Submerged under the grand history of humanity’s heroic stand against its monstrous oppressors lies the tale of Eren Yeager; a dream of an ineluctable search for wings clipped from birth. The world weaved by Hajime Isayama is ridden with palpable tension and tragedy, its inhabitants living in constant fear of the menace that lies beyond […]
Flying, a dream for Miyazaki to paint and for the viewer to embrace. Persistent and unmarred in a body of work that spans an ocean of significance, the notion of flight is unassuming yet essential to Miyazaki’s work. The oneiric quality that distinguishes his work is often held by a meticulous but vacillating sense of […]
The world molded by Hiromu Arakawa is mysterious and intricate, yet there is a familiarity to it. Though the journey of the Elric brothers, our protagonists, may take the guise of fantasy, it is a deeply personal introspective into our relationship with faith, science and the human condition. Alchemy, much like natural sciences, is the […]
Monster is an introspective work on the human condition; it challenges our understanding of good and evil through the collection of very personal stories interwoven with our protagonist’s chase of the titular monster. A recurring theme throughout this journey is that of the duality of the things that we perceive; coins are always two-sided Urasawa […]
Anime is an art of the visual, its aesthetics often betray the intention and motifs behind the story. Sometime, breath-taking and grand sceneries work in synergy with vibrant colours to paint pictures of beauty and tranquil feelings. Dorohedoro is none of that. It is a dark, grimy and chaotic show that wallows at times and […]
Life is like a storm. In its winds, we are thrown and whirled in chaotic mayhem. The works of Mari Okada have a flair for pulling on the emotions of lives fraught with doubts and sadness, yet her stories never stray from the value of life. In ‘A Whisker Away’ we experience alongside Miyo Sasaki […]
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (“TTGL”) is a loud and flamboyant story that swirls and spins to the tune of outerworldly robotic battles. It is a tale of rebellion for a humankind that is continuously pushed around and shackled. As we dive headfirst into the madness of this world alongside Shimon we connect to a primal […]
First of all, I probably need to apologize for not having done one of these in a while. I have no excuse besides sheer laziness, I’ll try to be more consistent from now on! Incidentally, I will probably have too since my work schedule is normalizing again, which means its going be unlikely for me […]
Beneath the mesh of colours and imagery in the worlds that sprout from the imagination of Hayao Miyazaki is a subtle organic quality. There is an appeal to something truly fundamental within us; a nature that perhaps the viewer himself has drifted away from. The world of Spirited Away is whimsical and serene at times, […]
The structure of the world we are introduced to in Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan is fascinating. At a glance, humans have been driven to reclusion within the perimeter of the three walls that take on the role of guardians, wardens, and sentries. To venture outside is to confront a world dominated by the men […]
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