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Mar 18, 2021
Midori-ko (Anime) add
Over the years I have seen the snippets of Keita Kurosaka's work; some may have came across it randomly while exploring, especially the work "Mochibei", which has garnered some notable bewilderment. Kurosaka has a striking style, you know his work when you see it.

To see his style in a fully realized way, through a motion picture, is something I have always wanted to see. Midori-Ko is that achievement, created over the time span of 13 years and over 30,000 drawings.

The trailer sets us up for something ominous already. A girl living in an unnamed place in Toyko in the year 20XX has a fascination with ...
Sep 22, 2019
Eat-Man (Anime) add
Eat-Man. The title alone is provocative. As you watch Eat-Man, you may ask yourself several questions. Here are some questions I asked myself.

1. What is this? 2. Who is this lumbering fool of a protagonist? 3. Is there an overall theme tying this show's episodes together? 4. What is the point of the broken flying airship? 5. What is the point of all this?

To answer these in order:
1. This is the show Eat-Man from 1997. Not the 1998 one.
2. Bolt Crank, greatest mercenary of all time in the world and universe ever.
3. Bolt Crank, greatest mercenary of all time in the world and universe ever.
4. ...
Jul 20, 2019
Minor Spoilers.

Yes, I know. I get it. It's a gimmick: a bunch of anthropomorphic (read: basically human) strains of rice set out to become the HarveStars in this food-based idol anime, glorifying white rice in what is essentially a propaganda piece/P.S.A. attempting to encourage more sales and growth of white rice.

With that bizarre scenario in mind, if you ride the irony, this show is absolutely hilarious. So much effort went into telling the facts of the grains industry and real world problems facing it, inserted clumsily into the actual character dialogue; you can almost imagine the meeting that was had in order to promote white ...
Apr 13, 2019
Mochibei (Anime) add
Mochibei is a short animation made in 2005 by Keita Kurosaka. It lasts about 57 seconds.

There is no narrative, or at least no narrative that can be immediately applied to the animation.

Yet again, the star here is the animation and style that Kurosaka exhibits. A strange human-esque figure almost slithers up from a black void and, whilst spouting profanity and insult laden dialogue, slams its face against the screen several times, distorting the face into frightening, distorted features. A moment of screaming ensues while the figure seems to bubble and twist and distort further. The figure eventually collapses after one final curse, revealing a blue ...
Apr 28, 2018
Another (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
I was introduced to Another as a show where the gore is the highlight of the piece; because of this, I avoided it for a long while. I do admit I have a certain bias when it comes to gory shows or movies; if it is done right, it can add a hyper-violent atmosphere bathed in shock value that doesn't take away from the narrative. When done wrong, well, you get pure shlock that overshadows the entire experience (see Blood-C for an example of this).

After deciding to just sit down and check the show out, I can confirm that the gory moments are quite effective ...
Jul 20, 2016
Watashi no Kao is a hauntingly cool (yet sadly, very short) work by the (in)famous Keita Kurosaka.

Right off the bat, the story is not the focus, as there is very little.

What is of focus is the incredible art style that Kurosaka employs. A twisted, surreal depiction of humanity that embodies the grotesque, creating a style that is oddly part-realistic and part-surrealistic. This style is often seen in his works, and speaks to the unique nature of his artistry. I love it.

The sound design is very good, and backs up the intense imagery with an equal dose of intense sounds. It feels demented, out ...
Jul 20, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Ga no Iru Tokoro (A Place Where There Are Moths) is an interesting beast. The story revolves around urbanization and nature, with a middle-aged woman serving as the character we focus on, and her experience with the moths.

The art is photo-realistic...what seem to be animated portraits of things such as buildings, a pot, a middle-aged woman. The only exception lies with the moths, which seem unreal, not of the plane the woman exists in. I admire the odd art style and the decision to utilize it.

The sound is...fitting, but not without it's faults. The moths often use a small sound that could get irritating very ...
Jul 20, 2016
Aki no Puzzle (Anime) add
Seizure warnings could not prepare you for Aki no Puzzle (Puzzle of Autumn). This is an exercise in experimentation and psychedelic imagery. Not much here for most people, especially with the constantly flashing lights and the noise-esque music.

However, if you dig the art style and the sounds, there might be something here for you. There is a certain character to the drawings that one may manage to even see.
The sound design is the only home-run here; perfectly suited to the cacophony of color and distortion, noise attacking the senses like a hammer. As a fan of noise, it was quite the spectacle, and raised my ...
Jul 20, 2016
Yukidoke (Anime) add
Yukidoke (The Thaw) is a conceptual work. In of itself, it shows the viewer the perspective of a boy who sees a dog's carcass, and from then on plunges into his own fears. Due to the nature of the film being short, it doesn't leave a lot to see, but a lot to interpret. The visuals are haunting, disturbing, memorable. The sound, minimal, but droning. Dread is the key word here; it's heavy, demented, and sickly.

The negatives come with the character. There isn't much here in regards to that; the short film is more about the atmosphere, the feeling it gives, rather than the characters ...