Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Late Summer First Impressions - Part 2

Tokyo ESP

When you utilize “In media res”, you’re starting your story in the middle, or often the climax. You’re throwing the viewer right into the action, giving them a quick taste of what’s to come in hopes of hooking their attention and, like all forms of techniques to bait the audience, can often be a successful way of doing so. For example, Chuck Palahniuk puts this method to use quite often in his novels as a clever way of keeping the reader wondering just how point A results to what we saw of point B.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer First Impressions - Part 1

Quite a while since the last post due to a hefty plethora of “stuff” and a lackluster spring season. The new season of Mushishi, along with Ping Pong, were the only series I enjoyed thoroughly. Akuma no Riddle was trashy fun, brazen and taut in its absurd exploitation, only to deface its true colors with an atrociously buoyant ending. Knights of Sidonia initially garnered a positive response from me, but things progressed and all focus was lost on the elements that made it tick. Isshuukan Friends had to be the biggest disappointment. I gobbled up the first few episodes because of fantastic visual direction and how adorably endearing it was. But you can only be adorable for so long before that charm wears off.  Too much potential was left untouched. Too many opportunities, where the series could have brought meaningful character insight to the table, wasted. It was too reserved. Too fluffy. Too innocent. Fuck innocence. I wanted to see the series get its hands dirty.

But enough about that season. That’s old news. The spotlight’s on the summer season and what better series to kick off the first impressions than RAIL WARS! WOOT WOOT!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer Movie Podcast - May Edition

Hey, guys. Another movie podcast for any peeps interested in our opinions of the May 2014 flicks. Joining us are the usual peeps, Flawfinder and Landon, along with Joey (Jojo's Bizarre Blog) and Kurotsuki

MP3 Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download/91y2psit9pmpbk6/Summer+Movie+Podcast+-+May+Edition.mp3

2:18 – Introductions
2:53 – The Amazing(ly shitty) Spiderman 2
13:24 – Neighbours
16:49 – The Double (everyone needs to see this film)
19:05 – Godzilla
24:51 – X-men: Days of Future Past
33:13 – Maleficent
38:16 – A Million Ways to Die in the West/Tangents

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Seasonal Anime Podcast - Mid Spring Discussion


Hey, guys! Another monthly animu podcast with your usual members, Flawfinder (Standing on my Neck), Landon (Mecha-Guignol) and Slashe (The Nihon Review). We have returning guests, Bobduh (Wrong Every Time and who will actually become a regular recurring participant), Emperor J (LowerMidTable) and Shinmaru and Scamp (TheCartDriver).

We blab our opinions over the currently airing Spring season anime (and I actually open my mouth more than two minutes this time). We talk about how Stardust Crusaders hasn't been as awesome as anticipated, there's some good debate between Sidonia and Attack on Titan, we discuss our favorite Tonari no Seki-kun episodes, there's Mahouka bashing and etc.

Enjoy!


00:22 – Ping Pong OP – Tada Hitori
01: 32 – Introductions
02:26 – Mushishi Zoku Shou
06:28 – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders
12:05 – Ping Pong
18:24 – Knights of Sidonia/Attack on Titan
24:18 – Akuma no Riddle
26:44 – Hitsugi no Chaika
30:18 – Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou/Isshuukan Friends
33:47 – Tonari no Seki-kun
36:40 – Selector Infected WIXOSS
39:50 – Mahouka
50:13 – Outros
51:00 – Jojo ED – The Bangles – Walk like on Egyptian

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Top 30 Anime

Whelp, here it is guys. My current favorite 30 anime. At first, I anticipated this to be a list of 50, but there was just so many other classics I hadn't come to yet that I decided against it. Revolutionary Girl Utena, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bokurano, most of Masaaki Yuasa's works and finishing Nana are all my agenda.

Obligatory Note: And please, guys, if you have any qualms about the list, realize that this is a subjective list where popularity, success and opinions of other peers do not matter. Here is MyAnimeList just for reference.

Anyway, enjoy!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review/Rant: The Amazing Spiderman 2


Core identity crisis plagues a good, if not massive, chunk of Hollywood. Every year, films after films are so desperate to find a home with a dominant demographic that they ultimately lose all sense of inspiration and ambition, a la 3 Days to Kill, Need for Speed and I, Frankenstein. Of course, then we have films that are clearly ambitious, with inherently good stories to tell, but are so caught up in pleasing and producing an viscerally instantaneous “WHOA! THAT IS SO AWESOME” from the audience that they also fall flat on their face.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Week Friends - Episode 5

Visual direction, pacing, dialogue, story tactics and character interactions align with each other in precise beat-by-beat composure. It’s why this series has been such a treat to watch. But it’s also what makes the series such a tricky task for the creators to helm.