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The theme of duality in MONSTER , Studio Madhouse (original work, Naoki Urasawa)

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 […]

The Grotesque in Dorohedoro, Studio MAPPA (Original work, Q Hayashida)

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 […]

Escape in A Whisker Away (Original Work, Studio Colorido)

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 […]

Writing Insight : Thinking of the future with Miyazaki and Shinkai.

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 […]

Growing Up in Spirited Away (Original Work, Studio Ghibli)

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, […]

Chasing Sunshine in Weathering With You ( Original Work, CoMix Waves Films)

There is beauty to Makoto Shinkai’s works; colors, sounds, and emotions blend seamlessly into scenes of esotericism at times, and grounded contemplation at others. Weathering with You is no exception in its exploration of new love, growing up, and responsibility. In a world where we are constantly being reminded of the responsibilities and burdens of […]

Writing Insight : Ghibli hits where it hurts

I am going to start this out by being absolutely frank, this piece has been the hardest I have written about so far. Trying to make my way through the cluster of allegories and metaphors that is this movie felt like swimming-counter current most of the time. This was diamatetrically opposite to my experience writing […]

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