cry and bemoan Hotori’s fate and all that, but in the end it isn’t their feelings for her that saves her– it’s that wad of cash that gets “offered” to the gods.

And that’s pretty representative of the series’ attitude towards everything. It revels in its inconsequential nature. People get brought back from the dead because of pocket change. Aliens appear and battle it out with nary a thought given to them after the fact. Ghosts roam the earth, and their aimless wandering is made the butt of a joke. Time travel is casually tossed around, as if we should say “Yeah, this shit really does exist in the future!” It has the same sort of attitude as Occult Academy in the way it undermines the dramatic and exposing such “deep” notions as being no less trivial as everything else. Your tears of sorrow and your shock at the existence of the supernatural and all those other significant moments really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, because this shit just keeps on going.

And you laugh your ass off when you realize this.

5 Most Worth Watching Japanese Film

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Dec 062018
 

1. The Taste of Tea (2004) – Taste of tea
 
The Taste of Tea The is a famous science fiction film of Japan. The Taste of Tea is a version of Fanny And Alexander that tells the story of a family’s daily life with different generations. This is considered to be the most worth seeing movie in the early 21st century
 
The Taste of Tea was built around the story of the Haruno family living in an old house in a sprawling, barren suburb of Tokyo. The family has six people all: 1 couple, 2 children, 1 grandfather and 1 uncle, each with their own story.

 2. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

Linda Linda Linda is the musical film directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita ranked sixth in the list of the 10 best films of 2005 in Japan.
The film about a girl group born before the music festival of the school 3 days fell into a shortage of singers singing the main internal conflict. While the members were desperate, they stumbled across a Korean student who sang “Linda linda linda” for Blue Hearts and the group she sang for the group. They practiced together with many bad jokes, the group also understood each other and cross country friendship more thoroughly.

Due to exhaustive training they missed the festival and had to perform at the last minute but the four girls still played their best and won the hearts of audiences.

3. Water Flowers, Hanamizuki 2010
 
Hanamizuki is a song about love that faces time and distance. The film is based in Hokkaido Japan. Hirasawa Sae, a high school student, is not happy to grow up with both parents, when her father died when she was very young.
 
The flowering plant was planted when Sae’s childhood became his father’s identity, Sae always cherish the desire to succeed, so she constantly strives to pass a prestigious university in Tokyo.


4. Nobody Knows (2004) – Dare mo shiranai

 
From a true event of “four abandoned children in Sugamo” and during 15 years of persistent script development, director Hirokazu Kore-eda released Nobody Knows. “Nobody Knows” is about a mother and four children living in an apartment that no one else knows. Four children are hardly allowed out, not in school.

 5. Memories of Matsuko (2006)

Memories of Matsuko in Vietnamese is Matsuko’s Memoirs produced based on the novel of the same name by Muneki Yamada. The film is the story of Matsuko Kawajiri’s life.

Studio Ghibli – Legend of The Japanese Animation Industry

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Nov 202018
 

Ghibli is like the dream of Japanese anime, founded by talented and deeply devoted musicians Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Despite starting a career and then growing up from making anime films for television, the two directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are determined to focus their attention on their long-running feature films. cinema screens.
The famous Japanese animated feature film studio, Ghibli. Ghibli’s films not only created box office fever in Japan, but also won in the harshest movie markets like the United States. Ghibli is the animated feature film Land of the Souls (2001), the only non-English-language film to receive the Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film of 2002. For the prestigious IMDB movie five of Ghibli’s works are among the top 10 best animated films of all time.

What makes Ghibli so successful?

Always aim for children.

Hayao Miyazaki once stated, “Animation should be a form of entertainment, and its purpose is to serve children. That is what I always think “. Hayao Miyazaki is always loyal to his point of view. His films are first of all highly entertaining with an engaging storyline, not a heavy film or carry messages that are difficult to understand.

Have a clear message and purpose
The message in his films never came out in the character’s voice, but always let the viewer feel himself.

Beautiful picture
Ghibli’s films are famous for their hand-drawn images. It can be said that Hayao Miyazaki is a traditional painter, he hates drawing by computer or technique, because they lose the value of each character.

Build character close to the viewer
Hayao Miyazaki has always put female figures at the center. It can be said that Ghibli’s female characters are ordinary girls.

How to write a unique script
“The scriptwriter must know what he wants in the film. The path of the story must be as simple and clear as a solid tree.” That is his point of view to write a unique script.

The concept of filmmaking and how Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata’s films have produced a variety of anime. They use positive thoughts, perspectives and talents to make beautiful films of visual art, perfect content, making audiences around the world of sympathetic and love.

Celebrating the Top Movies we Enjoyed in 2017

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Oct 012018
 

A year ends come so fast and often we forget to pause and think back at the great movies we enjoyed. It is this thought that takes us back to the best film releases in 2017. Last year was one filled with great documentaries and outstanding blockbusters proving that producers find many new innovative ways to entertain moviegoers.

