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Feb 7, 2019
"Initial D is a good series. Please give it a try. Don't let it die as a "good meme", it deserves more than that." - some random ass dude in the youtube comments.

Not often does it happen, that the running gag of a series overthrows the show's presence as a whole, but Initial D has done it. The reputation and general popularity it has among the Japanese community couldn't transfer to the West, but it has gained some sort of exposure over the last few years. Exposure that came in form of an unmissable Deja-Vu and car-crashing meme, which was undoubtedly hilarious at first. read more
Nov 16, 2018
Ping Pong the Animation (PPtA) must be one of the most crushingly beautiful works I’ve ever encountered, no matter the medium. According to the vague memory of my first watch of it, it felt like watching sports car going at full speed from start to finish. As fuel for the ride served the show's outstanding qualities across several fields, most importantly its natural character-relations and resonant thematic depth. Almost like love at first sight, it engraved itself into one of my favourite works of all time, accomplishing that in one mere session of binge-watching. Unfortunately enough, due to the speed of my initial watch and read more
May 20, 2018
Intensity. It can swirl over all different kinds of situations, in a heated derby between two rival teams, in a large open room covered in sweat and anxiety caused by the start of entrance exams and, most importantly, in interpersonal conflicts with your closest of friends, family and possibly their inevitable diagnosis, floating above them like the sword of Damocles. It’s almost unbearable to be part of the latter situation, being confronted with the defencelessness one must face when the bodies of our loved ones and its seemingly attached lifetime seems to flow out because of one fatal diagnosis, almost like a storm front quickly read more
Dec 29, 2017
Riding the wave of the recent popularity of melodramatic teen-dramas with a mixture of coming-of-age and troubles of expressing one’s feeling in fear of them not being mutual proved to be successful in the latest times, not judging the quality of each individual work related to these traits per se. However, one might as well be blind to not see that this particular instalment, harbouring the gloriously long LN-esque title “Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10 cm Datta” (which I’ll just call “IBnKw10cmD” from now on, because why not?), is just riding off the recent hype concerning these titles in a completely uninspired and passionless read more
Nov 4, 2017
Ambition in an audio-visual work can generally focus itself on artistical visual or sound-related features only, while the foundation in terms of plot is rather simple, or tries to define itself in terms of quality by touching upon more complex, indefinite questions about e.g. the human nature itself, not being covered in a lot of works, not being followed through that deeply regarding its core theme or not being covered in that big of a quantity of related questions/topics towards the main one the work tries to tackle. While it’s hard to classify Ergo Proxy between example #2 and #3, I might have to make read more
Sep 24, 2017
Princess Principal oddly enough is kinda reminiscent of a popular cartoon, which gained popularity in all of the Western world’s kids’ programmes in one way or another and I’m sure you know which series I mean if you ever watched one episode of both shows. “Here we go again, we’re going on the road, till’ we stop. And then we’ll shop” might be the biggest clue I am giving you here, but if this lyrical masterpiece of an opening theme might still not manage to draw your attention to what I’m talking about, I might just spill the beans right here: Totally Spies. An already read more
Sep 17, 2017
Redline (Anime) add (All reviews)
Shows that utilize their audio-visual appeal in their own, unique way tend to fly under the radar of most people, if what they are trying to do would be more unconventional and be properly placed in an “artsy” section, but gaining reasonable critical acclaim and a steady increase in popularity the more time passes (e.g. Kaiba and Mononoke). In contrast to that, shows like Bebop and Mushishi’s audio-visuals take a much more grounded route. Their artistical appeal mostly derives from the colour palette and incredible attention to detail, not screwing around with the general ideas of the body structure in fiction and creating a world read more
Aug 29, 2017
“What exactly are you here for? – To see with eyes unclouded by hate.”

Effectively conveying a message through any sort of fictional medium can be quite a handful, however a handful of directors/screenwriters/authors etc. managed to carve their names in stone, understanding and mastering the art of storytelling in the medium they so choose to work with. Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and J.R.R. Tolkien are some names you’ll become tired of hearing after a bit of time, but the fact that their names alone are so prevalently mentioned when talking about “all-time classics” speaks for one important aspect: They understood human nature and read more
Jul 25, 2017
"Cowboy Bebop is a generally overrated Anime that now is mostly famous due to its continues element of referencing Western pop culture, high-quality OST, and well-animated action sequences, however, doesn’t offer neither too much in actual substance nor actual characterization worth mentioning in its episodic narrative".

This aforementioned statement has more or less become the popular opinion regarding Cowboy Bebop, a highly popular Anime TV-series, which’s 1st episode aired in April 1998. Being part of the "trio" with both Trigun and Berserk (excluding the heavily controversial Evangelion for now), it’s one of the first Anime-series which did grow a considerable large fanbase in the West in read more
Feb 11, 2017
“The sky sinks steadily until the foot of the mountain until the first snowflakes begin to fall. The traces of the chamois are fading. I am happy, that I am still alive and gaze at my shivering hands. Then I’ll open my fist...” – Jiro Taniguchi.

Today, the 11th of February in the year of 2017, is a very sad day indeed. One of the most influential, ingenious writer of mature stories of all time, Jiro Taniguchi, did see the end of the day. And as for today, I can’t help but feel a little saddened because his demise leaves a big void in both the read more