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Jun 30, 2021
“The egg is a germ of life with a lofty symbolical significance. It is not just a cosmogonic symbol — it is also a “philosophical one”. As the former it is the Orphic Egg, the world’s beginning; as the latter, the philosophical egg of the medieval natural philosophers, the vessel from which, at the end of the opus alchymicum, the homunculus emerges… the spiritual, inner, and complete man.” — C.G. Jung

Angel’s Egg, the 1985 film directed by Mamoru Oshi, is an enigmatic tour de force. It offers exiguous amounts of dialogue and challenges the viewer to scrutinize every last visual detail in order to ...
May 6, 2021
Shinji: **exists**
Gendo: Get in the manga, Shinji

Shinji: Can I cum inside?
Gendo: No…that’ll make the pages sticky.

The 1995 Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, directed by Hideaki Anno, ingratiated the fandom into esoteric concepts that were rarely — if ever! — considered by the layperson. Furthermore, it offered little in the way of clarifying the concepts it was symbolically alluding to; plus, the staff deliberately deceived viewers into thinking the religious elements were inconsequential to the thematic elements and character arcs, when that couldn’t be further from the truth; and this becomes obvious when one reads the 1994 manga by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

It should be noted that ...
Oct 17, 2020
Beastars (Manga) add
How to make a furry anime melancholic, when all the past evidence suggest that anthropomorphic animals are reserved for satire bits and comedic relief? Paru Itagaki, the Mangaka for Beastars, accomplished this feat via capsizing the outward facade of modern society to reveal its unsightly underbelly and its multitude of (un)conscious biases. She then interwove society’s biggest failings — as she saw it — into the narrative structure of the Beastars universe to open up a dialogue that most are unwillingly to entertain in today’s politically charged climate. It was provocative. It was slightly awkward to read. And it provoked ...
Sep 23, 2020
Deca-Dence (Anime) add
Attack on Titan meets Gurren Lagann with a side of Nausicaä-styled monster-bugs in an MMORPG format to produce a… mediocre-to-bad anime. Actually, it’s more awful than anything else.

The post-apocalyptic motif is the flavor of the year, given all the calamitous events of 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic; crap anime; raging, uncontrollable fires; more crap anime; locust swarms in Africa and India; and then there’s Gibiate, which is too horrifying to put words to). But in the universe of Deca-Dence, the dystopian society in which the characters find themselves in is not frightful or nightmarish; rather, it’s just bland and sweepingly devoid of any essence of ...
Sep 21, 2020
Arigatou (Manga) add
Pre-adult years take the pliability of the adolescent brain to form a cast iron organ that is efficient in carrying out repeated tasks, but ineffectual in navigating untrained ones. This reference is not so much a commentary on Takako and Akiko’s maturation — although, it could be interpreted as such — but on Ichirou’s rigid demeanor and unruly temperament.

Hardened by a demanding work schedule and what the reader can only imagine as a stringent upbringing, Ichirou is an exemplar of the common idiom, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Hence, his transference of corporate incentivization techniques does not coalesce with the ...
Sep 12, 2020
“The spaces between the lines on a page epitomize the bulk of your life… but oh does that not make for a banal narrative?” — Krunchyman

Has Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata taught us nothing about the art of slice-of-life? Over the years, I have entertained a myriad of the aforementioned genre in hopes of finding a relative facsimile of the famed Studio Ghibili. Shows like Mushishi, Haibane Renmei, A Whisker Away and A Silent Voice have been nothing short of utter disappointments and have soured my tastes for the genre. Even the preordained replacement of Miyazaki, Mamoru Hosoda, feels like an extremely ...
Aug 14, 2020
“To fap, or not to fap: that is (not) the question.” — Hideaki Anno

But if not, what is? Perhaps, as Camus put it, “The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.” But is this not merely an inevitably given the certainty of our own mortality; making the very question rather redundant and vain — much like the allegorical myth of Sisyphus? While most participants in the game of life do not capitulate to physical suicide, there are other, unconscious ways we are incessantly ‘killing’ ourselves. Unhealthy diets. Smoking. Texting whiling driving. Stressing out ...
Jun 20, 2020
“Never knowing when to stop — thy name is human.” — Krunchyman

Each time a slice-of-life drama comes to the fore, we, the viewing public, need to ask a pertinent question: ‘will they half-ass it, of full ass it?’ For example, invoking themes of unrequited love, interminable ‘friend-zones,’ and romantic ignorance is a precarious undertaking that walks a thin tight-rope of becoming too clichéd or too dull. The former is pervasive to the point that we might as well classify it as an invasive genre in the anime medium; on the other hand, the latter is equally undesirable, as it fails to engage the ...
May 9, 2020
Gurren Lagann is insanity par excellence.

But we mustn’t dismiss this farcicality on the grounds of superficial experiences. If life teaches us anything, it is that our sensory organs are proficient at gathering information, but require a filtering cognition to unearth the mysteries that lie underneath. We must therefore peel back the veneer of explosive colors, outlandish personalities, and extravagant Mecha transformations to grasp onto the underlying message that is so stark, that it might as well be Yoko Littner standing completely naked in your bedroom.

“But Gurren Lagann is a nonsensical, meta anime that is a parody of the Mecha genre.” — You might ...
Mar 28, 2020
“The law of diminishing returns does not apply to boob size…” — nefarious chiropractors everywhere

How do we appraise a show that emulates the MAL review process to a T?—Easily, with our D’s. But this D doesn’t succumb to the lowest common denominator. Standards must be maintained, after all. Granted. Those standards would be equivalent to a world class hurdler jumping over a toothpick — but I’ll be damned if I’m going to fall in line like the rest of you horndogs.

Sexual desires permeate to every facet of our culture, as proven by the famous ad slogan: “sex sells.” ...

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