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Jan 13, 2020
What makes a movie realistic? Is it found in the themes that it covers? Is it found in the way characters behave to these themes or the vernacular they use? Dramas try to answer these questions in their own way, usually through a serious and emotional look at a character’s recent misfortunes. However, it is often times a drama can bite off more than it can chew, resulting in a work that feels over the top (melodrama) or, at worst, unfaithful to the topics at hand. This is commonly seen in soap operas, where there’s always a problem to be had for the cast, but read more
Jul 17, 2019
Darling in the Franxx is a mecha anime with a heavy skew towards romance and is a joint production by Studio Trigger and A1 Pictures. It’s set in a dystopian society where children are forced to fight enemies known as “klaxosaurs” for the safety of the human race. This involves piloting a mecha known as a Franxx, which require a male and female in order to pilot. These children are specially picked out from a nursery area known as the Garden, which is where they also return if they cannot handle the Franxx. Our protagonist Hiro is in danger of returning back to the Garden, read more
Sep 6, 2018
There is an effect in the arts, most notably in music, dubbed the "sophomore slump". It relates to the fact that the sequel to an acclaimed or beloved work often pales in comparison to its predecessor. If a movie is a smash hit, the sequel will be less of a hit. A band's first album is a milestone in its genre? Next album is half of one. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule and the term is fairly overstated. Yet the term has become so commonplace that it's much easier to think of the "slumps" than it is of the "rises". In the read more
Aug 26, 2018
In almost any form of art, the use of contrast can be a very powerful tool to enhance the appeal of your work. By taking two different items and setting them against each other, it can multiply the overall value and effect of the product versus those two items being standalone. It can make paintings have a captivating appearance, give food a memorable flavor, and, in the case of movies and television, give a unique experience that makes it stick to the minds of the audiences watching. There is, however, a catch to this: the right amount of each item must be balanced against each read more
Aug 21, 2018
Crest of the Stars is a tale of futuristic fighting between two factions: the "alien" race of the Abh and mankind. The Abh aren't necessarily alien as they are enhanced humans - they have altered genes that give them prominent features such as longer youth and blue hair. They were originally intended to be "living machines" to mankind but soon found independence on a space voyage for new planets to inhabit. They follow a imperial system, with influential families having elaborate names and taking top positions in the economy or military. Humans are split into 4 differ factions that ultimately make the United Mankind. A read more
Jul 17, 2018
I can't say I'm too well-versed when it comes to the mafia. My knowledge primarily stems from popular culture, which I'm sure glamorizes some aspects and trivializes others. However, I'm confident that the most vital element in the mafia is the concept of trust. When you're doing illegal activities, for your own sake or for someone else's, a traitor can easily collapse an insurmountable amount of hard work. The mafia in Gungrave are no exception. The members of Millennion, the mafia that rules the underground activities of the city Billion, are all bound by the "Code of Iron". This code has a simple definition - read more
Jul 1, 2018
The first season of Tsubasa Chronicle was riddled with problems that bogged down an otherwise great show concept. Having an expanded universe of in-house creations across different worlds/dimensions is an exciting idea. Sadly, when coupled with mediocre animation, flat voice acting, and worst of all, one-off stories that don't go anywhere, it's hard to still justify that concept. The 2nd season promises more exciting and dangerous adventures and to possibly repair the mistakes of the past. But does it actually deliver on its promise? Personally, I have to disagree.

With the last major arc of the 1st season, we are left with a few unresolved questions. read more
Jun 19, 2018
When thinking of science fiction concepts, images of futuristic technology and the vast frontier of space are the first things that comes to mind. Arguably the most popular item in the former category is that of the robot. A machine that exists to serve a person or perform a designated function is nothing short of useful and can almost be seen as necessary depending on the setting of the story. Upping the ante are androids, "advanced" versions of robots that take on a human-like appearance. Though they have an advanced AI system and they can look as real as you or me, they are still read more
Mar 4, 2018
Gunbuster is a sci-fi/mecha title by Studio Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno. It’s a futuristic title initially set in the year 2023, where high school age students are enrolled in training camps to learn how to pilot fighting robots. The reason? A swarm of alien creatures determined to eradicate humanity is heading towards Earth. Among the students enrolled in the Okinawa training facility are Noriko Takaya, a girl who lost her father in a space battle against these creatures a few years prior, and Kazumi Amano, a top-of-class mech fighter that sports a mature personality. The series focuses on these two as they aim read more
Feb 23, 2018
Angel’s Egg is an experimental film created by Yoshitaka Amano and directed by Mamoru Oshii. The film takes place in a strange abandoned world, where the skeletal remains of animals and murky rivers meet Neo-Gothic structures. The film centers on only two characters – they are, supposedly, the only two alive in this film. One is a pale-skinned, white haired girl, who is fascinated by filling up round flasks with water and who protects an egg with unknown contents. The other is a brown-skinned, white haired boy, who accompanies the girl midway through the film. Not much is known about him, other than that he read more