Short Animation From The Tokyo University of the Arts!

Hey everyone! This is a short blog post (I don’t normally do these types of posts). I’d just wanted to share this nice animation I found on Vimeo. Apparently it’s from the Tokyo University of the Arts and it’s a nice, short film dealing with having a crush on someone, with a bit of oddness thrown in for good measure.

It doesn’t have particularly high production values, but it’s pretty cool seeing this crude style that almost no one uses these days. For some reason the direction of this show kind of reminds me of Shaft might do something, but that’s just me.

Anyway, feel free watch the video if you have the time, and tell me what you thought of it.

(Yes, I know it’s three months old. Sorry I didn’t find it sooner!)

The Anime Jukebox #1:「Let Me Hear」by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hi everyone. This is my new series aptly titled The Anime Jukebox. There isn’t any fixed schedule for this series but I want to post often! It was originally called ‘Anijubo’ but since I want to avoid confusion with my blog name I decided to go with the longer version. It’s amazing, right?

Before watching Parasyte (the anime from which I first heard this song) I had never heard of this band before. Many listens and a few Google searches later I finally came across the name of the band: Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas. Odd name and strange grammar use aside, this is a perfect example of the punk energy that Japanese bands can give you.

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

It opens with a very catchy beat and auto-tuned voices that you may/may not be a fan of. The guitar and drums have a nice energy to them, and the song only gets more faster and energetic. The mix of electronica, guitar and the fast-paced drums really do make for an addictive song (at least, to my ears). I really like the auto-tuned vocals in particular — youthful and raw at the same time. When the typical hardcore screaming comes in some of you may be turned off, and indeed maybe the song could have done without it. The singer’s screams do sound a bit brash to me, so I can’t say that I agree with them. Perhaps the mixer could have reduced the volume of those screams, or used some sort of equaliser to reduce its harshness?

All things said though, I must commend this song for adeptly matching the anime that it’s used for. I should actually be thanking the person who chose the song to be used for Parasyte, but I’ll thank the band anyway for making the song. This was one of the few songs that I actually watched each time I started an episode. It was that good! Just don’t burst your eardrums out playing it on repeat.

On a side note, I scheduled a post for tomorrow. Look out for that! It’s not to do with anime though, so you might be taken aback or surprised.

Death Parade is Inherently Flawed (Review)

「Death Parade」

The Spoiler-Free Review

When people die simultaneously (or at least close to that), they are sent to be judged by arbiters; non-humans who somehow have the ability to dictate whether the people in question will be sent to be reincarnated or, if they’re unlucky, sent to the illustriously cliche-named ‘void’. To decide this, arbiters invite their guests to play a game intended to bring out the innate darkness that is hidden within them. That is basically the crux of the whole plot. Interesting idea in theory, but not so much in application in the case of Death Parade.

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Tokyo Ghoul √A Review: Tragic For All The Wrong Reasons

From the very start of the series, Tokyo Ghoul lets us know straight away that it’s a ‘tragedy’. However, what it was really talking about wasn’t just the plot. Nope, what it is really referring to is the handling of the plot itself, to the dismay of almost every viewer. Such a shame too, since just like its predecessor, Tokyo Ghoul √A had a lot of promise…

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Your Lie in April – Review

「Your Lie in April」

The Spoiler-Free Review

Your Lie in April – the show’s name already says a lot about it. What at first glance seems to be a typical romance comedy with a classical music undertone turned out to be quite different from anything I had expected. In many ways, A-1 Pictures have succeeded in producing a show that masterfully combines sound, art, story and character together to create something that will resonate in your heart. Despite appearances this isn’t the happy show that you were expecting, even if it may seem like it at times. Somewhere along the way, Your Lie in April struck a chord in me, and it hasn’t let go. I don’t know if it ever will.

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The Worst Hairstyles In Anime Fashion

It doesn’t get any worse than some of these anime hairstyles. Don’t get me wrong, they’re cool and all, but heck I don’t even think some of these haircuts are even possible to have in real life without using a crap-ton of wax, gel and hairspray. No scratch that – most of them are flat out impossible. I’ll just stop talking now and let the pictures paint the words in your mind… (Disagree with me? Let’s take this argument to the comments!)

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Summer Wars – Review

「Summer Wars」

The Spoiler-Free Review

So it’s a pretty hot summer season (at least, where I live), and there is one anime that I have seen that’s made a lasting impact on me. To date, few shows have touched me in an emotional way, and I’m proud to say that Summer Wars is one of them. Director Hosoda Mamoru (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) has created another great film, this time defining what it means to truly be a family. It just happens that this family saves the world in the process.
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