Dunkirk


When it comes dramatic films about WWII, Dunkirk is the best as Christopher Nolan get moviegoers to relive the evacuation of France’s beaches back in 1941. Fissured between three interwoven perspectives air, sea and land and different time frames, shot in 70mm IMAX, it is the ideal format that offers every viewer an overwhelming experience. Nolan’s portrayal of the war gives little care to the detail of the contextual background or even the characters. Instead, he plunges filmgoers into the chaos submerging several infantrymen including Harry Styles and Fionn Whitehead. Tom Hardy led fighter pilots and commanders such as Kenneth Branagh as well as boatmen. All, of whose cowardice, selfishness and sacrifice, as well as heroism, are shattered into relief by Christopher Nolan’s grand set pieces. Through Dunkirk’s inventive structure, superb staging and towering scale the film melds the macro and micro with a formal daring that is breath-taking, along the way emphasizing the unmatched power of experiencing an epic film.

Lady Macbeth


An adaptation of the 1865 novel by Nikolai Leskov, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, and it is clear that “hell hath no fury like a woman beleaguered”. The coiled intensity and a breakout performance of ruthless cunningness, Katherine played by Florence Pugh, is a young woman forced into marriage with the older landlord. His nastiness is only exceeded by that of his authoritarian father played by Christopher Fairbank.

This unwanted union she finds herself in is ubiquitous with problems right from the start, and even though the film uses Shakespeare’s referencing title, its path is not only original but also horrifying. It is a twisted drama based on gender-warfare-issues, rooted in contentious racial issues, employing a meticulous formalism recounting the merciless tale of Katherine’s attempts to attain liberation. The film is refined and placid on the inside yet pitiless and ferocious on the inside.

Wormwood


Wormwood is Errol Morris’s revolutionary hybrid of fictional and non-fiction story-telling-modes, no matter how you look at it, classify it or categorise it, it is 2017s towering cinematic success. It is the second release of 2017 and follows the B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, a film recounting the twisted Frank Olson saga in 1953. Out of a hotel room in New York City’s window, a biochemist’s death first seen as suicide becomes the side-effect of a mind control program of the CIA.

Wormwood is built out of a penetrating collage. It is a psychologically, hallucinatory, psychologically that plays like a damning indictment of malfeasance, a pulse-pounding thriller, and a chilling portrait of both elusiveness of the truth and a self-destructive obsession. Wormwood is a masterpiece breathing new life into documentaries while it also further confirms the superior greatness of Morris.

Is My Hero Academia Worth Watching

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Jul 302018
 

Since the original release of My Hero Academia, also officially known as Boku no Hero Academia, in the summer of 2016 – it’s remained a hit. Though despite how popular it’s gotten, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant on watching the series for myself. I’m usually against jumping on bandwagons, and this seems to be shown like Free!!! Where the show itself wasn’t that good, but the hype around it created a fake image. After a few weeks of seeing a countless amount of trailers from the show, I decided to try episode one – just to say that I at least gave it a try. Though, that was one of the best choices ever as I quickly become invested in the show for a plethora of reasons.

If you’re one of the people who has been avoiding the show like the plague; here’s a quick little introduction. My Hero Academia is an ongoing manga series that focuses on people who have superpowers, it was created by Kohei Horikoshi. The series follows a young, green,-haired boy named Izuki Midoriya, who was born without any superpowers – which is rare in his time. While his dream of being a hero is slowly crushed, he encounters his idol, Might, who takes young Midoriya in and decided to train him with his quirk (they call the powers quirks). Since then – Midoriya enrols in the superhero U.A Academy, alongside with his friends, starts a journey of becoming the best hero.

While the premise of the show is as cliché as it gets in terms of a manga turned anime series – despite how it seems like every Shonen anime series plays out. My Hero Academia has an art style and a storyline that can make you feel a personal attachment to the characters! Although, I don’t mind giving you more reason to watch the show if you need them.

Deku (Midoriya) isn’t an annoying protagonist


While Deku is like any other protagonist in a Shonen anime, he always has his own personality that makes him stand out in comparison to the rest of the characters. You always are just rooting from him to grow as a character and seeing him become stronger is just so rewarding. Plus, he isn’t a typical, predictable protagonist! He’s one that is always doing the one thing you never expect, and he has such a comedic relief at the perfect times.

The main message that anyone gets from watching this is that no matter who you are, you have the potential to do great things with yourself. No matter the abilities, the heroes are more so ranked on their determination and motivation to better themselves and improve on their own skills. It shows that you don’t have to be flashy, but instead, as long as you have the motivation, you can accomplish anything.

The Quirks

The quirks are the individual superpower that the characters have. Though it’s not like a group of people have fore power, it’s more like each character is so differently unique, and their quirks show that. It’s actually like watching an anime that isn’t based on character tropes and instead wants each character to feel real.